Islip CrossFit Coach Spotlight
This month we recognize Coach Trish for her outstanding coaching efforts and guidance. Trish has been with us for a little over a year but has been part of the CrossFit community for years beyond that. Being the new kid on the block isn’t always easy, but Trish certainly didn’t have any trouble fitting in at Islip. We’re so grateful for a coach like Trish who gives her all to help members feel good about their efforts and work hard towards achieving their goals. She says it best in her interview, even if there is a movement she hasn’t perfected for herself yet, she can still teach members how to perfect it for themselves and become better athletes. The world could use more Trishes 🙂 and we’re so glad you’re ours. Congratulations Coach Trish, and thank you for all you do.
Why do we love Trish, let us count the ways….
When I was new to Crossfit, Trish was super helpful and stuck with me during class to make sure I was getting the hang of things.
Trish remembers your mods and challenges you to change them, pushing them each week. She makes time to check in with everyone before starting. She is motivating during workouts and is great to workout with. After workouts she discusses changes you could have made to help you in future WODS. Also, she’s funny and always smiling. She makes you feel welcome and positive, ready to take on any challenge. 💪🏼💪🏼
Trish not only is supportive and encouraging but she also is relatable and takes an extra interest into each person’s personal goals. She has personally researched and developed individual plans not only for me but for others who are looking to achieve a very specific goal. She has been a great addition to the Islip team!
Trish is constantly pushing everyone outside their comfort zones because she pays such close attention to each athletes strengths and abilities. I also appreciate that she takes the time to create warm-ups that are specific to each movement in the WODs. Trish truly is so passionate about CrossFit and making every member stronger and better.
Trish is aware of members’ goals and always goes the extra mile to provide new techniques to achieve them.
All About Coach Trish:
- Tell us about yourself?
- I guess you would say I am extremely passionate, dedicated, outgoing and emotional.
- What do you do out in the real world?
- I work in the consumer product goods industry. Currently with a brand FORTO Coffee (If you haven’t tried it yet, let me know. Everyone knows I love to share 😊). I love the industry I am in because I am always running into “better for you” options that I can share with everyone! Also, its food and beverage, what human doesn’t love that?
- Most embarrassing gym moment?
- Hmmmm great question, I guess it was one of my first weekends at Islip as a coach and I added in an extra 30+ reps of power cleans.
- Favorite movement? Kettlebell swings.
- Least favorite? Thrusters
- Benchmark WOD? Annie
- Favorite memory at Islip CrossFit?
- It’s only been a year and a few months and I have so many. As much as I love all of you, there is a soft spot in my heart for your children. This past Christmas Rachel and Christine asked me to host a “Christmas party” for the kids. For me it was a cool moment because I realized how much more than just a gym Islip is. I created a class of silly holiday games and mostly all the kids came. We had them do a secret Santa and it was just amazing. Take this from the girl who has been apart of a few different CrossFit communities- Islip truly has something special.
- Something no one at the gym knows about you?
- I am terrified of Pigeons and have to walk around them in NYC- it’s actually quite embarrassing as I am normally working with someone.
- What is your greatest achievement in your fitness so far?
- Running the NYC Marathon in 2017 sub 4 hours
- What/Who motivates or inspires you?
- The 3 F’s Family, Friends, and Future . I want to be the daughter/sister/aunt/wife/cousin/coach/ect that everyone can look to or rely on in the fitness world. It’s the little things that make me cry for JOY! My cousin never thought she could run 26.2 miles… I convinced her. My friend thought she could never quit smoking, well she did and trained for her first half marathon. I have had multiple members tell me they “CAN’T” but when I get them to say “I CAN” it means everything to me (yes I will cry when you succeed) . My inspiration comes from everyone I surround myself with and for that I am grateful.
- What changes have you made in your diet or workouts that have been the most successful?
- I used to try and be 100% Paleo but it didn’t work for me. I would say I currently eat like 70% Paleo now, Steve won’t let me live without bread.
- What’s your go to breakfast?
- Pagel and BACON
- Do you eat before you workout? (If so, what?)
- Depends on when I workout. Since my schedule changes like the other coaches this is hard to answer. I don’t eat before 5ams/6ams that’s for sure.
- Favorite Cheat Meal?
- TACO BELL
- Favorite Quote?
- “Some people want it to happen, others make it happen”
- What Superhero are you?
- Can I be a dude? I would say the HULK due to my anger issues.
- Biggest Fear?
- Favorite workout music?
- Best Vacation?
- Our Honeymoon- South Africa
- If you aren’t at the box, where would we find you?
- Working always.
- If you won lotto, what would you do?
- Travel everywhere possible
- If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
- Thailand’s next on my list. I love experiencing new cultures.
- Who is your celebrity crush?
- Taylor Kinney
- Last pic on your phone?
- Broken Margarita glasses from my registry
- What’s the wallpaper on your phone right now?
- Our engagement picture of us under the robert moses bridge.
- What’s in your most frequently used emoji tab?
- The crying laughing face
- What’s the last thing you searched for on Google?
- Jessen’s Deli’s Phone # to order a BEC
- Summarize your lifestyle in 5 words or less
- Fast Paced
- What do you thrive on as a coach?
- Watching our members succeed or accomplish something they have put so much time and effort into.
- How do you manage/balance bettering yourself as an athlete while trying to better your members?
- I put myself on a member’s level. I am not the coach who will compete RX and I used to be embarrassed of that. Then I recognized that is not what CrossFit is about. I can still help people get better at muscle ups even if I can’t do it. I continue to read and watch as many videos as possible to try and help everyone. You bet your ass that if you are trying to succeed at something during my classes I will most likely be texting you or DMing you on Instagram with some technique work.
- What excites you most about coaching members?
- Helping people better themselves, not just in movements, but their lives.
- What goes into planning WOD’s ? Are there specific parameters or a mastermind behind it?
- A lot more than I think people know. I must think about how long should a warm up be, skill, metcon, etc. We also must incorporate what we did the day before and how you may be feeling from yesterday’s metcon. For example, I consider that when planning my stretching/mobility. I also try and look up different videos and warm ups to keep it fun. Planning for classes and looking stuff up is the best though. We continue to get more and more informative as coaches. We share amongst one another too which is awesome!
- If you were coaching yourself through a tough wod, what words of encouragement would you give yourself?
- Just keep moving, I am not going to the games I am here for me.
- What is your greatest achievement in your coaching tenure?
- I can’t name one. I think overall it has been my relationships with members.
- What has been the most challenging part of being a coach?
- Teaching myself that I can still be a good coach and help others with movements even If can’t do them myself. I have spent a lot of time overcoming this by learning accessory work to help others build strength in that specific movement.
- Words of wisdom to other coaches, leaders, or those considering?
- GO FOR IT! The level one course is not just for coaches either! It’s an experience you will not forget.