Trainer Interview – Clare Browne

Clare is one of our newest trainers at Crossfit Continuum and I’ve been in her classes a few times so far. She’s a fun coach and her love for CrossFit comes through every time I see her at the box. I can only hope that some of that enthusiasm rubs off on the folks in her classes (like yours truly)! 🙂

Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I grew up in Buffalo NY and have lived in CO for 9 years. I just turned 25 (again), started CrossFit in Dec 2013, and got my CFL1 this past march.

Clare meeting Christmas Abbott!
Clare meeting Christmas Abbott!

Q: What brought you to CrossFit as an athlete?

I’ve wanted to be an athlete my entire life. I tried really hard in high school, but it turns out I wasn’t coordinated or athletic enough to be good at conventional sports, and I didn’t hear about CrossFit until years and years later when my sister was into it and was all “you gotta try this!” So I did and here I am.

Q: Why did you become a trainer?

I really wanted to become more involved in the sport and give back to our box, but competing isn’t really my thing. Coaching made sense because the teaching piece is something I’m pretty comfortable with and I was able to catch on to things like movement standards, progressions, and cues pretty quickly.

Q: What is your main focus or goal as a trainer?

My #1 thing is obviously to keep my athletes safe. #1.5 (I couldn’t even knock it down to #2 because it’s so important) HAVE FUN!!

Q: If you could start over as a crossfitter, what would trainer-you tell athlete-you?

  1. Be patient (with yourself,  your body,  your gains,  your coaches)
  2. Be patient
  3. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable
  4. Be patient

Editor’s Note: I’m sensing a theme here…

Q: What’s your favorite piece of equipment at the box?

It’s a tie between a barbell, kettle bell, GHD, prowler, box, rig, and med ball. (Notice that I specifically eliminated the rower and jump rope! 🙂 )

Dumbbells on gym floor

Q: Where do you train? And where do you teach?

Both at Crossfit Continuum.

Q: What do you think is the secret to CrossFit’s crazy success and growth?

I feel it’s because CrossFit is literally for everyone. Every single workout can be scaled to fit any possible ability level. In addition, it can help you get a better understanding of how your body works and moves. And while all of us may not be that interested in the exact science of it, CrossFit will undoubtedly help you be a safer physically and [a more] efficient human being both in and out of the box. CrossFit is about a lot more than what happens in the box, and I don’t think you find that anywhere else.

Q: Who is your favorite crossfit athlete and why?

This is really hard… One of my favorite athletes to watch compete is Annie Thorisdottir. She doesn’t ever seem to show pain during a workout and finishes every one with this cool arms-up-giant-smile-on-her-face dance move thing. (I haven’t found the right workout to try it out myself yet, but stay tuned for that!)

Q: If you could ask your favorite crossfit athlete (Annie) a question – what would it be?

I’d ask her what goes through your head during a workout?… Because you don’t show any pain or stress or any sense of being uncomfortable and I want to be just like that. Tell me all of your secrets.

Q: What’s your favorite story from your time with CrossFit so far?

My favorite story changes with every new PR I get to see. I love seeing people’s reactions to themselves when they do something they didn’t think they could! 🙂


Thanks Clare for answering all these questions! I look forward to the next time I’m in one of your classes! 🙂


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