Rick Smith Jr.
Coach Rick has been in fitness and sports since he was a little guy. Rick Smith Jr had the opportunity to play professional hockey for several years, starting his career in the OHL with the local Plymouth Whalers (now the Flint Firebirds). Rick went on to play later in his career with former NHL player’s Chris Chelios, Darien Hatcher, Bryan Smolinksi, Sean Avery, and Pascal Rheaume, just to name a few. Coach Rick was selected for the US World Junior Hockey Team. Also represented the USA and won a silver medal.
One of his highlights was being awarded with the “Hardest Working Spitfire” trophy when he played for the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL.
Rick was first introduced to CrossFit back at the end of 2008. He began coaching at the Brighton CrossFit in 2009, and started programming an Endurance based CrossFit class. He also coached multiple sports teams including hockey athletes and was part of the CrossFit kids summer program at CrossFit Brighton.
In 2009 Rick completed his first 140.6 Ironman. He has competed in over 30 triathlons, 6 of those at the long distance of 140.6. Multiple at the 70.3 distance. Ironman took him to Switzerland, Wales, Quebec, Texas, Wisconsin, and Chattanooga in the long course. Rick finished his last 140.6 in September of 2014.
Rick started back into CrossFit competing with his sister in a competition of December 2014. He is back for good competing in CrossFit and has a goal to be at the CrossFit games as a Master’s athlete in 2019.
Coach Rick also specializes in nutrition and has been in this field for 6+ years helping people lose weight, feel better about themselves, and increase performance in the gym and at work.
Rick is a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Level 1 Coach, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and a Certified CrossFit Weightlifting Coach.
On a side note, Rick’s better half is his wife Angelique. They have a dog named Chewy who you will see in the box from time to time. By the way, just ask Rick, he loves his dog!
USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Level-1
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting