CFLA Athlete Profile – Christian Fry
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
When did you first start CrossFitting?: March, 2013
When did you first start training at CFLA?: March, 2013
Favorite WOD: NANCY
Least Favorite WOD: NANCY
Tell us about you sports & fitness background: Sports and fitness have always been a fun and important part of my life. I was very active in competitive sports throughout my scholastic career with my primary sports being swimming and water polo. I played a bit of everything else and especially loved football and track & field. After college I became hooked on road biking and competed in a number of long distance rides and even did a few sprint distance triathlons.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? I had a very close friend, in addition to a cousin and her husband, who was an avid Crossfitter. He kept saying, “You’ll love CrossFit and there’s a great box in your town called CFLA!” After taking one class with my friend up in Santa Barbara, I was hooked.
I was absolutely gassed after that first WOD, but it felt amazing. I loved the competitive and social aspect of the workout and more than anything, I enjoyed not having to think about what I was doing! It was totally liberating to simply show up and work as hard as I could at the task set out in front of me. I was a hot sweaty mess but I felt transformed!!! I walked into CFLA the next day and signed up…
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?
There are so many changes, but the biggest shift has simply been in my overall health and general attitude. I just feel better!! Specifically, my core strength has improved dramatically and this makes everything easier. To use a CF buzzword, I am more “functionally fit” than ever.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? The biggest change is I can honestly say I’m living a much more holistic lifestyle combining diet, exercise and mindfulness more completely into my daily routines. I’ve participated in the Whole Life Challenge over the last three years and the Challenge added a couple of key elements to my day that have truly been transformational: the foam roller and water! I never expected such simple things — staying limber and hydrated — would absolutely change the way I feel and move in the world.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: My favorite moments are shared moments…Moments of total exhaustion where the class’s positive energy and cheerleading keeps us all pushing hard. Love that!
I am a habitual 6:30PMer and love evenings at the box. Everyone is coming down from their day and I think we all share a sense of relief in allowing the intensity of the WOD to wash away our cares. Sharing those challenging and supportive WOD moments with such cool, fun and interesting people is the best!
Any advice for people just getting started? Just begin! It sounds so cliché, but it’s so true. As complex as some of CF’s movements can feel at first, you well get better with practice. Be patient. Ask for advise from our coaching staff or from other members. The community at CFLA is so supportive and excited to help you improve.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I adore a great meal out and love the incredible dining options here in Santa Monica and the Westside. I’m an avid pilot, aircraft owner, and general aviation geek currently serving as the President of the Santa Monica Airport Association. I’ve been deeply connected to the ocean since I was a little boy and became a certified scuba diver when I was 12. Now, I’m a master scuba instructor and have lead dolphin and whale safaris around the world. I’ve have the good fortune of being able to combine my passions with my work, and have spent the last 20 years producing and directing documentary films, focusing my storytelling on aquatic and aviation stories. Living the dream!
“9/11 CFLA WOD” – Written by Kenny Kane and Benet Heames
2001 M Run
11 Power Snatch (110/77)
11 Power Clean
11 Squat Clean
11 Front Squat
11 Pull Ups
11 Burpee Chest 2 Bar Pull Ups
125 Double Unders
422 M Row
Workout Numbers Represent the Following:
110 – Floors in each of the Towers
77 – Pentagon Flight #
9 Movements, 11 Reps Each, 2001 M Run (9/11/2001)
125 Deaths at the Pentagon
422: Fatalities of Firefighters (343), NYPD/Port Authority PD (71), and EMT/Paramedics (8)
Running skill session
3 RFQT @ </= 7 RPE
9 Squat snatches (55%)
–1min Rest between rounds–
4 RFQR (30s:30s)
–SOMSAVS Scoring for recovery–