Posted: Jul 2, 2012 3:03 PM by Kyle Scott
Updated: Jul 2, 2012 3:11 PM
Lexington's CrossFit Maximus will be one of 43 teams competing at the Reebok CrossFit Games next weekend. Maximus is made up of seven individuals -- each with some sort of athletic background.
Chris Walker is a former college basketball player.
"Ever since finishing college I wanted something to fuel that competition that i was missing" Walker said of CrossFit.
Sometimes athletes have a hard time filling the void. Walker played for Texas A&M from 2004 to 2006. In 2007, he was introduced to CrossFit by his brother.
"I was like, 'this is perfect,'" Walker admitted, "so when I moved here I found Maximus."
Walker moved to Lexington to be a Graduate Assistant Coach for his former head coach at Texas A&M, Billy Gillispie. However, once Gillispie was fired in 2009 by Kentucky, Walker's time was up as well -- but he stayed in Lexington. Now he works from home for a software company in Texas.
"I went to the CrossFit games last year with my brother," Walker explained, "and just watching those athletes compete at that level was a lot of fun, so we both set a goal to get there next year."
Mission accomplished. His brother qualified with a team in Dallas two weeks before Chris and team Maximus qualified.
The Reebok CrossFit Games begin July 13 in Los Angeles.