Richard Hoar

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

I was introduced to CrossFit in early 2007 during an Army mobilization when my commanding officer “asked” a number of his lieutenants to accompany him during additional workout sessions in the evenings and over weekends to help him prepare for the upcoming Best Ranger competition that he was competing in. He had, himself, just stumbled upon CrossFit and he loved watching the main site videos of these seemingly super humans perform crazy and irregular feats (this was right around the time of the very first Crossfit Games)… and so that’s what he had us do. It wasn’t really true CrossFit that we were doing at the time, but these torture sessions introduced us to functional movements, high intensity, and a mixing of exercise modalities that took us beyond the monotony of “running day,” “arm day” and “ab day.” I figured that if it was good enough for my overachieving Captain, then it was good enough for me.

When I came off orders and returned to the area, I looked up local CrossFit trainers (I think there were only about 3 local affiliates at the time) and I attended my first official CrossFit class in a park in Alexandria. Despite staying physically active and regularly running about 30 miles per week at the time, I couldn’t walk straight for the next five days after that. I was hooked.

To this day, I love how CrossFit blends the task of staying physically active with a mix of fun, comradery, and a semi-competitive atmosphere. After a decade of Crossfitting, I finally got around to attending a Level 1 seminar and it has helped me appreciate the basis and rationale for the system even more. I look forward to helping others improve their physical performance and have fun at the same time.

In real life, I grew up near Tampa, Florida and my wife Annie and I work in the political and policy worlds here in town (if my TV isn’t tuned to ESPN, it’s probably on C-SPAN). My obsessions with politics and CrossFit are perhaps rivaled only by my weird obsession with pugs, as my dog Senator can attest.