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Chas Haas

Professional Competitor Bio

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Name: Chas Haas
Location: La Crosse, Wisconsin
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 205 lbs.
Birthday: March 30, 1995
Job: Environmental chemistry lab technician, Lumberjack show entertainer
Interests: Hunting, fishing, traveling, writing and Nordic skiing

How long you’ve competed in lumberjack sports and the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series?
My first year of competition was in 2017

How did you get involved in lumberjack sports and when did you start competing?
I got involved in lumberjack sports through my good friend, Willie. At the time, Willie worked at the Dells Lumberjack Show. I saw all that he got to do and it looked like an awesome time. He shared his boss’ contact info, fellow professional competitor Cassidy Scheer, and I essentially called him up and asked for a job with the show. Having virtually zero experience with lumberjack sports, Cassidy hired me on for the 2015 season. After a couple years of working the show, we started to train so I could compete in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Collegiate Series.

My first competition ended up being April 1, 2017 at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Collegiate Midwest Qualifier.

How do you train for the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series?
During the warmer months, I chop and saw as many blocks as possible. While being a relative newcomer to the sport, I’m learning that there is no substitute for pulling the saw and swinging the axe. Working the lumberjack show also affords many ‘bonus’ hours of training. I do a mix of strength training and high intensity interval training in the off season, putting emphasis on compound lifts and explosive movements. I also used to Nordic ski competitively in high school which I still do a decent amount through the winter months. Many of the principle movements of skiing transfer over quite well to STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®. Lastly, I also have started to dabble in yoga a bit with the hopes of increasing my flexibility and stability.

What’s your best/strongest STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series discipline
The standing block chop. I was able to set a new U.S. STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Collegiate record in the event in 2017 at the U.S. Championships in Milwaukee. I still have a lot to keep working and improve on every event.

What advice would you give to young athletes interested in competing on the Series?
Keep on asking questions, keep on talking to new people, and keep on trying new things! I have quickly learned how close-knit this community is. Almost everyone is willing to help out and pass on what they know. Don’t hesitate to reach out to other athletes who are involved in the sport. Everyone wants to keep this sport alive and growing; the best way of doing so is by being an ambassador of the sport and mentoring other athletes.

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