Jamie Gallagher

Owner and Head Coach

  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level One Certified Trainer
  • CrossFit Level Two Certified Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Instructor Course
  • CrossFit Powerlifting Instructor Course
  • CrossFit Level One Certified Mobility Instructor Course
  • CrossFit Level One Kettlebell Instructor Course
  • American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
  • United States Weightlifting Level One Sports Performance Certification
  • Brand X Kids Certification
  • OPEX Program Design Certified
  • OPEX Assessment Certified
  • OPEX Life Coaching Certified
  • OPEX Business Systems Certified
  • CPR-AED Certified

I’m Jamie Gallagher, owner and head coach of CrossFit Burke. My passion is training people of all fitness levels to reach their full potential. I was introduced to CrossFit in 2006 while serving in the United States Marine Corps. I learned that CrossFit is the path to strength, endurance, and well-being. My goal is to provide life-long fitness to my athletes and enable them to enjoy the activities they love to do throughout their lifetimes.

As a platoon commander stationed in Okinawa, Japan, I used CrossFit to increase the overall fitness of my Marines. After training my platoon for three months using the CrossFit methodology, each Marine’s physical fitness test score improved by 50%. Injuries declined even with the higher intensity-training plan.

At my next duty station, I volunteered to start and teach a CrossFit class to both civilians and Marines. The class had highly trained Marines and civilian executives and clerks who wanted to shed a few pounds. The workouts were designed to scale for each athlete’s fitness capacity, to meet each athlete where he or she was. The athletes elevated their exercise capacity through all measurable levels of fitness and commented on a better quality of life.

Now that I am a civilian myself, I am bringing my experience and best practices to you. Hope to see you at CrossFit Burke!

What’s your biggest contribution as a coach?

My strength and biggest contribution to CrossFit Burke is I connect with every athlete regardless of ability level. I know what it is like to be last (any heavy lift day!) or first (any body weight metcon). Regardless of where you are on the CrossFit continuum, I have been there. Empathy is a coach’s strongest asset. Without it, you lose credibility.

Favorite movement or WOD?
My favorite WOD is Helen. Most say Fran hooked them on CrossFit. Helen hooked me.

Least favorite movement or WOD?
I despise double-unders. There is no muscling my way through them!

What do you like to do outside of CrossFit?
I like to hang out with my wife, Erin, and frequent local ice cream shops to quality check their Brownie Sundaes!

Finish with a joke.
I don’t have any jokes appropriate for a website, so I will end with a favorite quote:
“Not all those who wander are lost.”- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

 

Education and Experience

  • The Ohio State University-B.A.-2005
  • United States Marine Corps Officer-2005-2011

Alex Gowers

General Manager and CrossFit Burke Head Coach

  • Certifications
  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • CF-L2 Trainer
  • Brand-X Kid’s Course

I’m currently a Senior at George Mason University as a part of the Schar School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs with a concentration in International Relations. My first year at GMU I spent Wrestling at the D1 Level after nearly 8 years participating in the sport. Prior to CrossFit, the majority of my coaching experience was from running club teams, seminars, and working as an Assistant Coach for Osbourn Park Senior High School. After leaving Mason Wrestling I took interest in understanding how the body functions and eventually decided to hone in on coaching and communication as a craft and means to share this information and inspire others to live a better life.

Once I discovered CrossFit I knew that I had found an environment that matched and aided my goals. I acquired my Level 1 Trainer Certificate and began my search for a gym to coach at and was led to CrossFit Burke where it was obvious that quality was fundamental. Now this is my home.

What’s your biggest contribution as a Coach?

Tough Love. Never is there a moment where give a member a break or let something slide for the sake of indifference or apathy. It’s important to me to not just hold our members accountable for their actions, but to teach them how to hold themselves accountable and enjoy that process. This, balanced with genuine concern and affection, molds better athletes and more importantly better people.

What brought you to coaching?

