Reebok celebrates the trainers that help us reach our goals. While you’ve been hunkered down and need to sweat, Crossley "CrossBoss" Simmons has been just a click away. We say thank you with a spotlight here.
Name: Crossley “CrossBoss” Simmons
Who are you in 90 characters or less? I am a social worker, fitness coach, and poet. I work to create radical accessibility and inclusivity in all aspects of my work and wholly believe in the power of healing through community. I’m a queer, amateur birder who likes dancing and pop music.
Social Handles and/or Website: fearlessathletics.com
Why do you teach/train?
Coaching is a means of connecting with and to my community. I learn about folks and we share a path in discovering who we are, where we can push beyond limits we thought were impossible, where we can create space for our most vulnerable selves. When I coach, I am present, I am home, and I’m having fun.
What classes do you normally teach / what is your training expertise?
I teach Crossfit, Intensity (bootcamp style), and LIFT (olympic and power- lifting). Certifications: CF-L1, CrossFit Sports-Specific Application, USAW L1 Sports Performance Coach
How have you adapted your business to still inspire people at home?
Fearless Athletics has moved classes online, created movement standard videos, and worked hard to foster community digitally. Our owners, coaches, and members have really come together to support each other.
Are you currently offering virtual classes? If so, when and how can people join?
Follow Fearless Athletics on instagram @fearlessphl for daily posted WODS and schedule. Join our email list for the Zoom session links.
What advice would you give to other fitness professionals to get through these times?
Be kind to yourselves. You do not have to carry everyone on your shoulders. It’s okay if your fitness changes, if your body changes, if your motivation changes. You are enough and great.
How can fitness professionals lift each other up right now?
Check in with each other. Be vulnerable and gentle with each other. Show up to each other’s classes (virtually).
What is your favorite non-fitness outlet to cope with the current stress of the world?
Rest, therapy, Yahtzee, and hanging with my cat, Boo Boo.
How are you giving yourself #permissiontopause?
Since I’m going on site during this time as a social worker at Broad Street Ministry, I have had to be very intentional about cultivating pauses where I can care for myself and also ask for care from others. Taking baths has immensely helped me slow my body down.