Phil joined Crossfit NOLA as a member in 2012, and you have probably seen him around the gym working out with Jeff and as a part of Team Louisiana during the past year. He will be coaching Monday through Friday mornings Downtown, as well as Wed afternoon and Saturday morning Uptown.
Phil has been the Manager/Head Coach/Programmer at Crescent City Crossfit for the last 3+ years. He says his greatest strength as coach is “my ability to articulate my deep knowledge of the sport to all ranges of athletes from beginners to those who are more advanced. Coaching is not just about having knowledge, but can you use your knowledge and present it in a way to make a person better and understand the "why" behind a task. Years of experience has allowed me to develop many physical and verbal cues to assist with movement development across a large spectrum of athletes and abilities”.
Phil has qualified for Regionals in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, though he decided to compete in the Team Division with Team Louisiana this past year.
When not in the gym you can usually find Phil playing in various indoor soccer leagues or at Lafreniere Park on Sunday Morning playing with the Finn McCool's club team. Phil and (former coach) Aaron Hyatt were college teammates. He has his L-1 certification as well as a Crossfit Kids Certification.
Ginger has been a member at Crossfit NOLA for over a year, she usually comes to afternoon classes at MidCity and endurance classes. She will be coaching Tuesday and Friday mornings Uptown.
A native of Texas, Ginger comes to us with a background in running and cycling and was a D1 collegiate athlete. Her son, Cam, also plays D1 soccer in South Carolina. Although her career is in the corporate world, she is an artist/metalsmith with a concentration in jewelry design. Her advice for anyone would be never sacrifice form and technique for a PR or a "good" score. Be patient and don't hesitate to use scales and progressions while you are learning to become proficient. Great movement takes time.
Certifications: CF-L1, CF-L2, CF Olympic Lifting, CF Scaling, CF Movement and Mobility, CF Gymnastics, CF Endurance
Ginger is also an intern with the Crossfit HQ staff, the folks who train all the Crossfit coaches.
How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first experience/WOD?
I was searching for a different type of workout experience and saw an article online about Crossfit, which peaked my interest. My first experience/WOD was in the Fundamentals Program and from that experience it was evident that Crossfit was different than my prior workout experiences.
When did you first come to CrossFit NOLA?
After deciding I would like to try Crossfit, I did some research online about different Crossfit gyms in New Orleans and thought Crossfit NOLA was the best choice.
How many days do you CrossFit? What classes do you normally take (times and specialties)?
I usually Crossfit 3-5 times per week and mix in different types of classes, like WODS, Rowing Endurance, Strongman and Active Recovery.
What motivates you/keeps you coming back to CrossFit NOLA?
The coaches, other members, variety of workouts, challenges presented by the different workouts, improvement over time and feeling of accomplishment.
Favorite thing about New Orleans?
What accomplishment are you the most proud of (outside and inside of the gym)?
Outside the gym I am most proud of the accomplishments of my kids, inside the gym I am most proud of increase in mobility over time, which comes through the different exercises that are part of the workouts.
After a hard workout, what is your favorite me
Company Burger, District Donuts, Pizza Domenica, Cowbell, Cochon Butcher…
What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit?
I enjoy coaching little league sports, LSU sports and the Saints.
What do you do for a living?
I am an attorney.
What is one goal that you are currently working on?
Continuing to increase mobility.
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