Name: Clint Mally

Years in CrossFit: 1

Favorite Lift: Squat Clean

Favorite Gymnastics Movement: Ring Muscle Up

Certificates: CF-L2, CF-Kid, CF-Masters, CF-Weightlifting, CF Gymnastics Trainer CF-Competitor Trainer

How did you get into CrossFit?

  • After working at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament as a stunt performer in the show, I was looking for something to stay active. The average gym, filled with people with headphones stuffed in their ears and deep gazing in the mirror, was depressing and unfulfilling for me. When I tried my first CrossFit class, I knew I was hooked.

What are some of the benefits you have seen from doing CrossFit?

  • With Crossfit, you never have to worry about sticking to a particular program. The goal of each workout is to show up to a class, do your best, and repeat. This simplicity allows me to stay in great shape, but not have to worry about the intricate nuances of fitness.

What do you love most about CrossFit?

  • I love the thrill of competition. Whether it is competing with a score someone posted earlier, or someone next to me in a class, I feel inspired sweating alongside people from all walks of life on common ground.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone starting CrossFit?

  • Do not be intimidating by the sounds of dropping weights, or the gymnastic rings you see hanging from the ceiling. CrossFit gyms are filled with regular people in pursuit of their best selves. You will be supported by people who want to see you do well, and in a cut throat world, that is an invaluable daily experience.

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit Downtown Atlanta?

  • The members of Crossfit Downtown Atlanta are extremely welcoming and genuine. I have formed great friendships with it's intelligent and hilarious people.

What are some things you like to do outside of CrossFit?

  • I love to read, especially the classics. I like to write fiction, binge watch Netflix, and hang out with my beautiful wife Sabina.

What’s some advice you’d like to give to our members?

  • Take time to celebrate the small victories of every workout. Did you get in the gym and sweat? Great Job! Did you learn a new movement? Awesome! Each day and each workout has something worth being thankful for.

What is your favorite food?

  • Burritos

What is your favorite band or musical artist?

  • Florence and the Machine

 

What is your spirit animal?

  • Raccoon

 

Where does your passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle come from?

  • My parents.

Why do you coach, what motivates you to teach?

  • I love helping people along the spectrum of fitness. I enjoy helping people meet their goals.

What do you think separates a great coach from a good coach, and a good coach from a poor coach?

  • A good coach can focus on helping an athlete fix one important thing at a time.

What is a typical day in the life?

  • Wake up, coffee, teach crazy middle schoolers, workout, hang out with my family, repeat.

What is the most rewarding part of coaching?

  • Seeing someone achieve their goals.

What is your favorite movement/benchmark workout and why?

  • Murph, I like the simple grunt work of it.

What is your most hated movement/benchmark workout and why?

  • I struggle with the single are dumbbell snatch because I am tall.

What is something most people don’t know about you or something interesting?

  • I was adopted by two different families during high school. I have traveled all around the world.

What type of music do you like to work out to?

  • Dubstep

What is one highlight from your athletic career?

  • The next workout.

Where do you spend your time when you aren’t at the gym?

  • Home, I am a home-body. Or any place that is serving food. I am constantly stuffing my face.