Slide Background

Coach Matt

Certifications
CrossFit Level 3 Trainer
CF Level 2
CF Level 1
Occupation
Owner/Head Coach

Profile coming soon!

Slide Background

Coach Lael

Certifications
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
Favorite WOD: DT & ELIZABETH
Favorite Cheat Food: LET'S JUST SAY I HAVE A BIT OF A SWEET TOOTH!
Favorite Movie: The Power of One

I found CrossFit in 2014 as a way to help strengthen my legs. I grew up playing basketball and as I got older I started having trouble with my knees. It got to the point where I would need to ice my knees several times a week. I finally decided to go see an ortho and that’s where everything changed. He couldn’t tell me why or how but he said both my knees had little to no cartilage and that there weren’t a lot of options medically. His advice was to start doing more strength training on my legs to build up the muscles around my knees to give them a little more support. I did physical therapy for a few months, then tried doing my own thing. I found a few strength programs online that I tried but I was still having trouble with my knees. Around that time one of my friends told me he had started doing CrossFit and was really enjoying it. I wasn’t too familiar with CrossFit at that time and decided to do some research. I found several stories of how CrossFit helped this person with their back issues, or this person with their hips, and even a few stories about CrossFit helping people with knee issues. So on September 11, 2014, I walked into CrossFit Tampa Bay and took part in my very first CrossFit class and I’ve been there ever since. My first day was just an intro/assessment but it wore me out!! I always considered myself an athlete and felt like I was in decent shape but boy was I wrong.

I started off doing step ups on a 16″ box because my knees were too bad for box jumps. The first few months were tough, but slowly I could feel myself changing and getting stronger. I now can honestly say it’s been over a year since I’ve iced either of my knees and I’m in better shape now than when I was in my 20’s. I move better, eat better, and feel better all because of the things I’ve learned from my brief time doing CrossFit. So, in December of 2016 I decided to get my Level 1 Certification so I could begin coaching and sharing all the things I’ve learned. Coaching has honestly been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in life and I’m really blessed to be a part of a gym with such a great community.

Slide Background

Coach Tiff

Certifications
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Favorite WOD: Anything with a heavy barbell
Favorite Cheat Food: Mexican Food

After playing soccer for 13 years, I had my last and final injury before college and I was unable to play anymore. Entering college at Jacksonville University, the Rowing coach asked me if I would be interested in trying rowing and I said why not, and gave it a try. I ended up loving it! It was a challenge every single day and I was always learning new techniques and getting stronger day by day. After college, I was working out on my own getting bored of my own workouts and doing the same thing every day. Not long after, I decided to take a leap and give CrossFit a try. In 2013 I fell in love with it and soon after, February 2014, I decided to become a coach and get my L1. I received my Bachelors degree in Sports and Exercise Science in 2014 and having that background helped me understand CrossFit and why it works for almost everyone. During that time, I decided I wanted to get my Doctorate of Physical Therapy, which I am still working towards. I feel that my experience in not only my undergraduate experience but also my internship experience in the world of Physical Therapy helps me everyday with coaching our athletes. I love everything about CrossFit, but the one thing I love the most is the ability to scale everything for everyone, no matter the experience level of the athlete. The first box I ever tried CrossFit at was CrossFit Tampa Bay and I have been there ever since.

Slide Background

Coach Ray

Certifications
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Favorite WOD: Open WOD 16.4
Favorite Cheat Food: Boca’s OMG Burger
Favorite Movie: Pumping Iron

My father was an amateur body builder, so from a very young age I was interested in fitness. At 13 years old I got my first taste of lifting (Globo Gym) and fell in love with it. I played multiple sports all throughout school and always enjoyed being athletic. I joined the Army after high school, but started to struggle with finding time for fitness in my 20s. It was my desire to be the best possible role model for my son that drove me to rediscover fitness. In early 2014, I walked into a CrossFit gym for the first time, and almost immediately saw how effective and beneficial it could be not just for me but for anyone. I had gotten to about 230lbs at around 30% body fat, but within 6 months was down to 200lbs at 18%. I attended the Level 1 seminar in August of 2015 and got certified. Since then I have become the leader of my Unit’s full time staff physical readiness program. I also run an annual two-week health and wellness camp for soldiers who are struggling to meet the Army physical standards. Nothing makes me happier than seeing others reach for and achieve their goals. I also love putting my own fitness to the test with obstacle course races, mud runs, 5 & 10Ks, CrossFit and Men’s physique competitions.

Slide Background

Coach “Fish”

Certifications
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Favorite WOD: Grace & DT
Favorite Cheat Food: Ben & Jerry's Fish Food
Favorite Movie: It's a toss up between the Sandlot and Stepbrothers

I was first introduced to CrossFit while I was deployed. I didn’t really know too much about it but I fell in love. I thought I was in decent shape because I was going to your standard “Globo Gym”  style places. My perception of being fit and in shape changed shortly after that. When I came home I slacked on working out. I had big life changes happen and found myself making excuses and wasn’t really happy in general. I moved to Clearwater in February of 2016 for my job and found CrossFit Tampa Bay shortly after, and found my home. After a year of training I decided to go get my CrossFit Level 1 Training certification and wish I would have done it sooner. I’m extremely passionate about CrossFit and love coaching. The family atmosphere and close community is an amazing feeling.

Something most people don’t know about me: I have been in the Army reserve for six years as a Blackhawk mechanic. I have an amazingly supportive girlfriend and two awesome kids.

Slide Background

Ready to Get Started with CFTB?
Schedule a Complimentary Intro Session