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Certifications: CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, Olympic Weightlifting, Kettlebell, Gymnastics, CrossFit Kids

Laura graduated from Cal State University of Long Beach with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. This degree has become a great compliment to the CrossFit lifestyle due to the fact that exercise and nutrition are without a doubt permanently entertwined and must work together to achieve elite fitness. No magic pills here just good honest hard work.

My passion for CrossFit started over six years ago thanks to my brother and fellow CrossFit Coach. I was blown away by the short intense workouts which as a mother fit well into my hectic schedule. So one fateful day my sister and I let Jeffry put us through a CrossFit WOD and I have never looked back to dumbbell bicep curls or power walking. Only after about one month of training I felt stronger and my body was noticably changing (for the better!). Even our younger sister has jumped on the CrossFit bandwagon and works as Certified CrossFit trainer in San Diego. No doubtedly having 3 siblings that do CrossFit can lead to some serious competitiveness!

My dream was never to start my own business....

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Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 , Crossfit Olympic Weightlifting, Crossfit Gymnastics, Crossfit Coaches Prep course, USAW Level 1, Outlaw Training Camp

Ill keep it short. Crossfit is more than a workout to me. Its a community, its a family, its a way of life. Its not something i like to do.....its something i love. period. So chalk up, put your game face on and lets get to work.

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Certifications: CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CrossFit Running & Endurance, Olympic Weightlifting, CrossFit Nutritional Certification, CrossFit Gymnastics, Movement and Mobility, and Dutch Lowry CrossFit WOD Programming

Jeff's coaching and instructor experience extends far beyond that of the CrossFit methodology serving 14 years in Special Operations for the U.S. Army. Then employed as the lead firearms and defensive tactics instructor, training protective agents for the Department of State as well as other government agencies, Jeff trained these agents in the techniques and tactics required to serve in some of the most hostile regions in the world.

In addition, Jeff graduated from the University of Washington's School of Medicine PA program one of the most prestigious PA programs in the country. This experience has correlated well with the CrossFit methodology through a solid understanding of Anatomy and Physiology, injury prevention, and recovery in regards to training and maximizing an athletes potential.

I'm 48 years old and have been doing CrossFit now exclusively since 2004. I was first introduced to CrossFit when we had a few visitors come to our jiu jitsu studio to check it out. I wasn't impressed with their technique but was beyond impressed with their ability to make up for...

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Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Olympic Lifting, Gymnastics

I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA playing soccer and swimming in high school, then joining the soccer team in undergrad. That came to an end when I discovered the girls on the team would cry when we lost, and knowing I was one of the less skillful members on the team made me the indirect reason for their tears. Straying away from team sports, yet still craving the competitive atmosphere, I picked up Tae Kwon Do and Judo, supplementing it with the general cardio/weight training. While this routine allowed gains in endurance and strength, I was continually frustrated by my inability to develop the explosive power or to tap into the high intensity mindset that played such a large role in TKD and Judo competition. This hole in my training was further highlighted when my older brother would be in town. He began Crossfitting quite a while before me, so anytime he was home he would welcome me to join him in a crazy "girls" WOD ("Linda" was my first - it was awesome, though a trainer at the 24 HR Fitness was very upset that we "were doing our Deadlifts wrong" - apparently Romanian Deadlifts...

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Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

I grew up on the East Coast, where I played competitive soccer, softball and basketball. Once I was a teenager, I started running long distance and I eventually started running marathons once I moved out to California for college. At 26, I achieved one my biggest goals: I qualified for the Boston Marathon which was extremely exciting. My husband, Justin, was already crossfitting reguarly at this time and I watched his transformation with intrigue. He was always trying to get me to try crossfit and once I had my goal of getting sub 3:30 at the Boston Marathon, I figured CrossFit could possibly help me achieve it. Something happened though once I started; I realize that I wasn't really all that fit! I remember doing pushups in my first class at Oceanside Crossfit and Laura telling me: "you need to get full extention at the top of the push up. Maybe you should go on your knees". Major ego bruiser! However, I was compelled to learn as much as possible about CrossFit and I started traning reguarly and dropped some of my long runs which weren't necessarly making me 'fit'. Fast...

