An Announcement from Coach Jenny

Dear UB family,

I got into this business because I wanted to help and empower people to realize untapped potential and exceed their goals.  The last eight years have been filled with many of these moments.  Whether the goal was losing weight, first pull ups, a Tough Mudder, or setting a lifetime PR or two; United Barbell has seen so many athletes work to make themselves better than yesterday.  At the same time, I watched UB reach potential that I hadn’t foreseen.  It has exceeded my goals.  UB became a chosen family for me, one I am damn proud to have served at the helm of.

Over the last couple years I have felt a calling to help people on a deeper level.  The work people do in the gym is often just the beginning of their transformation, and I want to be there to guide them through the rest of the journey.  I have decided to hand over the reigns  to my trusted partner and friend Olivia so I can answer this calling.  I have decided to go back to school to get my masters degree in psychology in pursuit of my license as a marriage and family therapist.

While I am excited for my next chapter, it is also incredibly bittersweet.  There are so many amazing people, shared memories, and special moments at UB, I could probably write a novel acknowledging them all.  Please indulge me in a few thank yous:

A first thank you goes to Olivia. When she asked to go in on UB 50/50, I had no idea how much she would enrich my vision and help make this gym so much more than I would have ever been able to do on my own.  She is a bold woman and leader, and I am excited to see the great things she plans to do with United Barbell going forward.

Secondly, I would like to thank all of the coaches.  From Coach James (UB’s first employee), to our soon-to-be-Coach Kim (our latest Coach in Training), we have been blessed with passionate staff who inspired me and have poured their hearts and minds into serving this community and making each hour you spend at the gym valuable and fun.

Last but definitely not least, I want to thank every one of you, dear members of UB.  The community here  is and has always been special.  Whether I have had the honor of coaching you in class, doing your onramp, helping you with your goals, or just chatting with you about everyday things, you have been the magic that has made my job the last eight years be the best job on the planet.  It has truly been my pleasure to serve you.  

As I start my next chapter, I plan on still seeing you all, and working out by your side.  I will be continuing my time at United Barbell, but as an athlete instead of an owner.  I will still cheer you on and give you a high-five on your latest PR, just don’t ask me to sign you in or update your credit card info in Mindbody. =P

The last class I will coach will be Saturday, January 26th. I would love it if you would join me in my last formal time of having the honor of having you call me “Coach.”

~ Coach Jenny

Olivia Graff

Olivia's athletic origins lie in gymnastics and circus arts. After finding CrossFit in 2007, she became obsessed, and three years later left her IT career and opened United Barbell. Olivia is particularly passionate about helping people new to fitness to find joy in their growing athletic abilities. Since the birth of her daughter, Isis, in 2013, Olivia can add helping little ones find their athletic path to her list of passions.