Full-time Personal Trainer/Class Coach

We are looking to add 1 full-time coach to our world-class team.  We are looking for people that first and foremost fit our culture, our vision, and our values. 

Our ideal candidate is someone who is humble, hard-working, great with people, and wants to be a part of a strong team. The best coaches aren’t the ones with the most credentials or university degrees. Education helps, sure. But it’s not the most important aspect of a great coach. The best coaches always get people to move better and smile—and you don’t need a degree for that. 

We can develop your abilities to teach movements but we can’t give you a fantastic attitude. If you have the attitude and are willing to learn, we can help you with the rest.

To learn more about Everlasting Fitness, and the positions we are hiring for, read below.

About the position:

We are looking for coaches that can come in and coach 10-15 hours per week of group classes and/or private sessions. 

We believe that the best way to make a career out of being a coach is through a combination of personal training, group classes, and taking on 1 or 2 roles outside of coaching like nutrition, programming, events, social media, etc. We are seeking an individual who aligns with our mission and core values and aspires to become a full-time coach, whether they are ready now, or believe they can work their way towards this role in the coming years.

  • Minimum Requirements:
    • A Major Fitness Certification with 300 hours of experience coaching (CrossFit is a plus)
    • Team Player – Humble, Welcomes Feedback
    • Understands and is driven by the Everlasting Fitness mission and vision
    • Understands and lives by Everlasting Fitness Core Values
    • Your role as a coach and a leader in our community must come before your own training.
  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Coach scheduled CrossFit and Fortify group classes
    • Attend and actively participate in quarterly coach’s meetings and coach’s development sessions
    • Be available to take on personal training clients and 1-on-1 foundations a minimum of 10 hours per week
    • Never-ending pursuit of coaching excellence via continued education, coach’s development sessions, and 1-on-1 coach’s evaluations
    • Participate (as an athlete) in Everlasting Fitness group classes at least 3X/week minimum
    • Eventually take on a role outside of coaching, such as social media, programming, front desk, sales, marketing, nutrition, etc.
  • Additional Expectations:
    • Everlasting Fitness (and the role as a full-time coach) is a top priority in your life.
    • Adhere to Everlasting Fitness core values inside and outside of the gym (including social media)
    • Push affiliate towards excellence each day
    • Be an open source of communication. No gossip.
    • Cover additional classes when needed 
    • Fulfill all opening and/or closing duties when needed
    • Be on the floor and engaged with members at least 15 minutes before and after every class.
    • Be fully prepared for class (lesson plan) prior to the 15 minutes before every class.
    • Greet and take care of walk-ins and drop-ins whenever present at EF
    • Post regular gym/member updates to Group ME
    • Actively participate in all EF hosted coach’s development sessions and 1-on-1 coach’s development sessions
    • Help stage, clean, and organize the gym before and after all classes
    • Help set up, clean up, and run events such as special events, in-house competitions, and parties.
    • Continued education and never-ending pursuit of coaching excellence

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Income Potential: $30,000 – $75,000 (with the ability to make more after 24-36 months with us)
  • 50-70% of all revenue from personal training, programming, and 1-on-1 coaching 
  • Coaching uniforms (2 Free) and EF apparel at cost
  • All retail and supplements at our wholesale cost.  

Everlasting Fitness Core Values

  • Mission Statement. To change people’s lives through fitness, nutrition and mindset.
  • We are a family. Introduce yourself to others and know everyone by name. Treat EF better than your home. Clean up after yourself and always leave the gym better than when you walked in.
  • The class comes first. EF should be the best 60-90 minutes of our member’s day and the in-class experience is what makes EF great. Create an atmosphere where members love coming and never want to leave.
  • Team > Individual. Relentless focus on others over yourself. No Egos. Coaching must come before your own training. Regularly take classes with members.
  • Constant and never-ending pursuit of excellence. Pay attention to the details and go above and beyond what is asked. Be early. Be overprepared. How you do anything is how you do everything.
  • Extreme ownership of everything in your life. Live with honesty and integrity. No Gossip. If you have an issue with someone, speak directly to them and no one else.
  • Live with a growth mindset. Hungry to learn and grow, and constantly make yourself a better coach. Regularly read books, listen to podcasts, and attend seminars and certifications.
  • Bond, Encourage and Support. Create lasting bonds with members and other coaches.  Encourage others in the way they need, not necessarily the way you would want to be encouraged – help others find their “why”.  Provide support, whether it’s in Fitness, Nutrition, Recovery or Mindset.

