Chris Rutkowski |CrossFitter of the Month

By November 24, 2015 crossfitter-of-the-month

Congrats Chris on being our next CrossFitter of the Month

From the Trainers

“Chris is the man and I want to be like him when I grow up! I love his attitude and the intensity that he brings on a continuous basis….you always know that he will give 100%. A prime example of his intensity is when he rowed a blazing 2k (top time in the gym, including the trainers), which would have place him in the top 30 in the world for his age group, I then made fun of his technique and he proceeded to tackle me……there’s only two people that could possibly do that: Superman and Chris Rutkowski. Beyond his effort, he is always fun to be around and has been gracious and respectful throughout his journey with us. Keep up the great work Chris!”- Eric

“I Nominate Chris R. due to his insane ability to push himself in workouts. The man moves fast and works hard to get the Workout of the day done. Chris also knows his limits, some of his lifts are limited do to his mobility and he works within his parameters. I appreciate his gracious manner when he is in the gym, always saying thank you to the coaches and cheering other members on. Keep up the hard work Chris, love having you in the gym” -Kenzie

“I am nominating Chris Rutkouwski for CrossFitter of the Month simply because of his nickname… “Chainsaw”. Anyone that has that nickname has an automatic in. On a serious note Rut is always working hard. Intensity is one thing he doesn’t lack. Frequently putting in the effort, even when his schedule doesn’t always cooperate, and trusting the process of the programming. Always great to have Rut in the gym for the high fives and slaps on the back that nearly knock you over. Well deserved and long awaited my friend. Keep up the great work.”- Chris

“Chris A.K.A. The Chainsaw, Is an absolute beast! Chris brings his A-game and attitude every day and does whatever he can to get a workout in no matter what’s happening around him. Whether he’s sprinting to chase down another athlete, or if he’s leading the pack Chris always gives 110%. Hard working man in and out of the gym, he’ll be the first one to cheer you on or congratulate you on any accomplishments in or out of the gym. Well deserved Chris keep up the amazing effort and never stop proving that age is just a number! I hope I can run as well as you someday! But honestly probably never going to happen…”- Ryan

“Congrats to Chris! I love Chris’s approach to everything he does in the gym, maximum effort each day. He has a great attitude, is thankful and gracious, and is a fantastic member of the gym. Well deserved Chris!”

From Chris

Who is Chainsaw?

It seems like I’ve had many nick names over the years, my personal favorite that Coach Eric calls me and all the rest of the trainers think it along with Addy and Ray is “No Rep”! Chainsaw came from the Hockey rink and it’s hung in at the gym. I guess I kind of do like it! Susan and I moved to Utah for the first time back in 1989 (say what!) and have been here permanently since 2000. We have two great boys Caleb 17 a junior at PCHS (great musician and writer) and Cody 11 a 5th grader at Jeremy (football, basketball, baseball, x-fit). I stay busy with my work as a Sales Manager with Energy West Controls (SLC & Denver Industrial Rep/Dist of process valves, steam/air/hot water equipment and fluid sealing products), along with coaching football, basketball, playing hockey and the typical PC things skiing, boating, camping, fishing, golfing, softball, dirt bikes etc….However my most passionate activities are CrossFit, riding our horses and being a hand to a rancher for cattle round-ups. The roundups are cool, I ride for 5 straight days in the desert (spring) and mountains (fall) gathering cows and living out my boyhood dream of being a cowboy. Susan, the boys and I live in Silver Creek with Tokoda, Ginger, Stormy, Grizz, Rusty, Roo, Shadow, Lightning, Stella, Que, Kiwi and Chocolate our critters.

Where are you from?

Both Susan and I are from a small farming/U of M (Go Blue!) town of Dexter MI, approx. 10 miles west of Ann Arbor MI. We met there in grade school, dated in HS and have been together ever since!

When did you start CrossFit?

April 2011

What keeps you going at CFPC?

A number of things, when I first started my left shoulder was a mess from many years of sports and skate skiing (100 x that winter). The Doc said another rotator cuff surgery was required. I walked into Chris’ gym, where barbells where clanging and music cranking and thought this is great, sign me up! I spoke to Chris about my shoulder and decided to try it, couldn’t hurt my shoulder anymore. 4.5 years later, no surgery and I have never been stronger however, my flexibility is a joke. What makes Chris’ gym great are the trainers and us “the community”. What a great group of people with common goals, interests, and motivation. I don’t know if anybody agrees with me but this @#$& is hard. I feel very fortunate to meet and work out with people that love to give it their all and support each other during and after the WOD. The strength that we gather and feed each other is powerful, for that, I thank everyone. I have exercised my whole life in one fashion or another. The programming that our amazing trainers come up with, their instruction and motivation is world class, we are lucky to have them in our lives giving us their instruction and insight, they are BA’s. The way I look at it is CrossFit is the hardest thing I do all day giving me the confidence to handle anything else in my personal or professional life, bring it on! The mental high after a WOD is the best, even better than a Tito’s on the rocks with jalapeno/garlic stuffed olives!

