Today we’d like to introduce you to Zachary Gordon, Wayne Rold, Laura Sanchez, Jamie O’Malley, Joan Balagasay and Andrew Guzman.
Zachary, Wayne, Laura, Jamie, Joan and Andrew, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
We start about 3 years ago when a very good friend of mine, Aureau (amazing human), helped me get Ballast started. We have such an awesome community of folks that love to work hard and push towards a life of excellence.
After getting out of the Navy beck in 2014, I decided to attend school and trained CrossFit full time with great friends. I wanted to become a coach, so I began shadowing and coaching classes at the gym that I trained at. A couple years later I would eventually would own the gym that I first began coaching at. It is an amazing job and would not trade it for the world. The team that makes Ballast is beyond impressive and really makes the gym a special place.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been easy. I opened this gym with zero experience on how to operate and run a successful business. I have probably made more mistakes than I can count on my fingers, but I have grown very much from each one. Some days I still feel like I have no idea what I am doing, but one thing is for certain, each day is a chance to improve.
Most would think that operating a CrossFit gym is just a bunch of working out (guilty as charged) and reading a few exercises from a white board. At Ballast you get more than that from the staff and the coaches. We are here to create a community that is built on hard work and humbleness, while supporting others in where they are at in their fitness journey. If it was not a struggle, then we would have no appreciation for when things are not. We embrace the struggle.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Ballast CrossFit – what should we know?
We specialize in CrossFit. Constantly varied functional movements performed at a high intensity. We get people moving well and show them the benefits of a healthy life style. CrossFit is very intense and will push you outside your comfort zone, as it should. We pushed outside your comfort zone, lessons are learned and allow us to grow as human beings. CrossFit is for everyone and our workouts should very by degree, not kind. It can be intimidating, and I speak for myself and my staff, we are here for you and want you to succeed. If it was easy, then everyone would do it. We are very proud at Ballast because our team works very hard. Coaches and staff have sacrificed sweat, tears, time, energy into making sure Ballast upholds a name worthy respect.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
We create an atmosphere that lets us connect with everyone. We have a very broad range of athletes from 55+ year old ladies (Gwen and Carmen who come three days a week at 5:45am, dedicated) to the 19-year-old life guard who is looking to become a Navy Seal. CrossFit is incorporated into both of their lives and both of them reap the benefits. Our success is built on our member’s willingness to come in and work hard. We shoot to give everyone a great part of their day when they walk through our doors.
- Month to Month $150/unlimited
- 3 month commitment $140/unlimited
- 6 month commitment $135/unlimited
- 9 month commitment $130/unlimited
- 12 month commitment $125/unlimited
- Fire fighters/Police/Paramedics/Military $120/unlimited
- 18 years and younger $100/unlimited
- punch card $100/10 classes
- Address: 3207 Roymar Road
- Website: BallastCrossFit.com
- Phone: 92058 760-230-8141
- Email: BallastCrossFit@gmail.com
- Instagram: Ballast_CrossFit