By: Monica Fritsch
Newport Fitness coach, Erin Wolfe’s, coaching philosophy is more of a life philosophy. It comes from Hebrews 12:11-13: “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore, lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.”
“I believe that what we do today will directly affect what happens tomorrow and in our futures,” Wolfe says. “So why not do our very best right now to ensure that we have the most fulfilling futures possible, even if it seems challenging?”
Helping people progress in mental, emotional, and spiritual abilities, as well as physical ones is something Wolfe strives for as a Newport Fitness coach. Her favorite type of class to coach is the Beginner CrossFit class.
“I love meeting new athletes and being able to watch them grow from ground zero,” Wolfe says.
Wolfe’s own CrossFit journey started five years ago when Newport Fitness was called CrossFit Covington. At the time, she was a marathon runner who had just broken her foot for the third time, resulting in multiple surgeries. Her doctor suggested lifting weights after recovery as a new fitness hobby. After some research, CrossFit Covington caught her attention.
“After my first Beginner class I was absolutely hooked, even though I was absolutely horrible!” Wolfe says.
Wolfe believes that CrossFit is for everyone and there is something that every participant can do or benefit from. She also says CrossFit is always new, exciting, and keeps people interested.
“Although I love running it became redundant,” Wolfe says. “I’ve never felt that way about CrossFit.”
Despite finding a CrossFit family she loved, Wolfe decided to explore another part of the country after graduating college in 2014. In Los Angeles, Wolfe found herself not only coaching CrossFit, but also running a non-profit art gallery representing adults with developmental disabilities. It’s something Wolfe found rewarding on a personal level.
“I have never met a group of adults who were so kind, talented, and sincerely grateful for every single thing they had, even though some had very little,” Wolfe says. “They never worried a day in their lives about how much money their art would sell for, they just simply created art to create art.”
In December of 2017, Wolfe returned home to Cincinnati when her father became ill. However, she would’ve returned regardless.
“Our community is unlike any other I have ever seen,” Wolfe says. “I have made some incredible friends over the years that I am so grateful for.”
Wolfe is perhaps the most well-rounded coach Newport Fitness has. She’s pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Cincinnati while also working full-time in their Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology and the Department of Pharmacology and Systems Physiology. She also sings, volunteers, and takes photographs.
When not at Newport Fitness or UC, Wolfe says you can find her serving and singing at hospitals, churches or shelters around Cincinnati.
“I just really love people,” Wolfe says.