I started CrossFit in April of 2007. Before CrossFit my lifestyle was about looking fit, not being fit. From the moment I found CrossFit, that all changed. Coming from a wrestling background, I loved pushing my body to the limit, but I never fully understood the correlation between exercise and intensity, which was one of the reasons I was attracted to the Crossfit workouts. The similarity between the awful yet amazing feeling of a wrestling match and a CrossFit workout of the day (WOD) exceeded my expectations.
After persuading my best friend and current business partner, Logan, to “drink the juice” (which was no easy task) both of us knew this was the path we were meant to take. Having followed the CrossFit methodology for about a year we flew out to California to obtain our Level 1 certifications. We were so hooked that two months later we went back for our second Level 1 certification. I started coaching at a typical big-box fitness franchise that offered CrossFit classes. A little over a year later I branched out and accepted a coaching position with CrossFit “The Rock.” Another year went by and soon Logan and I were talking seriously about the big dream of opening our own gym. The extraordinary feeling of changing people’s lives had to be something I did more than a few hours a week. Now it’s been over 3 years since I’ve owned CrossFit 516 and the community and energy has exceeded my expectations.
Being a coach holds a special place in my heart. To watch a person first speak about what they cannot do and then witness them transform into someone who thrives on exceeding their limits and achieving their goals is magical. Every single person that comes to 516 reminds me of why I love what I do. I literally couldn’t put into words how I feel about 516; this place is more than just a gym or a “Box,” it’s a movement. Fitness, CrossFit, working out – those aren’t the reasons I wanted to open a gym. I wanted to create a place where people feel comfortable in their own skin, while also confident in the exercise program they are provided.