THE CrossFit Ergo STORY
Mike Turnquist - OWNER
I was always active and athletic growing up. Always playing sports and really enjoyed baseball, football and wrestling in High School. We all get older, and start being adults, jobs, kids, life. That all caught up to me.
I had a turning point.
It was on a hike in Yosemite. I couldn’t keep up with my friends. I eventually made it and we took a picture at the top. I didn’t like what I saw and I didn’t get to enjoy the day because I wasn’t healthy enough. That would never happen again. I vowed to never be the person that needed help off the toilet.
The world needs fitness. Our general population is getting sicker and unhealthier every single day. I have had too many relatives pass away, way too early because of the their lifestyle choices and their struggle with their health. While everyone has their own journey, simple things like exercise and nutrition are key. I’ve seen what an impact its been for me personally and I just want to share that and let people know, it’s possible, no matter where they are at now. This is why Ergo exists.
As a child, Chad's passion for physical activity, desire for sport, and facing challenges led him into the world of actions sports such as Motocross, BMX, skateboarding, snowboarding, and the like. At the age of 11, Chad raced motocross competitively for 6 years. It wasn't until 2012 where he was introduced to CrossFit to stay in shape to compete in motocross. As a competitor, he quickly found out that he not only wanted to use CrossFit as a workout program, but to do it as a sport.
A year later, after entering into his first competition, he was hooked and decided to place CrossFit as his main sport. Chad found a new interest within CrossFit when he had the opportunity to become a coach in 2014. Fascinated by body mechanics and how the human body moves, he is eager to gain knowledge as a coach to help people reach their fitness goals while emphasizing safe and efficient functional movements. In 2014, Chad competed at the SoCal regionals on a team. More often than not, you can find Chad at the gym training or coaching classes to help people improve their fitness. When he’s not at the gym, he enjoys filmmaking and doing the sports he did as a kid.
Chad has overcome many obstacles in life, one being expanding his mental capacity. He believes that you are only as good as how far your mind will take you. Through CrossFit, Chad had changed his negative mindset into the athlete he is today to believe more in himself, stay free of those fears, and overcoming those internal doubts.
Chad is here to improve athletes mental capacity through fitness to unlock their full potential. Having a mental barrier and working through it to overcome that fear is what Chad feeds off of for motivation. Chad’s ideal athlete would be receptive and eager to learn new ways.
Started CrossFit in 2014, wanting to get into something new and challenging. Played volleyball in high school and raced dirt bikes as a kid, so competition and hard work were engraved in me at a young age. I took on coaching as a great way for me to open myself up more since I was always a shy person. If you were to tell me to talk in front of a big crowd prior to coaching, I would crumble. But now since coaching CrossFit, I've learned to face weaknesses and to be more open to challenges that I wouldn't have taken when I was younger.
My turning point in “finding who I am” as an athlete, coach and person really came down to just being sick of losing and staying complacent. I really wanted an outlet to constantly improve myself inside and out. I’ve always looked at losing as a failure point, but now I’ve recently put failure as a learning point to further my progress as a coach or athlete.
My passion for coaching came from what I experienced right from the start of Crossfit as an athlete. I really started from scratch. I had a 115 snatch, 155 clean and jerk, and an 11 minute mile time. All those numbers have changed to today: 280 snatch, 345 clean and jerk, and a 5:42 mile. If I can go from those numbers to now, I know for sure I can help you with your goals. You don’t need to be insanely fit from the start, I CAN GET YOU FIT, you just have to start.
I started CrossFit in 2008 and haven't looked back. I've played sports my whole life and have always been hooked on trying different workout programs. Finding CrossFit has allowed me to stay mentally and physically ready for my career as a Fire Captain. I love the CrossFit community and being able to help people improve their fitness is what drove me to become a CF Trainer.
I was always the smallest kid in everything I participated in. I always felt like I had to work that much harder to be able to “hang” physically with everyone else. By following the CrossFit methodology, it has allowed me to stay ready for any physical challenge that gets put in front of me. The mental strength and confidence it has given me an it has allowed me to excel in both the gym and my career.
I enjoy helping others find their strengths and train through their weaknesses. I love being able to help people push their limits on what they’re able to mentally and physically achieve. Helping others find a better version of themselves is what drives me to be a Coach
There is nothing better than witnessing someone's sincere best effort. Crossfit offers an opportunity to do just that, to be recognized for it, and to be part of a community where effort is the main goal. It doesn't matter where you come from, your age, your athletic ability, or what you look like. Just show up and work at it. It's beautiful, really, and being close to it as a coach is priceless.
As I approach the half-century mark, I realize more and more that nothing matters more than consistent and persistent effort. It sounds trite, but it’s true. No amount of talent, intelligence, or money can replace what a person can do by simply making a daily decision to apply themselves. The good news is that it’s the same for everyone, no matter where you start.
When I was in grade school, I was a nerd. We celebrate nerds now, but back in the 70’s and 80’s, it was often the last thing a schoolkid would choose to be. I was book smart but unathletic and uncoordinated. One memory that I’m stuck with is trying to jump rope in PE, and gaining the wrong kind of attention for it. 36 years later I started Crossfit, and one of my first workouts had double unders in it. Turns out, that skill didn’t improve with age. It took me months to learn consistent singles, and years to learn doubles. I’m still not where I want to be with them, but I’m damn proud of it. It’s not glamorous, but it has taught me everything need to know about how to get somewhere: Wake up, decide to do it, ignore all the other voices, go to bed, repeat.
Growing up with sisters who didn't play sports, it took me a while to figure out that I enjoyed them. In 6th grade, I tried out basketball and ballet and loved them both! As a teen, I discovered that I loved running with my dog and martial arts, getting my 1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
In college and after I kept exploring – playing soccer at my community college, playing basketball at my small Bible college, and then running the Chicago marathon. However, after checking a marathon off my list, I just stopped. I stopped running and stopped working out regularly as I had no goal to train for and life with multiple jobs was already busy. Every time I was on a team or had a goal I loved fitness and was super competitive but I was never consistent and so never the best at anything.
But then I hit a turning point. My husband called me over to watch a Netflix documentary on the 2017 CrossFit Games and said, “These women are so amazing, you could do that!”. As soon as I saw that there was a sport for fitness with outstanding, strong women doing the impossible, I decided it was for me. The moment I tried out my first CrossFit class in Chicago, I was hooked. I went every day and could not get enough! I finally had a specific goal to train for, enough variety to hold my interest, and the perfect venue to apply my mental and physical tenacity.
Three years later, I still can’t get enough and am excited to be coaching my passion. I went from not being able to do a single pull-up to doing 100 pull-ups with a weighted vest and from being scared of a barbell and almost hurting my back on a bodyweight deadlift to a 305 lb deadlift and 130 lb snatch. If you want to work out and learn new skills but have no idea how to stay consistent or how to set goals for yourself then I’ve been there! Born a teacher, I would love to help you get past that in a heartbeat, feel empowered by learning to do things that you never thought possible, and using these skills to lead a healthy lifestyle.