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Coach Charles Hair

Charles Hair

Head Coach, Owner

A native of Baton Rouge, Charles has been a student of physical fitness most of his life. His journey began at age eight when he was inspired by his elementary school Physical Education teacher Kenneth Jenkins to compete in the East Baton Rouge Parish elementary school fitness meet. Charles quickly realized he enjoyed the solitary training he went through as much as the thrill of the day of competition.

At the age of nine, Charles began his study of the northern Japanese based martial art of Chugoku Ku Kenpo under Don Hedrick. The intensity of this training and the inspirational example of his teacher served as catalysts for an insatiable interest in the art and science of human performance development. At 16, Charles began teaching adult martial arts classes and continued teaching through his college days.

Charles supplemented his study with a variety of martial disciplines including Shotokan Karate, Isshin Ryu Karate as well as western boxing. The study and practice of weightlifting and track and field complemented these disciplines. In 2004, Charles discovered CrossFit. The mental and physical demands induced by CrossFit workouts appealed to him instantly.

In 2006, Charles formed The Proving Ground to promote and share this method of physical training at The Southside YMCA in Baton Rouge. In 2010, The Proving Ground evolved into a CrossFit affiliate and relocated to its current location on Perkins Road in Baton Rouge. It is here that Charles studies, develops and shares the methods of empirically driven fitness.


BA from Southeastern Louisiana University, 2001.

Certified K-12 Physical Education Teacher-State of Louisiana Department of Education

Certified grade 6-12 Social Studies Teacher-State of Louisiana Department of Education

CrossFit Level 1 Certified

CPR and AED Certified-American Heart Association

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