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It is our goal to provide you with an effective, efficient and fun experience, but most importantly we want you to be safe. Those that are new to CrossFit or have less than 6 months of experience are required to attend our 6 session elements program, which are offered on an ongoing, rotating basis in the morning, evening and weekends. These sessions introduce you to the movements that are used most often in daily programming.  Theses sessions are most effective when attended in order 1-6 but may be attended in any order and may be purchased by clicking the Elements link below. Spaces are limited so sign up early!


Those that have been involved in CrossFit for more than 6 months are welcome to jump right in to our open classes, but if it appears that your movement quality is not up to our standards then we may ask you take a step back and attend our fundamentals sessions.



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Group class packages are priced by classes per week and are billed month-to-month.
10% discount for full-time student, teacher, nurse, fire, LEO, paramedic or active duty military.
50% discount for significant other, 25% discount each child after the first.
10% discount for 12 months prepaid.  No Refunds.
Personal training, special events and corporate events available by request.

Still Have Questions? 


CrossFit is a regimen involving constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity to improve fitness, which CrossFit defines as increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains. The magic is in the movement, the art is in the programming, the science is in the explanation, and the fun is in the community. World class fitness in 100 words: Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports. – Founder of CrossFit, Coach Greg Glassman
Classes will typically consist of a structured warm up, followed by some strength and/or skill work and will finish with the WOD (workout of the day), which is the intense metabolic conditioning that most people think of when they hear the term CrossFit. The amount of time devoted to each segment will vary from day-to-day depending on what we have planned.
This is totally dependent upon your goals. Generally speaking, you will need to attend a minimum of 3 classes per week in order to reap the many benefits of CrossFit style training. However, some people are in here everyday, working out intensely with 5-6+ classes per week plus 1-2 sessions of lighter mobility, flexibility and active recovery work.
As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. During each class session you will receive a great deal of group instruction and personal attention from our coaches. This is not your average gym membership and our coaches are not your average trainers. You won’t show up and anonymously stumble through a workout, and it’s not a spinning class where the instructor sits in front of the room calling out cadence. We care immensely about maximizing your safety and helping you reach your individual performance and health goals. That being said, we understand that CrossFit is not for everyone for a variety of reasons, but we think that you will quickly recognize the value if you give it a try.
Everything that we do in CrossFit is infinitely scalable in terms of weight used, repetitions, speed, time, etc, meaning that it is appropriate for men and women of all ages, backgrounds and fitness levels–from children to the elderly, desk jockeys to professional athletes. The only way to truly be in shape for CrossFit is to practice CrossFit. So come on out for a free trial. We will help you modify the workouts as needed and ensure that you are comfortable with all the movements.
This is one of the most common things that we hear from people. It is extremely difficult to get big and bulky, and it does not just happen from lifting heavy weights. Athletes that you see with massive physiques are trying to maximize hypertrophy (muscle growth) and must pay strict attention to their diets, eating a surplus of calories to support that growth in addition to performing workouts designed to maximize muscle growth (not just lifting heavy things, although that’s a big part of it). We can help guide you whether your goal is to be long, lean and toned or if you actually do want to gain a significant amount of muscle mass. However, lifting relatively heavy weights is extremely important for your overall long-term health and functionality, especially as you age. So we’re definitely going to get you comfortable with weights!

Ohio Strength

279 E 5th Ave. Columbus, OH



Ryan McFadyen

Ryan McFadyen

Owner & Head Coach View Details
Nick Voss

Nick Voss

Coach View Details
Amy Sandel

Amy Sandel

Coach View Details
Laura Sullivan

Laura Sullivan

Coach View Details
Brittany Smith

Brittany Smith

Coach View Details
Jeff Jablonka

Jeff Jablonka

Web Designer View Details
Paige McFadyen

Paige McFadyen

Photographer View Details
Ryan McFadyen

Ryan McFadyen

Owner & Head Coach

Ryan was involved in a variety of competitive sports during his youth, focusing mostly on football and track in high school and then rowing for a year at The Ohio State University.

He began training and coaching during his sophomore year of college.

Ryan discovered CrossFit in 2010 and immediately fell in love with the intensity, variety and the competitive yet supportive community.

