In 2011, Ben was approached by Blake Shubert about putting on a fitness competition at No Excuses CrossFit. By God’s grace, we raised $5000 to build a school in Uganda. Over the next several years, Ben grew in his relationship with Christ. As he learned the church’s purpose, he felt a great desire to serve the needs of church members, the saints. He also saw the church body’s need for health and fitness. That intense yearning to share the knowledge and experience he gained in the CrossFit community and Fitness Industry drives his desire to serve the church through holistic fitness.
In 2010, when Kelsey opened her first gym she really began to see how sick and unhealthy the world was. After years of serving as an outreach leader at her church, she was also able to see not just the even higher level of sickness in lives but the lack of opportunity. God quickly planted the idea and dream of one day bringing that quality health and wellness experience to those that don’t have that opportunity.
In 2014, Kelsey and Ben met through her husband. She shared her vision, and so did he. Through a clear and very passionate calling, the two realized that, by working together, they would be better equipped to serve God. Since that time, they have become close friends and responsible siblings.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, ibut how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
Ben Davis, Co-Founder
- CrossFit L1
- CrossFit Mobility
- CrossFit Running
- CrossFit Nutrition
- CrossFit Kids
- FMS L1 & 2
- Wim Hof Method Breathing
- SE Cohort Discipleship
- Steward of No Excuses Crossfit 2008-2014
- Steward of Iron Tribe Fitness 2014-Current
Ben played soccer at a competitive level from the time he was 11 years old. He played at the Olympic Development level and experienced playing in some of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the world, including Dallas Cup and Nike International Cup. In High School, he picked up the love of wrestling and pursued it full time while continuing to play soccer. He has trained under some of the best coaches in the state of Georgia for both sports. This is where God began developing Ben’s understanding and passion for training the body.
After experiencing a career ending injury, Ben developed a deep depression and confusion about the meaning of life and what he was purposed to do. This led to a suicidal depression in 2008, but he was saved, by God’s grace, and shown his purpose and meaning to glorify God.
In December of 2008, Ben built No Excuses CrossFit with Kyle Maynard, developed a knowledge and love for functional movement and continued to grow his passion to change people’s lives by impacting their physical well-being. In April of 2014, Ben left No Excuses CrossFit to pursue a franchise partnership with an Atlanta-area Iron Tribe Fitness. He is now seeking to develop a team to impact lives through the franchise and Radical Fitness Ministries.
It’s through faith in Christ that Ben now lives and breathes, learning to be like Him, and loving others. It’s for this love that Ben has missioned his life to pursue God with all his heart, mind, soul, and strength and to love others as himself. For this reason, he pursues people and encourages them to reach their full God-given potential.
He is living proof of the radical change the gospel of Jesus Christ can have on one’s life. Ben’s mission is to share this love with all people, helping them live an abundant life.
He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, where he shares this life with his beautiful and talented bride, Laura Sully Davis.
Kelsey Elmore, Co-Founder
- CrossFit L1
- CrossFit Gymnastics
- CrossFit Mobility
- 2010-2014 CrossFit Headquarters Staff
- 2010-2014 Owner CrossFit Eternal and CF Eternal Davidson
- 2012-2014 Faith Rx’d Staff
- Yoga Tune Up Training under Mado Hesselink
- Chalmer’s Center Training
- Leading in Ministry – Gordon Conwell
- Wim Hof Method Breathing
Kelsey is an ex-collegiate cheerleader from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. Not long after graduation, she stepped into the fitness world as a personal trainer at a high end studio in North Carolina. Within a year, she and her husband, Josh, took a leap of faith by opening one of the first CrossFit gyms in Charlotte, CrossFit Eternal. For 5 years, they continued to grow that community as well as a second CrossFit community until the Lord called them out with the birth of their son in 2014. She has worked closely with CrossFit HQ and Faith Rx, both reputable fitness entities in the industry. Through her church and city she’s led outreach efforts. Radical Fitness, now, has allowed her to put those two worlds together.
She currently resides in Charlotte North Carolina with her amazing husband, Josh, energetic son, Noah, and crazy pup, Chipper.
My walk with God is reflected in a statement by fitness pioneer Greg Glassman;
“If you are a coach, you can’t not believe in redemption. No one is unredeemable.”
Kelsey grew up as an adoptee. When her biological-mom became pregnant, she considered her options; abortion, adoption, or become a single parent. Shortly after her decision for abortion, she felt a clear conviction from God to give this child life and bless another couple through adoption. As difficult as that decision was, God used Kelsey’s life to grab her attention, to capture her heart and redeem her life.
Twenty-two years later, they were reunited, and Kelsey met her two younger siblings, Adam and Kim, for the first time. “I wasn’t much of a church-goer, nor did my life exude anything Christ-like at that time, but they always invited me to church when I was in town, and I always went. While I didn’t feel deeply pulled to make that a habit, I did enjoy it when I attended, and Adam would always talk to me about Jesus during our phone conversations.”
Twenty months after their reunion, Adam died when he fell asleep driving home from college on Mother’s Day 2006. Through multiple events, God used Adam’s death to get Kelsey’s attention and begin pursuing her. “I Googled some Christian churches in my area, and the first one ended up being the winner. Unknown to me at the time, it was the same name as the one Adam had attended, the speaker for the day was a guy named Adam, and the topic was adoption. How’s that for a clear word from God? His plan to redeem my life and capture my heart was being accomplished the entire time.”
“Again and again, I have seen and am living proof of this word redemption. While Greg meant this from a fitness standpoint, arguing that anyone’s life can be changed physically, he was on to something much greater. I have made it my mission to see the world with an eye for redemption – whether as a coach or in everyday life.”