Now that I’ve left you wondering about what these dreams I’m chasing are... It is time for some details.
I started writing about them a few days ago and after I got through about four pages of words I thought, “I might need to break this up.”
So, this is the “what it looks like” edition. I hope to share more of the why in the future.
But, exciting things are happening around my house that are fun to talk about and fun to share.
I am now officially a CrossFit coach!
Yes, it is true.
People show up to my house in black leggings and I ask them to do hard things, and then they do it!
A couple of months ago a friend of mine was lamenting a stuck place in her life, specifically in the area of fitness.
I felt like an absolute fraud, but I offered to have her come to my house a few times a week to do push ups and squats and maybe lift some heavy things.
I kept reminding her that I am just a regular girl who happens to like CrossFit and happens to have a few pieces of equipment in my garage, and that I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, but I was willing to cheer her on.
Well, she showed up, despite my disclaimer.
Then I opened up the invitation to a few more gals, since it is infinitely more fun to workout with people than alone (in my opinion). My open invitation received a much eager response than I expected.
Suddenly, I had FIVE girls showing up three times a week to get sweaty.
Then, Andy and I got the wild idea to get enough equipment for all these brave ladies.
So, in our house that is still without a couch, we installed a few pull up bars, collected some kettle bells, wall balls and weight sets and invited a few more people to join the fun.
Now, we have “classes.” We have a website. We have a GYM!
And I am a coach.
Who would have guessed?!
The more that people started showing up, the more responsible I felt to make sure they were being safe, and that the workouts we were doing would move them toward their goals.
So, I chased another wild hare and registered to go through the official CrossFit coaching course.
This in itself was an amazing experience to me. I mentioned to a friend that I thought I should get a little more instruction on how to coach and she suggested that I go through the course. I looked it up online and low and behold, there was a course in Washington, just three weeks away. Every other course, around the country, before and for months after was already sold out. Except the one I needed.
So this past weekend, I spent full days practicing squats and lifts and learning how to teach pull ups and why CrossFit is what it is. I almost cried twice, from appreciation and warm feelings toward this culture and community of people and sport.
I came home feeling slightly more informed, but still just a girl who likes CrossFit. More than anything, I was inspired to keep chasing excellence - stronger skills in coaching, in my own fitness, in my challenge and encouragement to others.
The more I coach, the more I see people improve, the more I practice being an athlete and trainer, the more I love my days.
I feel full of energy and enthusiasm. I am inspired by the women who come to my house and try hard and scary things. I feel a huge sense of possibility for what our family is moving toward.
I feel a freedom to fail that is new and refreshing. And equally exciting, I feel a freedom to succeed!
Our little gym might grow, it might stay just a hobby, but whatever it is, it is fun! And I will love it for what it is.
So, if you are in our area, and want a good workout, stop by The Compound! I promise I’ll be nice!