Familiar Place With a New Face…
or 5. Well actually only one of the faces is new but should be far less by now.
I am happy to introduce our new Interns/Coaches in learning. Most you will already know and some pretty well. Others this may be the first time you are meeting them and the first thing you will learn about them. Either way, take a moment to welcome them. You will be seeing them more frequently on the coaching floor; shadowing, assisting, leading portions of class, and eventually leading entire classes.
As a company, I have always believed in the idea of bringing a member up into coaching ranks as the first source of talent as opposed to hiring from outside of the organization. These individuals understand our culture and community. Know our members and usually have a smoother transition into the coaching ranks. There are exceptions to this rule and one of our new interns is such an exception.
Each intern is going through and extensive learning process behind the scenes and is learning the craft of becoming an excellent coach. The maturation process doesn’t end.
Without further delay…
MICKEY GROUSE (aka Mike Tsung)
I’ve been CrossFitting since November 2009. Earlier that year, I met former CrossFit Boston member, Josh Stahl, at a stair climb event and started up at CFB a few months later.
Early on, Helen was one of my favorite WODs. There is something about that triplet of running, pull-ups, and kettle bell swings that really appealed to me. I’m also a big fan of DT and Annie, two WODs that could not be more different! My least favorite WOD is 14.5. That was gross, but I’m already looking forward to tackling it again sometime after someone puts the fire out in my triceps.
When I’m not at the gym, I also get people moving on the dance floor as a DJ. After years of rocking house parties, weddings, and other special events, I was granted a weekly residency at a downtown bar this past fall. I’m an excellent driver and I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career.
Why coach at CFB? The people, obviously! The community here is awesome and I’ve forged some elite friendships on the way to forging semi-elite fitness. I think one strength I have as a coach is the fact that I was never an athlete growing up and that many of these movements were (and continue to be) pretty foreign. In addition to receiving excellent coaching from the staff at CFB, I also have spent considerable time nerding out, reading as many articles as possible on form and technique of these various movements. I’m excited to be starting up at CFB — see you all in the gym!
ALEX BLACK – Wicked Good Nutrition
I started CrossFit when I joined CFB in early 2011, but I did very similar training to CrossFit in college. We did a lot of functional movement, Oly lifts, and gymnastics, workouts were just called “power circuits” instead of “WODs”.
Murph is definitely one of my favorites – I love how the community comes together for that one and I love chippers. Least favorite is Fran and anything with lots of rowing.
Running, playing tennis, skiing, shopping, and watching college football (go gators). Anything that gets me out of the house and doing something fun with other people.
I became an RD because I want to help people achieve a healthy, active, and happy life, and my reasons for becoming a CrossFit coach are the same. I want to help people see themselves as strong, capable athletes — not just dieters and exercisers. I’m also excited about learning the ins and outs of good coaching from Neal and other experienced coaches.
My nutrition and gymnastics background and an ability to connect with people and explain difficult concepts in a way that makes sense.
COUGER “CJ” JARAMILLO – “The Golden Archer”
I started crossfit spring of 2013 at CFB and my favorite WOD is a toss-up between Diane and Annie. My least favorite is Angie (it’s just miserable the entire time).
When I’m not in the gym or class, I like going to movies with friends, playing pickup soccer, and reading (pretty much equal volumes of Russian literature and comic books). And whenever I’m in a city with an archery range, there’s a 10:1 chance you’ll find me there at any given time of day.
I want to become a coach because CrossFit has become one of the best parts of my day and I want to take a more active role in making that true for everyone who walks into CFB.
I’m currently studying physiology and biomechanics and am up to date on a lot of the recent literature -this gives me a unique perspective on CrossFit. Also, as a person who learned most of the CrossFit movements only recently, it’s very easy for me to relate to newcomers to the sport and the problems they may have early on.
MARTIN BREU – Mobility King
I started CrossFit about 4 years ago when in college. I was looking for something to do after retiring from ski racing, and a friend of mine introduced me to CF
My favorite wow is an EMOM with anything heavy. My least favorite is anything with muscle ups or other stuff that I can’t do. Goats, I gotta work on those goats!
If I’m not in the gym, I am most likely at the office working on some sweet spreadsheets. I do enjoy cooking when I get the time.
I have always wanted to be a coach and to pass on my (limited) knowledge and experiences. This community has given me so much help, I want to be a part of that for the next person.
What I bring to CrossFit Boston that’s unique is my vast knowledge of mobility because of a MAN-crush I have on Kelly Starrett. Also, I have been training and programming for training for years in multiple sports.
ZACK MCWADE – THE Gentle Giant
I’ve been doing CrossFit for 2.5 years now. John Zimmer introduced me to it while working at Gentle Giant. I am not sure if mentioning John Z brings me legitimacy or if it immediately discredits me.
My favorite WOD is the Filthy Fifty, my least favorite is Fran.
In my free time I enjoy live music, movies, comic books, and I am a huge Patriots fan. I also play flag football and softball.
I wanted to be a coach because CrossFit has changed my life for the better and I wanted to share that with others. I’ve coached youth sports in the past and I love to teach. Becoming a CrossFit coach is something I’ve wanted for a while now.
It wasn’t too long ago that I was more if a couch potato. I had played sports before in high school, but I was far from an active lifestyle. Now after a few years of CrossFit I can’t imagine my life without it. I know that many people out there are afraid of CrossFit and are hesitant to try it because they think its too hard or they need to be in shape before starting. I think, using my own experiences, I can help people who are new to fitness find that same motivation and interest that has made me a lifer.