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Coach Sydney Berberet

All fitness-related credentials & accomplishments:

  • USAW Level 1 Coach

  • USAW Level 2 Coach


How long have you been coaching?:

Since 2022


Why CrossFit?:

I was pretty miserable after leaving my career in teaching. I was lacking community, motivation, and my physical health was at an all time low. My partner actually started in CrossFit before me and I thought she was crazy when she would tell me about the workouts, but she was always pumped to go back the next day. I was skeptical, but I walked into my first box and I found all the things I was missing.


Favorite Modality or Benchmark workout and why:

Gymnastics is probably my favorite. I love when there are wall walks, handstand push-ups, and rope climbs written up on the white board! I will never pass up on a good run though! 


Favorite Cheat Food/Meal:

An entire loaf of really yummy bread like sourdough and a hot chocolate full of marshmallows!


What is a song you can find on your workout playlist? (What can a member expect to hear when you are coaching?):

If you were to go on Spotify and type in "Disturbed Radio", you would have the playlist that I run during my classes. I promise it isn't as scary as it sounds. I love all music and I'm pretty chill about changing it up day to day if you want to listen to something specific. I love all music, I just find the most motivation in my music yelling at me!


Best advice to a new prospective member trying CrossFit for the first time?:

It can be hard to create a new routine, even when it's good for you and one you are committed to. Try to start with a couple days a week. We have lots of great class times, so finding time that works in your schedule is important to making this part of your life. The first couple classes with all the jargon, equipment, and new people might seem a bit overwhelming, but that's where the amazing community at Lake Washington comes in. It never ceases to amaze me the way everyone welcomes and helps every new person that walks in. You won't feel like an outsider for long and you'll have a big group of people ready to answer your questions, ask when you're coming in next, and commiserate when the WOD is exhausting. 

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