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Dan Broughton »

Coach, Owner

Dan Broughton

Coach, Owner

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2006

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

Always have been into sports since birth I think. CrossFit, sports, fitness and nutrition teaches me so much about the mind, body and soul and is literally an adventure for me.

Why did you become a trainer?

Working out and being with people who want to learn this stuff is why I do this.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Muscle ups or pistols because of how much proprioception actually goes into each movement .

What is your favorite cheat food?

Yes.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

100% Batman. Loved the movies growing up and still do.

Certifications:

CrossFit Level I and II

Basic Barbell

CrossFit Rowing

CrossFit Olympic Lifting

West Side Barbell Powerlifting seminar

Robb Wolff Nutrition

CPR Certified

Nationally Registered EMT

 

Qualifications:

Accomplishments:

Stephanie Broughton »

Coach, Manager

Stephanie Broughton

Coach, Manager

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2009

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I grew up as an athlete but during my high school days had 2 major knee reconstructive surgeries. During recovery I was told I would never be able to run/squat ever again. After such a blow I fell into a depression for a few years until finally I had enough. Gave CrossFit a try and instantly became hooked. I ended up changing my entire career goals and dove head first into the fitness world.

Why did you become a trainer?

I started off personal training in “globo” gyms but it just didn’t feel right. I was doing CrossFit to stay fit so why would I not combine the two worlds and follow my passion.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Snatch

What is your favorite cheat food?

This is tough. If I have to pick probably Pizza and ice cream.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Hands down, Cat Woman. I know she is technically more of an anti-heroine but she is a hero in her own unique way which I respect and admire.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level II Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Mobility Instructor
  • USAW Sports Performance Coach

Dave De La Cruz

Coach

WHAT YEAR DID YOU START CROSSFITTING? 2011

WHY DID YOU GET INTO FITNESS (AND CROSSFIT)?
I’ve always played sports growing up so fitness was always a part of me. As far as CrossFit, I was drawn in after seeing Nasty Girls on YouTube. I didn’t know about bumper plates back then so I thought they were super strong whipping around 135lbs for multiple reps.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TRAINER? I love to teach, coach, and mentor. My goal is to make a positive change in people’s lives, one rep at a time.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT? The bar muscle up

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD? Bon Chon chicken

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SUPERHERO AND WHY? My favorite superhero would be Goku from the Dragonball series. He trains really hard, goes above and beyond to help his friends and family, and he knows how to throwdown on food.

 

“I’m a CF-L2 trainer with over six years of coaching experience. I have attended six CrossFit specialty courses (kettlebell, weightlifting, gymnastics, endurance, movement and mobility, striking). I also hold the USA-W Sports Performance Coach certification. Apart from CrossFit, I’m an Army Veteran with thirteen years of service. Sports and fitness has always been a part of my life. I’ve wrestled, grappled in BJJ, kicked around with soccer, bowled in leagues, and have completed more than a handful of foot races over ten miles to include a 50k ultra-marathon and the 48.6 mile Disney Dopey Challenge. Currently, I’m an active participant in Spartan Races. I’m married to my wife, Joanne, and we have two daughters, Mia and Chloe. Ultimately, my mission in life is to make a positivity impact in the world with one rep at a time.

CPR certified

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 2
  • USA-W Sports Performance Coach
  • CF Kettlebell (Jeff Martone)
  • CF Weightlifting (Mike Burgener)
  • CF Gymnastics
  • CF Endurance
  • CF Movement
  • Mobility CF Striking

Miranda Desmarais

Coach

WHAT YEAR DID YOU START CROSSFITTING? I started CrossFit in 2013

WHY DID YOU GET INTO FITNESS (AND CROSSFIT)?  I have been active my entire life. I was a competitive gymnast for 12 years and a collegiate pole vaulter for Ohio University’s track and field team. When I graduated college, I knew I would need something that would push me the way sports always did. Once I graduated, I tried out a CrossFit class and was hooked! I loved that CrossFit tricked me into doing cardio and included gymnastics and lifting movements that I had experience with. I also knew transitioning out of sports would be hard because I have always worked out with other people and never had motivation to workout by myself. The CrossFit community is what motivated me to come back day after day, even after feeling so sore and tired from the tough workouts.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TRAINER? I have worked in fitness since college and have always loved to surround myself with other health fanatics. I became a trainer because I love helping people work to achieve their goals. The energy in the gym when someone masters a new skill or hits a new PR is so contagious and I love being apart of that.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT? Snatches and handstand push ups

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD? I love anything with cheese on it, especially Mexican food!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SUPERHERO AND WHY? Peter Quill (Guardians of the Galaxy) because he doesn’t take himself too seriously and has good taste in music!

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • B.S. Journalism
  • Nutrition Educator for the University of the District of Columbia

Craig Desmarais

Coach

WHAT YEAR DID YOU START CROSSFITTING?

2015

WHY DID YOU GET INTO FITNESS (AND CROSSFIT)?

I got bored with all of the bro-science type workouts I would get online and do in a normal gym.  When I started training hoping to go out for Rescue Swimming I started looking for new ways to train.  Crossfit stuck around as the more well-rounded training style for what I wanted to do.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TRAINER?

Fame.  Glory.  To be able to argue with my wife about movements and have a certification behind it.  But mostly because the gym is my stress relief, I love going there and always liked when people asked for movement tips.  Now I can get paid to do what I already enjoyed doing.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT?

