Coaches

Chad Edwards

Owner

  • Certifications
  • BA Exercise and Sports Science, 2006
  • CrossFit Level I Certified, 2010 & 2015
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility Seminar with Kelly Starrett, 2010
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Seminar with Jeff Tucker, 2010
  • CrossFit Endurance Certified, 2011
  • CrossFit Kids Certified, 2011
  • Voted one of best personal trainers in Triangle, 2011, 2012
  • USA Weightlifting Level I Certified, 2012
  • CrossFit Goal Setting Course with Greg Amundson, 2012
  • Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash and Adventure Race Competitor
  • 4th place in 85kg weight class, Triad Barbell Meet, 2011
  • GORUCK Challenge Finisher (Raleigh & Wilmington)
  • GORUCK Navigator, Scavenger & Jedburgh Finisher

Chad embodies what it means to be physically active and mentally strong. His lifelong commitment to fitness began with his earliest experiences as a Boy Scout, which provided a solid foundation for his capacity to learn, teach, and lead. While in high school, despite playing both soccer and baseball as well as maintaining his status as an honor student, he attained the coveted Eagle Scout distinction.

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill he earned both Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sports Science and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degrees. During his time at UNC, he realized his enthusiasm for coaching while working at the Student Recreation Center and Rams Head Recreation Center. He also served as the Intramural Sports Captain for the Carolina Baptist Student Union.

After graduation, Chad worked as a personal trainer at local gyms, continually refining and honing his skills. Some of his original clients have followed him to Local. With over a decade in the fitness industry, Chad has coached all levels of physical fitness, from the elderly to the high-caliber athlete.

Chad’s understanding of the human body, and its potential to rehabilitate itself and excel, allow him to coach his clients in the most efficient and effective way. The variety of functional movements performed at high-intensity, which is a hallmark of CrossFit, leads to real, tangible results. Chad has seen the changes in his own life, both in performance and overall well-being, from implementing the CrossFit modalities. He is always excited to share that wisdom and passion with his clients.

Fitness is not just a job for Chad, it is a way of life. He is committed to providing the community with a place where he can assist clients in realizing not only their personal fitness goals but goals that allow them to grow personally. He is happy to report that while in California, he visited the original CrossFit and trained with Eva T. He loves to hunt, fish and spend time outdoors. In his free time, Chad enjoys spending time with his wife Kelly, daughter Evelyn and their puppies Kaiah and Comet.

Kelly Edwards

Owner

  • Certifications
  • MS in Nursing, 2008
  • CrossFit Level I Certified, 2011
  • Olympic Lifting Seminar with Tony Cowden, 2011
  • BeastSkills Seminar with Jim Bathurst, 2011
  • Olympic Lifting Seminar with Caleb Ward, 2011
  • Head judge at the Tarheel Challenge for CrossFit UNC, 2011
  • Judge at the Carolina Fitness Challenge, 2011
  • USA Weightlifting Level I Certified, 2012
  • CrossFit Goal Setting Course with Greg Amundson, 2012
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Seminar, 2012

After being fed up with a lack of results from her elliptical training sessions, Kelly came around to CrossFit. She started at home with Eva T’s bodyweight workouts. Due to a persistent, encouraging and very patient husband, she finally made her way into the box.

CrossFit has really changed her life, in only the most positive ways. Like many women, Kelly had always felt self-conscious of at least one part of her body. CrossFit has provided an environment where she not only embraced, but became proud of her body’s strength! This in turn has greatly influenced her self-esteem. CrossFit has changed her life is such radical ways that she wants to share this with others.

Kelly is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nursing. When she is not in the box, she works as a relief nurse practitioner. She likes to read, watch theatre, cheer on the Tar Heels, play with her pups Kaiah and Comet, go fishing with her dad and spend time with her wonderful husband in her free time.

Jeremy Smarch

Associate

  • Certifications
  • BS in Sport Management and Minor in Business Administration 2014
  • CrossFit Level I Certified, 2015

Jeremy has been an active individual throughout his entire life playing baseball, football, and basketball. Originally from a small town in Michigan, Jeremy joined the U.S. Army out of high school, which is what brought him to the great state of North Carolina. After his enlistment in the military ended in 2012, he decided it was time to finally go to college and enrolled at North Carolina State University where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Sport Management and a minor in Business Administration.

