Curtis is a former police officer who served in both the Arlington County and the DC Metropolitan Police Departments over the course of 13 years. Curtis is now a full-time CrossFit coach (since 2008) with the following certifications: CrossFit L-2, CrossFit Kids, various specialty CrossFit certifications. Curtis believes that CrossFit is not exclusive to “athletic” types and that everyone benefits from our workouts, regardless of goals.
Dave was a police officer for over 19 years and many of his assignments required an expected level of fitness. However, nothing has been as pertinent to his job as CrossFit. After some high school sports and a list of gym memberships, Dave found CrossFit in 2010. His CrossFit journey has been life changing, in both fitness and health. Dave holds the following certification: CrossFit L-2 and CrossFit Kids. Dave finds it very rewarding to coach people, both new and veterans, and see them reach their fitness goals.
Jordan is a former elementary school teacher and was a swim coach for many years. Jordan swam competitively most of her life and went on to swim at Youngstown State University in Ohio. After running a marathon and trying a variety of workout routines, she found Crossfit in May 2012 and never looked back. Jordan loves Crossfit because there is always a goal to strive for and something to get better at, and especially the community and camaraderie that makes Crossfit so unique. Jordan has the following certifications: Crossfit L-2, and NASM Personal Training.
Aviv has been involved with CrossFit training since 2006. Since then he has accrued thousands of hours working with individuals of all fitness levels and backgrounds. His athletic experience was focused on competitive wrestling at the scholastic and collegiate levels. He competed at the NCAA Division 1 Level at American University under Mark Cody and served as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at American University from 2003-2004. He holds the following certifications and certificates: CrossFit L-2, RKC Certified, CrossFit Football, CrossFit Barbell, CrossFit Powerlifting, CrossFit Weightlifting, CrossFit Strongman, CrossFit Kettlebell, CrossFit Mobility, and CrossFit Kids.
Martha is a couples therapist in private practice and a family and couples communication researcher pursuing her PhD. Martha found CrossFit in June 2010 and has since integrated a passion for exercise and CrossFit into both her personal and professional life. Martha holds a strong belief that CrossFit has the ability to not only increase one’s physical fitness but also overall social and psychological well-being, including better stress management, decreased anxiety and increased happiness. Being able to witness the global impact that CrossFit can have on a person’s life is Martha’s favorite part of being a coach. Martha holds the following certifications: CrossFit Level 1.
Lauren is a a mother of four active children and serves on the Board of Directors for Girls on the Run NOVA. Lauren has a graduate degree in Nutrition Education from American University and holds the following certifications: CrossFit L-2, CrossFit Kids, and CrossFit Endurance. Lauren loves teaching kids and adults to be active and healthy in their everyday lives. She believes CrossFit not only trains the body, but encourages goal-setting and discipline, and that kids and adults are capable of amazing feats when we expect great things from them.
Lisa is a stay at home mom and former salesperson selling software to the Federal Government. She is a former Division 1 lacrosse player at Virginia Tech, who also played soccer and ran track competitively in high school. Lisa holds the following certifications: CrossFit L-2, and is looking to expand her CrossFit education in the next year. Lisa’s favorite part of coaching CrossFit is watching an athlete achieve a goal they have been working on, whether it’s getting their first unassisted pullup, first double under, or a personal record on a lift.
Rick has been involved in competitive Olympic Weightlifting for 11 years and in the fitness industry for over 20 years. To date, his 4 World Masters Championship titles in Olympic Weightlifting are an endorsement for the coaching he’s received and will pass along to you.
5-Time Masters World Champion
4 Masters World Records
3 World Games Records
9 Masters Pan Am Records
8 Masters National Records
9 Masters American Records
Rick is certified as a USA Weightlifting Club Level Coach. His experience with athletes of all levels – from professional to the de-conditioned – will ensure our Sunday workshop helps with your movement and efficiency.
Brian is a corporate attorney for Vox Media and is the most avid UVA fan you’ll ever meet. Spending most of the day at his desk, he finds CrossFit as the ultimate escape from the office, bringing together fitness and healthy lifestyles with camaraderie and community. Brian finds coaching CrossFit extremely rewarding, particularly when he sees someone achieve that “Eureka!” moment on a lift or a movement. He loves watching the transformation of an average gym-goer to someone who’s passionate about fitness and about achieving new personal goals. Brian holds the following certifications: CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Weightlifting.
Danny is a Defense contractor, veteran, and father. Years after his college football career was finished, Danny still found himself searching to fulfill his desire for competition, camaraderie, and a way to regain the health and fitness of his youth. Through CrossFit, Danny rediscovered all those thing once again, and is now a competitive CrossFitter, Olympic lifter, and in the best shape of his life. Danny holds the following certifications: CrossFit Level 1. Danny, who joined the CFFC coaching staff in August 2013, finds satisfaction in helping other reach their athletic, health, and fitness potential.
Emily is a former level 10 gymnast who found CrossFit in 2012 after an injury forced her to retire from competitive gymnastics. After retiring from gymnastics, Emily missed the intense physical activity and thrill of competition. Fortunately, CrossFit offered the physical challenge and competitive atmosphere she had been missing! Emily is currently pursuing her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at Marymount University and is a big believer that a healthy mind exists in a healthy body. Emily holds the following certifications: CrossFit Level 1.
I found CrossFit in February of 2016 after getting board with bodybuilding and wanting to scratch my competitive itch. I had played many sports all throughout high school and college. CrossFit seemed like the perfect way to push my body and…being as constantly varied as it is, never get bored! I got my L1 Certification in April of 2017 and started coaching not long after. I love being able to share my passion for fitness and CrossFit with our community. I consider it a privilege to be a small part of helping people reach their fitness goals.
