By Jason O'Boyd, Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 —
This could be the opening line of a pretty funny joke.
A former cop, secret service agent and a lawyer go into business together …
But this isn’t a joke, and Scott Mauldin and Bart Huneycutt are serious about getting people in better shape to lead more productive and healthier lives.
CrossFit Delphi opened Jan. 7 at 461 W. Main St., Albemarle. The 6,200-square-foot facility specializes in CrossFit training, one of the fastest growing and most popular forms of fitness. This season of the television show “The Biggest Loser” is using CrossFit in a lot of it’s training.
“The juice is worth the squeeze,” said Mauldin, who began his career with the Concord Police Department and later served as an agent for the U.S. Secret Service.
“I did traditional fitness training for the last 20 years. I feel like I’ve been lied to at how to do it. I’m 38 and we were in here the other day talking trash to two college athletes because I was out-jumping them in jeans, old enough to be their dad. I love that. It’s awesome.
“I don’t force it on people, but when I go into a traditional gym now and see people doing traditional weightlifting and stuff, I think to myself ‘What a colossal waste of time.’ ”
CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program that anyone can use, from those who are already physically fit to those looking to get into shape as a New Year’s resolution. It focuses in part on what people already do in everyday life and is mobility based, from lifting and squatting to jumping and carrying.
The vast backgrounds, training and experience of the two obviously makes them immensely qualified to operate such a business.
Mauldin is co-owner, a CrossFit Kettlebell instructor, endurance coach and Level 1 trainer. He also is a physical fitness coordinator for the Federal Air Marshal Service in Charlotte.
Huneycutt is a practicing attorney and is co-owner. He’s a CrossFit Olympic Lifting instructor and Level 1 trainer. He’s also trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for nearly five years.
“This is Scott’s brainchild,” Huneycutt said.
“Scott was actually involved with Wayne Embry, who now operates CrossFit T2 Endurance in Charlotte. Once Wayne wanted to focus more on an endurance-type CrossFit box, I think that’s when Scott wanted to start diverging.
“He kinda called my bluff one day and said ‘Wayne is going in a different direction, and I’d really like to go strength based and mobility based with our CrossFit facility. How serious were you whenever you said you said you wanted to get involved with starting one?’ I said, ‘One hundred percent. Let’s do it.’ ”
Mauldin put Huneycutt through a 12-minute CrossFit workout to give him an idea of what he was getting into. Huneycutt loved it and was quickly on board, putting the wheels in motion for the business. Originally, an idea was to put the facility in Ballantyne, a neighborhood of Charlotte.
A sports chiropractor Mauldin knew was interested in starting a CrossFit Pre-hab to help get people in better shape and to avoid sports injuries.
But the business ended up in Albemarle instead, something everyone agrees was a good move. Mauldin said they began doing three courses in the summer ‘to examine the interest in this area’ before officially getting this business started.
“That always gives us a different perspective of the different kind of people that are going to be walking through the door,” Huneycutt said.
“Scott’s been training in one capacity or another forever. I’ve been involved in team sports since I was a kid. So we have a retired secret service guy and air marshal … and an every-day attorney as a sit-down job. So when people come in, one of us can usually relate to where they are.
“It’s not one of those “trust us, we know what we are doing.’ It’s ‘Trust us, we know what we are doing because one of us is pretty close to where you are or we started close to where you are.’ That’s huge in my opinion.”
CrossFit Delphi has classes for men, women and children. Most days begin at 5:30 a.m. and can run past 7 p.m.
For more information on classes and pricing, go to crossfitdelphi. com.