Why I retire: Ben Bergeron

Why I retire: Ben Bergeron

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To the CrossFit community,

I thought a lot about what it would be like to write this letter. The words came easier than I imagined. This comes from my heart.

After a decade and a half of dedicating my life to this craft, I have decided that 2023 will be my last year of coaching at the CrossFit Games.

This sport has brought more purpose, fulfillment and passion into my life than I ever thought possible. There have been hard-earned victories and heartbreaking defeats, moments of confidence and moments of complete uncertainty. I believe the CrossFit Games are one of the best sporting events in the world, supported by the best community in the world, and I am grateful that most of my adult life has been spent preparing athletes to participate.

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CrossFit has brought me some of my dearest memories. From sharing the struggles of sister property with Chris Spealler, and becoming fathers at the same time, to proposing to my wife the day after the 2009 Aromas Games, to having James Hobart live with our family for a season and bring our son to The Lego Movie three times in a row, navigating births, deaths and everything in between with Katrin Davidsdottir, who has become a sister to our children and a true part of our family, and Cole Sager, who I now consider one of the my dearest friends.

I believe the CrossFit Games are one of the best sporting events in the world, supported by the best community in the world, and I am grateful that most of my adult life has been spent preparing athletes to participate.

These people, exceptional as they are in the sport of fitness, are even more exceptional human beings. I have been fortunate and honored to work with so many amazing human beings in my coaching career.

To Becca Voigt Miller, Rachel Martinez, Michelle Letendre, Mat Fraser, Brooke Wells, Amanda Barnhart, Sam Kwant, Chandler Smith, Sydney Michalyshen, and all the age-group athletes and teams who have entrusted me with coaching them through the their journey at different points and in different ways: The honor of being called a coach and being part of your travels is one of the greatest achievements of my life.

There will be a lot to lose in the years to come, but building these relationships is the hardest part to walk away from.

The last 15 years of coaching have exceeded my every expectation and given me the best years of my life.

While the decision is bittersweet, for so many reasons, it feels right.

To begin with, I am confident that I have the right successor to take over CompTrain Elite Coaching.

Cole Sager represents the ethos and what CompTrain is about as well as anyone I’ve ever met, probably including myself. He is an incredible communicator, cares deeply for other people and can nerd our sport with the best of them. A few weeks ago he qualified for his tenth consecutive CrossFit Games. To say he understands the triumphs and tribulations of this life would be an understatement. So if there’s anyone I could leave as head coach, it’s Cole.

While I’m stepping away from the sport, my work in CrossFit is far from complete.

From day one, the reason I started CrossFit New England, CompTrain, and training elite athletes was to make as much positive impact as possible. To date, that has taken the form of pouring everything I could into a very small group of top-level athletes. Now, the biggest impact I can have is to bring these lessons learned to a wider audience. In the coming season, I’m incredibly excited to be working on building the CompTrain platform and sharing this knowledge with anyone who believes that hard physical training is a necessary ingredient to becoming the best version of yourself.

The last 15 years of coaching have exceeded my every expectation and given me the best years of my life.

To CrossFit, thank you for giving me the career of my dreams.

To the community, thank you for welcoming me as one of you.

And to the athletes, thank you for showing us all what is possible. My life is immeasurably better because of you.

With much gratitude and respect,

Ben Bergeron

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