About Everlasting Fitness and what we are looking for…

My name is Bret and I opened Everlasting Fitness back in January of 2013 and now run it with my wife Morgan. Over the last 8 years, we have grown EF to over 200 active members and have become one of the premier gyms in the state of Maryland. We have an incredible facility (10,000 sq ft) in Abingdon, MD.

We offer CrossFit classes, Fortify (boot-camp style) classes, Personal Training, Individualized Programming  and Accountability Coaching so there are plenty of opportunities to learn and grow within our gym. 

Our team is on a mission to empower people and communities to live happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. We aim to make fitness fun and sustainable so our members can enjoy working out and kicking ass into their 90s and beyond. 

We do this by providing personal coaching in an energetic, fun, and inclusive team-environment. We seek to attract those who share our core values and add to the community experience. 

Morgan and I truly love our gym and our community, which is why you will see us taking classes every single day at our facility. We are looking for coaches who will fall in love with our community and love taking classes every day just as much as we do. 

We are looking for coaches who love being a part of our events and will invest time in our members. We are looking for coaches who can live by our core values (listed above). We are looking for coaches who are motivated and driven by our mission to become one of the top gyms (CrossFit or otherwise) on the East Coast over the next 5-10 years. We are looking for coaches who want to make a career out of being a Fitness coach.

We now have a staff of full-time and part-time coaches who have become a part of our family. One of the things that we strive for most is to provide a true career opportunity for our coaches. We believe coaching is one of the most influential and important roles that this world has to offer, and we want to professionalize what it means to be a Coach. We believe that coaches deserve to be treated like professionals and compensated accordingly. 

Ultimately, we are a family, and we are looking to add like-minded individuals to our team who share our core values, love our community, and want to make a career out of being a coach and eventually going beyond that.

If this sounds like the perfect position for you, email us your resume with a cover letter including a brief overview of why you want to coach at EF and why you think it could be a good fit.  Be specific here.  You can also include details about your fitness experience and customer service experience.  We also highly recommend checking out our social media pages prior to applying.  I’m looking forward to speaking with you.

Everlasting Fitness

Welcome to Everlasting Fitness


Here at Everlasting Fitness we focus on you.  We like to meet with you first, get to know you, find out your goals and what you are looking for.  We do this in our FREE intro session, you can sign up for yours HERE.

 We offer Personal Training, Nutrition Accountability, Teen classes, Kids classes, Group Fitness classes, Group CrossFit classes, Group Endurance classes and we have a fully stocked Pro Shop. Do you have pain, an injury, an imbalance or something holding you back? We offer FREE movement screens to uncover these issues and have the ability to address most of them.
We have 12 experienced and well trained coaches ready to lead you on your fitness journey. Every class is coached and every member’s journey is unique.

Our membership base is like family.  Close knit, friendly and supportive.  We want you to surround yourself with those who will make you better!  We have all ages, all ability levels and all shapes and sizes.
Our facility is a 10,300 sq ft gym specializing in Cardio, Strength training, Endurance, Gymnastics and Weightlifting.  We are not a gym full of machines, you are the machine.

Schedule your FREE intro, stop in or give us a call or email.  
We can’t wait to meet you and get you involved in our community!

