“I was pretty decrepit when I started,” Dan MacDougald says. “I was about to have doctors recommend spinal fusion in the low back, couldn’t stand for more than a few hours at a time, sit for more than a few hours at a time. I had bulging disks that were pinching on nerve roots.”
Dan MacDougald is the owner of CrossFit Atlanta. He shares his story of recovery through CrossFit and how a love of coaching has shaped his career.
As a college rugby coach, MacDougald was impressed by another team and found out they used CrossFit training. In 2004, he started following the main site and incorporated it in his coaching. A year later, he attended a Level 1 Seminar.
“I just fell in love with the people and with the whole concept,” he says.
MacDougald says he has seen great success in his rugby athletes who follow his CrossFit training, but unfortunately he cannot force them all to participate.
“For the ones who dedicate themselves to coming here and doing CrossFit, every single one has made the South Select Collegiate All-star Team,” he says. “I need more guys doing that.”
MacDougald shares the success of his affiliate, CrossFit Atlanta, which still follows CrossFit.com programming. His passion for coaching is clear.
“For me, it’s very satisfying and gives me a lot of joy to teach something that helps somebody else be better, and I get to do that every day,” he says.
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Weekend Edition 9 by Dave Young, published April 29, 2009.