Chris Stoutenburg, Seminar Coach
Owner/Founder WheelWOD www.wheelwod.com
Owner/Coach CrossFit Indestri www.indestri.com
3Fuel Athlete www.3fu3l.com
Basketball, Crossfit, athletics and extreme challenges are my comfort places
I am a family man, a husband, a father and a son. I believe in the power of positive thought and carrying yourself with a little swagger. I don’t provide excuses nor will I use any.
I was Born in 1977 and have been an athlete all my life, played any and every sport I could get involved with. water, snow, mud, sand, indoor/outdoor anywhere… if there was a competitive nature I wanted in. In 1997 I was headed to University of Guelph for Preseason football camp where I was going to play Wide receiver. I was to leave July 1st. On June 18th…
I fell from a balcony and broke my back at the T-6 level crushing 3 vertebrae in my spine…But what happens next is why I am here, it’s what I want to share with you. My physical appearance never changed. My drive never changed. My love of sport never changed. The only thing that changed was my mode of transportation. A wheelchair became my chariot of choice and I push that chair to its limits and when it gets in my way I exit that sucker and continue to move by any mode possible. Basketball became my outlet for showing people what I was capable of… and the National Stage was where I got to share.
Basketball Background: Quote Via Basketball Canada
Kickstarted my career by being named Rookie Of The Year and Most Improved Player for my club team the Burlington Vipers. Two years later in 1999, I made the Canadian National Men’s Team.
“Known for his vocal leadership on the court. His coaches rely on him to play an important role as an extension of themselves. He is key to organizing his teammates by helping to run things from the floor.
Where a lot of other teams don’t typically give the ball to their class 1.0 guys, Stoutenburg is an outstanding outside shooter and ball handler who can make things happen offensively.
In addition to several International Gold Medals including consecutive Paralympic Gold Medals in Athens in 2004 and Sydney in 2000, Stoutenburg has reached the podium in 10 consecutive National Tournaments with Team Ontario. Notably, he helped Ontario claim five consecutive Titles from 2002-2006.
In 2006, he won a Gold medal at the Gold Cup World Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands and he was awarded the City of Amsterdam Sport Award.(MVP)”
After Basket Ball
After a choice to leave the national stage to pursue love, life and laughter in the form of marriage, a best friend and a son…in 2012, I found myself looking for the next competition, The next challenge. Enter CrossFit… and yeah after about a month I drank the Kool Aid and encourage anyone to do the same. I have experienced many different fitness programs in my career and have never found one to be as inclusive and adaptable as this.
I am now a Crossfit L1 Trainer/gym owner, fitness enthusiast. I run a free website that provides daily programming for seated athletes as well as online training, personal training, produce free instructional videos and we provide programming for adaptive competitions. I coach Under 19 able bodied Rep basketball and If I’m not with my family or on the court you can find me at the box, (Indestri) coaching the daily classes and thinking of ways to challenge myself and others in my situation.
My love for finding new ways to adapt movements and create a functional movement that builds strength, endurance or power/speed has taken over 90% of what I think of in a day. I believe this must be shared and encouraged as the only way to change the view of this world on being “disabled” is to change it ourselves.
2008 Silver Medallist at the Beijing Paralympic Games in China
2008 Silver Medallist at the North American Cup, Birmingham, Alabama
2008 Gold Medallist at the Pre-Paralympic Test Series, Onabruck, Germany
2008 Gold Medallist at the Good Luck Beijing International Invitational, Beijing, China
2007 Silver Medallist at the Parapanamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2007 Gold Medallist Visa Paralympic Cup Manchester, England
2006 Gold Medallist at the Gold Cup World Championships in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and selected recipient of the City of Amsterdam Sport Award
2006 Gold Medallist at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, England
2006 Gold Medallist Osaka Cup held in Osaka, Japan
2006 Medallist at the America’s Qualification Tournament in Colorado, USA
2004 Gold Medallist at the Athens Paralympic Games in Greece
2003 Gold Medallist at the Qualification Tournament in Argentina
2002 Gold Medallist at the Qualification Tournament in Brazil
2002 Bronze Medallist at Gold Cup World Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan
2000 Gold Medallist at the Sydney Paralympic Games in Australia
2008 Bronze Medallist at National Championships with Team Ontario
2007 Bronze Medallist at National Championships with Team Ontario
2006 Gold Medallist at National Championships with Team Ontario and selected to All-Star team
2005 Gold Medallist at National Championships with Team Ontario and selected to All-Star team
2004 Gold Medallist at National Championships with Team Ontario and selected to All-Star team
2003 Gold Medallist at National Championships with Team Ontario and selected to All-Star team
2002 Gold Medallist at National Championships with Team Ontario and selected to All-Star team
2001 Silver Medallist at National Championship with Ontario Team and selected to All-Star team
2000 Silver Medallist at National Championship with Ontario Team and selected to All-Star team
1999 Gold Medalist at Canada Games with Team Ontario
1999 Gold Medalist at National Championship with Team Ontario
1999 Bronze Medallist at Junior CWBL with Burlington Vipers and selected to All-Star Team
1998/99 Burlington Vipers Rookie of the year
1998/99 Burlington Vipers most improved Player
2012 Finished: Milk- Du-Athlon Wasaga Beach
2013 Finished: 5 km Mountain Race Met Con Blue
2013 Finished: Blue Mountain Half Marathon
2013 CF OPEN Competitor
2014 CF OPEN Competitor/ 7th Wheelwod open 1st annual
2014 3rd in AGOGE Challenge seated division
2015 OPEN Competitor/ 5th in Wheelwod Open 2nd annual