June Athlete of the Month || Chris Ferone!!

Each month we spotlight a different CFA athlete who stands out and shows just how awesome they are. What is it that makes up an Athlete of the Month? It may not be the person that finishes the fastest, Rx’s every WOD, or gets a PR every time they walk in the gym. Although we love and celebrate when those things happen, the Athlete of the Month is made up of much more than physical ability. This person shows up, gives their best every time, and then gives a little more. They are hungry to learn and always ready to do the work. They support their fellow classmates and encourage them to reach their goals. This athlete embodies what we believe the CrossFit Austin Community should be about.

Our June Athlete of the Month is Chris Ferone! Chris joined the CFA Family in December of 2020, but came in with some years in the CF world. Chris is part of the chicken o’clock crew, coming in and getting it done before the sun comes up!  Not only is Chris a pleasure to have in class, he’s also generally one of the first to volunteer to help us out when we need it during an event or otherwise! He has such a genuine heart and has really added to this community in so many ways. While we are going to miss him when he moves to Dallas, we’ve loved being part of the journey with him and celebrating the wins along the way! Chris, we are honored to have you as our June Athlete of the Month and as an awesome part of this team. Thanks for your all your hard work and we look forward to seeing all you accomplish in the years to come! Congratulations!

State your Name and/or Nickname please:
Chris Ferone. Friends mostly just call me Ferone
Words to live by?
Love God, Love Others, Nothing else matters
What is your fitness background?-
I played baseball for 9 years growing up and have been involved in sports and fitness in general.
How long have you been CrossFitting?
10+ years
Take us back to your first day of CrossFit… How did you feel? How do you compare it to workouts today?
I actually was meeting with a personal trainer that introduced me to crossfit. It was helpful because I met with him for 6 months or more and we would watch the crossfitters come in the gym and he would point out what NOT to do as far as movements, etc. I appreciated his feedback and now love crossfit because of the movements!
What’s your favorite part of CrossFit Austin?
The community and pushing myself to be better
Current Training Goals/PRs?
I still need to learn to rope climb and do consistent double unders!

What advice do you have for folks just starting out in CrossFit?
Be patient and don’t try to lift heavy and be a hero.
How do you balance staying focused in your training when life gets busy?
Training for me is like a drug- so when I get busy I still have to fit it in or I suffer in my personal life.

What is your cheat meal go-to?
In N Out burger and ice cream
How do you use your fitness outside of the gym?
Hiking and road biking consistently. I also occasionally go running.
What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your fitness journey?
Learning how to listen to my body and say no to a workout at times. I typically want to push through and still go workout even if I am not feeling well.
Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.
Finally stringing together kipping pullups!
If you could create a WOD and name it for yourself, what would it be?
FeroneRX. ha ha
What keeps you going on the days you don’t feel like it?
I know that I will feel SO much better if I move my body. It sets the tone for my day.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
Church community, concerts, biking, hiking, traveling, latin dancing, and eating good food!
Tell us something we don’t know about you…
I am relocating to Dallas in the coming months 🙁
Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words…
Take advantage of today and the day you have been given. You never know when its your last.