What do you feel have been your biggest improvements/struggles with crossfit?

Overall fitness is the biggest improvement, I can throw 300 bales of hay for our mini ranch, or a neighbors on a Saturday, wake up on Sunday and think nothing about it. I have many poor movements remember “no rep” but really struggle with overhead squats, handstand push-ups and connecting muscle ups.

If you could design a workout what would be in it?

Well let’s see, how about 5 rounds of 400 yd. run, 10 power cleans, 20 box jumps and 3 rope climbs!

What is your favorite benchmark workout?

Probably “Cindy” as a benchmark but I like to stretch her out to 5 rounds (Coach Eric’s suggestion) for a work out.

If you could have a super power what would it be?

Flying High! I’ve always had a dream since I was a kid that I can jump and hover into the sky, looking down and admiring the farmland of MI and now our wonderful mountains.

I really want to thank Chris, Eric, Doug, Kenzi and Ryan! You all have developed a great box where we all feel welcomed, get challenged and become better people under your guidance. Thank you very much!


  • brooksadd123 says:

    Mike Wazowski! Just kidding. Congratulations Chris! You are one of the hardest workers in our gym. Thank you for inspiring us to dig deep.

  • Susan Rutkowski says:

    Way to go hun! Very proud of you and how hard you work. Thanks for always encouraging me. I’m always amazed at how fast you can smoke workouts, especially those runs. Ride on!

  • The SLOB says:

    Nice job Chris! As one of Chris’s co-workers, this accomplishment doesn’t really surprise me. The Chainsaw never stops impressing me with his hard work, dedication and encouragement to others. Your not only an inspiration to your fellow CrossFitters but to your friends at work as well. Way to go!

  • Jay says:

    I have another nickname for you. “Flash”
    Because when I look in your direction during a workout, all I see is a blur. Congrats Flash!

  • Ray says:

    Great write up. Always fun to see you in the box and watch you crush workouts. Congrats Chris – you definitely deserve the accolades!!

  • Amy Lanzel says:

    Great write up. No one deserves it more! Congrats Chris! Amy

  • Boomer says:

    Congrats Chainsaw!! Always a pleasure and a heckuva challenge working out with ya!! WELL DESERVED!!!

  • Laura Lamando says:

    Congrats Chris! Well deserved!! 🙂

  • Barry says:

    Awesome! There’s a nickname for ya! Always fun chasing you in a WOD Chris. Keep charging buddy.

  • Donna Fehrle says:

    Cowboy Chris and Side Kick Shawn! Chainsaw is good too. Good job bro, love you.

  • Patti Harrmann says:

    That’s my bro!!! So proud of you throughout our lives together. I understand the whole work out thing but the important element I hear in all the write ups is the respect Christopher has for all at the gym which translates into love!

  • judy rutkowski says:

    Way to go cousin Chris!!! You are always going above and beyond!! Proud of you and love you !

  • Dave Sing says:

    Chris has always (always!) been competitive, and driven to excel at everything he does. Combining his positive attitude with his good-natured will to exceed his own expectations has naturally led to the man he is today. From the first moment he slapped on a pair of downhill skis I knew he wouldn’t stop until he became a master skier. Never intimidated, always ready, ever enthusiastic, Chris is the epitome of what a true athlete can be. Go Chris! (And hi, Sue!)

  • Dave Sing says:

    And dude, you don’t need any super powers. If you could fly we’d all be in big trouble ?! You go Ski, but the sky is truly the limit. Woot!

  • That’s the person I grew up with…that will to take on any challenge head on and give it your best that always drove me to be better and a better person….congrats Chris

  • Tonya says:

    WOW……..Congrats!!! That is so awesome. So many things I didn’t know about, your passions, family etc. Been fun getting to know you and the family!! Keep up all the crossfit work. Will see you on a horse some day!!

  • Nancy Tallman says:

    Great write up for a great athlete and person. I always enjoy working out with you, Chris. Your positive energy is infectious.

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