To empower disabled servicemen/women; give back to the community; bridge the gap between the abled and disabled; and create a fitness community dedicated to making the world a better place.
About Branded One CrossFit:
Our disabled police, fire, and military veterans are often left behind or forgotten. We have established a nonprofit CrossFit affiliate that focuses on health and fitness while bridging the gap between our “disabled” heroes and our “abled” heroes. CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that consists of a mix of aerobic exercise, calisthenics (bodyweight exercises), Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, and other functional movements. It is often described as “constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity across broad time and modal domains.” Branded One CrossFit is one of about 10,000 CrossFit affiliates in the world. It is only one of a few that is a nonprofit, and it is the only nonprofit CrossFit gym in Nevada that isn’t affiliated with a military base or school. CrossFit has positively influenced countless people’s lives and we want to extend that same opportunity to our disabled heroes.
Branded One CrossFit inspires people through their own hard work and shows them that anything is possible – whether that’s weight-loss, general fitness, high level athletic performance, playing with grandchildren, or as simple as going up and down stairs. Our disabled heroes should be able to pursue whatever makes them happy without having to worry about the limitation of their body. Refraining from functional movement is what causes mental and physical deficits, so Branded One CrossFit wants to make sure every disabled hero does not fall victim to these deficits. We’re building a community where people can depend on each other and show support and guidance, but we need your help. Please review this website and consider becoming a volunteer, sponsor, member, or partner; or donating to support our cause. Without your help, we can’t provide help.
Branded One CrossFit Principles:
- Provide support to our disabled heroes and the community surrounding them;
- Maintain a compassionate and inclusive environment for all people;
- Ensure compliance with the ideals of CrossFit, Inc.;
- Embrace our responsibility to create a better tomorrow; and
- Be determined, but humble.
The Board of Branded One CrossFit is comprised of a unique set of individuals who realize the importance of giving back to the community and, more importantly, helping our disabled police, fire, and military veterans.
Nick McCombs previously worked at Realm of Design Inc., but recently left his position as the Director of Operations to start Branded One CrossFit. At Realm of Design Inc., Nick gained the fundamental skills and experience necessary to run a successful business. In 2009 he took part in a green project that used 500,000 recycled beer bottles from the Las Vegas Strip to construct a commercial building’s exterior facade – saving over 7,200 gallons worth of oil that would normally be used to create the raw materials for the same outcome. Given Nick’s passion for sports and staying active, he naturally found CrossFit in 2011. From there, he became a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1) in February of 2012. Since then, he has been coaching family and friends in his own “garage style” gym and is now a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2). His love and passion for helping people to become a better version of themselves has taken over and, with that, is the start of the first non-institutionalized nonprofit CrossFit gym in Nevada.
Whitney Short graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Spanish. During her undergraduate years, Whitney was active in various organizations, which fueled her desire to help the community. Whitney later returned to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to obtain her Juris Doctor degree, where she was Managing Editor of the Nevada Law Journal and a mediator for one of the top clinical law programs in the nation. She now practices law in Las Vegas, works pro bono for veterans with estate planning issues, and teaches Public Speaking at the College of Southern Nevada. In her spare time – if she’s not helping or working out with Branded One CrossFit – she’s travelling or volunteering at the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Heather Torgersen is currently the Director of Development for the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Heather Torgersen joins the Branded One CrossFit board with over a dozen years of development experience. After receiving a B.S. in Political Science and Sociology at Southern Utah University, she started her career working on political campaigns and earned a M.A. in Political Science, officially becoming a UNLV Rebel. In 2008 she graduated from Emerge Nevada and transitioned into work with nonprofits, and spent nearly a decade with the American Cancer Society. While there, she worked in event planning and fundraising, led a national training team for development, and secured major gifts while managing a team of fundraisers. She is passionate about making a difference and looks forward to being a part of the impact created by the Branded One CrossFit organization.
Vinny Spotleson is the Program Director for the Nevada Conservation League and Education Fund in Las Vegas. Vinny spent the last decade working on political campaigns and environmental issues to promote renewable energy, and the protection of public lands. He is proud to have led the coalition to transition NV Energy off of coal power, and to have worked on the successful passage of the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument while he was employed by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. Vinny earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Spencer Armstrong served five years on active duty as an officer in the United States Air Force prior to transitioning into a Captain in the Air Force Reserves. Currently in his civilian role, he is a contracting negotiator for the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). At USSOCOM, Spencer manages a $130M contract for the design, analysis, test, and delivery of the SEAL Insertion, Observation and Neutralization (SEALION) craft used by the Navy SEALS for high-speed, low observable/low radar operation on shorelines. Also, Spencer heads up the Combatant Craft, Medium Mark 1 (CCM Mk 1) program which is an acquisition program to develop, test, and produce a modern, agile, and operationally capable combatant craft system. He also works as an external scout for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. Spencer earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the United States Air Force Academy and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Louisiana Monroe.