Member Spotlight: Chad Beck
Today’s member has an unconquerable spirit mixed with a razor sharp wit. Even despite a knee injury at a softball game this year, he stayed dedicated to his training and found a way to rehab & stay consistent.
Those qualities alone make him a great role model, not just to his family, but to our entire community. Speaking of his family, his wife is a staple member of our momWOD, and also in our ITP program on the path to becoming a coach. His oldest daughter can be seen warming hearts and crushing WODs at our CFKids class.
He’s quick with a joke, but focused & tuned in his lifts. He’s silly & fun, but also has plenty of sage advice & sincere thoughts. Get to know:
What’s your name?
Describe your first work out here at Crossfit High Voltage:
I dropped in as a guest because I had just moved to the area and was a member at another CF in Monrovia. At the time, I was one of the top athletes at the Monrovia location, so I came in feeling pretty good about myself. The warm-up involved Jose Alvarenga holding a stretch band while I tried my hardest to pull him across the room. I should’ve left right then, but my ego got the best of me. By the time the warm-up was over I felt nauseous so you can only imagine how I felt after the actual WOD. Needless to say it was a while before I worked up the courage to come back and actually join as a member.
Before joining High Voltage, when did you know something had to change?
See above. After that first experience, I knew that the programming at HV and the people were on a different level. I HAD to make a change. Best decision I’ve made about my fitness in my adult life.
Describe your most memorable CrossFit Experience so far.
Not one experience in particular, but I love the Open. There’s a certain buzz in the air that we don’t really get to experience any other time of the year. I love the way the community rallies throughout the Open. We’re all a little sick in the head because we enjoy suffering side by side day in and day out. The Open amplifies that to another level.
Outside of High Voltage, what kind of work do you do? Give yourself a plug!
I’m a wealth management advisor working with families and businesses to plan for and in retirement.
How has getting in shape changed your professional life?
I find that I have more energy during the day. And from time to time when I’m feeling that afternoon slump, I’ll pull up that days WOD and get my adrenaline going. Plus, any time I’m stressed or having a bad day, I can tell myself “At least I’m not doing the Fire Breather test right now.”
Tell us about an area of your life most impacted by your decision to join High Voltage.
Since joining HV, my wife, a long time long distance runner and anti weight lifter, has joined and may even enjoy CF more than I do. Also, my oldest daughter is now a member of the CF Sparks program at HV. I love that this is now something that I get to share with my family, and I get great enjoyment from watching them progress as athletes. Also, I’ve made some very good friends at HV. I can’t emphasize enough how much I appreciate this community for introducing me to people I genuinely consider some of my best friends.
When have you used CrossFit outside of the box?
Every time I stand up from my desk at work. Those squats tho! I also tend to do man shit around the house some times and have found myself in some sticky situations where, had I not been in decent shape, I likely would have wound up in the hospital.
Who is your most idolized fellow community member?
Honestly (sorry Dan, I know this is going to cut you deep), I can’t pick just one. There are so many amazing people in this community that I think are unsung heroes. They may not be the top athletes at our box, they may not be the most vocal, but I watch some of these folks come in and work until their souls are crushed. I idolize the Moms that drag their kids with them to HV just so they have an hour of sanity. I idolize the Dads that bring their kids, because if they didn’t they wouldn’t get to work out at all. I watch guys and gals that are already incredible athletes come in and try to find new ways to get better still. I idolize those that don’t have an athletic background, but come in day after day and learn what they’re capable of and how to manipulate their bodies to accomplish things they never thought possible. I’ve watched people come to tears in this gym, and I’ve watched the community surround someone that’s down and lift them up again. Amazing things happen all around us at HV almost every day because of ALL the amazing members, and of course because the owners and coaches provide an environment that is conducive to that.
What is your one year or next CrossFit goal?
My one year goal is to get back to or damn near where I was before my surgery.
What is your favorite & least favorite movement or WOD?
Favorite movement would probably be the squat snatch. It’s not my strongest movement, but it’s that one movement that is so technical, but when everything comes together properly and you hit that lift just right, it’s so rewarding! Least favorite movement is a tie between wall balls and thrusters. Because fuck them, that’s why.
What is your favorite cheat meal?
To have a cheat meal would imply that I have a diet to cheat ON! My achilles heel is definitely beer though.
If you had to describe CFHV in one sentence:
The one place in my life where I can go and KNOW that I’ll get to hang out with my friends for an hour and make myself better.