Hi PG Family!
I am beyond excited to be joining the coaching staff here at Power Grid and share my passion for fitness with you.
As most of you know, I coach Orangetheory Fitness (yes, lots of cardio) and I strive to connect with every member in class, whether there are 7 or 42 people. I also coached club volleyball for girls ages 13-15 for 10 years on the Peninsula and in SF. I pride myself in identifying how to best coach each athlete; everyone learns and processes information differently. To me, it’s a very rewarding game – how do I unlock each player to advance to the next level?
The coaching staff is already amazing at communication. I specifically remember a cue that Clyde gave regarding deadlifts and reframing our thinking from pulling the barbell to pushing our feet through the floor – genius! That simple cue unlocked Kate’s beast mode and she pulled over 300 lbs that day. Our fearless #WokeAF leader Matt also does a great job scaling instruction for all athletes, and makes sure no one sandbags a workout. Okay, last example (I could go on forever) – I was lucky enough to take one of Danny’s OLY classes and struggled with keeping my feet flat on the floor during cleans. One cue that I take with me even in coaching OTF: Your big toe, little toe and heel need to maintain contact with the floor at all times – genius again! I know everyone has their own set of goals, and I’m really looking forward to “unlocking” everyone’s potential as an athlete.
Help me help you.
One quote that I live by is from the legendary coach John Wooden: Don’t give up what you want the most, for what you want right now.
There have undoubtedly been times where I’ve wanted to stop mid-workout, but all it takes is a quick shimmy and reminder to myself that it’s not about the next 3 mins in the workout – it’s about my health, longevity and happiness. It’s also really easy to go through the motions and focus on the “sexy” stuff – maxing out lifts or just doing the WOD. Every single movement we make in the gym (and let’s be honest, outside the gym too) contributes to our overall success as an athlete. Use something as simple as our barbell warm-up to really focus on body awareness – Are you keeping your core tight? How’s your breathing? Is your whole foot firmly planted on the floor? Is your chest as upright as possible? Sometimes we just want to get through a movement and be done with it. Every opportunity is a chance to get better. Be coachable. Take advantage of our coaching staff, your fellow athletes, heck even the interwebs to find different ways to reach your goals. We’re all on the same team.
I can use my own advice more than ever now that I’ll be in this boot for the foreseeable future. I’ve never taken my health for granted, but this injury has reminded me the importance of maintenance, sucking it up and doing the not-so-sexy accessory work to make sure all engines are firing at the right time.
As an athlete and coach, I know finding a consistent routine can be one of the most difficult parts of getting to that next level. Luckily, with solid class times, open gym and programming, Power Grid helps alleviate some of that stress…and I know there are plenty more exciting things coming too. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or any of the other coaches, with questions, feedback, anything!