Jeremy was first introduced to CrossFit during his internship at CrossFit Local in May 2014 and immediately fell in love with everything about it. He is excited to be a part of the CrossFit Local family and is looking forward to contributing to its continued growth and success. In his free time he likes to watch movies, spend time with his amazing wife, cheer on Michigan football, and workout of course!

Bradley McDevitt

Coach

  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level I Certified, 2013
  • Tough Mudder Competitor, 2011
  • Beast Skills Seminar with Jim Bathurst, 2012
  • Carolina Challenge Masters Competitor, 2013

An athlete since age five (gymnastics and martial arts), the majority of Bradley’s twenty five year professional career was spent performing and teaching physical theater. A highlight of that work includes performing partner acrobalancing on the halo of Seattle’s Space Needle, 540′ off the ground, while dressed as an alien lizard (!!!). His specialty is gymnastic movements: Rope climbing, pull ups, kips, L sits, muscle ups, and handstands. Early in his athletic training he learned the importance of solid, enthusiastic, empathetic coaching and he takes that role very seriously.

Bradley began CrossFit in 2011 overweight and in deteriorating physical health. As is so often the case, he was hooked after the first exhausting workout. Since then he’s regained his passion for sport. He is an avid adventure racer and rock climber, and uses his reclaimed functional fitness to keep up with his two daughters, Tallulah and Evangeline.

Brandon Burton

Coach

  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level I Certified, 2015

Emily Harrawood

Coach

  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level I Certified, 2013

Emily’s first introduction to CrossFit was at the University of Mary Washington where she studied Art History and played rugby. One afternoon in the weight room she noticed a group of students repeating these crazy exercises (which turned out to be burpees, thrusters, and box jumps) at a furious pace. How intriguing! After graduating and moving back to her hometown of Chapel Hill she looked for a more guided introduction to CrossFit and found Local.

Before joining Local in 2010, Emily competed in marathons and triathlons and studied ballet. Growing up in the ballet culture taught her to value body aesthetics over ability and daintiness over strength. Since finding CrossFit she’s shed that value system and learned an entirely new way to define and strive for fitness and health. Emily particularly enjoys the variety of movement that’s fundamental to CrossFit workout programming because it staves off boredom and helps her meet the varied demands of her life outside the box. When she’s not coaching or working out at Local, Emily teaches 3 and 4-year old students at a Chapel Hill preschool, plays drums in a rock band, teaches art classes for kids at the Ackland Art Museum at UNC, and volunteers with UNC Hospice.

Jackie Johnson

Coach

  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level I Certified, 2016

I have no particular list of previous athletic achievements to describe here; I came to CrossFit from the couch and out of shape! After years of sporadic gym attendance and failed New Year’s resolutions, a friend doing CrossFit convinced me to pull out my courage and get into the box. CrossFit is the only exercise program I have been able to stick with long term. All the workouts are scalable. This is so important for giving a new athlete confidence to continue but also a challenge!

Additionally, CrossFit encompasses so many skills that you WILL excel on at least one of them. Immediately. Let’s say that again. No matter what your fitness level and body type, you will find something in the box that you are good at! This was a huge relief to me after years of languishing in the back of the pack doing any type of cardio.

Finally, the most important thing that keeps me coming back is the social environment at Local. On the days that you feel like the Hulk, others share in your triumphs; on the days you want to crawl back in bed, the knowledge that you will be working out with friends makes you show up. Joining CrossFit Local is the best thing I have done for my health in years. I am very happy to be able to share that enthusiasm and also motivate others to reach their fitness and health goals.

Josh Fox

Coach

  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level I Certified, 2016
  • CrossFit competition competitor x 7, 2015-present

Following his move from New York, Josh embraced the Chapel Hill youth sports scene and competed in a variety of different little leagues, but did not find his athletic passion until discovering wrestling when he was 12 years old. He became obsessed with the sport and quickly learned how important one’s fitness was in regards to their performance on the wrestling mat. Josh loved the one on one, man versus man nature of wrestling and the fact that you were responsible for your success, no one else. During the off-season he would focus on exercise routines specifically designed to increase his endurance, stamina, and overall fitness.

