August 25, 2015

Meet Erin – Education Grant Awardee

No Comments Crossroads, Resources for Athletes, Upper Extremity




“I think adaptive athletes have a really unique perspective that can only help in a coaching environment. We constantly think on our feet and have to come up with backup plans all the time.  We are creative thinkers and are not afraid to try new things.”—Erin Hardtke




Erin will use her Crossroads grant for CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certification, a step she considers crucial for becoming more active in the adaptive athlete community. She hopes to eventually coach CrossFit for adaptive and other athletes.

“I have that knowledge and pool of experience to pull from if anyone asks my opinion on adapting specific movements or asks other personal questions,” Erin said. The grant gives her the opportunity to gain the technical and scientific education needed to become a certified coach.

“I used to think that, as an adaptive athlete, I would bring less credibility to the table as a coach,” Erin said.  “I thought that people wouldn’t respect my advice and opinions if I could not personally do everything I was telling my athletes to do.  However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized I was wrong.”

Erin is a congenital arm amputee from just below her elbow on her right side. Her training focuses on improving strength, speed, and confidence. And, although she shied away from Olympic weightlifting when starting CrossFit two years ago, she now wants to compete in a traditional Olympic weightlifting meet and try a Paralympic sport.

Erin interacts with adaptive athletes regularly and trains at CrossFit Rubicon in Vienna, Virginia.


Story by:
Jeanie Simoncic
Refined Edits
Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA-CPT

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