Olivia FergusonCrossFit Level 2 Trainer
What is your role at BLCF?
I’d say the number one role of myself and all of the coaches at Big Lick is to lead by example both in and out of the gym. It is my goal to make each athlete’s day better every time I have the honor of being their coach. It is also my goal and role as a coach to help them improve their movement patterns and fitness levels to guide them toward becoming better, stronger, healthier individuals.
What certifications do you have?
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
What’s my fitness story?
I was an athlete since 5 years old, playing softball and basketball throughout high school. I went on to be the 4-year starting catcher at Francis Marion University in South Carolina. I was introduced to CrossFit during my Sophomore year of college and trained on and off around softball seasons until graduation. I then transitioned my passion from the ball field to the gym. CrossFit fulfilled my competitive edge as well as my desire to stay fit, healthy, and active following college sports.
What brought you to BLCF?
I had known Doug, Traci, and a few of my fellow coaches for a couple of years prior to BLCF. I loved the Polumbos’ ideas and concepts regarding Big Lick and there was no way I was going to turn down an opportunity to become a part of something so special.
When/Where can you find me at BLCF?
Well, this has gotten more complicated now that I have a big girl job. As of now, I intermittently coach the 515 AM class as well as the 530 and 630 PM classes. Regarding my personal workouts- although I never in a million years thought I’d be saying this, you can typically find me with the 515 AM Wolfpackers!
Inspiration—What drives me to be a better coach:
One main quote from the Level 2 Seminar that left an impression on me goes a little something like this: “Each day, you should make every single athlete you coach better.” Since hearing this, I strive to do just that. I feel that if the athletes are working their hardest to be the best versions of themselves, it would only be fair for their coaches to do the same! Our coaching staff also drives me to be better. We work as a team to push one another not just during our personal workouts, but also with our coaching. Every class is an opportunity for improvement.
Memory bank—My most rewarding moment as a BLCF coach:
Shew, too many to name, and honestly it’s the simple daily coaching moments that become the most rewarding. Moments such as cueing an athlete and receiving feedback that the cue made the movement so much better and easier. Or watching an athlete struggle with something- physically, mentally, nutritionally, etc- and seeing their excitement when they finally break through that struggle. Or watching athletes far from God grow closer to Him through the influence of the gym and its’ leadership. Or the simple high five “you did a great job coaching class today.” The list could go on and on.
I’ve got dreams, too—My personal goals in fitness and in life are:
My primary fitness/gym goal right now is to get muscle ups and be able to string them! My primary, continuous, life goal is to strengthen my walk with the Lord. I want His light to shine through my actions in a manner that leaves an impression of my family,
friends, and patients.
Step into my world—What you can find me doing when I am not at the box:
These days that answer would be working as a Sports Medicine Physician Assistant in the New River Valley. Aside from work, you can find me hanging out with my 2 Beagle sons. I would love to be able to put reading down as the answer here, but that’s a work in progress…aspiring book worm.
Shhh, don’t tell anyone! Something that no one else knows about me:
I have an obsession with cinnamon tea and I aspire to be a tea and coffee snob.
What would your superhero name be?
Super Smash Woman because I am all about mobility, smashing, and prehab before