Greg Hood

Greg Hood

Co-Founder/Business

Owner/ Buisiness Manager

Birthplace:  Portland, Maine

Why did you start CrossFit?  I started CrossFit 4-5 years ago at a time when I had lost balance in my life. I had just started a career in medicine and absolutely loved it. I let it consume me though and found myself going into the office earlier and earlier and staying later and later.   Simply put, I did not allot time for exercise. I was introduced to CrossFit through a buddy from college and stepped foot into North Shore CrossFit, where I met coach Brandon. CrossFit became an outlet from stress at work, but more importantly, became a modality that helped enhance my overall health. I began sleeping better, feeling like I had more energy than I could remember and becoming even more productive at work. I became much more pleasant to be around as well. I felt better than I could remember.   I was active at NSCF for a while and more recently at CrossFit Variance in Beverly.

Certifications/ Accomplishments/Experience:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Physician Assistant

CPR Certified

First Aid Certified

Athletic Background:  Participating in athletic activities was simply a way of life throughout my childhood. I grew up playing multiple sports – baseball, basketball, soccer, golf and football – but eventually focused on lacrosse in high school (and was named to the All-state team my senior year) and then played at Gordon College. I am now committed to CrossFit and am of course always working on my CanJam and Beanbag Toss skills.

How did you get here?  Similar to my wife, if anyone had told me I would one day be opening a box, I wouldn’t have believed it.   I’ve always thought I have the best job in the world working at a federally funded Community Health Center in Lynn, Mass; but have found building a community through CF5+ even more exciting. The comradery is energizing and gives life more meaning.   To keep a long story short; I met Chris, Sarah and Brandon completely separate from each other, not knowing that one day we’d all come together one day to start a gym. I met Chris well over a decade ago at Gordon College, where we ultimately became college roommates. I knew Brandon from North Shore CrossFit but happened to also randomly move next to him about 5 years ago. And I knew Sarah through Franson Chiropractics – way before she met and married my long-time buddy, Chris.   Ironically, I have known my wife for the least amount of time, but during the last few years, I have experienced a kind of happiness in life that I didn’t know was possible. Between marriage and having a baby girl 4 months ago, joy simply has taken on a new meaning to me.

 

What is your favorite movement:  Rowing, Power cleans, Backsquats

What is your Goat (least favorite):  Thrusters, running

What is your PLUS?  I believe my plus is that I really enjoy teaching. I am an Advanced Practice Clinical Preceptor at Boston College and an Adjunct Clinical Instructor for the PA program at Northeasten University. I have spent many years studying anatomy and physiology of the human body and hope that I can share this knowledge with others.

Why are you excited to be a part of this?  I am excited to have CrossFit become a lifestyle and staple within my own life. I have always viewed exercise as a “means to an end”; i.e. the requirement of training for a sport during the offseason.   Having married an avid and athletic enthusiast, I have quickly learned the difference between exercising for health versus obligation and have become committed to exercising to compliment a healthy lifestyle . My journey is currently in process and my hope is that creating a commitment to my overall health will be an example to my daughter. I am excited, and extremely thankful, that she will grow up surrounded by the community at CrossFit Five Plus.

Favorite Sports Team:  Boston Red Sox

Favorite Quote:  “Success: To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of the honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!” Attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson

What do you want to be when you grow up?  I am blessed to be able to say I am living my dream job.   I can honestly see myself working at my clinic until it is time to retire. Being able to be a part of CrossFit Five Plus is an opportunity that I cherish.   When I grow up, I want to be less serious.

Something that surprises people about you:  I have bungy jumped with Tiger Woods in Queenstown, New Zealand. I’ve also been sky diving and got my scuba diving certification in Belize.

Favorite Movie:  Miracle, Remember the Titans, Rudy

Favorite Beer:  Kentucky Bourbon Ale. (Thank you Brian Buell for introducing this to me)

When you stub your toe, what comes out of your mouth:  “oh, sugar”

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