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Christa Sawyer

Major: Kinesiology and Health



Company/Organization: CrossFit Eclipse
Company/Organization website: http://www.crossfiteclipse.com/
Destination: Tulsa/Oklahoma
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Shadow and assist coaches during CrossFit classes, participate in classes, help clean the gym, and attend coaches meetings. Learn the specifics of CrossFit: learn the class structure, movement technique and how to correct movements, and learn the CrossFit methodology. Show up each day with a positive attitude and build relationships with participants. Educate and inspire the participants by teaching them correct form and ways to improve movements.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment was leading CrossFit classes. Based off of the workouts I was able to create my own warm ups that successfully prepared the participants for the movements that day. I was able to keep the class motivated, organized and filled up the entire time slot for that class. I was also able to improve my communication skills and public speaking from my daily interactions with participants.

I learned...
I learned that creating relationships with members is extremely important in a CrossFit setting. Showing the members that I not only wanted them to be safe and get a good workout in, but I cared that they are successful in life helps them come back everyday. Creating a positive environment is very important in any fitness setting and being a positive coach is what people look for when finding a new gym.

Advice for others...
Be confident in yourself and be willing to get out of your comfort zone. Take time out of your day when you're not working to continue learning as much as you can, there is always more to educate yourself with.

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