Chris Thorndike

Executive Director

Chris Thorndike

Growing up with a passion for all things sports, Chris has been surrounded by training, competition, and teamwork since the age of 4. From the start of his athletic career, the excitement of pushing himself to new levels of performance was most rewarding.His experience with competitive travel soccer, youth football, baseball, basketball, high school wrestling and golf fueled a similar drive in life. Chris attended the University of Florida where he studied Business Management. Upon graduation, Chris co-founded CrossFit Gainesville with his brother Chip in 2008, where he paired his passion for business with helping people achieve life changing results. 

In 2014, Chris and his Fiance' Stephanie McCarthy formed LIV Athletic to build active and socially connect lives through a family of training facilities.

Chris is the co-owner of Factory Forged, an online fitness business school and consulting company that helps gym owners grow their businesses's.

Certification and Education

  • B.S. Business Management- University of Florida
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • USAW Level 2 Advanced Sport Performance Certification (Danny Camargo)
  • CrossFit Movement & Mobility (Kelly Starrett)
  • OPT CCP Level 1 Coach (Program Design and Assessment)
  • CrossFit Nutrition Certificate (Robb Wolf)
  • Gymnastics Free Style (Carl Paoli)

Mission Statement

LIV Athletic inspires people to live active and socially connected lives.


About Us

LIV Athletic is a lifestyle that we embody for ourselves and for our members. It represents a balanced approach to health, fitness, goals, and personal and family life. We started as Gainesville's first CrossFit training facility in 2008 and have expanded our programs and services to help more people find happiness through an active lifestyle. In 2015 we continued the next step in our business development and introduced LIV Athletic, parent company to our successful CrossFit Gainesville community. With LIV we are able to meet our members with programing and classes no matter where they are at in their fitness journey. Today we are proud to offer five programs: Youth Combine, FitCamp, Sweat, CrossFit, and Personal Training!



  • Personalized Programs are more effective for achieving results 
  • Everyone Is An Athlete they come in all sizes, ages, and abilities
  • Results take a full commitment in and out of the gym
  • Our Assessments guarantee your training program aligns with your goals and interests
  • Health And Fitness is a journey that you choose to begin 
  • Investing In Continuing Education allows our staff to give the best return to our members


LIV Athletic features 3 training facilities to best meet the needs of our clients: CrossFit, Sweat, and Personal Training. With over 5,000 square feet of workout space, each training floor is uniquely designed to meet the needs of each program. We have spared no expense at creating a custom, results driven, and resourceful space for our members.

The CrossFit floor is modeled after the traditional Box with professional olympic lifting equipment, pull-up bars, muscle-up rings, ropes and other primary CrossFit tools. The open floor plan allows each athlete to safely execute skill movements, group WODs, and much more.

Our Personal Training floor is designed to bring the coach and athlete together with every resource they may need. With professional Rogue gear, wall balls, bands, and everything in between, your coach has all of the tools necessary to create a custom training experience for each member.

The Sweat floor is set up to meet the needs of our Sweat and FitCamp members. Group classes can enjoy the open floor plan, pull-up bars, dumbbells, plyo-boxes, and all of the other equipment that helps you get your sweat on!

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