Right off of 95 in Abingdon, MD ~~ 443-402-1993

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Is COVID in your GYM? Of course it is, it’s everywhere. If your gym is telling you differently, then they are lying! What matters more is how they are handling it. Do they have planned action steps in place or are they unprepared and winging it?

As you know, the nation is spiking with cases and we are here in Maryland as well. By now I’m sure it’s safe to say that everyone knows someone who has contracted the virus.

Here at Everlasting Fitness we have had a few members test positive. Those members did the right thing and let us know. We notified the class they were last in (if applicable) and anyone that they were in direct contact with individually. To our knowledge we have had zero transmission issues. 

We have sectioned off 24 blocks, 7ft x 12ft for everyone to have their own space while working out in class. Every station has a 45# and 35# barbell, 225lbs of weights, a pvc pipe and access to a squat rack. If the workout calls for an extra piece of equipment like a bike, rower, kettlebell or box the athlete will own that piece for the duration of the class. At the end of class everything is wiped or sprayed down with disinfectant, the floor is cleaned and is left fresh for the next class to come in 30 minutes later.

Masks are required in every portion of the gym except for the athlete’s designated workout area. We deem it a hazard to exercise with a mask on and do not require it. However, if someone chooses to, that is their right.

We ask that everyone wash their hands frequently and to abstain from coming to the gym if you do not feel well regardless of the symptoms.

Cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer have been expensive and hard to find but we have secured enough to get us through the winter. Our members and coaches have been a crucial part in our success during this time as they take pride in our facility and community by helping clean their station after workouts.

Our next step was to institute temperature checks when athletes come into the building. This has been going extremely well and we appreciate everyone’s willing participation!

Recently we took another preventative measure and acquired a CO2 monitor for the gym. While CO2 levels aren’t correlated to COVID transmission risk, they are a proxy metric that tells you how often the air is exchanged in the gym. If our CO2 levels are lower, we have better air exchange and thus lower risk of COVID transmission. What we have found is with our 10,000 sq ft facility, our CO2 levels are normal even when the gym is closed up. When we have the doors cracked and the fans on, our CO2 levels are almost equivalent to being outdoors. Yes, we know it’s cold out and the doors are cracked but we think it’s a good trade off!

Overall, 2020 has been a rough year and full of new challenges for gyms. Some gyms did not survive the summer, others will not survive this winter. The ones who took action, embraced change and kept their members best interest at heart are the ones who will come out on top. We are all anxious for a better 2021 and we will do everything in our power to provide a safe, supportive, encouraging place for you to make lasting bonds and build Everlasting Fitness.

Happy Holidays

Coach Bret Lurz


The Struggle is Real

Even before the onset of COVID-19 and shut-downs, isolation, and uncertainty, we have all often heard (and used) the phrase “The struggle is real!” It is a cute hashtag, a camaraderie builder, and even an excuse. But what does it really mean, and what is it really about? Food
choices? Relationship problems? Going to work each day for a job you don’t love? Or feeling unable to have tangible goals in the gym with an inconsistent schedule? Often, then, after lamenting the “struggle,” comes the question of “How do I overcome the uncomfortable?”

I was recently re-reading my old blog, and I was reminded of the many times our dog Misty has helped me answer that question. I take Misty jogging if the weather isn’t too hot, and she loves the opportunity to smell the smells and earn a hard nap. I’ve never been one to really enjoy running, but I push myself to go a couple of times a week for the challenge, as well as the physical (and mental) growth. Having Misty along gives me a partner, and more importantly, someone else to focus on during something that doesn’t excite me.

