Emily Makselan

Emily Makselan

Manager and Flexible Dieting Coach

CrossFit Level 1, NFPT CPT, NCSF Sports Nutrition, Physical Therapy Technician

What is your CrossFit story?

Like many, I was skeptical about starting CrossFit. My husband was working as a trainer at a local affiliate at the time and had been trying to convince me to try it for a while. I gave him the usual answers, “I’m scared I’ll get hurt.”, “I’m not good enough.”, “it’s not a good fit for my goals.”. But all of those turned out to be false, and trying CrossFit was the best decision I ever made. My only regret was not trying it sooner! I waited until my mid-thirties to get into the best shape of my life. Since starting CrossFit I have lost 30 pounds and over 10% body fat, and accomplished countless feats that I never would have thought possible. Before starting CrossFit I had been mostly physically inactive for 10 years. I was thin and appeared healthy, but in reality I lacked the strength and flexibility to even properly execute an air squat. I quickly got hooked on CrossFit because of how strong CrossFit made me feel, and how it made me view my body. For the first time in my life I learned to view my body’s worth for what it’s capable of, not the number on the scale, or the reflection in the mirror. I was a competitive swimmer for over 10 years growing up. CrossFit has filled that competitive void that I had been lacking since I stopped swimming.

What is your favorite part about coaching?

The look on someone’s face when they accomplish something they didn’t think was possible. I also love to watch people fall in love with the sports of CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting the same way I did!

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What's your favorite quote?

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”

Any advice for beginners?

Don’t ever compare yourself to anyone else. The only person you should compare yourself to is you from yesterday.