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Meet The Coaches

Casey Mehlenbacher

What do you love about Crosstraining:

Variety. Constantly finding areas of weakness to improve on.

What makes Beyondriven different?

The amount of enthusiasm from our members and community that I see when we do fundraising events. I also love the amount of pride people take in being a part of our gym

Fitness Journey:

I played 3 years college rugby. Have competed sporadically over the years in exercise racing, Crossfit, Powerlifting, Weightlifting, and Men’s Physique.

Certs:

CSCS
Crossfit Level 1
Crossfit Strongman
USAW Sports Performance Coach

Most people don’t know this about me: 

I have a near photogenic memory for dialogue that I find amusing

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Karen Samis

What do you love about Crosstraining:

I have a love for fitness in general and believe that Crosstraining helps all aspects to become physically fit no matter who you are.

What makes Beyondriven different?

We have a community within our gym, a family that looks out for each other, helps each other, challenges each other, and keeps everyone accountable.

Fitness Journey:

Played multiple sports in grade school like field hockey, basketball, and softball. Became a runner in high school where I ran track and cross country. Returned to running with my first triathlon when I turned 40! Became hooked in fitness since then. Ran my first marathon in 2016, and will run my first ultra marathon in June of 2019!

Certs:

Group Fitness/Boot Camp Instruction Certified

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Danielle Stiles

What do you love about Crosstraining:

That Your Effort = Results

What makes Beyondriven different?

The people and the experiences you share with one another.

Fitness Journey:

I use to run 15 miles a week until this trainer told me I would never get the tight and toned body  I wanted just by running. He challenged me to come to one of his CrossFit classes so I did. I showed up intimidated and scared out of my mind which is a normal feeling to have. 2 years later here I am in love with the mental and physical challenges it makes me face everyday. I don’t run often but I have noticed my mile is faster than it once was.

Certs:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Most people don’t know this about me: 

I absolutely love dark chocolate, most chocolate chip desserts and would give up a meal for ice cream.

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Joele Piazza

What do you love about Crosstraining:

For me personally I love the challenges with cross training and the rush after a hard workout! The gym family we have at our gym also helps with all the support. Also it’s such an amazing stress reliever!

What makes Beyondriven different?

The members make this gym extra special along with my love for CrossFit.

Fitness Journey:

I played sports in high school and then began running in my early thirties. I have done at least 7 half marathons, several 5k’s. I started CrossFit in January of 2017. It has become my favorite form of exercise, almost like an addiction for me. I believe it is an amazing way to transform your body and become a stronger person along the way.

Certs:

Group Fitness/ Bootcamp Instruction certification

Most people don’t know this about me: 

I am married and mother of four children. I work a full time job and it has taken me a lot of years but I realize that I have to take care of myself to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. As busy as I am I always make time for me. For me CrossFit is what works and I will always make sure I get to the gym even at 5:00 am!! I love the journey that I started almost three years ago and I hope to continue to develop as an adult athlete. I never thought I could view myself as an athlete in my forties but with this gym and all the support I am sure I will feel this way for years to come!

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Leora Brown

What do you love about Crosstraining:

I’ve been doing Crosstraining for 2 years and for the first time in my life I can’t wait to get to the gym. I view every workout as a challenge for myself. The methodology allows for comparison between gym members, an opportunity for friendly rivalries, which can be motivating.  More importantly, it pushes me to be better than myself each and every day.

What makes Beyondriven different?

The community of Beyondriven is nothing like I’ve ever experienced before. The support and friendship the members provide for each other is the best motivation. Beyondriven is not just a gym, it’s family.

Fitness Journey:

Beyondriven really is the beginning of my fitness journey. (Better late than never!) Since joining I have made great strides in improving my health and now seek to help others do the same.

Certs:

CrossFit Level 1
Precision Nutrition Certification (in progress)

Most people don’t know this about me: 

Mother, coach, lion tamer, essential oil enthusiast, lived a thousand lives, former resident of Puerto Rico, paper wrangler 🙂

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Mike Shanley

What do you love about Crosstraining:

Watching a group of many different people come together and kick ass

What makes Beyondriven different?

The atmosphere of every class is friendly, open, positive and geared towards pushing everyone to do their very best.

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