Human Strength proves vital for those in recovery

It’s not surprising to find fitness coaches Gavin Young and Melody Schofield are providing a uniquely valuable service to people in recovery—given both are also in long-term recovery. Anyone who claims at least 48 hours of sobriety can attend a free Saturday afternoon fitness class thanks to Human Strength, a nonprofit fitness program based on CrossFit’s methodologies. The program is an extension of Phoenix MultiSport, a national brand of nonprofit fitness centers for people in recovery. Young and Schofield perform altruism through athleticism in offering their years of personal training and CrossFit expertise for the Human Strength program.

Service is a foundational element of recovery. When it comes to striking success in sobriety, they say you have to “give it away in order to keep it.” Lending time and energy to others—particularly those in early recovery—fuels 12-step programs across the world. We often find people in early recovery want to fix everything in their lives at once. And by this, I mean that when I was in early recovery I wanted to fix my credit, cholesterol, and career within the first two weeks out of rehab. Turns out, it doesn’t work that way. There is, however, an undeniable energy to recover and revive during the transition to enduring sobriety. Developing consistently healthy habits in place of a consuming and demanding substance addiction is key to earning sustainable sobriety. The communal power and supportive group dynamic of CrossFit correlates well to the support system we find in 12-step communities.

Young and Schofield would tell you they are simply sharing what they love, as both are dedicated fitness enthusiasts, but they are also providing a revitalizing service to a population intent on steady personal improvement.


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Jim McCormick

For the past decade, Jim McCormick has worked as an analyst covering the NFL and NBA for and ESPN The Magazine. From 2009 to 2010, he served as a regular panelist for The Washington Post’s online NFL platform, The League. In addition to written content for The League, Jim conceived and produced the interview podcast series, “Behind the Helmet.” From 2011-2012, Jim was the lead high school football editor for Jim also served as an editor and co-publisher of the nationally distributed BLITZ Magazine from 2006 to 2010 in what was a broad learning experience as a media entrepreneur. Contact Jim at

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