This week on That Girl we are celebrating Chrissy Wallis Henry, an inspiring die-hard Crossfit athlete who says this sport has changed her life. Anyone who has ever done Crossfit can surely relate. Not only does Chrissy share some of her best kick-ass workouts here, but she also divulges her best power-building and energy-building breakfasts. And if you’re wondering where she gets her inspiration and motivation from, just look at her mom, who we also featured on That Girl earlier this year! Take a look:
Chrissy Wallis Henry
32 years old
Fitness/health accomplishment you are most proud of:
Opening Jax Strength & Conditioning/CrossFit Duval with my husband. I fell in love with the sport about 3 years ago, and completely changed my own body & overall health & knew I had to share it. Our 1st year was challenging, but has been the one of best things I’ve ever done for myself & for others!
What inspires you to get fit every day?
That’s easy, all the members at the gym! Working out solo isn’t my favorite thing, but just being in the gym with all the energy makes you want to play. Plus we’re all just a tad competitive! And if for a second, I forget what kind of changes & accomplishments are possible, all I have to do is watch or coach 1 class, and I see it all over again!
What do you do when you don’t feel like working out?
We have a goal board in the back of the gym, and when I’m tired/grouchy/uninspired, I look at what I’ve checked off so far, and what is left, and it energizes me to do one more thing to hit one more goal.
Favorite energizing meal:
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I eat three eggs, one or two strawberries, one-half avocado, sometimes two strips of nitrate free bacon, greens and black coffee. I’m also really into kale for now. I try to have greens at every meal! A close second is a ribeye, greens, brussel sprouts and avocado.
What’s your favorite way to chill post-workout?
Does a nap count?! After some good workouts, we love to go to Mojo’s and eat & laugh, (Daily Grind if we are at our Daytona location).
What is your top kick-ass workout?
Sectionals this year had a workout that was 150 wall balls, 90 double unders, (double revolution of jump rope per jump), then 30 muscle ups. I was terrified of the wall balls, (not a fan of squatting since I’m almost 6 feet). But something happened in that workout and I was able to block out all the pain in my legs, cruised the wall balls & double unders and got through eight muscle ups. I literally put the muscle up movement together that week, so I was super proud that my body and my mind were able to work beyond a capacity I thought I was capable of. Everything came together in that workout. Generally I prefer body weight workouts, like pullups, handstand pushups, ghd situps, muscle up, etc. Heavy squats, not so much.
Where is your favorite/most unique place you’ve ever exercised?
Favorite is Kauai. My husband and I got married and honeymooned on Kauai for almost a month, so we were regulars at CrossFit Kauai. Their morning class was amazing because we saw a gorgeous sunrise that was almost distracting (their location is oceanfront).
Most unique would be a parking lot. We were out of town for Sectionals last year, and I wanted one more shot at the workout–so we set up for a 10 min workout with deadlifts, pushups and box jumps in a hotel parking lot. A family walked by me with at least a dozen Krispy Kremes, no joke!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned through sports?
Accountability and integrity. It’s your workout, so if you skip reps or cheat a movement, you hurt no one but yourself. And this will carry over in life. If you lie in the gym, you’ll lie at your job. I try to push myself to have a workout that I can be proud to log or tell my coach. There is no better feeling than knowing you did as well as you could, and I try to have that feeling for myself every day.
Photo: courtesy of Chrissy Wallis Henry