At Move Lift Live (MLL), the training continues long after class ends. That’s because the Brickell-based CrossFit gym isn’t founded on the same principles as the traditional elite program. While typical gym-goers solely focus on breaking a new PR, members at MLL can expect to pursue a wide array of body goals and find a more comprehensive, but equally ambitious, training program in the process.
“Group fitness does not mean you should be ignored,” stated Founder & Owner of Move Lift Live, Troy Jason Valls, who sought to start his own gym after nearly 15 years of an on-again, off-again back injury.
Valls often spent more hours dedicated to physical therapy than his own fitness regime, anxious about the vulnerability of one bad move leading to injury and aggravated at constantly being taken away from the floor. CrossFit was looked to as the ultimate way to push your body to the next level, yet too many of its teachers coached with no emphasis on body awareness.
“I wanted to find a way to improve my own performance and understand my movement so I started looking into the technical details,” added Valls. “I’m a nerd and wanting to learn more is in my nature. Before I knew it, I was getting certifications in CrossFit and Mobility.”
An unfortunate setback quickly grew into a passion. His vision: an all-encompassing gym where you can find the perfect “yin” to a high-intensity “yang”. Ditching a successful career in advertising, he began by finding people who shared his drive to continually evolve their education and recruited a diverse team of trainers.
Fast forward ten years and today Valls has built a gym based on a responsibility to make people better. He’s established a haven where coaches understand the importance of keeping people moving but are cautious of injuries that lead individuals to avoid fast-paced fitness for life.
Beyond holding a CrossFit certification, the highly-qualified trainers at Move Lift Live range from certified yoga teachers to physical therapists and past CrossFit Games athletes. It’s one of the only fitness communities where multiple fitness and health disciplines live together under one roof.
All MLL plans include yoga and mobility sessions, a central and often overlooked aspect of rigorous strength and conditioning. Open gym sessions also provide an effective way for people to try out movements on their own time or stop for guidance, support and tips on how to manage any discomfort they might experience from, say, their shoulder or knee.
“Most of the time you see people with injuries or limitations it’s related to their overall joint health, ” explained Valls. “As coaches, we obviously want to retain our clients, but we do so by giving them more opportunity to rehab. ”
The personal support and unparalleled expertise paired with a guaranteed sense of community create the perfect recipe for any person, regardless of skill level, to accomplish the fitness goals of their dreams.