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Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Olympic Lifting, Gymnastics

I grew up in Connecticut playing a ton of soccer and basketball. When I got to college in New York, I even rowed crew for a while. Unfortunately, the competitive sports world is drastically reduced once you graduate college and I was at a loss to fill that void. I tried playing beach volleyball and some soccer while in Japan, and even though I had a good time and met some great people, it just wasn't doing it for me. In an effort to stay in shape, I but in my time on the treadmill and in the weightroom and struggled to beat the boredom. While in Japan, my husband suggested I try out the new CrossFit gym that was opening on base. He thought I would be good at it and it would be perfect to combat my exercise apathy. Reluctantly, I went to the fundamentals class one Saturday but made no promises to make it a habit. Shortly thereafter, I became obsessed with CrossFit. I slowly switched to a Paleo diet and made sure I was in the gym as much as possible. While still in Japan I completed my Level 1 certification and recently obtained my Olympic Weightlifting certification as...

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Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Gymnastics, Olympic Lifting

My name is Gary Roberts, affectionately known as the “Fat Man” from the Killing the Fat Man series. To say that I have gone from “fat to fit” is only the tip of the iceberg. My transformation began with a decision to make changes in my life and would not ultimately have been possible if it weren’t for the incredible support and dedication from those around me, filling me with encouragement and refusing to let me find any further excuses for the “Fat Man” to live on.

For 18 years, I had let myself go. My priorities in life became everything but myself. I never gave a thought to the damage I was doing by eating poorly and failing to physically take care of my body and mind. I often found solace in food, using it as a stress reliever. For years I ignored the results...the pounds adding up. I spent a bulk of those 18 years in denial. At some point, the downward spiral consumed me and I saw no way out.....and then there was CrossFit.

CrossFit, by definition, is a strength and conditioning program through constantly varied functional movement at a high intensity, but...

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Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Gymnastics, USAW Weightlifting Level 1

I graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelors in Human Performance and Sport Industry and minor in Management. My degree sums up my life and passion in sports and fitness.

I grew up in the Mile High City and played competitive soccer my whole life. I am what you call a “sports junkie” I played basketball, track, tennis, and little ice hockey on the side. One of the best complements I received was when one of the guys from the football team asked me to be kicker for the team. Of course I said no! This little 5’1 body would be demolished. During college I competed in Taekwondo and just one level shy of obtaining my black belt. I tried just about every fitness class in college to expand my knowledge. During this time I was introduced to Olympic lifting. I was one of those girls that thought that by lifting heavy weights I would look like a dude. Eeeeeer, wrong!

When I graduated college I moved here to San Diego and was introduced to CrossFit by one of the most beautiful souls I know, fellow coach Ann Schmalstieg. She quickly found out that I...

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Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

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Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Gymnastics

I was never an athlete but I was smart enough to participate in gym class so I could maintain my GPA. I have been academically driven my entire life, my involvement with health and nutrition was only a class I took because it was science related. I received my Masters degree from Johns Hopkins University and my Bachelors degree from Colorado State University and as an adult I worked hard to be successful in my career but I fell victim to a sedentary lifestyle. When my son turned 3 I weighed 193lbs and I realized that I had failed to maintain any physical standard and I couldn’t stand how my body felt or looked. My CrossFit journey began with my husband showing me YouTube videos of women and mothers crossfitting. I struggled with being weak or last at CrossFit. To me CrossFit gave me both a mental and physical challenge that I never felt with running; the elliptical or group exercise classes. I’m happy to be here to help you in making the decision to living a better and healthier lifestyle.

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Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Olympic Weightlifting, USMC High Intensity Tactical Trainer

I was never very athletic growing up. I only got into fitness as a means to become and stay a Marine. Everything I did the first half of my career was all guts and no technique or form. I had no formal training; everything was done through trial and error. That worked well for a long time but I started to see my fitness fail and discovered that I was not as fast or strong as I was going off just pure willpower alone. I was growing frustrated and wasn’t sure if I should stay in the Marine Corps or just get out.

I discovered CrossFit in 2008 in Iraq but I was hesitant to try it and I couldn’t find anyone who was a legitimate instructor. I certainly wasn’t going to try Olympic lifting since I read that you can hurt yourself easily if you don’t know what you are doing. Fast-forward another couple of years and while on a deployment to Afghanistan I started CrossFit with a friend who is Level 1 certified. The only thing I remember is that approximately 45 minutes later I was lying on the floor and I was hooked from that very moment. CrossFit was going to become part of my...

