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Nat “the secret keeper” Ridder, Verve’s famous CrossFit Kids coach.

Well Ververs, you may have seen him on Saturdays running around the gym with kids or throughout the week just running around the gym in general. Have you met our friend coach Nat?

1) Let’s start with the traditional “how did you get started with CrossFit?” question.
 
After graduating from Colorado College in 2007 I spent two years “living the dream.”  I backpacked Europe twice, served tables at the Wynkoop Brewery and  personified every stereotype of a post college derelict.  After my second stint in  Europe I returned home unemployed, and according to my mother, looking like a “fat toddler.”   Both my health and my fledgling career as a profligate were in desperate need of direction.  Of course, I thought direction would come in the form of a beautiful woman (that came later)  or maybe …I don’t know …a job.  I was mistaken.  Instead, the direction I came in the form a nondescript backstreet gym dive, CROSSFIT VERVE. 
 
2) Followed by the second most traditional “what brought you to Verve?” question.
 
Nearly five years ago, my brother told me about  a gym called Crossfit Verve.  There, he said people did crazy workouts, workouts that require athletes  to do a 100 pull ups in a single session.  In hearing this, I responded, “You’re an idiot.  I mean, seriously?  No one can do a 100 pull ups in workout.”  He dared me to try….
 
 
3) Most may not know that you predominantly, okay you only, train our younger athletes. How did you get started being a CrossFit Kids coach at Verve?
 
After a year of Crossfit, I decided to get my CF Level 1. For two years I did absolutely nothing with this new found knowledge.  It was a brilliant investment.  Alas, when Verve moved to its current location they hosted the CF Kids Certification course.  The Verve family offered me the opportunity to partake and I jumped at it.  We have been developing the program ever since and I love it.  
  
4) You are one of the many fine members at Verve that is responsible for shaping the young minds of America. What made you want to become a teacher?
 
Sitting still is not exactly my forte, so I needed a career that catered to my unique ability to focus… on everything and nothing all at once.  Next, financially speaking, my parents were no longer paying for my health insurance and I tend to be somewhat of a liability.  Finally, I recognized that teaching is the only jobs where every day is new, laughing is frequent and motivation is not in the form of a paycheck or a bonus; it is in the form of 120 expecting students.  
 
5) What do you teach? 
 
I teach 8th Grade Social Studies and a morning chess class. ( I love chess)
 
6) How good are you at keeping secrets, or at minimum keeping certain information on the down low?
 
My ability to keep secrets can best be compared to middle school relationships- If I keep a secret for more than two hours, then it can be defined as long term and meaningful.
Just ask my wife about keeping her pregnancy under wraps.  She is due in August.
7) What is your favorite CrossFit Kids movement to teach and why?
 
The jumping squat because every time I teach it, I have at least one kid inspect the bottom of their shoes to see if they really have “Super Powered Rocket Launchers” attached to them.
 
8) You have done quite a bit of traveling in your days, what was your favorite place to visit?
 
Impossible to keep this to one
 
Country: South Africa
City: St. Petersburg, Russia
Lifetime natural must see: Iguaza Falls in Brazil
Lifetime manmade must see: Michelangelo’s David
 
9) You work out with your mom Joannie and your sister Jenn. Which of these ladies would you least want to compete against?
 
That’s like asking someone if they would rather do Murph or Fran hungover.  They are both incredibly strong, focus women that are as coordinated as a giraffe playing hopscotch.  If forced, I guess I’d rather compete against Joannie.  For one, Joannie can’t add, she’s intimidated by counting and hates competition. This would behoove me, as she would probably spend more time arranging weights and counting reps than actually working out.  Meanwhile, Jenn is scarily competitive.  Plus, I know how to push Jenn’s buttons.  If we competed, I would probably make her so furious via my obnoxious behavior that I would end up with a dumbbell in my face, causing me to withdraw from the competition.
 
10) Of the three Ridders/ Bradens, who has the most pink colored pants?
 
Me, no question there.
 
Alright Mr. Ridder, now’s that special time of the survey for you to pick one last thing you want everyone at Verve to know about you. Try to make it good.
 
 Too often I hear my fellow Ververs say “I should have done more weight” or “Man o’ man, I probably could have done one more round.”  Don’t say that!  You are completely diminishing your day’s accomplishment and that is not fair to you.  You did the best you could for that day, a day when you had the option not to show up at all.  Shit, given a typical WOD, you did more work than the majority Americans do in an entire week.   From shoulder injuries and poor competition performances to PRs and twice representing Team Verve at regionals,  I have gone through the crossfit gamut; both as a competitor and as an everyday athlete.  I know that I will have bad days and yes, I understand that the WOD will sometimes mentally win.  So what and who cares?  I now celebrate that fact that I come, and that I am far better crossfitter than if I did not to show up at all.  I guess, what you need to know is that I now leave Verve everyday with a smile, because crossfit is supposed to be fun; and what’s fun about beating yourself up over one rep or one second…. NOTHING!
 
Nat your mom and sister aren’t the only ones who are as coordinated as a giraffe playing hopscotch, we’ve seen you workout too. Congratulations to you and your wife Sarah, what an exciting journey for you both. 

Comments

  1. Scotty :

    BTW Nat,
    my vote is for Murph hungover. the paceing allows me to sweat out all the booze. (Only speaking from a painful experience of course)

    • Nat :

      Actually, I have done them both hungover. I must agree, at least with Murph you have time to embrace the suck. That is not the case w/ Fran.

  2. Ali :

    I just loved this! Nat – You are awesome!

  3. slaughter :

    Nat showing great form – I love Nat, because when he comes into the gym he’s able to flip the switch into go mode. He’s spent countless hours working on things he needed to work on, and it made him a fantastic athlete. He also knows when it’s OK to say “it’s all good we’re here to have fun”. Awesome guy to be around, inspiration to everybody.

    Thanks for everything Nat!!!

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