Our Coaches

Stephanie Broughton »

Coach, Owner & Manager

Stephanie Broughton

Coach, Owner & 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

QUALIFICATIONS/ CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Trainer
  • CrossFit Mobility Instructor
  • USAW Sports Performance Coach
  • AED/CPR Certified

 

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 .

QUALIFICATIONS/ CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Basic Barbell
  • CrossFit Rowing
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
  • West Side Barbell Powerlifting seminar
  • Robb Wolff Nutrition
  • DC, VA, and WVA Sectionals 2010 – 9th Place (2nd in WOD #1, 4th in WOD #4)
  • Central East Regionals 2010 – 24th Place
  • CPR Certified
  • Nationally Registered EMT
  • Firefighter/EMS

 

Craig Desmarais »

Coach, Barbell Club Coach

Craig Desmarais

Coach, Barbell Club 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.

QUALIFICATIONS/ CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • USAW Olympic Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
  • 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.

QUALIFICATIONS/ CERTIFICATIONS:

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

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

QUALIFICATIONS/ CERTIFICATIONS:

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

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.

QUALIFICATIONS/ CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
  • CrossFit Judges Course
  • AED/CPR Certified

 

Jacob Flores »

Coach, Barbell Club Coach

Jacob Flores

Coach, Barbell Club Coach

WHAT YEAR DID YOU START CROSSFITTING?

2013

WHY DID YOU GET INTO FITNESS (AND CROSSFIT)?

I got into fitness because of high school/college sports and because it was a good way to help prep myself for the military. I also like competing so crossfit was a good avenue to help satisfy my competitive nature.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TRAINER?

I like to help others and teach people how to improve their health through exercise and nutrition.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT?

Ring Muscle- Up

QUALIFICATIONS/ CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Certification
  • CrossFit Powerlifting Certification

 

Pete Morrison

Coach

WHAT YEAR DID YOU START CROSSFITTING?                                                                               

2008

WHY DID YOU GET INTO FITNESS (AND CROSSFIT)?                                                               

CrossFit and the shared misery method was right up my alley. With military and fire service related jobs, functional fitness was also a nice fit.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TRAINER?
I got my first certification in 2011 in order to help fellow soldiers

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT?                                                                             

All hail the mighty deadlift

QUALIFICATIONS/ CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Strongman Trainer
  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastic Trainer

 

Kendal Scott

Coach

WHAT YEAR DID YOU START CROSSFITTING? 

2017

WHY DID YOU GET INTO FITNESS (AND CROSSFIT)?  

I was looking for an outlet to become more healthy without doing the typical gym thing. I always found a regular gym setting was boring and overwhelming. I was an athlete throughout high school and wanted a competitive and supportive place to still get that atmosphere. The community I found with CrossFit and people I’ve got to know brought a entirely other beneficial outlet as well.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TRAINER?

I love teaching people and watching them succeed and I love passing on knowledge I learn and help someone any way I can.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT?

Handstand walks

QUALIFICATIONS/ CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CrossFit Level I Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer

 

Melinda Rogers

Coach

WHAT YEAR DID YOU START CROSSFITTING?

I was introduced to CrossFit in 2010 by my twin sister Melissa. We were both stationed in Okinawa, Japan and she wanted me to try out this fairly new sport called CrossFit. My first workout was a short 7-minute AMRAP that consisted of 10 burpees, and I believe 15 air squats.  Anyway, I thought it was awful yet surprisingly satisfying. After that, I fell in love with CrossFit and have always done or incorporated a form of it into my workouts.

WHY DID YOU GET INTO FITNESS (AND CROSSFIT)?  

My dad was a competitive body builder and I remember how dedicated he was to the sport and how passionate he was about fitness which ultimately, drew me in at a young age. From as early as P.E in elementary school being my favorite class to learning how to lift weights in my weight training class in high school. I did cheerleading, cross country and wrestled in high school, but weightlifting was my true passion and that eventually lead me to CrossFit.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TRAINER?

