Published January 8, 2019

Nancy Shapiro

CrossFit Coach

What does being a coach mean to you?

A coach is someone who teaches others to become better in their particular sport or athletic endeavor. To me coaching is not only helping athletes learn a particular skill or movement but also enjoy the process and have fun doing it with their friends or team. Too often athletes have a huge goals in mind that may not be attainable in the time frame that they want and it’s the job of a coach to help them take the steps they need to get there without becoming disillusioned before they get to the end result. It is also about helping athletes master skills they may not have thought were not possible.


Why do you want to be a coach?

I like being a coach because it lets me share my knowledge and help athletes learn new skills and get better at others.

It’s also exciting to meet different people, either children or adults and get to know them. The better you know someone the better you can tailor your coaching to what they need. Coaching is a two way street, and you will often learn things you didn’t know and in turn will help you in your coaching process.


Why would someone want you to be their coach?

I really like helping athletes get better! I have great time getting to know people and my background being so varied adds to my coaching experience. I also feel that my PTA career helps me be more mindful of how people move and how to correct movement. I think Crossfit is the best thing anyone can do for themselves and I want everyone to be the best they can be!


What is your background?

I first started teaching aerobics at a privately owned studio called the Body Center. It was run by a former dancer. Back then everyone was doing dance aerobics (with great outfits, may I add!) I taught, did choreography, picked music, the whole thing.

A bit later I started working at the YMCA teaching other things, step classes, senior aerobics classes and water exercise. Though that I became a lifeguard instructor and arthritis certified instructor. This lead to becoming a swim coach for Hamilton Aquatics Club and later coach for Nottingham High School swim team for 6 tears. I’ve taught children, teens and masters swim. I also competed as a masters swimmer for about 6 years.

About the same time I started coaching for HAC, I became a Physical Therapist Assistant and have worked in this field for 20 years, at Princeton Hospital, now Penn Medicine, primarily outpatient rehab and aquatic therapy.

I have been doing Crossfit for about 6 years. Crossfit Jungle Gym has been home for 4 years!


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