One April morning Misty and I went for a run. On this particular day, the struggle really WAS real. I didn’t want to go, but she clearly did. I would have been quite content going for a (much preferred) walk, listening to the birds and looking for the first signs of Spring. But alas, she was pulling on her leash, making it clear we were going to jog. We got onto our 3 mile out-and-back course, with me trying to figure out how I would get through this without being annoyed at myself, the process, and at Misty. However, the more I watched Misty, and the more I coached her through the run, I came to realize I had made a decision to be led. I followed her up the hills because I really had no choice—I could have walked, but I would have slowed down HER
progress (and her excitement), and I would have been annoyed at myself for getting in her (and my own) way. And because of that decision, I ultimately served myself better, so that the rest of
my day—in my roles as a parent, a wife, a friend, a business owner—went more smoothly. In that decision, I put aside my “know better” and my plans, and I let someone else guide me to a better end result.

This run, this lesson, was less about being in charge and was more about being a follower. I recognized that sometimes we have to lean on others, trust in their guidance, and listen to their nudges that get us through “the suck.” Whether it is fitness, work, love, or just life, your
foundation of strength comes from within. However, the supporting structures—those things and people that make your foundation strong even on days it feels rocky—are important too. Big things can be achieved by accepting help when it is offered… and allowing others to give you their strength is not only a gift to you, but to them as well.

During this time when we might default to “The struggle is real!” even more than ever, are YOU willing to rely on others? Where can you become better in putting aside your “use-to-could” and be coachable, both in the gym and in life? In what ways can you put aside expectations, and instead, follow someone else’s lead for a better end result?

Uncertain times don’t make the struggle any more real than it has ever been. Instead, uncertain times offer us each an opportunity to give ourselves grace to re-learn what we think we know, grow stronger in areas we didn’t know we need to grow, and to lean on each other for those days when we don’t know where we can grow, how we can do better, or what lesson we can learn.

~Coach Meg Smith


Future of Fitness

We all know that we are living in a different world right now. We have never gone through anything quite like the pandemic of 2020 and the question is how long will it last? I have heard up to 2 years…

There are a couple pieces of this that create FEAR and ANXIETY.  One is the UNKNOWN. We fear the unknown. We get anxious over the unknown.Not knowing what is happening, who may have it, how long will it last and how will it change the world?

The other is CHANGE. We fear change. We get anxious over having to change.My daily routine needs to change. My job needs to change. My expenses need to change. My habits need to change. My workout routine needs to change.

So how do we combat this fear and anxiety? We have to embrace change and we have to be ok dealing with the unknown to some extent. We cannot predict or know everything that is going to happen. As much as some of us love to try and control everything in our lives, we will have to ease up a bit. We also cannot wait for everything to go back to normal. How can you adapt to the current situation and come out on top? Start with the big things like your family, your job and your health.

We at Everlasting Fitness would love to help you as much as we can and your health is where we come in. Your physical fitness, your nutrition and your mindset. When we first opened in 2012 we were a gym and now almost 8 years later we have evolved from being just a gym to providing coaching services in areas of Fitness, Nutrition and Mindset.

Looking for a gym? Planet Fitness is down the street (for now).  

Looking for help achieving your goals? Let’s go!

The honest truth is, the fitness industry has to change right now and if a fitness related business wants to survive, they’re experiencing change in one way or another. The hard truth is, the way you are used to working out will change. Can you adapt and overcome? Will you let the fear of change hold you back? If you get into a hole now, it only makes it harder to get out of later. Why not embrace change now and let’s see where this thing goes? Let’s see how far we can go!

If you are a member of our community, you have certainly seen some changes. You will see more as we go because we are not afraid to change. We want to be here for you and we will fight to do that.
If you are not a member of our community, we would love to show you a better way. Reach out to us for a FREE consultation and we can discuss your goals related to Fitness, Nutrition and Mindset.

~Coach Bret

Coaches Corner

Can CrossFit get me through a Marathon?

