Why I Coach…

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I have often heard is said that you must have a “why” for everything that you do.  That is what drives you and motivates you.  What pushes you to give it your all each and every day.  In most things, it has and always will be my family.  I want to set the best example for my daughters of hard work and being happy in what you do…

But when it comes to coaching, my why is each and every person that walks in the door to train with us.  I coach (and more specifically, I coach at the BodyLab CrossFit) because that is where I got started when I was going through a rough time in my life.

I was young and thought that I was in good shape.  I would play basketball in the park about once and week and had good job.  Then I started to look into life insurance and all those fun things you do when you become an adult (something I have not fully committed to being just yet).  In that, I had to go and have my cholesterol checked and all the other tests run.

Turned out, I had high cholesterol and the doctor was ready to write me a prescription to take care of it.  Me being me, a little stubborn, I said let me try something new and see if I can get it under control.  My father-in-law had been raving about this place called the BodyLab and their nutrition program, so he covered me starting there.   My wife and I went to the 6 AM class and changed our diets.  I HATED IT!  I am not a morning person.  My first workout was 50 weighted burpees…and I thought death would be a nice vacation.  Plank holds, wall sits, laps through downtown Bryan…double unders! and not being able to walk for 2 days at a time.  Slowly though I adjusted to the intensity and managed to get my double unders.  My wife inspired me to keep going (read dragged me every day kicking and screaming)…we ate better and we were happier all around.

Then I had to go back to the doctor to have my levels re-evaluated.  Much to my doctor’s surprise everything was normal to great.  And I was hooked on the BodyLab style of doing things.  I had become a strong believer in doing things right for the right reason.  Technique was more important than intensity and results will come if you are patient.  There were lessons that I was accepting into my life that were bigger than just in the gym.

And so I started to intern.  I started on the path to coaching…why because I believe that everybody deserves the chance to go on the same journey that I did.  Everyone deserves the chance to work hard and reach their goals.  I coach because it allows me to do something that I love which is share with people my life.  I have been in your shoes, and fought some battles.  I coach because I know that you probably need a kick in the pants some days to keep working and other days you need someone to let you know it’s ok to have an off day.

So the simplest reason that I coach is…you!