I consider myself a teacher in all things that I do. Exercise is a practice that I particularly enjoy and have found success in sharing my knowledge with others. I take pride in “Teaching a man how to fish” and it brings me joy to see the look on a face belonging to someone who crossed a line that they never believed they would be able to cross.

Favorite movement or WOD

Anything and everything handstand related.

Least favorite movement or WOD

Bench Press. Sorry bro.

What do you like to do outside of CrossFit?

Quality time with quality people. Whether it’s hiking, climbing, going downtown to check out a museum, going out to eat, or just hanging out and watching a movie, it’s all about logging hours with the people that matter. All of this takes place after school and homework is finished, of course.

Advice for someone starting or wanting to start CrossFit?

Would rather regret your actions or regret not doing anything in the first place?

Finish with a joke.

The other day a man knocked on my door asking for a small donation towards the local swimming pool. I gave him a small glass of water.

Todd Tolosa

CrossFit Burke Strongman Head Coach and CrossFit Head Coach

  • Certifications
  • CF-L1
  • FMS Level 2
  • CSCS
  • Current CPR/AED

I’ve had an interest in physical fitness and competitive psychology since I was 14 years old, and have experience as a competitive football player, boxer, powerlifter, wrestler, olympic weightlifter and traceur. I’ve been working in the fitness industry for over 12 years, and have experience working with many different populations. I also has experience working in various service industries, and recognize that each of my athletes expect different things out of their training experience.

I’ve worked as a trainer for Fairfax County Park Authority, in various corporate wellness settings, and I’ve also worked with high level athletes and stunt men. I started college as a chemistry/physics double major, but enjoyed working in the fitness industry so much that I ended up graduating with an Exercise Science degree from George Mason University. After graduating I spent a year honing my eye for detail while working in an injury prevention lab as a contractor for the Department of Defense. I was able to screen and work with over one thousand active military service members during my time at the lab.

What’s your biggest contribution as a Coach/Position?

As someone who had to begin working out for early health reasons, I have a very good understanding of where most people are mentally when they’re starting a fitness program for the first time. I’ve been able to harness that understanding and use it to make people appreciate exercise on an entirely new level, in a way where it is genuinely enjoyable and infatuating (I actually have a few clients who ended up becoming trainers themselves). I also have a ligament condition that makes me particularly susceptible to joint injuries, so I tend to superimpose my own caution and knowledge of injury prevention and treatment onto the people I work with, without sacrificing performance gains or program efficiency. I’ll never have anyone try anything that I haven’t personally tried and learned from myself.

What brought you to Coaching?

When I was younger I was really into comic books, then I started learning that many of the qualities displayed as “super powers” and super human abilities were actually attainable through discipline and proper training. I derive great joy from spreading my knowledge and helping others become just that much more super human.

Favorite movement or Workout?

The dead start zercher squat. I see this as the most functional and directly applicable movement there is, and training it builds a sort of strength and resilience that you just can’t get from anything else.

Least favorite movement or Workout?

Anything utilizing a front rack or extreme wrist extension, I’ve got some metal in my right hand that doesn’t really agree with it. I’ll usually grit my teeth to get through it but my hands always get pretty beat up by this kind of stuff.

What do you like to do outside of CrossFit?

I’m a total homebody. I work out, eat, and grow. Often while watching movies or enjoying the latest high-tech entertainment.

Advice for someone starting or wanting to start CrossFit.

Just come in, and keep coming in. That’s all there is to it.

Finish with a joke.

One day at the end of class, little Johnny’s teacher asked the class to go home and think of a story that leads to a moral. The following day the teacher asked them to tell the story to the class.

The first kid got up in front of the class and said: “My dad owns a farm and every Sunday we load the chicken eggs on the truck and drive into town to sell them at the market. Well, one Sunday we hit a big bump and all the eggs flew out of the basket and onto the road.”

When the teacher asked for the moral of the story, she replied, “Don’t keep all your eggs in one basket.”

