Kurt Shuman


Published January 15, 2016


Kurt is a CrossFit Level 1 and Level 2 (Coach's Prep) Trainer, with a specialty certification in CrossFit Weightlifting and CrossFit Mobility. He discovered CrossFit in 2008 as part of a life-long pursuit of athletics that started in early childhood. Growing up he played varsity soccer and volleyball in high school and found rugby in college where he excelled as a three-time collegiate All-American, won the Albert Woodley Award (collegiate rugby equivalent to the Heisman Trophy for the most outstanding college player in the nation), was a two-time Oxford University Rugby Blue and reached the pinnacle of his career as a member of USA Men's National Rugby Team from 1996-2002, representing his country over 30 times including the three matches played by the USA in the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Following his "playing" days, Kurt began participating in triathlons, marathons, endurance events and mountain climbing. He has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Chimborazo and Mt. Rainier, among others.  

CrossFit has had such a profound impact on Kurt's life he decided to end his 12-year career as an investment banker and dedicate his life to helping others reach their fitness and wellness goals through the creation of CrossFit Ex Novo. Kurt believes that part of a rewarding life involves reaching one's potential. CrossFit training not only provides a forum in which the individual can easily see the progress being made towards their athletic potential (i.e. lifting a heavier weight, running a faster marathon, summiting a higher mountain). But also, the dedication, commitment and hard work required by CrossFit can be applied to reach one's potential in other areas such as family, career and personal life.


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