Coaches Spotlight: Terianne Payton
What is your philosophy towards being a coach? In your opinion, what makes a good coach?
My philosophy parallels my needs as an athlete. I strive to give personalized feedback that focuses on form and progression. CrossFit is the overlap of strategy, technique, and strength. Strength being your physical ability, technique focuses on the proper way to perform the skill/lift, and strategy is determined by how you approach tasks given various elements of time and quantity. Per each class, I seek to prioritize one goal in each category for emphasis. Setting individualized daily objectives helps me to evaluate the progress of the athletes and focus my instruction for the class. I believe a good coach promotes quality of instruction over quantity and practices reflection.
My three favorite quotes as applies to coaching/training/life are:
- “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.”- Aristotle
- “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”- Niebuhr
- “Ability is what you’re capable of doing, motivation determines what you do, and attitude determines how well you do it.”
Where did you grow up/Where are you from?
I grew up in Fairport and moved to Canandaigua when I was 20. We grew up in a neighborhood behind Fairport High School. After I graduated, my parents moved to Bloomfield for privacy and the country.
Have you ever played any sports?
I love all sports. As a child/teen I played soccer, volleyball, basketball, dance, cheerleading, and lacrosse. During summers, I grew up water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing on Honeoye Lake.
What do you do for fun?
Outside of CrossFit, I spend most of my time with my family. My kids, Owen and Maxwell, are very active and love to be outdoors. In the summer/spring, we travel to Virginia Beach to visit my in-laws. My husband, Kyle, and I love to do home improvements and refinish furniture. My personal relationships are very important to me. I love spending time with my sisters and girlfriends.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
In 8th grade I played the defense attorney, Atticus, in To Kill a Mockingbird and from then I always thought I would be a lawyer. My mom convinced me my senior year of high school to pursue teaching. Prior to accepting my current teaching position, I had taken my LSAT twice, was applying to law schools, and planning to relocate with my family to attend law school in Albany. I took my current position in February as a trial prior to starting school the following fall. I ended up loving my job and decided to put law school on hiatus. Perhaps after my children graduate I will seek a second career.
If CrossFit didn’t exist, how would you pay the bills?
My full time job is teaching special education at Red Jacket High School. I have a 12:1:1 special class that focuses on hands-on learning and life skills. We have a class bunny, Theo, and two hamsters: Hamilton and Hammy. We cook, grow plants, care for animals, and volunteer weekly in the community. I have many of the same students for their entire high school career. Our class is a small family and I absolutely love my job so technically I never “work”.
What I wish I figured out earlier is:
I wish I found CrossFit earlier! I started CrossFit almost three years ago and it changed my life. It altered my lens on fitness and built my stamina both mentally and physically.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside?
I love to walk/run our dogs and take the boys for bike rides/ hikes/ four-wheeling. I could probably forgo the woods, however, my dogs and children feel very differently which makes it worthwhile. I love watching my dogs and kids run endlessly through the trees and fields.