As an athlete and weight lifter from a young age, I’ve played a wide range of sports and have had a competitive spirit my entire life. Looking for something that could feed my competitive mindset and need for workouts that push me out of my comfort zone, I stumbled upon CrossFit 5 years ago. I became hooked almost instantly.
Since then I’ve become a certified trainer, competed in local and national competitions and coached for the last 5 years in various capacities. Fitness is a huge passion of mine and I absolutely love seeing people who thought they’d “never lose the weight”, “never be able to lift that much weight” or ” never be able to make it through the workout” do just that.
The challenge of CrossFit is most appealing to me not because of the physical aspect, but because of the mental one. I’ve learned that my mind can be the most limiting factor in not only my workouts but in other aspects of my life. Through CrossFit, I’ve realized not only how, but how much more I’m capable of physically, professionally, intellectually and emotionally.
Opening CrossFit Kaiju is a culmination of my experience and passion. I hope that you come to love it as much as I do and see it as a truly life changing experience.
Outside of CrossFit, I love to travel and spend time with friends and family. Everyday is a challenge and that’s what keeps me alive!
As a former All-American baseball player for Wingate University the competitive spirit never left after my career ended. Baseball, much like fitness, has always been a big part of my life, whether I was training for an upcoming season or keeping in shape throughout the season. When I joined CrossFit the first time, I immediately wanted more. The sense of community and spirit of competition is what really drove me. CrossFit was able to fill the void of activity, competition and social atmosphere that I loved in my college career.
The best part about CrossFit is it can give any person of any age, gender or shape the ability to push and challenge themselves beyond what they thought they were capable of achieving.
I’m originally from Maryland, and moved to NC to attend Mars Hill University, where I played collegiate Softball. After my career ended at Mars Hill, I was looking for something competitive that could keep my attention. I met Steve at a local event and he convinced me to come try a “WOD”. I came in the next day and was immediately hooked! I couldn’t get enough! I was drawn to the sense of community, and that is what really drove me into coaching. I loved being able to workout and help others reach their fitness goals.
In CrossFit, you’re constantly being pushed to your limits, which is thrilling when you succeed, and humbling when you don’t. The push to be better and do more is at the heart of CrossFit and I was really drawn to that.
Growing up in an athletic family allowed me to get involved in sports early on in life. I started competing in gymnastics at the age of 6 and “retired” 10 years later due to injuries. I picked up competitive diving right away to fuel my athletic and competitive drive. I was a member of the Women’s Diving team at Clemson University for 4 years and recently picked up CrossFit after I graduated in May. I got lucky enough to do Murph as one of my first WODS, and I was hooked after that.
I love that CrossFit pushes your mental strength just as much as your physical strength. Being able to push yourself past the point that you thought was your limit is an indescribable feeling. Having a community of CrossFitters behind you helping you along the way makes it that much better.
I grew up in Long Island, NY and later lived and went to college on Oahu, Hawaii. However, I’ve now lived here in Charlotte for the past four years… Before you ask, I left HI and moved here for my wife :).
Unknowingly, I’ve been searching for CrossFit ever since my soccer endeavors I was a part of at a younger age ended. I had done the gym thing but that only lasted for 4 – 8 months at a time, then boredom set in. Having been a surfer my whole life, I’ve always loved the fact that I was healthy and in shape from something that didn’t even feel like hard work. Since it was pretty tough to continue surfing once I moved to Charlotte, I struggled to find something active and made me motivated to do it each day. I was searching for something that would build speed, strength, power, and endurance all at the same time, and that was actually fun. I stumbled upon CrossFit and was instantly hooked.
It sounds cliché, but it has been life changing for me. I eat better, sleep better, have more energy, and best of all, the workouts are fun. I’m always excited for the next workout and am usually looking up the next day’s WOD before I even get home. I am a huge advocate and hope you’ll come join us for a WOD.
As a kid I always played sports. Mostly team sports, especially football. After high school, I joined the Navy. Unlike most people, I loved basic training and found I excelled at a lot of the physical tasks and really enjoyed the comradery of working with and encouraging others. While in the Navy, I started weight training on a regular basis
After leaving the Navy, like most people I got a job, got married and started a family. During this time, I played some recreational sports like softball or flag football but was not at my previous activity level and started to put on a few pounds. About 10 years ago, I committed to getting back in shape and started working out at a traditional gym. I studied every workout magazine or book about weightlifting that I could get my hands on. I lifted a lot of weight and thought 30 minutes on the elliptical was all that I needed. I thought I was in great shape.
My wife of 16 years had been going to Crossfit and wanted me to give it a try. I did not want to. I was not into group fitness. Finally, I gave in and went with her. I was not expecting much and thought I would destroy the workout. My first workout was Cindy for 16 minutes. It was just pull ups, pushups and air squats. 16 minutes, that’s all. I completed the WOD and proceeded to lie on the floor for about half an hour. I had never got a workout like that in such a short time. I was hooked. I gave up my gym membership a week later and have been Crossfitting ever since. I am now 15 lbs lighter and am stronger than I ever was.
My wife and I have been doing Crossfit now for a little over 2 years and love it. Crossfit has changed our lives. For me it is the perfect combination of weightlifting, running and other exercises with the added fun of competition and comradery of good friends. I have always enjoyed helping others and with my knowledge of exercise and body mechanics, I found myself helping out at the gym. I love helping or pushing someone to that place they never thought they could go whether it’s an air squat or 400 lb. back squat. I believe in Crossfit and want every person that I coach to love it as much as I do.
