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Chatting with Tommy Hackenbruck — Real Chalk #78

Tommy Hackenbruck happened to be the owner of the first CrossFit gym I ever stepped foot in. At the time, I didn’t even know what the CrossFit Games were or who Tommy really was. He was always a super humble guy who never even made it a point to tell me that he got 2nd place at the CrossFit Games. He later became the Broken Skulk Ranch Champion, an owner of multiple gym locations (which was rare at the time), and worked out alone most of the time at a place called “Gym Jones” which has always been a famous training spot that requires an invitation to walk through the door. I wasn’t invited for a few years…


Anyway, while I was out in Columbus, Ohio I happened to walk by Tommy as he was getting ready for the “Legends” competition at the Rogue Invitational. I haven’t talked to him in years and wanted to catch up and see what he’s been up to. He had a few things to say about his career and business life. Things he’d do different and things that helped him succeed. It’s always good to hear anything from someone who’s been in the game this long. I hope to enjoy it!

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