Workout of the day for Friday 06/14/12
In 15 minutes work up to your max overhead squat
As Many Rounds as Possible in 15 minutes:
15 Overhead Squat, 95/65 pounds
Say goodbye to your midline. ~J
Andy Massi is a Game Changer
While I’ve been away, I’ve had some great time to reflect on CrossFit Roseville. There have been many coaches and athletes who have helped make us a phenomenal place to train and grow. Not everyone who deserves recognition has gotten enough of it.
One coach who deserves recognition for all he has done for CrossFit Roseville, and continues to do for CrossFit Roseville, is Coach Andy Massi. Even though he is one of those who doesn’t need public recognition, he deserves it.
Andy has been a game changer for CrossFit Roseville. He has elevated our game as athletes and coaches and continues to elevate everyone around him.
From the very first workout at our box, his work ethic and internal drive showed. His dedication to learn and understand CrossFit, GPP, and functional fitness led him to study many hours long before attending a Level 1 cert. In no time, he had absorbed the basic tenets of the CrossFit approach to training and his performance sky rocketed.
Once he attended the CrossFit Certification course, and I asked him to coach a few classes, his work ethic continued to shine. He always went the extra mile; showing up early, ready to work, organizing weights, taking out trash, cleaning up after messy members. (Yes, we have some messy members that are sometimes). He has never complained about anything, but he has made some important ‘suggestions’ and observations. Yet, even though he has clearly deserved it, he never asked for or got any special treatment or recognition.
In 2011, Andy helped me coach a group of 20 athletes at Tony’s Fine Foods, a large local food distributor, 2 nights a week. Over the course of about a year, we were the catalysts (also with Dave Pabalate and Laura Cruz) that helped create what is a new frontier in how big businesses provide health and wellness for their employees. We started in the parking lot and now that program has a dedicated CrossFit Coach and 4 nights a week in their own fully outfitted by rogue 6,000 sf private training facility. Andy was a big part of the success of that program.
As a coach at CrossFit Roseville, Andy has been top-notch. Even when he isn’t coaching and he is doing his own workout, he is always there to help a fellow athlete even if it means taking time away from his training. I have gotten many texts and messages from our members praising Andy.
In case you wondered, he’s been ‘there’. He will push you. Maybe more than you want, but never more than you need. Andy recently received another CrossFit Certification – Olympic Weightlifting. He has developed an eye for movement and a technical coaching ability that has helped us all. He’s quick to share what he has learned and every chance I get to workout with him, I take it! You should, too!!
Andy, thanks for being a Game Changer at CrossFit Roseville. You have influenced us all greatly. You have been an example of consistency week in and week out with everything. With your training, with your coaching, with the way you have invested in all of the members, with the way you have gone the extra mile for our box – every time, and with the way you have shown us how to dig deep on those hard wods (Death by Barbell, Hero’s, Memorial Day).
Keep up the outstanding work. You have elevated your fellow coaches and athletes. I’m looking forward to your ever increasing role at CrossFit Roseville and future endeavors together.
Post to comments:
If you have a memory of when Andy has helped you, why don’t you say thanks to him either in comments or personally next time you see him at the box. He believes in you. He believes you are capable of more than you even know. He has been fighting for you…so recognize the game changer in our midst.