As written in a recent article in the crossfit journal – Nicole Carroll ( GM of Education ) explains what makes Crossfit special and defines the formula of Crossfit and its impact on the world.
Nicole and Greg were our ( Tom and Marta) Level 1 Crossfit Coaches in Flagstaff, AZ back in October 2007. They were doing a special training session for the education side of Crossfit, so everyone was there, including Dave Castro, Kelly Starrett, Annie Sakomoto etc… We didn’t know at the time that these would become household names, we just thought it was such a great learning experience. Enjoy!
I started CrossFit in 2004 at CrossFit Santa Cruz with Greg Glassman as my coach. I’d say it took me three months of consistent classes to really feel the results, but when it happened, it felt magical.
The way I describe that feeling goes something like this: One morning I woke up and felt like my relationship to the earth had changed. My feet hit the ground differently. My posture was different; I stood taller and firmer. I took up the space that was mine to take. I knew something had shifted, not just in my body but in my whole being.
A year later, Greg invited me to become a coach. Saying yes to that opportunity was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. If getting results for myself felt magical, helping others experience the magic for themselves was transformative.
Sharing CrossFit and empowering others to get stronger, fitter, take up more space, grow more confident, and develop the courage to take on challenges they’d never dreamed of — that’s where I really became hooked.
I now realize this is part of the magic of CrossFit. When you experience it for yourself, you can’t help but want to share it with someone else.
“If I Could Just Get Everyone I Love Doing This …”
If you’ve ever done CrossFit yourself, there’s a good chance you’ve thought (or obsessed over) something along these lines:
“I need to get my mom/partner/friend, neighbor/second cousin twice removed to try this.”
“If only more people could experience this for themselves, the world would be a better place.”
We’ve heard this countless times from members of our community all around the world. We all want to share, and the reason is simple: We know in our bones that CrossFit has the potential to be life-changing. We know that when you show up consistently and put in the work, your life improves in countless tangible and intangible ways. When something changes your life so profoundly, you cannot help but want to pass it on.
For many of us, CrossFit has been a match struck in the dark, and the desire to share it with others is what has allowed our methodology to ignite the fitness revolution CrossFit morphed into from those early days in Santa Cruz.
Read the REST HERE and see some cool pics of the original Crossfit Santa Cruz