My strong desire to motivate and encourage people is what led me to becoming a CrossFit coach. When I started doing CrossFit, I loved the program. When I saw how working out like this changed peoples lives it was an easy decision to become a coach. I love seeing the positive change that health makes in peoples lives. My favourite part of coaching is when I see somebody doing something that they thought they would never do again.
I have my CrossFit L1 certification and my MWOD certification. I have also studied Carl Paoli's material and attended his course on movement.
I love seeing that the mobility we do in the gym to prepare for our training, begins to restore functional range of motion to our bodies. The improved range of motion allows for pain free movement. This life changing impact is why I love what I do. My favourite part of coaching is when I see somebody doing something that they thought they couldn’t do. Seeing my members quality of life outside of the gym improve are the results I aim to provide.
After several years of triathlon racing I was looking for something new to continue my fitness journey. While I felt reasonably fit in the domain of cardiovascular endurance, I felt I was lacking in the areas of strength and flexibility. My search brought me to CrossFit and I quickly realized the constantly varied, functional movement programming was very effective in achieving a higher level of overall fitness.
However, the most powerful aspect of CrossFit is the community. The loudest cheers in the gym are typically reserved, not for the 1st place finisher, but for the person fighting to get those last few reps in before the clock runs out. CrossFit Elmira is made up of an incredible group of people supporting each other to make themselves better today than yesterday.
I am a 3X Ironman finisher and have my CrossFit L1 certification. As a Masters age athlete I appreciate the challenges that age brings to our health and mobility. As a coach, it is very rewarding to help our athletes, of all ages, achieve their goals, regain mobility they may have lost and to accomplish things in the gym they, themselves, didn’t think were possible
I walked through the doors of CrossFit Elmira (CE) in 2014, knowing no one, and in no time at all I was hooked. Before, the gym had always been just a tool to increase my fitness level but CE changed that. A membership here not only increased my fitness and knowledge, it’s allowed me to create amazing connections with so many others. Since joining CE, I’ve completed the CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course as well as the CrossFit Kids Certificate course. With my training and passion to help teach young girls the importance of health, I have started a thriving CrossFit Kids class at CE.
My goal is to teach these young participants the functional movements of CrossFit, working on technique and skill as we increase their strength. I strongly believe, and I am seeing it first hand with these young athletes, that being active is so incredibly important.
We work hard but even more importantly, we have fun while incorporating movement. I hope that as they grow up, the importance of movement and fitness stays with them, no matter where they are in their life.
Starting CrossFit in 2007, I was an early adopter to the program. The ideas and principles just made sense to me, and the product itself worked. It started me down a different path of fitness than I had previously been on. It was better rounded and was truly all-encompassing. With an emphasis on wellness, fitness, and health (both mentally and physically) it made a lot of sense. All though life goals and priorities change over time going back to those basics time and time again you can’t go wrong. Once those pieces are truly embedded and a part of your essence and being you’ll live a life full of true wellness.
As a coach, my priorities are focused on people doing things safely, correctly and making sure they enjoy themselves. I know that if people are having fun and working hard they’ll continue to do it, and will see positive results. Training should improve your day to day life and make an impact on how you look and feel. It needs to be a priority in your life in order to be successful, and a well-balanced nutrition profile will take you to the next level.
I loved CrossFit from my first workout. I have always enjoyed working out but it wasn’t until I started doing CrossFit that it became something more. CrossFit to me is so much more than a fitness program - it’s a group of like minded friends working hard to be their best. It has provided me the opportunity to have met some of the best people in my life through and being a coach and gives me an outlet to share my passion with others.
The environment and culture at CrossFit Elmira is something I enjoy being a part of everyday. As a coach, I love seeing people challenge themselves and walk out of the gym knowing they accomplished their goals. It is my passion to see people reach the personal goals that they have set for themselves.
I have my CrossFit L1 certification and am enjoying the process of learning new skills that make a successful coach. I want to continue to do my part to make the gym a place people look forward to coming to everyday.