#MemberCrushMonday: Chris Colombi
We welcome back and re-introduce Chris, one of our founding members (and one of our original coaches!)
It is good to be back! I have been at Chuckwalla since the beginning. However, my fitness life suffered a left hook from Mike Tyson in 2020 when I tore my Achilles. The surgery went well and I pretty much have full range of motion, but I'd lost my motivation to workout. Strength wise it felt like I was starting all over. It is one thing to be an athlete in this situation, whose livelihood depends on getting back on the field/court, and another to be an IT guy on the wrong side of 40! I signed up for free trials at various gyms, because I thought it would be better if I worked out alone. None of them felt right. Chuckwalla is home, and the awesome coaches and members are what I need to motivate me. I managed to commit myself to returning to barbell club. The oly lifts are my favorite, so I figured that would be the best place to start. My muscle memory for the lifts is coming back, and John has been helping me use this "starting over" period to improve form and mechanics. At some point I hope to start participating in metcons too.
I have a wonderful family including my wife Therese, two daughters Brooklyn and Nadia, and a pitbull named Marsha. Nadia is currently at Harvard working on her PHD! In my free time I like to hike, plant stuff around my house/garden and do an occasional welding project.
My favorite lift is the snatch. Like most great things in life, it does not come easy. To reach a new snatch PR requires perfection. Anything off even the slightest bit, results in failure. But it never stops. You hit perfection, a new PR and then you have to turn that perfection into consistency!
This is a quote from Mark Twain, "I've lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” I think sometimes we stress ourselves out by overthinking and envisioning worst case scenarios, when in reality we're all equipped to deal with anything.