Chris Brown

Awaken Athletics Instructor

CrossFit Level 1 and 2 Certified
Olympic Lift Certified

How long have you been an owner of CrossFit Awaken?

I started my gym in 2010 in my garage, it was small but had huge heart and my wife’s and my passion behind it help it grow to what we have now.

How long have you been a die-hard CrossFitter?

I started CrossFit in 2009, started with my buddy in his garage. Some of the best times of my life.

What inspired you to become a CrossFit coach?

The passion behind the methodology

What has been your best coaching experience so far?

Every time a client thanks me for changing their life

Tell us about the community at CrossFit Awaken.

A God-filled inspirational box that glorifies the Lord in everything we do. We focus on being a positive influence and uplifting to our clients and leading them by example.

What’s the most common mistake you see among new athletes at your affiliate? 
Patience, body awareness, coordination, and poor nutrition I believe in proper nutrition and being well rested. Our bodies are machines and will handle anything you give it and will adapt to the training as long as you give your body what it needs to run its best.

If you could give someone new to CrossFit just one piece of advice, what would it be?

Find balance in life, workouts, etc… too much of anything can be poison. Have fun and enjoy the ride.

Would you share with us your favorite tip or cue that we might find useful to use in our training?

Mobility is key, it is not the workouts or movements that cause injury it is are lack of mobility and flexibility to have proper technique in those movements that cause injury.

Do you have any success stories among your athletes you’d like to share?

The definition of success is “The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted.” Each one of us is a success story. If you are a dedicated CrossFitter that shows up on a daily basis and works through these brutal WODs, that in itself is a success story.

If ‘Chris Brown’ was a WOD, what would it be?

“Sampson Strength” – All weight and ALL HEAVY

What’s your biggest goal and what are you doing about it?

Gymnastics. At a body weight of 215 it takes a lot of extra work to carry that load. Working on it every day to get stronger and stronger.

What is your favorite Cheat Meal?

Pizza and Beer

What is your favorite movement?


What is your favorite thing to WOD in?

Luluemon shorts