CrossFit Headquarters trainer Nadia Shatila has been on a crash course with CrossFit. While her work in non-profits was rewarding, she always found she was missing something, and her athletic background, love of group dynamics and passion for community were perfect for the CrossFit training environment.
“I always thought I wanted the corner office and a power suit, but most of my time was spent online browsing CrossFit,” she says.
The first opportunity to make a living doing what she really loved came in the form of training at a local big-box gym. In early 2009 she had formed a solid crew of CrossFitters at the big box, and by September they were kicked out. Apparently management didn’t have a sense of humor about a pile of flimsy “fitness bars” that had bent after being stacked unforgivingly with weight.
The pressure was on: Shatila’s clients needed somewhere to go, so Nadia opened CrossFit Belltown and brought the vibe of old-school training to a modern city.
“I knew there were certain things that I wanted, and it all sort of fell together after that,” she recalls.
Additional reading: How to Succeed as a CrossFit Affiliate by Jeremy Thiel, published Jan. 1, 2010.