ROBERT BARNES | COACH
Robert was searching for something special. He held a couple of Personal Training Certifications, but wanted to find a CrossFit box that specialized in Olympic weightlifting. After finding ChalkDust CrossFit, Robert got more and more interested in everything CrossFit. He completed his CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course in July of 2015 and interned with Coach Mike for the next 3 months. During this time, Robert would stay after and work with Coach Mike going over snatch and cleans, soaking up all of the knowledge that he could. Robert then pursued and completed the CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer Course. Robert likes to compare his two favorite things, Olympic weightlifting and golf. He associates the clang of the barbell to the crack of the club hitting the golf ball. Both require precision, stance, footwork and patience.
Why do you coach at ChalkDust?
I coach at ChalkDust because it has given me the physical and mental capabilities to excel inside the box, and I want to pass that on to others. It’s more than just putting in your headphones, claiming a bench, and “crushing it.” I believe that ChalkDust provides a community of support. ChalkDust is a place where you can go to be supported and encouraged in order to reach your full potential. I am grateful to experience this very tight knit community that ChalkDust has developed both as a member and now as a coach. #thechalkdustway
What do you like to do outside of the box?
I enjoy a wide range of pursuits outside the box. I enjoy spending time with my wife Megan, reading outside, playing golf, and cycling (on occasion). A goal of mine is to handstand walk the same distance I can hit a pitching wedge.
What's your favorite hero/benchmark WOD?
A favorite hero benchmark of mine is “Murph.” This WOD brings the ChalkDust community together to remember heroes that have given us our freedom.
What's your weakest lift? What are you doing to get better/stronger in that area?
My weakest lift is the Snatch, but it’s also the most beautiful of the Olympic lifts. I am working on my mobility to improve on this lift.
What's your biggest accomplishment? (Inside or outside the gym)
My biggest accomplishment inside the gym is when I learned how to do kipping pull-ups. These pull-ups have now progressed into doing all the variations of the pull-up, including the ring muscle up.