Dan Ouellette

Get to know Coach Dan…

Tell us about your athletic background?
I played Football and Baseball as a kid, as an adult I was very unathletic until I found my way in to

Have you always been athletic your whole life?
Unlike a lot of folks that find their way to our sport I was not.

How did you become involved with crossfit?
Well, I was 31 years old and extremely out of shape. I started doing the couch to 5K program because I
decided I needed to make a change. Once I completed that goal I kind of drifted for a bit as I didn’t have any goals to work towards and no one pushing me to continue. I saw the fittest on earth documentary on Netflix and decided to give this CrossFit thing a go. I went to a free class on a Sunday at a box near my home (I lived in Newton at the time) and it was love at first metcon! Side note, It was rowing and farmers carries. I was hooked! (go figure). Seven years and 135 pounds down later and I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing on a daily basis.

When did you join CrossFit EXP?
In July of 2018

What class time do you usually teach?
Saturday mornings

What made you decide to become a CrossFit Coach?
I’ve had quite a few incredible coaches over the years, both as an athlete, and as mentors on my own
coaching journey. I teach CrossFit because more than anything I want to be able to give people the gift
of health and well being that was given to me by my coaches and mentors. My favorite thing as a coach is seeing it “click” for someone. That might be something huge like a muscle up or a PR with a barbell, but it could also be a non-tangible. like seeing that spark in an athlete’s eye when something in a movement clicks, or watching them realize that they have that next gear in the middle of a workout.

What sort of results do you like to inspire in your students?
I like to inspire that belief in yourself, you can hold on to that bar for another rep, you can do another
pull up, push up, sit up. It’s in you, you just have to believe in yourself and go for it.

How do you personally measure success in CrossFit workouts?
I measure my success against myself. That doesn’t always mean beating a previous score. But did I give everything I had on that given day? If the answer is yes then today was a success.

Do you have a personal fitness philosophy you’d like to share?
My philosophy is simple. Just keep showing up. That’s the beauty of what we do. Once you’re in the
door we take it from there. You don’t have to worry about what you’re going to be doing that day. You
just have to keep showing up.

Can you give me 5-10 PRs to share?
OHS 215
C&J 225
Snatch 175
Grace 2:08
Isabel 3:12
Fran 4:23

Could you share any recent accomplishments (races, awards, placement in competitions)?
CFE Summer sizzler T-4th
Rockingham Fall fit Classic 4 th
Battle on Broadway 5 th
CFE sugar and Spice 5 th