Craig Hysell

Founder, Chief Epic Officer

  • CrossFit Certified Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Certified Movement & Mobility Trainer
  • CrossFit Certified Kids Trainer
  • CrossFit Certified Gymnastics Trainer
  • CrossFit Certified Competition Judge
  • CrossFit Football Certified, Power Athlete Trainer
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
  • Certified Personal Trainer, International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
  • CPR/AED Certified, American Red Cross
  • BA in Communications, Bowling Green State University


“What if, instead of worrying about making a million dollars, we worry about helping a million people?” That’s the question I pose to my staff and that’s the kind of Team we have cultivated here to help you grow at CTF.

I believe in action. I believe in trying new things and failing forward. I believe in learning, adapting and repeating. Over and over again. I loathe mediocrity and I love watching people take small steps every day to self-actualize into the kind of “Rock Star At Life” human being I know they can eventually become.

We started this gym in 2010 because I believed we could show people (you), through fitness, a better way to live their lives. A Way to live with more positivity, more confidence, more REAL friendships, more understanding of who they REALLY were, what they REALLY could become and what positive effect they could REALLY have on the world around them.

I have not relented in this vision. If anything, this vision has become more robust. And that’s why I believe you, yes YOU reading this, can do what we do here.

Our coaches are not only certified, they go through a grueling 90-day training period we have designed personally and specifically for them to see if they have what it takes to put on our Red Shirt. Many wash out. Those that remain are the best we have to offer you. And it shows. In every class, in every personal training session, in every aspect of all the specialty services we are able to provide you with such a dynamic, knowledgeable and caring staff: we have cultivated some of the very best talent around for you to take full advantage of.

We take the long-term approach. Quick fixes do not establish wellness, only the appearance of it. We are not shallow here. (Shallowness is lame and has no soul!) There is a reason behind every single thing we do here to provide you with the very best client experience we can. When you’re here, you’re part of the family and today, we have CTF family all over the world.

I’m very proud of this place. I’m proud of the people who train here, the people who work here and the fact that we learn from one another every day. I watch people improve every single day in mind, body and spirit, and then pass it on to others.

This is how we do it. We work hard. We play all the time. We laugh, we fist bump, we hug, we learn, we grow and we improve every single day. Together. One Team.


Live with Conviction. Craig Hysell- Founder

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