HEIDI YOUNG-BLACKGOAT

Coach
Trauma Nurse / Outreach Coordinator / FitKids Coordinator

CrossFit Certification:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Instructor
  • CrossFir Kids Coaching Certification

I fell in love with soccer in elementary school, trying new sports in future seasons, but ultimately continuing to play recreational soccer into adulthood.  I have been fortunate to have had many inspiring coaches and teammates, been pushed athletically, and had an outlet for my competitive side since I was young.  In addition to team sports, I have practiced yoga on and off since I was 18 and most recently I’ve added jiu-jitsu to my athletic repertoire.   

I was introduced to CrossFit through my husband and started working out with him after our second son was born.  Olympic weightlifting and the power lifts brought an edge to my training that I had never had as a young athlete, and to this day, I wish I had been exposed to it earlier.  I found the controlled speed required, the development of power and strength built, and the mental focus needed to refine my technique was so beneficial to me.  Confidence manifested as I got under increasing weight and it was rewarding to see the tangible gains through PB’s.

Over the last 7 years, I have used strength cycles, oly-lifting specific programs and met-cons for many purposes including getting back into shape post-partum, for general health, to train my stamina within a certain time range for specific competitive goals, and to rehabilitate post-operatively.  I have enjoyed seeing friends and clients develop their personal relationship with the movements and decided to make the transition to more formally involve myself in this process at CrossFit Vert as I support its vision, community and programming.  I am especially encouraging of women who dread the oly and power lifts, trusting in their transformation.  I also took on the role of CrossFit Kids trainer and have loved working with the FitKids athletes, introducing them to an aspect of training that I lacked.  

Having fun while training is my number one goal these days, (with which the CrossFit Kids theory aligns), and my husband and I feel that this is the best philosophy we can put in practice for our sons.  We continue to seek balance in our training schedules while encouraging our son’s athletic endeavors.