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Joy Gilbert

Coach

Squat - 210#

Front Squat - 170#

Clean & Jerk - 130#

Bench Press - 125#

Overhead Squat - 110#


Qualifications

CrossFit L1 Trainer

About Coach

Growing up, sports were an integral part of my life and who I have become. I did competitive cheerleading, soccer, and horseback riding. However, college is where my passion for weightlifting and health/wellness truly began. Back then, I was doing Bodybuilding-style lifting/workouts and competing in swimsuit competitions. It wasn't until early 2022 that I discovered CrossFit, but I am so so glad that I did. I can now, for certain, say that I am 100% in love with and obsessed with the sport! "Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren" - Roll Tide!!

Turning Point

It was after 3 years of falling into a deep depression, being at my heaviest, having little to no physical activity, and only leaving my apartment for work & necessities, that I KNEW I had to pick myself up and make a change. All my life I have had people doubt and underestimate me, from peers to family to coaches. Before I began CrossFit, I had mentioned giving it a try to a friend who was currently an avid participant in the sport. It was at that very moment when they told me "you could never even make it past the first workout", that the fire that had been buried inside of me was re-lit and I was met with a newfound determination to succeed. I decided I was not only going to participate in CrossFit, but I was going to excel in it, to not only prove the naysayer's wrong but also to prove to MYSELF that I could rise up from the ashes and come out stronger. I thought "why to let someone else decide your future for you?!". From that point on, I have given it my all and haven't looked back. Along the way, I found a community unlike any other. I found strength, and mental determination that I hadn't known existed within myself. I found confidence. I found myself again. I found peace. Last, but most importantly, I found that not only could my body and my mind do things that I had never imagined possible, but I could overcome and demolish any barrier in my way through grit, passion, determination, and consistency. There's only one way to go, and that is up. All gas, no brakes!!

Motivation & Passion

Coaching was something that I hadn't envisioned myself doing at the beginning of my CrossFit journey; one day the path became clear and I knew it was my purpose. As I found myself becoming more passionate about the sport and the community, I began researching anything and everything CrossFit related - and still do. I began to apply that knowledge to my own training and then began to share that with others, which ultimately helped them to succeed as well. Over time, I realized that THIS is what I want to do. Seeing others reach their goals, accomplish feats they never imagined they could, and progress not only in the sport but also in other aspects of their lives is what keeps me going. There is no amount of money that could replace the feeling of seeing the joy & happiness that erupts when someone has overcome an obstacle that was in their way. I enjoy coaching all levels of athletes, whether our time together is to lead a more active life, to become more mobile/to prevent immobility caused by aging, to feel good in one's skin, to escape the day-to-day, or to become a CF Games athlete. No matter the "why" behind each individual's CrossFit journey, I hope to be the reason someone feels welcomed, seen, heard, valued, supported, and loved. My mainstay for my athletes is to build a strong foundation of self-love, self-worth, and happiness. Everything else is a bonus. I hope to inspire others the way this sport has inspired me. The reality is, if I can do it, anyone can do it - that's what makes CrossFit so amazing. No matter your skill level, age, or disposition, anyone can do CrossFit. My ideology for myself and for my athletes is to be better every day, that's all you need. Keep moving forward. Progress, not Perfection. Never let anyone tell you who you are or who you are to become.

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