After recording well over 100 wins during his high school career, Josh was recruited by a few colleges and continued wrestling for a D-1 university. Shortly before college graduation, one of Josh’s closest friends died tragically and this completely altered his life course and inspired him to pursue a career helping people in his community. Within a couple of weeks Josh was working in an emergency room, but he sorely missed the competitiveness of college athletics and the pursuit to continually improve one’s skills and health. He worked out in jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts gyms, but nothing could compare to the intensity and team unity he experienced while wrestling. Fitness remained an important part of his life, but it was unfulfilling and stagnant.

When Josh learned a childhood friend of his was coaching at CrossFit Local he decided to give it a try one early morning and the workout of the day, “Karen,” absolutely annihilated him. He thought he was in shape, but he could not even complete it. He might have thrown up (he did). There was equipment he was unfamiliar with, fitness language he had never heard of, and lots of nice strangers cheering him on. He was awestruck; it was love at first sight. Classes felt like wrestling practice and these strangers quickly became teammates and friends. The community embraced him and before long CrossFit Local became his home away from home.

After competing in several CrossFit competitions Josh realized he would like to give back to the community that has provided him with so much by combining his passion for fitness and helping people by becoming a coach at Local. Josh is inspired when people improve, break new grounds, and celebrate their accomplishments. He adores the sport of CrossFit and likes to share his knowledge with the athletes at Local so feel free to stop him and ask anything you’d like!

Josh enjoys getting to know the athletes he is coaching and looks forward to becoming familiar with their strengths and weaknesses. He is of the “wake up and grind” mindset so you will catch him at the gym well before the sun comes up. When fitness is not the focal part of his life, Josh likes volunteering, being outdoors with his American pit bull terrier, watching MMA and UNC basketball, reading non-fiction, writing creatively, discovering new music, and hanging out with friends & family.

Josh Hyden

Coach

  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level I Certified, 2013

Josh grew up in rural Kentucky, where in his formative years he spent a great deal of time outdoors communing with nature. This bond with the outdoors has carried over into his adult life, where he still enjoys spending as much time outside as possible. He studied Classics at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he was free to explore his passion for the outdoors via mountain biking, hiking, and various other outdoor shenanigans.

The journey to stay fit has led Josh down many paths, such as competitive swimming for 12 years, Marathon running, and becoming a certified kettlebell instructor. He believes that of all these forms of exercise and athletics CrossFit has helped him to attain the most well-balanced fitness practice.

Josh began his career as a CrossFitter in 2012 after attending a foundations course with another friend who was interested in joining. After one year of training, Josh realized that he wanted to devote more time to his CrossFit practice and took the plunge to become a coach at Local. Josh strives to bring energy and enthusiasm to each class he coaches, while assisting each athlete he works with to achieve his or her fitness goals.

Kris Hamilton

Coach

  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level I Certified, 2016
  • 8x CrossFit Competition Competitor, 2012 - 2015
  • 7x Tough Mudder Competitor, 2010-2015
  • 2x Spartan Race Competitor, 2012–2015
  • GoRuck 5Pack 5K Finisher, 2014

If you have spent any time around Kris you have probably figured it out, he loves competition – in a good way! Kris spent the better part of his youth playing team sports like baseball, football, soccer and so on… However, it was wrestling that Kris excelled in and the thirst for competitive sports was born. Hailing from the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area, Kris spent time at Florida State University before joining the U.S. Air Force which is where he found his second love: Rugby. That’s a story for another time. After a stint with NASA in 2012, Kris set his sights on broadening his Engineering chops and came to Duke University. Yes, it’s true. Kris is a DOOKIE and while he lives in Chapel Hill, he is reminded at least once a day that was a poor decision.

Now the good news…  It was in the transition to Duke that Kris found CrossFit. Conveniently (a roll out of bed) away from the house Kris stumbled into CrossFit Local and found an amazing cast of athletes and instantaneously needed to be part of Local’s community. Furthermore, it really was the people at Local that inspired Kris to become a coach. Kris is also a self-proclaimed broken Masters Athlete that refuses to slow down and when he is not throwing down at Local, Kris spends his time on the competition circuit. He does make his family a priority outside of the box. He has an amazing supportive wife Suzan and two young roughnecks – Nicholas and Andrew. In his downtime he loves spending time with his family at their farm with their horse “Sullivan Cornbread Hamilton” and their two goats “Scotch and Whiskey.”

