As a kid I did some football and field hockey but my great passion has been icehockey, which I played for a long time. After this I focussed on strength training, bodybuilding and (olympic) weightlifting. I always had an interest in weightlifting; powerlifting as wel as olympic style lifting, but I felt like my self-training reached a plateau and therefore I wanted to do something that challenged me. Additionally, my conditioning needed some attention as well, since I kind of neglected this after I stopped doing icehockey. So for me, CrossFit was the perfect combination of these elements and that was the beginning of CrossFit for me.
What I like most about being a CrossFit coach is helping people overcome their fears, gaining self-confidence and reaching their goals. It feels very rewarding when people in your class perform a movement for the first time! Additionally it feels great when you can increase an athlete’s awareness of movement, so they actually feel the muscles or stance when they workout. Then I know they are safe in making their progress.
My advice to early CrossFitters is: listen to your body, stay at your own level and don’t compare yourself to people who have way more experience. Be patient, work hard, the progress will follow. CrossFit is for everybody, all people have to start at zero, but everybody’s zero looks different! I want to educate and motivate athletes so much, that they quit their jobs early to come to my class!