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New Coach Perspectives: We Fail at the Margins of Our Experience

After several weeks shadowing as an intern at CrossFit Purgatory, I recently attended the CrossFit Level 1 certificate course held here in Tucson. It was exciting and nerve racking at the least! After being in this sport for the past six or seven years (off and on),  I wasn’t sure what more I could learn about Crossfit - I thought I knew it all! Well, I was wrong, guys. There was so much more to learn, especially as a coach. I always felt I was good at taking a leadership role, at directing others, but this was different. To be a coach isn't about just telling people what to do, it is guiding athletes to have body awareness and to understand the correct way to execute a movement while being safe. To me, coaching is personal, and so rewarding. It’s so awesome to see an athlete really push themselves, and even PR. It’s a high to see someone walk into your class who didn’t have the best day, and when they walk out that gym door they feel relieved, and better about themselves and their day. 

There was a quote during the Crossfit course which really struck a note with me: “We fail at the margins of our experience" said by the Crossfit founder and CEO, Greg Glassman. I really sat there and tried to wrap my head around what that actually meant. “We fail at the margins of our experience”. We fail when we stop advancing in our endeavors. You only fail when you stop trying. Although I thought I knew almost all there was to know about CrossFit, I kept trying to grow and experience and learn more, and day by day I realize I am so much better for it. So with that I’ll end with saying that as a new coach, I know I have a lot to learn, but I will keep going. If I fail, I will correct the error by trying a different and better way. As long as I am continuing to expand my experience, whether it be with a lift or coaching, I will not fail and I will prevail. 

Coaching Intern/Assistant Coach Stephanie

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