MEET THE CREW

 

Jason Struck

Jason Struck

Owner / Coach

Jason opened Full Circle in 2008, has a BS in Exercise Physiology from VCU, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the NSCA, and has been CrossFit certified since 2008. Learn more about Jason.

 

 

James Boatwright

James Boatwright

Owner / Coach

James currently holds a HKC certification for kettlebells, and has worked with everyone from eighty-year-old men and women directly out of physical therapy, to collegiate athletes and fighters. Learn more about James.

 

 

Mike Ricketts

Mike Ricketts

Coach

Mike recently completed his BS in Exercise Science at VCU and hold the prestigious CSCS certification from the NSCA. He’s spent hundreds of hours interning at university weight rooms in Richmond.

Megan Edwards, MPH

Megan Edwards, MPH

Coach

Megan joined Full Circle in early 2012 and began coaching endurance classes in 2015. A former college soccer and track athlete, she is passionate about teaching people to run better and faster. Learn more about Megan.

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CrossFit to Cross-quit to CrossFit-ish

By Joshua Winn Believe it or not, I started training or “exercising” regularly for the first time in my life about six years ago. I was trying out  ju-jitsu at this place in Mechanicsville where my brother rolled and, while ultimately not for me, I saw a flier on the wall for this gym that had just starting sharing the space. What was this gym? CrossFit Full Circle, of course. I’m not trying to bury the lead here. I’ve always been big. Well, that’s a pretty vague term which can be applied to any number of things, so instead I’ll say that I’ve always been tall, broad shouldered, and a bit bulky. Yeah, that sounds better. I’ll steer clear of one-word descriptors in the future. Most people were genuinely surprised when I told them my weight, and as a result I was introduced to the popular phrase “You carry your weight well!” Ummm, thanks? Regardless of how well I carried my weight, I was constantly dealing with the ramifications of someone who doesn’t take care of themselves: over-eating, low self-esteem, and being completely uncomfortable in my own skin. At this point in my life I was around 270 lbs, four months into being a dad for the first time, and I had just started a new job. Now, you may or may not know this about me, but I’m a quiet person. Outside of work and other types of mandatory socialization, I keep relatively to myself and a small circle of people. I can absolutely be a “people person” when needed, but it gets tiring after awhile. For whatever... read more

Why the CrossFit Open is Important

By Coach James Boatwright “Where Grassroots Meets Greatness.”   These words perfectly describe the experience of the CrossFit Open. It is a way to connect the contemporary iteration of CrossFit with its roots from more than a decade ago. CrossFit wasn’t always the massive, ubiquitous presence that it is today. It started in people’s garages, or in “Globo Gyms” with athletes meeting up to do these crazy workouts together that they found on CrossFit HQ’s website. It was small and underground. It was something you had to seek out instead of happening upon. Back then, the magic wasn’t in having a sexy new pair of lifting shoes or the craziest color of Rogue shirt. It was in the shared experience of pushing through a CrossFit workout with your friends and others in the community who would post their workout times in the comment section on the HQ site. The Open allows us to all reconnect with the original experience of CrossFit. It is the largest shared fitness experience in the world. You get to participate and compete with HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of other CrossFit athletes in five workouts across five weeks. Not only that, it allows us to compete with the pros in the same events. What other sport would allow you to do that!? You might be a great soccer player, but it would take a very narrow path in life to let you get on the same field as Cristiano Ronaldo.   If you do well enough in the Open, you qualify for Regionals. If you win there, you get to compete for a spot in the... read more

The Bigness Project

By Jennifer Burns After a few months of breaking a sweat trying to get in and out my favorite jeans, I finally bought a pair a size up this month. It was a pretty exciting milestone for me. Yesterday (Jan. 16) marks one year since starting a six-week Macros workshop at CrossFit Full Circle. The coaches at Full Circle can and do help people lose fat (and/or weight) when that is a person’s goal, but they can also help when that is not your goal. Last New Year’s, I sat down and thought about my fitness goal, breaking it down until I came to two small steps that could lead me there. When I joined Full Circle in 2015, it was with an eye on eventually trying out a CrossFit competition. Physically, I tend toward “jack of all trades, master of none” and CrossFit seemed like it could be a good fit there. Plus, my brain and my knees were tired of focusing on running. So my big secret desire/goal became to compete in a CrossFit competition in the Master’s division when I turn 40. January 16, 2016 (my birthday) marked three years until 40. Thinking through where I was and where I wanted to be, sure, I needed things like double unders and muscle ups, but my biggest weakness is just that. Weakness. Especially weakness related to all things barbell. Strength is something that takes a lot of time and effort, but I thought three years might be enough. From the goal that was three years out, I extrapolated a plan that meant moving from the WOD classes... read more