Why I Love Being A CrossFit Coach (ft. Coach Lindsay)

  August 15, 2016

I was asked to write my first coaches article this past week & I thought it would be easy.  Pick a subject & just write something right….wrong.  I have written 6
articles on 5 different subjects which all ended up in the trash.  So as I sit at the box for the 5th day in a row I’m reflecting on why I’m here. 
I’m a coach & an athlete but mostly this week I’ve played the coach role.  I took my Level 1 coaching certification in January & started coaching immediately after.  But why?  Why did I want to coach?  The simple answer is to help people, however, there is so much more to it than that.  This place is home, these athletes are my family.  We all sweat, bleed, puke & occasionally cry together.  I wanted to coach because I felt the need to help my family be better. 
This week has given me a new appreciation for those coaches like  Pat & Kyle who coach almost daily.  I’m not going to lie…it gets hard & some days it can feel like a struggle.  Then you have that moment when one or two of your athletes do something great.  It can be something like someone running the entire 400m instead of having to walk or someone getting their first muscle up but the only thing you see as their coach is that smile on their face.  That is gold!  You know as a coach that moment is why you do what you do.  More often than not we as coaches get a little busy with other tasks & forget to point out our athletes accomplishments but don’t think it goes unnoticed.  We are all like proud parents who has the privilege of watching our kids do something great. 
Coaching has become a huge part of my life & I’m enjoying the ride.  I’m beyond thankful to Pat & Kyle for giving me the opportunity to coach.  I know I’m not perfect & I make mistakes but I try to put my heart into it each & every time I coach.  To my CrossFit family (all of athletes)…thank you for being awesome & letting me be part of making your lives healthier.  To those athletes that I’ve had the honor of experiencing your accomplishments…I’m so proud & keep up the good work.  For those of you that are new or I haven’t met yet…y’all are part of one amazing family & I can’t wait to watch or hear about you doing great things. 
I am beyond blessed to be part of such a great family.  This is my thank you as a coach, fellow athlete & friend.  Next time I promise to write a less mushy article!!!!
Coach Lindsay

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