About Us

About Pottstown Athletic Club / CrossFit Pottstown

Pottstown Athletic Club (PAC) is a 501c3 nonprofit multi-sport youth athletic club. We offer several programs to Pottstown youth and those of surrounding municipalities.

  • CrossFit Training
  • CrossFit Recovery
  • CrossFit Future Soldiers
  • Clean Street Community Service Program
  • Pottstown Chapter of The Guardian Angels
  • Pottstown Chapter of The Junior Guardian Angels

Our focus is on personal responsibility, confronting and overcoming obstacles and addressing personal challenges. Football, baseball, soccer and other organized sports are not always attractive to all youth, especially those with troubled backgrounds, anger management issues and whose homes are not safe sanctuaries. Pottstown Athletic Club / CrossFit Pottstown provides teens and youth with alternative programs for physical fitness, competition and character development. Olympic weightlifting, karate and CrossFit are excellent tools for teens and youths from these backgrounds to utilize in order to focus within and build the confidence to challenge themselves and confront life’s “not always fair” realities.

We offer no secret techniques, no mystical art, and no superhuman abilities. Instead, we offer the benefits that come from hard work and consistent training: hard work enhances ability, humility develops character, structure produces discipline, and focus inspires intellect.  What we learn through training carries over to all aspects of our lives.  The world we inhabit is a very competitive place.  Whether it’s competition at school or in the job market, the earlier we learn to handle competitive and stressful situations, the better we learn to not feel threatened or unthinkingly react in those situations.  If nurtured properly, the attitude cultivated within martial arts,  weightlifting, CrossFit athletic training and competition can greatly develop the confidence required to succeed in personal and professional endeavors.  PAC athletes who have remained consistent in their training, accountable for their behavior and responsible for their own advancement and ability have moved on to be successful in their personal and professional lives

PAC is not in the “business” of karate. CrossFit is a club that focuses on character development while simultaneously introducing physical fitness and awareness to youth that would otherwise not have this opportunity. Youth who wish to participate and cannot financially contribute are not turned away.

“It’s bigger than me – It’s bigger than you - Check your ego at the door, and let’s get to work!”

                                                                                                                -  Rob Matthews

 



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Shotokan Karate

Shotokan Karate

1996 National Team

Karate is the art of unarmed self-defense. Karate is a Japanese phrase meaning "kara" - (empty), "te" - (hand), or the way of the empty hand.

Karate is a centuries old martial art, formally introduced in Japan by Master Gichin Funakoshi. Since the 1950s, karate has been practiced throughout the United States and other parts of the world. Karate is an excellent exercise, utilizing 90% of the body muscles. The mental aspects are as important as the physical. The main objective of karate training is development of character, although karate is also a practical and effective self-defense system. 

Men and women of all ages can learn the art of karate. Children can begin as young as 5 years old. Training at POTTSTOWN KARATE CLUB is highlighted by personal, individualized instruction in small class settings. Equal emphasis is placed on the mastery of basics (kihon), form (kata), sparring (kumite) and self-defense techniques. Instruction is safe, professional and easy to understand.



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CrossFit Soldier Support

CrossFit Soldier Support

In coordination with the US Army and US Air Force, CrossFit Pottstown is currently preparing Local DEP (Delayed Entry Program) Future Soldiers with their Pre Basic Training Fitness capabilities. We have expanded our role to include active Guard and Reserve units from tri state area to manage and train for their military PT Standards.

 

 



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CrossFit Resurgence

CrossFit Pottstown Resurgence – CPR

Pottstown Crossfit Resurgence

 

For most of us, our workout routine isn’t a matter of life and death, but at CrossFit Pottstown Resurgence, the stakes are higher.

“I would not be alive today without this place. I truly feel that deep in my soul,” said Sam Calvanese, who had tried several other recovery programs without success before finding her way to Pottstown Resurgence—a program offered by Pottstown Athletic Club, or PAC, free of charge to individuals working to overcome drug and alcohol addiction.

Since 2014, the program has offered free CrossFit instruction at the Armory in downtown Pottstown three times a week to those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, in addition to hosting a weekly meeting where participants talk about addiction and the range of accompanying physical and emotional issues.

