Christphir  "Smitty" Smith | athlete-centered coachingCoaching Philosophy – Positive Accountability
I believe in athlete-centered coaching. Athletes’ goals and motivations are the driving force of how I interact with each person. Not everyone likes being coached the same way, so I try to use an interactive communication style focusing on the athlete’s personal preferences to enable growth both inside the gym and out.

Each class I aim to create an environment that empowers my athletes, finishing a workout with their heads held a little bit higher and feeling proud of themselves — believing they are strong, capable, and able. I aim to do this through positive accountability by meeting them where they are at and building on their previous success. This strategy holds athletes to realistic and attainable standards.

Finally, I believe what we do in the gym makes us better at what we do outside the gym. I think positive accountability helps everyone achieve more everyday!

Coaching Bio – Jack of all Trades
Growing up with a single mother, my athletic coaches had a significant influence on my life that was profoundly positive and formative for me. I love to coach because I want to do the same for others.

I found Crossfit in 2008, and I have been enamored with its simplicity and efficacy ever since. I believe no other fitness program can provide the type of fun and results that I have seen for myself and those I have been blessed to coach. As a lifelong athlete, I greatly appreciate the challenge and opportunity that Crossfit provides and what I love most about Wellness Revolution Crossfit is that it affords me with something I thought I lost after college athletics: the chance to be part of a team.

I have been blessed to be able to coach a variety of sports including wrestling, weightlifting, cheerleading and gymnastics over the past 17 years. All of which influence how I see movement patterns and help me cue and correct athletes to move safely and improve performance. I have had the opportunity to work with a broad range of individuals whose goals ranged from fall prevention for elderly patients to weight loss interventions in pre and post bariatric surgery patients, to general physical fitness for our firefighters, police, EMS, all the way up to National level weightlifting competitors.

I hope to work with you soon!

Educational Background
M.A. – College of Health & Human Performance (Candidate)
Health Education & Promotion
East Carolina University – Expected Date of Completion – 2017

B.S. Exercise Sport Science
Health Fitness Specialist – Focus on Human Behavior
East Carolina University – 2006

Certifications and Credentials
Certified CrossFit Trainer (CF-L3) – 2016
National Strength & Conditioning Association – Tactical Facilitator – 2014
USAW Club Coach – 2014
USAW Sports Performance Coach – 2013
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2) – 2012
American Heart Association CPR and AED – 2011
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1) – 2011

Athletic Accomplishments
Top 10% of competitors in the worldwide CrossFit Open multiple years
Multiple CrossFit Competitions with event wins
2015 American Open Weightlifting Championships Qualifier (77kg & 85kg)
2014 American Open Weightlifting Championships Qualifier (77kg)
2014 U.S. Weightlifting National Championship Qualifier (77kg)
2013 NC State Weightlifting Champion in the 77kg class
2013 American Open Weightlifting Championships Participant (Top 25)
Multiple high school and collegiate strength and conditioning records