Crossfit Kids Coach, Crossfit 101 Assistant Coach
I came to CrossFit like most folks who walk into the box, scared, really nervous, and out of shape! I had played sports when I was in high school, and bit in college, but as life took over I just found that I was not able to keep up with the work outs and I did not find exercise to be fun, it was always something that “I had to do.” But that all changed when I began to workout at CrossFit OldTown (CFOT). I found that I was not bored, I could keep up with the workouts, I wanted to come back every day, I felt supported by the coaches, and the people that I worked out with, and I found that competitive spirit within myself for exercise was alive and well!
I became a CrossFit Kids certified instructor and Level 1 coach in January of 2012 and have been coaching both CrossFit preschool and kids classes, as well as a CrossFit 101 intro class with adults, while assisting with general CFOT classes when needed. I am also working on a Doctorate degree and my research study is looking at the effects of CrossFit kids on academic and fitness with students with disabilities.
I think coaching takes my own training to a new level, and the experiences that I have had coaching, especially the preschoolers has been truly rewarding. When I hear kids excited about fitness and talking about running and being strong and getting text from parents when their kids are on vacation that they are doing burpees, and sit-ups and WODs that they have created and that they want to let “Coach Kate” know about, I feel like the message is getting out there that the next generation can grow up knowing exercise can be fun and not something that you “have to do.” Or when I was handed a note, that one of the parents gave me, it was a WOD that his daughter had created for herself, and she made sure that her Dad brought it, but what I loved was that it meant CrossFit was carried beyond the box!
That’s what it’s all about for me, we work for a few hours each day inside the CFOT box, but CrossFit lives beyond the box every day, it has made me a better daughter, sister, and friend, and when I coach I simply try to impart some small part of that gift that was shared with me, way back when I first walked through the doors of CFOT!