Laura Thomas

Coach

  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level I Certified, 2013
  • Tough Mudder Competitor 2012, 2013
  • Raleigh Rock and Roll ½ Marathon Participant 2014

Laura grew up in Maryland in a military family that loved being outdoors. She has been playing soccer since the day she could walk. She enjoyed getting her hands on all the playground games and sports clubs in her neighborhood as a kid. In high school she began weight training and continued to play competitive club soccer through college. Before CrossFit she used to spend hours in the gym on the treadmill and lifting weights. This routine of training became old and very time consuming.

In 2009 she was set back after a car accident that resulted in a shattered pelvis. After months of rest and physical therapy she was back up and running again. She promised that she would never take her body and strength for granted. When she began CrossFit for the first time in summer 2012, she had finally met her match. She fell in love and it gave her the team aspect she missed from her soccer days.

When she moved to Chapel Hill she was in search of the perfect box. After visiting Local she knew it was the box for her. The workouts were brutal, the coaches were knowledgeable and the community was supportive. She can’t wait to continue her journey as a coach here at CrossFit Local. Her dream as a coach is to help others push their fears aside in order to receive the benefits of CrossFit. She has learned that the key of CrossFit and life is to never give up!

Laura attended The University of North Carolina in Wilmington and earned her BS in Community Health. She is now heading to graduate school at Meredith College to complete her MS in Nutrition. Her goal is to become a Registered Dietitian specializing in Sports Nutrition.

Marc Johnson

Coach

  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level I Certified, 2016
Growing up, Marc played a variety of sports, including soccer, football and baseball. He has always enjoyed being outdoors hunting and fishing, as well as ATV Motorcross. As he got older and transitioned to college in Greensboro, Marc joined your typical globo gym and worked out that way for years.
After graduating college and getting married, Marc gained some weight and decided to give CrossFit a try. What he found at CrossFit Local was community, challenging workouts and noticeable results. After being a member at Local for 3 years, Marc decided to become a coach. He loves seeing the change in people in classes!
Marc‘s favorite things are spending time with his awesome wife and son, heavy deadlifting, riding trails in West Virginia, being outdoors, and hanging out with his friends.

Matt Kasher

Coach

  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level I Certified, 2014
  • TarHeel Challenge Competitor, 2013
  • CrossFit Hickory Ultimate Fitness Challenge, 3rd place
  • IronMan 70.3 Muncie finisher, 2013

Matt has always enjoyed being physically active. He grew up playing basketball, biking, fishing and stomping around in creeks with the other kids in the neighborhood. At the age of seven he started competing in Tae Kwon Do and travelled all over the country to fight for over ten years. He has been looking for an athletic challenge with a shot of adrenaline ever since. He was a three-sport varsity athlete in high school competing in cross country running, wrestling and pole vaulting for the track and field team.

Matt attended Villanova University in Pennsylvania where he received his B.S. in Chemistry. While in college he found two new sports; rugby and marathon running. He completed several half and full marathons while also learning to perform on the rugby pitch. After a torn shoulder, a successful repair, and a repeat tear of the same shoulder Matt’s rugby career came to an end his Junior year.

Matt heard about CrossFit in college and even witnessed a couple of crazy neighbors doing WODs in front of his apartment. He decided to give it a shot as he started a year of construction as an Americorps member working for Habitat for Humanity. He found an intense, diverse workout experience with plenty of new skills to learn as well as a welcoming community of people who enjoyed a bit of intensity every now and then. CrossFit helped keep Matt strong working construction, helping him finish the year injury-free.

Matt is currently a student at the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a future physician, Matt is passionate about working with people to achieve and maintain optimal health and function. When he’s not studying he enjoys working out at Local, biking, running, competing in road races and triathlons, cooking and trout fishing.

