How we moved from coach David's front yard to a 600 sq ft barn and landed in our new 4,800 sq ft commercial space

In 2012, after receiving his level 1 certification,  coach David started teaching CrossFit to friends and family in the front yard of his home. He was also was working for the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office full time.

In 2013, the Tate family moved to a new home and they transformed their 600 square foot pole barn into a gym. There they acquired a few more members, bringing the total to about 13 people, and the dream of Risen Strength started to become a reality.

In 2016, coach David was ready to make a fulltime career out of CrossFit and Risen Strength was born!  This was a big year for this fitness community.  It was the first year RSCF hosted the annual Officer Down tribute event, and the first year that the gym members participated in Murph!  It was also the start of partner/team Saturdays!

In 2017, with about 20 members, they packed up and moved from the beloved barn to a 2,400 square foot warehouse on the NW side of Gainesville.

Today, Risen Strength members work out in an amazing 4,800 square foot space with 4 bathrooms, 2 showers, more fun t-shirts than you can imagine, and over 70 members. 



Risen Strength CrossFit-  We take our fitness seriously, but not ourselves!

  • All of our wonderful coaches are level 1+ certified!

  • We follow Pat Sherwood's CrossFit Linchpin programming with additional programing by our coaches!

  • We have fun monthly challenges with prizes and opportunities to set quarterly fitness goals!

  • Every workout ends with optional accessory activities. This motivates members to work on skills, build strength, increase aerobic and anaerobic capacity, and encourages mobility training!

  • We have monthly themed WODs where we dress up and workout together!

  • Team/partner workouts on Saturdays! 

  • We offer classes for kids so the whole family can be involved!

  • We have a diverse group of wonderful members who are just waiting to meet you!



CrossFit is a fitness regimen developed by Greg Glassman over several decades. Glassman, CrossFit's Founder and CEO, was the first person in history to define fitness in a meaningful, measurable way: increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains. He then created a program specifically designed to improve fitness and health.

CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. These are the core movements of life. They move the largest loads the longest distances, so they are ideal for maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest time. Intensity is essential for results and is measurable as work divided by time—or power. The more work you do in less time, or the higher the power output, the more intense the effort. By employing a constantly varied approach to training, functional movements and intensity lead to dramatic gains in fitness.

The community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together is a key component of why CrossFit is so effective, and it gave birth to a global network of CrossFit affiliates that number over 13,000. Harnessing the natural camaraderie, competition and fun of sport or game yields an intensity that cannot be matched by other means.

The CrossFit program is driven by data. Using whiteboards as scoreboards, keeping accurate scores and records, running a clock, and precisely defining the rules and standards for performance, we not only motivate unprecedented output but derive both relative and absolute metrics at every workout. This data has important value well beyond motivation.

Overall, the aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness supported by measurable, observable and repeatable results. The program prepares trainees for any physical contingency—not only for the unknown but for the unknowable, too. Our specialty is not specializing.

While CrossFit challenges the world's fittest, the program is designed for universal scalability, making it the perfect application for any committed individual, regardless of experience. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change the program. The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree, not kind.

For more information we suggest reading What is FitnessThe Garage Gym, and Foundations.

-Credit to CrossFit.com and CrossFit Journal

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