The second kid got up in front of the class and said: “My dad owns a farm too. Every weekend we take the chicken eggs and put them in the incubator. Last weekend only eight of the 12 eggs hatched.”

Again, the teacher asked for the moral of the story.

She replied, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.”

Finally, the last kid got up in front of the class, and said: “My uncle Jim fought in the Vietnam war, and his plane was shot down over enemy territory. He jumped out before it crashed but could only take a machine gun and a machete. He landed right in the middle of 100 Vietnamese soldiers. He shot 70 with his machine gun, but then he ran out of bullets! So he pulled out his machete and killed 20 more. Then the blade on his machete broke, so he killed the last ten with his bare hands.”

The teacher looked a little shocked. After clearing her throat, she asked what possible moral there could be to this story.

“Well,” he replied, “Don’t mess with uncle Jim!”

 

 

Education & Experience

George Mason University – BS – Exercise Science

John Shaw

CrossFit Burke Head Coach

  • Certifications
  • CF-L1

My name is John Shaw and I been coaching CrossFit for 2 years.  However, before that I had been using CrosFit to expand my fitness since 2012.  I began working at CrossFit Burke as an intern with George Mason through the Kinesiology program.  CrossFit Burke gave me the opportunity to grow and flourish as a coach.

What’s your biggest contribution as a Coach/Position?

My biggest contribution as a coach is my knowledge of movement and positions that I have gathered through the various internships the George Mason Kinesiology Department has given me.  I have an eye for being able to see the details and use that to better both myself and the athletes in the gym

What brought you to Coaching/Position?

Coaching has always been something that has come natural to me, and when the opportunity came for me to get my CF level 1 I jumped at it.

Favorite movement or WOD?

Favorite movement is, and always will be, heavy power cleans.

Least favorite movement or WOD?

Least favorite movement is the dreaded thruster.  Especially when coupled with a row or burpees

What do you like to do outside of CrossFit?

When i’m not coaching or working out at CrossFit Burke, I love to read comics and watch movies.

Advice for someone starting or wanting to start CrossFit.

The best advice I can give to any athlete starting CrossFit would be to trust yourself, and be confident.  You are fitter and braver than you think you are and as long as you can keep an open mind and believe in yourself, you will do just fine.

Finish with a joke.

I’m reading a great book on anti-gravity. I can’t put it down.

 

Education & Experience

George Mason University-Kinesiology (expected grad. Date: May. 2017)

Jackson Clinics Physical Therapy Intern

SAPT Strength and Performance Intern

 

 

Kimberly Bochmann

CrossFit Burke Head Coach/Kids Program Head Coach

  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Brand X Kids Certification
  • CPR/AED

Kimberly Bochmann

Head Coach/CrossFit Kids Head Coach

 

My name is Kimberly Bochmann and my passion is helping others.  I was introduced to CrossFit in 2009 while serving in the United States Army as a Medic.  Now that I am a civilian, I love coaching others along their fitness journey!  I have been CrossFitting for 6 years and coaching for 2.  I am currently finishing up my degree in Sports and Athlete Performance.

CrossFit helped prepare me for deployment to Afghanistan, prepared me for adjusting to life outside the Army.  CrossFit helped me and my babies stay healthy during two pregnancies, and recover from both C sections.  CrossFit empowers me every single day, motivates my kids to be healthy, and keeps my body and mind fresh for everything motherhood can throw at me.  I want to be a healthy grandmother someday, chasing my grandbabies around!  CrossFit can help you too.

We can do it, together!!   

What’s your biggest contribution as a Coach/Position?

I started at the bottom, and I put in a lot of time and dedication to be able to do advanced movements and lifts.  I’ve been competitive, and I have been on the mend.  My love for the process comes through in my coaching.

What brought you to Coaching/Position?

When I was in the Army, I was responsible for helping soldiers who were not passing their PT tests.  After just a month all of them passed, that’s when I realized I love to coach others and help them succeed.

Favorite movement or WOD?

