Daily Dose of Coach #399: A Competitor Story


Competitor didn't start as a gym; it began as a concept and then into a program.

I developed this program for my first gym. I wanted it to deliver, not just from a programming side, but from a grit side, all those things that live in a competitor.

A few years back, I was the director of the best gym I'd ever been a part of, Competitor Gym. The culture and concepts centered around what I had learned through the years and experience of training adults and athletes who wanted to get the best out of themselves.

One of the most difficult days of my life was walking away from that gym. It wasn't about walking away from a job, but the people, the relationships, knowing every day you have a place to go to make a difference in others lives.

I spent six months not knowing how I was going to continue to my career path. Sometimes questioning, should I make an exit from this industry and try something new, something safe, something that could provide more security for my family?

The answer came from an unlikely place: a CrossFit affiliated gym and motivated entrepreneurs, Marty and Elisabeth Priest.

Never in my life would I have thought I'd be in a place that had CrossFit going on. But I was allowed to revitalize what I had done and put it back to work within their gyms.

Marty and Elisabeth are competitors. They owned gyms, they succeeded, they failed, but through it all, had an unyielding positive attitude. It was contagious to me. They are leaders, and always in it for the right reasons.

Our partnership turned into Elite Wellness Performance and with the help of so many other people, has now become Competitor Performance Academy.

Competitor didn't start as a gym. It began as a concept and then into a program.

And now finally into Competitor Performance Academy.

This has been a 20-year run for me. I've succeeded. I've failed. I've won friends. I've lost friends. But, I've never given up on using fitness and performance help change the lives of others. Besides my children, it's my legacy.

It has been done in a few different locations, with different names, but the competitor in me and my desire to build it in others has never changed.

The Competitor story continues. Competitor Performance Academy will be the go-to for elite performance in Orlando.

Thank you for all those who have believed and continue to believe in me. And if you get a chance, come by and check us out!