Fitness related qualifications and achievements:

B.S.Ed. Exercise Science, minor in Nutrition
CrossFit Level 1
USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach
Red Cross CPR/AED for the professional rescuer
Competed at the 2006 Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships
National Champion 2008 ACSM Exercise Physiology Quiz Bowl (3 man team)
Internship in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation


MBA, Finance
Studied abroad in Shanghai, China
Lover of family, friends, fun, fitness, food, new adventures, Columbus and The Ohio State University

Nick Voss

Nick Voss


Nick found CrossFit in 2012 and started by doing workouts in a friend’s basement. The gains in strength and overall fitness were incomparable to anything he had ever tried before, and he found it to be the perfect balance of weightlifting and aerobic exercise. What he enjoys most is the day-to-day challenge of hunting out your weaknesses and facing them head on.

What makes him passionate about CrossFit is seeing the transformation, both physically and mentally, it causes in brand new athletes and their constant improvement over time. He truly believes in the methods that CrossFit defines as universally scalable exercises for broad ages and ability levels.

He also is a serious competitor in the endurance sport of ultra/trail running, competing in varying distances up to and including 100 mile races with bigger focus on those longer than marathons.

Nick has earned his B.S. in Exercise Physiology from Ohio University where he worked with NCAA Division I college athletes in their strength and rehabilitation from injury. He currently holds a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate.

Amy Sandel

Amy Sandel


Amy was involved in a variety of sports during her youth. She especially loved softball, and she played competitively on traveling teams throughout elementary and high school. She has always had a love for athleticism, sports, and fitness.

Amy discovered CrossFit in 2011 while living in Texas. She loved the intensity and competitiveness of the sport as well as the sense of community CrossFit creates. She began competing individually and on teams throughout south Texas, and shortly thereafter completed her CrossFit Level 1 certification. Amy began coaching in 2012. She has taught CrossFit, boot camp, and on-ramp classes, has judged numerous competitions, volunteered at the CrossFit South Central Regional Competition, and has also received her CrossFit Strongman Certification.

Amy is planning to pursue her USA Weightlifting Certification as well as education in adaptive athletics training to bring CrossFit to those with physical or mental disabilities. Amy graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s of Journalism degree in public relations journalism, with minors in Sociology and English. When she’s not coaching, Amy enjoys live music as well as her career in concert and event production.

Laura Sullivan

Laura Sullivan


Laura discovered CrossFit in 2009 and immediately fell in love with the community atmosphere and intensity.

Laura started coaching CrossFit during her junior year of college. She then took a break from coaching once she started working in the social work field and is now pursuing her Masters degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University. Laura has a passion for the change that CrossFit can bring about in individual lives.

Competed in the Central East CrossFit Team Regionals in 2011,2012 & 2013.

CrossFit L1 Certification
Bachelors degree in Social Work from Northern Kentucky University.

Brittany Smith

Brittany Smith


Brittany grew up in a competitive environment from a very young age between showing horses and racing go-karts. During college, she served as the Equestrian Team President for three years, and taught riding lessons for one.

After graduating, she needed a new way to stay active, and in early 2013 she tried Crossfit for the first time. Brittany was hooked after her first class. She loves the intensity of the workouts, the competitive environment, and the community that Crossfit builds.

Brittany earned her M.S. in Integrated Marketing and Communications from West Virginia University and her B.S. in Organizational Communications with a minor in Business Administration from Ohio Univeristy. She currently holds a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer Certificate.

Jeff Jablonka

Jeff Jablonka

Web Designer
Paige McFadyen

Paige McFadyen



This is a community of people that want to be better.

We offer an inclusive atmosphere, welcoming men and women from all walks of life–any age, any background, desk jockeys to elite athletes.

Our philosophy for the general population is built around CrossFit, but our professional coaches offer specialized and sport specific training by appointment.

Your time and money are valuable, and we’re here to deliver serious results, with no wasted time, no wasted movement, no gimmicks and no bullshit.

What we do here is hard.  Any exercise worth a damn is hard.  Life is hard. Working out this hard in a safe, smart and balanced way makes everything else in life a little bit easier.

We don’t expect 100% ability, but we do expect 100% effort and 100% coachability.

So if you’ve never worked out a day in your life, you want to try something new or you’re already in fantastic shape and just want to meet some like minded people, willing to share some new knowledge or give you that extra push then we’re ready for you.

Check your ego at the door, leave the stress of the rest of the world outside of these walls and come see what Ohio Strength has to offer.




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