Al Claxton

Al Claxton

CrossFit Level 1 Instructor/Trainer


  • CrossFit Level 1 Instructor/Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Instructor/Trainer
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and Design (Maryland Institute, College of Art)

As a kid, I grew up completely obsessed with gymnastics. After taking classes for many years, I was recruited to join the boy’s competitive gymnastics team for Fairland Athletic Complex in Laurel, MD. I competed up into high school where I came to a crossroads of continuing with competitive gymnastics or have a life in high school. At the beginning of my junior year, I chose to focus more on my high school experience. That wasn’t the end of my love for gymnastics. I went on to become the school mascot, flipping up and down the football field and basketball court. For the next 6 years, I also taught gymnastics classes and was an assistant coach for the boys and girls competitive teams at Fairland Athletic Complex. I still stay active in gymnastics by tumbling at local gymnastics clubs that have adult tumbling classes.

Fast forward to 2011, while living and working in San Francisco, I read an article in a fitness magazine about a new type of work out called CrossFit that involved a bunch of gymnastic type exercises. This obviously piqued my interest, which the typical gym routine never really did. I found some friends that were doing CrossFit at the neighborhood box, did a free intro class with them, and was immediately hooked. I signed up that day and have never looked back. Within a year, I decided to get my CrossFit Level 1 and, shortly after that, decided to take the CrossFit Gymnastics specialty course. I coached part-time for a couple of years in San Francisco before deciding to move back to DC in 2018, where I found CrossFit MPH.

My relationship with CrossFit MPH actually started before I moved back to the east coast. On trips home visiting family and friends, I would drop-in to workout and immediately clicked with all the coaches and athletes. So, it was a no-brainer that I wanted to continue coming to MPH when I moved back into the city. It was a double no-brainer when MPH approached me to become a coach. The dedicated and extremely knowledgeable coaching staff at MPH is in a league of its own, and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of the team and CrossFit MPH community.