CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
I am Coach Dean (the Machine), and I am excited to be coaching at CFA.
I was fortunate to stumble upon CrossFit in December 2012. I have always enjoyed athletics and I tried to stay fit with an active lifestyle and hitting the weight room at the local YMCA. Until I found CrossFit, I had no idea that there was a much better way of achieving my fitness goals. In December 2012, after driving past a CrossFit affiliate for several years, I finally stopped in to see what it was all about. That moment changed my life.
What was the problem? As I grew older, and after years of exercising alone, I had found it increasingly difficult to push myself mentally and physically, and I missed the energy of group exercise. But, the biggest void in my life was the absence of athletic competition. CrossFit changed my life for the better. I found the training physically and mentally demanding, and the workouts gave me healthy competition in a supportive environment. To boot, the camaraderie in the CrossFit community and at CrossFit Annandale (CFA), is unparalleled. At CFA, I discovered the perfect recipe for a successful fitness program and healthy lifestyle.
My love of CrossFit did not automatically lead me to coaching. After a several years of CrossFit training, the coaches at CFA inspired me to take a more serious approach to my training and focus on movement and technique. This took my training to a new level and I soon found myself offering advice to newer athletes in the box. It occurred to me that I could better share my love of CrossFit with others through coaching. I obtained my CF-L1 certification and started coaching in October 2016.
We have a special family at CFA and I am excited to be a part of it. If you want to make a positive change in your fitness program and your life, CrossFit training and CFA can make a difference.