Dr. Michael P. Morran explains how murdered affiliate owner Joe Lengel taught him what to look for in a coach.
On Nov. 19, 2012, Joe Lengel was murdered in a morning robbery before opening his box, CrossFit Toledo Intensity Fitness.
Though I am fairly new to CrossFit and have only practiced its principles for the past year, I can truly say that Joe defined to me what a great CrossFit coach is. That November morning, the people who set out to rob Joe of some quick cash ended up robbing a box, family and community of a great individual.
It’s hard not to feel selfish sometimes worrying about your own personal needs when you know how hard his family must be hurting, but I now face the same problem as many others practicing CrossFit for the first time: how to find a great coach who works for me?
Luckily, Joe provided me with everything I need to evaluate a coach, and I believe his memory will be honored by sharing that knowledge with the CrossFit community.