Chris Zardas

Chris Zardas
Woburn, MA (Owner: CrossFit First Down)
6'1" / 221lbs 

  • 2013 North East Regionals Team Member
  • Squat Clean - 375#
  • Clean & Jerk - 355#
  • Snatch - 290#
  • Grace - 1:11

Chris played college football at UMASS Amherst where he was first team all CAA and later went on to play with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010.

Chris started CrossFit just before the open in 2011 when his football career came to an end. He was looking for something to fill that void, and CrossFit seemed to be the perfect fit. "I was instantly addicted and knew that I wanted to eventually compete at a high level". Chris incorporated Crossfit in all aspects of life, and is now a full time coach at CrossFit Route 1 in Melrose Ma.

Philosophy on Training: "My training philosophy is pretty simple. I stick to what's programmed for me, lift heavy and try to make my weaknesses my strength. My coach Jared Monaco does an awesome job of keeping me on the right track and setting me up for success. I love competing in a team setting and my goal is to help CF RTE 1 get back to the CrossFit Games."

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