Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Chris Ingersoll, I am a 37 years old father of six and have been married for 17 years. I was an active duty Airman for 6 years and now I work for the Oregon National Guard in the Public Affairs office.
How did you hear about CrossFit and why did you start?
I learned about crossfit while I was in the military. Just before I deployed to Iraq, I saw the movie 300 and became obsessed with that workout style. A couple of years later I heard about crossfit and found it to be similar in the sense that it was high intensity and continuous varying movements. I was sold on it ever since.
How has CrossFit changed your life?
After I got out of the military, I struggled in the absence of structured lifestyle. I fell into depression for quite a while and started to put on a lot of weight. By the time I moved to Salem 5 years later, the weight on my body had become an outward sign of an inner resignation. My marriage and family was struggling with me being checked out. I needed to rebuild my life. That started with joining Cherry City Crossfit. After feeling like I was just surviving the first couple of weeks. I started to feel strength come into my body again. It remembered the workouts from years back. Since then I have lost all the weight I put on and gained a much stronger body than ever before. More importantly, it has renewed my confidence and carried over into every other area of my life. I feel better than I have ever felt before.
What have you accomplished, that you couldn't before, because of CrossFit?
I feel like the confidence I have gained from doing Crossfit at Cherry City has actually carried over into a lot of personal accomplishments in the last year and a half. Specifically, I was always scrawny and had a hard time putting muscle on my body. Crossfit has changed that and taught me to be excited at the prospect of a hard challenge. I am also very happy with being able to do 1 and a half times my body weight in a squat.
Tell us one goal or P.R. you would like to accomplish through CrossFit.
This year I would like to be able to do muscle ups and be able to perform RX on every workout.
What is your favorite part of Cherry City CrossFit?
I work out with the best athletes at C3 and they push me harder every day to work up to their level.
What is your favorite CrossFit movement?
I love doing the Snatch. There is a tremendous satisfaction when you nail the movement with heavy weight and then drop it and hear that thud on the mat.
What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit movement?
Rope Climbs make me feel like a flailing monkey.
Why do you fight? What pushes or motivate you?
I fight to live. Without the constant fight to push myself to be better, I feel like I am slowing fading into nothing. My personal mission statement is “To be forged into and instrument suitable for God’s use and to seek out and fulfil his purposes for my life.”`