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My hope was to write a goodbye message right before leaving, so that I could sneak out quietly. I am shy and I didn’t want to make a big deal out of leaving. However, Jenn has now made my plan impossible. 🙂

I am extremely thankful for the opportunity that Jenn, Lisa, and Jason provided. It was great to have their confidence in allowing me to coach, while also allowing me to have a place to play and learn. We are very lucky to have such great owners. In every meeting I had with them I saw their genuine concern for members. It is definitely not an act. They opened the gym because they thought they could do ‘it’ better. By ‘it’ I mean create a great community with excellent coaching. I think they are accomplishing that goal. The three owners compliment each other very well. You don’t want Lisa to be coaching you if you don’t want to work hard that day. Jenn is the heart of CFE. Jason and I could talk for days on strength and conditioning philosophy (we still have a long agenda Jay).

The coaches at CFE are excellent. It has been great for me to sit around and talk technique, programming, and other strategies. I have seen constant professionalism and genuine concern for our members. Our coaches are the real deal. We talk about you, but it is all concern with how you are doing (“so and so has an anterior pelvic tilt, we need to stretch…”). Our coaches are there because they are passionate about coaching. They coach in their free-time, where they could be doing many other things. Jenn used to get mad that I didn’t pick up my paycheck. I told her that I should be paying her. I think our coaches feel the same way.

The glue of our community is our wonderful members. In coaching Elements, I was able to see many of you begin. I am constantly amazed by watching the progressions. People often start off looking different and have less than optimal mobility and strength. It is a great honor to see people grow and make incredible life transformations. You truly inspire me and make me want to be a better person.

This message can’t convey all of the mixed emotions I am having. I will miss CFE and all its members greatly. It has been a very tough decision for me to make in leaving. I have a great opportunity at Mercer University, teaching for StrongFirst (so I hope to be back), as well as maybe opening a Strength and Condition facility in Atlanta.   Please don’t hesitate to contact me for anything. I would love to create a strength and conditioning program or help in any way possible. I hope to continue being a part of this great community and to see your continued success.

With sincere gratitude and respect,

Craig

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(CFE as an infant;  it was about half the size)