Endurance Coach: Jeff “JFord” Ford

Ford Squat Clean

CrossFit Endurance HQ Seminar Staff
CrossFit Certified Level 1 Trainer

Head Coach, CFHH Endurance Team, “Less Miles, More CrossFit”.
CrossFit Certified Endurance Trainer
CrossFit Certified Cycling Trainer
USAT Certified Triathlon Coach
Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
Certified Wellness Coach, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
CPR/AED Certified, American Red Cross
Former Director of Fitness, Hilton Head Health Institute
BS Marketing Health Services, Clemson
Creator of the Fire Method of Endurance Training and owner Fire Coaching and Consulting
Assistant Coach Bluffton High Bobcats Cross Country Team

Athletic Achievements:
5K- 16:44
10K- 35:11
Marathon- 2:49
Ironman- 11:24
1st Overall Winner Albany, GA Half Marathon March 2011
2nd Overall Age Group 20-24: Athlete Setup Events Series 2012
3rd Men’s Scaled War of WODs 2012
Kona Ironman
Certified Swimming Instructor

Email: jford@crossfithiltonhead.com

Jeff is determined and dedicated. His love of fitness and people makes him an inspirational coach. Coach Jeff works extremely well with athletes of all fitness levels. He has 50,000 hours practical coaching experience in CrossFit, Wellness, and Personal Training, working with every level of client from sedentary and de-conditioned to CrossFit greats like Rich Froning, Graham Holmberg and Dan Bailey. He especially loves changing the lives of the de-conditioned and blowing the minds of endurance athletes. Through the CFHH CrossFit Endurance program, Coach Jeff helps endurance athletes crush their personal records while logging “less miles and more CrossFit.” Coach Jeff, is an expert in weight loss and weight management, and all things endurance! His impressive resume includes Fitness Director at Hilton Head Health Institute, and CrossFit Endurance HQ’s Seminar Staff. He now heads the CFHH CF Endurance program and travels all over the country teaching run technique and CF Endurance trainer certifications. Whether you’re just getting moving again, training for your first 5k or triathlon or you’re a seasoned Ironman or Marathon runner, Coach Jeff Ford will help you get there stronger, faster and better prepared both mentally and physically.

Coach JFord tells his CrossFit story:
“I began working out at CFHH in June of 2010 and to be blatantly honest I was very skeptical. Coming from an endurance background and regularly training for marathons, I questioned the 10 minute CrossFit WODs and I wasn’t quite sure what I would get from adding the CF strength and conditioning to my 50 mile running weeks. Initially joining CFHH, I was gauntly thin, weighed 140 lbs with little muscle, ate lots of carbs and believed I was in the best shape of my life. I measured my fitness solely on my ability to run long distances.

Implementing CrossFit into my training led to astonishing results and has changed my whole perspective and approach to running and triathlons. What I noticed is that I was getting stronger and it happened fast! The more I trusted the CFHH coaches the better my running got. About 6 months into CF, I needed to figure out a way to marry my passion for running with my new passion for CrossFit. So I dropped the mileage, took a leap of faith and solely trained CrossFit and CrossFit Endurance for my races. 1 year and ½ later, I had put on 20lbs of lean body weight, dropped my Marathon PR by 18 minutes, and above all found a MORE FUN and SMARTER way to train.

I came on board as a CFHH coach to show Endurance athletes that there is a better way to train. Craig let me take the reins on starting CrossFit Hilton Head’s Endurance Program and I am forever grateful for the opportunity. I am excited to work with people who are highly motivated and determined to make change. Individuals who have goals and are willing to go to the furthest lengths are my favorite. I love proving to Endurance athletes that faster race times and a higher fitness level are possible, doing less miles and more CrossFit.

CrossFit has changed my entire outlook; not only on training, but on life itself. I look at marathons now and shrug them off knowing that my mental strength is greater than anyone toeing the start lines. CFHH to me is a symbol of growth. It’s allowed me to evolve as a person and face situations in my life with maximum confidence. In my eyes, CFHH athletes and coaches are my family. It’s a family I’m privileged, honored and grateful to be a part of. I look forward to the opportunity to train with you real soon!”

— Coach Jeff