Oak Park Community, allow me to elaborate on yesterday’s video regarding my transition to a new chapter of my professional journey.
Some of you know, some of you may have forgotten, and some of you don’t know that when I originally moved out to Santa Monica and started coaching here at Oak Park in the fall of 2017, it was solely in the context of providing performance psychology consulting as a part of my 4th internship to complete my master’s degree in Performance Psychology. Given that I have been coaching CrossFit since 2011, it was then a relatively seamless transition back into coaching fitness at the beginning of 2018 here at Oak Park. Part of what made it so seamless is that, unequivocally, the team of coaches at Oak Park are the best group of people I have ever had the pleasure of working alongside.
The past two years have not been without their struggle as I juggled coaching with finishing up both my Master’s in Performance Psychology and my MBA, but it has been such a privilege and honor to be a part of this Oak Park community both as a coach and, especially, as a student. Let me underscore again how much my fellow coaches here at Oak Park mean to me: Other than Oak Park, I have coached at four other gyms, and, at those other gyms, I was similarly fortunate to become good friends with those I coached with. However, never did I respect any of those coaches professionally nor care to learn from any of those coaches like I genuinely do with my fellow coaches at Oak Park. Moreover, it has been so great to regularly coach a community of students that continue to grow their willingness to embrace an ever evolving menu of items that we, as coaches, are inspired to cook up for you in order to fulfill our promise of supporting your intentional, sustainable growth both inside and outside the gym.
Therefore, it is not without some sadness that after October 4th, I will no longer be coaching at the gym during the week. Nonetheless, I am very excited and ready for this next chapter of getting to coach people outside the gym space and, for a period of time, doing less physical coaching, and a higher frequency of mental performance coaching.
I have been hired by Higher Echelon to be one of three Cognitive Enhancement Coaches working with LAX Airport’s Transportation Security Agents. Long story short: The government has been unhappy with how the TSA has been performing. In response to this, a company by the name of SAIC conducted a pilot study utilizing performance psychology interventions with a sample size of TSA to see if their performance improved, and it did! Therefore, the government has contracted with Higher Echelon and SAIC to have Cognitive Enhancement Coaches in 8 major airports across the United States working with the TSA to improve their ability to best access and utilize their skillset to get their job done efficiently and effectively, particularly while under pressure.
W/ so much love and gratitude for Oak Park, I embark on this next chapter…
A) Front Squat 7×5 @ 80% of 3RM
:30 DBall Hold (Rx+ with singing!) :
30 WuTang DBall Push Ups
:30 10m Shuttle Sprints
For Challenge to Complete:
40 Wallballs 20/14
40 Wallballs 20/14
*Soft Cap 38 min/Cap 40min