Coaches Corner

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Coach: GUS F.

CFG- How long have you been a coach?

Gus- I have been coaching for over 20 years.  At my peak, I  played soccer at the highest level this country had to offer. During those years, I started feeling the drive to coach soccer. Soccer has many facets of coaching and one of them is conditioning.  At that point, I educated myself in all the modern programs that would help soccer players be more fit and to out perform their opponents on the field.  I took various courses offered in the state of CT, through United States Soccer Federation including: E-Licensee, Youth module, and D-License.  I also attended national license courses through the NSA.

CFG – How did you get into CF?

Gus- During my soccer career I had many knee injuries. I would suffer a major injury, have surgery and find myself with months of training and rehabilitation just to get fit to go back on the field. Finally, after my 3rd knee surgery, my physical therapist made it clear to me that playing soccer again would not be an option. Even squatting past 90 degrees was not recommended. I became pretty depressed and unlike in the past where I would work so hard to get back into playing, I let myself go and only did my therapy.  I lived every day thinking about playing again but knowing I had lost that option. I was pretty down.  One day I heard about CF and decided to start looking into it.  Some of what I saw was not too different from what I used to do. But, I noticed it had a certain organization to it. Numbers and results were tracked and there were names for workouts. This struck a cord in me.  At that time, my brother-in-law was into CF and he really spoke highly of it, so I decided to look into it further. I continued to go to therapy and met with a good CF coach who had just opened his box. I told him my situation and he made sure we took it one step at a time. About 3 months later, I was at one of my therapy sessions and my therapist said, “You are doing great!” I said, “by the way Dr. watch this”, and I did 10 air squats as fast as possible. He looked shocked and the only words out of his mouth where, “you are released and have no need to come here anymore.”  He was right. It is now years later and I’m happy to say I have not seen him since and I feel better than ever before.  Can I play soccer? Yes, of course! I’m fitter now than probably any other time in my life.  Do I play often? Not really, just because CF has captured my heart and I enjoy it so much now it has become my sport of choice.

CFG- When did you open your box?

Gus- I spend two years under a CF Level 1 coach for six days a week and sometimes twice a day. A year after receiving my Level 1 Certification, Mobility certification, Weight Lifting certification and receiving my Judges certification, I decided to open the box.  Since then I have obtain my Level 2 CF certification.

CFG- Do you plan on doing anymore courses?

Gus- Yes, I believe continual education is extremely important. The goal is to acquire CF Kids along with the Gymnastics and KB certifications.

CFG- What do you say to someone asking what CF is?

Gus- I tell them it’s like no other exercise program they have ever experienced before.  After living this experience, I have seen, not only how it has impacted me personally but my whole family as well!  I don’t need to talk negatively of other methodologies or systems, or even defend CF  in what it is or is not. All I have to say is, experience it for yourself. My slogan is simple, “Embrace the Challenge, Experience the Change.”

CFG- What is your desire for clients to get out of your coaching?

Gus- I would like to see people realize they can do the impossible. I would love them to see that the human body is an amazing machine specially designed.  I desire for them to understand that the power of the mind, fueled by faith, is a force to be reckoned with. That, with strong disciplines, the right direction and attitude, you will experience changes like never before.

CFG – Have you ever coached any top Athletes?

Gus – Yes, I have coached many top athletes. Two that I would like to highlight are Division 1 athletes, Alysa Christo and Austin Sims. Alysa Christo attends Central Connecticut State University and plays soccer. Austin Sims attends Duke and plays Lacrosse.

CF Coach BeccaBecca Renner

Nutrition Major at ETSU

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

CFG-How did you get involved in CrossFit?

My friend, Bri, and I had wanted to try CrossFit for awhile, but every box we knew about was too expensive for a couple of college girls. One day she calls me up and says “I found a place we can do CrossFit and its affordable!” So we signed up and a couple months later I was hooked, the rest is history.

CFG-What was your first WOD experience?

My first day at CrossFit Glorified I did the obstacle course. I didn’t even make it to the first obstacle before I had to stop running. It was a humbling experience.

CFG-When did you realize CrossFit was for you?

When I really figured out what CrossFit was, I fell in love. CrossFit is not just about working out. It’s also about community and building a better you. It’s about being fit for life. When I began seeing people’s lives changing, seeing my own life changing, there was no going back.

CFG-When and why did you decide to become a coach?

I had been doing CrossFit for about a year and so much in my life changed within that time. I changed my major to nutrition and it hit me that changing lives through the values of CrossFit really mattered to me. It was what helped me make the decision to change my major and it was changing my life. I decided that even though I may not be an extreme athlete I wanted to be able to help my future nutrition clients with fitness and to help the people at my box with their nutrition. Why not combine the two? I couldn’t be happier with my decision.

meJulia Ball

CFG-How did you get involved in CrossFit?

Being an older adult I had to see change in someone else first, because I was scared of starting to work out again. I traveled extensively for my job and worked in Knoxville a few days a week. CrossFit was already rampant there but there was no box close to where I lived. I saw such a change in the people I worked with in Knoxville that did CrossFit, I knew if it came close to me I was signing up and going 4/5 times a week. That was 4+ years ago, and doing 4/5 times a week ever since.

CFG-What was your first WOD experience?

I had to do Turkish get ups and finally after 4+ years I like them, but that first WOD was a humbling experience. I kept saying… “You want me to do what, with what and where?”

CFG-When did you realize CrossFit was for you?

When older women would approach me and still do, asking me what I do, how often do I work out, where do I work out and telling me they are amazed at how active and fit I look.

CFG-When and why did you decide to become a coach?

When older women kept asking me what I did and how I did it, I realized they too are scared like I was, afraid to commit, afraid of getting hurt, afraid of failure. I became a walking billboard for older women who felt the same way I did, just plain scared. But showing up every day, scaling the workouts for years and going home and eating good food, it works, I am proof. I want others to see, just show up every day, the rest will happen so I became a CrossFit Level 1 coach.

Personally: I am the credit & collections manager for Forward Air after spending 30 years in banking; I have an undergrad in Business and a Masters in Finance. I have 2 daughters Lily and Racheal and live in Greeneville, Tennessee.