Gregg

Coach

Gregg received his bachelors in Industrial Management from Purdue University and his MBA from DePaul University. Gregg is a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer.

Gregg grew up on a farm where picking up heavy objects and carrying them were daily activities. During high school he did track and wrestling. While at Purdue did intramural sports but favored table tennis and was on the Purdue Table Tennis team.

After school, Gregg picked up running to stay in shape. He ran several half marathons, 5Ks, 10Ks and one sprint Triathlon. When some friends of his started rock climbing, he instantly fell in love with it. He ended up climbing all over the US, Germany, Canada and New Zealand. At his best, he climbed an 11.b on sight.

In 1998 Gregg was watching Discovery channel and saw the Eco Challenge. It was a 12 day adventure race in different places all over
the world. It encompassed mountain biking, trail running, canoeing, climbing, and orienteering. While watching it, he was thinking to himself, “I could do that.” Soon after that he saw a sign for a short adventure race.

He got a team together and they finished in second place and a new love was discovered. After several more races (with 2 first place finishes), he got his big chance. For the 2000 Eco Challenge they were allowing teams to participate via a lottery and he got in.
There were many trials and tribulations. He was kicked off two teams, the first because they did not think he would finish and the second because the team just did not gel as a group. Just when he was thinking that it was over, he got a call from a ex-teammate with an open spot who wanted him to go. He said yes (obviously). So they went off to Borneo for a 12 day adventure race. 74 teams started and only 44 teams finished. Gregg’s team finished 43rd in 11 days, 9 hours, 53 min. (Incidentally, his former teams did not finish.)

Gregg continued to do a few adventure races after that and also the 2002 Chicago marathon which he finished in 3:36. He joined the Evanston Running Club and really enjoyed the camaraderie of running together. Unfortunately he tore his meniscus and decided that he needed something else do. He did P90X for 2 ½ years in his basement. This took the pressure off his knee and he was able to do several Spartan races and one Tuff Mudder.

During this time Gregg’s wife Kate got a Groupon to do an on-ramp program at CrossFit e-Town. Gregg had heard of CrossFit but really did not know much about it. What was the point? What could be better than P90X? Gregg, did the on- ramp and that was sort of easy, but then he did the WOD’s with real weights and it got a little more challenging. Still not sold, he challenged Kevin by saying he would join if he came in first in his age group in the next Spartan Race. Well, Kevin made sure that happened, and he soon became a fixture at the 5:30 am class.

“I love every aspect of CrossFit. It is very challenging physically and mentally. It is competitive with yourself and others. There is a camaraderie that I really missed doing P90X. I enjoy watching others getting PRs and cheering them on while doing a WOD. It is a community.”

I want to show people that you can still be very fit and active in your 50s, 60s and 70s. You can still do cool stuff when you are older. There are few things that I will ever say that I am too old to do.”

Certifications & Accomplishments

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • 63rd place Crossfit Open 2013 Masters 55-59
  • 23rd place Crossfit Open 2014 Masters 55-59
  • 71st place Crossfit Open 2015 Masters 55-59
  • 2nd place Muscatatuck 2 man Adventure Race 2004
  • 2002 Chicago Marathon 3:36
  • 1st Degree Brown Belt Karate 2000
  • 43rd place 2000 Eco Challenge Adventure Race – Borneo
  • 1st place Pathfinder Challenge Adventure Race ’98, 99
  • 2nd place Pathfinder Challenge Adventure Race ’98