Seth Carpenter- Competitors Coach

My name is Seth, and I Crossfit.seth2


I grew up in Hastings. Like most kids I played some sports, like summer soccer. I was in gymnastics for a little while and I played baseball once. Going through school I was never the athletic kid. I tried out almost every sport my high school had to offer, but maybe I didn’t have the work ethic at the time or the proper coaching or motivation to keep me in it long enough to succeed.


Then, one day, a friend of mine comes up to me and tells me he decided to join the Marines. He wanted me to join with him. My father was in the Army for most of my life, retiring after more than fifteen years, so it was always in the back of my head that it was something I may have wanted to do.


I enlisted into the Marines the spring of 2009 and was heading to boot camp in November. Having not been the athlete in high school, I knew it was important that I do something over the summer to try and get ready for it. I graduated from Adams Central weighing 122 pounds at 5’7”. No way was I going into boot camp that light and deconditioned. Leaving for boot camp I managed to gain 28 pounds of muscle (Now I get to walk around at 175-180, but I’m still 5’7”). I weight trained, ran, and performed interval training to get into shape.


I graduated from the Marine Corps Training Depot in San Diego, California late February of 2010 and landed myself in Camp Pendleton for three months in the School of Infantry. That was where I did my first Crossfit workout, and I didn’t even know it. Our Sergeants brought the whole platoon outside and we did Cindy in the courtyard.


20 Minute AMRAP

5 Pull Ups

10 Push Ups

15 Air Squats


Even today, Cindy is my favorite workout. At the time, I had no idea what Crossfit was or what we were doing or why. Thought it was kind of a mess to see 40 guys fumbling around trying to go through this routine. It wasn’t until 2012 that I had finally learned what it was and committed myself to the training style and ideology.


It took three years in Marine Corps Infantry for me to finally figure out how to take my fitness seriously.


After I made the switch, I never looked back. I got my Level 1 Certification a year later and started coaching at my first internship in August of 2013 after my EAS from the Marines at Red Wolf Crossfit.


I lived in California for a time coaching at Red Wolf. I owe those at Red Wolf a lot, because they helped me deepen my passion for educating and helping others to improve and for me to find my own style of coaching.


I have since moved back to Nebraska to find myself here at Crossfit Elkhorn, and I haven’t regretted anything that’s brought me here. I’m proud to call this gym my home and the members and coaches my family. These people keep me humble and inspire me to become more and be better.