I came across CrossFit late 2011, bored with my solo-gym routine and struggling daily with self motivation. Shortly after joining, I knew I had made the right decision. It soon became my priority to become a part of the community that CFCC had built: inspiring, encouraging, and awe-worthy. The importance of my own performance gains were soon paralleled by the progress of fellow athletes in the gym, and I wanted to be a part of them DOING well. Coaching at CFCC has given me a front row seat to watching people change their lives for the better, challenge themselves daily, and do more than they had previously thought themselves capable of.
What is your athletic/professional background? I started running track in high school for an excuse to be social for an extended period of time. I was a sprinter, running the 400m, 4x400m, and 4x100m. My relay team qualified for states but didn’t attend because of a pesky scheduling conflict with prom. NOT my prom, mind you.
List any notable athletic achievements:Mid-Atlantic Regionals team member 2014, Top 150 individual women for 2014 Mid-Atlantic Open, 69kg Gold medal at 2013 ECG Classic, 63kg Gold medal at 2015 Liberty Barbell Classic, Qualified for 2015 American Open
What are your goals as a Coach. Where do you feel your strengths lie? I love watching people transition from beginners to athletes. I believe in people before they believe in themselves and I think that helps them commit to our style of training. I’m the lead Elements coordinator at the gym and ensure that the integration process from newbie to seasoned CrossFitter is as un-intimidating as possible. I also design the programming for our Intro to Olympic Lifting program, which helps members build a foundation for excelling at the technical lifts.
What is CrossFit to you (or weightlifting)? CrossFit is a game-changer. It’s a style of training that allows you to re-define yourself physically and mentally. Challenging yourself daily develops character that translates into your every day life, and encourages us to see ourselves as prideful and incredibly capable beings.
What is your most memorable CrossFit/weightlifting moment? Probably my first team competition at CrossFit Generation. The second event was a Clean and Jerk ladder and I pr’d my lift twice, by a total of almost 20 pounds. I had never felt such an intense sense of accomplishment, and when opposing teams were cheering for us- the sense of community was overwhelming. We made it to the finals and that moment finally forced me to start seeing myself as an athlete.
What are your goals as an athlete? Qualify for nationals as a 63kg lifter. 225lb clean &jerk, 80kg snatch.
What are your hobbies outside of training? I like things that involve coffee. And pugs.
What is your favorite Philly restaurant? Morimoto! Sampan! Mixto! There’s also this unlimited seafood place I haven’t been to yet but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be my favorite.
Certifications and Continuing Education:
- B.A. in Women’s Studies and Gender and Sexuality and a Minor in Strength and Conditioning from the University of Delaware
- CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
- USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
- Completion of CrossFit Center City Coaching Mentorship
- Moving Beyond Mobility Workshop
- Gold Medal in the 69kg class at the East Coast Gold Classic 2013
- First Aid/CPR.
- Mid-Atlantic Regionals 2014 Team member
- Gold medal in the 63kg class at 2015 Liberty Barbell Classic
- Gold medal in the 69kg class at 2015 Bridgeport Barbell Classic
- Qualified for the 2015 USAW American Open as a 63kg
Morgan currently coaches:
CrossFit, Elements, Gymnastics, Olympic Lifting
Personal Training with Morgan:
$75/hour – please inquire about availability by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.