Editor’s Note: Below is a letter from Erik Castiglione, co-owner and director of programming, Fearless Athletics.
I write this letter with a heavy heart. Fearless has been my home for the last six years. I found Fearless (it was CrossFit South Philly back then) even before I found an apartment when I knew I was going to be moving here in early 2010 to work for the Advanced Electrical Systems branch of NAVSSES (Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station). By the end of 2010 I was a mentor, and in 2011 I became a coach. I took over CrossFit programming in 2012, and Intensity shortly thereafter. In 2013 I became a full time coach and part owner. I have met some of my best friends here, and I met my future wife here. I have literally poured my blood, sweat, and tears into this facility and this community1. I cannot put into words how much Fearless means to me, or how much I am going to miss it.
It is time, however, for my next adventure. Bobbi Lynn and I are getting married in early February in a tiny ceremony (weddings are so expensive!), and shortly after we will be moving to Connecticut. As we think about starting our own family2,3 it makes sense to be close to extended family. And as my parents progress in their years, it makes sense to be close to them, especially to shovel the heavy snows that have been bombarding New England the last few years (functional fitness in action!). I will continue to spend time every summer in LBI, so if you’re ever at the Jersey shore, let me know. I will always carry with me the things I have learned, the friendships I have made, and the memories I have at Fearless. Every single member, both past and present, has had an impact on my life. I wish you all nothing but the best, and you can always reach me via Facebook or email to talk fitness, programming, Patriots, or whatever else you may want to talk about.
Yours in fitness always,
- Don’t worry my blood and sweat have been cleaned, repeatedly.
- Me, a father? Scary thought, isn’t it?
- God help the future boyfriends of any daughters I may have.