Coach Nick Mann. What can I say about this guy? A lot, actually. I met Nick years ago, on Free Saturday, when CFW was just getting off the ground. Most of you are probably wondering what that is. Back when I first started CFW, Saturdays were the day to come try out the gym, for free, to see if CrossFit was right for you.
CrossFit was definitely right for Nick Mann. He quickly made PRs, learned new skills, and established himself as a leader in the gym – not just on the leaderboard, but within the community. I noticed right away that Nick was always helping others. Most things came easily to him (okay, we won’t touch Handstand Push ups!) but he shared his knowledge and experience with others from the get-go. His quick progression from member to coach was natural and seamless.
Ever since that day, Nick has done nothing but grow as an athlete, a coach and a person. I can’t even name everything he’s done for CFW, but I’ll give it a try. As an athlete, he’s set the bar high, continually dominating WODs, demonstrating good form and technique, inciting a healthy, competitive atmosphere, and providing all with an example of good sportsmanship and integrity. As a coach, he’s developed unique programming, taught hundreds of hours and hundreds of people, implemented and run more special events and training programs than I can name, taken on administrative and business responsibilities, and won the respect and love of every member here, past and present.
And as a person. I don’t even know where to begin. Nick Mann is one of the best people I know. He’s genuine, strong, smart, personable and funny. He shoots straight, he’s a great leader, and he’s always got your back. He’s a true friend.
I think I speak for every person who has ever had the opportunity to be coached by Nick Mann when I say – Nick, we are happy for you in your future endeavors, and we know we’re still going to see you around, but … you will be sorely missed. You’re the coach who’s tough enough to insist on perfect OLY technique for One Rep Maxes, yet also fun enough to have Dance-Five-Seconds-and-Shave-A-Minute-Off-Your-Time WOds. You’re the coach who is so inspiring to his Strength Students, he gets his very own hash tag — #PowerliftingWithNick. You’re the coach that has the stamina to coach, administrate, run special programs and also develop cool fitness endeavors on the side (Capital Affiliate League, Babes for Barbells, etc.) You’re the coach that can make things click for an athlete struggling with Toes to Bar, yet also laugh at and attack your own weaknesses (Overhead Squats, HSPU’s anyone?) And everyone loves you for both.
In short, you’re one-of-a-kind. We love you. We’ll miss you. I know that as long as we all continue to share our passion for fitness, we’ll stay connected. We wish you the very best in your new gym!
*Everyone please note, that Friday’s WOD will be a “Nick” WOD, containing his favorite moves. This Saturday, 27 September, is Coach Nick’s last day at CFW. He will be coaching the 9am and 10am and immediately following there will be food and drink to share. Come on out, work hard, dance a little bit, then say cheers to one of the best!
5 Sets of 5 to set a new 5RM
Coach led core