Vanessa started CrossFit in 2008 but began working as a trainer and group fitness instructor when she was in high school (circa 1997… eek!). She has a degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s in Nursing. She and her husband Charles Bennington own Seaward CrossFit, which they opened in 2014. For over 9 years, Vanessa also works as a Nurse Practitioner helping people with their nutrition and hormone therapy.
An Australian native, who has recently moved to Sarasota, Ben joined the local CrossFit gym where he met Vanessa and Chuck. After training in martial arts for over 10 years, Ben wasn’t a custom to recording workout times and PRs. It soon became evident how important tracking your progress and nutritional information was. Using Ben’s background in web design and business, he teamed up with Vanessa to create Gym Gypsy.