Sunday, July 22, 2012 – Athlete Profile: Chris Clark (aka Spock)
Athlete Profile: Chris Clark (aka Spock)
1. In general, what is your background?
Well, everyone calls me Spock, like from Star Trek. I am from a tiny town in Alabama (there isn’t a single red light in the whole town). I was always involved with sports and working out, I even did a teenage bodybuilding show when I was 18. I went to college at Auburn University, majored in Molecular Biology, and I was on the rowing team and was also a cheerleader. After I graduated, I moved to Mammoth Lakes, California and worked as a bus driver at a ski resort (basically an excuse to snowboard everyday). I moved to Charleston, sight unseen, after I was laid off from the ski resort (the snow melted, ha). I started working at a couple gymnastics gyms in the area teaching tumbling and partner stunting and I also worked at MUSC doing research in Pediatric Cardiology and now I am a Med student at MUSC. Since I have been in Charleston I have been involved in quite a few water sports, I was a member of the Mt. P rowing club, last year I was on the Charleston Dragonboat team and most recently, I have been doing a bit of stand up paddle boarding (I was an intern for a local Paddleboard shaper and he got me into it)
2. Age, Occupation?
I am 26. I am a second year Medical student at MUSC, and a tumbling and stunting coach at Flip gym
3. How did you get to know about CrossFit and why did you start?
I started doing Crossfit at a gym in Mt. Pleasant about 2 years ago after I saw a couple people running next to the road I was driving on, looking super tired and carrying a sandbag, so I followed them back to the gym (not creepy at all). The gym was really close to the gymnastics gym where I was coaching at the time, so it was convenient as well. There was a small competition of sorts at the gym in Mt. P and several people from Integrity participated and I talked to a few of them about the gym. I enjoy the competition aspect of Crossfit, not necessarily between other people, but about trying to push myself. I also like the “family” aspect of the gym.
4. How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?
I have been working out since I was about 12 pretty regularly, and I decided I was just getting bored with the same workouts all the time, so I wanted to mix things up. I appreciate the variety of movements and with my background in cheerleading and gymnastics, a lot of the body weight stuff makes sense to me. I also enjoy the simplicity of the gym, as compared to “normal gyms”. I have always been pretty aware of the type of food I eat, but it is nice to be around people who do the same.
5. Name one goal and/or personal record you would like to accomplish through CrossFit?
I would like to do the King Kong wod with a reasonable time.
1x 455lb Deadlift
2x Muscle Ups
3x 250lb Squat Clean
4x Hand Stand Push Up
x3 for time
6. Favorite CrossFit moment so far?
I participated in Integrity’s Revenge last year and my partner, Alex Kranc and I were one of the top teams in the workout on the deck of the USS Yorktown. The view, the crowd, the breeze, everything was awesome.
7. What do you like most about CrossFit Integrity?
I like all the great people that come to the gym and the atmosphere. I like the heat, humidity, and loud music. I like being able to roll around on the floor after I finished a workout and catch my breath. I like that people will get in my face and call me out if I am slacking.
8. Favorite WOD?
I like Fran. I like Fran before I start it, not during, and not usually until about 10 minutes after I am done do I like it again.
9. Least favorite WOD?
I don’t really have one.
10. Favorite movement?
Handstands, really high box jumps, like above 45 inches.
11. Least favorite movement?
12. Favorite place to eat in Charleston?
Five Loaves, The Glass Onion, Basil, The Grocery
CrossFit Integrity, Charleston, SC