I Never Realized How Much Becoming a CrossFit Coach Would Change My Life

I never even realized.

I never realized how much energy it takes to be a coach. To not only be responsible for pumping yourself up but for motivating an entire gym full of athletes.

I never realized how much preparation goes into it. You aren’t given a minute-by-minute guide on what to do during all of the time outside the workout. You have to figure out what to do with that time. You have to figure out how to best warm them up, mobilize them and cool them down. You have to plan for instruction, leave time for questions, equipment set-up and always anticipate someone showing up late — throwing your entire plan out the garage door.

I never realized that sometimes your plan won’t end up meaning $h*t.

I never realized how hard it is to train once you become a coach. Spending hours planning and then instructing others leaves little time for yourself — especially with another full-time job on top of it. Shout-out to my fellow coaches doing THAT. It takes more motivation to work out after becoming a trainer than it ever did as an athlete. Sometimes the last thing I want to do after coaching 3 classes in a row is stay and do anything physical. I usually just want to get up-close and personal with my bed.

I never realized how exhausting it can be. Night-before jitters about having to teach a complex movement mixed with anxiety about oversleeping has caused many sleepless nights. There have been many times my alarm has gone off at 4:15 AM and I’ve rethought the entire trajectory of my life. I have been so. damn. tired. But I always go, and I’m always so glad I did..

Because, I never realized how much becoming a CrossFit coach would change my life.

It changed my social life because my family of friends has increased ten-fold. I’m an intimate part of these peoples lives now. I see them first thing in the morning when all they’ve done is roll out of bed and at the end of a long day after work. I cuddle their kids while they finish their WODs and listen to their struggles when they need someone to talk to. A majority of my time is spent thinking about all of them — and constantly making sure I remember everyones name.

It changed my fitness goals and how I feel about myself and my body. I have spent so much of my life being wrapped up in how my body looked — how defined my abs were, how much I weighed, what size pants I wore and other nonsense. But now, I care less about that and more about how I am portraying myself to my athletes.

Am I pushing myself in the gym, every time they see me?
 Am I constantly sharing health and nutrition info that will benefit them?
 Am I practicing positive self-talk in front of them instead of verbally beating myself up?

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