Carmen has been doing CrossFit since 2017, and she started coaching in 2021. She’s participated in sports her whole life. She started swimming at 15 months and continued until she was 14. She also did figure skating from the age of 4 to 12, and did around 4 years of karate. She was also a national competitive athlete in tennis for 10 years, being one of the Top 100 Spain females across all ages, and competing more than 5 times in the Madrid Christmas Open.
High-quality coaching in her own words:
There are certain qualities that I consider all coaches share:
- Respectful: For their work as coaches, for all the athletes joining their classes, and for CFM as a whole. Coaching experienced athletes, who generally move well and are familiar with movements standards, is normally not as challenging as having beginners, who have just started and require more attention.
- Passionate: We all have lives outside the gym, and some days are better than others, sometimes you didn’t get enough sleep or you’re going through a rough time… But all CFM coaches can leave all those things outside the gym’s door and give 100% of themselves for all athletes to enjoy their class.
- Engaging: One of the key qualities that a great CrossFit coach needs to possess is being able to engage their athletes, so they can push the limits of their physical capabilities to continue growing and improving every day. I have the strong belief that all coaches at CFM outperform in this, and that’s why all members leave the gym thinking about when are they coming to their next class.
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MORE ABOUT CARMEN
Why did I start CrossFit?
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Why did I become a CrossFit coach?
Back in Spain, I never thought of becoming a coach, but I’ve always had a passion for teaching, and sports have been, and it is still, a very important component of my life. Actually, one of my biggest motivations to get my Ph.D. is to become a professor. When one of my coaches, a.k.a Mohammed ;), started to talk to me about coaching and how beneficial would the L1 be for me also as an athlete, I decided to make the move and sign up for the course, and I can’t be happier with that decision!
Favorite CrossFit Midtown memory?
- Competing at the reign competition with Gen and Hailey (best teammates ever! #FitBits)
Meeting my bestie Hailey! #HermanasForEver
Being welcomed by all the CFM community, who made me feel at home from the very beginning and had made my new life, more than 4k miles away from Spain, incredible. Thank y’all for the love and good moments!
What do I do in my spare time?
If you can’t find me at the gym then I’m probably playing video games at home! I also love to travel (fun fact, I’ve been to all Disneyland theme parks but the ones in China and Hawaii), and hanging out with friends!
What is my "day job?"
I am a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech.
Advice to new CrossFitters?
Try not to rush things and enjoy the process. Be kind to all your gym buddies, the best friendships are built lying on the ground after a workout.
Favorite movement to coach?
Squats. Because it is the basis of the majority of CrossFit movements. It seems to be a very simple movement, but the reality is that it takes a lot of time to master, and there is always room for improvement or small adjustments.
Favorite CrossFit movement?
Burpees and double unders!