Steve Dolge

Certified CrossFit Trainer (Level 3) / Owner

Most of my professional career was spent in news radio, but in 1997, I signed up for the Reston Triathlon, and things have never been the same since. I lumbered through the 1 mile swim, 25 mile bike ride an 10k run, hating each part of it as i was doing it. Even as a strong swimmer, I found it difficult and exhausting to swim in a lake. My bike was a heavy, hybrid bike more suited to commuting than racing. And the run was one leg cramp followed by another. And as soon as I crossed the finish line I thought to myself, “I can’t wait to do that again.”

And that’s the power of sports/athletics/intense exercise. It has a way of hooking you. There is joy in this kind of suffering.

Over the years I improved my own game and got more and more into fitness and triathlon racing. I started to get various coaching and training certifications, really just as a hobby.

When the economy turned south, I lost my radio job I had held for 15 years. My wife suggested I start a boot camp at Lafayette Elementary school. Sure, why not? It was spring, the weather was nice and I didn’t have much else going on. She emailed twelve of her friends. 10 showed up. That was April 2009. I’ve never looked back.

I started to get into CrossFit myself shortly thereafter. I trained at Balance gym and in my garage. I got another certification (CrossFit Endurance) and that’s when we made the decision to open our own box.

Second Wind has been has been more successful than I thought it would be in such a short period of time, but more than that it has been way more fun than I thought possible. And that is due 100% to the people who walk in the door. The community is what makes Second Wind CrossFit what it is and I count myself lucky everyday to have found my own second wind.

Certifications:

  • Certified CrossFit Trainer (Level 3)
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1
  • USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach
  • A.C.E. Personal Trainer