Coaching is about more than just taking you through the motions, a good coach is highly skilled at technique, the ability to give cues, programming, motivation, and able to handle any situation. A great coach can take all of those things and motivate an athlete to become the highest expression of their strength, power, performance and health. Our coaches aren’t just good, they’re great and they create great athletes.

“Everything that we do is to create more positivity in your life. Whether that is improving your health or just having a conversation when you are having a bad day. Everything we do is positive, I love that about coaching.”

Owner, CrossFit Level 2 certification,  CrossFit Mobility, Precision Nutrition Level 1

I have a master’s degree in exercise science from Cleveland State University, played baseball at Lake Catholic high school and always liked working out.  When I saw the CrossFit Games on ESPN one year, I did some research on it and I was hooked. I decided to become a coach when I was working at SPIRE in Geneva and training athletes. I loved coaching athletes and could not think of anything better to do than help others achieve their goals.

 “ I like to give people the same experience I have had at CrossFit.  And, I think it makes me a better CrossFitter and athlete. Give to receive…”

Level 1, Mobility and certificates in Weightlifting, Gymnastics & Kettlebell clinics

I graduated from Mentor High School and attended Lake Erie College. I was in wrestling and football in junior high, but was too small and not very good to play in high school. In fact, my coach thought my name was “Billy!” I have two sons, Jeff, who wrestles at Ohio Northern University and Eric Jr., who works in sales with me. When I’m not working, I enjoy playing acoustic guitar/songs.

On Sunday, April 12, 2009, I was riding my motorcycle and stopped at a bar to slam draft beers and eat fried food. My buddy was there and dared me to try CrossFit the next day. I showed up and have been an active member since.

 “I like helping people become better versions of themselves. Helping people better themselves, doesn’t get much better than that.”

Level 1 certification

I attended the University of Toledo and played volleyball, basketball, softball, and track in high school.  I have two boys who play sports as well as Crossfit and when I’m not at the gym or with my family, I like reading books.  I started Crossfit when I wanted to do more than just running as exercise.  I started coaching because I wanted to help people feel how I felt. I loved how it changed my mind and body. I’m stronger now at 38 than I have ever been. Watching people accomplish their goals and simply just move better is the best feeling.

“The people are the best. I like to see when people are starting to improve because of some of the coaching techniques you have provided.”

Level 1 certification

I went to the University of Michigan and Old Dominion University (MBA) after serving in the Navy.  I played football in high school and Crossfit now.  I have two children who also enjoy Crossfit as well as my wife, Michelle, who is a coach too.  I enjoy playing the guitar and woodworking in my spare time.  I started Crossfit when I wanted to do something besides running and I stopped into NEO Crossfit and got started from there.  I became a coach because I really like to interact with others and wanted to improve my own technique. I thought this was the best way to achieve both goals.

“I like passing on my knowledge to other athletes and seeing them improve”

Level 1 certification

I graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2009 and was on the golf team.  I currently play recreational basketball and softball and enjoy doing that in my spare time.  I found myself helping other athletes during/after a workout, so I figured I would get certified and become a coach.

 “I love to help people meet their goals. Most people coming to the gym have a positive attitude and want to make themselves better. It’s my job to guide them to their best self.”

Level 1 certification and Crossfit Kids

I attended Baldwin Wallace, Old Dominion University and Eastern Michigan University.  I finally graduated from Eastern Michigan and became a teacher!  I played volleyball and ran track in high school and continue to play volleyball now when I get the chance.  Ben and I have two children, Grayson, who will be in the U.S. Army and Gabrielle, who will be heading to Slippery Rock University to play volleyball. I started coaching because I love working with people and helping them meet their goals and I wanted to help kids be active and healthy.  Outside of the gym, I enjoy cooking, crafts, warm weather sports, and hanging out with friends and family.

 

“The achievements in the gym are like metaphors for overcoming obstacles in life. Helping people overcome fears and accomplish goals in fitness translates to overcoming fears and achieving goals in life. It works for me and I want to inspire the same in others. Be a Badass!”

Level 1 certification

I grew up in Montville, Ohio, and graduated with a class of 46 from Ledgemont HS. I graduated from Lake Erie College and then Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management.  I have two boys who play hockey, lacrosse, and soccer.  When I’m not spending time with them, I’m usually with friends or catching up on my favorite TV shows.  I got involved with Crossfit through my sister who was getting so strong and I knew I needed to try something different. I’ve spent my entire life obsessed with health and fitness and coaching was a way for me to incorporate my passion for helping others achieve their best version of themselves.  It is my favorite hour of every day!

 

“CrossFit gives me an opportunity to learn more about something I enjoy. I am also able to give people the same experience I received when starting.”

Level 1 certification

I went to Mentor High School and Lakeland Community College. I played lacrosse and now enjoy watching and attending sporting events. I got hooked with CrossFit after stopping in for a Saturday WOD. I know I’m not always the best at doing the movements, but I feel that I can spot faults and give people good tips to fix those faults.

Courtney Foecking

Favorite Quote: “nothing worth having comes easy.”

Level 1 certification

I graduated from Lake Catholic High School where I played Lacrosse and continued with the sport at Ohio University.  Now, I enjoy intramural volleyball and softball when I’m not spending time with my family or traveling.

I got involved in Crossfit because I was the only child in my family not doing it and felt left out (middle child syndrome). I always did endurance sports on my own, but as soon as I tried Crossfit, I knew this had a lot more variety and challenge and I’ve always loved that competitive edge.  I’ve been a personal trainer and taught bootcamp classes for 6 years so I knew once I was comfortable and confident with 2 years of Crossfit under my belt I wanted to teach. Also, Crossfit coaches are so encouraging and inspiring, I wanted to help change peoples lives.

I love to see people get stronger mentally and physically. I also really enjoy meeting new people and seeing how much they can grow in confidence and learn new things.

 

Luka Cabela

I believe in helping others and watching their growth is key to achieving one’s own happiness.

Level 1 certification

I went to Kirtland High School where I was on the soccer, track and field teams and then attended Cleveland State University.  My favorite thing to do is travel & explore new places – anywhere! I was bit by the travel bug at a young age, and I’ve always believed that travel is something you buy, that will only make your life richer. I love to garden, go on hikes, and spend time with my friends & family. I also love reading, all genres (if you have any recommendations, please share!).

I got involved in Crossfit in 2013 when a coworker convinced me to give it a try. I had SEVERE “gymphobia” and was terrified of the idea of stepping into any kind of gym. After trying out a few classes I realized that I was enjoying the workouts, and the new relationships I made at the box.

I decided to coach because I wanted to give back to a community that has given me so much.