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Recently, we received word that one of the first CrossFit affiliates in the Southern California, CrossFit Huntington Beach, had begun to follow the Conjugate program. We had a chance to sit down with their owner, Mike Smith, to go over some of his methodologies and to ask him why he decided to go with our system. Mike has an extensive background in athletics as a collegiate wrestler and rugby player. After a stint for the US rugby squad in the mid-eighties, Mike decided to go into coaching. He began his coaching career at the Air Force Academy, where he had a chance to rub elbows with other coaches and begin to formulate his own fitness system. When CrossFit began to gain popularity in the early 2000s, Mike fell in love with the sport immediately. From that point, he decided to open his own gym. Huntington Beach CrossFit was one of the first CrossFit affiliates in Orange County and the 13th CrossFit gym established worldwide.

While CrossFit Huntington Beach has had a great deal of success over the past decade, they were always searching for new ways to evolve and help their clients improve. Mike had heard of the Conjugate system and was aware of Shane’s presence in the athletic training world. He’d always been curious about the program and last December, decided to give it a try. The results were nearly instantaneous and Huntington Beach CrossFit has come to embrace the program. Mike and the staff were really interested in how the system could help CrossFitters and wanted to implement it to help their own clients. Not only has the gym as a whole made this leap to the new system, but Mike and his staff are actively following the programming themselves. They get together every day to go through the modules, coaching one-another to eliminate flaws. The staff at CrossFit Huntington Beach has truly fallen in love with this system and can tell that their clients are getting better results than ever. Mike even claims that the program has helped him personally as he’s doing less volume and adding more intensity to his workouts. We’re so pleased to see another amazing success story like this— keep up the great work CrossFit Huntington Beach.

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