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Coach Matt

CrossFit Level 3 Trainer
CF Level 2
CF Level 1
CrossFit Weightlifting
CrossFit Gymnastics
Owner/Head Coach
Favorite WOD: Fran
Favorite Cheat Food: Ice Cream

I was first introduced to CrossFit about 2010. I fell in love with it from day one. Some of my first memories of those days are banded pull ups and LOTS of scaling. Oh the good ole days! Growing up in CO I was introduced to the Olympic lifts training for football. When I was able to do those lifts again with CrossFit I knew I found my calling.

I have been coaching since 2011. Time flies when you’re having fun! Some of the best moments of my life have been experienced through coaching CrossFit athletes. To see my athletes make life changes and accomplish goals is the ultimate reward.

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Coach Lael

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
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.

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Coach Ray

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.

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