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Farewell Mandy

By brett kokoruda | In News & Events | on April 27, 2015
CrossFit Coolidge Corner

As many of you know, I am moving to California as of May 3. I have been here for about a year, joining the incredible coaching staff shortly after the opening. I only know the early birds that are brave enough to come subject themselves to my warm ups at 6 and 7am, but I have enjoyed getting to know the community over the past year. I can be hard on you guys. I push your limits and I make you add weight to the barbell when you’re not sold on the idea. I do this because I care and because I see how you want to improve. If I’m picking on you, it’s because I see a drive in you. A drive to be better than yesterday. I started with that same drive.
My CrossFit beginnings are not so glamorous, in fact, they’re sort of embarrassing. I was a bit of a train wreck. If I coached myself from back then today I would be sure that I signed a waiver upon entry. My squat had almost never been used so it was hideous and I lacked any and all muscles that a human being needs for basic movement. Seriously. I had to start from square one and it was hard. There were many days where I was frustrated and wanted to quit. The push from my coaches is what kept me going and got me to where I am today. My aim as a coach is to do that for others. To help you push past that pain point and help you accomplish the impossible. And to play the pizza delivery game and make it fun! I hope I have been able to do that for you.
I leave here to go back to my own family in Northern California. I am fortunate enough to have a family that is also all of my best friends.  I love every second that I spend with my family and and lucky that they are all in one place, it’s time for me to go back to that. It’s bittersweet because I have such a great community and CrossFit family here. It was never the plan for me to stay in Boston after college but I fell in love with my job of helping people and became addicted to helping people progress. Brett and Yosh have been great leaders and I know they will continue on to make the gym even better than it already is. I want to thank YOU all for the gift you have given me. Your PRs have made me just as happy as they have you and I will miss witnessing them all. You all have made this such a rewarding experience, seeing all your progress. Keep me updated and remember to keep trying, even on days where it seems impossible. You can do it.

Let me know if you’re ever in Northern California! I’d love to see you!

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