Tell us a little about you…
My name is Lindsay Sport and I currently own CrossFit Laminin in Birmingham, Alabama. I’m currently doing what I love and living each day the way I want to – through teaching, training, and coaching. I built our gym from scratch with a foundation of passion and love for the sport of CrossFit. But to say an easy road, would be a lie.
You’re no stranger to adversities, what have you encountered in your journey that you’ve had to overcome?
After our first year of being open, we sent a team to regionals in which we placed 6th, slightly short of a huge goal. I then, 2 weeks later, was in an accident and broke my neck and back. I couldn't walk for 2 weeks. and it was a very painful emotional and physical journey.
Did you have to take some time away from training to heal?
Yes – it was so hard. I took an entire year off to rehabilitate, but I can assure you, that I’m back better than ever and ready to go as far as possible. Sometimes things happen in life to show you the true importance of them. Understanding that everything I love, my body, my ability, my passion, can all be taken in an instant, has been an opportunity for me to not take things for granted.
Do you apply this advice to the athletes you coach and mentor?
I try to help the athletes that I work with and come into contact with to understand the same thing – the ability to exercise and push our bodies and to compete is an absolute blessing every single time you train.
What kind of advice can you offer others looking to get into the sport?
I think it’s extremely important to not feel like just another number. Whether it’s at your box, in your community, at your job, really anywhere, you have to have purpose and passion. And when those two things come together, you’re going to discover things about yourself that are absolutely wonderful.
Any other advice?
Also, you’ve got to be able to believe in yourself. I could, you could, we all could follow the very best program in the world, but without the support and true belief, I, and you, would go nowhere. Do it with passion, or don’t do it at all.
What do you enjoy most about coaching?
I am very passionate about things I love, am determine, and have a never-ending hustle. I stay on the grind; whether work or training. I love to give back to others and truly gives me the joy to see others succeed and know I had a part in that! I have had setbacks my whole life, but I have never let it stop me from doing what I love.
Did you know you were going to be able to lift again?
Honestly, no. I wasn't sure I would ever be able to lift a barbell again, and now I'm back stronger than ever. I still need to work on some stamina, and my back fatigues a lot quicker than it used to, but it won't stop me! I want to help people find that fire and unwavering relentlessness within themselves, too.