A Note from Chuck – CFS

Jul 20th, 2016

Category: CrossFit

A Note from Chuck – CFS

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A Note from Chuck…
With a heavy heart I must admit that, as many of you have heard, the rumors are true. I am going back to school, this Friday July 22nd will be my last day working at Crossfit Southie. I will be going to photography school at New England School of Photography on Com Ave in Kenmore square. The closer I get the harder it is for me to accept, that I will be without this community flower garden of beautiful athletes. I’m not really sure where my path leads or destination lays. Regardless, my journey must continue.

I can remember walking in to the grand opening, alone, anxious, skinny and out of place, not knowing anyone, yet feeling inspired by the opportunity. I found a gym where I needed one, right when I needed it most. I knew I wanted to be a part of this place since before I even showed up. I came in green to coaching but experienced. I trained in garages, parks, beaches and back yards. Ripped my hands many times on my home made pull-up structure, braided my own climbing rope and molded my own gymnastics rings in my mother’s oven. Some of my original tires remain, nauseating overzealous fitness heathens in the strangely beautiful Blue Cross parking lot. Part time was not enough, and as fortune has it I was finished with school and passionate about coaching as opportunity for full time position was presented.

My time here I’ve been many things to many people. While writing this, I see myself as a gardener, a seedsman, horticulturist, a greens keeper. Where’s I’ve had the blessing of cultivating and guiding. Each athlete, a unique flower, a stout sapling, beautifully gifted, delicate and prickly in their own way. I’ve literally kept these grounds, cleaning up debris, dust and equipment. I’ve attended as each bulb watered themselves and sprinkled the floor with their own earned sweat. I patiently pruned off old movement patterns, creating space, strength and new skill. Other times patiently waiting, watching the withered leaves of athlete’s pre conceived notions of themselves was dwindle away. Time and time again, time invested paid dividends. I’ve felt tragedy in missed lifts and inevitable failures. I’ve watched with pride as athletes stand firm and chose persistence. I’ve watched the decision made to place one foot in front of the other, standing up from one more rep, pushing a little bit more, under the omnipotent, ominous presence of smothering fatigue and self doubt. Many times gazed on the glorious achievements were bells sung, and goals were smashed in spectacular fashion. I’ve seen tremendous effort and new milestones surpassed more often where the only accolade for the crowning achievement is the cessation of any further suffering from the WOD.

As for me, now my time in this role as a coach grows short. My journey is long and strange, surely paved with poor puns and odd stream of consciousness preferably narrated by Isaac Hayes, or Gilbert Gottfried. Please know that, I part, carrying with me tremendous sadness and regret that I wasn’t more for, more of you. For I never felt like my job was finished, while I knew it never would be. I want to leave you knowing that I have tremendous pride in each person. From first walking in the door, I hope you feel my admiration for dedication even just to show up. I hope you felt my warm excitement when I would approach you with some feedback or distraction. I hope you felt included, like you had a place here, whenever I saw you. Because I’ll always be in awe that I was blessed with an opportunity to work with some of the most beautiful, hard working, dedicated athletes and wakkos that this dingy part of this old town have ever seen. I’ll always remember no matter how hard I worked guiding you, you all were the real stars in my eyes, ripping your hands, moving the weights, ringing the bells fighting the good fight. I wish you all the best in realizing your journey in finding not what is “Crossfit Southie” but what “Your Crossfit Southie is.”

Day 2 of the CrossFit Games!
Today is Day 2 of the CrossFit Games! Be sure to tune in to check out the Teen and Masters competitions. Our very own Bob Caslin is competing in the 60+ Masters Division. Click HERE for live stream!

WOD (45 Minute Hard Cap)
“Murph”
1 Mile Run
100 Pull-ups
200 Push-ups
300 Squats
1 Mile Run

Level 3- 75 pull-ups, 150 Push-ups, 200 squats
Level 2- 50 pull-ups, 100 Push-ups, 150 squats
Level 1 800m Runs, 30 pull-ups, 60 push-ups,90 squats

Scores/Comments from Murph performed on 7/21/15

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DISCUSSION 22 Comments

  1. Sean Flannery 07/28/2016 at 8:33 am

    Best of luck Chuck,
    Murph: 49:25 w/33# vest(should have checked the weight before the workout rather than after!!), 2nd run was slow as Christmas

  2. Peter Gooding 07/21/2016 at 1:42 pm

    You could bring a smile to someone’s face more easily and more often than anyone else I know. You are the man, Chuck; a true lover of life. Gonna miss you. Godspeed in your next endeavor and beyond.

