Hi, my name is Sal and I am the lead trainer at the Bainbridge Island CrossFit gym, CrossFit Outcome. My CrossFit journey began in 2008 when my friend, Darrick Baker and I discovered the CrossFit main site. We were looking for something short, sweet and intense because we had limited time and were just plain old bored of the regular gym routine. I have been hooked ever since.
Before finding CrossFit I sporadically hit the gym, ran and played some soccer and basketball. I was not a High School or College athlete. I was never able to stay with any of these activities on a consistent basis so I never was able to achieve the level of fitness I wanted. CrossFit was/is different for me. It is a physical and mental challenge that I haven’t been able to walk away from and also one that keeps me motivated.
After doing CrossFit on Bainbridge for a year and a half I decided to get my Level 1 CrossFit Certification in 2009.
I opened my own CrossFit gym on Bainbridge Island in late 2010. Opening the gym has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I work here 7 days a week and it is all worth it. Ask the members and they will tell you that I am 100% dedicated to our CrossFit gym and to the members who make it up. Since the day we opened, we have continually added new and better equipment, brought in programs that benefit our members and sought to improve the standard of fitness for everyone who walks through the door. Simply put, this gym and it’s members are my life.
CrossFit is not for everyone and that is something I have had to learn the hard way. I want so much for everyone to be able to get what I get out of CrossFit. It is as much a mental exercise as it is a physical one. The best part about it is that we are all in it together. We all know how it feels to work hard and feel like we have nothing left and we all support one another in our journey to make it through another day at the gym because we know it’s worth it.
CrossFit has changed my life and allowed me to achieve goals I did not know where possible. Over the last couple of years I have seen members lose weight, become stronger and more athletic but most of all, become healthier human beings in mind, body and spirit. Thank you for everything you have given me and I promise I will continue to give it back! I hope to see you at our gym!