Join our team!

Join our team!

We are seeking a highly motivated fitness enthusiast who will follow and respect our core values and coaching techniques.

CrossFit Bangor is seeking a Part-Time CrossFit Level 1 Trainer in Bangor, Maine. Our goal is to grow the CFB community by utilizing effective, efficient and fun fitness. We design programs to help athletes achieve their fitness goals inside and outside the box. As a part of CrossFit, athletes are guided, motivated and coached every step of the way through unique and structured workouts.

Beyond fitness, CrossFit Bangor is a community of strong, healthy individuals who work hard, play hard and have fun! We are invested in our athletes and support them not only in the box, but also with life achievements outside the box.

We are currently looking for a professional and experienced coach so we can continue to grow CrossFit Bangor and our offerings to members. The role of the Coach will be to exude the vision and mission of CrossFit Bangor, which is changing the lives of people in our community through the awakening of what their mind and body can do when nutrition, CrossFit and community are valued highly and made a part of their daily lives. In other words, “If you let it, this place will change you.”

Responsibilities:

The CrossFit Coach is responsible for the following:

  • Guide athletes through daily workouts (WODs), while creating a fun and productive atmosphere for them to achieve their goals.
  • Understand and demonstrate functional movements, understand and explain the CrossFit methodology, and have the necessary skills to scale and modify movements and/or workouts for any ability level and/or physical limitation that a member may have.
  • Must possess an excellent working knowledge of CrossFit principles, strength and conditioning techniques/programming, mobility techniques and anatomy and physiology
  • Must have excellent “People Skills” and the ability to effectively lead groups in a manner that will educate, entertain and inspire our clients on a daily basis
  • Start and end class on time.
  • Welcome any new members or prospects.
  • Sign in and account for all athletes attending each class.
  • Wear proper coaching attire.
  • Handle basic membership inquiries; provide information about our program and schedule intro sessions. Assist with sales of new memberships and merchandise.
  • Teach additional programs, such as endurance programs, strength clinics, etc. (Continued education encouraged.)
  • Participate in community events that take place throughout the year.
  • Provide athletes with health and fitness guidance on various topics that will empower them to lead healthy lives.
  • Assist in keeping all the gym area and its equipment clean and organized. At CrossFit Bangor, our members’ safety and happiness is of the utmost importance, followed closely by the achievement of their goals, as well as the camaraderie and community among members and staff. It will be up to you as the Coach to lead by example and, on a daily basis, foster and strengthen the community we have created.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • CrossFit L1, additional certifications desirable
  • CPR/AED Certified 

Estimated Time Commitment:

  • 10-20 hours/every two weeks
  • Coach/Owner meetings up to 1x/month
  • Encouraged and challenged to assist the development of new programs and services.
  • Work on individual projects, and implement other initiatives under direction from the owners.
  • Opportunities to earn more revenue through other programs, activities, or initiatives set forth by the owners.

Job Type: Part-Time Job: Bangor Maine

Job Type: Employee

Salary: $15.00 to $20.00 /hour based upon experience

  • CrossFit Coach: 1 year (Preferred)

Shifts:

  • Morning (Occasional)
  • Evening (Must)

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $15.00 to $20.00 /hour

 

Application Questions

You have requested that Indeed ask candidates the following questions:

  • What is the highest level of education you have completed?
  • Do you have the following license or certification: CrossFit level 1?
  • Are you willing to undergo a background check, in accordance with local law/regulations?

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume with 3 references to tiffany@crossfitbangor.com

Deb Scott

Deb Scott

  1. When did you start at CrossFit Bangor:

I started at Crossfit Bangor in the Summer of 2016. My first On-Ramp class was at the old gym and the workout was so hard!! It was 3 rounds of a 100m run, air squats, and sit ups. It was terrible and I thought I was going to die!

  1. Proudest CrossFit accomplishment:

That’s a hard one because in the three years of doing CF there are some days that just showing up is an accomplishment…I’m ALWAYS glad I do.   Whether it’s finishing a workout faster than I thought I would or using a heavier weight than I usually do, there are so many small victories every time I come to the gym. One accomplishment that stands out was the Open workout 19.2. I had advanced to the last part of the workout. The very end of the workout had squat cleans at 135 pounds. My one rep max had been 115 pounds, so when I completed 4 at 135# I was very proud of myself…I would have never been able to do it without Coach James who was judging me, Coach Mel who let me use her magical weight belt and the rest of the gym for cheering me on.

