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Amateur AotW: Medford CrossFit

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Adam Laucis is a CrossFit coach. His goal is simple; change people’s lives.

“I really just want to help people on their weight loss journey and become more comfortable in their own bodies,” said Laucis, “better self-esteem, more confidence.”

One of those people Laucis has helped is Holly Nickerson, whose friend convinced her to join Crossfit nine months ago. Despite some initial hesitation, Nickerson tried it anyway.

“I did the workout, and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” said Nickerson, “but I left feeling so satisfied in myself for having completed it.”

In the nine months since she joined, Holly lost 40 pounds, to which she gives much of the credit to the gym’s community feel.

“It’s a big family here, and I enjoy that aspect of it,” said Nickerson. “I remember the first time I was finishing a workout, and I was last, and these people I didn’t even know came around me and were like, ‘come on, you can do it!’”

Encouragement from peers is almost as important as motivation from coaches. For Holly, Adam’s coaching holds even greater significance because not too long ago, he was just like her.

“I grew up and was never active, never into sports,” said Laucis, “just sat on the couch, watched TV, and it wasn’t until 2010, three years ago, that I decided to start changing my life.”

Adam lost more than 100 pounds in his first year of doing CrossFit, but more than the physical improvements was the effect it had on him mentally. Now, Laucis is passing on his experience to students like Nickerson.