Coaches Spotlight: Dave “DD” Denkman


When were you introduced to CrossFit?

In 2010 after about a year of consistent weight training and eating better, I was introduced to CrossFit.  I did my first competition in March of 2011.

Tell us something about you and your family.

I have been married to my high school sweetheart Kimberly for 15 years.  We have 2 sons, William(9) and TJ(8).  We have dinner at home, together, at the table almost every night.  We pray together and for each other every day.  

What was your first WoD?

Probably Cindy.  I will never forget my first Fran-(7:53)  When I finished I thought I was going to pass out or my heart was going to explode. 

When did you start coaching?

July of 2013

What is your favorite aspect of coaching?

It is a blessing for me to be able to help people make their lives better.  What CS&F is offering is an environment where peoples lives are changed in very real ways.  I’m not a doctor and can’t perform a double by-pass surgery, but I help make sure you never need one.  I can’t diagnose and prescribe medication for depression, but what we do every day can improve your state of mind.  I believe that what we are doing is making peoples lives better in many many ways.  So being a part of this is very satisfying for me.  

If you had one piece of advice to share from a coaching perspective, what would it be?

Fitness is a lifestyle choice and a way of life – think long term.  Consistency over time will bring results.  Have fun with it.  This training is hard, I’m proud of you and you should be proud of yourself.  

What is your favorite Coaching moment?

Every day when I see people willingly show up to do difficult work.  Every day when I see people leave with a smile on their faces.  Those looks from the athletes as they are struggling a bit and keep going and they finish the task.  When I see people getting stronger mentally and physically, I love it.      

What has CrossFit done for you personally?

Being a part of this community of people has brought new relationships/friends into my life.  I feel connected to a group of smart, hardworking and helpful people.  First and foremost my faith in God has changed my life.  But CrossFit has also helped to develop in me an inner strength.  The strength to nurture my marriage, the strength to lift up my brothers and sisters around me and the strength to be a father to my two sons.    

The fact is that I cant measure what CrossFit has done for me.  I think it’s improved every area of my life.  Knowing what a person can get out of this program makes it easy for me to encourage others to put forth the effort.  When I see someone finish – exhausted, I say to myself “that’s it right there, that’s the stuff” and I smile. 

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