Duane Lawrence is the newest coach added to the team. He has been an athlete all his life and actually started weight training at age 7 with his brother. Duane attended Southern Illinois University on a football scholarship and graduated with a B.A. in Zoology. During his time at SIU, Duane was a 4 year starter at the cornerback position and was named Defensive most valuable player his senior year.
After graduating, Duane began exploring other sports including setting an American weight lifting record in the bench press, completing numerous sprint distance triathlons, 2 full and 1 1⁄2 Miami marathons, and a few years in the martial arts.
Duane began his CrossFit journey in 2016 while searching for an exercise regimen that would incorporate more weight training. Within a few WOD he had found a discipline that challenged the competitor that he is and the intensity and community to keep him planted.
Outside of the box, Duane runs a financial services business, specializing in educating families on the importance of life insurance, investments and mortgages. You’ll likely find him at the beach or on the water with his paddle board, if it’s football season, watching the Gators or spending time with family and friends.
Duane hold the following certifications & awards;
- CrossFit L1 Trainer Certification
- 1998 SIU Saluki Football defensive player of the year
- NASA Powerlifting American Recorder holder