Top Notch Podcast > Episode 3 – The story of how CrossFit Regeneration came to be.
Sponsored by: Whetstone Barbell Club
John and Charlie talk about the type of CrossFit at CrossFit Regeneration, how Charlie started the gym and how it has grown.
Charlie’s Ironman Experience
- Nasty rumor about Charlie back in the day: he hated fitness (after doing the Ironman).
- Charlie signed up for the Ironman on a whim.
- Spent a year training to go forward slowly without stopping.
- He was relieved it was over and done with.
- His personal training clients noticed he was beat down.
Charlie finds CrossFit (but didn’t know it was CrossFit)
- A friend noticed he was down and told him about Brass Ring Fitness (www.brassringfitness.com).
- First weekly workout was a 400 meter lunge. He thought it was a joke, until actually doing it.
- As a personal trainer, he was told to stay away from CrossFit because only the crazy people did it.
- Got a small group of friends together in a buddy’s garage and trained them for free using the Brass Ring program.
- The Chief workout (www.crossfit.com/mt-archive2/004152.html).
- Realized he had turned into one of those crazy CrossFit people and began researching the CrossFit Journal (journal.crossfit.com).
- Nasty Girls CrossFit video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0nPnElcqgU)
- They were filling up the garage and Charlie started looking for a new place.
Charlie opens a CrossFit gym
- He had zero dollars and a lot of dreams but decided to open a gym.
- Gym lived off Ruckriegal Parkway for 3 years. Opened the new gym off Plantside Drive this year.
How did they choose the name “Regeneration”?
- “The Kingdom” was what they decided on, but the name was already taken by another CrossFit gym.
- Then the word “regeneration” came up.
- From the Bible, regeneration is when God comes back to make the world better than it was when it started.
- People would come in and not be able to do a pull-up, but now they can. They went through a regeneration.
What does the CrossFit Regeneration logo mean?
- First logo was an angry bear with wings. Loved it, but it didn’t describe us as a culture.
- The new logo signifies something new, rising up and becoming stronger, better and healthier than before.
- Logo feels like an upward trajectory which should mirror the path athletes have in the gym.
The old gym vs. the new gym
- Don’t complain about the AC. 😉
- It was our home and we loved it, but it was dirty and was like a giant garage.
- The gym went through a regeneration of its own.
Murals on the walls
- Challenge now is to make the new gym our home.
- Stephen Block has added so amazing murals to the gym walls.
- “Fitness in 100 words” (crossfit.com/cf-info/start-how.html) mural is on the wall to keep them motivated, inspired and educated even when they’re outside of the gym.
The CrossFit Regeneration elevator speech (why is CrossFit special here?)
- You can do CrossFit anywhere but people choose to be at Regeneration.
- We have incredible coaches and good systems in place in the new gym.
- This is a very special place where people can be encouraged, educated, motivated and get it great shape with their future best friends.
- Being around other people in the gym community helps draw out the best in ourselves.
- We have spectacular folks who frequent this gym.
- If you have pictures or a story of your own personal regeneration we’d love to hear about it.
- Contact us via Twitter (twitter.com/topnotchpodcast) or via the CrossFit Regeneration Facebook group page.