This week marks the end of my first month as a coach in CrossFit Ireland, and what a month it’s been. This still doesn’t seem real at the moment and I haven’t really taken the time to sit back and think about it properly. Busy trying to get up to speed with everything… still in the process but I’m getting there.
As soon as I started training CrossFit I knew it was for me, so it is a real dream for me to be able to coach this stuff full time. For the last two years I had been working (my day job) as a trainer in a conventional gym and spending whatever other time I had immersed in CrossFit; training, interning with Tom, assisting Colm and Will in classes, covering occasionally if they required some time off and essentially trying to learn as much as I could.
I was overwhelmed when the guys(Colm, Tom, Will) approached me with the offer. It’s not every day your dream job is presented to you like that. I jumped at the opportunity needless to say. When do I start? I can hand in my notice this week. I was super eager to get started.
I’ve learned so much in my first month here, there is such a huge amount of work that goes into running CFI behind the scenes. I knew a lot from my time spent interning as a trainee coach with the guys, but it still surprises me how much they do day in day out. There’s much more to think about than just what your class plan is going to be for that day.
There was a lot I had to learn and there is always room to improve. One of my goals is to improve on something everyday, pick one thing and try to get better at it. I think CrossFit is quite like this, there are so many areas you can focus on, you couldn’t possibly focus on everything in the one day. The best approach is to pick one thing per day and try and better yourself.
I’ve also started at a pretty exciting time in the CrossFit calendar. The 2012 CrossFit Opens are in full swing and it’s great to view this as a coach and not just as an athlete. It is amazing to see everyone challenge themselves weekly, smash personal records and exceed their own expectations. This gets me excited, I enjoy seeing people do well in CrossFit competitions just as much as I enjoy watching people figuring out the squat or the kettlebell swing for the first time.
I’d like to thank everyone for the warm welcome I received upon starting in CrossFit Ireland; from both the members and the staff. I am always surprised by how kind and thoughtful our members are. I really love CrossFit and I’m very thankful for this amazing opportunity. I hope to express this gratitude through my hard work, enthusiastic coaching and try and become better at this stuff everyday.