CrossFit Jax was once an “underground, dirty garage gym,” explains co-owner Meghan Russell. Today, it’s a 5,500-square-foot affiliate with barbells and bumper plates to spare.
The Atlantic Beach, Fla., gym affiliated in December 2007. Today, both Russell and her husband, Chris, are Level 2 trainers. Chris is a member of CrossFit’s Seminar Staff.
Still known as “The Hot Box” from its former days, CrossFit Jax is now in a space that used to be home to a pool hall with an upstairs VIP lounge. That lounge is now the coaches’ office. For nearly two years, Meghan has been mostly running the box by herself while her husband serves time in the Navy in Virginia Beach.
“We just decided that the experience we had had up until that point through CF Jax had been way too impactful to walk away from,” Russell explains. “But when I think about what my life would be like without CF Jax and without all of these avenues and opportunities to effect and change other people’s lives, I don’t really know if I could handle not having that in my life.”
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Additional reading: My Tribe by Jeremy Striffler, published Feb. 16, 2012.