The Coach's Story

July 7, 2009 10:00 AM

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Charlie Dunifer qualified through the Last Chance online option. He recently told us about how much his coach has helped him get where he is. Here's what he says:

"I'm competing at the Games, and I just wanted to see if we could give some love to the Coaches on the Games Page. I am so lucky to have found such a great trainer and great coach: Brian Yoak (pictured).

Without him, there is no way I would be in the Games. He never asked for anything in return. On the Last Chance WODs, he stayed up until 2 am trying to load the videos. At the Regionals, he was coaching guys from SPC CrossFit, because their trainer couldn't make it until later.

He answers all my texts, calls, and emails no matter the time. I told him that my goal was to get CrossFit Legacy's name on the main page. He responded, "Continue to know that my goal is to help you go as far as you want to go rather than getting me or Legacy recognition. Legacy was formed to support my family, doing something I love, and to invest in people's lives."

He has gone above and beyond his job. I put all my faith in him as a coach and trainer. He is the best I have ever seen.

I just thought CFHQ could give some love to all the coaches. I'm sure there are more out there. I feel mine is the best. Thanks."

16 comments on this entry.

1. Adam Kayce wrote...

July 7, 2009 10:21 AM

Thanks for sharing this. I think a lot of us aspire to be "forces for good" in the lives of the people we interact with, and I, for one, would be honored to some day have someone say something like this about my impact in their training, their sport, and their life.

Way to go, Brian.

2. Louise wrote...

July 7, 2009 11:16 AM

Yeah Coaches!!!!

3. Chris Crawford wrote...

July 7, 2009 11:46 AM

I have to second Charlie's compliment to Brian. He is a very hands on and attentive trainer who is very supportive of the Crossfit community and our Crossfit Legacy athletes. Training under Brian for the last year has been awesome!

I'd like to also recognize and thank the many people from Crossfit Legacy and the rest of Ohio who attended the fundraiser and goodluck event for Charlie and Brian last week. Together we raised over $1200 to help them attend the games. Good luck Charlie!

Many thanks to all of the trainers behind the Crossfit Games competitors.

4. Doug Price wrote...

July 7, 2009 11:52 AM

Charlie hit the nail on the head, Brian is a very good coach and an outstanding person, I'll be thinking about you both this weekend. Good Luck!

5. John Brown wrote...

July 7, 2009 12:09 PM


Thank you for recognizing the quality of training you receive and also showing gratitude for the hard work that It takes. I don't know Brian, but he sounds exactly like the trainer and coach that we should all strive to be.

I am hoping that you will be at the games this weekend, if not, I hope to cross paths sometime in the near future. Great job.

6. Steve Bell wrote...

July 7, 2009 12:58 PM

I'm the newbie in Brian's gym. Brian has spent countless hours teaching, encouraging and correcting. All the while he is helping Charlie get ready for the Games. Thanks Brian for all the help. Thanks Charlie for being an inspiration.

7. silverback wrote...

July 7, 2009 12:59 PM

It all starts with good coaching. As a trainer and affiliate owner I can really appreciate this testament. CrossFit has opened up a vault of valuable lessons from the likes of Mike B, Rippetoe, Tate, and a long list of others. Their expertise and insight is turning average coaches into great coaches and it goes on down the line. My former education with organizations like ISSA, ACE, etc. seems almost obsolete. What a tremendous fitness community built by people helping people. Best of luck at the games.

8. josh everett wrote...

July 7, 2009 1:15 PM

Brian is a great guy. Just another great example from the Buckeye state!

9. Don wrote...

July 7, 2009 1:23 PM

That is what I love about the CF community - Everyone I have met has been willing to go out of their way or beyond the call of duty for a fellow CrossFitter! Coaches like Brian, my first coach Randy Greer, and my current Coach Herb Sampson that make Crossfit run! I can only hope to join this community and help people be healthier too.

good luck I hope to be there next year!

10. Terry Beekman wrote...

July 7, 2009 3:00 PM

I am glad that I can call Brian my coach and agree with all the great things said about him.

Thanks Coach and GO CHARLIE!

11. Deya Montalvo wrote...

July 7, 2009 3:08 PM

This is so true and what I love about Crossfit...the extended family that we coach Chris Castillo and his wife Mayra at Delta Crossfit also stayed up until 3-4am loading the videos of 3 of us from our affiliate...They (cant forget other coaches Jimmy Laughlin and Sean Malloney) have bent over backwards helping me continue to have PR's and also helping me prepare through Crossfitting for the Firefighter Combat Challenge. I look forward to going into the gym everyday, because of the great, positive, motivating Crossfit Family that I have found at Delta Crossfit.

12. Brian Yoak wrote...

July 7, 2009 3:26 PM

WOW!!! I really am speechless. Thank you Charlie, to the other athletes from CF Legacy, and others for your kind words. It is an honor to be a Crossfit coach, trainer, and athlete.

It is always a great day when I can go in the gym and spend time with the people that walk through the doors of the gym. They make training fun and I am continuously amazed at their efforts day in, and day out!

Charlie--you have worked and trained so hard over the past few months in preparation for the qualifier and now the games. It is an honor to coach you!!!

John--yes, I will be at the games. In fact, we had a conversation over a year ago on the phone. You helped me in the decision process for going out on my own to open Crossfit Legacy.....Thank you! I look forward to meeting you as well.

See all of you in Cali.

13. Feng wrote...

July 7, 2009 4:29 PM

I've had the opportunity to meet Brian several times over the last couple months and his enthusiasm and dedication for CrossFit are readily palpable. Both him and Charlie are so passionate about what they do and it's such an inspiration, not only to me, but everyone around them. Keep doing what you're doing, guys, and I will see you both this weekend!

14. Lisbeth Darsh wrote...

July 7, 2009 9:06 PM

Brian is one awesome guy. Thanks to Charlie for letting us -- and the world! -- know. And thanks to Brian for being a great coach in a great community.

15. Michael Flaherty wrote...

July 8, 2009 9:51 AM

As a traveling CrossFitter, I have had the opportunity to meet some tremendously talented coaches and powerful athletes within the CrossFit community. However, Brian, and CrossFit Legacy hold a special place in my heart because Brian is the first CrossFit coach I had the pleasure to train with, and CF Legacy is the first affiliate I gained an appreciation for the extra energy you can get when training with other CrossFitters.

I am always envious of the athletes that have access to coaches, like Brian, that hold their clients' individual successes as the key benchmark for the success of the affliate, its programming, and the CrossFit "method". Brian is truly a coach that has made the transition from the selfish personal successes many of us had when starting CrossFit, and is a selfless trainer and leader who understands there is more to investing in the success of his athletes than just lip service.

Thanks again for everything Brian and Charlie.


16. Carey Fortunate wrote...

July 13, 2009 11:03 AM

I, too, had the opportunity of meeting Brian and thought that he was an outstanding gentleman! I've been following his and Charlie's posts on Facebook and it's been a thrilling ride! You both have done an outstanding job! Way to represent the MidWest!