Roop Sihota

What year did you start CrossFitting?


Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

Fitness – I grew up as always the skinny, sick, weak kid. At a certain point I just got fed up with always being thought of as fragile. I started working out some in high school, but it was in college where I really found my passion. Within a couple months of college, I began to geek out about being in the gym. I don’t think I have gone more than a few days since then without finding some way to workout, even when traveling the world. I really got tired of the solo act when working out in a globo gym where everyone seems to isolate themselves, put on their headphones and have no desire to interact with anyone. I found CrossFit back in 2008 and fell in love instantaneously. The community is what sold me more than anything, specifically the community at San Francisco CrosSFit.

Why did you become a trainer?

“The passion to help people live healthier and happier lives has always been there. Combined with my unfaltering positive attitude, an infinite amount of energy and an infectious personality, coaching was inevitable for me. My genuine care about individual needs is apparent in my specifically tailored training programs as he goes beyond the confinements of the gym/weight room and reaches out to better each person in all aspects of life, from the physical, to the nutritional, mental and emotional.

If the community sold me on CrossFit, it was the coaching standard that sold me on San Francisco CrossFit. Every time I travel and experience coaching standards at other gyms or watch people move, I realize how spoiled I am to have learned how to be a coach at San Francisco CrossFit.

I received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California. My focus is to use manual therapy in conjunction with dynamic strength training to get athletes on to the path of elite level performance. Through my knowledge of how the body bio-mechanically functions, I am able to use movement as a diagnostic tool to limit the risk of a sports related injury even before the first signs of pain or discomfort. My clients have included both chronic and acute pain sufferers, those suffering from traumatic debilitating injuries, in addition to high level athletes. My clients have seen remarkable reduction in pain as well as improvement in overall performance in a matter of a few sessions. My belief that pain should not limit your ability to do anything you want to do and his motivational tactics has helped many athletes reach goals they never thought were possible.”

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

The rest stations? I love anything upside down or on the rings

What is your favorite cheat food?

Milk Shakes!

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Superman – this can go on for days! There is something about the individual that feels that they just don’t fit in but has the heart of gold and has the desire to do nothing but help mankind.