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January 1, 2015

HW Day 7+: A Very Special Honoree

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Hero: a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

Today we honored our very own Chris Kaag!!  Thank you for being part of a very special day (and adaptive workout) in honor of our founder!

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Chris Kaag was born September 11th, 1976 in Cherry Pointe, NC.  He led a normal childhood, bouncing around the Eastern US and Reading, PA area with his family before they settled in Canton, OH.  Upon graduating high school, Chris followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather before him and joined the US Marine Corps at the age of 17.
While in boot camp, Chris learned several valuable lessons that would shape him as a young man and in the years to come, including one very special lesson from his drill instructor.  During a group cadence run in boot camp, Chris’ drill instructor, Dave Hart, uttered five words that continue to echo in Chris’ head during his most difficult times: “Don’t quit on me, Kaag.”  That former DI is now a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps, and in 2010 Chris had the good fortune of thanking him personally for changing his life in such a positive way.  In return, Lt Col Hart had only the highest praise for Chris, saying that he was truly one of the best and he knew he would have gone far if he had been able to stay in the USMC.
Chris had aspirations of being a USMC Drill Instructor himself, but during his second tour in Aviano, Italy, a duty-related concussion led to the onset of a rare genetic neuro-degenerative condition and his career was cut short.  After several weeks at Walter Reed Medical Center, Chris was diagnosed with adrenomyeloneuropathy, and soon after, he was medically retired from the Marine Corps, holding the rank of Sergeant.
Upon his retirement from the USMC, Chris graduated with a business degree from PSU Berks and started his own company, receiving its namesake from his father, Tom, who passed away in 2012.  Persevering towards his aspirations of being a USMC drill instructor, Chris started Corps Fitness out of the back of his truck using little other than his Marine Corps experience and mental toughness.  A class of 5 participants was a huge win on any given day!
Although he affiliated with CrossFit in 2007, Chris is most proud of his original, unique Corps Fitness mentality and philosophy: being a part of something bigger than yourself, sacrificing yourself for the greater good of those around you, and suffering together. 
Thank you, Chris, for bringing out the best in everyone around you and for creating this family we call Corps Fitness!!
Lets GET SOME!!!
Chris and his brother Eric at Eric's Marine Corps graduation.
Chris and his brother Eric with their mother at Eric’s Marine Corps graduation.
Chris reunited with his boot camp drill instructor Dave Hart in 2010.
Chris reunited with his boot camp drill instructor Dave Hart in 2010.

Workout:
5 pod x 5 x 1 minute EMOM, all adaptive / upper body exercises.

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