Chris earned his bachelor’s degree from Brown University where he played rugby and, as captain, led the team to a standing of 15th in the national rankings. He spent nine years in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he distinguished himself as a boxer and as an infantry officer. After earning a master’s degree in history from Duke University, Chris became a tenured teacher at New Rochelle High School where he enjoyed mentoring students in the classroom and as a varsity rugby coach. He began his career as a sports performance coach four years ago at the Greenwich Water Club where he worked primarily with rowers and lacrosse players, and then for two years at Velocity Sports Performance where he specialized in sprint mechanics, multidirectional movement, and explosive power development. He has also worked with a wide variety of ‘general fitness’ clients and is particularly skilled in working with those who are recovering from back injuries and bariatric surgery. When Chris isn’t in the gym preaching the gospel of improved human movement, he’s on the water exemplifying it. A lifelong ‘waterman,’ he has worked as professional salvage diver, licensed professional captain, third mate aboard a 12-meter America’s Cup boat, and has been an avid surfer for six years. He surfs year round in Rockaway, New York, and has traveled to surf in Bali, Mexico, California, and all along the east coast. He is the past Chair of the New York City Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and also surfs competitively in the Eastern Surfing Association series. Second only to surfing in Chris’s pantheon of athletics is a Olympic-style weightlifting. A recent convert to competitive lifting, Chris competed for the first time at the 2010 Connecticut Open where he placed seventh of thirteen in the Master’s division. Chris’s three primary certifications are the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist; the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Certified Personal Trainer Certification; and the U.S.A. Weightlifting’s Certified Sports Performance Coach credential.