28 days of me

Day 19

Interview: Charlotte Mairis

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014


Charlotte Maris


Student Business Administration, Office Manager at a law firm and coach at CrossFit AKA

How did you get into Crossfit?

A close friend of mine sent me a video of Chris Spealler (CrossFit legend) about four years ago. I was sold immediately but in the absence of a CrossFit box nearby I had to let it go. A year ago I moved to Amsterdam and came to live a stone’s throw from the CrossFit AKA box. I tried a workout and I have loved every painful minute since.

What was your first impression of it?

The workouts were intense, the coaches were knowledgeable and the members were fit but, above all, very likeable and supportive.

Why did you decide to become a coach?

One of my great passions is helping people. Since becoming a CrossFit coach I get the opportunity to do what I love. I enjoy being able to introduce people to what their bodies are truly capable of.

Can you tell me about the process for qualifying as a CrossFit instructor?

After I had achieved a certain skill level myself, I passed the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course and I started teaching classes that were overseen by head coach Alexander. I use the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course as a starting point. From there I am going to gain experience by coaching as many classes as possible and continually educate myself by reading articles and watching videos in order to become an even better coach.

What are your thoughts on the sometimes negative press CrossFit gets?

”Haters gonna hate.”

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What is the biggest thing Crossfit has taught you (so far)?

CrossFit taught me that I can push myself beyond my mental and physical limits to a place that I previously considered unachievable. If you want to achieve anything in life, put in the work, give it your all and the results will come.

Any advice for women thinking about give it a go?

Women might feel a little intimidated by heavy weights. They have probably have heard horror stories about lifting weights and how it makes women look bulky or that it is dangerous. But actually quite the opposite is true. Lifting weights will help you to get a healthier and stronger body.

CrossFit is not too intense for the average Jane. When done correctly, CrossFit is safe, very effective and lots of fun! You will probably be overwhelmed by sense of community and support. You’re not just doing your own thing –  you have coaches who are helping and encouraging you along the way. It pushes you to make and meet your fitness goals and every part of you will feel and look stronger! Need I say more?

Charlotte coaches at CrossFit AKA.

WOD results

The Chief

5 rounds of AMRAP

3 Power cleans
6 Push ups
9 Squats

3 minutes to complete as many rounds as possible, 1 minute rest and then repeat another 4 times.

How are you feeling?

Today we partnered up for the workout – one person trains and the other keeps score and watches for no reps or bad technique. I went second. This had advantages and disadvantages – I had just downed a green smoothie before training so going second gave me an extra 20 minutes to digest – pretty happy about this! However, when you have watched your partner fight their way through the WOD with gritted teeth and a very focused but also painful look on their face – you know how much it is going to hurt.

And again the workout sorted me out in terms of stress management. By the time I got to work (post WOD) I was feeling like I could solve anything.