Meet the Intern: Tate

1. How'd you find CrossFit?

Near the end of my Sophomore year, Josh Diehm, who is now a great friend and co-worker, was a senior in track. He asked if I would be interested in interning at CrossFit 65/69 in town. I initially didn't think I was going to do it because I was already in the interview process for another internship out of state. I ended up not getting the other internship so I told Josh I'd give it a try. He had me come in for 6 hours almost every day to shadow and work under him. Through this, the gym, atmosphere, and style of CrossFit really grew on me. After three months of interning, I attended my L1 and began coaching at 65/69, That was 1 1/2 years ago and still love it.

2. Favorite movement to teach? And to perform?

I love having teaching deadlifts, especially with newer clients. They're always so afraid and doubting of what they can do with, so when they lift 100lbs more than they ever thought, their reactions are priceless. The Clean is probably my favorite movement; it's not even really my strong suit, it just feels awesome when you get a big weight up and hit it with perfect form.

3. Tell us about yourself:

I'm originally from Albert Lea, MN. I am the baby of four boys. In high school, I played soccer, tennis, and track. I'm currently a senior a Simpson College majoring in Exercise Science with a minor in Coaching. Along with school, I run sprints on the Simpson Track & Field team and coach at CrossFit 65/69 in Indianola. (Fun Fact: I have Norway tattooed on my thigh.)

4.Favorite way to relax? 

I've got big ways I like to relax. One, is playing a pick-up game of soccer. I don't get to do it a lot, but it's relaxing and fun to just go out play. I don't have to worry about anything else while it's happening. My other one is video games, no lie. My nerd side can come out, letting me just play the game and not care about stress going on around me. They're great little escapes.

5.When will you be in  classes? 

Mondays and Wednesdays for the 6am and Noon classes, if you come in between that with 24-hour access, you'll see me too. Fridays 5 and 6am classes. (Tate is also running the Endurance Club, so you have him to think of when you are doing you're long runs :) ).

6. Best health-focused tip that's helped you? 

Don't try so hard on your diet that it makes you burnout. It's easy to jump right into eating perfect for about a week or two of intense meal prep and then being burnout with it and then fall right back to where you were. Make general changes that you can plausibly do for a while so you can stick with them. Honestly, I don't measure out my food or calories, but I have a general idea of what it is and eat decently well. I don't beat myself up over have an exact amount, but aiming for a general range. This helped me change my diet for the better in the last 4 years.

7. Biggest CrossFit accomplishment to date?

Biggest accomplishment would be giving a client a cue on a movement and seeing it improve it immediately (It "clicks" for them). It shows me that what I am teaching is working and making a positive difference to the clients.

8. Favorite benchmark WOD? 

"Crain": 2 rounds for time: 34 push-ups, 50yd sprint, 34 deadlifts, 135#, 50yd sprint, 34 box jumps, 24in, 50yd sprint, 34 C&J, 95#, 50yd sprint, 34 burpees, 50yd sprint, 34 wall ball shots, 20#, 50yd sprint, 34 pull-ups, 50yd sprint .  It was my first benchmark.