Name: Blake Collier

Years in CrossFit: 9

Favorite Lift: Overheard Squat

Favorite Gymnastics Movement: Ring Muscle Up

Certificates: CF-L1, CF-Kids

How did you get into Crossfit?
My right knee surgery ended soccer and I needed a new competitive challenge

 

What are some of the benefits you have seen from doing CrossFit?
Mind, body, community

 

What do you love most about CrossFit?
Community

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone starting CrossFit?
Overlook the hype, see the movements for what they are and master each one

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit Downtown Atanta?
Community

 

What are some things you like to do outside of CrossFit?
Time with family, time with friends, entrepreneurial endeavors, watching European soccer & American football

What’s some advice you’d like to give to our members?
Overlook the hype, see the movements for what they are and master each one

What is your favorite food?
Filet mignon

What is your favorite band or musical artist?
James Brown, Earth Wind & Fire, Steely Dan, & Talking Heads


What is your spirit animal?
Elephant

 

Where does your passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle come from?
Literally from my active, CrossFit parents, beyond that I really want to extend my life and be active as long as possible


Why do you coach, what motivates you to teach?
It's rewarding to see others improve, and I learn while I teach as well


What do you think separates a great coach from a good coach, and a good coach from a poor coach?
Great coaches check ego at the door and truly know when to correct movements and point out housekeeping mishaps, etc. Good coaches have 2 of 3 items just mentioned. Poor coaches have 1 or none


What is a typical day in the life?
Gym, breakfast with family, daily grind, cook dinner and visit with Camila


What is the most rewarding part of coaching?
100% watching people improve


What is your favorite movement/benchmark workout and why?
Hidalgo bc it's high cardio combined with difficult/heavy lifts


What is your most hated movement/benchmark workout and why?
Fran because of the lung burn that follows


What is something most people don’t know about you or something interesting?
I really enjoy riding the unicycle


What type of music do you like to work out to?
House and Atlanta hiphop


What is one highlight from your athletic career?
2x high school state champs, starting left wing for Mars Hill University, & WODAPALOOZA


Where do you spend your time when you aren’t at the gym?
Time with family, time with friends, chasing my entrepreneurial en devours, tracking all things soccer, attending American football games (college and pro) & Atlanta United matches