  1. Favorite lift, metcon, or both:

My favorite lift is the deadlift because I don’t have to move the bar very far from the ground 🙂 My ideal workout would be deadlifts, double unders, and sit ups. I also really like chippers.

  1. A movement or workout you’re hoping to improve this year:

I’d like to improve on my strict pull ups, stringing toes to bar, and handstand push ups without any skull or ab mats.

  1. Biggest surprise since starting at CrossFit Bangor:

When I first started, I thought people would care about what I did during the workout. I soon realized that no one cares what you do as long as you show up.  After shoulder surgery I was overwhelmed with the support of the coaches.  They always made me feel included in the class workouts even with one bum arm.  They purchased equipment so I could participate and even wrote modified workouts daily that they posted along with the daily WOD on the whiteboard.   I was also surprised to find that when I can’t get to the gym, I get really angry. Crossfit Bangor has become a huge part of my life. Going every day makes me feel so much better mentally and physically.  I am surprised at how much I hate working out at a “regular” gym when I’m away for work.  The only thing that gets me through those workouts is my jump rope.

  1. Advice for new members or friends who have yet to try CrossFit:

CrossFit is for everyone no matter where you are physically.  If you’re injured, “out of shape”, or in the best shape of your life, our coaches are the best because they tailor every workout to your individual capabilities.  You don’t have to walk around aimlessly trying to figure out which body part to work on or jump on a treadmill or elliptical for your cardio.  Crossfit Bangor membership is worth every penny.  Workouts are programed, performances are tracked, skills are taught, you are coached from the beginning to the end of your class.  You don’t have to think!  Just show up!

  1. Favorite Maine place to recommend to other members or visitors:

How can you not recommend Acadia National Park to visitors? However, one of my favorite places to visit on a Sunday morning is Ralph’s Cafe in Brooks. It’s a cute, little restaurant  that has THE BEST breakfast.

  1. Non CrossFit interest(s):

Spending time with family and dogs.  I also enjoy completing various projects (she-shed, corn hole boards, dog ramps, deck railings, painting, crocheting, baking, etc.)

  1. Additional thoughts you’d like to share! 

I think it’s very important for members to reach out and introduce themselves to new members. It’s intimidating to walk into our gym when you are new because there is no place to hide. I remember when I first came to check out CFB. I watched a class and thought “OH MY GOD THESE PEOPLE (Nicole, Janet, Bille) ARE BADASS!” At the end of the class, Billie introduced herself to me and shared her experience at the gym. Her enthusiasm was contagious.  From that point on, I knew I wanted to be a part of this community.

I love being present when people get their firsts or when they are able to accomplish something that has challenged them.  One of the best parts of this gym is that you can always improve and challenge yourself.

I’m thankful to be able to workout side by side with my daughter.  CFB has brought us closer and has challenged us both mentally and physically.  I have seen the physical and emotional strength CFB has provided for Brooklynn and I’m proud to be a member.

 

Paula L.

Paula L.

  1. When did you start at CrossFit Bangor:

August of 2016 right after the new gym opened

  1. Proudest CrossFit accomplishment:

My proudest accomplishment is a toss up between finally snatching 95# after a long overdue hip surgery which was a defining moment for me emotionally in regards to the struggles that living with that posed all of my life and the elusive bar muscle up.

  1. Favorite lift, metcon, or both:

Favorite lift depends on the day. Love learning them all. Well maybe not the overhead squat!:))

  1. A movement or workout you’re hoping to improve this year:

Definitely favorite workout is Fran! LOVE pull-ups and thrusters ! Shh don’t tell anyone I might get attacked!

  1. Biggest surprise since starting at CrossFit Bangor:

Biggest surprise is how much the community has improved my life. Working out with a team of friends everyday. It doesn’t get any better than that. Except when Ben joins me and then maybe!:)

  1. Advice for new members or friends who have yet to try CrossFit:

Advice… don’t wait a year like I did because you think you need to be more fit or can’t do those lifts, moves, etc. It has been three years for me and I still can’t do all the things, but there is always something I can do and there will always be something you can do too!

  1. Favorite Maine place to recommend to other members or visitors:

Some non CrossFit interests include biking, hiking , hanging with the family. I am also addicted to YouTube! Mostly CrossFit videos! I can’t help it!:)

This community is great! I can’t imagine my life without it!

 

 

Brian C.

Brian C.

