GREENFIELD — It’s hard to imagine Devon Brown being bored.
It’s hard to imagine that the self-proclaimed ‘fitness enthusiast’ – that’s what it says under Brown’s name on his business card – once logged 60-70 hour weeks sitting behind the desk of a health club.
It’s hard to imagine the Greenfield resident not being committed to the world of Obstacle Course Racing.
Brown, the former general manager of Family Fun & Fitness in Greenfield, was approached by Dennis Zeyen two years ago. Zeyen, a Family Fun & Fitness member and a friend of Brown’s, signed up the two of them for a Spartan Sprint race – an event that lasts at least three miles and contains a minimum of 15 obstacles – in April of 2012.
“Neither one of us had done one before and we thought it was crazy.” Brown said.
Over two years later, and Brown is in the midst of an OCR season that, by his estimation, will result in over 350 miles of racing.
Brown’s full-on foray into OCR is just part of his career transformation. Brown, who is also a certified personal trainer, founded Change Fitness in 2013, a company designed to get its clients to remove the traditional impediments of working out while also creating real-life goals for participants – such as competing in OCR.
Brown wants his clients to “train for the moment,” which ideally means they enter an OCR race and can compete under Brown’s supervision, if necessary.
“Not all of my clients will do a race, and that’s completely fine. I still want to find something that makes them uncomfortable and they weren’t ready for,” Brown said. “It’s great to become healthy and fit; it’s better to master or unlock something you felt you previously couldn’t do. Whether that be physically or not, that’s the kind of client I look for.”