LFCC was a Great Fit for CrossFit Vint Hill Owner
Spending the first two years of college at LFCC is good for your financial fitness, according to alumnus Rob Jenkins, owner of CrossFit Vint Hill.
While he was still at Liberty High School, Jenkins came to the Warrenton Campus for his dual-enrollment classes. After graduating from high school, he continued his education at Lord Fairfax, graduating in 2004.
From there, Jenkins transferred to George Mason University where he attained a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. Then, he and his wife started a home-based personal training business.
In 2011, the couple started doing CrossFit, and spent several years searching for the right location to open their own gym.
Jenkins describes CrossFit as a fitness protocol that can be scaled to anyone’s fitness or ability level.
“Everything we do is functional in regards to movement, and precisely how the human body was built to move,” he says. “Free weights, core strength, balance, agility, speed, accuracy, overall strength and full-body conditioning all promote fat loss, while also building the strength needed to tackle any task, inside or outside of the gym.”
Having always wanted to start his own business in Fauquier County, Jenkins seized the opportunity when 7,400-square-feet of warehouse space became available in Vint Hill.
CrossFit Vint Hill opened at 7142 Farm Station Road, in October 2017, and it has grown to include about 125 clients who take advantage of the group training, one-on-one coaching, kids fitness, boot camp, nutrition plan services and more.
Jenkins’s first embarked on his fitness journey in high school.
“I was super-overweight – 335 pounds,” he says. “The strength coach at school was a big influence. He helped me get on a fitness track, and I dropped to 205 pounds while still in high school. I knew then that I wanted to do for others what he had done for me.”
But, Jenkins wasn’t sure what that path would be like right out of high school.
“Community college was my first go-to school,” he says. “It was cheaper than a four-year university and close to home. And my sister was a Lord Fairfax graduate. I liked the idea of being able to transfer to a four-year university.”
Plus, Jenkins was working full-time, and was able to work his schedule around his job.
He loved all of his time at LFCC, including while a dual-enrollment student.
“I enjoyed having that college freedom feeling while still in high school,” Jenkins says.
He would recommend that others consider making Lord Fairfax their first choice, too.
“I think for both kids and parents it’s smarter to go to community college first – figure out what you want do with your life,” Jenkins says. “You can do your first couple of years and save yourself and your family some money, all while getting a great education along the way.”