Logan Aldridge, Seminar Coach
I have always been heavily involved in sports and physical activity. Growing up I stayed outside as much as possible. Throughout my childhood I played football, soccer, baseball, basketball and lacrosse. I also loved wakeboarding and coming from a family of water-skiers I wanted to pursue wakeboarding professionally.
My passion was in lacrosse and wakeboarding and I was committed to achieving excellence within those sports. After three years of playing lacrosse and training aggressively, I lost my left arm at the age of 13 in a traumatic boating/wakeboard rope accident.
I was left-handed. After the amputation of my left arm my biggest fear was that I was going to be labeled “disabled” or “handicapped”. I wanted to make sure that everyone knew I was going to be the same person I was before and do the same things that I would have done with two arms. This was not going to control my life.
Since my injury I have competed at an elite level in wakeboarding competitions, became an accomplished lacrosse player, written a book, started a career as a professional motivational speaker and formed a business and nonprofit to help raise money for children’s hospitals across the country so that others may have the exceptional quality of care like I received at UNC Children’s Hospital after my accident.
My passion for fitness became an obsession out of necessity in order for me to be able to physically accomplish my goals as a wakeboarder, lacrosse player and overall athlete. I knew that in order to be competitive in sport I must be as physically fit as possible. I must KNOW that there is no way someone has outworked me.
For many years I lifted weights and conditioned myself often. When I found CrossFit I realized it was a structured program of what I had loosely been doing already. I was hooked.
As an adaptive athlete and coach I have a unique perspective and approach to any obstacle or challenge. I am aware of a problem but recognize the solutions. I know about difficulties but believe they can be overcome. I see the negative but accentuate the positive. When exposed to the worst I expect the best. When there are reasons to complain I prefer to smile.
This is the mindset I try to instill on all of our athletes. When it comes down to it, attitude is everything. If we can have this perspective our potential is truly endless and growth is inevitable. Not only in fitness, but in life.
“If you accept the expectations of others, especially the negative ones. Then you never will change the outcome.” -Michael Jordan
“What lies before us and what lies behind us pales in significance when compared to what lies within us.” -Ralph Emerson
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