Mia Ives-Rublee

Coach

  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level I Certified, 2016
  • Crossroads Adaptive Athletics Alliance Adaptive Coaches Certificate, 2016
  • WheelWOD Championships Competitor, 2016
  • US National Wheelchair Fencing Team, 2013
  • University of Illinois George Huff Student Athlete Award, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • University of Illinois Varsity Wheelchair Track and Road Racing Team, 2003-2007
  • Henry H. Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K Women's Quad Course Record, 2004
  • Sports N Spokes Junior Athlete of the Year Award, 2003
  • Jay Coyner Award, 2002
  • US Junior Wheelchair National Team, 2001, 2002
Mia joined the CrossFit community in order to challenge herself mentally and physically. She has been very competitive throughout her life and enjoyed physical fitness. Her athletic career began in middle school, competing in wheelchair track, field, swimming, and basketball. In high school she decided to concentrate on wheelchair track and road racing. She became the first wheelchair track athlete to compete at the NC State High School Championships, breaking the barriers for adaptive athletes in high school athletics. She broke numerous track, field, and swimming junior national records in her competitive classification. Obtaining a scholarship to attend and compete at the University of Illinois, Mia joined the Illini Varsity Wheelchair Track & Road Racing team in 2003. She had high hopes of qualifying for the Beijing Paralympics. During her freshman year, she obtained ‘B’ standard times even after suffering a severe case of pneumonia and broken femur from a motor vehicle accident. But unfortunately, she did not obtain enough points to make it on the US National Team.

After graduating from the University of Illinois, Mia attended the University of  North Carolina at Chapel Hill to get her Masters in Social Work. She planned to continue training in order to go to the London Paralympics. Unfortunately, she suffered from a severe non-union fracture during her first year of her Masters program. The injury left her unable to compete in wheelchair track. Instead of quitting, she decided to try wheelchair fencing. She competed nationally and internationally within a year of beginning fencing training. In 2013, Mia was chosen to join the US Wheelchair Fencing Team. She competed at the 2013 World Cup Championships in Budapest. Her fencing career ended after continued issues with her non-union fracture and she had surgery in 2015.

After extensive physical therapy, Mia made the decision to get back into physical activity. She found out about CrossFit and contacted several local boxes. CrossFit Local welcomed her and she started Ignition in August 2015. Since then, she has competed in several CrossFit events.

As a certified Adaptive Coach, Mia has extensive experience training adaptive athletes in track, field, and basketball. She is extremely excited to coach at CrossFit Local and is interested in working with individuals of all levels of fitness.

Michael Whitton

Coach

  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level I Certified, 2016
Michael grew up outside of Charlotte, NC and had a fairly active childhood. Basketball, soccer, and tennis kept him busy until he moved to Asheville for college where he discovered the twin joys of his life: hiking in North Carolina’s beautiful outdoors and Ultimate Frisbee. After moving to Carrboro in 2012 he was missing the physical outlets of the mountains when a friend suggested CrossFit. After a year long trial run at CrossFit UNC, he took the plunge and joined Local. The community support and challenging workouts told him that he had found his new base for physical activities. After two and a half years, he was finally ready to take the next step and worked hard to become a coach at Local. Michael is eager to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with everyone who walks into the gym.

Molly Leiker

Coach

  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level One Certified, 2016
  • Spartan Race Participant, 2016

Molly moved to Chapel Hill from Huntersville, North Carolina where she grew up spending time outdoors with her friends or playing sports, namely soccer and swimming. She has always had a competitive nature and loves to challenge herself physically and mentally (insert CrossFit here). At the end of her junior year of high school, she was introduced to this strange sounding, fitness program called CrossFit by one of her friends. At her very first class, she couldn’t even do a bicep curl with the bar and the workout destroyed her. So like any normal person would do, she went back for more and fell in love with the sport. Fast-forward 3 years later and she is 100x the athlete she used to be and continues to set goals and challenges for herself.

The discovery of her passion for CrossFit and overall health leaked over into her academic and career goals. Currently she is pursuing a degree in Exercise and Sports Science and Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She hopes to use her degrees and supplemental education to grow as a coach and help others reach their goals along the way.

CrossFit aside, Molly loves cooking, obnoxiously cheering for the Panthers (100 burpee punishment if you’re a Patriots fan), anything related to Harry Potter, and discovering new places to drink coffee.

