If you could use a little motivation and inspiration to move your body and focus on your health, Josh is your guy! He is so easy to be with and very passionate about what he does. Read on to learn more!
VH: From where do you hail?
Josh: Before Vashon we were living in Oregon, near McMinnville. My Dad was working for a Veterinary practice, and my Mom had just started working with a Seattle based Start-Up company. She would work for the week in Seattle and come home on the weekends. We moved to Vashon so she could continue working with ‘HeartStream’ which is now a part of Philips Healthcare, and my Dad started his large-animal Veterinary practice on Vashon.
VH: Tell us all about your business…
Josh: How much time do you have!?
We are a Crossfit gym that specializes in coaching health & fitness. We offer group classes, nutritional coaching, and 1:1 personal training. The goal is to help people move better, feel better, and realize their potential as people and athletes. As a community I’d say a big part of it is that we’re focused on being positive. It’s amazing how a supportive community fosters focus on adapting and overcoming adversity.
We believe in developing a mindset that embraces ‘the unknown and unknowable’ because life’s physical nature can be unpredictable in its challenges. Our workouts apply variation within weightlifting, gymnastics, running, rowing, jump-roping, and circuit-training. CrossFit is all about putting together a broad and versatile fitness definition. Just like a healthy diet should have a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, starch, and legumes. A healthy fitness regime should train your strength, speed, power, cardiovascular endurance, stamina, coordination, balance, agility, flexibility, and accuracy.
CrossFit can be applied universally across sports, work, and leisure at all stages in life. The burpee is simply picking yourself off the floor. The squat is simply standing up! The deadlift? The deadlift is picking your groceries up from the ground. The difference between applying these movements for fitness versus for day-to-day activity is in the degree, not in kind.
VH: What inspired you to start your business?
Josh: The gym was born after I spent a year as a paramedic in the city. Every day I was face to face with the results of chronic disease. Lung, heart, stomach, and kidney problems. Metabolic diseases, cancers, and infections. Processes that I felt completely powerless to change because the progressive symptoms were reaching a stage where they were fairly settled into the body. The medications that I could administer were comfort measures and I was glad I could provide pain relief, but I felt that a more complete solution would be to work in preventative medicine. That feeling clued me in to something that I hadn’t realized before, which is that healthcare and fitness are inextricably linked throughout all of our lives.
I think Crossfit is the gold standard of health insurance, and that at the end of the day getting ‘fitter’ isn’t just about sports or aesthetics. You don’t have to be a ‘sports guy’ or a ‘fitness-geek’ to appreciate the benefits of the training process. You also don’t have to hate going to the gym! It’s more about making the health and wellness process a normal and high-value part of your life. And I call it a process because it truly is a living thing that evolves over time!
We’re in the health game for the long term, and every day we strive to make it rewarding, stimulating, and character building. I think prioritizing fitness (or should I say health and wellness) is a huge predictor of long term happiness and quality of life. And that’s the ultimate goal right?!
VH: When you have company visiting the island, where do you like to take them?
Josh: We do the Saturday circuit: Start the day with a CrossFit WOD (Workout-Of-the-Day) at one of the Saturday morning classes, then walk to the Farmer’s Market for veggies/fruits, then up to Snapdragon for a coffee and brunch, and then to Granny’s for a look-around. I’d usually stop at the bookstore too. After that I like to take them to either KVI or Jensen Pt for paddleboarding or swimming in the Sound. End the day with dinner at May’s Kitchen+Bar, remember when they did the Last-Night-in-Bangkok? I hope that comes back!