Helen, I was really awful at pull-ups and I incorporated them into my warm up everyday until I was the best at them.  Helen gives me a chance to remind myself that hard work pays off.

Least favorite movement or WOD?

Karen, something about 150 wall balls crushes my heart.

What do you like to do outside of CrossFit?

Hanging out with my family, getting outside, and showing our kids the world.    

Advice for someone starting or wanting to start CrossFit.

Its an adventure, jump right in!

Finish with a joke.

Push-ups, T-Rex hates them too.

 

Education & Experience

American Military University (expected grad. Date: May. 2017)

United States Army, Lead Medic Convoy Team

NREMT-B

 

Joe Mackie

CrossFit Burke Head Coach/Assistant Barbell Club Coach

  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level 1 certificate
  • First Aid/AED certified

I am Joe Mackie and on the Head Coaching team at CrossFit Burke.  I have been involved in fitness and weight lifting since i was in 7th grade working out for football. I discovered CrossFit my senior year from my personal fitness coach and he suggested I give it a try.  While CrossFit is a passion of mine olympic weightlifting is my strength. I have qualified for the USAW American Open in 2015 and 2016 and have been competing since 2015. I went to a Level 1 seminar in February of 2016 to receive my certificate to be a coach at CFB.

I am a CrossFit Burke Head Coach and Assistant Coach for the CrossFit Burke Barbell Club.  I love coaching CrossFit and weightlifting for competitive athletes as well as people just wanting to do weightlifting recreationally. Coaching at CrossFit Burke continues to be a great experience for me and I have learned and continue to learn everyday!

What’s your biggest contribution as a Coach?

My biggest contribution as a coach is making sure everyone is treated equally and all are given the same amount of attention. I am very good at figuring out exercises for injured athletes so they can participate no matter what.

What brought you to Coaching?

I was an athlete doing classes and open gym and after a while Jamie (the owner) gave me an amazing opportunity to coach CrossFit and Barbell club. Ever since then I have been doing and contributing everything i can to make CrossFit Burke a great gym. My main mission is to be the best coach I can be as well as make everyone as fit as possible. Like I said before I hope everyone leaves with a smile by the time they leave!

Favorite movement or WOD?

I love Handstand push ups, and the clean and jerk. My favorite WOD is Diane 21-15-9 Deadlifts and Handstand push ups.

Least favorite movement or WOD?

Any workouts that are longer than 15 minutes or has an absurd amount of rowing.

What do you like to do outside of CrossFit?

I love going hiking doing anything outside, playing pickup football games and going restaurant hopping with my friends

Advice for someone starting or wanting to start CrossFit.

Come try CrossFit Burke. You will be greeted with a warm welcome and not find a more encouraging atmosphere!

Finish with a joke.

A horse walks into a bar and the bartender says…. Why the long face?

 

 

Education & Experience

Graduated West Springfield high school in 2014

Attending Northern Virginia Community College(Exercise Science)

Alex Puray

CrossFit Burke Head Coach

  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level One Certified Trainer
  • CPR/AED Certified

Hello! My name is Alex Puray and I am a coach at CrossFit Burke. Growing up, sports were a huge part of my life. I played basketball and football and had a very determined mindset. It was hard to get me off the field or the court. While I am not at the gym, I work part time in the security field. A few years back I discovered CrossFit through the internet and I started doing workouts in my yard. From lifting with rusty barbells and building my own equipment out of lawn mowers, I quickly became hooked. I love bringing high energy to my classes and helping athletes push beyond what they think they are capable of.

What’s your biggest contribution as a Coach/Position?

My biggest contribution as a coach is that I strive to make people get out of their comfort zone and help them work towards their goals.

What brought you to Coaching?

I joined a box in 2014 and found myself wanting to help the athletes around me. I got my Level 1 certification and started to pursue more coaching opportunities in the DC/Northern VA area.

Favorite movement or WOD?

My favorite movements range from the olympic lifts to gymnastic movements. But if I had to choose a specific one it would be the clean & jerk.