CrossFit Bangor Member Spotlight – Brian H. Cotlar

  1. When did you start at CrossFit Bangor:

It was just before Niki and Matt Brazier left for Providence, RI, so I believe it was 2013.  Wow, so about six years ago! I remember hearing about CrossFit and joining as a “New Year’s resolution”. I believe Tony Sutton and Niki did my on-ramp training.  When I joined Crossfit I was about 40lbs heavier and I smoked a pack and a half of camel cigarettes a day. I quit cold-turkey after on ramp day #2.

  1. Proudest CrossFit accomplishment:

That’s a tough question!  There have been so many milestones for me.  I remember getting my first pullup, my first rope climb, the first time I completed a workout BEFORE the time cap (That may have just been the other day 🙂 I was very proud to compete in my first competition and to win the men’s scaled with Michael Lockhard at Hulks & Ninjas a while back.  I was also proud and honored to compete with Randi Mosley at Reindeer Games. Competitions are fun and it’s not even about winning necessarily. I really enjoy how the shared adversity of a workout can bring people closer together and build camaraderie. I guess my proudest accomplishment is that I’m still coming in and still working to get better.  I’m proud to be committed to this type of fitness and grateful that I can come often.

  1. Favorite lift, metcon, or both:

My favorite lift is power cleans (from the hang)…and shoulder-to-overhead is my jam too.  I also love rope climbs in workouts (they make me feel ready for the zombie apocalypse 🙂

  1. A movement or workout you’re hoping to improve this year:

I’m working on my gymnastic movements.  I’m hoping to get better at Bar Muscle ups and Handstand Walks this year.  I’d also like to be able to string together Chest-to-Bar pullups using that groovy butterfly motion I’ve seen others do.

  1. Biggest surprise since starting at CrossFit Bangor:

My biggest surprise has been how much I actually enjoy exercise now.  It’s fun now, and again I also love the camaraderie and culture of supporting one another on our individual fitness journeys. 

  1. Advice for new members or friends who have yet to try CrossFit:

For new members, JUST KEEP SHOWING UP.  Don’t beat yourself up about scaling movements or compare yourself to other athletes.  Listen to our trainers and to your body. Rome wasn’t built in a day. All you have to do is get there and the programming will do the rest.

For my friends, IT’s THE BEST INVESTMENT I’VE EVER MADE IN MYSELF.  Why aren’t you here yet? 🙂

  1. Favorite Maine place to recommend to other members or visitors:

There’s a part of the Appalachian Trail out near Brownville, ME.  It’s about a 4 mile hike to a big tent site on a lake and it’s one of the most beautiful spots and one of my favorite places.  After you get there, there is a side-hike up a ridge and the view is breathtaking. Ask me and I’ll tell you how to get there. 😉  Also, spend time in Acadia National Park. It’s a truly magnificent place with much natural beauty.

  1. Non CrossFit interest(s):

Gee whiz…I hadn’t realized it but I have a lot of interests!  I like old-school Nintendo games and video games in general, I love to hike and camp, I love NFL Football and I’m a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles Fan.  I also enjoy snowboarding though I haven’t been in a long time. Most of all I love to spend time with my daughter Ella who is just about to turn 4. I’m pretty sure she was doing box handstand pushups off the coffee table the other day!

  1. Additional thoughts you’d like to share! 

I want to say THANK YOU to Melinda Metten, Karl, Tiffany, Derek, Connor, Tony, Kevin, Michele, Karen, Courtney, Zach, Emily, Dajia, James, Alex, and every other trainer and member at CrossFit Bangor for being supportive of me.  CrossFit has done more for me than just make me physically better. It’s significantly improved my self esteem and given me the confidence to try new things and work toward career goals which I never thought I’d be able to achieve.  It’s helped me to manage my anxieties and realize my own self-worth. I can safely say that I wouldn’t have had the confidence to take the job at the Chamber of Commerce or to initiate a run for Bangor City Council without CrossFit Bangor and my CFB family, so again THANK YOU!  Plus, I can see my toes again which is great! 🙂 <3

Amanda P.

Amanda P.

I’ve been working with Michele and the Healthy Steps Nutrition program for three months. Prior to that, I have been someone who struggled with her weight since I was introduced to solid food. I have been on every diet and fad program out there, some with more success than others but inevitably, I would at some point get defeated and regain anything I had lost.