Bench press?  I don’t think that counts, so even though I suck and my numbers aren’t where I want them to be, I do enjoy the rare occasion when my snatch actually feels like I know what I’m doing.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

Beer & whiskey.  Fried chicken if you want actual food though.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SUPERHERO AND WHY?

Not a big superhero guy so I’ll say Thor since I really like the mythology.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level I
  • CPR Certified

Lloyd Edwards

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

“Officially”, Feb 2011

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I fell into a rut despite being physically active my whole life. I needed a jumpstart.

Why did you become a trainer?

CrossFit positively changed my life and I wanted my community to have the same experience.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Snatches/Overhead Squats, Pull Ups

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza & Beer, but those are staples of my diet.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Batman. He’s a dark and compelling billionaire playboy who secretly fights crime. What else would I want to be??

Qualifications:

Pete Morrison

Coach

Coach Pete has been involved in CrossFit since 2008. He is passionate about the community and competition. Pete played Rugby at the University of Maine at Orono, the Portland Rugby Club and in New York for the National Rugby League.

Pete uses CrossFit as one of the tools to lead a fuller healthier life. He has competed and judged in several competitions in the Northeast. He is a 22 year Military Veteran who created CrossFit KFOR in Kosovo during his last deployment.

His specialties include Strongman and lifting heavy stuff. His goals for the future are to fight getting older one rep at a time and to qualify for the CrossFit games as a Masters Athlete.

What year did you start CrossFitting?  2008

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)? I have always been involved in competitive sports, playing Rugby through college and beyond. After a deployment to Iraq my fitness and mental health were not a priority and it showed. CrossFit and CF competitions were a form of therapy for me, and a tool to to lead a fuller happier life.

Why did you become a trainer? I love that CrossFit understands the value of community and shared struggle. Helping people reach their fitness and ultimately health and wellness goals through community is something I am very grateful to be a part of.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement? Anything heavy; cleans, deadlifts, stones!

What is your favorite cheat food? SUGAR!! Maine and my Nana are known for whoopie pies so those and any cake doughnut pastry related items.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why? He’s stupid popular right now but prior to the X-Men movies it was Wolverine. I have always been a fan of the anti-hero. The guy that doesn’t always know the right answer at the right time immediately or the guy that comes deeply flawed but still ends up saving the day.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Weightlifting
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Trainers Course
  • Strongman Course
  • EMT and CPR certified

Meaghan Cromwell

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2007

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

Having been an athlete in some form, from the time I started school all the way through playing college lacrosse and rugby, I wanted to ensure I was in the best shape possible going into the Marine Corps Marathon in 2007. I needed a new routine that would ensure that I would be healthy come race day, as well as the days/weeks leading up to it. I happened to stumble across the world of CrossFit in January of that year, and I haven’t looked back since. CrossFit allows me the freedom to not only physically challenge myself in ways I’ve never thought before, but mentally as well. I may be older now than when I started, but I’ve never been in better shape, nor more mentally tough.

Why did you become a trainer?

As ridiculous as it may sound, I was born to educate. Being a high school teacher by trade, it was only natural to take those skills into the gym atmosphere, and help guide people there. We all started at square one, with a PVC pipe and bands on the bar, so to be able to relate to that feeling and to break the moves and transitions down for members so that they begin to see success, is an amazing feeling.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Power Clean…followed closely by double-unders.

What is your favorite cheat food?

The person who first created the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, deserves a pat on the back from me…along with a 50 burpee penalty b/c it always sets me back in my macros!

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Wonder Woman. Not only is she tall, due to her Amazonian heritage, but she’s beautiful, strong and kicks ass all at the same time.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • USAW Sports Performance Coach
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Kettlebell trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • Adaptive Athlete Coach
  • Aerial Dance Instructor
  • Reiki Practitioner
  • CPR/AED Certified

Lindsey Force

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2008

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I got my start in CrossFit back in May 2008 at Outlaw CrossFit (formerly known as CrossFit Alexandria). It started as an internship that was a requirement to fulfill my Exercise Science degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. I then went on to become a full time personal trainer in Washington Sports Clubs, and continued teaching CrossFit classes- this included heading some classes at Andrews Air Force Base for a couple years, 6-1/2years at Outlaw, and finally ending up at the awesome CrossFit Woodbridge. I love to see clients accomplish goals that they would not have otherwise reached on their own for whatever reason.

Why did you become a trainer?

I have always had an interest in health and helping people…This lead me to pursuing my exercise science degree, which then easily led me into the world of fitness.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Deadlift, Back Squat, and Power Cleans

What is your favorite cheat food?

Biscuits and Gravy, Pizza, Mexican food and margaritas….

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

She-Hulk…because she’s indestructible and strong as hell- how is that not awesome.

CPR Certified

Nationally Registered EMT

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • B.S. Exercise Science/Applied Health Sciences
  • NSCA – Certified Personal Trainer
  • Kettlebell Concepts
  • CPR/AED, EMT

Suzanne Johnson »

CrossFit Kids Coach

Suzanne Johnson

CrossFit Kids Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2011

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

My sons started doing CrossFit and asked me to join them. They wanted me to have a structured environment to work on strength movements and help me with my form,

Why did you become a trainer?

I love working with children and getting them involved in exercise and strength movements helps with their confidence, body image and overall health.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Strict press because it makes me stronger overhead. I do not have a lot of upper body strength.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Ice cream and pizza

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Captain America because he helps fight for truth, justice and America

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Judges Course