Least favorite movement or WOD?

Running. I am a horrible runner even with my sports background growing up. Running humbles me very quickly.

What do you like to do outside of CrossFit?

Outside of CrossFit I like to do anything active – disc golf, hiking, watching CrossFit, and spending time with my family.

Advice for someone starting or wanting to start CrossFit.

Do it. It has changed my life in so many positive ways. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without crossFit. You will not regret it.

Finish with a joke.

Me: is it weird to talk to yourself? Me: no.

 

Education & Experience

Convergent Crossfit

Crossfit Chantilly

LFCC

Alex Persinger

Barbell Club Head Coach

  • Certifications
  • Crossfit Level 1 Certification

Alex Persinger

Head Barbell Coach

My name is Alex Persinger. I started doing Crossfit in 2010 at Crossfit Frederick.

I had always been active in sports, playing tennis and soccer, and running track all 4 years of highschool, and participating in club tennis at JMU for 3 years. Then, I came across Crossfit and knew that I wanted to pursue this sport, not only train, but also coach. It wasn’t until 2012 where I fell in love with weightlifting and strongman. I started with strongman because I needed to get stronger, and competitions seemed easier to find and register for. Also, all I had to do was lift heavy – and I love lifting heavy. Once I got stronger, I mixed weightlifting and strongman training. However, after a series of injuries between 2012 and 2014 (non-corssfit related, believe it or not), my training was stagnant, I came back and started lifting on the platform again.

Currently, I train on the platforms and in the rig at Crossfit Burke. I write all of my own programming, and keep in touch with several weightlifting coaches. They have helped me move past my injuries, and taught me how to overcome the mental aspect of weightlifting.

Once I heard that Crossfit Burke had a Barbell Club, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Crossfit Burke has a great community and athletes, as well as great coaches. I’m excited to be a part of this community and look forward to adding my coaching and experience to this awesome group of people!

What’s your biggest contribution as a Coach?

The fact that I will be able to relate. I’ve been doing this for awhile now, and I’ve seen the good and bad of a lot of things revolving around training for weightlifting and CrossFit. I’ve also experienced a lot of good and bad, so I’ll be able to contribute my experience of all these things and will apply them to my coaching and programming so that I can mitigate some of the bad and amplify all of the good!

What brought you to Coaching?

I coached kids and adults in tennis since high school, and I really enjoyed helping people on form and strength. So, after becoming more proficient at crossfit I wanted to help people learn this sport and watch them progress.

Favorite movement or Workout?

Definitely the snatch. It’s the most technical, thus the hardest, but when you hit a PR on your snatch, you feel like you just owned the world.

Least favorite movement or Workout?

Bar muscle ups. No matter how much I take care of my hands, I always rip on bar muscle ups.

Always.

What do you like to do outside of CrossFit?

Outside of crossfit and weightlifting, I enjoy downhill mountain biking in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. My favorite place to go is Colorado, but I don’t mind hanging out at the beach, either.

Advice for someone starting or wanting to start CrossFit?

Wanting: It can be extremely eye opening, just give it a shot.

Just starting: Be patient. There will come a day where you don’t PR everyday.

Finish with a joke.

This is bob: … Bob has no arms…

*Knock knock*

“Who’s there?”

Not Bob.

Katherine Hyatt Hawkins

Assistant Coach

  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level 1

My name is Katherine Hyatt Hawkins and I am pursuing a doctorate in health communication from George Mason University. Although my more prominent career goals are focused on health communication and health behavior change research, I have a closet dream of opening my own CrossFit box one day and will always consider the CrossFit community an important part of my life. My athletic background is in gymnastics, cheerleading, and dance, at the collegiate level. I have experience coaching all three as well as instructing group fitness classes. My passion for CrossFit began in 2014. One of my favorite parts of coaching so far is watching others fall in love with it too and learn just how much they are capable of achieving no matter their age, health status or skill level.

