Congratulations to Christopher Morrison who is December’s Athlete of the Month. Read more about who and what continues to influence him when he steps onto the Hyper CrossFIT floor.
Hometown: Hamilton, NJ
What do you do to pay your bills? Hospital Management
How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box? I would have to say I learned about CrossFit by trying. I saw a sign, was curious and came in for a trial for the New Year’s WOD. I did not know much about it prior to coming into our Box. I saw great people challenging each other to do a great workout. The combination brought me back.
What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? There are so many differing and varying athletes with unique strengths and diverse athletic backgrounds. They are coming together to challenge themselves to get stronger through CrossFit. Everyone learns from everyone’s strengths. This helps everyone move forward in their individual training.
What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? Getting a Strict Bar Muscle up.
What are you still working on to achieve? Getting more efficient in everything whether it be better technique, increasing strength or mobility, or balancing an asymmetry for a particular movement. This is especially true for the Olympic lifts as I had no experience in them prior to CrossFit.
Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit. I spent a couple of years living connected to a traditional Japanese martial arts dojo. The traditional lessons in technique, movement and philosophy that I learned from an extraordinary Japanese Sensei still influence me today.
What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? Murph definitely.
If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be? Tough one. I like going hard for challenge, fast, and then having some fun. It would be some variation of the Litvinov training protocol popularized by Dan John- a heavy lift that your have good technicals on and can go hard. An example might be the deadlift (75-85% max) for eight reps or high volume kettlebell swings. This is followed by a 400m fast sprint or 30 yard uphill sprints. You go for a total of three rounds. Sprints should be all out and you should be gasping for air. This would be followed by some work on the gymnastics movements just because I find these fun- a kind of training reward for the previous hard work out. I guess then the name would be HFF. Hard, Fast and then some fun!
What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit? Its your training. Don’t get overly caught up in what the person next to you is doing or your score on the board. Be humble, don’t worry, and have fun. Everyone struggles with some movement. You will move forward with time and training. Ask a lot of questions. The coaches are great pointing you the right direction you need. Finally, on movements with which you are struggling, go slower and focus on underlying strength, mobility, and technique. Speed will come and you will be smoking the workouts in no time.
Any additional comments you would like to share? Thanks to everyone’s support in helping me get better!