Member Spotlight: Chris Altum

Let’s get to know YOU!

Name: Chris Altum

Any nicknames? Always wanted a cool one, nothing stuck

Age: 42

Hometown: Copperas Cove, Tx

Profession: District Manager for Walmart

Fitness Background: I was a high School athlete, Lifetime Gym member, and have done CrossFit for 3 years.

Favorite sport to play: Football

If you could only workout to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be? Eye of the Tiger!

You’re stranded on an island; what three things would you pick to have with you? Obviously- wife, son, daughter… then something that would play music, a hat for my bald head, and some kind of shoe (I have a shoe problem).

Now the nitty-gritty workout stuff…

When did you first try CrossFit and what made you want to try it? I started out at a bootcamp that Angie literally had to drag me too. She was nonstop talking about it with her friend and all I heard was CrossFit, CrossFit, CrossFit. Once I gave it a try and it kicked my butt, I was in.

What makes you stick with CrossFit? The community and the coaching. You just can’t duplicate that at any traditional gym that I have ever been to. The coaches have been great, as well as the programming and guidance. Many of my friendships I have made are from boxes, and I enjoy the fellowship as much as the workout.

Favorite movement: I actually have 2… Strict press and dead lift. It feels good muscling a lot of weight up.

Least favorite movement/something that’s hard for you: I hate any form of a lunge. Snatches and overhead squats are also struggles and I’m currently working on form for those.

What gets you through tough workouts? Again, that would be my peeps in the class. Whether it be someone pushing the pace against me or seeing someone else push through a struggle.

What keeps you motivated? Having my wife working out is an easy motivator, she is very committed, and it is a hobby that we enjoy doing together. Then again, I have to give credit to my peeps. There is real guilt when I miss a class, I feel like I’m letting the team down.

Proudest Elevate moment to date? Easy, my 460# deadlift at the diaper workout for Tanner/Johnathon/Claudia.

Hobbies outside of killing it at the gym: This is going to sound horrible, but I really like eating. We enjoy trying new food and new places.

Changes you’ve seen from working out at Elevate: I’m not where I want to be yet, but I have been more dedicated and disciplined at Elevate than any other gym. Since joining I have definitely improved my lifts and continued to add weight to the bar along the way. Now I’m on a journey to continue adding weight to the bar, while reducing weight on the body.

How has CrossFit helped you outside of the gym: My job can be extremely stressful and CrossFit has been an outstanding form of therapy. I love the fact that for a least an hour a day, I am ONLY thinking about how bad my arms, legs, or whichever applicable body part is hurting.

How do you balance working out with family life? It’s pretty easy for us. One, I am committed to 5am, so no one else in the family is up at that time and it doesn’t take me away from them, and it frees the evening up so that when I am off work, I am coming home versus stopping by the gym. Two, the family is committed to working out as well, so on the occasional weekday/weekend off, we go together and that is always fun to mix it up.

What’s your favorite part of bringing your kid(s) to the gym? I love that Lia comes to the gym. She is such a boss when she lifts. She has perfect form like her mom, but she will give you the look if you try to mess with her and then she’ll quietly want to beat you.

Why CrossFit Elevate? I have to say that Elevate has become one of my favorite places to be. I work a lot of hours, so not only is it my place to workout, it also is a large part of my social life. I sincerely enjoy the interactions prior, during, and after the workouts. Some can be more interesting than others. I like to surround myself with positive people, and this place is full of them. Luke is outstanding and has continued to push and challenge me, and I respect him as a coach and consider him a friend. I’m looking forward to the continuation of creating the best version of my self, while hanging out with some of the best people I know.