“I’ve been to a lot of meetings over the past years, but this is by far the most helpful, most meaningful that I’ve been to,” said Calvanese, who now coaches and mentors at Resurgence. “Most of us struggle with anxiety, depression, eating disorders—and we can talk about all that here so it’s a really nice safe place. It’s life changing.”

Rob Matthews, owner of PAC, sees a strong link between breaking the cycle of addiction and engaging in physical activity alongside others who understand the struggle. Weekly meetings were designed as a way for participants to articulate what they were going through.

“It’s the best meeting in town,” said Matthews. “You’re all pumped up. Your endorphins are going. Your brain is active. You want to share, and that makes the meeting that much better.”

Over the years, Resurgence has built a community among individuals who’ve shared in the same struggles.

“When I first came here I was only a month and a half out of prison, and I felt like I had nobody and nothing in the world but my family,” said Ryan Ziegler, who has been a part of the program for over a year and is now a certified CrossFit coach. "I’ve been able to grow with it solely because of the people. They allowed me to come in when I wasn’t talking to anyone or doing anything. It’s everything I needed.”

For both Calvanese and Ziegler, coaching has provided a sense of purpose as they help guide others through recovery.

“I was given an opportunity to give back. Even though I had only been in the program for a few months by then, I knew I wanted to help,” said Ziegler. “There are days when only giving back—doing that right thing—is going to keep you on the right path. That’s where coaching comes in so great for all of us.”

The program goes well beyond the workout of the day to address changes to lifestyle that add up to building healthy outcomes.

“Not only was I an alcoholic, I was 420 pounds at one point. So I was going to die from the cheeseburgers or the alcohol,” said Ziegler. “For me, when I got clean, I had to change everything about how I was living.”

Pottstown Crossfit ResurgenceImprovements are underway at the Armory to support that element of Resurgence. The club is currently renovating the meeting area and adding a kitchen to the space.

“Everything is running and functional. I just have to put a floor down,” said Matthews. “Nutrition is key to all of this. Especially with individuals coming out of recovery, they’ve got to eat right. So we’re going to run nutrition classes out of here.”

Since 2013, the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation has partnered with Pottstown Athletic Club to provide programs that support not only those in recovery, but anyone in the Pottstown community looking to live more active lives. Most recently, the club received $75,000 in the fall 2019 grant round to help support fitness programming for the entire community.

“We never turn anyone away,” said Matthews. “Let’s say a young kid comes to the club and wants to join, but can’t afford it. What I would do is talk to the parents and say ‘what can you afford?’ If you can’t do $65 a month, let’s do $35 a month. If they can’t afford anything, they’ll help with cleaning or we’ll barter. That’s the foundation of where it started.”

Matthews noted that the universal appeal of the club’s CrossFit training allows coaches to connect with individuals and families regardless of experience level, age, or fitness.

PAC has gone above and beyond the goal of building a more active community, training world-class athletes to compete on the global stage. The club’s dragon boat paddling team, Pottstown Dragon Warriors, trained several local athletes who went on to compete at the International Dragon Boat Federation World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand. The specialized facilities at the club draw dragon boat teams from up and down the East Coast to visit Pottstown for training excursions.

For members of all the club’s programs, it represents something special— something unique to Pottstown.

“It’s an awesome program,” said Calvanese. “I don’t know of anyone else who has something like this, but it’s working.”



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Guardian Angels

Pottstown Chapter of the Guardian Angels

Members are recruited from within this club and provide three functions to this community.

  1. PGA acts as a visual deterrent to crime
  2. PGA acts as the eyes and ears for the Pottstown Police Department
  3. PGA provides a positive role model for area youth.

Pottstown Guardian Angels take photographs, record license plates and support police with eyewitness accounts, and PGA testify in court if needed. Pottstown Guardian Angels enable neighborhoods to empower themselves against crime and drugs.
Visit the International Alliance of Guardian Angels.

 

POTTSTOWN JUNIOR GUARDIAN ANGELS

The Pottstown Junior Guardian Angels is a Junior Leadership / Anti Bully program that has been very popular with the local population and the Pottstown School District. This program is offered free to the general population with the intent of empowering as many children as possible on how to deal with the bullying epidemic. Stomp the Bullying - Junior Guardian Angel Student Manual

 

     

 



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