Get to know… Coach Robin!
In our first post designed to introduce you to our CrossFit Little Creek staff “behind the scenes”, we sat down with our own Robin Hamilton and discussed some of the details about her CrossFit and fitness journey.
Coach Robin Hamilton
How old are you? I turn 42 this month.
When did you begin CrossFit? I started CrossFit in 2011
What inspired you to start? A friend of mine kept posting workouts on Facebook and I thought it looked impossible, but she was an average mom like me. She kept telling me if she could do it then I could too, and she was right.
Why do you continue to CrossFit? I continue to do CrossFit because I refuse to go back to the former me. I have literally worked my butt off to get here and I am not going back. I played high school sports and joined the Navy where I was required to meet the physical fitness standards, but really I wasn’t previously an athlete, runner, or weightlifter. I considered myself just a mom who was always looking for ways to lose weight. I tried everything, and I mean everything. CrossFit is the only thing that I didn’t get bored with. I really found the community a big help in keeping me accountable. I loved the fact that if I missed a few workouts, my trainers and box friends were asking me where I was and what was going on.
What is your greatest accomplishment in CrossFit? I absolutely love that others are motivated and inspired by my progress enough to start on their own fitness journey and several have even joined CrossFit boxes.
What life lessons have you learned from CrossFit? That I am way stronger mentally than I think I am and to never quit. I went through a very rough patch in my life when I first started CrossFit and it actually helped me to not be as stressed and to take out my frustrations during my workout. I have also learned that as a mom you have to take time out for yourself, to take care of yourself so you can take care of your family.
What do you struggle with most in CrossFit? I have lots of mobility issues from years of being sedentary and pretty poor genetics. I have learned to work on mobility every day, even outside of the box, and to scale weights and fix form when it is being compromised.
What are your current CrossFit goals? To keep showing up. When people ask me how I do it, I tell them the biggest struggle is getting there. Just get there and the rest falls into place. My biggest goal is to be the best master’s athlete I can be. As I continue to age I hope that my fitness level keeps progressing.
What made you want to coach? When I lost over 60 lbs. and during that process I would constantly be questioned on how I accomplished that. I would give insight on nutrition and exercise to people. I found myself researching more and more and sending people research on the benefits of CrossFit and eating on a macro based diet. I am constantly researching and studying technique to better my own movement and the athletes that show up to be that better version of themselves. I feel as if I can help motivate people to reach their goals. As a coach there isn’t a better feeling in the world than the look on someone’s face when they do something for the first time that they have been working on achieving.
2017 06 25