A Word From Coach Chris

Hey guys! It’s Coach Chris.  There have been a lot of concerns and rumors going around and I felt that I should be the one to address them.  There have been a lot of changes at NECF over the past few months.  First, we added Briana to the staff.  Briana was awesome (and she still is).  She brought a whole new personality to the gym staff.  She had ideas, helped with the day to day tasks and she was a fun, smiling and charismatic face to have at the front desk greeting our members and welcoming our new and prospective clients.  Unfortunately, Briana had to take a step back to spend more time with her family, which not only made us sad, but also left a huge void for not only Manny, but the gym as a whole.

Recently, we had Debbie coming in and trying out the gym.  She was a coach at CrossFit Gotham and was interested in joining our team.  I have been with Manny since the gym was CrossFit Scarsdale and pretty much anytime he talked to me about future plans for the gym they always involved finding an experienced female coach.  This opportunity was a great one for us to finally make this a reality.  There was only one problem.  We knew she was interested because of our reputation as a community and as a well-coached and well managed facility, but would that be able to trump the fact that we could only offer her limited hours.

This is when I approached Manny with an idea.  What if I took a back seat to coaching so that we could make this happen?  What if I helped at nights with the front desk and the general day to day tasks?  At first Manny fought me.  He legitimately got angry at me. He in no way wanted to “punish” one of his coaches to try and bring another one on.  We sat down a couple of more times and I showed him just what this could do for us.  How this could take NECF to the next step and ultimately, to the place he has wanted to go for a while.

This wasn’t an easy decision for me.  It was extremely tough.  I love coaching.  It’s my favorite thing to do other than spending time with my family.  I think the reason why I love it so much is because I consider you all as part of my extended family.  I get a lot of joy seeing people achieve their goals.  Lose the weight they were trying to lose.  Get their first pull-up.  Hit a PR.  It is a such a great feeling.  My morning 6am crazies have been with me since day 1.  I have found some great friends during my morning classes.  Some faces have always been there since I first started coaching, some came later on, and the ones we have added recently have become some of my favorite people to see every day.  I have also developed a great friendship and close bond with my fellow morning coach, Cameron.  I have learned so much from him since he joined the mornings and we have a blast every day coaching and hanging out together.  That was something else that was extremely tough for me to give up.

Here is the thing.  Just like everyone has drank the kool aid that is CrossFit, I drank the kool aid that is NECF and the vision of what it could be a long time ago.  I had the opportunity to do something for a person and a place that has done so much for me and I couldn’t pass it up.  This was a decision that is best for the gym.  Often, businesses become complacent, stagnant, and the employees and members become bored because of this.  I want NECF to evolve and become what all the coaches and Manny believe it can be, and to achieve that goal sacrifices sometimes have to be made.  This sacrifice is a good one.  This will allow us to bring some plans to fruition sooner rather than later and it will allow us to offer an even greater experience to our members.

To wrap this up, no one is getting fired, punished, demoted or leaving the gym.  Manny did not ask or force me to take a step back.  I approached him and he fought me on it.  We discussed and I was able to show him all the benefits this could have.  You guys will see this soon enough as well.  You are stuck with me.  My new role at the gym will be as a part time coach and full time Operations Manager.  You will still see my ugly mug every morning working out.  I will still be around to offer my help in any way and at times interrupt Cameron when I feel like pointing something out about a WOD or a movement.  You will still see me at nights.  I will be at the front desk greeting people, helping Manny to run the day to day business end of things and shooting the breeze with anyone that doesn’t feel like going home because they just love being at the gym so much.

Stop the presses.  Stop the rumors.  I’m not going anywhere.  I’m here to stay and I’m here for the NECF ride, however long it may be.  With that being said, I would like to welcome my arch nemesis Debbie to the team.  I think she is going to be an awesome addition.  Show her the same love and respect you showed each and every one of us when we started our coaching careers at NECF.  This is honestly one of the best, if not the best, CrossFit communities around.  Let’s continue to exemplify that