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Inspiring Conversations with Tom Green of GreenSpeed Training Facility

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tom Green.

Hi Tom, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Originally a farm boy from Iowa, I grew up working hard and I applied that work ethic to high school athletics. It paid off! I received a track and field scholarship to the University of South Dakota. In college, I ended up doing well, setting many school and state records. Then graduating with two degrees as a NCAA 8-time athletic All-American, as well as an Academic All-American. From there, I earned a spot at Chula Vista’s Olympic Training Center to train and prepare for the 2004 Olympic Trials.

While training, I suffered a catastrophic injury which required immediate surgery. My goals of breaking the World Record and making the Olympic Team were shattered. When training at that level, most athletes aren’t thinking about anything outside of their athletic goals. So during the recovery process, I was forced to start thinking about a “plan B.” What’s next? How can I apply my passion and experience to a real-world scenario?

So I started working with local high school athletes on speed development. These kids began seeing huge results and next thing I knew, their friends also wanted to start training with us! Things quickly took off through word of mouth and I began working with many different athletes from a variety of sports. I was mainly traveling to various high schools and parks in the area. Over a span of 11 years, I ended up working in three different gyms as well. Throughout this time, I developed a lot of great relationships within the community.

In 2015, I took a leap of faith and built the GreenSpeed Training Facility. A gym that directly reflects the core values and family/community atmosphere that allowed me to thrive as an athlete coming from the midwest. GreenSpeed isn’t just a gym, it’s truly a family of like-minded people that believe in hard work, tough love, and discipline while ALSO creating priceless memories. It’s a second home for a lot of people and I couldn’t be more honored to be a part of this community.

Since 2015, the GreenSpeed Training Facility has expanded twice and now includes 12 trainers, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, nutrition, and yoga. We’re also proud of our newest GreenSpeed Mini Muscles program, ages 5-11, that focuses on the importance of developing kids into strong and healthy adults.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
This journey has been fairly smooth outside of Covid. Things obviously became rough very quickly. Some businesses thrived during the pandemic, but gyms certainly weren’t one of them.

It took a lot of creative problems solving to figure ways that would we could continue assisting our clients with their goals while also staying safe and compliant with guidelines. Maintaining a consistent healthy lifestyle is a critical factor in beating all illnesses. Luckily we have a lot of support in our community which allowed us to safely assist everyone that needed it.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about GreenSpeed Training Facility?
Founded in 2015, the GreenSpeed Training Facility is a personal training gym.

We specialize in all aspects of Sports Performance and general health & wellness. We do private training and small group training. We keep all of our group training sessions small to provide clients with maximum attention, quality, and safety.

We are known for our standards, values, and attention to detail. We truly have a gym family that caters to all individuals in the community. We offer programs for all ages and all goals.

What sets us apart is our quality vs. quantity business model. We are not interested in packing the gym with as many people as possible. We build great relationships with all of our clients and ensure they’re in an environment that is centered around their success in achieving their goals. In addition, everyone is treated equally. There are “gym rules” that everyone must follow. So it’s great to build the camaraderie with all the trainers and clients knowing we’re all held to the same standards.

Voted BEST Gym in San Diego and BEST Health Club/Fitness Center in South County, I’m incredibly proud to get feedback from everyone that comes into the gym for the first time. The GreenSpeed brand offers a warm welcoming “feeling” that is both inviting and indicative of hard work! The gym not only houses the best equipment and staff, but it also showcases clients and their achievements all over the walls. Most of our clients feel like GreenSpeed is their second home.

At GreenSpeed, we not only offer personal training. But we also have a chiropractor, acupuncturist, masseuse, nutritionist, physical therapy, and yoga. Everything you need to achieve success under one roof!

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