About a month into my freshman year of university, I decided that I’d had enough of feeling sluggish, constantly fatigued, and generally out of shape. Since quitting the school basketball team during my junior year of high school, I’d rarely workout and would eat far too much fast food. My best friend asked me to go with her to her gym one Saturday and I ended up signing up for my own membership at her gym the same day. I committed myself to going to the gym for at least an hour each day, seven days a week. Within a few weeks, I felt more energetic, could see improvements in my endurance and strength, and had more self-confidence in every aspect of my life.
For about 4 years, my daily routine would include slaving away on cardio machines at low intensity for extended periods of time, followed by performing isolated movements on weight machines. I trained in a primarily bodybuilding style, lifting to attain certain muscles or in an attempt to sculpt my body. After I got bored of that, I moved to a more powerlifting style of training. I enjoyed that much more as I had goals and could measure my accomplishments through being able to lift more weight or perform more reps. Around the same time, I started going to a local studio which held hour-long high-intensity circuit training classes. I fell in love with that, too. However, it seemed that both HIIT-style training and powerlifting were counteracting each other. I needed to find something that incorporated both.
I first heard of CrossFit around 2013. I’d done a couple of CrossFit workouts sporadically during my traditional gym career, and I generally really enjoyed them (except the ones that involved the bear crawl). In August of 2016, I moved to Houston and decided I needed a change in my gym-life. I showed up at CrossFit S5 exactly one week after arriving in Houston and instantly fell in love. The atmosphere, community, varied workouts, and Alan’s encouragement and coaching kept me coming back. I was hooked. I loved seeing myself improve over the weeks and then months: PRs on my lifts, becoming faster at metcons, and learning how to perform new movements such as the clean (and jerks… but I don’t enjoy those), snatch, and pistols.
About six months later, I decided I wanted the opportunity to coach other athletes. I’ve always enjoyed helping people and seeing them grow. I took the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate Course and started coaching at CrossFit S5 shortly thereafter. I enjoy encouraging people while still pushing them to their limits. Coaching CrossFit is extremely rewarding to me, especially seeing an athlete incorporate my advice to better execute a certain lift or seeing an athlete do far better than they ever expected during a metcon.
• CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
• CPR, American Heart Association
Posted on Mon, September 25, 2017
by Amanda McVay