Ned Neeley

Coach

  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level I Certified, 2010
  • Carolina Fitness Challenge Competitor, 2010
  • Olympic Lifting Seminar with Chad Edwards, 2011
  • Judge at the Carolina Fitness Challenge, 2011
  • CrossFit Goal Setting Course with Greg Amundson, 2012
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Seminar, 2012

Ned is a life long athlete who has been active in a wide variety of sports including endurance running, road and mountain biking, skiing, and snowboarding. A friend suggested Ned try CrossFit after a discussion about P90X. He started CrossFit by following the workouts on the main site before joining CrossFit Local. Coming from endurance running, he was initially attracted to the short but intense workouts. After attending CrossFit Local, he understood the value of great coaching and a supportive community. Ned decided to coach as a way to share his passion for CrossFit. He views coaching as a privilege and loves to see people improve.

Paul Sumner

Coach

  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level I Certified, 2015
  • United States Marine Corps 2001-2006
  • Washington State Wilderness Search and Rescue 2006-2010
  • Tough Mudder, 2013
  • Various CrossFit competitions 2013 - present
  • MDUSA Level 1 Athlete, 2015
  • Multiple GORUCK Tough and GORUCK Heavy completions
  • CrossFit Weightlifting, 2016

Paul has been active all his life, mostly in some form of outdoor recreation. Starting in high school, he began to give attention to fitness. He was an average wrestler on his high school team. Paul was extremely fit, but not nearly strong enough for his weight class to be super competitive. He won about as many matches as he lost. After high school, Paul joined the United States Marine Corps and dedicated 5 years of his life to the direct service and defense of the best damn country on the planet, the United States of America. Obviously physical fitness was just a way of life in the Marines, but the most valuable thing he learned in the Corps was mental toughness. And that’s a character trait he shares with most CrossFitters; the mental fortitude to continue to push when most people quit. So when you come to Paul’s class, he expects your absolute best effort.

Paul was fortunate enough to be a member of a Search and Rescue team in Washington State for four years. Some of the toughest physical challenges he faced were back country hiking in full kit, up a mountain, in feet of fresh snow. Some of the fittest people he has ever met apply their fitness to save lives in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. He was fortunate to share that experience with them.

Paul has completed numerous 5ks, 10ks, mud runs and other various trendy tests of fitness. He has also competed in several Crossfit competitions as well. He’s currently training to increase his numbers in weightlifting for competition. He is an avid supporter of GORUCK events and continues to train and complete those on a regular basis. He is a stickler for form. Safety is paramount and proper form is how we keep you safe in the gym. Paul wants you to get a great workout, but more importantly, he wants you to leave healthy so he sees you in the gym again.

Grunts = Gains.

Shea Craig

Coach

  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level I Certified, 2011
  • CrossFit Endurance Certified, 2011
  • Tough Mudder Competitor, 2011
  • Olympic Lifting Seminar with Chad Edwards, 2011
  • Judge at the Carolina Fitness Challenge, 2011
  • CrossFit Goal Setting Course with Greg Amundson, 2012
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Seminar, 2012

Shea has always enjoyed physical activity, games, and exercise. A survivor of countless monkey bar accidents, tree-climbing falls, and glorious bicycle wipeouts, Shea spent his childhood playing outside. Amidst the strange and awkward curriculum of his middle school physical education teachers (which also included bowling and square-dancing), Shea got his first taste of iron, and has loved lifting ever since.

Shea is an avid mountain biker, a serious cook and gardener, has a MFA in visual art, and loves olympic weightlifting. CrossFit trains us to improve at all physical skills and abilities, in a variety of circumstances, distances, and weights, and this broad and generalist approach is what draws Shea to CrossFit.

Shea started CrossFit alone, in a basement gym, with no coaches other than main-site videos and CrossFit journal articles. After beginning to attend classes at an affiliate, Shea realized how crucially important the aspect of coaching and community is to CrossFit. CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program; You’ll improve your power, speed, and body composition. However, some of the less obvious benefits are the feeling of development you get after the feedback of an observant and sensitive coach helps you set a new personal record, or the camaraderie that develops through the shared experience of a grueling workout. Shea has a lifelong interest and investment in education, having taught college and high school art, and as a coach, his goals are to balance athletic development with fun, and intensity with technical mastery.