The ability to compete in whatever I do is what keeps me going everyday. Whether it is playing in local sports leagues or even in a game of Yahtzee, I love to compete. CrossFit is called, “The Sport of Fitness”, and I have yet to find anything come remotely close to the atmosphere it creates. I played basketball and football through high school and College until I joined the Marine Corps in 2003. It was in the Marine Corps that I discovered CrossFit and was able to learn a lot of what I know through Brandon and Bobbi Millsaps who have been with CrossFit since the beginning. Through multiple deployments, CrossFit was the foundation for my own, as well as my Marines’, fitness. It was during that time that I realized how much I enjoyed seeing the results it consistently was able to produce. Once I received my CrossFit Certification, my goal became to create a facility within my community where like-minded individuals can come together to work towards a common goal of living a healthier and more active lifestyle.
As a younger athlete, I didn’t have the opportunity to develop my physical/mental fitness through CrossFit, and my desire is to provide today’s athletes with this incredible fitness methodology. Whether you are a middle school or collegiate level athlete or a mom/dad in their late 50s or 60s, and everyone in between, you will see remarkable results from CrossFit, not just in the gym, but in your everyday life. If you are serious about improving your health and fitness and are willling to work hard and be held accountable to your goals, then CrossFit Vitality is the answer and I will get you where you need to be. Be advised, I do not hold hands and tell my clients what they “want” to hear. You will pay good money for this training and I will ensure you get what you have paid for.
My Rule: Don’t Bring Your Ego into the Gym!
CrossFit Level 1 Certification
CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certified
CrossFit Movement and Mobility Certified
CrossFit Football Certified
CrossFit Kettlebell Certified
CrossFit Gymnastics Certified
2nd Place, The "Ten" 2010
1st Place Carolina Fitness Challenge, 2010
9th Place 2011 Mid-Atlantic Regionals
1st Place "Battle of the Border" 2011
4th Place Mid-Atlantic Regionals 2012
3rd Place Outlaw Open, Nov 2012
Owner CrossFit Vitality
My passion has always been physical fitness. I got involved in sports through swimming and have been training ever since. Prior to CrossFit, I spent a lot of time running and training for local races. I was skeptical of CrossFit at first with my background being mainly aerobic endurance training, but I instantly became a believer when I saw my run times drop without doing anything other than CrossFit. I enjoy working with younger populations to provide a foundation of fitness that will enable individuals to live long, healthy lives. I also enjoy working with adult populations to help them rediscover their fitness potential. Steve and I have a two year old daughter, Reagan (who is already in the process of learning the CrossFit nine fundamental movements), so I can empathize with busy moms who often do not have the time to put themselves and their fitness first.
I strongly believe that everyone has the desire to be fit and healthy and the will to get there. These qualities paired with the skilled trainers and supportive environment at CrossFit Vitality will allow anyone to transform their fitness and their life.
* CrossFit Level 1 Certified
* CrossFit Kids Certified
* CrossFit Endurance Certified
* CrossFit Gymnastics Certified
* CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certified
* CrossFit Movement and Mobility Certification
* Coaches’ Prep Course
* AFAA Group Fitness Instructor
* Les Mills Certified Instructor
* B.S. Exercise Science
* M.A. in Health Promotion/Health Education
Coach/New Member Coordinator
Josh spent 10 years in the newspaper industry before moving into fitness and specifically CrossFit in 2011. After graduating from Coastal Carolina University in 2006, he had stints as a sports and news reporter with The (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) Sun News and The (Columbia, S.C.) State. He earned his CrossFit Level I Coaching Certification and began coaching at CrossFit Vitality in August 2011 and currently directs the gym’s new member program. He also serves as a coach and personal trainer, and is the Director of Business Development for Affiliate Solutions, a CrossFit tax and financial firm.
Josh played football at Coastal Carolina, helping the Chanticleers grow from a startup program in 2003 to one of 16 Football Championship Subdivision playoff programs in 2006. The Chanticleers won three Big South Conference Championships during his career. A two-time ESPN Division I Academic All-American, he was the 2006 Big South Scholar Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year and remains the school's all-time leading scorer. Josh, a native of Statesville, N.C., resides in Huntersville.
