Coach of the Decade: Greg Glassman, CrossFit’s Founder

Greg Glassman was born in 1969 in San Diego, California. His father was a software engineer and his mother worked at a bank. When Greg was young he wanted to become an astronaut like Neil Armstrong or even go into space like Buzz Aldrin. However, when he turned thirteen, his parents divorced and Greg moved out of their house to live with his grandparents. After moving out of the house, Greg started working at age seventeen at a local pizza place called “Pizza Boy”. During this time he met his wife Lauren, whom he married in 1998. They have two children named Jack and Sarah.

Glassman had been training since he was sixteen years old and had competed in several regional competitions before becoming a coach at age twenty-two. At the age of thirty-three, Glassman founded CrossFit, which is now one of the fastest growing fitness companies in America.

Glassman is known for his unorthodox methods and unique approach to training. He believes that every person should train in a way that they are not only physically fit but mentally strong too. In addition, he believes that everyone should strive to be healthier than they were five years ago.

These beliefs have made him very popular among many people, including the general public and fitness professionals alike.

In 2012, Glassman became the first person ever to win three consecutive Mr. Olympia titles in the over-fifty-five division. He has also earned several other prestigious awards for his success in fitness and training.

In most people’s eyes, this has solidified his position as one of the greatest living fitness trainers.

In addition to these achievements, Glassman is also very active in other areas including charity work and community-building. In 2000, he funded an exercise program for seven underprivileged high schools in California. He also started a website called “crossfitkids”, which is a program that provides online training for kids.

CrossFit now has more than three thousand independently owned gyms across the world, which is more than any other fitness company in the world. In addition to this, companies such as Reebok and Nike are designing clothing for CrossFit training and competition.

Greg Glassman has been called the “face of CrossFit”. His success, dedication to fitness, and overall positive attitude have made him stand out among professional fitnes trainers.

Greg Glassman is a native of southern California and the founder of CrossFit. He is the winner of three Mr. Olympia titles in the over-fifty-five division.

He created CrossFit in 2000 and started the first box, or gym, in his own home. Glassman’s background as a gymnast helps explain why so many of CrossFit’s workouts are performed on bars and beams.

CrossFit has grown rapidly since its inception. There are now more than seven thousand CrossFit affiliates worldwide and the company that runs them, CrossFit Inc., takes in more than $4 million a year in licensing fees alone.

Coach of the Decade: Greg Glassman, CrossFit's Founder - | Gym Fit Workout

Greg Glassman has been married to his wife, Lauren, since 1998.

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