Seth Spencer Page is owner and co-founder of Misfit Athletics, a competitive and affiliate programming and coaching for CrossFit Athletes — “The most well rounded programming for competitive athletes”.
MisFit Athletics began as five guys from the great city of Portland, Maine, who ended up at the same place, coming from very different paths, which is exactly how they were able to come together to create the program, coaching, media, apparel, and camps that exist today.
Seth began his fitness journey in college, by working out with friends and trying to become a personal trainer at a more traditional “globo-gym.” He then became disinterested in that pursuit, switched careers choices, and became a Law Enforcement Officer in his early 20’s.
In 2008, he was introduced to CrossFit for the first time at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, and from the moment he completed his first workout, he knew he had found what he was previously looking for.
Today, Seth spends most of his time writing all the conditioning and skill work for Misfit Athletics programs, and works daily with well over a dozen high level athletes, and in communication with dozens more. When he’s not at home at his Portland affiliate CrossFit MF, he’s on the road coaching training camps at different affiliates around the world, or at a competition helping steer members of our squad to victory.
– Jeff and Mycal
Coaching top-level athletes
With 50 athletes across the region representing the Misfits brand, Seth is extremely humble and talks about the importance of recognizing that athletes do all the work and deserves the Credit.
Seth talks about how his career in law enforcement lead him to CrossFit and how he learned to manipulate training methodologies and start programming. Without any sort of science degree, Seth learned the science of athletics through his passion for the sport and exposing himself to it constantly.
Seth and the crew take the conversation to the specifics of programming, mentioning how often times athletes are not only overworked, but under recovered at the same time. He explains how athletes should be taking advantage of their strengths based on their physical build and capitalizing on their genetic gifts.
Seth also explains how he deals with his athletes emotions and how he strives to support them when it comes time to compete. He draws the connections between his reputation for coaching athletes at the highest level to working with everyday athletes at his gym. He explains how his brand of intensity has affected his reputation and had an impact on his ability to get everyday athletes in the door.
“We will never take credit for what an athlete does. They put in the work. ” — Seth Page
- Identify strengths — When it comes to finding where an athlete will excel, and where they need to develop, coaches need to pay attention to body mechanics. A taller athlete with longer femurs will be a poor squatter, but will be a great puller. A shorter athlete with a similar length in the tibia and femur, should be a tremendous squatter. You can spend more times on the areas the athlete needs to improve.
- Writing programs — When athletes write programs, they have various biases about what they like and how their body responds. Seth has an advantage because he programs based on the athlete he is working with, not as an athlete himself.
- A critical piece in training high level athletes is getting the athlete to a level of confidence that they can perform without the coach — Athletes should know that they have put in all the time and have suffered enough, that when they are on the stage, they will perform. If they can’t perform, they did not prepare properly.
- Misfits Training Camp — Two and half days that cover specific movements that are staples in the sport. The movements are broken down to help athletes understand how to use them under load, or for endurance. They focus on everything from a heavy snatch to gymnastics movements.
- Feed and Fuel — Seth wakes up early and takes a CrossFit class with his members everyday. It allows him to start his day off with energy and connect with his community, especially the interacting with the people that he works with.
“ As a coach, I want to be not needed.” — Seth Page