Andy Howells

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

I found Crossfit by chance. My wife Lisette and I moved to 16th Street Heights in the spring of 2013 and the route I used for afternoon runs took me down 14th Street and past the front door of Second Wind. There always seemed to be athletes outside lifting heavy weights, running, and generally looking pretty bad-ass. I was intimidated but intrigued.

I went through foundations and knew immediately that I’d begun something amazing. With new-found enthusiasm, I came in for my first workout post-foundations and encountered ‘Nasty Girls’. It left me dead on the couch for an hour. The first time I did Fran a few months later, Lisette looked at me lying flat on the floor and asked if she needed to take me to the Emergency Room. When I replied, ‘no’, she asked Steve to double-check. I secretly relished the feeling and kept coming back.

The last three years have been an incredible adventure. Some days, I’ve set a new PR and gotten to ring the bell. Other days, I’ve finish in last place, gasping for breath. I’ll never forget the frustration I felt the first time I got time-capped on a workout. I’ve found it important to use channel these positive and negative moments as motivation to push harder during the next workout.

I passed the Crossfit Level 1 certification in early 2016 and I am excited be coaching at Second Wind. I especially enjoy working with new members, as they are eager to learn and improve.

When I’m not at the gym, I own a consulting business that works with restaurants and bars in the DC area on inventory management and personnel issues. Prior to that, I spent the better part of 15 years working in restaurants in various capacities; as a bartender, manager, and owner. I’m also a sommelier and love some of the wines coming out of Virginia.

Most days, I just feel better about life once I’ve had a chance to push around a heavy barbell.