Favorite Food: Sushi
Well it’s going on 9 years since I’ve really started in on this adventure of seeking optimal health and wellness. I got started in all this when my first job after college had me sitting inside at a desk all day. It just wasn’t for me. I needed open space, fresh air, and a more “meaningful” profession. Having worked in many different gym settings -- from university rec centers to corporate fitness centers and four different CrossFit gyms -- I have a broad perspective of gym membership. My vision of Down Home is one of true community. A place where we can all come together for a greater purpose. A place where no one person is above another. A place where people come together to accomplish what might be impossible for the individual. At Down Home, I want to feel down at home every day and I want everyone else to feel the same.
SUNNY A.S. CLOUGH
Favorite Food: Bullet Proof Coffee
I first began coaching athletes at the age of 15 - specifically, private softball skill lessons for younger athletes. I immediately fell in love the profession and remained a personal coach until 2011 when I began coaching team sports for both the local recreation department and Bulloch Academy. Teaching school-aged athletes taught me the importance of always learning and reinforcing the fundamentals, and how to breakdown even the most basic of skills. While my passion for seeing these athletes reach their goals and discover new heights was a fulfilling career, I began to deeply miss the camaraderie I lost after my own collegiate athletic experience was over. I knew I needed to make a change.
Fast-forward years later -- it is with a passion and love for changing lives through health and fitness that I decided to open Down Home Crossfit.
Our team of highly educated and experienced coaches all share this same passion. Today I still strive to be the best coach that I can be through my 8 years of experience, continuing education, and a genuine passion for seeing life-change in others. I welcome you to see the difference that being “Down Home” will make in your own life!
Favorite Food: Pork and Butternut Squash Stew
I got my start in fitness when I was introduced to my high school weight room. I had no intention of taking it, but was placed there because I needed another elective and everything else was already taken. Having always been the smallest kid amongst my peers and not pushed anywhere toward athletics as a kid, I wasn’t very motivated to take it as a serious class. That all changed when I picked up the barbell, learned some foundational lifts and saw myself grow. It became an integral part of my life for the remainder of my high school years, which included some football and preparation to enter the United States Marine Corps. Once I reached the Marine Corps it became an essential element as an infantrymen and deploying overseas.
I decided to get my personal trainer certification after my enlistment, but didn’t venture into Crossfit until much later. I had heard of it, but never really looked into its methods and kind of wrote it off as something that would make me weaker. After being coerced to just try it out, I realized that its what I had been looking for all along. Its acceptance of so many different modalities, variety and community support was unlike anything I had seen before in the fitness industry. It became clear to me that I was not living up to my full potential. With Crossfit I became stronger, faster and healthier than I had ever been in my life. It sparked a renewed vigor into acquiring more knowledge that would benefit training others and myself.
Once I got my CF-L1, I was looking for a gym and came across Down Home Crossfit. Since becoming a coach here all I’ve seen is one huge family. It’s a place where everyone is in your corner as soon as you step through the door. When you establish a goal in this gym, you are not alone. The family here at Down Home will support you in your journey, so that you can surpass any goal. I’m honored to be a part of this gym and a part of its member’s lives. Having the opportunity to watch them grow everyday is truly a blessing.
Favorite Food: Pizza
I’ve been CrossFitting over 2 years now. I wasn’t always athletic. Throughout childhood and into my adults years I dabbled in many different activities searching for something that lit me up. Softball, basketball, skating, biking, swimming, surfing, etc. I tried a little of everything but nothing really did it for me. I didn’t excel because I didn’t love any of it, not enough to put my book down and get off of my couch anyway. I’ve lived with Lyme Disease for the better part of 20 years and always struggled to find something that worked for my body.
I remember watching American Ninja Warrior one night and thinking, “That is the closest I will ever get to being Buffy! I want to do that!” A friend was participating in a CrossFit event honoring the military so I went to watch. I sat on a wooden box in a hot, dirty, warehouse and watched powerful, strong women climbing a rope attached to a giant metal beam on the ceiling and throwing barbells over their heads. The sound was almost entirely drowned out by the boisterous cheers of everyone in the building. Men, women, children. Every age and every race packing the concrete walls with encouragement and community. It was exhilarating. Everyone working against themselves but never alone. A powerhouse of energy all channeled to one goal. Just finish. Keep going.
This was it! This was what I was looking for.
Challenge. Heart. Community. Strength.
Once I joined a CrossFit gym I was overcome with the stories behind the athletes. I quickly started working in gym operations, focused mostly on membership and new people. I met with people about their goals, their lifestyle, their frustrations, their fears. Witnessing someone being in tears in their consultation to crushing their goals and cheering other members on in their first two weeks is the most incredible thing about CrossFit for me. Seeing the transformation from hesitant and reserved to confident and deliberate. I knew I would love coaching because I would get to see this transformation first hand. We all know the struggle. We all remember the person that kept us going, that did burpees with us, that yelled our name from the other side of the gym. I was strong now and I wanted to give some of that strength to others.
Coaching has been one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life. I love the energy, the community, the friendship and encouragement. Giving people the push they need to hit their goals and fly past new ones. Coaching an eager athlete and watching the lightbulb click when I explain a challenging movement. I love incorporating my experience in yoga with warms ups and recovery and teaching athletes what they can do outside of the gym. My ACE Personal Trainer Certification is the first step in my pursuit for knowledge and experience to better serve my community!