Coaches

Sophia Walsh – Head CoachCFFW-4824

I do not come from a particularly “athletic” background. I danced in ballet until I was 13 and except for a year of Cross Country in high school, I never played high school or college sports. Until I discovered CrossFit, my exercise experience was mostly limited to the gym. I followed the typical treadmill and elliptical “cardio” routine and did some very basic weight training with the various machines. I didn’t start trying CrossFit until after I saw my husband enthusiasm for it. The workouts were tough, but I actually started enjoying working out instead of it being a chore. I started getting stronger and realized how much I had missed out on before. I love the continued challenge, and the satisfaction of accomplishing something mentally and physically difficult.

I particularly enjoy working with clients on their nutrition and making nutrition something that is manageable and beneficial for their specific bodies and lifestyle. I think working out is one of the best ways we can live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. It’s about improving our life not only inside, but more importantly, outside the gym.

Certifications:

  • OPEX CCP Nutrition Certified
  • OPEX CCP Program Design Certified
  • USAW Weightlifting Certified
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • CrossFit Kids Certified
  • AED/CPR Certified

Andrew Johns – CoachIMG_1264

I grew up playing sports including soccer though high school until I went on to college where I unfortunately stopped all physical activity. Over the next 15 years I would try various traditional gyms with little success, never lasting more than 3 months at a time. I would become bored doing the same movements. I just did not have the right guidance and help. I first learned of CrossFit from a family member and decided to try an intro class. Although I struggled, I was addicted to the high intensity, shorter workouts. I really enjoy the community that comes from CrossFit. Now as a coach, I really like helping people enjoy one of my true passions. After a really good WOD people are in great moods. I could not ask for a better place to work… and workout!

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • AED/CPR Certified

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Kim Horner – CoachIMG_1157

I have always been a very competitive and athletic person. In middle school and High School I played softball and continued that into adult hood playing on multiple adult leagues. When I was 27 I was looking for a sport that could be played year round, so on the encouragement of some friends I joined and indoor soccer league , having never played before and played soccer for the next 10 years. It was about this time that my husband Doug was introduced to CrossFit. I went with him to watch a few times and it didn’t take long for me to get bitten by the bug. I joined a twice a week class and was hooked. I have been with CrossFit almost 5 years now, and it has pushed me to try so many things that I never would have tried or thought possible. In the last 5 years, I have competed in multiple 5k runs, sprint triathlons, and 2 Tough Mudder competitions. When I decided this year to become a CrossFit coach at the age of 42 it didn’t surprise any of my friends. I am passionate about CrossFit. It’s the only gym/workout program I have ever maintained. I have never been afraid to try new things and I cant wait to share this passion with others.

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • AED/CPR Certified

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Dave Hunnicutt – CoachIMG_1158

I loved playing football when I was a kid and after our 8th grade season ended we had a surprise visit from the high school coach. I remember him shaking my hand and telling me he hoped to see me try out next year, but I needed to seriously hit the weight room. I took it to heart and have been lifting since.
Of course back in the 90’s we didn’t have access to the kind of information we have now, so I basically devoured every Muscle and Fitness and Flex magazine I could find. That kind of training is what most of us all did through the 90’s and 2000’s. I worked on all the “mirror muscles” the biceps, chest and quads. And the more machines in the gym the better the gym must have been! All of us were the kings of the biceps cable curl, and standing cable flys. Leg day was to be avoided at all costs. The old high carb, moderate protein and low fat diet was en vogue at the time so we all ate chicken breasts, rice, and cans of tuna. Cans and cans of tuna! I would go back and forth between high volume training and low volume training. I tried 6000 calorie per day diets, and 1500 calorie per day diets. Supplement companies made a fortune on me, Gamma Orazonal, Creatine Monohydrat, n2o, some kind of deer antler stuff that I put under my tongue with an eye dropper, and literally bought “weight gain powder” that came in 5 lb bags!!

So after all of that I came to Crossfit with a very skeptical attitude. After doing a lot of research, and reading the Crossfit Journal for about a month I decided that it all made sense and I showed up at a “box.” I expected to like it, I was surprised at how much I loved it. I love the workouts, the community and I love being able to contribute to making other people healthier. Everyone comes in at their own level and moves forward at their own pace. Nobody judges, and everybody encourages. This is a great environment.

