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-L3 | Group Coach, On-Ramp Coach, Client Success Manager

Laura Narhi

CF-L2 | Group Coach, On-Ramp Coach

Drew Payne

CF-L1 | Group Coach, On-Ramp Coach


Part-Time Group Fitness Coach

Are you looking to help build happy, healthy people and grow as a fitness professional?

We are searching for a part-time Group Fitness Coach. You'll join a staff of professional, growth-oriented, walk-the-talk, no-b.s. communicators who believe in a health-first approach to fitness.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate genuine care for clients, an understanding and belief in CrossFit methodology, and a drive to build coaching skills: teaching, seeing, correcting, demonstrating, presence and attitude, and group management.

This is a great opportunity for someone to help members become the best versions of themselves while also growing personally and professionally as a Group Fitness Coach and a Personal Trainer.

Minimum Requirement
CrossFit Level 1 Certificate or ability to complete CF-L1 training during the internship process

CrossFit Kids Certificate and interest in coaching teens

Group coaches have a regular schedule of 2-10 hour-long classes that may change and evolve over time, depending on experience, availability, and coverage needs. Personal training opportunities and schedule will vary.

Competitive compensation
Gym membership
Monthly staff and coach professional development

To apply, email nick@giffordfitness.com with cover letter and resume. Be sure to include a phone number and current teaching/fitness certificates and certifications.

Selected candidates will be invited to complete an internship program that involves shadowing, assisting, and coaching. Coaching positions are offered after successful completion of the internship.

Coach Apprenticeship

The Gifford Fitness Apprenticeship program is a flexible learning and employee development program intended to teach young potential coaches the basics of the fitness industry and help develop potential future career opportunities.

The responsibilities of the Apprentice depend on the needs of the gym, which will vary over time.

Participants need to be able to work anywhere from 2-6 hours per week

Assistant Coach with CrossFit Kids
Assistant Coach with GiffyFit Teens
Assistant Coach with Teens Sports programs (MFA, IHS, etc)
Front Desk work

Unlimited Membership at Gifford Fitness
Key to the gym
Access to learning resources from seminars, continuing education materials, etc
Access to knowledge and experience from experienced coaches in the fitness industry
Earn your CrossFit Level 1 - upon graduation of the Apprenticeship program, Gifford Fitness will pay for future Gifford Fitness employees’ CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course

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