How V&L Biloxi Crossfit Came to Be…
Born and raised in Alaska for over 30 years, I was brought to the Gulf Coast in 2011 due to a military move with the family.
I had joined a CrossFit gym in 2008 in AK to lose weight from my son and fell in love with the sport.
It took me 6 months of dedication to lose over 60 pounds.
Upon moving to the Ocean Springs, Ms area I saw the need for health and fitness so I opened up a CrossFit gym in 2012. This facility was open for 7 years.
December 2018 I lost both my parents in a snow machining accident back home.
I had talked to my father Friday night, December 14th and they were supposed to be on the plane to MS for Christmas the following day…
…but never showed up at the airport.
I immediately was on the phone with search and rescue knowing that had gone out snow machining Friday evening.
I took a flight home from NOLA to AK.
Four days of searching for them we finally found my mom first under the ice.
We then found my father about 20ft down from her still under the ice.
The dive crew came in and had to cut both of them out.
I never knew I could feel so much pain.
I am very close with both my parents.
We are also commercial fishermen in the cold AK waters in the Bristol Bay. I have been raised on a fishing boat by my parents since I was 9 years old. I still travel back home for 8 weeks out of the summer to do this.
30 years I have been a commercial fisherman.
I am also raising my 2 children & 2 nephews on the fishing boat every summer.
Upon losing both of them, I hit a low point of grief.
My parents were very active in the Alaska community.
They both sold Real Estate, active within their church and also preached at the local jail. They had over 500 people show up to their funeral.
Each story that someone gave was how much they were an inspiration, a blessing and how much of God’s love they showed.
I even had kids from the local jail that had gotten out and told me if it wasn’t for my dad they would be back in jail.
I came back to MS with a new outlook on how to be more of an inspiration, a blessing and to show love in a healthy atmosphere in the Gulf Coast area.
V&L Biloxi CrossFit is being established in dedication to Van and LaVerne Pettigen.
May this facility show the Gulf Coast Community the love my parents showed to the Alaska community.
Be secure in what God wants you to be, to be confident in helping others and to be in good company.
I live my best life surrounded by those that want to better themselves and achieve a goal that is important to them.
Our team of coaches all have one thing in common — they are extremely passionate about helping our members achieve fitness results that transfer to all areas of life. The community of members is some of the most encouraging and supportive people you’ll find. LaTisha Pettigen Head Coach/Owner of V&L Biloxi CrossFit NASM Certification CrossFit …