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Lake Swell CrossFit Trainer

COACH JAKE

AT BIRTH I SURVIVED A MINOR STROKE THAT CAUSED ME TO HAVE IRREPARABLE BRAIN DAMAGE. IT HAS LEFT ME WITH PARTIAL PARALYSIS OF THE LEFT SIDE OF MY BODY AND AFFECTS ALL THE PHYSICAL ASPECTS OF MY LEFT SIDE (STRENGTH, MOBILITY, MOTOR FUNCTION, BALANCE, ETC.). DESPITE THIS, I GREW UP STILL BEING HEAVILY INVOLVED IN ATHLETICS, MOST NOTABLY OF WHICH BEING SOCCER. THOUGH I HAD MY SETBACKS, I DEVELOPED A DEEP LOVE FOR SPORT AND ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENT. AS MY TRADITIONAL ATHLETIC CAREER CAME TO A CLOSE, MY PRIORITIES SHIFTED TO A PURSUIT TO BETTERING MY PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT, IN OTHER WORDS OVERCOMING WHAT I HAVE STRUGGLED SO LONG WITH. THIS PURSUIT TOOK NEW SHAPE WHEN I WALKED INTO MY FIRST CROSSFIT CLASS NEARLY 5 YEARS AGO. FROM THE FIRST DAY I FELL IN LOVE WITH ALL OF IT. IT WAS EXACTLY THE CHALLENGE, THE OPPORTUNITY, THE ENVIRONMENT THAT MY BODY NEEDED TO PUSH PASSED MY PERCEIVED LIMITATIONS. EACH DAY BECAME A NEW OPPORTUNITY TO BREAKDOWN WALLS THAT EXISTED THE DAY BEFORE. CROSSFIT GAVE ME A NEW LEASE ON LIFE. RATHER THAN AVOIDING SITUATIONS AND COMPENSATING, I BEGAN TO TAKE CHALLENGES HEAD ON. IT TAUGHT ME THAT NO MATTER THE CONDITION, OUR BODIES ARE TRUE GIFT AND ARE CAPABLE OF LITERALLY ANYTHING. IT TAUGHT ME TO BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT I DO HAVE, RATHER THAN RESENT WHAT I DO NOT. THIS MINDSET CONTINUES TO THIS DAY, EVERY DAY I LEAVE THE GYM, I LEAVE WITH THE FEELING OF TRUE ACHIEVEMENT. EVERY DAY IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO ACCOMPLISH FEATS THAT WERE ONLY DREAMS DAYS, MONTHS, OR YEARS BEFORE.

AS MY PERSONAL JOURNEY CONTINUES TO UNFOLD. I HAVE DEVELOPED THE LONGING TO SERVE THE GREATER CROSSFIT COMMUNITY. I HAVE GAINED THE INSATIABLE NEED TO GIVE BACK TO SOMETHING THAT HAS GIVEN ME MORE THAN I EVER ASKED FOR. WITH THIS I PURSUE COACHING. I STARTED COACHING, IN AN ATHLETIC SENSE, 8 YEARS AGO WITH YOUTH SOCCER. THAT HAS DEVELOPED FURTHER INTO COACHING CHILDREN OF ALL AGES OVERALL PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT IN A VARIETY OF SPORTS AND IS TAKING SHAPE NOW WITH OUR CROSSFIT KIDS PROGRAM. COACHING GIVES ME A SENSE OF FULFILLMENT AND JOY THAT I CANNOT FIND ANYWHERE ELSE AND I AM PRIVILEGED WITH EACH OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH OTHERS, ESPECIALLY THE KIDDOS. MY ASPIRATIONS IN COACHING ARE AS LIMITLESS AS PERSONAL PURSUITS IN THE GYM. I AM ACTIVELY STUDYING TO EARN MY L1 CERTIFICATION AND HOPE TO PURSUE COACHING IN EVERY WAY THAT I CAN, MEETING AS MANY PEOPLE AS I CAN ALONG THE WAY.