About Colleen Lawrence
I started hearing about CrossFit two years ago from my rugby teammates. They used CrossFit as a way to improve their athletic ability to become stronger athletes on the field. I noticed their bodies physically changing and their speed, endurance, and strength constantly improve. After seeing what CrossFit could do to change someone both mentally and physically, I knew it was something I had to try. I finally succumbed to what I thought was “drinking the kool-aid” by signing up for On Ramp classes at Maxability in October of 2012.
Athletics have always been a big part of my life. Growing up I always did sports; either soccer or softball and later on in high school focusing on track and cross-country. My athletic career went into a different direction when I hit college and I joined rugby, a very high intensity contact sport that I played for about 9 years. Team camaraderie was the main focus of why I enjoyed the sport so much. I was fortunate and thrilled to see this environment replicated when I joined Maxability. During my On Ramp classes I noticed the bonds I was forming with complete strangers. Maxability not only offered intense challenging workouts daily, but also provided a community of people who shared the same interest. Although most CrossFit WODs are done individually, I was still able to find the same friendships and camaraderie that I had in rugby. The atmosphere is like no other, from the moment I start a WOD, to finishing and cheering on my fellow CrossFitters. I will admit having major goosebumps because of the intensity that I see in workouts. I see people push themselves beyond what they thought was possible and succeed! This feeling helped me find a second family where I wanted to spend all my spare time to stay late so I could cheer them on.
Before I knew it, Tim pulled me aside and gave me an opportunity to intern as a coach. He saw my enthusiasm for this sport, my willingness to be coached on my weaknesses, ability to motivate others and apply what I learn in order to teach others. Plus he joked that he might as well put me to work since I am always there. The best part about this is that a month into CrossFit, I told my friend from On Ramp that I wanted to coach and get my Level 1 certificate some day. To have Tim see that in me without expressing my desire to achieve that goal is pretty awesome. I am grateful for this opportunity to do something I love.
All in all, Maxability coaches and members make me want to be a better athlete every day. I am constantly driven to learn, improve, and use my competitiveness to achieve my next goal. I am excited to coach others and help them achieve their own goals.
CrossFit L1 Trainer
Rowing, Wallballs, Deadlifts, Back Squats
Least Favorite movements:
Burpees, Pull-ups, Grasshoppers
Most memorable moments:
Walking into Maxability I was not able to do a pull-up, after 8 months I was able to Rx “Helen”.
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Date posted: December 24, 2013
Posted in: Blog
I first heard about CrossFit 3 or 4 years ago through my former rugby teammates. I asked them to fill me in, but even then I couldn’t really imagine the full extent of the workout phenomenon. Fast-forward a few years later when I finally decided to check it out at Maxability and I started my […]Read More