CrossFit Strong  -- Athlete of The Month
  Strong Heart, Strong Mind, Strong Body
 Chris Johnson - Q & A  
How long have you been Crossfitting? — I started at CrossFit Strong at the end of January 2010, so I have just finished my second full month of being at the box. I hope to do this for a long time :)
What is your occupation? — I work at Texas Instruments as a Systems / Applications Engineer. It takes up a lot of my time but I make it a priority to drop what I am doing and make it to the box for the 6:30 PM class every night. It has been a great way to break up my day and keep my mind clear.
Where are you from? — I lived in Rhode Island for all my life and lived on the beach for 4 years of school at the University of Rhode Island before moving to Texas 2 years ago to go to graduate school at Texas Tech. It was quite the move to go from being within a few hours of a ton of major cities (Boston, NYC, etc...) to Lubbock, TX. I had never visited Lubbock (or TX) before the move either, so I am not sure what I was thinking... It has all worked out pretty good and Dallas has been a great time so far.
How did you hear about Crossfit Strong? — I was researching different CrossFit boxes in the area and chose CrossFit Strong because of the location and I really liked the idea of having the web site to track my progress and compare myself to others. I'm extremely competitive so it is a good motivating factor for me to be able to easily compare myself to others and push myself harder. The great people that run the box as well as the athletes really made me feel welcome too. I'm very happy with my decision.
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 Levi's Transformation  
How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of CFS? -- I have definitely seen myself change in both ways. Mentally - two aspects: I have a lot more self confidence and I can push myself further each time I am at the box knowing that I really can do anything. Physically - I haven't been measuring myself but I can see the differences as well as see the constant improvement from week to week in my abilities. I started out doing pull ups with a few elastic bands to help me and now I can do pull ups and dips in WODs without using any bands (most of the time :) ). I also went on a ski trip to CO after doing CrossFit for a month and I found that it helped immensely. I did a hike with a few friends to the summit and I found that at the end of the long hike I was still standing and ready to ski down and I had to wait for my friends that were exhausted to catch up and prepare themselves for the ride down.
What is your favorite move? — I definitely like smash balls and wall balls but in general anything that involves using my leg strength to drive and push through a movement. Now by saying this, I am going to totally contradict myself by telling you that my least favorite move is the....
What is your least favorite move? — OH squat - it is the last move I need to get checked off before I am an Intermediate athlete at the box. I'm working on fixing my OH squat so I can find a new least favorite move.
What has been your favorite WOD so far? — Pepper - It was absolutely brutal for me and I really had to push myself for the running portions but it definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone. I can't wait to do it again so I can improve my time. I also enjoy any of the Saturday WODs.
What has been your least favorite WOD ? — DB Hell 2 - it was one of the first WODs that I ever did at the box and it was really hell to me. Bear crawls were brutal.
What are some of your goals that you have for yourself in the next year? —  Since I am extremely competitive, a CF related goal is to continue to push myself to get more reps and quicker times. Everybody wins here but I still like to have a way to track my progress as well as gauge my abilities across the rest of the athletes that are similar to me.
How do you see CrossFit as different from other programs? — I like the variation in the WODs from day to day as well as the strong coaching and emphasis on fundamentals that I have received. The community and atmosphere at the box is great too, everyone is so friendly and supportive.
Did you think a sport of elite fitness would ever be for you? — I was always interested in it and was intrigued by CrossFit and how it could help me. I definitely had the goal set in the past year to get into CrossFit and I'm happy that I am involved in the sport and working towards improving my life in many ways.
How can other people relate to your story? — I'm your typical 25 year old recent college graduate with a really busy life that has found a way to work CrossFit in. I think there are tons of people out there just like me that are looking for something exactly like this in order to reach their goals. I've been lucky enough to find it and hope lots of others do as well. I strongly encourage everyone to check it out at least once for the intro workout if they are interested.
What is something that no one knows about you? — Wow, where should I start. How about a few small random things? Most athletes at the box wouldn't know about where I come from or some of my hobbies outside of CF: Skiing/snowboarding most my life, huge electronics and gadget nerd, love alt / indie music, and currently haven't lost a 'Words with Friends' game in months (any challengers?). I have a lot of nervous and strange habits, I have no poker face whatsoever, I am an endless source of useless knowledge and trivia, and I will go to the grave rooting for the Red Sox and hating on the Yankees.