Health First

Our Mission at Gifford Fitness is to provide people the care, love and respect that they need to be the healthiest, happiest version of themselves. This requires the highest level of coaching and engagement possible, and we will develop and empower our staff members as such.

Gifford Fitness started in the spring of 2016 in a Lino Lakes garage with a small group of members committed to health, fitness, fun, and a positive environment.  Lifting with hand-me-down barbells and weights collected from friends and family and sled sprinting up neighborhood sidewalks, we dodged dogs, kids, and curious neighbors while building our idea of the perfect gym.  We wanted to create a place where anyone, regardless of age, gender, ability, sexual orientation, race, weight, political beliefs, or level of health could come to become a better version of themselves.  We wanted to build not just better athletes, but better people – better mothers and fathers, better community members, better students, better leaders. We believed that building health and longevity, building incredible athletes, and building kinder and stronger human beings didn’t have to be mutually exclusive ideas.  We were able to open our physical gym space in New Brighton shortly thereafter, funded exclusively by founding members who shared our vision.

Today, Gifford Fitness in New Brighton has grown to house several life-changing programs led by passionate and dedicated coaches, and is filled with many inspiring and committed members, all who still live and breathe the core values developed through our grassroots origin.

Achieve Your Fitness Goals

Flexible membership packages to suit all levels of athlete and achieve your fitness goals



Nick Gifford

CF-L3 | Owner and Head Coach

I have realized that my purpose in life lies in helping people of all ages and from all walks of life realize their true potential as a parent, a sibling, a teammate, a friend, and as themselves. I gain a great deal of satisfaction from assisting in the improvement of others. There are many ways to accomplish this, of course. I found my interest in health and fitness at a young age, and that interest has blossomed into my passion, which I have chosen as my outlet to express the influence that I seek. These are the reasons why I have chosen to be a coach.

The traits that my clients appreciate most and why they keep coming back to me is my passion for health and fitness, dedication to their success, and constant hunger to learn. My drive to succeed and improve upon the depth of these traits is the reason why people will trust me and want me to be their coach.

Matt Fedde

CF-L2 | Group Coach, Online Coach, Client Success Manager

Laura Narhi

CF-L2 | Group Coach, Online Coach

Andy O’Rourke

CF-L1 | Group Coach, Online Coach

Kate Jensen

CF-L1 | Coach

Nick Clements

CF-L1 | Coach



Gifford Fitness is looking for an experienced CrossFit Coach to join our team part time (3-10 hours/classes per week).

Gifford Fitness has been a CrossFit Affiliate (CrossFit Red Lion) operating out of New Brighton, MN since 2016. We are a community that believes and prioritizes “Health first”. We aim to provide a safe, fun and inclusive environment that promotes growth in all of our athletes, across all ages, all walks of life, all body types, gender identities, and belief systems. We are looking for someone to join our team who is growth oriented, proactive, charismatic, energetic, and wants to help people.

Applicants for this position should expect to train clients in the CrossFit methodology in person and online, as well as many different age demographics, backgrounds and physical capabilities.


● A minimum of 2 years of CrossFit training at an affiliate

● A minimum of 1 year of CrossFit Coaching at an affiliate (CF-L1 must be in good standing)

● Must be able to use Google Docs, Google Sheets, and be generally tech savvy

● First Aid/CPR Certified (or obtained within 30 days of onboarding)


● Preference given to CF-L2, CrossFit Kids Trainers, USAW

● Preference given to applicants with flexible schedule

● Preference given to applicants who want to grow as a Coach in the fitness industry

● We are looking for someone who wants to grow with us as we grow. Opportunities will open up as the business grows, and preference will be given to applicants who are interested in developing and pursuing these opportunities.


● Read through our job description, and decide if our gym might vibe with you. If so, email us (​[email protected]​) a resume (with references), cover letter, copies of necessary degrees and certifications.

● If we’re on the same page, we’ll set up an interview.

After the initial interview, potential candidates will be asked to go through an internship program, aimed to evaluate potential coaches. See below for more information on this process.

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