BT Appreciation Day
Today we have an extra-special post. Dedicated to the one and only - Brad Thorne, founder, owner & head coach at CVSC. As we approach the gym's 7 year anniversary this month & celebrate Brad's big 4-0 today, we want to do a post sharing stories & thoughts about Brad from past and present CVSC trainers. Like a little CVSC yearbook signing for our favorite guy. Be sure to embarrass BT with a few nice words today, he's getting sentimental in his old age. ----------------------------------------------------
Brad is one of the few gym owners that truly cares about people's fitness. In a field where it's easy to look the other way and tell people to go faster, he never would! He gets the big picture! He is a programming genius. That's why he has the best gym around. I'm so glad he took a chance with me, and welcomed us (Shasty and I) into the CVSC family! Happy Birthday!
I don't have a single experience in mind, but rather an appreciation for the man. I think all of us that stick around enjoy his dry humor and the smirks that ensue. The best experience I have had with Brad is not singular, but rather this WHOLE experience I am now living. He took me in as a arrogant 20 year old and has given me the opportunity to now make a living off coaching, and to do it the right way. Rarely do I go into the gym and not learn something daily; whether it's spoken or observed.
Thanks for everything Brad and Happy Birthday.
Words I would use to describe Brad: Caring, passionate, Fun-loving, funny, and dedicated! From the first day I met Brad I knew he'd be a part of my life forever. His easy going nature mixed with his passion for helping others just draws people to him. You can't help but love'em. I have so many great memories of Brad from the first time he dressed up for Halloween (he he he), to the "back" WODs at the gym down the street to comp WODs in the current gym. He's always been there pushing us to work harder, move faster and have fun. Thank you Brad for always being there for us! I hope you have a wonderful Birthday!!!
My first experience with BT happened to be the first time I signed up for the open. I was this little college kid that was new to CrossFit and the only person I knew was Whatcott. We met at CVSC to accomplish the task of 7 minutes of burpees. I am not the kind of person who throws themselves out there to meet new people… aka I am shy. Just like others have said I was slightly intimidated by BT because he holds himself with confidence and was a living person of who I would like to become (an accomplished business man, who impacts everyone around him). Oh and my second encounter with BT was again during the open, but this time I was judging him and was beyond nervous to even say "no rep". As my experience in Logan has progressed I became friends with BT and look up to him as a mentor and I always will. Without the help and guidance of BT; I would not be in the position I am in with starting a gym in Salt Lake City. There are some core values that I have been taught that will never leave me and have helped shaped me as an individual/coach/athlete. Some of the best advice BT has given me is to come to class and be in the best mood possible even if your day has been shitty… Clients are coming to you and enjoy seeing you and it is your job to make their days better. I am extremely great full for BT and truly wish him the best birthday! It is amazing to see how one person can influence so many people. I thank you BT and am excited for what the future has in store for everyone and I will keep gaining knowledge from a brilliant individual.
My first interaction with Brad regarding Crossfit was at ...you guessed it...Starbucks. He was talking with my brother about the new gym he was starting. I tried out my first class about a week later. At first I was so nervous. I thought I was in pretty good shape until Brad had me doing 45# jumping bar squats. Just like Chels said, he had a way of being so encouraging while also being super intimidating. After class he told me he was moving into a warehouse and I should check it out then. My first day at the "box" was a memorable one. I've never seen anyone so dedicated and passionate about their "job". He worked from 5:30 in the morning until 8:30 at night. For that first year it was only Brad. I had never had so much fun working out. Brad created an environment that was challenging, intimidating and so amazingly rewarding. He has changed so so many lives, including mine. I truly count him as one of my best friends. Happy Birthday Brad!!! The best is yet to come!!!