When Will Hall graduated from Louisa County High School in 2008, he envisioned a long career in the United States Marine Corps.
Nearly seven years later, Hall has found a new calling as a professional fitness athlete.
Earlier this year, the 24-year old was selected as one of the newest members of the National Professional Grid League’s San Francisco Fire in a hybrid CrossFit league.
“It’s the first-ever, professional co-ed sport, where men and women are basically racing against one another to accomplish certain tasks,” Hall said. “Some people have labeled it as a human performance racing professional fitness league.”
The league, which started in 2014, has quickly blossomed into one of the up-and-coming sports in the country. Each team features approximately 24 athletes per team, including 12 men and women. Seven players are eligible to compete in any match and five individuals start.
Each match contains a series of 11 races. Points are awarded to both teams, ranging from two to three points for a win, depending on the event.
From handstands and pull-ups to front squats and extensive bar work, each event is action packed.
“I’ve never been a part of anything like this,” he said. “Everything’s short, requiring max effort, and people are literally going as fast as they can over and over again.”