Box Spotlight 005: CrossFit Local with Chad and Kelly Edwards


So before I visited CrossFit Local, I scoped out their website. I must say I was impressed and I knew that if they lived up to what I saw online it would be something special- and they did not disappoint! Crossfit Local, located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is just a few minutes from The University of North Carolina. When you first walk in to CF Local you see a very nice store front-type reception area with comfy-looking chairs and couches, which I’ll admit, may be confusing when you are used to the industrial look that most boxes take, but walk through the next door you find that familiar training area that you expect in a CrossFit box.
CrossFit Local was founded in 2009 by Chad and Kelly Edwards and was actually the first CrossFit affiliate in the area. Chad earned double Bachelor degrees in Exercise and Sports Science and Psychology at The University of North Carolina. After graduating, he worked as a personal trainer at conventional gyms, but felt something was missing until he discovered CrossFit in 2006. It took three years for Chad to convince his wife, Kelly, to start CrossFit. Kelly is a women’s and family nurse practitioner. The combination of Chad’s exercise and physiology background and Kelly’s medical experience make them a dynamic duo that can provide their members an unparalled level of service. To find out more about their story you can read more HERE.
CrossFit Local offers a variety of different options for their members that allow them to choose the program that best fits their needs, like CrossFit Kids/teens, a barbell club, a six-week boot camp, nutrition counseling and personal training services.  Along with all that, they also offer their Crossfit classes in different levels, specifically tailored to your skill level. All of the options they offer are specifically designed to help their members achieve their goals. Chad and Kelly meet one-on-one with each member for a quarterly review to discuss their goals and progress.

In addition to Chad and Kelly, Their right hand man and associate Jeremy assists them in handling any of their members’ needs. CrossFit Local has thirteen additional coaches providing the best possible service to their clients. Their experienced and diverse coaching team holds certifications in CrossFit, Kids, Gymnastics, Endurance, Mobility, Weightlifting, Olympic Lifting, and Goal Setting. More importantly, they are passionate about what they do and love: CrossFit. To see there amazing coaches click Here.

During my visit, I was lucky enough to be coached by Chad and was very impressed with his attention to detail and overall wealth of knowledge. You know I love lifting heavy so when I saw that the strength work for the day was split jerks, I had to smile. I don’t do as much as I probably should, working on my split jerks, so I definitely valued the coaching that Chad provided. He was able to help me make a few tweaks to my movement that really helped as the weight got heavier. When it was time for the WOD, we went outside and I was able to pair up with one of their awesome members for a partner WOD. After not getting enough sleep and being sick, I could really feel myself fading but I had an amazing  partner and a great community helping me push through and finish it up. 
Rx: L2: L1:
In teams of two, with only one person working at a time, complete:
50 Russian Kettlebell Swings (32/24 kg) 50 Russian Kettlebell Swings (24/16 kg) 50 Russian Kettlebell Swings (16/12 kg)
200 Meter Run* 200 Meter Run* 200 Meter Run*
50 Wall Balls (20/14 lbs) 50 Wall Balls (16/10 lbs) 50 Wall Balls (12/6 lbs)
200 Meter Run 200 Meter Run 200 Meter Run
50 Burpees 50 Burpees 50 Burpees
200 Meter Run 200 Meter Run 200 Meter Run
50 Wall Balls 50 Wall Balls 50 Wall Balls
200 Meter Run 200 Meter Run 200 Meter Run
50 Russian Kettlebell Swings 50 Russian Kettlebell Swings 50 Russian Kettlebell Swings

*Both athletes perform the run at the same time.

With all that they offer, it is hard to imagine that they would be able to do even more, but they do! They also have a FREE Couch-to-CrossFit program in which they send out emails and videos each week to anyone on the list. In these tutorial videos, you get a WOD with mainly bodyweight movements, that people can do at home, in 10 minutes or less. They believe that CrossFit can benefit everyone and know that there are a lot of people who WANT to CrossFit at a box, but can’t because of time, money or other personal reasons. It’s their way of giving back to all of the locals who, well, aren’t quite local. Check out the couch 2 CrossFit program HERE.
Chad and Kelly, along with their thirteen other coaches, have developed an amazing community that you really have to experience to understand. Every CrossFit box I have been too has a great culture, but this one stands out as one of the best.
To learn more about CrossFit Local check out their website HERE!
To check them out on FaceBook click HERE!

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