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Coach Marijke Smith

EELT1187sqWhat inspired you to start doing CrossFit?

I’ve always been involved in team sports. I played rec league sports as a kid, high school volleyball, rowed crew in college for a year, and raced bikes after that. When I graduated, I was looking for something with the same intensity and community I’ve enjoyed in team sports. My dad started doing CrossFit a few years before me and kept trying to get me to try it out. I did a few workouts in his garage gym and liked them. When I moved to MN, I knew nobody and there was a crossfit down the street. Once I worked out in a group class, I was hooked.

What are some of your goals in the gym?
I want to get more comfortable and better at gymnastic movements. I think being able to have control during bodyweight movements is an important building block to general fitness, and is the key thing to keeping injury free.
What do you love most about coaching athletes?
I love watching when someone “gets it” for the first time. Whether that is the first time you get below parallel on a squat, get a push up, or figure out how to clean a barbell using your hips instead of your arms. Watching people figure out how their body moves, and being a part of that discovery is very fun and rewarding.
What advice would you give to a beginner CrossFit athlete?
Become a part of the community. Talk to people before, during and after class. They are the ones who make it fun to come and who will be cheering you on when you just want to stop moving.
Which types of community work inspires you the most?
I like community work centered around education. Everyone is an expert in something but it can be hard to find them without someone creating a space to share ideas.

What do you like to do outside of the gym?

Getting outside when it is not freezing, reading in bed, playing with other people’s dogs, trying new recipes.

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