 Certifications:    

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • AED/CPR Certified

 


Brittany Horner – Coach 

I got started with CrossFit back in 2011 when I was 17. Once I graduate high school, I left Fort Wayne and went to Bloomington for 3 years for school. I came home January of 2016 and fell in love with the sport all over again. I found it empowering to be able to lift heavy weights and do these high intensity workouts. For me, CrossFit has always been a family event. My mom’s a coach, and my dad and my sisters all do CrossFit. I became a coach so that I could help other people find their true potential and fall in love with the sport as well. I think to a lot of people think Fitness is something that is stressful. I think people tend to get wrapped up in the dieting and making sure that their under their calories and that getting their work out in that they forget that Fitness is also about feeling good about yourself and being proud of your accomplishments. I want others to see that CrossFit is more than trying to be fit it’s about having fun along the way.

Certifications:    

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • AED/CPR Certified

Mike Warner  – Coach

I’ve always been very active and involved in sports. I played football, alpine ski racing, and baseball in high school. After school I was into the gym and running. I also did Mixed Martial arts as an adult. 4 years ago I stepped into a crossfit gym and never turned back. About a year ago I started training in Olympic Lifting and competing at USAW events. I really enjoy helping others through what I have learned in my journey and helping them meet their personal goals.

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • AED/CPR Certified

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Juan Lebron – Coach

JuanI’ve been involved with Crossfit for going on three years now. I was instantly hooked by it’s design and the enthusiasm of the people there. I grew up playing football and baseball until a knee injury in middle school.
After that I struggled and fell off the fitness wagon until late High School when I picked up running.
To me Crossfit introduced a side of fitness that I hadn’t had the chance to explore. Crossfits methods of combining multiple facets of training in one setting has allowed me,and others, to really see what we’re made of and where we can go. Everyone who walks into the gym is looking for the same thing. To change. Whether that change is loosing weight, getting faster, or becoming a stronger athlete.  As a coach my main goal is to be a catalyst for that change.

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • AED/CPR Certified

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Kelly Spitznagel – Coach

In high school I participated in swimming, cheerleading, and tennis, but I never considered myself particularly athletic.  In my 20’s, I tended to like the “idea” of exercising, but I actually did very little of it!  It wasn’t until my late 20’s to early 30’s that I started to realize that I needed to regularly incorporate some sort of physical activity into my life.  At that time, my exercise routine consisted of jogging and fitness DVD’s, and I hated every minute!  I tried out CrossFit in 2013 and everything changed.  I began to enjoy the workouts and actually look forward to going to the gym.  I hated it if I DIDN’T get my workout in!  I don’t think too many people can say that about their workout routine, but I can!  And to boot, I’m stronger now than I have ever been in my life, thanks to CrossFit.  For me, I’m not as concerned about how much weight I’m able to bench press, or how fast I can run a mile – I’m just not that competitive by nature.  What I do care about is keeping up with my two little ones, climbing up and down my stairs a thousand times a day without getting winded, and running around town day-in and day-out, doing this thing we call “life”.  Hard work, consistency, intensity….it has paid off in droves!  Whether you are a hardcore athlete or just want to be a fit mom, Crossfit can take you to where you want to go: fitter, stronger, healthier, better life!  Are the workouts easy?  No!  Is it worth it?  You better believe it!   

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • AED/CPR Certified

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DSC_6208_SMALLAaron Capriglione- Olympic Lifting Coach

I was never into sports when I was growing up, I only played soccer for a couple of years in high school.  After starting my first job out of college, my boss Doug started doing CrossFit and was raving about the results.  I had been thinking of doing some type of exercise, but that was the final push that got me to do it.  I come to an on-ramp class at CFFW and while I almost passed out after the first workout, I came back and haven’t looked back since.
After starting, I received very patient coaching in the Olympic lifts and they quickly became my favorite lifts.  The combination of speed and precision necessary to successfully perform the lifts at a high level called to me.  I have been focusing on the Olympic lifts for the last couple of years and when the opportunity came up to get my coaching certification and coach the Olympic class I jumped on it.

Certifications:

  • USAW Weightlifting Certified
  • AED/CPR Certified

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Brent Bennett – Building and Maintenance

Building things has always been a big part of my life. I grew up in a farming community where I learned how to work. My dad and a good family friend taught me how to operate and maintain all kinds of heavy farm and construction machinery. Dad owned his own business for several years selling steel buildings and my brother and I would help him assemble them.

I studied woodworking through high school and discovered that I liked it and have pursued this skill ever since. I have helped many people take care of there homes from remodeling to replacing appliances. I currently work for Parkview in the facilities department where I help to maintain a surgery center.

I’m also very proud to work here at CFFW where, if you look hard enough, you might see some of my handywork under the Wall balls.