GameDay fans…. Meet Brittni Lair, a coach at CrossFit Innerdrive!
Tell us all about you!
My name is Brittni Lair and I grew up on a farm outside of Albert Lea, MN. I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend Jens, my family, and my friends. I enjoy good food and being outside. My favorite meal is a really good bacon/cheddar/BBQ sauce burger with lots of lettuce and sweet potato fries. I didn’t think I would ever move back home to Albert Lea, but I wouldn’t change anything about my life! I love my job as a Physician Assistant in orthopedics. I have the greatest work family and am best friends with my colleagues. It is truly incredible!
Do you come from an athletic background?
I was in track, soccer, figure skating, and dance in high school. I then played college soccer for a couple years. I have always enjoyed fitness!
How did you get into coaching?
I have taught fitness classes for about 7 years – mostly at the local YMCA. I decided to start coaching CrossFit when I was taking a lot of classes and began to realize that I had some ideas on how to improve the classes. I than began to realize that encouraging and motivating people to bet better was very rewarding!
What is the most rewarding part of coaching?
The most rewarding thing is seeing progress! My favorite moments are watching the athletes who never thought they could do a burpee or never thought they could run an 800 meter run, accomplish those goals. Those are the moments that I always remember!
What is one thing you wish all athletes knew?
Scaling does not need that you are making the workout “easier”. Scaling means you are altering a workout to allow your body to reach the appropriate stimulus.
Your athletes know who you are in the gym, what do you do on your days off?
I love my time at home. I enjoy meal prepping and spending time with my boyfriend. I can always find little tasks to do around the house, which I really enjoy. Baking a good cake or a good batch of cookies is one of my favorites!
What was your proudest moment as a coach?
One of my proudest moments has been watching one of our members accomplish her goals. She could not do a 100 meter run without stopping 6 months ago. Now, she is able to run 600 meter and is even able to do box jumps!!
Is there anyone you try to emulate as a coach?
I try to emulate Ben Bergeron – I love his coaching philosophy!
What’s the best coaching advice you’ve ever received?
It is just working out!!! Do not be so hard on yourself.