Brooks enjoyed a true Montana childhood, immersed in rafting, backpacking and fly fishing in the summer, snowboarding, pond hockey and duck hunting all winter. He was also lucky enough to be involved in agriculture growing up and is proud of his family's background, carrying the name of his grandparents and the N.D. Cowboy Hall of Fame-inducted Brooks Ranch. Having a love and talent for all sports, Brooks was introduced to CrossFit while still in high school, from there he started exploring the endless opportunity, methodologies, and training styles throughout the strength and conditioning world. In his competitive career he qualified for the USA National Weightlifting championship. Brooks also has experience in coaching athletes at the national level, as well as sport-specific training for local athletes and teams. With this diverse background, he developed a program for the betterment of his hometown, Great Falls, MT.
Volta Athletics (formerly CrossFit 406) was founded in September 2011 when Brooks was just 20 years of age. Over the years the staff has grown and the community has flourished. The gym is now operated by a team of professional coaches in a premier, 4,800 square-foot facility on the banks of the Missouri River.
We strive every day to create and maintain a community that comes together to transform and improve their lives. Our brand of fitness combines exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle changes. Our goal is to offer you a fitness program that is sustainable over a lifetime by using a variety of movement patterns and workouts to get you the results you've always wanted.
Integrity first - how you do one thing is how you do everything.
Leave your ego at the door. There is no place for it here.
Say hello to fellow members. Know who you're suffering with.
Encourage and high-five your fellow Volta members!
Embrace the scaling/modifcation options. We are all different.
Fuel your body with nutritious food and lots of water!
Log your workouts. Measure your results. Trust the process!
THE MEANING BEHIND THE NAME.
In 1804, The Corps of Discovery set out to explore the Louisiana Purchase. The expedition arrived in Montana nearly a year later, and on June 13, Captain Meriwether Lewis penned a journal entry about “…the grandest sight I ever beheld…I saw the spray arise above the plain like a column of smoke...which soon began to make a roaring too tremendous to be mistaken for any cause short of the great falls of the Missouri.”
What Captain Lewis thought was one falls turned out to be several - atop the largest of these “great falls” was built modern-day Ryan Dam. Constructed 1913-1915 as a hydroelectric plant, it was originally called Volta Dam but was renamed after the late John D. Ryan, an industrialist, president of the Anaconda Copper Company, and founder of Montana Power. To this day, Volta Dam continues to power Great Falls.
Within the walls of Volta Athletics, we are forging leaders. We are more than a gym. We are a community, a family that builds each other up both physically and mentally. We leave the gym every day a little better than yesterday. We take what we've learned and we charge forward full steam ahead, whether at work or play. We come along side others that need encouragement, striving to make Great Falls a better place.