Athlete Spotlight – Chris Backley

If any of you have been around Chris, you know why we have chosen him for our featured Athlete Spotlight. Chris is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet!  Funny, dedicated and hard-working are just a few adjectives that would describe him.  He holds himself to high standards and works very hard to achieve the results he aspires for.  It’s been an incredible journey to watch him grow in the time that he’s been training here at Merge. This guy is a machine!   

Ladies and Gentlemen…Chris Backley! 

70# KB swings are no joke!

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I’ve been doing Crossfit for about 7 creaky sore awesome pain filled months now.

How did you hear about CrossFit Merge?

I think I googled it. Bryce’s face popped up and he was giving a thumbs up and I thought he looked like a reputable chap.

What’ was your first CrossFit WOD experience like?

I finished the WOD, sat on the floor, and said “OooooOOOOHHHHH so that’s what a workout is”. I had been a member of a nearby gym, let’s just call it “Schmally Schmotal Schmitness” for about two years at $10 a month and didn’t see a lick of results. The fact that I pay significantly more money now is a testament to how much I like my results, Merge, and the people in it (hugsies!).

Is there anything you’d like to people to know about you?

I love Crossfit as much as I love food. I guess that’s what makes me not 300 pounds.

What is your greatest CrossFit accomplishment thus far?

I surprised myself by winning the first Crossfit throwdown. Before Crossfit I had never done any Olympic lifts so I am grateful for Bryce’s tips and instruction before each skill. Crossfit has truly changed my life in very many ways, I’m in the best shape of my life, have made new friends, and now I only go through six bags of Oreos a day.

What is your favorite WOD and why?

I always like body weight WODs. Running and pull ups and such because I know they are skills I know I can excel at and they usually come at a time when I have been to the gym 3 consecutive days and can use a “lighter” day. And then I finish and vomit.

Least favorite WOD and why?

I underestimate myself with any lift that has the word “clean” or “jerk” in it. It’s a complex movement and I always worry about my form. It will be perfect one day though. Oh, and double unders can eat a ***.

What advice would you give a new member?

Talk to everyone. Make it fun. One of my favorite things about Crossfit, besides my rock hard pecs, is the level of community. Never underestimate the benefits of a workout partner and friendly competition to increase your results. If you love coming to the gym you are more likely to do it and therefore reach your fitness goals.

Out of all the hours in the day (both sleeping and awake) how much time do you spend workings out? Thinking about CrossFit? Dreaming it? Watching vids? etc.

I’d say more than normal but less than obsessive. There are a lot of physical aspects to my job and I know my fitness level will go great lengths to prevent injury. Plus, chicks dig it.

If I gave you 1 million dollars, how would you spend it?

I would buy a Leica, take the entire gym to a steakhouse in LA, and donate the rest to like underprivileged kids and some junk.

Who would win a battle between a ninja and a pirate?

Awww yea, now you’re talking my language. Ok let’s talk this out, ninjas are lightning quick and have the power of stealth but pirates have guns, ships, and booty. I choose the same thing I would have chosen when I was 6, cowboys.

What would you do if you had a time machine?

I would go back to college me, slap him in the face, and say “hey a-hole, this is the way you are supposed to do the following things…”.

If you were a character from Beverly Hills 90210, who would you be and why?

Anyone of them that ever dated Kelly. Oh, but I want Brandon’s hair. And Dylan’s Porsche. Then again Nat had an endless supply of milkshakes. Ugh, life is hard.

Where do you see yourself in 1 year?

I want more people to mistake me for Cory, I want Sal to adopt me in to his family, and I want to be smiling at all of you from a muscle up. U-S-A, U-S-A!

Chris, we are so pleased to have you as a part of this CrossFit family and are so proud of you for already achieving so much! And just for the record…cowboys ROCK!! 😉

Monday’s Skill:

Push Jerks


Workout of the day (WOD):

3 dumbbell push presses (40# for men/25# for ladies)
3 pull-ups
3 ring dips
run 100 meters
6 dumbbell push presses
6 pull-ups
6 ring dips
run 200 meters
9 dumbbell push presses
9 pull-ups
9 ring dips
run 300 meters
12 dumbbell push presses
12 pull-ups
12 ring dips
run 400 meters
15 dumbbell push presses
15 pull-ups
15 ring dips
run 500 meters

The brave souls who came out on President's Day to celebrate with a WOD!


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