After I joined the Marine Corps, I began to lead a lot of PT classes and would lead classes for anyone struggling with their weight. I found myself staying up late creating workouts for the next day and I noticed how passionate I was about it. I truly enjoy helping people reach their goals and it made happy to see them happy. After I got out, I knew I wanted a career in fitness, so I majored in Kinesiology at George Mason University.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT? 

Clean and jerk 1000000 percent!

QUALIFICATIONS/ CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Bachelors of Kinesiology

 

Rachel Guttstein

Coach

WHAT YEAR DID YOU START CROSSFITTING?

2016

WHY DID YOU GET INTO FITNESS (AND CROSSFIT)?  

I started my fitness journey running and following random lifting programs. I quickly learned that following random programs was going to lead to random results so I started looking for a program that would help improve my running. I tried a few different group fitness classes and fell in love with CrossFit. Not only did my running improve, but my overall outlook on fitness changed. My goals changed from being skinny to being strong!

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TRAINER?

The more I grow as an athlete, the more I think I have to offer other athletes who are looking to become a better version of themselves. There is a place for everyone in a CrossFit gym, whether you’re competitive or just starting out, and I want to help everyone find their place.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT? 

Clean & Jerk

QUALIFICATIONS/ CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Lilly Sutherlin

Coach

WHAT YEAR DID YOU START CROSSFITTING?

2017

WHY DID YOU GET INTO FITNESS (AND CROSSFIT)?  

I started my fitness journey when I was deployed to Afghanistan, I needed to work on my test scores and had some extra time to work on it. I got into CrossFit after my time in service. I was very bored with my traditional gym routine and saw a box close to my university in South Carolina and loved it since!

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TRAINER?

I became a trainer because I enjoy helping and motivating others to be their best self.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT? 

The clean!

QUALIFICATIONS/ CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy

Melissa Salazar »

Barbell Club Coach

Melissa Salazar

Barbell Club Coach

WHAT YEAR DID YOU START WEIGHTLIFTING?

I started weightlifting in 2020

WHY DID YOU GET INTO FITNESS (AND CROSSFIT)?  

I have always been in to fitness since I was a kid. I did sports all through high school and was actually introduced to CrossFit while serving in the Marine Corps in 2010. After giving birth to my twins I decided it was time to get back in to shape and began my Olympic Weightlifting journey in 2020.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TRAINER?

I genuinely love helping people and believe in the importance of passing down knowledge. I believe this sport can grow even more if athletes are around coaches who are passionate.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT? 

My favorite CrossFit movement would be anything that involves a row piece. My favorite weightlifting movement is the snatch and split jerk.

QUALIFICATIONS/ CERTIFICATIONS:

  • USAW Level 1

Mark Bonifacio

Coach

WHAT YEAR DID YOU START CROSSFITTING? 

2007. Watched a couple of army buddies do some crazy stuff outside of our company building and wanted to fit in.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TRAINER?

I love being a part of the fitness community. And as I get older, I think one of the best ways to be active in the community is to coach and mentor those who are starting their fitness adventure or discovering CrossFit.

QUALIFICATIONS/ CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • EMT- Basic

Bill Malaithong

Coach

WHAT YEAR DID YOU START CROSSFITTING? 

2011

WHY DID YOU GET INTO FITNESS (AND CROSSFIT)?  

High school Football at first, afterwards I found more passion in doing weightlifting and CrossFit workouts

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TRAINER?

I want to help people start and more importantly maintain healthy habits throughout their whole lives.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT?

The cluster! Great all around movement

QUALIFICATIONS/ CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

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

QUALIFICATIONS/ CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Powerlifting
  • CrossFit Weightlifting
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • USAW Sports Performance
  • AED/CPR/ EMT
  • Firefighter/EMS

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

QUALIFICATIONS/ CERTIFICATIONS:

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