Coach Spotlight: Preston

What a great kid! That’s typically the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Preston. He’s not such a kid anymore, but when I first met Preston he wasn’t even 21 yet, so I still think of him that way. He’s always got a smile on his face and he’s a very hard worker. Even after graduating college and getting a full-time job, he still carves out an evening to swing by Cróga and coach a couple of classes because he enjoys it so much. I don’t know many people that willingly take on extra work after they just finished a full day at the office, but his dedication to our community and athletes inspires me and I couldn’t be prouder to call him our longest tenured coach.

Preston is extremely mature for his age, is dedicated to the things he believes in and is always seeking knowledge in everything that interests him. Those are admirable traits for a person of any age, but especially impressive of a younger individual. And with him also comes his awesome fiancé, Alexxa, who adds a boost of energy and fun to each class she attends. I feel like we’ve got a great package deal going for us there and we look forward to watching them both grow.

Full Name: Preston Caleb Rind

Funniest or coolest Nickname?

Oh boy! Rarely do people actually call me by Preston, but rather some variation. Prest, Presty, Presto, P, Prind, P-Rind are all what I hear the most. Alexxa’s family refers to me as Pretzel or Poodle. I don’t know what is wrong with the name Preston, but everyone seems to want to change it! Steve insists on calling me “the kid,” but the most creative I have gotten, while not the most appropriate nor flattering, is one that my friend from high school calls me to this day, “Presticles.”

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

Not your typical answer, but I would like to be a Wagyu Cattle, specifically the Tajima-Gyu strain. These are the cattle that Kobe beef comes from. C’mon, don’t tell me you wouldn’t want to be fed beer all day while also being massaged with sake! Plus, I would bring happiness to people, even after I die!

What’s the last thing you watched on TV?

I don’t have traditional cable or satellite so I opt for Netflix and HBO Now. The first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events has been my latest binge-watching pleasure. I am almost finished watching it through for the second time!

What is the one food that you could never give up?

Luckily, I don’t have an addictive personality when it comes to specific foods and I’d like to think I have pretty good self-control, so I can go prolonged periods without any specific food. With that said, the Wednesday 6:30 and 7:30 classes know I love dessert. In fact, if you have talked to both Alexxa and I, you would probably guess that dessert is all we talk about when we are together and you’re not wrong. The one thing I would refuse to give up permanently has to be ice cream. I use to be a huge fan of Ben n Jerry’s, which has been the topic of discussion many times on Wednesday nights, but I have found new love in a company called “Little G’s Ice Cream.” A 17-year old girl from Boston started the company and her ice cream has the creamiest bases with just monstrous mix-ins. Unfortunately, it’s not sold in California (yet), but paying a pretty penny to order it online may reveal to you just how much of I love their ice cream.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Definitely a professional baseball player. I played from the time I was 4 until I was 16 and played year round starting at 8. According to my childhood ambitions, I should be batting clean up for the Giants right now!

Favorite quote or saying?

Hmm, I’m not particularly one for inspirational quotes, so here are two of my favorite book quotes:

“End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it. White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.” – Gandalf, The Return of the King

“To know what would have happened, child?” said Aslan. “No. Nobody is ever told that.” – Aslan, Prince Caspian

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I am really grateful for Cróga, Coach Dave, all of my fellow coaches and all of the members! I knew that once I had taken a full-time job that it would be hard to be around as much as I would like, but Dave has fostered such an amazing community, that I have yet to see duplicated at other gyms, and I just had to stay a part of it in some way. I was lucky enough to be able to give one night a week to continue coaching!

Finishing note: If you come to Wednesday night class with donuts in hand, I may look the other way when you’re supposed to be doing burpees!

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