Christa Giordani has coached and participated in various sports like weightlifting, rock climbing, gymnastics, mountain biking, and beach volleyball. She started with CrossFit in 2008.
“I found a CrossFit Box near me to check out and never looked back.”
She competed individually at the Regional for 4 years and on a team for 2 years. The diversity of movements is what caught her in CrossFit.
“I started coaching in 2009 and love helping people surpass the goals they set and accomplish more than they ever thought possible.”³
The great names like Tia-Clair Toomey, Katrin Davidsdottir, Sara Sigmundsdottir and many others prove that there is no lack of high-level female athletes in CrossFit. The women’s competition is arguably more exciting than its male counterpart. On the other hand, with female CrossFit coaches at the highest elite level in the sport, it is quite different.
There are many speculations why male coaches are more likely to train professional athletes. Former CrossFit Games competitors who are coaching now think it might be caused by stereotypes which say that men do not get emotional and can push harder.
However, often female coaches admit that they prefer to develop long-term relationships. Therefore they often choose to train lifestyle CrossFit athletes.
Even though there is still a much bigger trend in male coaches, many would agree that in the end it is experience, personality, approach and determination which makes coach a good coach. Not gender. We are currently researching this topic so if you have any thoughts or experiences of you own, then please let us know in the comments section below.
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- christa-+-ben: Ben Bergeron / Christa Giordano