We had the good fortune of connecting with Klint Ciriaco and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Klint, can you tell us about a book that has had a meaningful impact on you?
Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink comes to mind. Reading it was a wake up call because it taught me take ownership of everything in my life. I highly recommend it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I was working out one day when Clayton Stahnke, owner of Crossfit Endemic, came to me with a question: “Have you thought of coaching?”
That was a big deal because I was being offered an opportunity to give back to the sport that saved my life. It’s a long story so you can read it here: http://voyagedenver.com/interview/meet-klint-ciriaco-micro-metals-colorado-springs/
There was only one problem: I was a stuttering introvert with severe stage fright.
The first time I gave a workout brief was a disaster. The coach started the class by letting the athletes know I was interning, but that didn’t help because I still jumbled my words as I walked everyone through the workout. All I could see were blank stares so I rushed through the brief just to get it done.
That was a common occurrence during my internship. Heck, it still happened for a couple months after I got my coaching credentials.
So, I had to figure out a way to get better. After all, the athletes in our gym are entrusting us with their health and fitness which is quite an honor and a responsibility.
Since I drove 30 minutes to and from work, I decided to train in my car. I even recorded most of my sessions so I could review them. While driving, I practiced giving workout briefs, summarizing everything I learned from the CrossFit Level 1 handbook, and blurting out coaching cues. But, those sessions morphed into summarizing book chapters out loud and telling stories. It was similar to a vlogging except I kept my videos for private use.
I also kept a coaching journal which detailed the things I did right and wrong in my coaching sessions.
Some days were frustrating though. I was annoyed because the communication skills everyone naturally has is something I have to work hard for.
But, I’m thankful for this struggle because I wouldn’t have learned a deeper understanding of communication (and people) than I would have otherwise.
Anyway, if there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s this: You won’t be a bumbling fool forever in an endeavor that you consistently work on.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The Manitou Incline. You gotta do the Incline if you’re in the springs.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shout to coach Clayton of CrossFit Endemic for giving me the opportunity to become a part of an awesome community.