Sports and competition have always been a large part of my life. Whether it was racing from the bus stop against friends to competing in collegiate sports, I have always had a drive and passion to compete.
After playing football and lacrosse during high school and lacrosse collegiately at Wingate University, I knew I had to fill the fire that sports left. Finding crossfit was the best thing for me. I started off training by myself for months following main site programming. I was always able to see other people post their times or weights online and I would compare myself to that. I came to a “box” one time and was immediately hooked. I knew it was something I would love and love to be a part of. The passion and family-like environment you get in a box goes without comparison. It turns working out into something you look forward to and not something you “have” to do.
Whether you have never worked out a day in your life or have competed athletically at the highest level, crossfit allows you to push yourself to places you never thought possible before.
I got introduced to CrossFit from a friend my freshman year of college and was instantly hooked. The community, competition, and push to physically better yourself had me sold from day 1. Growing up I played mostly hockey and soccer, and later began coaching high school soccer in college. I feel like CrossFit gave me the drive and satisfaction I once had while playing organized sports.
I ended up going to school to become an RN and minored in nutrition. I quickly realized how important adequate nutrition is while you’re training, and how individualizing nutrition for each athlete is the key to success. There’s never 1 diet for everyone, and what works for one person, might not work for another. I love having the opportunity to educate and create unique nutrition schedules for such a wide range of athletes.
I truly enjoy waking up every morning and working at a pediatric hospital as an RN, however one of my greatest passions is being able to teach a stay at home mom how to squat, or teach an athlete with who’s always suffered with lower back issues how to properly dead lift.
My favorite part about CrossFit that people often forget is “it’s just you against you.” You constantly push yourself both physically and mentally to get through workouts even when you want to quit, and that mindset carries over into your job, relationships, and all areas of your life.
Tyler has been a crossfitter for two years. He graduated from Lee University with a major in psychology.
Tyler started TruGuard Construction Group, then moved to Blackstone Financial Group to be a Resource Manager for them. He eventually returned to TruGuard to be a renovation specialist. He is an avid hiker/backpacker, husband, father, and is often found doing humanitarian work on the mission field.
Throughout high school, I was very athletic and played pretty much every sport except football and tennis. After leaving high school, I decided to play Collegiate baseball for a year at Methodist University before transferring to Campbell University for the remainder of my years.
Upon entering Campbell, I was beginning to take a strong interest for fitness and was continuing to learn more about Strength & Conditioning. My second year at Campbell University, I decided to push my athleticism even further by becoming a Division 1 Cheerleader. Still to this day, I tell people that Cheerleading is by far the hardest sport I have done and is not for the faint of heart. Cheerleading essentially shaped my life for the next five years. In which led me to earning my Masters Degree at Liberty University where I cheered as well for two years.
Knowing that I was a cheerleader, I had to be sure that I was not only aesthetic and strong, but also athletic, flexible, and powerful. I began to search for summer training programs when I came hope for summer that year and came about Crossfit. I did not think much of it and was never big on Group fitness. However, I then saw the 2014 Crossfit Games. Seeing these massive dudes that were aesthetic, powerful, and could still swim and run with efficiency blew my mind. The next day I got up and went with one of my friends to his box. My first workout was a 6:00 minute AMRAP of 10 Wallball’s (20#), 10 KB Swings (53#), and a 50m sprint. I ended up completing the workout, however, I laid on the floor for 10 minutes asking myself “what just happened?!”.
Instantly I was hooked and began basing all of my programming around Crossfit. The fact that I could program weightlifting, powerlifting, bodybuilding, and endurance in a workout is what grasped my attention. Knowing that I can change an athletes body composition while improving their performance is what really fires my passion up for this sport!
I’ve been living in Charlotte for over ten years now. I grew up in Ohio where most people were inactive and working out was considered vain. When I moved to Charlotte I fell in love with boot camps and that inspired me to get my personal training certification through NASM. After personal training for about 5 years I found Crossfit through a friend of mine who was opening a gym. I’d always wanted to do Crossfit but struggled with tendonitis badly in my knees. My friend encouraged me that he and Crossfit would help with my knee issues. I was in. I’ve now been doing Crossfit for going on 7 years and been coaching for 5+ years.
After my first year of Crossfit I really gravitated towards Olympic lifting. While never giving up Crossfit fully, I traveled and sought out well known coaches in the Olympic lifting community to learn from. I had the pleasure of working with Olympian Donny Shankel and Jon North as well as Travis Mash and the Outlaw gang.
My favorite part about Crossfit is that it never gets old. Even after 7 years I still love it and always look forward to going to the gym everyday.
Born and raised right here in Charlotte, I graduated from NC State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication-Media and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.
As a former member of the NC State Dance Team from 2009-2011, I initially began CrossFit as a way to “stay in shape” during our off season. Little did I know how greatly I would fall in love with this thing called “CrossFit” after the first time I stepped into a box. I was drawn to the family feel and sense of community that CrossFit provided. Growing up as a competitive dancer, I could relate to CrossFit. I initially loved it because the competitive aspect was still there but in a different way. No two days are alike and each day is just as challenging as the day before.
I find joy in coaching because I love helping people realize that this sport is for everybody, there is something here for everyone. I love being a part of someone stepping onto a 20″ box for the first time or getting their first unassisted pull-up. CrossFit is more than fitness, it’s living a healthy lifestyle.