I found CrossFit in 2005 during my freshman year of college. I was introduced to “Helen” by a fellow teammate in the St. Olaf hockey program. I will never forget what it felt like to finish that first met-con; the metallic taste in my mouth, the pulsing in my legs and temples, my forearms on the verge of exploding. Strange as it sounds it was this feeling that hooked me and kept me coming back for more. The challenges that CrossFit poses each and every day, both physical and mental, and the subsequent overcoming of those challenges is one of the greatest elements of this program.
I CrossFit because… eleven years after I started it has never gotten any easier. Each workout demands the same amount of focus and commitment to intensity, form and positive self-talk that it did over a decade ago. As we tell our athletes at Union: it doesn’t get easier, you just get better.
I coach because… I love helping people. That might sound open ended and ambiguous but that’s really what I have the honor of doing each day. For some people improvement is about a bigger deadlift. For others it’s about walking out of the gym with less stress on the mind than when they entered. But best of all, are the opportunities to help people with their confidence, their sense of self, and improving their general outlook on life. It’s perhaps a little self-aggrandizing to talk this way about exercise but in truth, CrossFit has the ability to change lives and it’s a tremendous honor to play even a small role in the process.