My First CrossFit Experience
My first CrossFit experience was in September of 2015. A good friend invited me to come to her CrossFit gym where she had recently started coaching. It wasn’t the first time she had invited me, but it was the first time I took the invitation seriously. I had recently started homeschooling my 2 kids, who at the time were 8 and 10, and I remember my days being consumed with that. With the start of home schooling, came separation from my friends and other adults and lots of sitting around with my kids. I needed to get out. I needed to move. I had always put off fitness and knew it was time to change that. Thinking that joining a CrossFit class might be the change I was looking for, I decided to try it out. So, early on a Monday morning, I got up at 5am to go the 5:30 class. I am not a morning person by nature! The class was small and we all warned up together; then I was introduced to some CrossFit movements. I remember the workout pretty clearly. The wod was 3 rounds for time of a 400 meter run, 9 thrusters, and 18 burpees over the bar. Somehow I managed to finish, mostly out of pride. And pride kept me going back for the first week. I loved everything about it: the workout, the constant variety, and especially the people. It’s been 2 1/2 years and I haven’t looked back.
What I Love About Coaching
The best parts about coaching is threefold. I love the people and getting to know each one one them. I love teaching the movements. And I love seeing the achievements they reach when they put in the work every week.
CrossFit has a reputation of having an amazing community feel. The people of the gym really add a lot to my day. It could be a simple greeting as I walk in, or a high five after a difficult WOD, yet that simple act makes me feel welcome, like I’m part of the team. Your gym buddies become family. They celebrate successes with you, challenge your growth and check in on you if you’ve missed a workout. The social side of CrossFit is what makes it one of the best hours of my day.
As a CrossFit coach, my primary job is to teach the movements and then ensure each person is moving with good mechanics. Every movement is gone over at each class so that everybody is moving efficiently and safely, which of course, transfers to life outside the gym. People walk into class without any fitness background and learn the basic squat or pushup all the way up to the complex Olympic lifts. My job, along with my head coach, is to break down those movements so they are simple and achievable. It’s impressive to watch someone learn how to move safely and achieve success in their very first class.
Being a coach is so much more than ensuring athletes move well. There are many reasons that a person chooses CrossFit: they have a friend who does it, they want to lose weight, they want to build muscle, or maybe they have a goal to be able to hike Mt. Baldy in the heart of Eagle River because they’ve never done anything like that before. Whatever the reason that gets them through that door, I love seeing people set a goal and then smash right through it. I get to cheer on successes and see huge progress in each and every person that walks into the gym. I get excited to hear about their goals and watch them put in the hard work that it takes to achieve them. As a coach, I enjoy watching new members and long time athletes set new goals and work though the process it takes to get there.
Obviously, being a coach has a lot of perks. The people and community are really what makes CrossFit Eagle River special and that’s what it’s all about. Whether it’s high fiving your buddy after getting a new PR, seeing a new member challenge themselves in a new way, watching someone become strong and confident behind a barbell, or seeing the lightbulb clock on while talking about consistency, it all makes my job and the daily grind absolutely worth it.
What CrossFit Has Done for Me
I never once thought that I would be where I’m at today. I started CrossFit to get in shape, and just get out of the house, and it became so much more than that. I was blown away by what my body could do in a CrossFit workout. I eagerly took it all in, not knowing where it was going to take me. My readiness to follow that path led me down a path that I couldn’t foresee, and continues to surprise me. I love this journey!
My world has done a complete 180. My family has followed my path to being more active. After watching my own results for about a year, my husband decided to join me, which also led our son to join the teen class. The CrossFit community is such a different way of getting fit, that it’s infectious. Not only am I leaving my mark on my family, but so many lives are being transformed.
As for the future, I want to continue to increase my knowledge in regards to health, fitness and well-being, and share my passion for fitness and health through coaching. I am truly a people person. I really love helping people. I want to share what I’ve learned and what’s helped me grow over the years to become the best version of myself yet.
I am a strong woman, a Christian, a wife, a mother, an athlete, and family oriented. I am a coach, a massage therapist, and a homeschool mom.