Robert Rykovich, Owner & Head Coach
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
B.S. Exercise Science, Indiana University
Partner & P.E. Teacher, Indi-ED School
Robert earned a degree in Exercise Science from Indiana University and spent his childhood and adolescence engaged in athletic activities, including football, basketball, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and Olympic lifting. He has always been enthused about working out, but it wasn’t until his brother Scott introduced him to CrossFit in 2008 that his passion for exercise and a healthy lifestyle was ignited. The results, fulfillment, and camaraderie that CrossFit offers inspired Robert to open his own box, CrossFit Blackbeard, in 2012. Even before earning his CrossFit Level 1 certification, Robert spent much time developing plans for his own gym in anticipation of sharing his passion with others. He moved to St. Petersburg from Indiana in 2012 with his wife Jen. He still competes with his little brother, Scott.