Hi Fearless Fam,
You know that moment when you see family or old friends and they ask you what you do? I had that happen recently. The conversation went something like this:
Them – “Derec! It’s been so long. What are you doing for work these days?”
Me: – “I’m a fitness coach! I work in a CrossFit gym!”
Them: – “Oh that’s cool. Why did you choose that?”
One of the most common follow ups to the “What do you do” question is the “why do you do what you do” question. If not that, it’s “oh tell me about that” is a lot of cases. But we are focused on the “why do you do what you do” today. So why do I do what I do? Why did I leave a 40+ hour per week salary job to restart my career in fitness? Why did I leave the security of a comfortable role to coach?
Well there are many reasons, but first – it sets me on FIRE. Everything about coaching lights a spark in me. I love seeing wins every day, I thrive on watching people improve themselves, and I am inspired by the amount of hard work I see around me day in and day out. Seeing the changes that people make after coming to the gym and intentionally improving their life and lifestyle is nothing short of magical. Being able to be a part of that change is something I will always be grateful for. Coaching is a passion for me – plain and simply. I love coaching, and I love helping others improve.
Another reason I coach fitness – Movement of the body is a subject I am very interested in. I graduated from the University of Houston in the school of Kinesiology aka the study of movement. As a former athlete, I have been taught to intentionally move my body in specific ways all my life. From swinging a baseball bat to roller blading to taking gymnastics as a kid, I have always had body movement and body positions in the forefront of my mind. From a very young age, I was always curious why our bodies do what they do, and to what limit can they do what they do. Why was my left arm able to reach behind my back to my right shoulder blade but when I tried with my right arm I could hardly get it behind my back? Why did a specific arm angle on a pitch change the direction the baseball moves? Why was I so naturally flexible when my friends couldn’t touch their toes?
One further reason why I coach is that I was inspired by the coaches that came before me. I played baseball from the age of 3 until I was 20. I consider myself extremely lucky to have been able to play a beautiful game for so long, and at the level which I did. I believe that what I got off the field from my coaches was even better than what I could ever get on the field. I had two coaches throughout my entire high school career (and into my college career) who taught me more than I could have ever imagined about baseball. But more importantly, they taught me more than I could ever have dreamed of about coaching. When I become one of the older athletes, they took me under their wing and taught me how to coach. Even before that though, they demonstrated what it meant to put passion into coaching and truly care about the athletes in front of you. To Coach Kerr and Coach Robichaud, thank you for everything you taught.
The BIGGEST reason I coach however, is that I LOVE working with people who love working on themselves. The connections made daily, the smiles in the gym, the hard work and looks of “I can do this”, the triumphs, and even to an extent the failures; every one of those are things that I cannot get enough of. To know that I get to be surrounded by people who are looking to improve upon themselves and continually learn and improve makes me continue to improve upon myself and continually learn. There is no greater gift that I could ask for with my work than to be surrounded by people that constantly uplift ME.
In summary: I coach because I love movement, I love working with people who work on themselves, and I am inspired by the people I work with.
To my athletes – thank you for letting me be your coach.