Grant VDB

Grant’s CrossFit story….

I grew up in Bedford, New Hampshire and am as loyal a Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics fan as they come. I started swimming competitively around age 8, and swim at Union College in upstate NY, captaining the team my senior year. After college I took a sales job with The Hartford Insurance company in their Chicago regional office. There, I spent many years learning exactly how not to be physically fit (read: deep dish pizza and drive thru’s). After gaining 50 pounds, a friend took pity on me and had me join Crossfit. From there, I’ve been hooked for the last 6 years (and managed to get my wife, Molly, hooked too).

My first year I was stuck at a 125# clean, couldn’t get it to save my life. We had a WOD with 135# cleans, so I was setting my bar to scale to 125#. The coach came over and told me that he thought I was strong enough to get it and had me set my bar to 135#. The coach’s confidence, coupled with the fact that I couldn’t overthink the lift (because of the metcon) allowed me to get through my first Rx wod.  Not only did I clean the 135# but I cleaned it 10x in the WOD.  I don’t think anyone forgets their first muscle up. I had worked for 3 weeks to jump and hang to get the movement down. Sure enough, I got my first MU after tons of practice…I kept saying “Bring on Rich Froning” all afternoon.  Getting a rope climb (when I couldn’t do one in grade school) was also a great accomplishment.


What’s In The Box – September 2023

Happy “Second Summer” gang, here is what you need to know for the rest of this month around the gym! Barbell Cycling continues through September.

What’s In The Box – August 2023

I’m not gonna say, Happy end of Summer, because we’ve got plenty left to go! Lots to announce here, so lets dig in! New Strength

Member of The Month July – Nick A

Congratulations to Nick, our July 2023 Member of the Month Don’t miss out on Nick’s custom workout next Tuesday 7/24/2023 Nick grew up very athletic.


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