Like many of the people he coaches, Patrick came to Crossfit with the goal to get back in shape and lose some weight. “ I was tired of the old gyms and needed something that would challenge me. Boy did I ever find it.” That was 2 and a half years ago, since he started he has lost 57 lbs and feels fitter and stronger than he’s ever been. “During my last medical exam, my lungs tested as a healthy 26 year old.”
While he still wants to be as fit as possible, he has added a few more goals to his list. “Aside from personal numbers (weights), skills (gymnastics) what I’m aiming for is having a positive impact on the members I usually train with and make a difference in the members I coach.” It is that generous attitude that has made Patrick a great addition to the coaching staff at CFNV. His background in coaching goes back nearly 25 years with experience in baseball and softball but mostly in hockey, coaching minor, junior and University level, including 3 Nationals and the Canada Winter Games. His enthusiasm for coaching is founded in a desire to help others achieve their goals. “Coaching is a medium in which you can impact the lives of athletes in significant ways and make a difference. I don’t think there’s any better gift than that.”
A message he would like to pass on to all the members is “introduce yourself to people you don’t know in class, cheer and support each other, and finally don’t ever sell yourself short, you are capable of more than you think.” As well Patrick would love to see more people staying to do some mobility work after class. “The extra time spent on mobility does wonders for recovery, injury prevention and ROM.”
Leading a healthy lifestyle is a big factor for Patrick’s fountain of youth. “I was extremely lucky to meet Coach Roe Stewart during my orientation. She mentioned the Paleo Diet to me and I’ve been following this way of eating since then aside from a few exceptions here and there. I will be forever indebted to her for having guided me to this lifestyle. There’s no secret to it, healthy eating and consistent effort in your workouts.”
Finding inspiration is always close at hand. “I look all around me, sometimes you find inspiration in the little moments. Seeing someone coming back from an injury, showing up and putting in the work. Seeing someone simply trying to encourage another athlete complete their workout. Little moments. People are tougher than they think, it never ceases to amaze me.”
Patrick has shown no fear when it comes to challenging himself. He enjoys the workouts that involve some strategy but has embraced every workout as offering something to learn from. “I have grown to not hate any workouts anymore. If there’s a skill I struggle with, it gives me a chance to work on it.” He has competed in 5 Crossfit competitions, trying his hand at Team, Partners and Individual. “They are all different but I’ve enjoyed them all. I recommend it to anyone not only because of the personal challenge but it is also a lot of fun and you get to meet many athletes from different gyms and get a sense of how large our Community is.”When asked what has been his best Crossfit moment, Patrick responded with a multiple answer.
“I have three and all for different reasons.
1) Competing along with Focker, Cami, Red, Jolly and Animal and coming together as a Team in the Canadian Affiliate League. We were all pretty new and learned to help and support each other.
2) Going to CrossFit State Of Mind in Maui and getting to meet new people and feeling part of the family there. I love how you can go to a CrossFit gym and make friendships really quickly, this doesn’t happen at regular gyms.
3) Lastly, seeing Terry Peters at the Tennis Stadium this past summer. See Terry win the last workout in that stadium gave me chills and as I told him, I can’t even comprehend how he would have felt.”
One item Patrick would love to see added to the CFNV program is a weekly skills class with the focus on specific skills such as rowing technique, squatting, mobility, etc., maybe on a Sat. or Sun. “because due to my work schedule, I can’t take part in the Competitors classes.”
Outside of the gym he enjoys traveling with his wife, Sarah (a.k.a. Matchstick), spending quality time together and discovering new places. While he has played a variety of sports in the past he isn’t doing any right now, “just not enough time on the day. Plus I’m addicted to CrossFit.”
An interesting tidbit about Patrick is “I worked in northern Haiti with the United Nations for a six month period. An experience I will always carry with me.”
Pat is a true ambassador for CFNV both as a member and a coach. He has been one of the most influential people in our gym since he started here. Always open to being inspired and out to inspire others Patrick is selfless in his actions day in and day out. I look up to Patrick in so many ways and cannot thank him enough for his contributions to our community.
Just the Facts:
Profession: Police Officer
How often do you train: 5 days a week
What class: 4:30 but I do like the 8:00 AM class to workout with different members
Started Coaching Crossfit: March 2015