Shaye Patel

Shaye Patel



CrossFit Coaching Experience: 4 Years

Coach at Fortius: 2 Years

CrossFit Level 3 Trainer, AIT (Adaptive and Inclusive Training), USA Weightlifting Level 2 Coach, Precision Nutrition Level 1

About Coach

I have always been around sports and have loved every minute of it. I say that sports/fitness has given me my career and life. I grew up playing water polo at the club level to the national/international level. I was a 6 sport athlete in high school from football to swimming to cross country, I did it all. I was part of many championship teams throughout my career and became the person I am today through all of the ups and downs. Started CF after Law School and used it to get back into shape but realized that I could do more in the sport and started competing to reach top levels in the master's categories in South America. Today, I do what I love most and that is teaching others. People say that "those who can compete, coach! I say B.S. to that. if you are in doubt let's work out sometime.

Turning Point

I have two main turning points when it comes to my fitness journeys and the sports that were vital to helping me become the man I am today. The first was when I was about 11/12 years old, I had a crush on this girl and I built up the courage to go and talk to her eventually asking her to a movie and she shut me down. I should have just let it go and walked away but I love a little punishment and I asked "why?" (I know right). She did not hold back, told me I was ugly and fat, and that no one would ever go to a movie with me. So the next day, I talk to a friend of mine and I told him what happen and he invited me to come out to play water polo. I thought ok but I have to wear a speedo at least ill be underwater so no one will see my body. It was the best thing I ever did. 15 years later I had played water polo at college on a scholarship, made elite club-level teams, and played internationally. The Second turning point was after law school, I took the year off to study for the BAR and I had gained a little weight but I didn't recognize myself compared to what I had always looked like (after getting my heart broken, of course). So I had seen this sign for Crossfit while driving around the city one day and walked in. The coach showed me around and invited me to try a free class I said "Nah, I want to sign up for 3 months. Oh, and can I start today?". 8 years later, I have competed and trained with some of the best athletes in the world and then moved over to coaching 3 years ago.

Motivation & Passion

I was born to teach and lead. Ever since I was a child, I have also said I want to help people. My purpose for coaching is that I get to help people grow and become better versions of themselves. Most of the people around us and the members of our gym don't understand the insane potential that lies within. Having the chance to help unlock that and seeing that smile or that walk of confidence after doing something they never thought they could is everything to me.

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