27 Sep Marissa Martinez | Coach
Level One CrossFit Coach
My entry into CrossFit started in an attempt to get into what my coach at the time called ‘rugby shape.’ Hours at the gym lifting and running sprints was still not cutting it on the pitch. When a former rugby mate opened her own box our team was welcomed into a joint partnership, which had clear cut results for myself, as well as other teammates. I attribute much of our success that year to the transition to those constantly varied, high intensity functional movements that CrossFit subscribes by. In addition to gaining strength both on and off the pitch, CrossFit has forged many cherished friendships and memories for me both at my former gym in Philadelphia and now at CrossFit Federal Hill. The community here is so open, encouraging and positive and I am proud to be a coach and member of CFH.
When I’m not coaching or training at CFH, my daytime gig is as a biomedical scientist (yes, that’s a real job) at Johns Hopkins. I love teaching and the analytical aspect of my job. It helps me to train future scientists and clinicians. Part of my goal as a coach is to use these skills to help our athletes understand the mechanics and rationale of the movements in an effort to improve their performance and reduce injuries. Thus far, this has been one of the most rewarding aspects of coaching.
When I moved to Baltimore I never imagined that I could make the gains and friendships that I have here at CFH. The excellent coaches and programming here have helped me to become a better athlete, and have allowed me to share something that I am very passionate about with others. CrossFit is about becoming our best selves through fitness, confidence and community and it is our job as coaches to help every athlete on this journey.