Morgan Pleasant

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

What got you into CrossFit?

I was volunteering in rural Costa Rica, teaching free community exercise classes to mixed groups of preschoolers, moms, teens, seniors, field workers, competitive boxers, the occasional dog or iguana – you name it. I was on an endless search for ways to keep the exercises dynamic, engaging, and adaptable to all fitness levels. I came across the CrossFit website (this was long before boxes were springing up all over the place), and before long my students from the local high school were earning their community service hours by creating suspension trainers made out of rope and rice bags, coconut med balls filled with rocks, tree stump boxes, and tire obstacle courses. When I returned to D.C. after over 4 years in the jungle, CrossFit had exploded in the States. I joined Second Wind immediately, and we’ve been in love ever since.

Favorite lift or workout?

Anything that hits on a weakness. It’s good to be humbled.

Why coaching?

I’m a sucker for a good success story, especially when it’s sitting in a puddle of sweat and tears.

What’s your athletic background?

Growing up, all I ever wanted to do was play sports. I played soccer, basketball, lacrosse, rugby, and ran track. In college I started running marathons and then realized that triathlons are way more fun. I like to compete but I love to train. My motto has always been to “get uncomfortable in order to get comfortable.”

What do you do when you don’t CF?

I am either working to empower D.C. youth to make healthy decisions that positively impact their developmental outcomes, or finding a way to make dessert nutritious and delicious.