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ABOUT US

Health First

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.

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MEET THE STAFF

Nick Gifford

Owner and 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.

CERTIFIED CROSSFIT LEVEL 3 TRAINER (CF-L3)

CROSSFIT KIDS TRAINER

CROSSFIT SCALING COURSE

CROSSFIT OPEN JUDGES COURSE 2014-2018

USA WEIGHTLIFTING ADVANCED COACH

NATIONAL-LEVEL COMPETITIVE WEIGHTLIFTER

CPR/AED CERTIFIED

Kate Jensen

Coach

My interest in fitness stems from an undying love of play – I am passionate about trying and learning new things and have found a great outlet for this in CrossFit and Weightlifting.  Despite CrossFitting for several years, I am still learning new things and improving daily! I believe fitness should be fun and positive, no matter where you are at in your fitness journey.

I am happy to be a part of Gifford Fitness supporting the health and wellness of our members; I am passionate about seeing others learn and succeed.  I have had life changing experiences due to CrossFit and Weightlifting, and hope to play a role in helping everyone in our community experience the same.

When I’m not at the gym you can find me at the University of Minnesota, where I teach in the Computer Science department, or applying my fitness working on fixer upper houses.   

CROSSFIT LEVEL 1

CROSSFIT OPEN JUDGES COURSE

USAW SPORTS PERFORMANCE COACH

B.S. MATHEMATICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

M.A. POLITICAL SCIENCE

M.S. COMPUTER SCIENCE

CPR/AED CERTIFIED

Nick Clements

Coach

I have always been active and enjoyed exercise, including playing all kinds of sports and trying new activities. I discovered CrossFit in 2012 while watching ESPN 2 and thought it looked like fun so I gave it a try. Little did I know that I had found an amazing opportunity for long term sustainable health and wellness.

 After several years of training, getting fitter, and meeting many great people I felt that I could do more to promote a healthy lifestyle. In 2017 I decided to get my CFL1 and become a coach.

As a coach nothing makes me smile more than seeing an athlete accomplish a task they thought was impossible. I see myself as a very positive person and bring that attitude into the gym for every class. I really enjoy connecting with the people in our community and consider it a privilege to earn their trust as a coach.

When I’m not at the gym, my wife Karla and I are busy chasing around our two boys, Sal and Frank. I also own and operate a small construction company.

I look forward to growing with this community, gaining more experience as a coach and increasing my knowledge of nutrition and mobility in order to provide an exceptional experience for each of our athletes.

CROSSFIT LEVEL 1

CROSSFIT OPEN JUDGES COURSE

CPR/AED CERTIFIED

GIFFORD FITNESS CAREERS

PART-TIME CROSSFIT COACH WANTED AT GIFFORD FITNESS

Gifford Fitness is looking for an experienced CrossFit Coach to join our team part time (3-7 hours/classes per week).

Gifford Fitness has been a CrossFit Affiliate (CrossFitRedLion) operating out of New Brighton, MN since 2016. We are a community that believes and prioritizes “Health first”. Not abs, not weight loss, but health. 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. All of this trickles down from the top, and needs to be an active belief within any applicant for this position.

NECESSARY QUALIFICATIONS:

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

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

● FirstAid/CPRCertified(or obtained within 30 days of on boarding)

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

● Preference given to applicants with coaching experience and/or qualifications outside of CrossFit (attach copies of all relevant degrees/certifications with application)

● 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.

HIRING PROCESS:

● 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

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