Coach MacLarin's Story
My fitness journey began young, growing up the daughter of a successful Water Fitness Professional. Being in this environment made me aware of the importance of being fit and healthy. I grew up playing all the typical kid sports, and found my groove in Ballet and Swimming.
My first quarter in college, I knew I wanted to be an accountant. Yeah, right. I got gentle discouragement from family with this idea, but continued on until I got a "C" in finite math... One day, Sarah, my co-worker, said, "Just do Exercise Science". Having always been fascinated with bones and muscles since 2nd grade, this interested me. She told me to take a couple classes just to test the waters, so I did. I never turned back. I graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science and a minor in Nutrition Science.
From there, I began training people at a gym/physical therapy office nearby that first exposed me to the idea of "functional fitness". I gained a lot of experience at that location, but most of all I met a guy named Taylor. //You mean... Devin, right?// No, Taylor Clark. A fellow trainer who was himself, working out at a CrossFit gym. He told me about how awesome it was and that he would soon be leaving to open his own box. //box means gym// I, of course, wanted to support him in this, so when Ellensburg CrossFit opened, I made Devin go with me to try it out. Once again, I never turned back.
Devin and I got married a year later and began dreaming about our “gym that we'd have someday”. For a year, this was just a dream of mine, but it was always real for Devin // I love that about him// The reality of this opportunity came to a head in September 2013, and we started saving. The last 5 years have been a crazy ride, and we really hope you ask us about it. It has been a testament to God's grace and provision and it's been so rad.
Now we're here!!! In beautiful little Dallas, OR to learn with you, suffer with you, and celebrate with you on all of our journeys towards health and fitness.
Devin in College-
Enter CrossFit!...and MacLarin-
Fun/Luvable/BEAST/ *fluffy personality intact
I played sports since I can remember, but excelled most in baseball and went on to play in college until an injury derailed that. Some friends told KyLee and me that we would really enjoy HCF. I was also at a weight and lifestyle I wan't happy with, wanted a change and HCF was that change!
I enjoy helping people. Coaching allows me to help athletes correct movements and push themselves further than they would by themselves.
Favorite Benchmark Workout: Grace
Fun Facts: I love competition, NASCAR, and my smoking hot wife!
I've played sports since the 5th grade. Volleyball and softball are what I stuck with through high school. Then after school I was off-and-on working out and weightlifting until I started at Harvest.
I was nervous to start CrossFit to be honest because of a back injury I've dealt with for about 3 years now, but I started to gain more weight and I didn't want to go back to a global gym routine. So I finally listened to our close friends, tried it out, and am so incredibly thankful!
I love teaching; as a nurse I do patient education every day. Coaching gives me the opportunity to help others learn about specific movements and fitness in general. The look of an athlete's face when they finally achieve a goal is absolutely amazing.
Favorite benchmark WOD: Diane or Fran or Annie!
Fun Facts: I work at Salem Hospital as a cardiac ICU nurse, night shift; to say I'm not a morning person is an understatement! I could watch videos of baby goats all day!
I’ve played sports my whole life. Soccer and softball have been the sports I’ve loved playing the most, but I did play basketball and ran on the track team as well. Soccer is the only sport I stuck with through high school. Since then, I’ve played indoor soccer here and there and have helped coach soccer at the high school and for Kids Inc.
How I got started with CrossFit: I had lots of friends that were doing it and raving about it. I was at a point in my life that I wanted to make a change, get my endurance and strength back so I made the leap and have never once looked back. Before CrossFit, I had tried regular gyms and at home workouts, never being able to stick with them. Best decision ever!
My favorite part of coaching is getting to interact with everyone and help them gain confidence in themselves. It’s an awesome feeling when someone is surprised by their own abilities when I only gave them encouragement or helped them learn a movement a little better.
My favorite benchmark is Grace. So fun!
Fun Facts: I have 4 crazy/wonderful kids and I love pizza!
"Jackie" is my favorite benchmark workout
i played Football in high school
I love to Thumb wrestle
I Coached tball/baseball
I am Always up for sports
I felt left out when melissa wanted to join
i LIke getting feedback about how i helped an athlete
I like long walks on the beach and muscle ups
My life has always been in some aspect, centered around athletics/fitness. My three sisters and I were all athletes, and our family spent a lot of time together at sporting events.
