Chris joined us in the fall of 2018. He may be quiet in class, but he always comes in and works hard!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m originally from Sheboygan. I’ve worked for the UW for 15 years. In normal times, I’d be helping manage one of their hotels. For the past year, I’ve helped manage their COVID quarantine system. I was never athletic when I was a kid, but I got into triathlons 7 years ago. In 2021, I’ll be racing my second full Ironman (if all is back to normal).

Why did you choose Recursive?
When I lived downtown, I’d see everyone run out of the gym to do laps on the bike path, and I wondered what that was about.

What is your favorite thing about working out at Recursive?
Everyone is very welcoming and creates a positive atmosphere. I’m achieving something new in a movement nearly every time I come in. And many of the coaches are in my age bracket; so there’s a lot of classic 90s and 2000s music from my younger days played during the WOD.

What was the biggest struggle you’ve had the last few months?
Besides life during COVID? I tore my rotator cuff and had surgery on my wrist. I’ve been trying to build back up after those setbacks.

What is your biggest accomplishment since starting your commitment to a lifestyle change?
Finishing that first Ironman was probably the biggest. But I’ve also taken advantage of the COVID year to change my diet, and I feel that something that will continue to bring health improvements.

How has Recursive changed your life?
I’ve found the strength training has helped make my endurance sports just a little less taxing, which is really nice during a long race.

What advice do you have for people who are nervous to get started?
Just jump into it. There are lots of people around to help, and everyone was a beginner at some point.

What is something else fun you’d like to share about yourself?
I have a pet tortoise. His breed can live up to 80 in captivity. So he’ll definitely outlive me.

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