Five years ago Chris became part of the CrossFit North Vancouver coaching staff and quickly made his presence known. Working with Dave, the programming for the gym became more challenging but at the same the attention to the individual needs of the athletes was never left behind. Under his leadership the Sport program for those athletes interested in the competitive side of CrossFit has taken off, with CFNV being represented multiple times by individuals and teams at the Regional competitions and the Masters competition at the CrossFit Games. Combining the skills of a coach who truly cares about the improvements of his athletes and the leadership of someone who has personally competed at a high level, Chris brings it all to the table each and every week.
Just the Facts
Name: Chris Schaalo
Family status: Married to Alex, plus Marley the dog.
How long have you been doing CrossFit? 10 years
Profession: CrossFit/Weightlifting/Strength&Conditioning Coach
When did you start? February 2007
Do any other members of your family do CrossFit? Two of my cousins do, and both my brother and sister have in the past, but not currently.
How did you discover CrossFit? The clinic I went to for rehab while playing football was attached to a CrossFit gym.
How often do you train? 5 times a week
When do you normally train? It varies from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM
What were your goals in starting CrossFit? Increase strength to transfer to the field, especially core stability to get rid of my injury issues.
Have they changed? Yes, they’ve evolved a few times over the years, from Football performance, to CrossFit performance, to strength performance, and who knows where it will go from here.
What changes have occurred in your health, fitness and general athletic performance since you started CrossFit? Too many to recount.
What is your favourite type of workout? Weightlifting days.
What type of workout do you least enjoy? High rep barbell metcons.
Have you ever gone in a CrossFit competition? Many. Competed in many small comps, Regionals twice, and the Games once over the years.
What has been your best CrossFit moment? Either hitting a PR jerk at the Games in front of the crowd, or Hand Walking 100’ in just over 1 minute under the gun at Regionals.
What inspires you the most? Non-competitive people in the gym pushing themselves to new limits, doing something they’ve never done before.
Who do you look for inspiration from? My Wife.
What other sports have you played in the past? Football, Rugby, Basketball.
What other sports do you currently play? Touch Football.
What is your favourite activity outside of CrossFit? Football & Spikeball.
Is there something that people will be surprised to discover about you? I’ve been coaching other people since I was 14 years old.
How long have you been coaching CrossFit? 8 years.
What other coaching have you done? Football, Rugby.
What do you enjoy the most about coaching? Seeing improvement in others.
Do you have any pet peeves about coaching? You pay us for our expertise. When we program a day with just weightlifting, or just running sprints, and you don’t show up because you don’t “like it”, you’re only failing yourself.
If there were one message you would like to give as a coach, what would it be? See above.
How do you balance your time coaching, your own training, your career and your personal life? Is that supposed to be balanced?
What are your favourite things about CFNV? The people
What are your favourite things about CrossFit? The people
Do you have an inspirational quote or words of motivation? “Losers assemble in small groups and complain about the coaches and other players. Winners assemble as a TEAM and find ways to win.” – John Wooden