Owner / Coach
Myron Cossitt has been a CrossFit athlete for 4+ years and a CrossFit/strength and conditioning coach for 2+ years. His current training endeavours, in addition to CrossFit, are in self defense (through KPC Self Defense, an Edmonton area reality based self defense training facility), and parenting. Prior to coaching CrossFit full-time, Myron was a financial crisis counsellor for a not-for-profit agency, security logistics advisor, and personal banker.
Myron’s coaching is special for one very powerful reason – he cares. You can truly see that he does what he does to help others, this makes him a master communicator and amazing coach. He can find the way to communicate what you need to hear in the moment, be it for motivation, or conceptualizing new skills. His unyielding service to others causes him to constantly grow as a teacher, so that he can give it all back to the community. He creates a safe and fun atmosphere to grow, and is an amazing leader at CFML.
I struggle with who I used to be.
“Old Myron”, as I refer to him in story and in my inner monologue, is (and was) tough to love. I struggled with self image issues, unchecked ego issues that usually manifested in bouts of anger and selfishness, and a consistent lack of awareness or understanding for how my everyday choices affected the ones I loved. I was a video game enthusiast, sugar addict, and full-time wage slave. I was doing a tremendous disservice to my (now ex) wife, and two young children.
My self imposed crucible came in the form of depression and complete withdrawal from the world and my family for about six months. I couldn’t find a job that could hold my attention, video games couldn’t offer the same escape, and I was almost exclusively eating refined sugar. My wife had already left me (understandably) and taken my kids, and I was cashing in on favours from friends and family for places to stay.
I was sitting in the shower when I recognized a thought:
“I hate who I am. If I don’t change something at the very depths of myself, I will very likely always hate who I am.”
My catalyst for change was borne from the very video games that I had put so much of myself into. Krav Maga is a martial art style practiced by one of the protagonists of one of my favourite long-running 3rd person shooter/strategy games: “Splinter Cell. I googled “Krav Maga Edmonton”. KPC Self Defense (owned and operated by Randy King, a now close friend of both myself and the Lab) was, at the time, the only gym to offer Krav Maga in Edmonton so I signed up for a 3 month intro course.
I walked into my first class of Krav Maga at 132lbs. I had no physical capacity whatsoever and was completely and utterly out of my element. I knew this on every level and, twice weekly, before each class I had full blown panic attacks. For two months.
At the start of month three, much to my surprise, the panic attacks were lessened greatly. I was still bruised and sore after each class and barely able to keep up during, but they were lessened. Near the end of month three, I decided to keep training but something more had to change. I felt no more different than I had the day I signed up save the fact that I had survived this far. I applied the practice that brought me to KPC’s doors of “what’s the scariest thing I could do to trigger a change?” and prepaid a years membership at a local CrossFit gym.
I continued to train at KPC, but for six months was too scared to actually show up to CrossFit because I saw what the people in the general classes could do. At month six, I looked inward and thought about how silly it was to limit possible personal growth simply because of fear or because of things that other people had worked for.
I started training. For three or so months I hated the gym and everything about it. I was the slowest and weakest athlete by far. When I had the maturity to not compare myself to others I was then disheartened by the fact that I was also a terrible mover/athlete.
I started training four times a week once my body could handle it, with the intention to get better technically at some of the most challenging (and personally frustrating) movements. Once I was used to four days, I bumped it to five, and came on weekdays during my lunch break from my day job.
I became voracious at watching technique videos, watching replays of my own lifting sequences, and asking (read: annoying) the coaches at the gym. Luckily the coaches I had were excellent, patient, and technically focused on helping athletes. One of the coaches in particular had a tremendous ability to inspire (both through his coaching and his abilities as an athlete), direct, assist, and – when needed – reprimand me. His name was Edward King.
I took the CrossFit Level One course with the sole purpose of applying what I learned towards my own journey as an athlete. Edward and the owner of the gym approached me to tell me that I was going to start coaching. After my hesitant acceptance, and some much needed encouragement from my peers, I was introduced to the role (other than “dad”) that drives me each day: Coach.
The most amazing gifts this journey has given me thus far, that I am grateful for everyday are the connections with incredible people that are journeying through life along side me. And the opportunity to help people realize that the feeling of not giving up on being your best self today, every single day, empowers you for life.
- CrossFit L1 Trainer
- CrossFit L2 Trainer
- CrossFit Weightlifting
- CrossFit Mobility
- CrossFit Endurance
- CrossFit Kids
- CrossFit Gymnastics
- MovNat Level 2 Trainer
- KPC Self Defense Instructor
- Standard First Aid CPR/AED Level C