I was a skinny kid, so when I found weightlifting I was highly motivated to “get big.” Through a lot of hard work in the gym, I was able to attend Linfield College where I participated in both the football and basketball programs.
For years I trained in regular gyms and did what I could to mostly try to maintain and build muscle. Most of my workouts were simple bodybuilding/strength and power focused workouts. I Stayed athletic by playing in Men’s Basketball leagues and open gyms.
I was always looking for new ways to train and challenge myself. The old 5 sets of 5 on bench or squats and then 3x10 on auxiliary lifts was getting boring, and actually had been for years!! While doing some research for a project at work, I came across a video about CrossFit. They were demonstrating FRAN, and the woman in the video completed it in under 3:00!!! So.....I tried it(with 95lbs) and 10:00 later....I still hadn’t finished!! I knew I had discovered something super challenging that would motivate me. I did it on my own at my gym for a few months and dropped into A couple boxes in Salem a few times.
Then I came across another video about young couple that was opening a box in Dallas! I went to meet Devin and MaClarin Jones, and try a workout. I became a Member of Harvest CrossFit that day, and have been ever since:)
I want to coach at HCF because I want to help build upon the amazing culture that is Harvest CrossFit. It’s an opportunity to love people while also helping them become healthier, more fit people. I see coaching at HCF as an honor and privilege.
My favorite part about coaching is having the opportunity to get to know everyone more closely. It’s a joy to be to be around so many amazing people.
My favorite benchmark is Karen!!! I kinda have a crush on Nancy right now though.
I’m a Dumb and Dumber expert.
Faith, Family, Friends
As a kid I played a few different sports here and there, but my main sport was snowboarding. I came to Harvest for a few reasons. I had started CrossFit at another local box in Salem before Harvest was open. I had to quit for about a year for school, and that’s when I met Devin and MacLarin! Mac and I worked at Starbucks together, so when I decided it was time to come back to CrossFit, I knew Harvest was the place! I walked in wanting to get fit and healthy, and I stayed because of the community! I love helping people see their full potential, and feel good about themselves. Not just in a “I’m looking amazing” way, but also helping them feel strong and confident in themselves and what they can do! Oh! and my Favorite bench mark would have to be Grace
I have played various sports since I was very little. I finished by running cross country and wrestling in high school. Since High school I have done different things at home and at the gym. This wasn't easy to stick with and in 2016 I needed something to get me in better shape for work. Justin introduced me to Harvest CrossFit and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. My favorite part was working out with awesome people at Harvest. I wanted to coach at Harvest because I teach a number of different things at work, such as defensive tactics and use of force related topics, and helping people learn new skills and new things about themselves is very rewarding. My favorite benchmark workout is Grace. But really anything under 5 minutes or heavy is fun!
I have played sports my entire life, sticking primarily to softball and volleyball. I have always loved the
outdoors and spent a lot a time hiking all over Oregon. My favorite hike is a trail that leads to Elkhorn Falls on the Santiam River- bluest water you will ever see.
I tried the typical gym, you know the one, you walk in, get on a machine and attempt to do the correct movements, then really only do a few reps,
wander around the place, feel a little awkward, then just go home confused and unsatisfied (my
experience at least). I have always maintained an active lifestyle but nothing compared to what I was
about to start when I stepped into Harvest. What were these crazy functional movements that varied
each day, and who are these ridiculously nice, encouraging people (Devin and Mac)? And why did this make me feel so good? I was immediately hooked. It didn’t take long for me to look forward to each
day, and each day I did things I never thought I was able to do. I was getting stronger and making PR’s
beyond my own expectations. With all this came a desire to eat healthier and live better! My only regret
is that I didn’t start Crossfit sooner! My desire to coach is similar to that of a missionary, I want everyone see what I see and to feel as good as I feel, to encourage people to keep going and believe in
themselves. I am incredibly thankful for this Crossfit family and I want everyone to come play!
My favorite benchmarks are Annie and Cindy!