Dave Finlay

Owner / Head Coach
Dave Finlay


  • CrossFit L1


  • (BS) St. Francis Xavier University
  • (B Sc and B Ed) Physical Education St. Francis Xavier University


As CrossFit Detroit co-founder and head coach, Dave uses his training as a collegiate athlete, his degree in Physical Education and his experience as a High School Physical Education teacher to bring expert coaching to the general public.  He has been a level I Certified CrossFit Instructor for more than a decade. His goal is to train anyone willing to commit to the work in the method as he was trained as an athlete.

As a Personal Trainer, Coach Finlay has trained thousands of athletes of all abilities, recognized for his success in the media by appearing both in the news and in multiple episodes of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.  Presently, most of his time is spent training and mentoring new coaches that share his passion for fitness and community building.

Favorite movement: Snatch

Favorite workouts: Grace / Fran

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