Coach Spotlight: Em Campbell

When did you first start CrossFit and why did it appeal to you?

I first started CrossFit in 2008 at the ripe old age of 13. In all honesty, at that time it was more my Dad dragging me to the gym while I gave him all of the excuses. I remember telling him and the coach I couldn’t do wallballs because I had just got my braces tightened, obviously. Around 16 is when it all changed. I loved how strong, capable, and accomplished it made me feel. 

Did you do any specific sports/recreation before or during CrossFit?

I am the least “sporty” person there is–ballet and horseback riding were my things until I found CrossFit. 

What are your current health and fitness goals?

Currently I’m just focused on moving well, paying attention to my body, and giving it what it needs. My biggest fitness goal for 2023 is to focus on mobility. 

Why did you want to be a coach and what drives you to continue?

My CrossFit coaches were the people I really looked up to growing up, and I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of one day. I used to ask my Mom to drop me off way too early for my class so that I could watch them do their thing. Now I just want to help people reach their goals, realize that fitness is lifelong, and it doesn’t have to be boring! 

What would your perfect workout be?

DT is the best workout. Anything with a barbell is perfect in my books! 

Outside of CrossFit, what are we likely to find you doing?

Hiking the Bruce Trail or the Dundas Conservation area with my dog Finn and listening to an audiobook. 

If you were a superhero, what powers would you want to have?

I’d love to be able to read minds. But also, super strength because, obviously. 

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Spaghetti with butter, salt and pepper, but don’t tell Dee and Anita!!! 

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