Memorial Day. For some it marks the inaugural day of summer or a much-appreciated day off work. To others, it means the annual trip to the ballpark or the year’s first firing up of the grill. With many, the thought process begins with thoughts of leisure, family, and recreation. My assertion is that we should begin first from a place of somber gratitude.
Exactly one week ago, I was deplaning onto a sunny Canadian airstrip. Today I’m seated in my favorite coffee shop to write - something I love to (yet rarely) do. I find that writing about significant moments in life help me process past events, giving deeper root to lessons learned. While this exercise is more for me than you, I’m also writing with an open audience in mind in an attempt to share my experience with others.
In some way or another, everyone struggles with their body image. Whether you’re telling
yourself “Oh those 5 donuts yesterday made me feel HUGE” or “When will that eighth ab pop
in?!,” or “These lulus do NOT fit like they did last week, #muffintop!” it’s essentially all the
same complaint. Although someone else’s body image issues may not be the same caliber as
yours, we can all relate to that voice in the back of your mind that says “you are not good
An individual's first exposure to CrossFit varies significantly as some may see it on ESPN while others hear about it from a friend and visit a local CrossFit gym. Good or bad, that gym is then their introduction to CrossFit. What complicates the process further is that not all gyms prescribe to the same philosophies of CrossFit programming.
What coaching means to us
by Dan Lao
There are really only three criteria that we want to meet in looking for coaches to bring onto our team at Acuo CrossFit.
1) A passion for people. This is a no-brainer. Strength and speed are lesser qualifications to enjoying people and having a desire to help them. We want to know that every coach in our gym has a genuine concern for the personal welfare of the people in our classes.
2) Competence. The bottom line here is that we want every coach in our gym to be someone we would want to coach ourselves. This includes understanding how to teach, cue, and scale.
3) Fit. Simple, but important—they need to believe in our mission, guiding philosophies, and approach to CrossFit. By all means, they will have their own style and approach to coaching and controlling a class. We actually encourage this since everyone responds differently to different coaching and cues.
This is why we want to formally introduce you to Aubrie Beard. She joined our gym this summer and has begun preparing to coach in the near future. Aubrie has been involved in CrossFit for over 6 years including 2 years of weightlifting-specific training with a top-ranked coach out of Montana. She has competed at CrossFit Regionals and other local competitions. Most importantly, she has a passion for seeing people better themselves. Aubrie brings a wealth of experience and passion to our gym and we are very excited to have her join our team!