Introducing the Thrive Fitness Team

Meet the fitness experts ready to help you achieve your fitness goals and your potential.

Our Founder

Abby Graham

Since I was younger, I’ve always struggled to be my authentic self. As early as 5 I can remember feeling as though I was different then other kids and even sometimes my own family. While my sister and I were only 11 months apart we seemed divergent in so many ways. She wanted to wear dresses and watch princess movies while I was happiest paling around with the neighborhood boys, running through the woods and playing video games. I can vividly remember this one family vacation where we got one of those “old time, black & white,” photos taken and I refused to wear a dress. I just felt more myself wearing a suit and top hat. Fast forward to high school, a time that’s often notorious for feeling misunderstood or adrift and all I wanted was to fit in. In an effort to belong, I disguised myself by wearing clothes that were popular and even dating guys. Once I got to college though, a lot seemed to change. I was in an entirely new setting and surrounded by new people. As part of the soccer team, I arrived on campus early for pre-season and got to know a great group of girls. For the first time, I felt like this new start could give me the space to peel away parts of myself that felt inauthentic. After a few months and much internal struggle I came “out”. I started wearing clothes that felt more comfortable and made an effort to show more of my “true self,” but that nagging fear of “being different” still pulled at me.

At times I still felt like that nervous, different young girl from when I was a kid. When I came home from college, I knew I wanted to be part of a healthy and fun environment to keep my health on track and to just make some new friends. At the time CrossFit was just emerging in the area so I picked one and joined the first day. Right off the bat, I loved it! I was with a diverse group of people of all ages, all backgrounds and all fitness levels. What brought us together were our shared goals. At the end of the day we all wanted connection and to look good naked. Over the course of 3 years, I became increasingly involved in the gym and it’s sense of community. Then one random day as class was about to start, the coach threw out a question to the group to help break the ice. I immediately felt that nervous energy starting to run through me! The group was no bigger than 10 people and these were my friends whom I had spent the last few years getting to know and train with on a daily basis. Why was I reacting this way? My stomach was in knots, my hands started to sweat and I felt exposed having to show a piece of myself in front of everyone. I could feel those same childhood insecurities rushing up to the surface, that same fear of being “different” coming over me. The moment seemed insignificant but made me realize that while I had grown so much through my experiences I wasn’t where I knew I could be. I also believed, if I felt that way, others must too. I soon began seeking out other communities in the fitness industry to find a place where I “fit” and to find greater awareness. Shortly after I started working for a different gym and began building new connections. At this gym, I discovered a group of people who I resonated with. The coaches were inviting, the owner was knowledgeable and there was a level of comfortability that allowed me to continue exploring and expand who I was and practice sharing my authentic self more openly. That environment gave me the space to do the “inner work,” that I needed to become more comfortable with the kind of vulnerability that comes along with being unapologetically “you.” Eventually I felt so empowered that I wanted to foster a community that was reflective of who I was and would allow others the opportunity to more easily step into their authentic self. After A LOT of blood, sweat, tears and good ole fashioned work I created my own space in the fitness world and CrossFit HideOut was born. Over the past 10 years, I have helped hundreds of every day folks who are ready to make a life change to become fit, healthy, and happy. Just as I have grown over the years, my feelings about the CrossFit fitness model has changed. Although I do believe the CrossFit model is successful, I believe there is no one size fits all fitness. I believe the biggest gap within the fitness realm is not who’s doing more in a better way but it’s in the process of finding the right expression of movement that fits each person uniquely . With that being said, I created a new model of fitness that will now be called THRIVE FITNESS.

Our Coaches

Joel Maestas

Gym Manager
Personal Trainer
Nutrition Counselor
Group Coach

Our gym combines every aspect of exercise science, ensuring that you get the results you want. We offer proven workouts to build energy and endurance. We combine that with sensible eating plans that help you hit that sweet spot where you lose fat while you gain muscle.

We want our gym to be a thriving like-minded community of fitness enthusiasts that support and encourage each other. We aim to do this by combining individual training with group classes of people at your level and coaches that understand your particular needs and goals.

Michelle Graham

Customer Success Manager
Personal Trainer
Mindset Coach
Group Coach

Jamie Cross

Personal Trainer
Group Coach

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