Erica Folk: Owner & Trainer, CrossFit-L1, CrossFit Weightlifting, CrossFit Gymnastics, and CrossFit Mobility
I spent most of my childhood moving from place to place. We lived away from our family, but still life was good. I spent lots of time playing sports and outside with my friends and my sister. During my school years I participated in everything from track to volleyball. Then I met my husband, Will Folk, and we had our first child, Jacob. Life was good, but I began to put on weight and eat unhealthy foods. My fitness and health began to decline. Then I had my daughter, Abby. I was so focused on my family I forgot about myself. Which caused my to start battling with depression. That is when I found fitness and a second wind at life. I taught Zumba and Spinning for awhile which was great, but I felt like something was missing. In those group fitness classes it is mostly females and there is no children allowed. So I started to look for something that I could do with my husband and eventually involve my children in. That’s when I found CrossFit. It was perfect, I could workout with my husband and it was in a family friendly environment. CrossFit not only challenged me physically but mentally as well. So, I decided to get my certification and open a CrossFit gym here in Festus. I love teaching my clients about health, fitness, and pushing their limits. CrossFit is not just an exercise program it is a community of people who help each other out and cheer each other on not only in the gym but outside the gym as well.
Will Folk: Trainer CrossFit-L1 and CrossFit Weightlifting
All my life I have been interested in fitness and in sports. I wasn’t the most coordinated child but I tried everything even though it never came easy. I started playing sports in school and had to work very hard at it, but by my freshman year of high school I was tired of sitting on the sidelines so I hit the weight room hard and went from 135 to 195 by my junior year. Football was my goal and by my junior year I was starting both offense and defense. After high school I had a family to take care of which meant working long hours and I lost touch with working out. Once I got into line work I knew something had to change. I also wanted to set a good example for my children. I started lifting weights but was still lacking in overall fitness. I became stronger but was not being challenged. That is when my wife started CrossFit and I decided to give it a try. I instantly knew it was for me. It brought a sense of competition back into my life that I lost when I stopped playing sports. CrossFit is something I enjoy doing with my family and it has brought lots of new friends into my life. This community of people helps push me to do better and it has made my job that much easier.