I used to roll my third eye whenever a CrossFitter would blather on about their WOD and proudly show off a new hand callus, still trickling with fresh blood. I didn’t get their seemingly inane quest to become stronger or appreciate their covert language of AMRAPS, EMOM, PRs… until I tried CrossFit for myself.
Now, my Instagram boasts images of my own ripe man hands, offering testament to my quest to become better. Now, friends roll their eyes at me, incredulously asking what and why CrossFit.
In response, I simply want to introduce them to Dan Wells – lululemon ambassador and owner of CrossFit Horsepower (CFHP) – and the family of 400+ remarkable individuals he has united to achieve greatness in barely a year’s time.
What makes CFHP so special, is the devoted husband and father who took a huge leap by investing everything in his desire to invest in others. With CrossFit, Dan discovered a life-transforming ‘program’ that he felt compelled to share, infusing his own badassery.
Successful CPA, turned Investment Banker, turned actor, and fitness expert (regularly featured on popular news and entertainment TV programs), Dan is no stranger to setting personal goals and embracing sizeable risks to crush them. Who better to be the catalyst to spur others to achieve theirs?
Alongside him, Dan forged an insanely inspirational team of coaches, including a world-renowned CrossFit athlete, Yogi stunt woman, former Navy SEAL, champion gymnast, and lululemon educator (who teaches yoga at his box!). Together, they have shaped hundreds of bodies, minds, and hearts by pushing people beyond their comfort zone, and perceived limits, subsequently instilling a relentless courage. This courage seeps into life outside of the box, creating leaders who radiate their infectious light throughout the local community.
Collectively, the CFHP ‘family’ has shed not only hundreds of pounds, but also countless insecurities, fears and doubts. Dreaded burpees and loaded barbells have led members to find soul-mates, best friends and unwavering confidence. After mere months of training at CFHP, 18-year old Mo reclaimed his foregone goal of going to medical school, believing now that he can handle anything. Each member I’ve met has their own special story. And, each learns to take accountability for their own triumphs, as well as one another’s: whether it’s achieving a strict pull-up, the holy grail muscle-up, or that new job. And, while there is a lot of sweat, tears and the occasional blood (dang Cindy!), there is even more laughter, love and …well, sweat.
Dan Wells simply inspires everyone to be the best versions of themselves they can be, inside and outside of his CrossFit box. #gratitude