Holy City CrossFit Staff
The Holy City CrossFit staff is skilled, knowledgeable and truly invested in the success of every member. Read on to learn how we ended up here and what we like to eat!
Jessica Scully, Owner & COO
Jessica loves a good challenge – whether it be physical or mental. She has always played sports – swimming, tennis, rowing, running, to name a few. Once she graduated college, she missed the competitive aspect and physical challenge. Finding CrossFit changed that. She feels it is so reminiscent of team sports, where everyone is rooting for you, cheering you on to the end. She loves helping people who come here and find inner strength they didn’t know they had.
Favorite foods: Pizza. Or Trader Joe’s Nutty Bits.
Favorite move in the gym: Deadlifts and burpees. (Yes, burpees!)
When not at HCCF: I can be found hanging out with Slater and Brandan or in the kitchen crafting recipes for my food blog, Paleo Scaleo.
Certs: CF-L1, CF-L2, CF-Kids, CF Gymnastics
Brandan Scully, Owner
Brandan has dabbled in fitness since middle school, competing in sports like soccer, track, and cross-country.
While in college at the USCGA, he was introduced to calisthenics as part of the rigorous physical training requirements (hello, burpees!), along with a range of other sports to fulfill the 3-season sport requirement: sailing, fencing, marathons, volleyball, rugby, backpacking, rock climbing, tennis, racquetball, golf, and scuba.
Jessica introduced him to CrossFit in 2013, and after reluctantly trying it, he became hooked. The sheer efficiency of results from CrossFit speaks to his engineer brain and fits his busy schedule.
Favorite foods: Meat and bourbon.
When not at HCCF: You’ll find me smoking meat, eating meat, and wrangling weeds and bees with Jess and Slater at Buried Tractor Farm.
Sarah MacDonald, Coach & Flaunt Fitness Dance Instructor
Although it’s questionable when Sarah actually began CrossFit, we estimate it’s been about 3.5 years and she’s loved every minute of it (even the thrusters). She CrossFitted for almost three years before getting her L1 certificate. She started coaching at Holy City in May 2019.
Before starting CrossFit, Sarah had been searching for the right balance in a workout to help calm her anxiety and keep her interested.
After attempting to train on her own for several years (with very little success) she stumbled upon her first CrossFit gym and never looked back. She loves the blend of functional and intentional movement, community focus, and varied workouts. She’s grateful to have found a community that values her strength and grit, and pushes her beyond what she thinks is possible.
When Sarah isn’t at the gym she’s a passionate school counselor for the best kids in the world, and a dance teacher/performer with the Charleston Bad Girl’s Club and Flaunt Fitness at Holy City Crossfit. You can also find her dancing during any of her CrossFit classes!
Favorite move in the gym: dumbbell snatches, hang cleans, toes to bar
Favorite foods: sushi, pizza, brownies and coffee
Adam Korson, Coach + Personal Trainer
Adam is a Rhode Island native who moved to Charleston hoping to escape the cold weather and snow. He loves the outdoors, and growing up he tried just about every sport.
Adam took his first CrossFit class shortly after graduating from the Rhode Island Sheriff’s Academy. He was bored with the bench press and bicep curl workouts that he’d been doing since high school and wanted to find something that would continue to challenge him mentally and physically the way that the training academy did.
It only took one class to realize that CrossFit was the answer that he was searching for. He enjoys how each workout brings a new obstacle and challenge due to Crossfit’s constantly varied methodology. The sport quickly turned into a passion, and in 2018, he obtained his CF-L1 certification. He is focused on helping people set goals and push past their limits to maximize their health and fitness.
Favorite food: Turkey burgers, sweet potato fries, chicken tenders
Favorite move in the gym: Ring Muscle Ups, Power cleans, Rope Climbs
When not at HCCF: I can be found outside adventuring and exploring with my pup. Certs: CF-L1, NREMT
Hailey Ninness, Coach
Hailey has lived in five different states (ME, MI, KY, TN, and now SC) and has been a part of a variety of sports teams in order to acclimate to new environments. Although she loved every sport she participated in – swim, track, soccer, softball, and tennis- none of them held her attention for very long.
That all changed when Hailey joined a CrossFit gym at the age of fourteen, with the hope of gaining strength, confidence, and friends. She immediately fell in love with the constant mental and physical challenges that accompany constantly varied workouts and, more importantly, the incredibly supportive community. Hailey is forever thankful to have grown up and to continue to be a part of a community that values long-term health, body positivity, and mental strength.
Favorite move: Squat Snatches, Muscle Ups, GHDs
Favorite Food: Coffee, Seafood, Brunch, Cake
When not at HCCF: Hanging out at the beach or studying for an exam (most likely at the beach)
Brooke Albea, Coach
Bio coming soon!
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