This program, the science behind it, and the common sense approach, have made such  a difference for me. I am eating real, wholesome foods daily. I am not excluding anything, nothing is off limits so there are no cravings or daydreaming about the sugar or carbs I wish I was eating. I just have to be mindful and plan to fit in the things I will be choosing to eat/drink. When I’ve stuck to doing this, I haven’t experienced side effects of indulgence that I used to have (bloat, retention, further cravings) so I am motivated in a way I haven’t been before to keep doing what is so clearly working. I don’t feel defeated or that I’ve messed up so I might as well give up. I feel in control of myself, my health and empowered in ways I wasn’t anticipating going in to this program. It’s not even about losing the weight for me at this point, it’s about how strong I feel in all areas of my life and how excited I am to see where I can go when I believe consistently in myself.

90% Coach Installed, Please Wait…

90% Coach Installed, Please Wait…

Hello everyone,

As of last week, I have officially finished out my time as CrossFit Bangor’s intern. The summer feels like it when by in just a blink of an eye and I wanted to wrap up my experience with a final reflection so here it is.

Doing my internship at CrossFit Bangor has been an amazing learning opportunity. I’m grateful for the guidance and patience of all the coaches for letting me shadow them, teaching me the ways of the Coach, and helping me work out hang-ups I had while I was learning. I especially thank Tiffany for taking the helm on this journey. 

 I started my internship with the notion that learning to be a CrossFit coach wasn’t going to too terribly difficult due to primarily having 3 years of CrossFit as an athlete under my belt. In addition, I had experience teaching emergency medicine and CPR classes and spent five summers as a camp counselor corralling 5 to 17 year olds through daily activities as well as the woods and ponds on backpacking and canoe trips. Before starting my internship, I attended and passed the Level 1 CrossFit Seminar where they taught a broad spectrum of what CrossFIt is, what it is about as well as an in depth demonstration and instruction of the movement standards of all the fundamental CrossFit movements. Therefore, I knew the overall dynamics of being a coach and assumed my biggest struggle was going to be cueing because I did not have any experience with that. 

I came to find out that the amazing coaches that we are lucky to have at CrossFit Bangor definitely make conducting a class look a lot smoother than in actuality. I found out that there are so many parts to a class from preparing strategies and warm-ups before class to orchestrating the warm-up, transitions, WOD(s), and cool down so it all fits nicely into an hours time.

This struggle with time management stemmed from my fear of messing up. For me personally as I have gone through the stresses of school and working multiple jobs, CrossFit is commonly the best hour of my day. In that hour, I know that no matter what I have going on outside the gym I get to put it on the back burner and focus on the WOD which both prepares me for the requirements of my job as well as betters myself mentally. With CrossFit, I have been able to learn skills and meet strength/endurance I never would have guessed I’d be able to accomplish. Knowing that like myself others find CrossFit as their stress relief and happy hour, any mistake I made may it be stumbling over my description during the brief, not transitioning smoothly, or not communicating the warm-up or WOD efficiently, felt like I was negatively affecting the athletes in my class. Questions and worries always swirled in my head of if my coaching was good enough so all athletes have the best chance of success in the WOD.

Aside from that, my favorite portion of coaching was getting to see athletes succeed. May it be a new 10# PR on a lift, jumping to a higher box than previous, or finally getting their first of a certain movement, the confident smile afterwards is something priceless to experience. I also loved being able to describe something in just the right way so the look of confusion would suddenly lessen from someone’s face as the information clicked in their mind.

Overall, I still have much to learn before I can be a successful CrossFit coach. Primarily, I need more hands-on experience in order to gain confidence in all the mentioned portions of a class. In doing this, I need to come to the point where I can direct a class smoothly by adapting as I go without getting frustrated. I equate this need for experience similarly to what had to occur before I could run an EMS call smoothly by myself. When I first started in emergency medicine, calls were choppy, questions/interventions were done in a jumbled pattern, and I had to lean on my partner to keep the call running correctly. At this point I have gained some experience where I can adapt and improvise on call better because my methods of scene size-up, patient assessment, and call reporting has become more routine. Therefore, when something unexpected occurs or a pt is more critical, the primary routine is already in place so it is easier to amplify upon it. Eventually, coaching will be hopefully similar where briefing class, transition between portions, cueing, and overall coaching dynamics will be smoother so any adaptations will be able to be made off an already solid level of experience 

 

See you around the gym and thanks for a memorable summer,

Courtney 

 

90% Coach Installed, Please Wait

(One of the best advice I have received in life is there is always something to learn. No matter what. I was told if I ever walk into my job or any situation thinking I know everything, I should do a quick 180 and walk away. I personally want to be a lifelong learner and never get to this point.)