Nick Sanchez


Coach Nick is a native of Baton Rouge and was involved in sports from grade school through high school. He played football and wrestled. After graduating high school, Nick joined and served four years in the United States Navy.  After two tours to the Persian gulf and being honorably discharged, he was employed by the Baton Rouge Fire Department where he has been serving as a professional firefighter for the last twenty years. He currently is a Fire Captain, a team leader for the Louisiana Urban Search and Rescue team and Swift Water Rescue team.  From school to work, Nick has spent over thirty years living an active and fit lifestyle. Coach Nick found CrossFit Virtus in 2012 while searching for something “new and challenging”. He received his CrossFit Level 1 certificate in 2013 and his CrossFit Level 2 certificate in 2018.  Nick has been a staple of the Crossfit Virtus coaching and gym maintenance staff ever since. 

A message from Nick:

Before finding CrossFit, I never truly understood what “fitness” was. Constantly varied, functional movements, performed at high intensity has brought whole new meaning to my perception of “fitness”. I truly believe that training in the CrossFit modality has been vital to my performance as an aging firefighter. Loosely translated, oxygen efficiency along with moving large loads a long distance in a short amount of time  has helped me be a better firefighter. Whatever your task in life CrossFit makes you better!! I love being part of the Virtus family and enjoy helping others find their true potential.

“Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.”     ~ G.I. Joe

“I do CrossFit, eat paleo, and fart sunshine.”   ~ Fitness Lonnie