Jake Shreckhise
Jake Shreckhise

Jake Shreckhise

Coach

 I grew up in rural Augusta County, VA, where I enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing sports and working for Dad’s nursery and landscaping business. My first CrossFit experience was in the spring of 2009, my senior year at Fort Defiance High School. As a football, basketball, and track and field athlete, weight lifting and cardio-respiratory conditioning was always on the agenda.  However, as I became a competitive pole vaulter, I needed something beyond my routine training—something that would incorporate the necessary gymnastic components of vaulting. My solution: CrossFit. Joby, my older brother, had recently earned his Level 1 CrossFit Certification and was eager to program workouts with a gymnastics emphasis. Integrating CrossFit into my training improved my performance as a pole vaulter by leaps and bounds.

After graduating from high school, I attended Virginia Tech to study horticulture. In February of 2011, a month’s membership gift certificate from my girlfriend (now wife) introduced me to CrossFit Blacksburg. I had never met such a welcoming and friendly community. Furthermore, the competitive nature of training at an affiliate filled the void that formed after leaving high school sports. Following just one month of attending classes at CFBB, I spoke to Amy about furthering my involvement. Once I acquired my Level 1 CrossFit Certification and after months of interning, I began coaching. Even today, I look forward to every class I coach; helping people achieve their goals and improve their lives is more than gratifying.

Now, I have a B.S. in Environmental Horticulture, and I’m pursuing my master’s degree at Virginia Tech. Aside from being a student and coaching at CFBB, I’m a part-time landscaper and full-time husband to my beautiful wife, Kaitlin.


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