Finding a Common Bond: Chriss Smith Jr.

Finding a Common Bond: Chriss Smith Jr.


I grew up in the heartland of Kansas, Leavenworth, Kansas, to be exact. My father’s in the military so we traveled around a lot so I got a great opportunity to meet a lot of different people, see a lot of different places, that was kind of exciting and I think it kind of helped mold who I am, so to speak. Moving around a bit wasn’t hard for me. Obviously, I’m a little bit shy so I have trouble making friends—not! Little deeper but I like it. Yeah, hooty hoo, that’s full-on right there. Hands off your hips, hands off your hips, go! I talk fast, you gotta pay attention! Whoever jumps the least furthest gets an extra burpee. It’s on you, whatever. See how I do shit? Put it down, dude. No negotiations, just put it down. Show me this, give yourself a high five, love it. What I liked about both of my parents was that they never told me I couldn’t do anything. So that’s freedom to do or try everything and make it OK to fail. I worked at McDonald’s for 3 hours, figured out really quickly I didn’t want to do that for a living, then I worked for WalMart for 9 years as a stockman, so I got to stock oil and dog food, it was awesome. After graduation, you get assigned to a SEAL team. I got assigned to SEAL Team 5, and for me it was really cool to see my family kind of understanding a little bit more about where I was going and what I was doing and I guess my capabilities or potential capabilities. So they were super proud of me for that. I think the word that comes to mind is “solidarity.” You’ve proven, you’ve been tested you’ve proven now that you’re welcome in this brotherhood. Doesn’t matter the color of your skin, doesn’t matter where your from, any of these things don’t matter because you’re now part of this team. And everybody treats you with respect, they love you, they hate you, they joke with you, all those things, that weave of fabric together, it’s as tight as possible and it’s there and you feel that and you’re like wow, I’m part of a super, super special select group of guys that want to do great things for their country. Transitioning out of a military mindset to a civilian mindset is somewhat clunky, cumbersome. I was lucky enough to be somewhat of a jack-of-all-trades, so to speak, kind of an instructor, kind of a trainer, kind of a mentor in my last military capacity. So I kind of gravitated towards what I love most is helping other people. So although it took me probably a year, year-and-a-half to sever that military lifestyle to go into the civilian lifestyle, once I made the decision it was kind of, all right, I made the decision, let me move forward in this genre, this industry and see what I can do. We’re going to start this thing off in about one minute. My only suggestion would be on the bottom think about maybe leading with that chest up. Speed kills, speed kills, man, slow down just a little bit and better control the barbell. There you go, nice, I like it. You know, it just hits right away, you know if you love CrossFit right away. It’s like, oh my gosh, I love this, this is what I want to do. Finish it, you can get that back squat in there! You a grown-ass man. Anybody that walks into a CrossFit gym, you know you walk into some of the busier hours, the evening hours or the early-morning hours, there’s such a huge variance in type of person that’s CrossFitting. All of these people kind of come together and with CrossFit being the common bond of healthier lifestyle, great nutrition, good exercise plan, that’s a community that everybody can kind of latch onto and blossom from or just be part of something that’s positive. Every single CrossFit gym kind of takes on a little personality, a little presence of their owners, so the good thing that I think I bring is that I’m always uplifting, always positive, always high-fiving and you can do nothing wrong in this gym. Well, you put chalk on the floor and that’s wrong and I’ll probably jump on your ass for that. But for me, having a goal of inspiring and positively motivating more people gives me an opportunity to make that a realization. I don’t know if I’d have that if I had chosen kind of a different path. (music)

15 thoughts on “Finding a Common Bond: Chriss Smith Jr.

  1. Joined crossfit like a month ago, best thing I've ever done sportswise. I'm at the bottom but I'm so happy, can't wait to get better and maybe be competitive someday

  2. Such energy and positive mindset!! Amazing. What a dude! I am having my first ever crossfit class next week, cannot wait to feel like i'm gona die, have a laugh and keep going hahah!! Yess!!! 😀 High five to this man!

  3. Who doesn't love ChriSS Smith AND Andrea!! 💖💖 Fantastic ambassadors for our sport and wonderful humans!

  4. He taught me at my L1 cert in Reston, VA and he has such a presence. Solid guy and would love to get coached by him again.

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