Coach Aaron just finished up his 3rd month of coaching and is finishing up his 12th year at CrossFit Lincoln as an athlete. His passion for learning and improving led him to get his CrossFit Level 1 & 2 certification on his own. So naturally when he approached us about coaching we were very excited to have a human like Aaron on our coaching staff. His knowledge, experience and calm presences in our community is an honor!
How long have you been coaching? Why did you start coaching?
Got my CF Level 2 in June, started coaching shortly after that. This methodology saved my life, as cliche as that is, and this community was there for my family and myself when we needed it. I wanted to be able to be in a position to do the same for someone else.
What do you enjoy most about coaching?
The moment a movement clicks for an athlete. You can see the light come on, the demeanor changes, and confidence and excitement replace frustration. I love that it is a constant process of improvement. There is always something you can do better or a new movement to add to the tool box, or a new queue to use for coaching athletes. Coaching CrossFit keeps you from becoming too comfortable, keeps you humble, and forces you to be a student all the time.
What are your coaching specialities? Favorite movement to coach?
My favorite movement to coach is the clean. I also enjoy coaching long workouts where suffering is the name of the game. I am sure a speciality will reveal itself at some point.
What do you love about coaching at CrossFit Lincoln?
I love that the CFL community has a really cool blend of veteran athletes working out alongside folks brand new to the methodology.
What do you do outside of the gym? hobbies/work etc..
I try to keep up with my three little girls. I am more comfortable in the woods and mountains than anywhere else. I love almost any activity that is done outdoors, archery, hunting, hiking, camping, kayaking, biking, just to name a few. I enjoy reading both fiction and nonfiction and occasionally dabble in writing and photography when there is time.
Fun Fact or something you would want an athlete to know about you but doesn’t fit the other questions?
I am incredibly awkward and clumsy in the general. I am a giant geek, my wife can confirm.
Words to potential athletes or newer athletes:
Take ego out of it completely and work hard on the understanding that this game is measured in years, not months or weeks.
Thank you Aaron for playing the long game and sticking around, we are better because of you!