chris wilke

Fabulous People: Chris Wilke

Chris Wilke is the co-founder of San Diego’s Stretch Affect, where the team helps people make fundamental changes in their wellness journey. “Our programs are more than just physical therapy – we dig deep to help folks overcome lifestyle barriers and reach their weight loss, performance, and longevity goals.” Learn about Chris Wilke…

Follow at: @stretch_affect; @sa_chriswilke

Hometown: Santa Clarita

First job: I started as a busboy at a local Italian restaurant, where I learned the ropes of hard work and teamwork.

Favorite ways to spend your free time in CA: I love hanging out with my family and soaking up the California vibes. Whether jumping in the waves or skiing in our beautiful mountains, it’s all about making memories. I also love staycations and date nights with my wife; we love trying new restaurants in San Diego.

Your biggest accomplishment and why: Finding my incredible wife and building a beautiful family with her tops the list. Being a dad to my son and daughter brings me endless joy.

The biggest obstacle you overcame: Starting a hands-on, close-contact business during a pandemic was challenging, but even trickier has been navigating the healthcare and wellness industry. It’s a maze out there! Plus, getting people to understand our innovative approach to wellness has been a challenge. Selling a premium product can be easy; creating the demand for something new is the ultimate test.

Someone who inspires you and why: My dad is a hero of mine – he battled through tough times and has become a phenomenal dad and grandfather. Thought leaders like Jordan Peterson, who fearlessly seeks truth, always help me keep me grounded in a spirit-first way of life, making sure I use a compassionate lens to view the world. 

Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: If you’re looking to become a successful and effective practitioner, surround yourself with a diverse crew of experts so you learn as you work. And if you’re thinking of starting your own wellness biz, make sure you understand the business side of things – it’s a whole new world.

Favorite quote: “It is not our job to be right; it is our job to be loved.” –Anatomy of the Soul

Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: Back in college, I was the social chair of my fraternity and threw some legendary parties!

What makes someone fabulous: It’s all about embracing change, growing and facing challenges head-on. Fabulous folks are fearless in overcoming weaknesses and taking on the world.

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