Owner/Head Coach Chandler Davis has been CrossFitting for four years and specializes in coaching the Olympic lifts. "As a former football player all the way through the collegiate level, I have a lot of experience there and it always brings back memories of competing with guys on the team with each lift," he says. "Plus, most of the trainers I had growing up for sports specialized in it as well. However, even though it’s still weird to me, I am probably best at the gymnastics movements (pull-ups, handstand push-ups and walks, etc.). Just don’t ask coach Ali about my handstand walk form."
For Chandler, the real joy of coaching comes from educating people and helping them reach their goals. "I love explaining to someone why they are doing what they are doing, and how it is going to help them," he says. "There's not a lot better than seeing someone’s face light up so big after they’ve just done something for the first time that they didn’t know they were capable of."
As an athlete, Chandler played four years in Tulane’s football program and that’s what brought him here to NOLA. "During my playing career in college, I was never the most talented kid, but I was for sure a ‘gym rat.’" After taking a break, he began working out again for about two months, then started talking to the owner about personal training. "After seeing the CrossFit Games on TV that year (2013), I said to myself (literally), ‘This Rich Froning guy wins everything. I played college football and I love working out - I could totally take him.’ From there, I joined a local CrossFit gym and immediately inquired about coaching. After coaching there for a little over a year, I got the opportunity to open Lagniappe CrossFit."
When not at the gym, Chandler loves to spend as much time as he can with his family—and loves being on the water or taking his two dogs to the park.