By Jonathan Patton, Co-founder
It’s easy to get caught up in the rat race of our daily routines, both in our professional and social lives. For many of us, fitness has become a positive outlet to break up that routine. A killer workout can help alleviate some of life's daily stresses and break up the work week monotony... but even our fitness regimens can become routine.
Enter Electric Flight Crew. This hot new social-meets-fitness club is shaking up the fitness industry, blurring the lines between working hard and playing hard. A growing group of young influencers, EFC brings like-minded individuals together around fitness. The exclusive Crew (membership requires a formal application) provides an opportunity to get your sweat on through weekly curated workouts, including distance runs, speed work, and outdoor circuit workouts. Every training session is followed by well-deserved post-workout libations at our “No Shower Happy Hour.” On weekends, the Crew hosts “Sunday Funday” workouts with our growing list of studio partners, including OrangeTheory Fitness, SoulCycle, YogaWorks, Gloveworx, and Barry’s Bootcamp to name a few. The EFC experience also includes custom weekly playlists for a shared musical experience, glow-in-the-dark wristbands for every workout, weekly emails packed with training tips, exclusive member events, and partner studio workouts.
"Every training session is followed by well-deserved post-workout libations at our 'No Shower Happy Hour.'"
The inspiration to launch the Crew was born from our desire to bring young professionals together around something positive, specifically fitness. Plenty of organizations exist that people can join to network, but many host events that are isolated and lack a sense of community and purpose. Electric Flight Crew was founded to create an organic community of inspirational people based around the foundation of health and fitness. Since its inception in the summer of 2014, Electric Flight Crew has grown into an incredible community (what once entailed five members has now grown to hundreds) of young professionals from the fields of medicine, music, media, tech, fashion, education, and entertainment.
"The inspiration to launch the Crew was born from our desire to bring young professionals together around something positive, specifically fitness."
Co-Founders Josh Goldman and Jonathan Patton have become like family, since meeting on the UCLA campus at the age of 18. Noting their stagnating ability to continue to meet fun, like-minded individuals post-college, they set out to build an engaging and comprehensive fitness experience designed to bring great people together and foster a meaningful community (fueled by a post-workout beer, of course). As active young professionals themselves, they knew that nothing quite like this had existed, and they have both been hard at work to continue to enhance the EFC tribe and member experience.
"Since its inception in the summer of 2014, Electric Flight Crew has grown into an incredible community (what once entailed five members has now grown to hundreds) of young professionals from the fields of medicine, music, media, tech, fashion, education, and entertainment."
Currently, Electric Flight Crew has grown like wildfire in Los Angeles, now with three locations — Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and Manhattan Beach, with plans to expand into New York City this fall followed by San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, San Diego and Miami. Electric Flight Crew has been hosting pop-up workouts in New York City since March, and will continue to do so before its formal launch in Manhattan in September of this year. Following the incredible engagement they've seen with their Manhattan pop-up events to date, Goldman and Patton both have come to realize that New York City was built for the social-meets-fitness concept they've captured with EFC.
Looks like New York City has a healthy dose of sweat, neon glow-in-the-dark bracelets, and No Shower Happy Hours coming its way this fall!
Jonathan Patton is the Co-Founder of Electric Flight Crew. Throughout his professional career, he has always enjoyed and been grateful for the opportunities to work with organizations, companies, and causes that have allowed him to make a positive social impact while also establishing meaningful relationships. Jonathan is currently the Head of Business Development on the West Coast for an early-stage mobile tech company, DWNLD.
Amidst his busy professional schedule, Jonathan found time to work as the Head Coach for both the High School & Jr. High Wrestling teams at the Brentwood School the previous eight seasons. He also sits on the board for a non-profit, The JAM School Foundation, where he helped establish partnerships with the NFL & NBA to help continue providing free health resources & exercise to over 10 million school-aged kids across the U.S. Jonathan received his undergraduate degree in History from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was also a part of the UCLA Wrestling Club team.
Jonathan lives a pretty active lifestyle on the beach, calls Santa Monica home, and loves that Electric Flight Crew will allow him and others to partake in a movement that entails health & wellness, a good workout, followed by some socializing!
Josh Goldman is Co-Founder of Electric Flight Crew. Joshua completed his fellowship training in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, working closely with the UCLA Departments of Athletics, Orthopedics, and Family Medicine. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.
He attended graduate school at the University of Southern California, completing his Medical Degree at the Keck School of Medicine concurrent with his Master of Business Administration at the Marshall School of Business. He completed an internship with the USC Athletic Department, Hospital for Special Surgery Department of Sports Medicine, and Cedars-Sinai Orthopedic Center Trauma Team.
Josh served as team physician for UCLA Men’s Volleyball, Women’s Rowing, Men’s Tennis, and Women’s Golf, and numerous high schools in the Los Angeles area. He worked as a volunteer physician at the United Stated Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and provided medical coverage for the USA Taekwondo National Team Trials and NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.