Brian Sciascia - Owner, CrossFit Central Wellington
Image provided, in fact he would not allow any other photo.
It probably wouldn't be right to do a bunch of spotlight interviews on Gym Owners without doing one on my husband. Let's be honest - he insisted.
Brian is the proud owner of CrossFit Central Wellington after purchasing the gym almost 6 years ago. Following 7 years rigging in Australia, he arrived back in New Zealand in 2014 and promptly purchased CCW with no experience in owning a business, no experience in the fitness industry and having never done CrossFit before - wild!
But with a strong support network and a lot of hard work and determination he has built the gym into what it is today - one of the most successful Affiliate's in New Zealand (slight bias expected).
Being raised in a family of five (all of which do CrossFit) and with a large extended family, it was no surprise that this man knows how to build and be part of a community - something he is a complete natural at.
Image provided by family. My favourite photo of these 5 with their Koro.
Brian, with the support of an experienced coaching team, who love the place as much as he does, and members that call it their second home, has developed CrossFit Central Wellington into something really special.
Keep reading on to find out a little more about the guy they call the Chief.
A brief overview of what home/work life looks like
Image sourced from Off the Bar Photography.
How you find managing your work / life balance?
I try to make my systems at work as simple and efficient as possible so that I can have more time to relax and hang with the whānau.
What you like to do outside of work?
Image sourced from Mike Smith (friend).
What did life look like before CrossFit?
Between 2007 and 2014 I lived a bit a high life that included a lot of travel and a little indulgent behaviour. In 2014 after a few changes in life I moved back to NZ, one week later I owned CrossFit Central Wellington. Lol.
Image sourced from personal Facebook.
What are you enjoying most about lockdown and the gym being closed?
On that, are there any lockdown habits you've formed that you'd like to keep?
What are you missing most about the gym being closed?
Biggest learning since becoming a business owner?
Don't try and do it all, just try and do a few things well.
What you would say to people wondering if CrossFit was for them?
Three things that make CCW the place that it is:
- My wife
- The members
- The coaches
What you do you love most about your job?
I love that it doesn't feel like "work", I really enjoy getting to work alongside Eric, my wife and the coaches to make it a place people love coming to.
I like that I get to be there training with "members" who are actually just my mates.
I also love the lads trips and Saturday cricket sessions.
Your favourite "cheat meal"
Brian - you are a true leader. Your commitment to making CrossFit Central Wellington the best place it can be for its members blows my mind. A shame about the BK..