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Michael Towne

The Management.

I discovered CrossFit in 2007 while preparing for Marine Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS).  The new regimen took me far beyond my initial goal of making it through OCS in one piece, and served as my introduction to the broad world of performance-based fitness. Most importantly, I rediscovered the joys of competition, community, and camaraderie  found in group athletics—something I thought I would never experience again after collegiate soccer. I had my first experience coaching at Outlaw CrossFit in Alexandria, Virginia, in 2009.  While stationed in San Diego for the past two years,  I implemented functional training programs for my Marines and saw significant improvement in their physical fitness.

I believe this back-to-basics approach to fitness is revolutionary; eschewing fancy machines and repetitive cardio routines for intense, dynamic combinations of moving one’s own weight (push ups, pull ups, sprinting, etc.) as well as heavy objects (kettlebell swings, deadlifts, sand bag carries, etc) through time and space  is both elegant, effective, and most readily transferable to everyday life.

Having witnessed the impressive results garnered for myself and those I train and how much fun it can be, I knew I wanted to dedicate my time and energy to providing quality resources for people to remain active throughout their life and enjoy getting strong, fast, and fit. Combined with my wife Becky’s passion  for cooking and skill at preparing healthy meals (seriously, three meals a day… it is heaven) from locally-sourced fresh vegetables and meats, I knew we were on to something fun and positive worth sharing.

Education:
NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
USAW Level 1 Sport Performance Coach
CrossFit Movement and Mobility Trainer Course
CrossFit Coach’s Prep Course
CrossFit Endurance Trainer Course
B.S. in Anthropology, Appalachian State University


Becky Tippett

Growing up, I was a dedicated long-distance athlete, competing in swimming, track, and cross-country. I gave up swimming to focus on cross country in high school and was devastated when a knee injury sidelined me from running. In the following years I tried to stay active, dabbling in yoga, spinning, and aerobics, but found it difficult to stay motivated at the gym. When I started dating my husband, Michael, I struggled to keep up on short bike rides and hikes. I wanted to share an active lifestyle with him and realized something needed to change; when he mentioned a program called CrossFit, I decided it was time to try something new, even if I was a little intimidated at first.

I joined my local CrossFit gym in Durham, NC, in the summer of 2008 and was immediately hooked.  Going to the gym was fun and challenging: I discovered that I loved lifting heavy barbells and kettlebells, and the group environment helped me push myself harder than I would have on my own.  I quickly became stronger and faster than I had ever been before, even as a teenage athlete!

As the coach of a boot camp since 2010, I have also seen how much fun others can have with functional fitness. I believe everyone can benefit from a demanding and exciting exercise program within a supportive group and I am excited to help clients meet and exceed their goals.

Outside of the gym, I believe that lifelong health and fitness start in the kitchen. I love the abundance of local food in Charlottesville and regularly testing new recipes. Keep an eye on Solidarity Eats for tasty things to try!

Education:
CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
CrossFit Movement and Mobility Trainer Course
B.A. in Sociology and Political Science, Ohio State University
M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology, Duke University


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