Coach Graydon may hold the Raleigh CrossFit record for the number of athletic facilities he has been in and out of in his days as an athlete. But one thing is true, his home gym is Raleigh CrossFit and we all benefit from his enthusiasm for training and sense of humor. Graydon, or “Grady” as those close to him know him, is very driven when it comes to every task he undertakes. Since joining the coaching ranks at Raleigh CrossFit, Coach Grady has already taken on several certifications and seminars in order to best prepare him to be as professional, knowledgeable and fun coach as he can be. His zest for learning is one of the main reasons he was named a coach with our community at Raleigh CrossFit. Additionally, he takes his leadership role as a coach very seriously.
I set a high standard for what type of Coach I want to be and what I do everyday. In order to reach this standard, I have embarked upon a significant endeavor that requires extensive research into many things including; nutrition, mechanics, and functionality.
I enjoy the connection between the athlete and coach. There is an article on the Breaking Muscle website ‘The CrossFit L1 Cert Doesn’t Make You a Coach’ by Patrick McCarty which sums up my feelings/goals on this connection perfectly. Essentially, it talks about how being a coach is way more than having some quickly obtained title, it is a tremendous responsibility that should be considered carefully.
Becoming a COACH extends beyond the ‘certification’.
- Coach at Raleigh CrossFit
- CrossFit Level 1 Certified
- CrossFit Judges Course Certified (2016, 2017, 2018)
- USA Weightlifting Advanced Sports Performance Coach – Level 2
- USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
- Freak Athlete Weightlifting Seminar
- Team USA Safe Sport Certified
- CPR/AED First AID Certified
- I love cooking!
- I once ran a marathon by accident (I love telling this story)
- My beagle has a stronger will than I do
- My favorite type of music is bluegrass
“Difficult things take a long time, impossible things a little longer.”