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Jul 2, 2012 3:03 PM by Kyle Scott

From UK Coach to CrossFit

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.

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