Running a marathon was something that was always on my bucket list.  I ran for 3 years in high school, but not too much after that. I researched and saw the amount of training needed to really do this well.  It was a lot. I didn’t like running that much. So training for it went out the window.  Was this smart?  Hell no!  More on this later.
I signed up to do the Baltimore Marathon (2013) with my friend and fellow coach Toni.  She is a great a runner with several marathons and tri’s under her belt.  She was super encouraging so I said screw it, let’s see what happens.  My longest run recently was 3 miles at once.  I did that twice in the 12 months before the race. At this point I was 37 with almost 4 years of CrossFIt experience.
In CrossFit we run plenty of 200’s, 400’s, the occasional 800 and very seldom a mile.  I considered myself pretty fit and mentally tough so I could hack it.  Race day came and we took off, I set out at a nice easy pace knowing it would get tough at some point.  At the halfway mark (13 miles) I thought to myself that this wasn’t so bad.  Several miles later things changed a bit.  Around mile 18 we had not stopped running yet other that a quick pee break.  My adductors (inside thighs) decided to lock up on me.  I walked about 30 feet or so until they loosened up and then we continued to run.  The last 8 miles was a continuous lock up, walk, release, run again cycle.  It was mentally defeating.  My lungs were fine and I mentally wanted to keep going.  My legs were just not having it.  Rightfully so, I did not properly prepare myself for this.
Approaching the finish line was one of the greatest things ever!  Not that I was proud of myself it was just pure excitement to be finished!
So what’s the point?  If you want to accomplish something huge once, you might be able to half ass it, take the chance of getting hurt and barely squeak by.  If you want to do something huge well, it takes proper planning, training and direction.  You will never accomplish your goals without putting in the work.
Side point – CrossFit shaped me as an athlete.  It built my work capacity across broad time and modal domains. I believe CrossFit is the reason I did make it 18 miles without stopping (PR).  It is also the reason I did not get hurt and the reason I recovered quickly and was back in the gym that week.
Can CrossFit help your sport? YES.
Can CrossFit help you on the job? YES
Can it help you get through daily life? YES
So, can CrossFit get you through a marathon?  Yes, I proved it.
Was it smart, not at all.
Did I hurt myself, no.
Was I sore for a few days, hell yes.
Would I do it again, nope.
Would I do it again if I trained for it, no I told you I don’t like running that much! (and I ruined the experience by trying to take the easy way out)
Bucket list is checked off!
-Coach Bret
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Coaches Corner

Are you off the Wagon?

Has it been awhile since you have been to the gym? It doesn’t matter why –  injury, laziness, busy with life, etc. Does it feel like a daunting task to go back? You are not alone, this is a pretty common thing after a prolonged break from whatever fitness thing you are into.
So how do you make that first step back in? Deep down or maybe not so deep for some people, you have a reason to exercise. It was the reason you signed up in the first place. Maybe you wanted to lose weight, or gain weight or meet people in the community. Maybe you “should” be physically fit for your job, or maybe you want to be healthier to play with your grand kids. Maybe you have some life goals as well, like running a marathon or completing a Spartan Race. It might not be something you have shared with anyone, but you definitely know what that reason is.
Do you feel like you are starting over? So what? Start over. At least you are back on the path to finding, discovering or reaching your WHY.  Everyone encounters set backs in their life but if you gave up every time things got hard, what would you accomplish?
Revisit your reason or your “WHY”, is this still something you want? If so, lets do it! And if you have never considered your “WHY”, sit down and write down a few goals to close out 2018, and jump start your list for 2019. After you’ve determined some goals – right down your WHY – Why are they your goals? Why are you trying to accomplish them? Who are you doing this for? When thinking about these things, also think about what motivates you? What drives you to be a better version of yourself?
Grab a friend or a coach, tell them when you are going and keep yourself accountable. Get yourself a calendar and cross out everyday you go. Go 15 times this month. It doesn’t matter if you go sit in the corner and stretch because you are sore. You got up, you went, and you are recreating a habit and working towards your goals.
Start today – don’t wait! You will never ALWAYS be Motivated, you have to LEARN to be Disciplined!
Coaches Corner

How To Overcome Self-Doubt in the Gym

How To Overcome Self-Doubt in the Gym

Intimidation and self-doubt are some of the first things I hear when talking to people about CrossFit. For instance, they are concerned they “are too old to workout like that,” “can’t lift weights,” “burpees are too difficult,” or they are “not able to do a push-up, pull-up,” etc. While coaches and other gym members may reassure you that they have been in your place at one time, it can be difficult to contain your anxiety when you see someone who can do every movement with seamless perfection.

