For our latest edition of Box of the Month, Wodify went down under to chat with Ashley Jones — owner of Charge CrossFit. Keep reading to learn what makes his box special!
[This discussion has been lightly edited for length and clarity.]
Charge CrossFit: I got into CrossFit around 2010. At the time, I was a personal trainer searching for something different — something that made more sense than using machines or just lifting weights.
This is how I found CrossFit. Prior to personal training and CrossFit, I spent years glued to a chair in an office, which reaffirmed my love of moving and being active. This spurred me to open Charge CrossFit in 2012. I wanted to get more people moving and educate my clients about how and why we need to move. I wanted to empower people to discover their own possibilities and provide a place for them to train hard and thrive.
CC: Our team is currently made up of six coaches and one intern coach.
CC: I love exploring new and more effective ways to be better at moving and see that carry over to other parts of life. I see a big part of my job as testing out this stuff and bringing it to our community. I enjoy the constant opportunity to grow and help others grow.
CC: Success stories within our gym, like most, come in many forms — first pull ups, major body composition changes, weight loss goals smashed, PRing
One stand out journey that comes to mind recently is one of our Master Athletes, Tim. He has been training at Charge for approximately two and a half years.
He recently reached new heights in his weight loss journey now weighing under 80kgs for the first time since the 1980s. Along with this, Tim has seen improvement in just about every aspect of his fitness.
In this year’s CrossFit Open, he competed in the 55+ RX category for the first time. He now has strict pull ups and his wife has become a recent new member and is showing a decent amount of progress as well!
All of this is attributed to Tim’s amazing dedication to his training and drive to improve his life. He shows up and does the work, he keeps track of and reflects on his performance, and trusts and respects the program and the process.
CC: We have
We have different aspects
We aim to educate our community so they have a deeper understanding of the movements they do and are working towards and how they apply and translate to other things. Our community is very special. They are open minded, supportive and work seriously hard.
CC: We saw Wodify Core as the software that had everything we needed in one. No add ons, just all inclusive and simple. A big draw card was the value it would add to our members with the performance tracking
CC: We started with a manual system for memberships. What a nightmare! Ha! We moved onto a basic membership.
CC: Our members were pretty excited when we announced we were getting Wodify Core.
CC: People were really keen to get using the performance tracking feature so it was just a matter of showing them how to use the kiosk or app to enter results. Now people tend to do this instinctively and are having some fun with the interactive daily leaderboard.
CC: We noticed that our athletes were more driven and organized in sessions as they can refer back
CC: It helped us cut down time of administration — chasing payments, writing sessions and names on the whiteboard.
CC: I don’t think so.
CC: Each to his own, but people love technology and apps. Booking into classes can also hold people accountable. And it makes coach life more efficient!
CC: Performance tracking for sure.
CC: We’re always evolving what we do. The journey to fitness is endless and that’s why we love it.
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