Meet Jeremiah: Wildcat’s Coach-in-Training!

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Jen Wirth | December 21, 2018 | no comments |

Meet Jeremiah Parvin. Wildcat’s Newest Coach-in-Training!

If you’ve been around the gym over the past couple of weeks, you may have seen a new face hanging around and helping out.
Welcome to Wildcat Coach-in-Training, Jeremiah Parvin.

Earlier this week, I sent Jeremiah a questionnaire to help us get to know him better.

Let’s see what he has to say:

Question: How long have you been doing CrossFit? How did you first hear about CrossFit and what was your first workout?
Jeremiah: I have participated in CrossFit since September 2012, when a co-worker introduced me to the “Filthy-Fifty”.  It was one heck of an introduction to Functional Fitness.  I was completely gassed and hooked at the same time.  I continued CrossFit, without proper “coaching” for almost a year before I joined my first Box and have been a member of various Boxes in Virginia, Georgia, Missouri and Arizona.  For most of the past six years, I have been healthy and have worked out 5 days a week, making small gains every year.

Q: What do you like most about CrossFit? 

Jeremiah: First some background, after college in 2001, I did not workout routinely and my eating was poor.  Over my first 8 years in the Air Force, I struggled with passing my physical fitness tests and was on and off the “bad boy” list.  When I arrived in Tucson in 2009, I took up cycling, got my nutrition right, started passing my physical fitness test with no worries and it got me off the “bad boy” list, re-energized my Air Force career.  When I left Tucson in 2012, I had to stop biking due to safety concerns and my co-worker introduced my to Crossfit.

For me, coming to the box and having someone else program the workouts, with constant motivation from your fellow Crossfitters has me hooked.  The competitive nature  and constant variation of the workouts have put me in the best shape of my life! I wish I had found Crossfit earlier. An added benefit are the many friends outside my normal routine.

Another cool aspect is that CrossFit is universal.  The Air Force has given me the opportunity to “Drop In” to Boxes all over the country and world. No matter the language spoken, everybody wants you to do your best and get a great workout. 

I would say one of the coolest Boxes I got to “Drop In” to was CrossFit Reykjavik, where Katrin and Annie started out.  The entire class was taught in Icelandic and during the natural pauses in instruction, the coach would look at me and ask in perfect English, “Do you have any questions?”  The only thing confusing was the pound to KG conversion, but that was short lived!

Q: What coaching experience do you have already?What do you love most about coaching athletes?
Jeremiah: Before I got my Level 1 certificate from CrossFit HQ, I ran classes while deployed in Kuwait for 6 months in 2015 and in Afghanistan for 3 months in early 2018.  More recently after I got my Level 1, I would routinely stay after class and help out my fellow CrossFitters with anything they wanted to work on.
Outside of CrossFit, I have coached Little League baseball, and kids soccer.
I enjoy helping and encouraging all athletes to make small improvements in strength, conditioning and  mobility.  Nothing is better than celebrating PRs and “first times”!

Q: Tell us a little about your family and your day job.
Jeremiah: My wife, Vanessa, and I have been married for over 11 years. We have 4 kids ranging in age from 10 to 6, we do have “Irish Triplets”!  For my day job, I am a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force and A-10C Evaluator Pilot at Davis-Monthan AFB.  I routinely fly twice a week, so there is a chance if you look up on any given day, it could be me flying!

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