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Chris Morse in Santa Cruz - Studio 831

Chris Morse

Name: Chris Morse

Years Training: 7

What do you specialize in?:

I believe I specialize in being able to connect with my clients by making them feel extremely comfortable from their very first class and all the while through their journey towards improved fitness. I understand that when a prospective member walks through our doors and observes a class that they may become a little intimidated. In their minds everyone in class is super fit and when those people started they must have already been super fit. While I know this is definitely not the case, the new person does not. After working with people for some time they then realize they are capable of a lot more than they thought and I am able to create a setting where this becomes possible.

What are you passionate about?:

My passion in life is pretty clear to me; I genuinely love to be of service to people and have a direct positive impact in their lives. CrossFit has allowed me to connect with people in such a way to where I can go home after work and feel good about the difference I’ve made for somebody.

What do you love most about coaching your members?:

What I love to see is not only the physical transformation that so many people make but also the mental transformation that many experience after committing themselves to our program. Often times people are surprised to learn what their bodies are capable of and it’s helping our members understand their potential is what I’m most passionate about. I love to see a person get their first pull-up or their first toes-to-bar and then observe as they hold their head a little higher in class. The increase in self confidence that usually follows a physical transformation can carry over into so many areas of one’s life not just limited to the gym. If we have a little patience and put in the work, we are all capable of so many more things than we may have ever thought possible.

What is your athletic background?

Sports and fitness have always been a major part of my life.  In high school I played football, basketball, and ran track. I first started lifting weights as training for these sports. It wasn’t until many years after highschool that I found CrossFit. But once I did, I immediately fell in love. Initially I gravitated towards CrossFit as only a means of improving my overall strength and conditioning. Not long after, the inner athlete in me came out and I fell in love with the sport of CrossFit. With hard work and great training partners, I was lucky enough to compete on a team at the Regionals level of the CrossFit Games from the years of 2011, 2012 and 2013. Our best showing was in 2012 where we placed 6th at the NorCal Regional, missing an opportunity to make it to the CrossFit Games by 3 spots. Also in that year I had my best individual placing in the CrossFit Open and got 16th in the NorCal Region.

How did you end up as a Coach? What path brought you here?:

After high school, I realized medicine was my calling and I pursued a career in the emergency medicine field. In 2004 I graduated from Paramedic school and then ended up getting a job in the Emergency Room at Dominican Hospital. After many years spent working in the Emergency Room setting, I became interested in helping people prevent illness in the first place. While there will always be a need for emergency treatment, so much more can be done in the form of preventative medicine. It wasn’t until I was introduced to CrossFit that I truly began to understand how powerful this concept could be. Health and fitness are truly my passions, and I just took the next step in my journey to help people when I began nursing school in Jan 2017, while continuing as a coach. Crossfit and personal training have educated me as to how powerful preventative medicine can be for people and has allowed me to be of service to individuals before they ever need to see doctor.

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