Unlocking Your Potential As A Masters Athlete

July 18, 2023 by
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Invictus sits down with Masters Coach, Nichole Kribs, to talk more about her philosophy on online programming, coaching masters athletes and what she likes to do for fun when she’s not helping masters athletes achieve their goals! 

It’s no secret that staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle becomes increasingly important as we grow older. And contrary to popular belief, age is not a barrier to achieving remarkable PR’s and reaching new levels of performance. 

Invictus believes that age should never be a deterrent to pursuing athletic goals. We understand that each individual’s journey is unique, and that’s why our coaching programs are designed with careful consideration of your specific needs, goals, and abilities. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete seeking to compete or someone who wants to embark on a new fitness adventure, our Masters Coach, Nichole Kribs is here to guide you every step of the way. 

Ammerman: Invictus is known well throughout the CrossFit community for having both very competitive teams but for also sending a large number of Masters athletes to the Games. Tell us more about the Masters Program and why you feel it has become so successful throughout the years.

Kribs: Our athletes have had a lot of success following our Masters Program for a few reasons. For one thing the program addresses the needs of the Masters athlete from appropriate volume based on the time of season, skill work for gymnastics, technique work for olympic lifts and mobility needs. We also have a fantastic community of Masters who encourage one another, support each other with their goals (whether that be to sign up for the first time for the Open or to qualify for the CrossFit Games). So the well thought out training program coupled with an incredible community has contributed to our success.

Ammerman: You’ve had a very successful track record of helping athletes reach their goals. Tell us what you think helps to get your Masters to this level of athleticism. 

Kribs: I think understanding that, for the most part, Masters athletes are balancing family life and a career along with training so to maximize their training session to be quality, not just accumulating junk volume, helps a tremendous amount with recovery and motivation. Those are two key aspects to help athletes stick to their goals and successfully meet them.

Ammerman: You won third place in the inaugural 2007 CrossFit Games and have obtained multiple coaching certifications which, obviously, shows that you have a wealth of knowledge to share with your athletes. What is the biggest piece of advice you give to someone who is looking to be competitive? 

Kribs: Be patient with yourself and know what your motivation for being competitive is! It takes time to be competitive so have a realistic timeline for your competitive endeavors and be clear about what your motivation is and why.

Ammerman: A lot of people might be nervous about starting an online training program. What would you say to someone to make them feel like the Invictus Masters Program is the right thing for them?  

Kribs: It can be customizable and you get a coach to help walk you through the program! You have a ton of outlets to ask questions, be part of a community and receive feedback on technique!

Ammerman: When you’re not coaching athletes from all over the world, what is your favorite pastime? 

Kribs: I am really into golf right now! My husband and I play and we are TERRIBLE but we love the challenge of it!

If you feel like it’s time to redefine what it means to be an athlete and showcase the boundless possibilities that exist, regardless of age, join Nichole on this empowering journey through joining our Invictus Masters or Masters+ Online Programming. 

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