BodyKore recently visited Full Circle Fitness facilities located in Signal Hill, CA. The brand new personal training facility is equipped with a ton of state of the art equipment. The training facility specializes in CrossFit and Kettlebell training. The experienced staff specialize in strength and conditioning, weight loss, rehabilitation, body building and sport specific training.
Owner Chris Morrisey and Charles Johanson are also the owners of the LB Tri club. The LB Tri, the triathlon club that trains like a team, is Southern California’s newest and fastest growing multi-sport organization.
Founded on September 19, 2009 by Chris Morrissey and Charles Johanson, LB Tri is a group of likeminded athletes who share a passion for the sport of triathlon, living life to the fullest and having fun. Our members include novices looking for support before completing their first triathlon, newbie’s looking to get in shape via the triathlon, fitness nuts who like to push themselves and veterans of Ironman competition.
Chris is owner of Full Circle Fitness and is a professional fitness trainer (Crossfit certified, ISSA certified), a certified massage therapist and former MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter. In late 2008, at the request of his three daughters (“dad stop getting hurt”), Chris retired from MMA fighting and started to look for a new sport that would feed his intense drive, naturally competitive nature and obsession to push himself to the extreme. In Triathlon he found his match. The change from an intense and rapid-fire anaerobic sport like fighting to an aerobic endurance multi-sport like triathlon has been an amazing transformation. With less than a year of training, Chris did 7 sprint-triathlons leading up to his first 70.3 (Vineman) in 2009, which he finished in less than 6 hours. That same year he completed his first Marathon (LB) in 3hrs44mins. For this season, in addition to 6 sprints, Chris will be doing 2 Half-Ironman’s and his first full (the 2010 Vineman Full Triathlon). Chris is currently becoming a tri-certified coach (expected completion date October 2010).
On the other end of the scale (literally), Charles is co-owner of Grove Theater Center | GTC Burbank, one of Southern California’s premiere professional theater companies with a focus on new play development (multiple LA Ovation Awards, LA Weekly Awards, OC Weekly Awards and many plays published and produced nationally). In addition he owns Unleashed Design, an integrated graphic design, branding, web design and social marketing company. Charles was not a MMA fighter. Charles is a coach potato turned triathlete. If you told anyone prior to October 2008 that Charles completed a Triathlon they would assume you meant eat a hotdog, drink a beer, reach for the remote control. It was in October that Charles made the decision to get to the gym and lose the weight (he was pushing the scales at over 330 pounds). But unlike many people who make that resolution, Charles has actually done it. It was in 2008 that he met Chris who became his trainer, and it was Chris who signed Charles up for his first Triathlon. Or more accurately told Charles he was doing his first triathlon. Since then Charles has completed 7 sprints and is training for his first Half Ironman (Vineman 70.3) this July. His personal success story (he has lost over 80 pounds and hopes to be well below Clydesdale by the end of this season) helps answer the question of many of our new members; “Can I do a triathlon?” Charles will be attending the USAT Triathlon Coach certification program in 2011.