Get Lifted Gym was established in 2008 by 8 year NFL veteran Paul Smith. All programming is customized by Paul and enforced at all 3 locations.
Paul & Maribel Smith Founders of Get Lifted Gym
Growing up fitness consumed my life. All I thought about was how far I could push my body from a very young age. How much I could lift, how fast and how far I could run, how high I could jump etc., sometimes I couldn’t wait until the off season so I could get back to training. I always experimented with different routines, programs, things I came up with on my own, training regimines of top athletes in all sports, fitness magazine routines; I did it all. It wasn’t until my last year in the NFL is where I found Crossfit. It was the 2008 off-season where I was on youtube and looking up workout routines because I had become bored and unmotivated from what I was doing. I clicked on a girl, Annie Sakamoto, doing squats and muscle ups on rings. I thought the video was being looped because she never stopped or slowed down for rest, something I never seen going to a global gym. I clicked on the crossfit.com link at the bottom of the video and found workouts that were coming in daily with video and short explanation of the movements. The workout of the day or Wod that was on my day of revival was Filthy Fifty. I looked at all movements on the video archive, learned them real quick, went to wal mart to buy a doorway pullup bar and a kettle bell, installed the pullup bar and 1hr. and 45 min later I was layed out on the garge floor after the last rep of double unders (one rep at a time with a leather jumprope) Long story short I was cut from the team 2008 after an injury riddled season. I needed to make a living, knew I wanted to personal train people, started a gym in my garage with the permission of my wife and 8 years and 3 gyms later, Maribel and I have become proud owners of GetLifted Gym, HOME OF THE APES!!!!!
Joe & Natalia Bennett East Location Owners
Elizabeth Amezaga North Location Owner
A little over three years ago I found and fell in love with CrossFit. However, Crossfit was not something I was excited about, it was actually my last effort to try and rehabilitate a broken & displaced back. Most people would laugh at the idea and would warn you to stay away to avoid further injury, but after researching for month late at night, I mustered the courage to look for a gym locally. I heard great things about Get Lifted and I set up an assessment. I walked in week after week feeling extremely intimidated. I was so lost with the movements and names of different workouts but everyone was very patient with me including the community of other gym goers that were stuck with me in the hour I had chosen to attend. Soon, I was not only going to the gym because I wanted mobility and better health, which I found after many warnings that Crossfit was dangerous. I was walking in daily because I felt incredibly welcomed and I had discovered a new way to cope with my stress and my anxiety. I had no idea that my emotional state could be so directly linked to my ability to walk without pain. I have been labeled by the medical community as a “disabled vet, 100% full & permanent”. That label destroyed me emotionally and physically and I allowed it to define me. Sure the label will always be in my medical records but it no longer defines me. Get Lifted changed that view I had of myself & my quality of life has changed dramatically thanks to Crossfit.
So when the opportunity for “Get Lifted North “presented itself, I knew it was a way to help others find what I had found. I have worked hard to partner up with the Wounded Warrior Project and specifically target others who might face similar struggles with health and fitness. This has now become my passion. I want others to experience what it feels like to combine emotional, physical and spiritual wellness.