Name: Greg Harback

Started CrossFit: 2009

Favorite Lift: Snatch

Favorite Gymnastics Movement: Handstand push-up

Certificates:  CrossFit level 2, CrossFit Jump Rope, CrossFit Weightlifting, CrossFit Adaptive Athlete,

CrossFit Masters, CrossFit Kids, ACSM Personal Training, AFAA Group Fitness Trainer,

How did you get into Crossfit?

  • I wanted to learn how to do a muscle up on some rings I saw hanging in the back shop of the Air Force water rescue survival center in 2009


What are some of the benefits you have seen from doing CrossFit?

  • My father had his first heart Attack at age 42. So far so good. Hypertension, hyperglycemia, high cholesterol also not present.

What do you love most about CrossFit?

  • I love having a sport that I can still enjoy as a 40+ adult. CrossFit really is the sport of fitness.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone starting CrossFit?

  • Start slow. You’re going to be sore and out of your depth but be patient and it will pay off for you.

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit Downtown Atlanta?

  • I love the people here. I love having someone ask my why I wasn’t at the gym yesterday.


What are some things you like to do outside of CrossFit?

  • Waking my dog, cooking, going to brunch with my wife and playing computer games.

What’s some advice you’d like to give to our members?

  • Most of the work is just showing up. Keep doing that and we can take care of the rest.

What is your favorite food?

  • Nachos

What is your favorite band or musical artist?

  • Weezer and Queen


What is your spirit animal?  

  • Otter for sure


Where does your passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle come from?

  • I’ve done it so long that it feels terrible when I don’t do it.


Why do you coach, what motivates you to teach?

  • I love watching people succeed. My favorite athlete is the one that doesn’t know just how good they are yet. So much great feedback from them.

What do you think separates a great coach from a good coach, and a good coach from a poor coach?

  • Honestly only one thing. Just being genuine and caring about people.

What is a typical day in the life?

  • Well being mildly retired, I’ll wake up 2 hours earlier then my wife drink 2 giant cups of coffee.  Walk my dog. Go to work or out and then figure out what do do with the rest of my day.

What is the most rewarding part of coaching?

  • Watching someone succeed at something they initially failed at. Being involved in people becoming better humans.

What is your favorite movement/benchmark workout and why?

  • Fran is my love/hate. I can raise my heart rate just picturing my self doing that workout.

What is your most hated movement/benchmark workout and why?

  • Bench press is no bueno.

What is something most people don’t know about you or something interesting?

  • I’m an anti graffitist in my neighborhood.

What type of music do you like to work out to?

  • Rock, heavy metal

What is one highlight from your athletic career?

  • I’m not much of a competitor but I did some early group competitions back in the beginning and those were fun.

Where do you spend your time when you aren’t at the gym?

  • Home with my wife