Chris Runyon is the owner of Elite Sport & Fitness.
Chris played baseball growing up and through college. He graduated from Colorado State University in Pueblo with a degree in Exercise Science in 2006. Due to continuous injuries and a passion for firefighting, Chris decided to end his baseball career after college. He started as a personal trainer at 24-Hour Fitness while pursuing the multiple certifications and education it took to become a firefighter.
Growing up in Portland, Chris always wanted to live in warmer weather. He officially made the move to Arizona in 2007 and immediately began working at Lifetime Fitness. After working inside the “big gym” atmosphere for 3 years, he started CR Fitness LLC in April 2009 as an independent contractor at American Fitness Specialists, a 2000 square foot facility.
Chris begin building his own clientele of adults and athletes. While operating CR Fitness LLC, he volunteered at Chandler High School as strength and conditioning coach for the boys Lacrosse team. Chris took them to the state championship for the first time.
With an ever greater desire to expand his business, Chris opened his own facility called CU Fit in October 2010. He rented space to 10 personal trainers and trained clients himself at CU Fit, a 3600 square foot facility.
In March 2013, Chris opened Elite Sport & Fitness, a 12,500 square foot facility. He grew the company from the ground up – starting with just under 60 members to over 700 active members in 2016. Elite has become one of the fastest growing gyms in Arizona with sales growth of more than 70 percent over the past three years. Chris established high expectations for service and his staff comprises some of the most credible and respected fitness professionals in the industry.
While running and establishing Elite, Chris continues to design and implement fitness programs for non-Elite clientele including professional athletes, high school teams and club teams. His certifications include NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NASMCPT, ACE–Peer Fitness Tactical and EMT.
Chris is most proud of the fact that Elite is home to clientele at all levels of fitness. High school athletes, busy professionals, stay-at-home moms, retirees, powerlifters, Olympic weightlifters, physique competitors — everyone is invited and welcome to join the Elite family.