My Story: Zach

Hello, I’m Zach Jones. In 2012, I graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and currently work in the Shipping Industry. While I love my job, and still work full time there, I always had a dream to open up a gym. I’ve always loved sports and fitness growing up, but had never tried anything but traditional/conventional training. When I tried CrossFit for the first time in 2014, I instantly fell in love with it. Short of meeting my wife, it’s the quickest I’d fallen for anything or anyone; immediately I knew that this is what I wanted to do. I didn’t know when or where, but I was going to open up a CrossFit Affiliate. I loved everything about the community and the methodology, and I wanted to bring that to whatever community we chose to settle in. So, after much contemplation, I took the first step: Kelly and I got married (mainly so she would do all the work, but don’t tell her that). Over the next couple years we talked (to death) the vision that we wanted to create, the foundations we wanted to build on, and the community that we wanted to foster. With all that in mind, we started building ourselves. Books, seminars, classes, podcasts, self-reflection, and lots of honest conversations helped us start this journey. And now, here we are opening CrossFit Merak.

We want to provide a box, a community, a supportive family that allows you to take chances, take risks, take a leap into the unknown that will help you build the best version of yourself. That’s the reason we’re all here, taking the chance to be better than we were yesterday.

Current Favorite Quotes

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

Walt Disney

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

J. K. Rowling

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.

Viktor Frankl

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