- Penny H Owner, Head Coach
- Mike S Coach
- Heather L Coach
- Brian F Coach
- April P CrossFit Chronic Joy Girl CSM
Owner, Head Coach
- CrossFit Level 2 - 2017
- CrossFit Weightlifting - 2013
- CrossFit Level 1 - 2012
- CrossFit Open Judge 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
- RKC Level 1 - 2009
- W.I.T.S. Personal Trainer - 2001
For more than 25 years I have been a part of the Virginia Beach fitness community. My professional experiences over these years have included teaching a variety of group classes, personal training, serving as Director of Personal training at a local globo gym, training and coaching clients in their homes, developing and implementing on-site Corporate Fitness programs at companies such as Household Finance and Gieco, writing fitness articles for local papers and conducting fitness workshops and lectures for the City of Virginia Beach.
As a natural progression I opened my own gym built to suit my “movement” style training in October 2009. Shift H.P.F.D. As the CrossFit movement grew I noticed how similar my style and methodology was to CrossFit’s and became fascinated with Olympic lifting, Gymnastics and the supportive community. It was soon obvious to me that becoming an affiliate was the direction I wanted to take my growing business. In October 2012 Shift H.P.F.D. became CrossFit Chronic. And we are honored to be part of the Hamptonroads CrossFit community.
I am born and raised here in Virginia Beach! I love sports and being active. I have played softball, basketball, and field hockey all though middle and high school and went on to play field hockey at Longwood College. After college I married my high school sweetheart Jason and started teaching high school math and coaching girls basketball at Tallwood High School (the high school I actually graduated from)! I am now a stay at home mom with 4 active kiddos!
I found my way to CrossFit Chronic after I had my fourth baby. I knew that I was ready to get back into shape again but wasn’t sure how that was going to happen since every January I would join a gym but it would quickly fade as my life got busy! So in March of 2013, my husband suggested CrossFit Chronic and the rest is history.
I LOVE everything about CrossFit! I love that I get to lift heavy weight but also get to work on skill and speed! Each day is a different day so it’s never boring. It was exactly what I was looking for…everyday I get to push myself to be better, stronger, faster but with the “team” atmosphere I was used to in the past. I like there is some competitiveness (because I have a competitive nature) within the box but it is friendly and only pushes me to get better. I have even been able to bring my mom (with no athletic background) along for the ride and she loves it too!
CrossFit Chronic is an awesome place which is why I love being the JoyGirl! I get to talk to everyone in the box, check in with them as they finish their first few weeks, and talk about goals. It is so exciting to encourage members to reach their goals, celebrate when they finally reach it, and then watch their goals evolve in the process. I am so excited to see what the future holds!
A Virginia Beach local I have embraced the culture and surfed the jetty all throughout childhood. However, my biggest passion was baseball. I played baseball from the time I could crawl and continued to play as an adult in men’s softball leagues. After graduating from Ocean Lakes High School I enlisted in the United States Coast Guard where I served honorably for 4 years and served as a Health Promotion Unit coordinator. Moving on from the military I wanted to serve my community and went on to be a Police Officer for the City of Norfolk for five years. Leaving the police department was a difficult decision as I loved my job but having to bury my partner was more than I could bear. Taking up a desk job as a civilian with the Coast Guard I became very sedentary. Seeing the results of my brothers progress in CrossFit intrigued me! I gave it a shot and was hooked! It had everything from the comradery to the constantly varied workouts. I began CrossFitting in 2015 and haven’t looked back. Lifting heavy things and putting them back down is my favorite thing when it comes to CrossFit, however pushing through metcons and challenging myself keeps me wanting to come back for more.
CrossFit Chronic has been a welcomed change in my life and has become my second home. The athletes and fellow staff members are a big family and have one goal in common, to be better people in life. There are no ego’s here, just fun and hard work. Be ready for me to crank the “PR music”, yell, bark, or do whatever I have to do to get you motivated!
Our Joy Girl is point of contact after new athletes graduate from Fundamentals class. She helps them establish a few short-term and long-term goals and she is also the one that checkw-in with athletes when they reach 3 month, 6 month and yearly anniversaries. Each week she runs reports on all athletes attendance to make sure that athletes are staying on track with their fitness. If an athlete is having trouble wit their account or wants to schedule personal training sessions etc. our Joy Girl gets it on the schedule for them. She is your customer service manager.