Monday Motivator: Meet Chris
Tell us a little bit about yourself/your fitness journey:
Fitness has been a part of my life in one way or another. Growing up playing hockey, we were in the gym regularly, before or after practices. Once I started my college hockey career, it got even more intense. Post college, I was a bit of a shocking experience now that I wasn’t being forced to workout, it was tough for me to stay motivated and active!
Moving back to Buffalo about 5 years ago led me to working with our OG Rach who would sign me up for spin at the carriage house every time she was teaching, even though I HATED spinning. At 4:30 everyday, I’d see her walking to my cube and knew what was happening. And here we are now, 5-ish years later, and I’m in the studio everyday either working out or working and couldn’t be happier.
What does #RevLife mean to you?
The #RevLife takes on a lot of different forms for me and has a special place in my heart. I know that no matter what I’m going through, good or bad, I can come here and be supported by people that genuinely care about me. It can be hard to find safe places that help fill you up, but Rev is one of those places. I go where I know the love is and let it fill be up inside, and that’s what Rev and the #RevLife is for me. A safe place to be myself, be supported and be loved. The #RevLife helped me achieve my 2019 fitness goals (currently down 35lbs!) and step out of my comfort zone in more ways than one!
We all get in the zone in different ways. Where does your head go during a workout?
My head goes to gratitude. If the workout is intense and tough, gratitude gets me through it. Being able to be thankful that I’m able to move the way that I am puts a smile on my face and pushes me through every workout.
What’s your favorite class at Rev?
My favorite class at Rev is 100% Run+Strength on Tuesday nights with Brian. We have a regular group who attends, we push each other, the playlist is always fire, and a killer workout to match.
What’s your favorite meal/snack to eat after a tough workout?
The toast at Homegrown is a favorite of mine. Goat cheese with raspberry & chia seed jam.
If you have friends visiting from out of town how do you show the the perfect Buffalo day?
In the fall, I have a lot of friends who want to come experience the Bills Mafia, because they don’t actually believe it’s as crazy as it is. So, I spend a lot of Sunday’s in Orchard Park at the stadium. But if we’re not doing that, we’re usually exploring new restaurants or bars. There’s so much action in this city right now, there’s always something new to check out.
What’s your favorite place to brunch in Buffalo?
Billy Club. Blueberry pancakes. Enough said.
Early bird or night owl?
I’d definitely rather stay up late, not set an alarm and sleep in. There’s a reason why you don’t see me in many 5:45am classes.
What’s your ideal rest day look like?
On a rest day, I’ll try to do something a little active like going for a walk (even if it’s just to get squeeze or starbucks). I haven’t been that great at prioritizing rest days, so I know that this is something that I need to work on. I’ve been focusing on listening to my body and giving it what it needs, whether it be training, eating, resting, sleeping, etc. Instead of deciding that “this is my rest day”, I’ll just listen to what my body is telling me and if it wants to move, I’ll let it.
What’s your Favorite guilty pleasure song?
I don’t know if I have one guilty pleasure song, but I would probably say my guilty pleasure artist is Taylor Swift. I’m not embarrassed that I listen to her, more so, how much I do.
If you were shipwrecked on a deserted island which 2 luxury items would you want to have?
To start, definitely my iPhone. Not to call for help, but to document the journey. I mean, I’d probably call for help, but that’s some pretty solid content for the ‘gram. Second, can I pick a box that has a pizza oven and ingredients? Because, I’m not sure if I could live without pizza.
Cats or Dogs?
Dogs. No contest. Change my mind.
If you were to win $100 million today what’s the first you do?
Fully fund & staff the non-profit portion of my marketing agency. We donate in-kind services to other non-profits in the cities where our clients reside and help fund service projects at inner city schools. I’d love to grow that and have it be self sustained.