Athlete Spotlight: Anna Coulson

Image may contain: Faye Sexton and Anna A. Coulson, people smiling, people standing and eyeglassesAnna Coulson was an earlier spotlight that we are finally posting about now! She joined us in January 2018 with our first Best Self Challenge Bootcamp. I had the pleasure of coaching the bootcamp, and now the honor of writing about Anna and her journey so far at CFC. There are many words to describe Anna. Beautiful inside and out are at the top of the list. Determined, outgoing, kind, and hard-working describe Anna as well.

A little about Anna. She grew up in Sacramento CA. She played basketball and golf, and loved roller blading. Golf is no longer a favorite sport. She stays close with her family, and enjoyed that close bond growing up. Anna grew up with two brothers, one of which was in the Army. Her mother and one of her brothers have sadly has passed away. Anna is a proud Navy wife. She’s been married to Karl for 14 years. She loves to travel. A unique fact about Anna is that she was adopted at birth. Anna finds inspiration in her faith, it helped with her grief when her mother passed away and her brother died tragically. She also finds motivation from her living brother who lives a healthy lifestyle and stays fit. Anna came to join our community because she loves life and wanted to take better care of herself. Anna had another motivation for changing her way of lifestyle. She wanted to be prepared to have children! She and Karl are expecting twin girls this spring!

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I asked Anna what she loves about CFC. The gym brought her back to life after her brother’s death. He had taken his own life. Anna was quick to praise Clint and Kim, and “the members are awesome!” She feels like the coaches listen and will help her work with her goals. The CrossFit wods have helped Anna stay emotionally and mentally well.

Anna’s favorite movements are the bench press, banded pull-ups, slam balls and double unders. Her least favorite are burpees, squats and lunges. Although her squats have improved dramatically since she started! At the time of our interview, Anna’s goals were to get unbanded pull ups, linked double under, and just get stronger.  Right now she’s focusing on growing the twins and looks forward to getting back in the gym when cleared by her doctor!

Anna’s proudest moment at CFC to date is doing Murph with Faye. It was an emotional day before getting to the gym. She also had some fear about being with such a large group of people. Needless to say, she did it!  And she had an awesome smile too!

When asked what advice she’d give to new members or those interested in trying CFC she said, “Keep and open mind. Try not to get intimidated. There are always modifications for the movements”.

Anna has been out of the gym for the last few months due to her pregnancy. But we look forward to welcoming her back soon!

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Shannon’s love of exercise started with high school sports and continued through college. Her background includes over five years of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, her own at-home personal training company, and group fitness classes.  Shannon started CrossFit at CFC in 2011. As a new mom, she could no longer spend the hours required for marathon and triathlon training. She consistently attended the 6am CFC class for two and a half years, including through the entire pregnancy of baby #2. In 2014, the Navy moved the Campoamor’s to Japan and then to Italy. In Europe, Shannon took advantage of the global CrossFit community-making friends with fellow athletes all over the world. In 2019, the Navy moved the Campoamor’s back to Coronado, where they happily rejoined the CFC family.

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MS in Health and Exercise Science from Wake Forest University

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Shannon has been coaching CrossFit since 2012 when she earned her Level I certificate. soon after she earned her Level II and has since renewed. She went on to obtain her CrossFit weightlifting Level I and Level II certifications as well as the Catapult Weightlifting from Don McCauley. Shannon has been coaching with Crossfit Coronado since 2017. Shannon ran the Olympic Lifting program at Crossfit Coronado when it was offered. She’s competed in crossfit at a handful of local events and aspires to come last place at regionals one day.

Favorite movement is the Olympic Lift -Snatch & least favorite will always be running. Loves coaching at CrossFit Coronado because it’s a gym where everyone is welcome regardless of fitness level. You won’t find any clicks here, just some great people great community and coaches that are always working to be better each day.

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Working out” has been a part of Johanna’s life for as long as she can remember. Her educational background follows suit. However, it wasn’t until she was introduced to CrossFit, that she felt truly “fit”. Johanna got her Level 1 certificate to help others on their journey to improving their lives through exercise in a supportive community.  Johanna has had many teaching opportunities cross her path, from preschool children, elementary school PE, teaching water exercise with the elderly, coaching kids soccer, and now coaching CrossFit.  In her off time, Johanna enjoys time with her family on the beach, and watching her children’s sports.

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Kimberly started doing CrossFit in 2010.  She quickly realized the awesome benefits of CrossFit and was eager to help Clint when they decided to take over as the owners.  She helps with our teen program and the behind the scenes work that needs to be done.  Kim works part time as an oncology nurse and is a full time to mom to their two little girls. Prior to that, she worked for the City of San Diego for over ten years teaching children of all ages and abilities how to swim and spent three years working as a substitute teacher for kids in grades K-12.  Kim took long-term sub positions teaching high school physical education and middle school science.  After seeing the lack of physical fitness with kids in the school systems, Kim wanted to help set up a teen program to give kids a positive physical outlet aside from school competitive sports.  After having kids and realizing how challenging it is to workout with little ones, she also created a program in the gym to offer childcare so that moms (and dads) can get their workouts in!  Email Kim

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Clint started as a customer with CrossFit Coronado in October 2008.  He became a trainer in August 2009, and the owner in August 2010.  He has been an athlete since he was young.  Starting with 7 years of gymnastics and martial arts, as well as high school football and track.  In college, he got into endurance running and swimming.  He was first introduced to CrossFit in the military.  A CrossFit athlete is one that is well rounded in all areas of fitness.   It was this, and the fact that there is absolutely no way to duplicate the results that CrossFit produces for the short amount of time the workouts require, that initially hooked Clint.  Clint has personally experienced improvement in every aspect of fitness, with much shorter workout times.  He competed in the SoCal Regionals in 2010 with a team and in 2011 and 2012 as an individual.  Clint thoroughly enjoys helping people reach their goals.  Clint recently completed a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the university of Saint Augustine and is excited to integrate PT into the gym. His goal is to help professionalize the fitness industry and bring educated and safe training to everyone.  Clint enjoys working with everyone, especially people who need more individualized attention or modifications.  If you’re interested in CrossFit Coronado or personal training, email Clint.

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