Ben Aiken

Ben has been competing in athletics since the age of 4 when he began Tae Kwon Do. Earning his black belt at the age of 9 he continued his training until he found basketball and cross country a few years later. While in high school he joined the track team, where he would go on to place in the top 3 in the state in the long, triple, and/or high jump each year until graduation. His senior year he placed fifth in the nation at the Foot Locker All-American high school meet, and went on to compete in the long and triple jump at the University of South Carolina.

Ben’s wife Tiffanie introduced him to CrossFit, and he knew he’d found the place where he could fulfill his calling in life: coaching. Within 6 months Ben had his Level 1, and was in pursuit of the knowledge that would make him a better coach, an ongoing process that he enjoys to this day.

Fascinated by gymnastics from an early age, Ben attained his Instructor level Certification from USA Gymnastics in 2013, and has taught several seminars and clinics for CrossFit (and Strength and Conditioning) facilities all over the state of South Carolina. His pursuit of knowledge in this area has afforded him the opportunity to learn from many different gymnastics instructors and coaches.

“I once heard James Fitzgerald (founder of OPEX) say, ‘There are few places on earth where we are asked to make that very real connection with our body and our spirit. CrossFit is one of those places. Dig deep, don’t quit, and discover why you are here.’ Those words have been etched into my brain ever since, and I look forward to helping everyone I meet do just that.”

Testimonials:

Ben has been my coach ever since he started working at SRCF. When we started working together, I was coming off of a knee injury which I had been rehabbing for the better portion of a year, and was nervous  and hesitant about jumping back into group classes and potentially overdoing it with my knee. I needed a coach that understood my goals as well as my limitations due to my injury, and who was able to work around that to provide personalized workouts, strength training programs, and auxiliary skill work that would help me achieve those goals without re-injuring myself in the process. Ben has been that coach for me.

After just five months of Ben’s programming I have surpassed my pre-injury PRs on multiple lifts and have seen my personal performance improve in my workouts as well. I am now focusing on weaknesses instead of ignoring them, and even though it can be frustrating at times, Ben is always there providing encouragement, motivation, and support. He is always pushing the people in his classes to achieve more than what they thought they were capable of, but without sacrificing form or technique.  I feel very fortunate to have him as a coach and friend.

– Kristen M.

 

Certifications:

CF Level 1

CF Gymnastics

CF Mobility

OPEX CCP, Assessment

OPEX CCP, Program Design

USA Gymnastics Certified Instructor

Catapult Weightlifting Certificate (w/Don McCauley of MDUSA)

Black Belt: Tae Kwon Do