There I said it. And it’s the truth. Wanna take a bet? I’ll win. For sure. I know most CrossFitters think their box and their coaches are the cat’s meow, the best of the best, the Crème de La Crème however the Coaches at CrossFit165 really are – they’re the bomb diggity.
Before I divulge why I think my Coaches are the best let me preface with … I began my CrossFit journey in March of 2015 but my attendance was spotty at best. I loved it but my schedule was way too erratic to go regularly. At the end of June I began to go four to six days a week. And man I drank the juice, actually I chugged it. Just like my good ‘ole college days but the difference is this juice will do my body and mind good.
Nevertheless, when I began CrossFit, Charlie was my Coach. Oh dear Charlie. He’s a beast. A very patient, sarcastic, motivating beast. As the box grew and more Coaches were brought in I now have the pleasure (sarcasm at its best) of attending the classes with other Coaches. And they’re all awesome. Patient. Motivating. Nice. Which is what you want in a Coach, especially for CrossFit. As one of the co-owners of the box said this very morning “It takes courage to walk into a box” and he’s right. Because each time I enter the gym, ummmm box for another workout I am scared out of my mind:
- Scared that I can’t keep up (it’s a struggle but I fight every day).
- Scared of getting it all wrong (it happens more times that I wish).
- Scared that the Coaches would be disappointed in my performance (they don’t care about this shit, as long as you try – that’s most important. After my very first WOD. Charlie must of sensed my disbelief and noticed that I was gasping for air when he said “You start where you start” which was encouraging and comforting).
- Scared that the Coaches will laugh at this chubby mom of two trying desperately to keep up with some very fit CrossFitters (they never laugh, although Charlie has on occasion gave a look and shook his head in disbelief at the questions I asked).
- Scared I would cry because the WOD was too much to handle (it almost happened).
- Scared I will puke (I have come close).
- Scared that I will disappoint myself (maybe once but I am really in awe of what I am actually doing. Ummm hello, I just PR’d a Power Clean at #90, like who the hell am I?)
CrossFit is fucking hard. It’s grueling. It’s mentally taxing; so when I was told that Charlie – one of the Coaches and co-owner of CrossFit165 made the 2015 CrossFit Games, I was speechless. And that’s rare for me. The CrossFit games are ridiculous. Ridiculously hard. I’ve watched the games well before the thought of CrossFit crossed my mind. And it is insanity. So many athletes gun for the games and don’t even come close to making the cut. Coach Charlie did.
So, why do I care if my Coach made it to the games? As a newbie Crossfitter – who is absolutely light-years away from completing ONE strict toes-to-bar – it actually means a helluva lot:
- It means that you are being coached and trained by the very best in the field (one of the fittest and strongest athletes on the planet. Yes. The. Planet).
- It means that games Coach is providing guidance and training to every other coach at the box, which means you’re getting the very best of every coach all the time. SWEET!
- It means that I can persevere, work hard, I can dream, I can be determined to succeed and it will pay off – in every aspect of my life. Coach Charlie proved that. Ten fold.
- Having a Coach make the games and compete beautifully builds a community. The entire box got pumped when the games were on, we were all watching. At each workout we would commiserate about the games, about Charlie about the insane WOD’s. It’s motivating and builds a strong powerful community.
- It means that your Coach busted his ass to get to the games and busted his ass competing which means you can’t bitch (even under your breath) about the 79 burpees, 89 box jumps and 1000 meter row you have to complete during the WOD.
- It means everything to this newbie CrossFitter who has been struggling for almost five years to get stronger. Be a better runner, triathlete, to find confidence and to frankly to take off the 25 pounds I regained (wow that hurts, after losing 78).
- It means I can. And it means I will.
So there you have it. My CrossFit Coaches are better than yours. Nanny nanny poo poo!
Settle down CrossFitters – I’m KIDDING, well not really but settle down anyway, go swing a kettle bell … the right way!!