Chelsea Greenwood started doing CrossFit to cope with the death of her father who succumbed to colon cancer in 2014.
“Within a year I loved it so much I became a coach,” Greenwood said. “I started this (CrossFit) as a stay-at-home mom with zero coordination.”
A Hampton native, Greenwood previously worked at CrossFit Stimulus in Hampton, for four years, then CrossFit HUI in Newport News for six months before establishing her own gym, CrossFit Buckroe Beach, which opened Mar. 1.
“I think that community is starving for something positive,” she said, adding she got a least 30 new members to join before classes even started.
The 2,100-square-foot space was originally a corner store next to Coaster’s Grill located approximately 400 meters from the beach The business features indoor fitness classes for any skill level such as CrossFit and yoga, and a free monthly class for first responders taught by Joe Jansson, a Hampton Police officer.
In the summer, she plans to use their square lot adjacent to the building for outdoor classes so her clients get a view of the beach.
Other future plans include a CrossFit for kids in May and a kids area with bean bag chairs so parents can keep an eye on their children while working out.
“I got into this industry because I wanted to change peoples lives,” said Greenwood. “I want to teach other families to teach a healthy lifestyle with their kids.”
CrossFit Buckroe Beach, 213 Buckroe Ave. is open 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. most days.