We would like to take a moment to announce and welcome the newest member of our BTB coaching staff and family, Casey Castleberry. Casey comes to us with 3-4 years of coaching experience with a love and passion for gymnastics. It is going to be fun with two coaches on staff with the same name but a different spelling. Casey has already taken over our BTB Instagram so be on the look out for some fantastic posts, tips, shout outs, PRs, and other exciting news at BTB. We couldn’t be more excited to have him part of our fabulous community and to see what he has in store. Get ready for big things from Casey C. Please give him a big BTB welcome when you see him in classes this week.
Casey tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am 25 years old, was born and raised in Austin, Texas. I am a lover of movies and arts, a bibliophile, and before Crossfit was very involved in music (Pulled a brief stint playing guitar in a western swing fiddle band). I don’t have any pets but I love cats (dogs are cool too). I graduated from Baylor University with an Entrepreneurship/Marketing degree, pulled a brief corporate stint at Reebok, played in the sales and marketing game, and finally gave in to become a full time Crossfit coach. One of my favorite things to do during weekends is to explore Georgia waterfalls. Definitely a homebody/introvert by nature, Crossfit did a great job of getting me out of my shell.
Three part question:
How long have you been CrossFitting?, How did you get started?, Where was your first gym?
I have been Crossfitting since February of 2012. When I was 10, I started messing around on my dad’s bowflex and eventually started training my friends on it. I have always been obsessed with training and new ways of getting fit. I had a professor in college who knew this and got me a huge discount for my first 3 months at the gym she went to. My first gym was Crossfit Waco (Same as the professor).
How long have you been coaching CrossFit and how did you get started?
I started coaching in December of 2013, and got my L1 in February of 2014 (And since then have become obsessed with certs. L2, Gymnastics, USAW). I have always enjoyed helping other people achieve competitive/goal-oriented success more than myself. It started by helping friends get their first muscle up/PR their snatch/clean up their rowing technique. I eventually had the owner sit me down and say I needed to make this official.
What is your favorite part about coaching?
Crossfit is great, as are PR’s and lifting weights and the community. But the best part of coaching is when people come into the gym with stories about how what they did in the gym enhances their life outside of it. Being able to keep up with their kids/grandkids, passing a law enforcement physical exam, getting off blood pressure medication, making the school varsity squad. As cool as the Games and local competitions are, those moments pale in comparison to the life changes people experience.
I also love seeing the moment when someone starts believing in themselves and their abilities. To trust yourself doing a heavy squat snatch where a heavy weight could fall on your head if you don’t do it right translates into trusting yourself in a broad amount of situations outside of the gym.
What is your favorite wod and why?
Jackie. I love it. 1000m row, 50 empty barbell thrusters, 30 pull-ups. It is fast, light, and includes movements that are in my wheelhouse. Being able to flirt with that red line right up until the end makes it fun.
Whats your favorite and least favorite movements?
I love ring muscle ups. From the first Crossfit video I saw I have been obsessed with learning and teaching them.
My least favorite movement is pistols. #anklemobilitystruggles
What is your favorite thing to do outside of coaching and CrossFit?
Reading a good book or getting lost on a trail. (Book suggestions are always welcome)
So everyone (i.e. the class) loves to play DJ during classes. What is your favorite music to listen to while working out?
I have an (unfortunate) reputation of being an AWFUL DJ while I coach. I love Punk Goes Pop for metcons, and Demi Lovato’s confident for making PR attempts on Olympic Lifts.