What’s your biggest contribution as a Coach/Position?

My biggest contribution as an assistant coach is my ability to listen to and learn about athletes, and then using that information to challenge and encourage them in ways best fit for their own improvements in the gym.

What brought you to Coaching/Position?

I started as an intern here at CrossFit Burke and just couldn’t get enough.  

Favorite movement or WOD?

Mary!  It is as many rounds as possible in twenty minutes of:

5 handstand pushups

10 one legged squats, alternating each leg

15 pull-ups

Least favorite movement or WOD?

Rowing. It is really boring.

What do you like to do outside of CrossFit?

Outside of the gym I love walking and playing with my adorable labradoodle, Oscar Wilde. I also enjoy learning about and trying new things whether it be food, activities or destinations.

Advice for someone starting or wanting to start CrossFit.

Keep track of your progress and set a goal for every workout!

Finish with a joke.

Why did the girl bring an iron to the gym?

She heard we were pressing.

 

Education & Experience

George Mason University, Ph.D. (expected grad. date: May. 2019)

East Carolina University, MA

University of Dayton, BA

Trinity Health and Fitness, Group fitness instructor

Tumble4kids, Gymnastics coach

Dance Reach, Gymnastics and dance coach

Brit Walker

Assistant Coach

  • Certifications
  • CF-L1

Brit Walker

Assistant Coach

 

I study Kinesiology at George Mason University. I began my adventure with CrossFit Burke as an intern… Needless to say, I fell in love.  I had no CrossFit experience prior to beginning my internship, so the learning curve was unreal. Not only have I become a coach, I have become an athlete.  I look forward everyday to the opportunity in helping our athletes become the best versions of themselves!

What’s your biggest contribution as a Coach/Position?

My biggest contribution as a coach is my passion to see athletes succeed. There is nothing more incredible than being able to watch someone do something that they didn’t know they would be able to do.

What brought you to Coaching/Position?

I chose CrossFit Burke for the internship experience, but every day I am reminded of why I wanted to stay. The relationships I’ve formed with our athletes and other coaches are unparalleled. There is really only one word I can use to describe it: community. It made pursuing coaching and my CFL1 a very easy decision.

Favorite movement or WOD?

Power cleans, definitely

Least favorite movement or WOD?

Anything gymnastics related

What do you like to do outside of CrossFit?

I love the simple things in life. Family, a good book, a cup of tea, and a notebook where I can write- I adore fiction and poetry.

Advice for someone starting or wanting to start CrossFit.

The things you want to gain from CrossFit aren’t going to start on the scale or in the mirror. Look for the improvements in how you feel, in how your body moves, and in the energy you have. Believe that when you start to FEEL better, people will notice that you’re making your changes from the inside out.

Finish with a joke.

Why does Snoop Dogg carry an umbrella?

Fo Drizzle.

 

Education & Experience

B.S. Kinesiology, George Mason University (expected grad. Date: Dec. 2017)

Admin Assistant/PT Aide, Ascend Physical Therapy and Wellness

Intern, Redline Athletics

 

Jennifer Murata

Nutrition Coach

  • Certifications
  • Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition

I am Jennifer Murata and I am the Nutrition Coach at Crossfit Burke. I am proud to say that I am a founding member of CrossFit Burke and happily transitioned into Nutrition Coach, as well.   My professional pursuits have always been focused on nutrition and fitness. I originally received my BS in Nutritional Sciences and have completed my MS in Complementary Alternative Medicine with an emphasis in Holistic Nutrition.

I believe that each of us has our own unique perfect style of eating. I truly love working one-on-one with people to help them determine exactly what that is. I know that changing the focus to whole and clean foods can heal, empower and propel anybody to reach the goals they have for themselves.

What’s your biggest contribution as the Nutrition Coach?

I have such an intense passion for healthy eating that I hope it’s contagious to others. I also take that passion and make it actionable. By working with clients, we develop a plan that suits their lives and goals that they are able and willing to achieve.