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Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

I discovered at an early age that being active and fit feels great, so health and fitness have always played a major role in my life. When I was younger I was into dancing, track and field, rollerblading and bicycling. I enjoyed running and skiing all through my teens and twenties, and ran on the cross country team at CSU, Chico. After college, I trained for and ran several competitive races. Later I joined a big cookie-cutter gym, heavy on machines, where I designed my own workouts based on out-of-date methods I learned in college.

After my daughter was born in early 2009 I increased my training to get back in shape. I followed my usual old routine including a moderate diet but was never able to quite get back to my original shape. A friend who was also a new mom invited me to her home a few times where they had a CrossFit garage gym. I was hooked after the first workout! It was different, intense, and best of all, not monotonous or boring. They were constantly doing something new. In only a few months, I had my pre-pregnancy body back and it was even better than...

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Certifications: CrossFit Level 1

-B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina

I have always been an athlete. Growing up in Northern VA I played soccer, ran cross-country and track. I chose to forgo varsity soccer in college in favor of ROTC but I like to think still maintained my athlete status while serving in the Navy. It wasn’t until I became a stay-at-home mom that I felt like my athletic days my have passed. My motivation to get to the gym with two small children was low when all I had to look forward to was the treadmill and playing the occasional soccer game wasn’t keeping my fit. Enter crossfit. My husband and I found crossfit while looking for something we could do together. We were hooked immediately. Growing up playing sports left a deeply engrained competitive nature that crossfit has filled seamlessly. More than that though I love the crossfit community, it is like no other. The sense of accomplishment that you feel when you do something you never thought you could do is unparalleled and can be experienced by anyone who crossfits. Coaching gives me the opportunity...

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Certifications: CrossFit Level 1

I've been working out since I was 19 (that's a long time considering I’m 53!). I've done the globo gym, an all ladies gym, step classes, aerobics, cycling classes, boot camps, and my favorite, I had a personal trainer. But, after discovering Crossfit I found what I was lacking ... the FUN in working out and still getting a strength and conditioning workout combined. The coaching and encouragement you receive ...and then in turn you encourage others, it’s incomparable!

After 4 years of Crossfit and realizing this is a lifestyle I will maintain for the long haul, I received my Level 1 Crossfit cert to coach and share the FUN in working out!

I've discovered fitness is a way of life, a lifestyle - it is not your life! You do not need to spend 6 days a week in the gym to attain fitness. We all have different fitness goals, Crossfit meets everyone's needs, at various levels, for all ages and it can become part of your lifestyle forever. I KNOW I will be the 80 yr old -scratch that!- 90 yr old working out in my Crossfit gym.

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Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, Powerlifting

I’ve played competitive sports all my life; rugby union, rugby league, soccer, touch rugby and a spot of cricket. Playing top level rugby at school and then in civvy and army life, has made me a very competitive person. Along with my jobs (Military, LE, Military contractor) and with my pass-time (hunting) I know just how important it is to be not only fit but to be fit, strong and healthy. I never really enjoyed just going to the gym and pumping iron. I found I enjoyed doing the circuit/boot camp style training. This just made more sense and so much more practical to real life. But it still got boring and stale after time. Wasn’t till about 2007 (while working in Iraq), that I tried CrossFit...Angie I think. All I know there was a lot of pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups and air squats. Took me FOREVER! So over the next 4 years I would do CrossFit style WOD’s. But form, skill and technique were lacking. But I stuck with drinking the kool aid. Then with a push from my wife I did my level 1. I have a passion for training and making myself better every day. With over 10 years of...

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Certifications: Crossfit Level 1 Trainer

So, I’m 5’9”, have brown eyes, and a huge sucker for dark chocolate.

Oh wait, this isn’t my eHarmony profile? This is my OCF bio? Whoops…

Anyways, you have probably gathered from that opening that I’m a giant goof ball. I’ve been doing Crossfit since I joined the Navy back in 2007 (I’m an old timer). Before that I did the typical gym rat deal of lifting weights (and avoided leg day like the plague), and occasionally doing some sort of cardio. I think my first CF workout was Cindy, and I remember a very clear feeling of wanting to die, and then being sore for about a week. Ever since then I have been hooked on the constantly varied workouts and recently working on my proficiencies in the Olympic movements. I love the challenge each workout can bring and the group setting of everyone completing a workout together. Crossfit is not just a method of fitness for me, but a lifestyle. I love the community aspect of how everyone pushes each other, but more importantly, I love the events we come together for to either honor the...

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