Flashback to the fall of 2009. Adam Blaney was teaching elementary physical education at Beaver Run Elementary in Salisbury, MD. Cameron Ball was teaching high school physical education at Wicomico High School, also in Salisbury, MD. The six degrees of separation that these two had at this point in their lives was a co-worker. Jason Cranford split his days between Beaver Run and Wi-Hi and through his time with Cameron (who had been exposed while serving in the Marine Corps) he heard about this new exercise program called “CrossFit”. One morning Jason told Adam a little about CrossFit and also explained that the “CrossFit Games” were being streamed live to the internet on www.crossfit.com. This set off a morning ritual as Jason and Adam would get to work early and then head down to the library to watch the new event that posted the night prior. Needless to say the fire was lit. Inspired by the athletes and workouts from the games, Adam, Cameron and Jason began meeting at 6am each morning at the local World Gym to do the mainsite workout of the day. Those were some fun days. The staff at the time must surely have thought these three were crazy as they ran in and out of stationary equipment to the pull-up rack, weights and sometimes even the treadmills. It was love at first WOD.
Training at the local globo gym continued for awhile with an occasional drop-in to CrossFit Ocean City. Finally in June of 2010 Adam got his level 1 coaching certificate from CrossFit Fort Meade and spent that summer interning at CrossFit Ocean City with Steve and Kelley Rakow and crew. Shortly after, in fact in January of 2011, Cameron also attained his level 1, in his case from Trident CrossFit and also began coaching at CrossFit Ocean City soon after. As the two of them were training and enjoying the outstanding community aspect of CrossFit they saw a need and an opportunity in the area they both worked in. From there the plans were laid to open up CrossFit Salisbury and after finding the perfect location and going through the necessary channels the doors were officially opened to the public in June of 2011.
That first year was filled with many ups and downs. For starters they were renovating what had been a former dance studio. From painting over the orange color scheme that was used to taking down the full length glass mirrors (most fitness enterprises would have killed to have mirrors already in place but a CrossFitter has no need for such things) to cutting and welding the initial pull-up rig and laying down the matting. It was an extremely exciting time yet was very intimidating as well. From day 1 they committed to provide an excellent service to their members by putting them first and make sure that each and every day they were moving better than the day before and having fun doing it. It just so happened that the right people walked through the front doors over that first year and an organic growth ensued which each of the initial group of members celebrated. From there it happened just as Greg Glassman (founder and CEO of CrossFit) said it would. CrossFit became all they could talk about just as it had for Adam and Cameron and they invited some friends and those friends invited some more and so on and so on. Through it all and to this day Adam and Cameron continue to chase excellence through CrossFit Salisbury and its unmatched community.
Check out CrossFit Salisbury through the years:
(A picture from the very first Eastern Shore Affiliate Challenge)
(Adam doing “FRAN” during the CrossFit Salisbury grand opening.)
(Cam keeping a close eye on the judges and athletes during the inaugural Eastern Shore Affiliate Challenge)
(Ribbon cutting ceremony with the mayor at the time, Jim Ireton)
(Assembly of the original infinity rig)
(Memorial Day Murph 2012)
(Coach Adam leading a CrossFit Kids class)
(Adam, Steve Rakow and Cam. Steve was the former owner of CrossFit Ocean City and a mentor to both Adam and Cam)