CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Kids Certification
CrossFit Gymnastics Certification
I am 40 years old, graduated from Auburn University and have always loved sports and competition. In high school I played softball, basketball, ran cross country and track and field. I am a wife and mom of 3 kids, so I understand what it is like to juggle family, career and keeping fitness a priority.
Over the years I had tried various fitness endeavors, but nothing quite fit. I needed something different. Something that wasn’t boring, something that challenged me every single time I walked through the door.
When I found CrossFit, I was instantly hooked! I knew this was what I had been looking for!
CrossFit was life changing for me and I want the same experience for everyone that walks in our door. I am very passionate about helping members achieve their goals and do what they never thought possible. I’m an encourager. I want what you want for yourself and so much more!
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
My name is Chad Griggs and I’m a 33-year-old branch manager for Avadian Credit Union at the Colonnade location as well as a Level 1 Crossfit Trainer at CFA. I played baseball and football in high school and finished off my baseball career at Jefferson State Community College before attending the University of Alabama, where I graduated with a degree in business management and administration.
While attending UA, I continued to stay active by working out consistently and playing intramural activities like flag football and softball, which was much less stressful than college sports. Since graduating, I’ve been employed by Avadian Credit Union and continued to work out at the YMCA and play men’s softball.
I really enjoyed working out and playing softball, but both were losing their competitive nature, which I loved and desired. My regular work outs consisted of heavy body building type lifts with a very small amount of long-distance running and sprinting, so there wasn’t much intensity involved. A friend knew I needed something more and in turn, introduced me to CrossFit.
I felt alive and more motivated than ever because it wasn’t the same thing every week. There was always something to learn or improve. I worked out of my friend’s garage for six months before my friend moved on to CFA and left me alone. He tried to convince me that a gym was necessary to help you get better and keep you motivated, but of course, I thought I could do it on my own and I didn’t want to pay fees.
I was wrong and I’m so glad I changed my mind because it has not only improved my workouts, but it has also introduced me to my gym family at CFA. After months of training, I was offered a coaching position and did not hesitate to accept. I have now been there coaching for around two years and plan on staying as long as I can. God is number one in my life followed by my beautiful wife Sarah, family, and friends.
(The four Fs are what I try and live by Faith, Family, Friends and Fitness)