What brought you to Nutrition Coaching?

Between education, passion and a genuine connection with the staff and members at CrossFit Burke, I was a natural fit for this position.

Favorite movement or WOD?

I love body-weight movements. I also love that as a 40-year-old mom of three, I can climb a rope for the first time in my life!

Least favorite movement or WOD?

Ugh, after missing on a box jump, they still cause panic for me. Also, double-unders. I mentioned I’m a mom of three, right? All the moms out there will know why double-unders are not my favorite.

What do you like to do outside of CrossFit?

We’ve lived in the area for three years now, but my family of five still loves visiting “old stuff” in DC. Nothing better than experiencing new things with my kids. I also love to cook, big surprise, right?

Advice for someone starting or wanting to start CrossFit.

Come try CrossFit Burke. You will not find a more encouraging and supportive group of people.

Finish with a joke.

What do you call cheese that isn’t yours?

Nacho cheese.

Certifications/Accomplishments/Awards

Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition

Elinor Klein

Yoga Instructor

  • Certifications
  • 200 hour Yoga Teacher certification
  • Restorative Yoga with Props
  • Shoulder Intensive Yoga Workshop
  • Jivamukti Yoga Concentration

I have a long history of practicing and teaching many types of yoga. In 2008, I received my 200-hour yoga teaching certification in Iyengar-style yoga, which focuses on alignment. I taught yoga at studios, gyms, community centers, schools, and offices. Some of the highlights of my yoga teaching career include teaching vinyasa (flow), restorative, and hatha yoga at Brandeis University, Yale University, and the headquarters office of the Trust for Public Land. Professional development and continuous growth are important to me so I can stay at the forefront of yoga education. For this reason, I have acquired advanced training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts, as well as Jivamukti yoga instruction at Nandi Yoga in California.

I teach yoga at CrossFit Burke and I am often a participant at WOD classes so I know exactly what kind of yoga suits the mobility needs of CrossFitters. I specialize in increasing mobility through muscle release. Yoga is the best anti-stress mechanism available in modern American life. My yoga classes also contribute to overall wellness – the mind and the body achieve balance together.

What’s your biggest contribution as a Coach?

Yoga is a very different kind of workout than most of us are used to in our fitness history. Many CrossFitters have been involved in running, swimming, team sports, dance, biking, lifting, and many other activities, but focusing on recovering and stretching is unusual. I believe that I help people with pain management (for example, stretching the hamstrings to relieve low back pain), and I also aid them in finding more focus and mobility during their fitness endeavors and daily lives.

What brought you to Coaching?

Since the conclusion of the first yoga class that I ever took I knew I wanted to become a yoga teacher. There is truly nothing like it to relax the mind and the body – I knew I wanted to share it with others.

Favorite movement or WOD?

Anything with a kettle bell! I also love to row!

Least favorite movement or WOD?

The 2 things that I’ve been working on for a long time, but have not yet come close to accomplishing – pull ups and double unders.

What do you like to do outside of CrossFit?

CrossFit is what I like to do! Outside of that…cooking, hiking, reading (especially with my son and daughter), and enjoying the outdoors in a lawn chair while I watch my son play soccer.  And I like to watch “House of Cards.”

Advice for someone starting or wanting to start CrossFit.

The first three months are the hardest. The next three months are no picnic, but you will see lots of gains. After 6 months of CrossFit you will feel like you might be able to lift a car if a ball rolls under it. I have never been this strong and fit in my whole life and it feels so good!

Finish with a joke.

A duck walks into a pharmacy and says, “I’ll take some chapstick and put it on my bill.”

 

Education & Experience

B.A. Secondary Education, State University of New York at Geneseo College

M.A. Near Eastern Studies, Brandeis University

Founder and Owner, GoYo LLC for yoga education

East Meets West Yoga Center, Vienna VA

Gosman Sports Center, Brandeis University, Waltham MA

Yoga on Whitney, Hamden CT