Adrianne Haider

General Manager of CrossFit Minneapolis

Growing up, I had always been an athlete- I played 3 sports in high school and went on to compete in collegiate track and field specializing in short sprints, relays, and the javelin throw. I loved competition but never felt like I could reach my full potential in the sports I played. After stumbling across the CrossFit Games on ESPN during my junior year of college, I was hooked. I started researching and trying to find a gym to join after I graduated. Throughout my 3 years in the CrossFit community, I’ve met some of my best friends, I’m stronger and fitter than I’ve ever been, and discovered my passion for coaching.

I CrossFit because… I love the challenge and the camaraderie. Every day presents a new opportunity to learn and grow in a box full of friends on the same journey as you. There’s something special about having a friend come over to give you a ‘high five’ after going through a difficult workout together in class.

I coach because… I’m extremely passionate about helping clients live a longer, happier, and healthier life. I love seeing people reach milestones they never thought were possible- cure diseases, live pain-free and celebrate new PR’s in the gym. That’s what CrossFit is all about.

The first time I tried CrossFit was in the winter of 2013. I remember a friend of mine convinced me to do a Free Into Class. At that time all I was doing was the classic gym lifting (leg day, chest day, shoulder day etc). I said yes, and we tried it out. It was three rounds of 500m row, 20 sit ups, and 10 pull ups. The coach briefed us and I remember thinking “that’s it?”. That same workout made me sore for a week and kicked my butt in the process, but I loved it! I had never pushed that hard in a workout before and it was the best feeling ever.

I CrossFit because… the community and the challenge. The community is so close and everyone is always encouraging and will continually push you to get one more repetition. Also everyday you walk in the door there’s a new challenge and I love that!

I coach because… I want to have a positive influence on people’s lives. Nothing is more exciting than seeing someone achieve a goal they’ve been working towards.