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Coach: GUS F.

CrossFit level 1 and 2 Coach 

SGX Spartan level 1 Coach 

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, Scaling certification, SGX Spartan Obstacle specialist and SGX Spartan level 1 Coach certification. 

CFG- Do you plan on doing anymore courses?

Gus- Yes, I believe continual education is extremely important. 2017 Got my SGX Obstacle course specialist and SGX Spartan coach certification.

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 played soccer.   Austin Sims attends Duke and played Lacrosse.

MSH_AMB03684Lourdes Florez 

BSW, 

CrossFit Level 1 Coach 

CFG-How did you get involved in CrossFit?

My husband encouraged me to go a “workshop” to learn more about CrossFit; it was an On-ramp Class Introductory class.

CFG-What was your first WOD experience?

My first workout was an AMRAP that included 12 inch box jumps.  I’ll never forget everyone cheering us on the crowd as we worked out and the overwhelming feeling of awe.  I left thinking “Wow; I actually did CrossFit!”

CFG-When did you realize CrossFit was for you?

That first day, I realized it was so much more than working out.  It was community and individuals pushing on for a better quality of life.

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

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, that it wasn’t for the fit but for everyone.  I wanted to help other see their potential.  The slogan at our gym/box is “Embrace the Challenge Experience the Change” and I wanted to help people to understand it is a challenge to push through, but in the end change does happen.  I’ve seen my own life changing, there was no going back.

Dray

Dray Gentry

CF L-1 Coach

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