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Zia Rohrbaugh »

Coach, Admin, Owner

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Qualifications:

  • OPEX Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Weightlifting Level 1
  • CrossFit Weightlifting Level 2
  • CrossFit Nutrition
  • CrossFit Powerlifting
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Kettlebell
  • CrossFit Striking

Zia Rohrbaugh

Coach, Admin, Owner

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2007

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I found CrossFit when searching for a way to fix my degenerative spine disease. Once I saw what it could do to help me and others I was hooked

Why did you become a trainer?

Because I love Helping people. And I love CrossFit.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Snatch

What is your favorite cheat food?

Blue M&Ms

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Pukie the clown. Because he is bad ass

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Alex Kurz »

Coach, Owner

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Qualifications:

  • MA Degree Exercise Science
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Powerlifting
  • CrossFit Nutrition
  • CrossFit Striking
  • CrossFit Defense

Alex Kurz

Coach, Owner

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2007

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I was bored with the usual routine’s found in a global gym and could no longer motivate myself to train for the sole purpose of building bigger biceps/chest. After I watched how the cast of “300” trained with Gym Jones I knew that’s how I wanted to train.

Why did you become a trainer?

With a degree in exercise science it was a natural transition for me to apply my knowledge to teaching the CrossFit method. I found so much joy in doing CrossFit it was easy for me to pass on my knowledge of CrossFit to others.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Muscle up

What is your favorite cheat food?

Acai Bowl or Pizza

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Deadpool- immortal mentally unstable super hero’s are the best

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Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • USA Weightlifting
  • CrossFit PowerLifting

Josh Westphal

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2013

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I grew up playing sports all my life and as an adult I needed something competitive to fill that void.

Why did you become a trainer?

I have been a trainer for 7 years, and the anatomy of the human body and how everything works together to make the simplest things happen is awesome.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Snatch

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Superman, because he flies under the radar as a journalist. He doesn’t want the fame and glamour.

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Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer

Andrew Gleason

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

While recovering from a bad knee injury I needed to find something as intense as my rugby training. A quick google search lead me to this new thing called “CrossFit” and I haven’t looked back since. All it takes is all you’ve got.

Why did you become a trainer?

I’ve always loved to teach people and truly feel success when seeing others that I’ve helped gain it themselves. There is SO MUCH more for me to learn and pass on to those I coach. Everyday is something new.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

The Clean and Jerk

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza…ALWAYS PIZZA!

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Wolverine is my favourite for multiple reasons; he’s super badass, he’s got a sick sense of humour, he takes no guff from anyone, and…he’s Canadian.

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Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

David Melzer

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

To share my love of working out with others and to try to encourage people to live a more balanced lifestyle through fitness, healthy eating and a positive approach on life. I enjoy teaching new athletes the tips I learned through my journey of CrossFit.

Why did you become a trainer?

To share my love of working out with others.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Muscle Up Even though Im terrible at them.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Superman, he’s indestructible.

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Qualifications:

  • CrossFIt Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Weightlifting

Nicole Garel

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2010

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I found crossfit when a friend introduced me to it. I always got bored going to a regular gym and this was a perfect fit for me.

Why did you become a trainer?

I fell in love with CrossFit and I love helping people get better and stronger.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Anything handstand related

What is your favorite cheat food?

Donuts 

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Wonder Woman, because she’s wonder woman duh!!
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Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • BA Exercise Biology
  • CSCS
  • RKS

 

 

Gifford Kira

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2006

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

Fitness has always been a way to help manage my mental state. It allows me to focus when I feel scattered and it can pick me up when I need it. Crossfit is a fantastic challenge journey that continues to be inspiring and humbling everyday.

Why did you become a trainer?

After graduating with a degree in Exercise Biology from UC Davis I knew that improving people’s health was my career path. Training is a rewarding way of helping people improve their health and reach greater athletic goals.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

I’ve always loved advanced gymnastic movements like Handstand walks – mostly because they are my own weakest movements.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Salty foods are my favorite. Potato Chips – delicious.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Captain America. He just does things the right way.

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Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • USAW Sports Performance Coach

Josh Pantarotto

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2010

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

 

Why did you become a trainer?

As a lifelong learner I’m always interested in becoming more knowledgeable about anything I’m involved in.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

I have monkey arms and a short torso so I’m mechanically advantaged to deadlift.

What is your favorite cheat food?

ANY ice cream with an affinity for Baked Bear.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Wolverine because he can absorb punishment and talk smack at the same time.

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Qualifications:

CrossFit Level 1

Cameron Clark

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2011

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

After playing 2 sports through college, the community and competition of Crossfit was the perfect fit for continuing my fitness.

Why did you become a trainer?

Seeing the benefit that Crossfit has afforded me, I wanted to pass on and teach my passion to others.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Back Squat

What is your favorite cheat food?

Dammit I love doughnuts!

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Barry Allen (Flash).  One speed and one speed only – ultra sonic!

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Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer

Mike Melzer

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2013

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

After being a welder for 12 years, my body was falling apart. I wanted to find something to restore, and even improve my body and health.

Why did you become a trainer?

I see CrossFit as more than just physical fitness. I see its potential to better people physically and mentally through community. I want to help people in that life saving journey.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Bench Press

What is your favorite cheat food?

Kit Kats & Donuts….. I cant pick just one

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Batman. Always be yourself…. unless you can be batman, then always be batman

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Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1

Sweetheart St Peter

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I originally was training for my first 16 mile Tough Mudder.  I needed my training to be similar to that and just doing free weights and running wasn’t helping.  CrossFit was different every day and the results were more significant than I could do at a regular free weight and cardio gym.

Why did you become a trainer?

I became a trainer because I wanted to provide help to others to better themselves as I have through CrossFit.  I felt that I had enough experience through trials and tribulations that it would be beneficial for others.  The results of seeing someone improve because I have helped them is indescribable.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Pistol! (quads for days & a good glute burner)

What is your favorite cheat food?

Ice Cream ( I have a huge sweet tooth)

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

I would say, “Hit-girl” from “Kick Ass”.  She is a little girl but can pack a punch; She wasn’t born with super powers, she trained and studied to get where she is; and that is why she is my favorite SuperHero.
and also…
Consuela from “Family Guy” 😉 her cleanliness is something that I aspire to obtain in my everyday routine, and all with a “nonchalant” attitude.