Unveiling My Journey into CrossFit: From Passion to Purpose

CrossFit Viroqua's start.
Josh Brown
January 19, 2024
Unveiling My Journey into CrossFit: From Passion to Purpose

Hey there, fitness enthusiasts! I'm Josh Brown, and if there's one thing that's been a constant in my life, it's the love for movement, sports, and the incredible impact of fitness on our lives.

My journey didn't start with CrossFit Viroqua; it began way back in 2nd grade with my interest for wrestling. From there, I delved into various sports, including football and pole vaulting during my college years at Central College. It was there, pursuing my Bachelor's in Exercise Science, that fate stepped in.

During my college career, a pivotal figure entered my life – my pole vault coach, who introduced me to a fitness methodology that would redefine my understanding of training: CrossFit. Little did I know that this introduction would shape the trajectory of my career and life profoundly.

Upon graduating in 2006, I joined Vernon Memorial Healthcare (VMH), embarking on a path of personal training. Each day was an opportunity to assist individuals in achieving their fitness goals, aiding in rehabilitation, and witnessing firsthand the transformative power of focused, personalized training. However, it was a client's query in 2012 that sparked a seismic shift in my approach. "Josh, have you ever heard of CrossFit?" they asked. Curiosity piqued, I decided to delve deeper. Fast forward to December 2012, and I found myself clutching the CrossFit Level 1 Certificate in my hands – a pivotal moment that set my journey afire.

The introduction of CrossFit methodology into my training regimen marked a turning point. Its holistic approach, blending functional movements, intensity, and varied workouts, presented not just a change in routine but a revolution in fitness philosophy.

Within months of embracing CrossFit-style workouts, the changes were undeniable – faster results, diminished joint discomfort, improved endurance, enhanced range of motion, and a renewed zest for workouts that were anything but mundane. Not only was I reaping the benefits, but my clients were experiencing remarkable improvements and relishing their workout sessions like never before.

The culmination of this evolution came on June 30, 2014, when CrossFit Viroqua opened its doors. Since then, this space has become more than just a gym; it's a haven where hundreds have discovered a path to better lives – not just physically, but mentally and emotionally.

The journey so far has been nothing short of awe-inspiring, witnessing firsthand the transformations and the profound impact of the CrossFit methodology on individuals' lives.

Join me as we explore this incredible journey further in the upcoming blogs, discovering stories of triumph, exploring the community's unwavering support, and diving into the vision that propels CrossFit Viroqua forward.

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Stay tuned for more chapters in this journey of sweat, perseverance, and unstoppable transformations.


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