Jim Chaput

Jim Chaput

Coach

Qualifications

CrossFit Level 1 Certificate, Applied Movement Neurology Master Practitioner, Gray Institute Certifications in Applied Functional Science and Movement Analysis & Performance System

About Coach

As a teenager, I spent countless hours riding my BMX bike and learning freestyle tricks. After that, my obsession moved to volleyball, skiing and snowboarding. In 2010, I found CrossFit, which then led me to my current passion for handstands.

Turning Point

Three major turning points led me to the coach that I am:<br /> The first was realizing that 15 years of corporate work and travel had left me fat and out of shape. I started weight training and choosing healthier food, found CrossFit and trimmed off 40 pounds while getting stronger and fitter.<br /> <br /> The second was joining my first CrossFit box, CrossFit Thames in London, UK. After doing CrossFit for 10 months in my garage, I thought I was fairly fit. My intro session was the baseline workout (500m row, 40 air squats, 30 sit-ups, 20 pushups, 10 pull-ups) and it left me gasping for breath on the floor. It was then that I realized that I hadn't been training with intensity.<br /> <br /> The third was a couple of years later. Feeling the fittest I could remember, I went to one of Ido Portal's week-long movement camps and left humbled. Nearly everyone else at the camp moved better than I did and my fitness was overshadowed by poor mobility and a lack of body awareness. I left CrossFit for a while to focus on more holistic movement and then handstands. When I came back to CrossFit, my increased movement quality massively improved my experience.

Motivation & Passion

My motivation is to help you move as well as you can and to empower you to improve yourself. The more I help you, the less you will need me. When I am not coaching, I think about your unsolved problems that I have seen in class. Often I will see you later and suggest something to try. If you need help with something, plant a seed with me and I will do all I can to help!

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