Being active and physically fit has been a cornerstone in my life. I began dancing as a child and continued through my college years. In 1998, I embarked on a career in health and fitness and I’ve seen numerous trends, methodologies, fads, and fitness gadgets over the years. When a friend suggested CrossFit, I was eager to try something new, but wondered if it was going to live up to all its hype. It did and then some. WOW! CrossFit yields results – incredible results! Your body and mind are always challenged. I love that CrossFit encompasses a variety of skills and exercises and anyone and everyone can do it. It’s not easy, but like most difficult things in life, it’s worth it. CrossFit changed the way I viewed myself and my potential and this change in perception has been quite empowering.
As a mother of two young boys, I try to set a good example and instill in them the value of being healthy and fit. I encourage them as they attempt and succeed at new things and I watch their self confidence and esteem grow. As a coach, I want to help build that confidence in each Vitality member so they are willing to try something different, to work towards goals, and to make positive lifestyles changes. It’s never too early or too late in life to take your health seriously. CrossFit can honestly transform your life – how you look at it, how you live it, and how you love it!
CrossFit Level 1 Certification
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
YogaFit Certified Trainer
10th Place, Carolina Fitness Challenge 2010
Fitness has always been a passion of mine. It has peaked my interest since the early years in my life. Starting at the age of twelve, I began resistance training and sports. Experiencing the benefits from the strength and conditioning program only fueled my journey. The years 2000 through 2002, I trained vigorously at a small but nationally recognized powerlifting facility. There I learned technique and commitment from world ranked peers. After completing my two years of training, my journey continued to college football in 2002 and then to a 2007 World Championship Firefighter Combat Challenge in Las Vegas. Soon after, I met my friend and foe, Crossfit. My first workout was one of the most difficult, but rewarding single events that I had experienced. It was not a single facet of fitness, but one of many. My interest had peaked and I found my next step in life. Continuing my journey I attended a Crossfit Gymnastics Course, Crossfit Level One Course and a Ace Certified Course. My journey continues as Crossfit Vitality is where I have found my home. My philosophy is simple. You always get out what you put in!
Having been raised by a very active single mom, I had no other choice than to be physically active myself. I was born with the energy level of a cheetah and the attention span of a squirrel. Rather than jump on the bandwagon and feed me medicine, my mother introduced me to sports. She had me constantly on the go and I am forever thankful. I started off in gymnastics, and then moved into competitive soccer, as well as competing as an equestrian hunter jumper.
Welcome to CrossFit Vitality. And get ready for an awesome ride! Before you know it, you won’t be able to get enough of it. It will be hard work, but that’s what you will love about it. It will intimidate you at times, but that’s what will make you conquer your next goal. It will have you doing things you never thought possible. It will quite simply, inspire you. It did for me. That’s why I coach, and why I call CrossFit Vitality my family.
My story before CrossFit is pretty standard. I played team sports. I left lots of skin on the court and loved the adrenaline rush of competition. Then I hit the fast-track job scene, which meant long stressful work days, bad eating habits, not enough sleep, and sporadic exercise. Not surprising, it all caught up with me several years ago. I got back to fitness at a globo gym, but quickly got bored. A friend insisted that CrossFit was perfect for me. It was love at first WOD. Everything I loved about my past sports experiences, and it fit into a real world schedule. Looking back the funny part is how I used to worry about fitting a healthy lifestyle into my schedule. Now the healthy lifestyle comes first and everything else fits around it.
When you’re at the box, come say hey. I’d love to help however I can. You will certainly recognize, or I should say hear me. I really only have one volume – loud. Some say it’s from too many years in stadiums full of screaming fans. But really, it’s because I love coaching CrossFit. Whether it’s coaching a member through more pull-ups than the week before, or helping a member adjust their technique, or encouraging a member through that last round. I get excited, and energized, and yes prety loud. Welcome to the fun!
CrossFit Level 1 Certification
CrossFit Goal Setting Certificate
USA Weighlifting Coach Certificate
Crossfit Level 1 Certification
Crossfit Kettlebell Certification
Crossfit Olympic Lifting Certification
Glenn Pendlay Olympic Weightlifting Seminar
CrossFit Kids Certification
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