  3. Ryan Gould 07/21/2016 at 3:37 am

    Chuck! best of luck my man. I have no doubt you’ll kill it in your next endeavor. A true pillar of CFS, we will miss you!

    Murph:
    7/21/15: 44:18 Rx
    7/20/16: 47:06 Rx…3 min behind my PR but I will take it after a long weekend out phishin in Seattle

  4. jason barrow 07/21/2016 at 12:54 am

    Real hard not to selfishly be bummed that Chuck won’t be around anymore. He was most definitely one of the reasons I fell in love with the place.

    Murph:
    7/21/15 – 54:34 Rx
    7/20/16 – 50:01 Rx

  5. Joel 07/21/2016 at 12:36 am

    Congrats Charles!
    Murph: 49:21 RX – First time so an automatic PR.

  6. Tom Kuchenreuther 07/21/2016 at 12:20 am

    Chuck, you’re the best! Gonna miss seeing you around, stay punny!

    Murph: 56:16 vest (first time with the vest – yikes)

  7. Shea 07/20/2016 at 11:21 pm

    Good luck chuck!

    40:42 in order with vest

  8. Brian M. Maser 07/20/2016 at 11:06 pm

    Gonna miss you, Chuck. Don’t be a stranger.
    Murph – 39:16 w/o vest (quasi-Cindy partition)

    Sorry about the chalk, Hales…my bad

  9. kathy Baker 07/20/2016 at 10:21 pm

    Chuckle, we just started warming up to each other ! C u around the hood
    Murph – 41:45. L2 reps with 800m runs

  10. Chad Michael 07/20/2016 at 7:23 pm

    Best of luck Chuck! Don’t be a stranger!

    Murph: 54:24 RX w/vest (2 rounds of 2016 games partitioning: 20-40-60. Then switched to 10-20-30 for 6 more rounds)

    Push ups killed me.

    1st mile – 8:32
    2nd mile – 9:24

  11. KA 07/20/2016 at 6:30 pm

    Chuck! So sad to see you go! Thank you so much for all your help and coaching tips over the years. I always enjoyed your class; you kept me laughing and moving. Best of luck with everything!

    First time doing Murph with a vest: 49:14 rx.

  12. Diana O'Neil 07/20/2016 at 6:23 pm

    Congrats Chuck, best of luck! You will be missed.

    Murph today: 51:34 Rx + 6 mos preggers, just happy to have completed this!

    • Nick Alonso 07/20/2016 at 7:15 pm

      It was pretty impressive to see you doing this workout Rx at 5:30 AM. Really awesome.

  13. Ben Brauer 07/20/2016 at 3:21 pm

    Good luck Chuck! Thanks for all the great coaching and the laughs!

    7/20/16 – 41:01 Rx with vest
    7/21/15 – 41:19 Rx with vest

  14. Tory 07/20/2016 at 1:26 pm

    Good luck, Chuck!

    Murph today: 44:50 RX
    Murph 5/31/16: 50:47 RX
    Murph 3/20/16: 52:18 RX

  15. biscoe 07/20/2016 at 1:12 pm

    Go get em Chuck!

    Murph: 48:13 2016 games (5 rds)

    …so underrated that we do that workout St. Paddy’s weekend every year

  16. Mike Quigley 07/20/2016 at 1:07 pm

    Best of luck Chuck. I’ve always enjoyed your coaching style, you’ll be missed.
    Murph – 49:55 RX/Vest.

  17. Nick Alonso 07/20/2016 at 1:02 pm

    Congratulations Chuck. You are a great coach and I wish you the best on your future endeavors.
    Murph: 40:06 Rx PR (7/15/2015 44:01)

  18. Liz Crean 07/20/2016 at 12:55 pm

    Very happy for you Chuck! Thanks for everything the past few years. Your puns and dad jokes really brighten my day.

    murph today: 41:13 rx
    murph 7/21/15: 43:47 rx

  19. Kurt 07/20/2016 at 12:36 pm

    Good luck, Chuck! We’ll miss you in the morning classes.

    Murph: 41:42 Rx. Sub 40 min continues to elude…

  20. Frawls 07/20/2016 at 12:22 pm

    It was a pleasure being coached by you, Chuck. Good luck in the new endeavor!

  21. Daniela 07/20/2016 at 12:36 am

    Beautiful words Chuck. I’m really going to miss you, thank you for being such an amazing coach and human 🙂