Max Woman Wednesday: Coach Kristen

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How did you get started with MO2DT/CF in general?  

Well, when I moved here 4 years ago, I dropped in to Primal.  I was offered the position to coach within 3 months. I did about a year and a half of Crossfit in Wilmington, prior to moving to Des Moines.  I’ve been coaching ever since, so over 4 years.

How has CF impacted your life?  

It keeps me on track because it gives me structure.  Prior to Crossfit, and prior to moving to Des Moines, I didn’t necessarily have that.  I also absolutely love the community. I’ve met a lot of really good people through CF-I met Jamaal (my boyfriend) here.  CF has also given me confidence!

What is your favorite part about coaching?  

Seeing people succeed.  Even the adjustment of like, one little movement.  That can make a huge difference and is fun to see. Even little things make me smile.  I also just love a positive atmosphere. We are all motivating and encouraging here, and that’s something that doesn’t happen everywhere.

Who pushes/challenges you the most?

Myself, actually.  I am here to better myself, and I’ve been doing this for 5 years, so I know my weaknesses better than anyone.  But I really enjoy working out in the mornings with the ladies. It is so fun to watch Michelle, Meghan, Leah, and Danielle to name a few.  Leah and I are competitive against each other, but we have opposite strengths so certain WODs seem to be “Leah” workouts and some are more “my” workouts.  Then we sometimes see those WODs that have a mix of our strengths incorporated, and that is fun because we get to compete a little bit more during those, too. In general, the girls in the morning push me to be better. 

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about trying MO2DT?

Don’t take it so seriously.  CF can be intimidating and people often come in scared.  Just remember to always have fun with it. No one else completing the WOD is watching you.  Just enjoy it-we are all here to get better!!

What has been your most memorable moment from CF?

I have two!  The Bolles Strong Event is one.   The other is the charity WOD my niece and I did together at the downtown location 2 years ago.  A lot of people came to that. Seeing community come together for things like that is just really amazing.