Coach Spotlight: Dave M.
When I (Kelly, Dave’s wife) was approached to write the intro to Dave’s coaches spotlight, I initially thought it was Dave trying to get me to write his responses. I then realized I wasn’t dealing with a demanding executive, but rather, my husband, who lives and breaths Cróga and simply needed me to do this so he can finally post his own coaches spotlight.
I met Dave over seven years ago and surprisingly, the topic of CrossFit didn’t come up during any of our initial dates. As some of you might know, Dave basically destroyed the lower half of his right arm snowboarding so his usual CrossFit obsession had been placed on the back-burner while he recovered, and apparently tried to win over his future wife. It wasn’t until months later, when he dragged me to a Saturday class at a local box, that I realized how much Dave loved this whole functional fitness deal and that he was actually really good at it, even being called “OG Dave” because he was one of their first members.
Fast forward two years where we found ourselves traveling Europe and making plans for the future. Priority number one: Open our own affiliate in early 2013. We came back from the trip at the end of September and Dave dedicated every free moment he had towards the goal of opening our doors in March (let’s be real, he hasn’t stopped working ever since).
I know I’m preaching to the choir when I say Dave loves everything about CrossFit, but most importantly, he loves every one of our members at Cróga. He’s incredibly proud of the community, the work ethic of everyone that steps through the door and how we get to play a part in so many incredible transformations.
I’ll wrap up with a super corny thought: Coach Dave is truly a gift. All of us who have been coached by him or have had the opportunity to really get to know Dave will understand how much he really cares about every single person he meets. He wants better for all of us, not just in health, but in all aspects of life. I know I also speak for Dave when I say we can’t wait for what another five, ten, and 15 years will bring to Cróga and our members.
David Warren Musgrave
Tell us a little bit about your family, job, and interests:
Well, most of you know about my family (Kelly, my wife, Murph, our frenchie, and Rosie, our Chihuahua) plus we’ve got a little girl on the way that we’re very excited to meet. We think we’ve got a name for her, but we’re going to keep that one a secret until she’s here, so for now you all can just call her Princess Cróga, haha.
My job is about as good as it gets, Owner & Head Coach at Cróga CrossFit. This involves coaching a bunch of awesome athletes on a daily basis, as well as helping educate and lead our staff so that we can continue to offer the best CrossFit classes around.
And finally, I’ve got a ton of different interests, like A LOT. Kelly likes to say, “Dave likes to grow his brain”, and that might be an understatement. I absolutely love learning and I often ask our classes “did anyone learn anything interesting today?” just so that I can add some random knowledge to my life. I love CrossFit (endurance sports, weightlifting, and gymnastics – which tend to be skills that make a good CrossFitter), soccer, snowboarding, large sporting events of all kinds, building things with wood and power tools, construction projects, dogs, business, leadership, the stock market, tech startups and innovation, travel, and probably more random things that haven’t popped in my head in the last 2 minutes. And if there’s something you think is interesting, I’d love to hear about it!
What was your athletic background before you started CrossFit?
I was an extremely active kid, very rarely spent any time inside except when it was raining, but my sport of choice was soccer. I played at a very high level all the way through high school and then hung up the cleats for college except for occasional men’s league games. I actually tore my ACL playing in a men’s soccer league in San Francisco in 2011 and decided to never play competitively again after that because although I love it, it’s not worth the risk.
Why/how did you get started with CrossFit?
Between my 4th and 5th year of college, Summer of 2008, I had a buddy that opened a CrossFit gym in San Jose. He told me I should come down and give it a try. After day 1 of getting absolutely destroyed and then going back for day 2, I was completely obsessed because I could just feel myself getting more fit each day and the rest is history. The other piece to the puzzle was that I truly missed having a competitive outlet in my life throughout college and CrossFit gave me that outlet again while also helping me get back into shape after a few years of just hanging out, drinking beer, and exercising only when I went snowboarding or played soccer.
What made you decide to become a CrossFit Coach?
I absolutely LOVE CrossFit and truly believe, at my core, that it is the best training methodology for all humans to achieve their highest fitness level possible. Because of this, I knew that when I had the opportunity to coach CrossFit, I needed to do so to spread health and fitness and help as many people as possible feel better daily, which will allow them to live better lives.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a lot of things. Ninja Turtle, Astronaut, Fighter Pilot, Pro Soccer Player, and finally, Entrepreneur. I think the first four are out of the question, but I’m doing my best at the last one right now.
If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
Oh man, this one is a tough one. I think it’s kind of funny because the first college I went to was the University of Colorado and this is the mascot, but I would probably be a Buffalo. Buffaloes are just so powerful and majestic and can be quick when needed, but they spend most of their time just being peaceful animals and roaming and eating. I tend to be pretty mellow even though my brain is very active, but I am extremely competitive and am fierce “between the lines” or on the playing field.
What’s the last thing you watched on TV?
I’m watching the 2017 CrossFit Games while typing this, but the last thing I watched yesterday was Ozark on Netflix. I love shows that have deep stories that are believable, but also have action and some violence for suspense. I love Game of Thrones, like most people that have watched it, but I also really liked Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Sherlock.
What is the one food that you could never give up?
Although I love to eat, I am pretty good about being disciplined when I decide to be, so I don’t know if there’s anything I couldn’t give up. For things I would prefer not to give up, I would have to say coffee, pizza, carnitas (all dishes, but mostly burritos), beer and peanuts.
What’s your favorite quote or saying?
This is probably the most difficult one to answer because I love finding solid quotes, sharing them and living by them. I could probably list 10+ of them, but I’ll leave you with these two because together I feel like they sum up what makes me successful as an individual and as an athlete:
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge
“Never stop learning”. -Unknown (I feel like a million people have said this, but I also think that always looking to learn is one of the best things an individual can do)
Anything else you’d like to share with us?
1. I feel extremely blessed to have every one of you that is a part of or has been a part of Cróga CrossFit (staff and athletes). It regularly amazes me that Kelly and I have been able to assemble such a wonderful group of people and have had the opportunity to meet so many quality individuals just by opening our doors, welcoming everyone with a smile, and giving everything we’ve got to this community to help them improve their lives through fitness. Thank you to everyone that has been a part of this journey.
2. If there’s something you’d like to know about me that wasn’t included above, or you’re curious about my journey or want my opinion on something, just ask. I do my best to be kind, open minded and thoughtful with my responses, but I promise I’ll never lie to you and I’ll always give you my honest opinion, feedback or answer.