Sean actually started at the gym as an intern, and Brad (a.k.a. Officer Brad) has trained here for 2-and-a-half years and is now stepping into a coaching role.
Brad wrote up a nice story last week about how he discovered Crossfit and the gym. This week it’s Sean turn.
Sean has a BS in Psychology from WSU and studied fitness at PCC for two years.
I started as an intern at Crossfit Portland in 2009, and I’ve been here ever since.
I was taking the fitness program at PCC back then, and was actually on the verge of quitting to try something different. I decided to go through with the program’s internship process [to intern at Crossfit Portland] before making my final decision, and I couldn’t be happier that I did.
To be honest, when I first started I hated the workouts. I had already spent my twenties mastering crunches on the Swiss Ball and bench-pressing/bicep-curling for vanity at various typical corporate gym-type places. My assumption coming in was that I was already a pretty fit person, and although I expected a challenge, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into.
Those first WODs were humbling, to say the least. I remember feeling so awkward to be struggling in front of so many people … my poor, bruised ego just wasn’t used to it. I probably wouldn’t have kept it up had it not been for the perpetual stream of encouragement and positivity from the members and coaches. It took about a month for me to come around and change my mind, but before long I was hooked.
Fast-forward to the present, and I feel so unbelievably lucky that I get to come here every day and call it my job. Having the opportunity to coach classes at Crossfit Portland and help people change their lives for the better (whether they’re stoked about it or not) is one of my proudest accomplishments. I love the vibe at the gym … it’s still one of the most fun and positive environments that I have ever had the privilege to be a part of, and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.