Jinnie Nichols

I am a Level 1 Certified CrossFit coach. I received my certification in June 2015.

My education is not of the CrossFit, human development variety. I’m a numbers girl. I have a business degree and use that to take care of a lot of behind the scenes operations.

My belief in CrossFit didn’t come because of the results. It was built up over about a year with Christian as my one on one coach. I was ashamed of myself and just didn’t feel I was athletic enough. He was so patient and so knowledgeable and he taught me in a gradual process. My belief in CrossFit just continued to grow as I started to see strength in myself that I hadn’t seen in a long time. I was a fragile, emotional, stay at home mom when I started. Over that year I was completely content doing workouts with him in our garage. It has definitely evolved and grown in the 6 years since my first experience in our garage. My belief now is so deep rooted that I can’t see myself ever stopping.

My favorite thing about being a CrossFit coach is helping people understand the many different levels of CrossFit. As in any endeavor, we all start out with a goal or an objective. Mine was to lose weight. I was certain I didn’t want to build muscle and I often made mention of that to Christian. As I continued to work out and change my diet, my ideals wavered between wanting to be skinny and wanting to lift heavier weights. Soon it starting transforming into me not wanting to be lean so much as me wanting to be strong. Now I view a muscular woman as powerful and beautiful. It took about 4 years for me to fully understand the reason why muscles make women so attractive. In my mind, those muscles are a physical statement of their strength, drive and determination. I am always willing to have a conversation of how an open mind can be your biggest asset in the gym. When you stop living under the impression you are supposed to be a certain way, you’ll be amazed at what you can do.

As a kid, I wasn’t a part of any sports teams. I liked to follow my older brother around and play football, kickball and ride bikes with all his friends. The first team I joined was a volleyball team in 7th grade. I loved playing volleyball and continued to play through sophomore year. But after a move to a new state, I didn’t try out for the team at my new school and stopped playing sports all together. After graduating, I just randomly worked out with Christian, nothing consistent or serious. I didn’t start doing much of anything until Kylie was born and I had hit an all time low when the scale hit an all time high! Running was my go to because it was free and easy to do with a baby. There was a long period of time where I really enjoyed running, but it couldn’t keep my attention. Insert CrossFit: constantly varied functional movements at high intensity…and a new passion was formed.

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