Trainer Spotlight: Shannon Johnson
How long have you been coaching?
I earned my Crossfit Level 1 certification in July 2010. I started coaching in Sept 2010 at another Crossfit gym. In Feb 2012, I saw the error of my ways and made my way to Ultimate Crossfit and have been here since then. During my coaching career, I have also earned certifications in Crossfit Endurance, Crossfit Gymnastics, and received certification in the Crossfit Coach’s Prep Course.
I was a competitive gymnast for 10 years. I competed in track and field in high school and cheered. I was also a cheerleader at the University of South Carolina. Go Cocks!! (If this were a verbal interview, I would sing the fight song for you!)
What class/time of day are people likely to find you coaching?
You can find me at UCF coaching in the morning. I am usually there between 6-8am.
What is your favorite WOD or lift?
I like most of the bar movements such as pull-ups, toes to bar, bar muscle ups, etc. As a gymnast, bars was my favorite event. I just loved to swing on the bars and I still think it is fun! Strangely, this enjoyment has not translated in the same way to the rings.
If you could perfect any skill or movement, which would it be?
As an athlete, I continue to work on my Olympic lifting skills. In particular, the snatch causes the most challenges for me. I am pleased to say that I accomplished a long time goal of a body weight snatch in Oct, but I still have a lot of work to do to feel skilled at Olympic lifting.
What do you do outside of the gym (occupation, hobbies, etc.)?
I am frequently asked if I have a “real job.” The answer is yes- I am the Vice President of Carolinas Hospitalist Group for Carolinas Healthcare System. By year end, our group will cover 15 hospitals and be comprised of 200 providers. It is very demanding with many long days. Crossfit is my outlet for fun and stress relief. Sadly, there is not too much time for many other things.
What is your favorite thing about coaching UCF?
As a coach, my favorite thing is seeing people improve. I love seeing an athlete get a new skill or improve on a skill. I love that moment when you give the perfect cue and it just clicks with the person you are working with and suddenly they just understand.
Most memorable moment at UCF – personal, coaching or otherwise?
My most memorable moment would still be the first time I shadowed at UCF and I worked with our fearless leader, Lance Breeden. Lance was coaching an athlete on T2B and assisting with her kip. He was providing “tactile” cues and reached in just at the wrong moment and inadvertently touched a body part that he shouldn’t have. He followed up with me to make sure that I understood that wasn’t really how we did things here at UCF. “You can touch the bacon…”