Member Monday: COACHES EDITION: Sarah O’Shea

Please list any fitness accolades/accomplishments:

CrossFit- Level 1 trainer; Crossfit Kids;  Adaptive Athletes;  ACE Personal Trainer; Pre/Post Natal Fitness

Max Clean & jerk: 145

Max Snatch: 100

Max Deadlift: 215

Max Back Squat: 175

I’m wicked strong- HA!

How long have you been doing CrossFit and what made you want to try it?

I have been doing CrossFit for 4 awesome years.  I was working out at a local gym which had a separate section for CrossFit. One day I was asked to join their class to try it out.  After that class, I knew I had found my new place in the gym.

What is your favorite aspect of being a CrossFit coach?

Every workout leaves me challenged both physically and mentally, something I have yet to find in any other fitness endeavor. As a coach, I am grateful to witness how CrossFit empowers, inspires and motivates the athletes who come through our doors.

What is the most frustrating aspect of being a CrossFit coach?

Honestly, I find it challenging to find time to fit in my own training, and when I do it is usually just me by myself.  There is something about getting through a workout with friends that motivates, inspires and challenges you. I have had to work on keeping my self motivated and challenged and that has taken some time to develop.  That being said, I honestly feel like this challenge has made me mentally stronger and tougher.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to try CrossFit for the first time?

Take a deep breathe and try!  Fear holds us back from so accomplishing  so much. Pushing past the fear and walking into a crossfit gym can be so empowering.  Bringing a friend along with you helps as well! 🙂

What are some of your favorite activities outside the gym? 

Having 2 young kids makes life pretty busy so I have a pretty active family life outside of the gym.  We love to go on vacations together, especially to Martha’s Vineyard and spend our summer days at the beach.  I love reading..anything.  I also enjoy volunteering in my children’s classrooms.  Having been a former elementary school teacher, I find so much joy in watching the learning process and being around kids.

What’s your favorite holiday?

Christmas Day…waking up, staying in our pajamas and drinking coffee while the watching the kids open presents.  Such joy!

Who is your favorite CrossFit athlete and why?

Julie Fouche because she has a strong head on her shoulders, seems to balance her career with her CrossFit success, and most important she doesn’t let anything hold her down, a true inspiration and athlete.

Favorite movement (s):

Burpees!  Oh, and squat cleans.

Least favorite movement (s): 

Honestly, I don’t have one.  There are some I would choose to stop doing mid-WOD, but I really love the challenge of all movements.  I have the most difficulty with muscle-ups, so I don’t really love those.

What is the thing that you HATE to mobilize?

I grew up taking ballet, so I have always been pretty flexible, so mobility is something I really enjoy.  I have pretty tight IT bands, so that is somewhat unpleasant to mobilize, but I do it anyway. 🙂

You’re on a deserted island and can only have three things… What would they be and why?

I would take my 3 favorite people: Seamus, Ainsley and Scarlett

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