Chris started CrossFit at CFA in the summer of 2013, doing Fran with a friend at a local gym. It took him over 10 minutes and left him in a weird mix of pain and high on endorphins. He had run competitively in high school and college and had done a number of marathons, but nothing prepared him for the intensity of that first CrossFit workout. He joined CFA looking to replicate that feeling and hasn’t turned back, going from Elements to learning how to move correctly and now competing at multi-day competitions with the Generation Flex competition team. To him, there’s nothing that matches the intensity and community of CrossFit, and he absolutely loves coaching and helping athletes find that same strange mixture of pain and endorphins that first drew him to the sport. His favorite moments as a coach are when athletes surprise themselves by hanging onto a bigger set than they though possible or hitting an unexpected PR. He has his CrossFit Level 1 Certification.
Don started CrossFit in 2009 when his boss talked him into joining him for Tabata Something Else. When one push up in 20 seconds became impossible he figured there may be something to this CrossFit business! He needed a way to stay in shape that didn’t involve running and the gym. The gym was mind numbing and running long miles was rapidly destroyed his knees. CrossFit gave him a sustainable way to stay in shape. A little over a year later he became a coach. He saw what his coaches had done for him and were still doing for other athletes in his box and wanted to make positive changes in people’s lives like they did. Since then he’s ventured into most parts of the CrossFit world. he’s judged during multiple major competitions; managed and programmed for a box in Germany, and even opened a military affiliate in Stuttgart. Don’s certifications include: CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Weight Lifting, CrossFit Strongman, CrossFit Scaling, and CrossFit Judge.
Sue Gannon is a CrossFit Level 1 certified coach. She has been coaching at CFFC since January 2015. Sue was first introduced to CrossFit in 2010 while on active duty at the Pentagon. A long time swimmer and runner, she liked that CrossFit provided a break from the normal exercise routine and found the benefits improved more than her physical health. Sue loves working with new clients and watching them develop strength and confidence they never thought possible. Sue also enjoys volunteering with our partner organization, the Athletes Without Limits – DC Rowing Team. She is paratrooper in the US Army Reserves.
John found CrossFit in 2009 after informing a friend that he needed to get in shape in order to get into the Marine Corps. At the time he could not do a single pull up and failed to complete a 3 mile run for time. One year of CrossFit later, and he was completing 20 strict pullups, and a 19 min three mile run. It felt as though he had discovered something great. He wanted to help other people have the same experience. In 2011 he obtained the CFL1, and began coaching at two gyms simultaneously, between college and going on active duty. He went on to coach at Self Made Crossfit (Now Savin Rock Crossfit) and North Haven Crossfit. During that time he obtained his CrossFit Kids certification and gained the bulk of experience in helping athletes reach their fitness goals. He went on active duty in 2013 and has served as an infantry officer ever since.
Being active has always been a daily routine for Sophia; beginning when she was a kid riding horses. Once she graduated college and commissioned into the Air Force, her active lifestyle shifted from hours spent at the barn to hours spent in the gym. In the summer of 2013 during Air Force training, she was introduced to CrossFit; however, she chose to train for and compete in her first Powerlifting meet. Shortly after that, she competed in her first partner CrossFit competition – and let’s just say the spark was ignited. From 2015-2016 she spent a year overseas at Thule Air Base in Greenland. With little to do there outside of work, she focused on her fitness. Along with a few others, she held weekly CrossFit/Strongman/Powerlifting classes to everyone on base. Being in such an isolated part of the world, it not only helped others to stay active, but also kept their spirits high as all of them were away from family and friends. Shortly after her return she knew her passion for inspiring others through fitness had to continue, so she went on to obtain her CrossFit Level 1 in 2016. She has also been a Physical Training Lead and Unit Fitness Program Manager for the Air Force over the past four years; ensuring health and fitness standards across the Air Force. CrossFit establishes camaraderie unlike any other sport she had participated in and she’s excited to be a part of the CFA/CFFC coaching staff!
Aaron is Virginia born and raised. The son of a preacher man, he hails from Williamsburg Virginia in the good ole 757. For his day job he works with the Department of Defense Marrow Donor Program, matching potential DoD donors with cancer patients. After years of walking on the treadmill and bench pressing with machines his wife convinced him to try CrossFit. Since joining CFFC in 2013 he says that he is in the best shape of his life. Aaron believes that consistency and intensity are the keys to change. “I find that in all areas of life if you do not attempt something that you can fail at you will never grow. CrossFit has taught me how to identify my weakness, embrace pain, and seek after those things that seem insurmountable. CrossFit is often more mental than physical so if you tell yourself you can do it the body often will follow. The same is true in reverse.” Aaron is currently finishing his Masters in Liberal Studies at Georgetown University, and holds the CF-L1.
Greg is a certified CF L-1 Trainer; and began CrossFit in February 2011. As an athlete he played rugby in college, has completed a marathon and multiple half marathons, has competed locally in fitness competitions and recently began competing in Olympic weightlifting having successfully qualified for and competed at the American Open Series III event in September 2017. He has been coaching since May 2013 and enjoys helping people improve and push themselves in the gym, but he also loves seeing how CrossFit can help people in other aspects of their life and is grateful to be able to contribute to that growth. He enjoys helping members set goals and talk about how things like nutrition, mobility, and recovery (including sleep!) can have a significant impact on improved performance and quality of life (outside the gym).