Ally B. lifts things up and puts them down.

Ally B. lifts things up and puts them down.

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The Mohamed Family.

The Mohamed Family.

A note to the CFNE Community from Derek:

It is with a lot of emotion that I need to let all of you know that I am stepping down as CFNE Competitor’s coach.

About three years ago I walked into Ben’s office looking for a way to give something back to the CFNE community that had given me so much. With the responsibilities of being a dad, a husband, a head hockey coach, and running a wealth management practice, I knew there was too much on my plate to take on the responsibility of coaching classes, but at the same time I knew I had to do something. Ben and I decided to give it some thought and see what we could come up with.

A few days later, we figured it out- I would become the CFNE competitor’s coach. It was perfect- it wouldn’t require me to teach classes, but at the same time I could have an impact helping the community in competition. While I didn’t have the background or expertise in coaching movement that our top coaches have, I did have a lot of experience in competition, and might be able to provide some advice—whether it was getting ready for a scaled division in a local throwdown, the open, or the regionals.

So- fast-forward 3 years, and as this time comes to an end my hope is that in some small way, my cheat sheets, pointers and advice have been helpful to at least a few of you along the way. However, right now I feel pretty clearly that its time for me to spend a little less time in the gym and little more time with my family, and I just don’t feel right about calling myself a “coach” at CFNE and putting myself in the same category as the rest of the world-class coaching staff that Ben has assembled if I can’t make the same commitment. I will always be willing to answer a question after class or an email about a workout as best I can, but I just can’t formally accept that role any longer.

Which brings me to an awesome piece of news:

Kevin Montoya is the new CFNE Competitor’s coach!!!

This is a huge win for the CFNE community. I can tell all of you first-hand that after competing and training side by side with Kevin on Team CFNE for the last 2 years, you will never meet a more dedicated, more committed, and more thoughtful competitor and teammate than Kevin. In addition to being a world-class athlete, his mental and physical preparation for competition is second to none, and I know that he will take this same approach in getting all of our CFNE competitors ready as well.

Please join me in congratulating Kevin in his new role!