Athlete of the MonthDecember

Chris Puyear

Career: Lobbyist

Years at FireTower Athletics: 2

Needless to say, we were blown away from the very first class, and have been proud members of the FireTower Family ever since.

I’m blessed to live in Helena with my badass wife (who deserves this way more than me!) and my adorable, tiny australian shepherd Perse. I was raised here attending Helena High, and later, Carroll College as a Business Administration Major. Politics was a central part of my upbringing. My dad spent 25-years representing small and rural schools before the Montana Legislature and before I knew it I was following in the old man’s footsteps.

I attended Montana Boys State my Junior year of High School and completely fell in love with the legislative process. By the following year I was the youngest registered lobbyist in the State of Montana and I haven’t looked back since. Most people see lobbyists as a dirty word, but ultimately your job is to represent clients who are too busy making a living to engage in the political process. I find the work honorable and incredibly rewarding.

As a lifelong competitive golfer, I can hardly be considered an athlete, but health and fitness has always been a central part of my life. As a young child my dad used to take me to the old Broadwater Healthclub every Wednesday to play racquetball and swim. When I got into high school I started lifting weights and have stayed with some form of lifting program throughout the majority of my 20’s.

In August 2019 my wife and I had both hit major plateaus in our training. I found myself skipping more and more days of working out and on the days I did show up it was a grind to get through the program I had planned. Ultimately, it was Tyler who decided to try CrossFit and I reluctantly came along for the ride. As a long-time CrossFit hater, I meticulously researched boxes in the area and ended up reaching out to Jay due to his impressive credentials. Needless to say, we were blown away from the very first class, and have been proud members of the FireTower Family ever since.

In a perfect world I get up at 5:00 am, hit 5:30 am CrossFit, and return home to shower, journal, and make breakfast before starting my day. In reality, this only happens about 30% of the time and most days are a mad scramble to keep up at work, take care of the dog, and squeeze in CrossFit wherever it fits. With so many times offered throughout the day there really is no excuse.

I’ve struggled with serious depression throughout most of my adult life and CrossFit is the best antidote to psychological suffering I’ve come across. The combination of intense physical demands and rich camaraderie do wonders to banish the shadows, but it requires the right mindset. In spring of 2019 I heavily considered giving up CrossFit. Each morning I dreaded coming to the gym and I felt worse about myself after the WOD than I did before. In the end, I learned to stop attaching myself to times, rounds, and total reps, and start giving myself credit for showing up. This podcast from Ben Bergeron was a major catalyst to finding joy in CrossFit again.

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