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Meet Tom Hill of CrossFit ATR in Kearny Mesa

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

Tom, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born in North Jersey and grew up playing three sports (football, baseball, and wrestling). I started sports-specific training at the age of 12 and continued that training until I was released from professional baseball in 2008. Out of college I was drafted by the Kansas City Royals and was fortunate to be able to travel and see the country while on the team. When I was released by the Royals, I left Surprise Arizona where the Spring Training Complex was with just a bag of clothes and decided to come to San Diego. As a child, I had always dreamed of living in San Diego. Once in San Diego I got certified in personal training and began personally training others based on what I had learned from my lifetime of sports training. From my experience as an athlete and being in the sports industry I developed a personal training program from which I was able to build a strong clientele of professionals including football and baseball players, as well as jiu-jitsu and MMA fighters. Over the years my business grew as my name and reputation in the fitness community grew and I was able to open up my own gym, CrossFit ATR. I originally started out as a standard gym with group classes including spin and yoga, but as CrossFit was gaining in popularity I decided to focus solely on CrossFit while also incorporating some other fitness aspects that I felt it was lacking in, such as mobility. As of this year, CrossFit ATR has been open for 5 years and has been Voted #1 in the San Diego A-List the past 2 years. As a business owner, I strongly believe that it is equally as important to give back to the community. Every year CrossFit ATR donates to different charities and hosts various charity events. I also work with a special education school near the gym and volunteer in the community with programs like The Ronald McDonald Foundation.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Nothing good comes easy. I have had many struggles and setbacks. I created this business without a loan and started small. The first 2 years were harder than anything else I have been through. I do all of the business side of CrossFit ATR as well as coach up to 40 hours a week. I left my family back on the east coast, so doing this alone was tough.

Please tell us about CrossFit ATR.
We concentrate on rebuilding every new member who comes into ATR. We start each member with 3 one-hour sessions. During them, we teach them about all the lifts we do in the gym. We want every member to know how to lift properly and stay safe. We also learn any range of motion issues or pre-existing conditions. Our goal is to teach you how to fix any issue you might show up with. Our program has a warmup, a therapy based portion. A strength and a conditioning aspect in it every day.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Nothing. Every roadblock had helped me to grow and become the person I am today. Everything happens for a reason.


  • Memberships are month to month $155
  • Includes all classes and nutrition guidance

Contact Info:

  • Address: 4250 Pepsi Drive, SD CA 92111
  • Website:
  • Phone: 858-565-2582
  • Email:
  • Instagram: crossfitatr
  • Facebook: CrossFit ATR
  • Twitter: @CrossFitatr
  • Yelp: CrossFit ATR

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