My name is Joel Hughes. I’m a follower of Christ, husband, father, and lucky enough to be gym ambassador and coach here at Basin CrossFit. Prior to finding CrossFit, I was overweight and had tried dieting, lifting weights, pretty much all the normal stuff. Sometimes I’d actually lose the weight I wanted to lose, but ALWAYS gained it back over a short time. It was a rollercoaster journey, and I always seemed to end up overweight and unhappy. Sound familiar? That was until I was introduced to CrossFit by a coworker. I began my CrossFit journey in 2014 at the age of 40, and that was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve been doing it daily ever since, and I still love (almost) every minute of it.
Many of you who have been around the CrossFit community for a while may know my name only because of my achievements in the sport of fitness. And if my accomplishments as a 2-time CrossFit Games athlete and the 2019 fittest 45-49 year old on Earth help get you in the door at Basin CrossFit, heck, that’s awesome. But if it weren’t for the owner wanting me to include that information, it wouldn’t even be listed in this bio. What I REALLY care about are relationships. I want to become a better person, and the best way I’ve learned to do that is by loving on and caring for others. In turn, I think you will become a better person too. And what do you know! Turns out, we can get fit at the same time!