ABOUT SHIRLEY BROWN:

Believe it or not, I was never a particularly athletic kid. In fact, you could say that I hated sports, but I loved playing and being active! Living in Oregon allowed me to stay active with its hiking, camping and beautiful beaches, but in grade school I actually loathed gym class because of my exercise-induced asthma.

All of that changed in junior high when I had an inspirational teacher who introduced me to weight training. This is when my love of lifting weights began. I participated in track and field through high school, and lifting weights became a natural part of training that I did with my friends. The high school weight was room tiny so I supported my routine with workouts at the local YMCA. Through my teens I continued to get stronger (though I never particularly liked to run!).

I moved away for college to pursue a nursing degree at Southern Oregon University. I joined the track and field team and specialized in shot put. While there, I worked with the local YMCA and coached a teen strength-training class. I also taught at an after-school program aimed at getting kids to move more and eat better, healthier food.

After graduating from college I moved to Southern California to find sunshine – literally (since there’s not much of that stuff up in Oregon), and as if by accident, I created an active lifestyle for myself while finding a community of people to support it! My first job in Los Angeles was at Gold’s Gym in Venice, which opened my eyes to the insane measures that people will take to enhance their “look”. My next job was as an administrative assistant at UCLA, where I quickly realized that working behind a desk all day was not for me. I then became a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certified personal trainer and continued to improve my own fitness. In 2007, I helped create O2 Max, a teen fitness training facility in Santa Monica. I worked with numerous kids and teenagers on things like strength training, nutrition, and incorporating fitness into their lives.

I joined CrossFit LA as a student in March of 2008, thankful to have finally found a place where my strengths could be put to use. I could lift heavy weight with no strange looks, and was around a community of people who pushed me to do more, continually inspiring me to improve. On the recommendation of my coaches at CFLA, I decided to train for and compete in the CrossFit Games Sectional Qualifier in 2009. Since then I’ve found that I not only love competing, I excel at it, and have been on CFLA’s Affiliate Team ever since (including a trip to the CrossFit Games in 2011!).

I’m the CFLA Kids Program Director (and have been working with the program since its inception in 2010.  I’m inspired daily in seeing the “light bulb” turn on in kids, and since working with them is one of my primary passions, you could say “I’m living my dream.”

I practice yoga and CrossFit and enjoy hiking, swimming and exploring new ways to play with movement (hula hoop, slackline, etc.).

  • CrossFit Level 1 certified
  • CrossFit Level 2 certified
  • CrossFit Kids certified
  • Kelly Starrett’s MWOD (Mobility Wod) Levels 101 & 102
  • Brand X Teen Weightlifting
  • MovNat Level 1 Certified
  • Kettlebell Athletics Certified
  • Co-Founder: SweetcheeksHQ.com, a food blog which promotes healthy eating and provides fun, easy recipes

Personal growth work

Insight Levels I, II, III