Here are a few ideas that can help squash the self-doubt when first entering the gym and along your fitness journey.

1. Know you’re not alone.
Everyone has doubts. Rather than waste energy worrying, recognize that self-doubt can be helpful. Do not let negative thoughts overcome your will to succeed. Perhaps you’ll spend more time practicing or maybe you’ll put in more effort when you’re aware that there’s a chance it might not go smoothly. The more comfortable you become with the process, the easier it gets.

2. Stop worrying about what others think.
There will always be someone who appears to be doing better, getting further or lifting more. Do not benchmark yourself against others’ accomplishments. Take this year’s Open, for instance. Each person had their favorite workout that favored their best movement. Someone else’s accomplishments are not a litmus test to grade your own success. Remember when you find yourself in this thought pattern that everyone is on his or her own journey.

3. Set and record goals.
In addition to setting long-term goals, remember to establish attainable, short-term ones. For example, small goals can be losing one pound versus an entire 20, finally getting double unders or more than 10 single jumps in a row. Keep track of these accomplishments and your progress because it is motivating and helps keep your self-confidence up. Set goals for the day, during a workout, or for a week’s worth of WOD’s. Continue to chip away each day, week, month, and so on. It’s easy to let doubt creep in when your big long term goals aren’t immediately attained. By achieving smaller goals along the way, you can constantly take reassurance in frequent, albeit small, triumphs.

4. Surround yourself with the right people.
Keep the people who encourage you close and seek out their feedback on a regular basis. Do not be afraid to ask questions or ask for suggestions. As coaches, we want you to achieve your goals and to get there it may be the difference in a hand position or getting a little lower in a squat. Such slight changes in technique can really make a difference and help you get closer to ringing that PR bell!

5. Let go of negative self-perception.
Most people have an idealistic image of themselves, and I will use my own experience as an example. I don’t mind burpees, box jumps or dumbbell snatches, so when 17.1 was announced I thought “Yes! I like these movements, it couldn’t possibly be that hard, I got this!” Boy was I wrong! I failed to live up to that image of myself and I let doubt sink in. Despite your best efforts and intentions, mistakes happen and it doesn’t make sense to dwell on them. Instead, learn from each blunder and actively develop better habits.

6. Don’t fear a change of plan.
When joining a gym you have a plan: a plan to lose weight, get healthy, get in shape or become stronger. In all of these instances you must pace yourself. It takes time. Time for your body to become adjusted to new food choices, heavier weight or moving in ways you never thought possible. So a particular WOD didn’t go your way or you couldn’t lift as heavy as you did last week, sometimes it’s as easy as stepping away and refocusing. Take a rest day, do a different movement, take some weight off, look at your short term goals and reassess. Every day is a new day and you always have the ability to start fresh.

7. Face your fears.
The more you push yourself, the more you’ll realize what you are capable of. So what if you do not have push-ups today or next week or even next month! With hard work, practice and dedication, you will get there. You CAN do it, it will just take time. Learn to practice patience.

8. Worst-case scenario.
Self-doubt is fueled by thoughts like, “I’m not going to be able to finish,” “I can’t get a pull-up,” “I won’t be able to lift that.” When you find yourself guessing, things will go poorly. Instead, ask yourself “what’s really the worst thing that could happen?” If you do mess up or finish last, would it really be that bad? You are surrounded by others who know the pain you are going through. Fail or not you are encouraged to try your hardest and not give in to self-doubt. Remind yourself that even if things go terribly, you are there, continuing to change and making progress towards your goals. AND most of all, you are not alone!

Coach Sarah