WHY CROSSFIT DONELSON?
Whether you are new to exercise or an experienced athlete, CrossFit Donelson is the right place for you. We are a diverse community with a culture focused on fun and hard work. All our members know each other’s names and support one another during workouts. CrossFit Donelson will help you reach your goals and get into the best shape of your life.
Born and raised in Georgia, Spencer moved to Nashville 8 years ago, 5 of which he has lived in Donelson. He and his wife, Audrey, are expecting their first child, Liam, in a few months. Since realizing his passion for fitness, he and his family want to create a lasting positive impact for this community.
He currently holds a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer certificate, as well as credentials from The Gymnastics Course (formerly CrossFit Gymnastics). Understanding the utmost value of wellness, he is constantly driven to continue his education to better serve his athletes.
Around 2009 I realized that I was trying to kill myself with food. I remember the night, as I was driving home and it dawned on me… If I keep eating like I’m eating, I am going to die sooner than later. I became strangely aware that I was killing myself by my choices. I realized that I needed help. I decided to tell a few close friends that I had to change. I started with a personal trainer and that was a good experience… it was not a realistic one because I couldn’t keep paying for it… it was expensive! Then I set a goal that I wanted to do a triathlons. So, I had a friend who helped me get ready for it and I had a lady at church that said she would help me figure out food. I logged my food and turned it in the her and worked a plan to train for the Tri. Throughout my training, family support, and friend support… my life really changed. I ended up dropping over 100lbs and was able to do my first Tri. What a great experieicne.
In 2010 all of my success began to fall apart. I ended 2010 without a job, gaining weight, burned out completely, hating the church, and feeling like a failure at home. Things can change in the blink of an eye. We all know that story, don’t we.
Over the next few years, I found healing… it was a slow process. Although this blog picks up on January 1, 2017, I will be talking about those missing years. As for now… you are pretty much caught up.
To answer the question that everybody wants to know, but doesn’t know how to ask… my top weight that I ever saw on a scale was 415lbs. I was heavier than this at points but never had access to a scale that went high enough to know. Let the new journey begin…
Who are we?
Our core values...
We believe integrity is at the heart of all of our endeavors. Whether great or small, this drives everything you do and, perhaps more importantly, the way you do it. Forging your character is the first step in the process of achieving whatever you (determine/set out) to do.
“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” - John Wooden
Fitness begins in the mind! Before you can develop a healthy body, you must commit to a growth mindset. As such, we encourage each of our athletes to resolve to eat, sleep, move, think, and connect to others positively. In turn, our coaches strive to be the best source of education and inspiration possible to aid your progress.
“Without commitment you cannot have depth in anything.” - Neil Strauss
The relationships we develop have a lasting impact on our wellness, more so than any workout ever could. Possibly the most vital aspect of our culture here, the camaraderie our athletes share creates a welcoming environment where they can have fun while getting fit.
“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we wouldn’t as individuals.” - Jean Vanier