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Your original 3 coaches: Nicole, Sam and Ed

All of the coaches at CrossFit Rebels have a love and passion for health and fitness, and a commitment to improving the health, fitness, athletic performance and lives of the Rebel community.

We do not believe in recreating the wheel, stealing or plagiarizing others’ work, or taking credit for that which is not ours. The quote below is exactly how we feel about the responsibility of coaching every single athlete that walks through our door.

“Take any body that comes through the door and this is THE very challenging…and really the MOST challenging and rewarding thing I think about this whole CrossFit gym movement and what we’re doing now…it’s the idea that we’re not selecting for some kind of elite or talented group of people. We’re trying to take anybody that comes in, and make them a bit better; and if they’re willing to work at it for a while and work hard at it then we might make them a lot better.  But they might come in with more than a few years under their belt, they might have some extra weight, they might have some old injuries, they might have all of that stuff going on at once; and they might not have been very talented, ever, and they may still not be very talented, and now they’re old and overweight too, and we’re STILL going to try to make them better. I think that’s a super ambitious goal on our part, and like [you] said, it’s nothing to be complacent about, it’s a serious undertaking. Not least of which, if we’re careless in our approach or too glad-handing in our throwing them in over their head and yell at them to try harder, it’s not hard to screw people up pretty seriously.”

~Dave Werner, Owner of CrossFit Seattle, the very first CrossFit Affiliate, taken from a radio interview with Robb Wolf.

YOU GET WHAT YOU NEED – INDIVIDUALLY

Coaching can be done in so many ways, and we feel that we circle the gamut and cover all the bases here! Each of our coaching styles are different – from ultra-motivating and strategic, to “not-in-your-face” supervision, correction and encouragement, to technically strict and focused on ensuring our athletes are proficient with their skills and lifts…put it all together and you have an environment where athletes progress quickly, support one another and have a blast training!

We pride ourselves in knowing our athletes, what motivates them, what
their goals are, and how they like to be coached

…we’re individual that way.

YOU HAVE A HIGHLY EXPERIENCED COACHING STAFF

We are a very mature “box” (what we call our gym), and we are a good-sized box, having opened July 2010. Though we have a broad base of athletes, what you’ll never be here is a number. Every single athlete who walks who in the door is on a first name (or nickname!) basis with our coaches – think of it as the “Cheers” atmosphere when you first walk in. We’re glad you’re here…even if in the middle of your WOD you’re not so sure you want to be here! Personal attention is our forte.

How do we achieve that? How can you give personal attention to every single athlete in the box if you’re not a small box? Well, we took a different approach when we opened our box. The first few coaches on our coaching staff after we opened, were full time…this was our full time gig. All we did was coach, watch bodies, hone our skills. We’ve grown from this start up standard, in that many of our coaches today are more than part time, and are vested in the best interest of every athlete in the box. This is a very different atmosphere than if this was our part time job and our livelihood came from somewhere else. And that’s how we built our box – we currently have 6 full time Head or Lead Coaches in addition to our part time coaches, who also have long standing histories with us and many have been here since our first year! At least one, but typically two to three of our Head Coaches is on the floor for every class, ensuring we show continuity of coaching and instruction…and most importantly “community”.

YOU’LL SEE WE ARE A QUALITY “BOX” (gym).

We define quality as a compassionate and caring personality, training and knowledge in exercise science, biomechanics, kinesiology and general strength and conditioning. Quality to us means having coaches that have the ability communicate all levels of coaching and training the athlete in a way that both makes sense and is effective – producing a strong, efficient athlete. And without being cliche…you get what you pay for. We might not be the least expensive box in the area, but you’ll not get more for your money anywhere else. Period.

WE PUT SAFETY FIRST

CrossFit can be dangerous. Guys, when was the last time you picked 350 or 400 pounds up off the floor? Ladies, how about the last time you held 150 pounds over your head? Riiiiiight! You don’t want to be in the hands of someone who isn’t familiar with the body (anatomy), the way the body moves (kinesiology & biomechanics) and who isn’t heavily experienced with the movements of CrossFit so that they can prepare you and coach you from experience, not just having read it or viewed a video.  …not to mention, someone who doesn’t know you! Hence the higher level efforts in our coaching staff.

YOUR NEW COACHES ARE VETTED BY THE ATHLETES AND THE COACHES

We only hire coaches from within our box – those who’ve trained with us and our athletes. It’s important to us that our athletes respect and like the coaches who are their motivators, educators and support structure. We require our Head and Lead Coaches to have a background in exercise science or be certified as a personal trainer; though CrossFit teaches us a lot, we find it imperative that our coaches understand basic exercise anatomy and physiology so they coach the athlete to the fullest, not just get athletes through the WOD. You could say we’ve become very selective with our coaches.

We have built a community of athletes who represent us well, and we’re proud to call each of them a part of our extended family!

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Samantha

Owner/Head Coach/Jack of all Trades/Paleo Guru

Sam is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, a Certified Level 1 CrossFit Coach and a Level 1 Poliquin™ BioSignature Practitioner. Other certifications include: CrossFit Olympic Lifting coach, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Kids and CrossFit Mobility. She has a strong affinity for the Olympic Lifts and is a stickler for form and technique. When you bonk on a WOD, her first question will be ‘What’d you have for breakfast?!’ Sam also leads the RebelHealth Program and has a long history of study and training in the field of nutrition.

Favorite WOD: Eva or Badger
Favorite lift/ exercise or movement: Tie between full squat cleans and burpees.

Read Sam’s FULL BIO here

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Ed (a.k.a. “Mouth”)

Owner/Head Coach/Director of Rehab/Motivator & Educator Extraordinaire!

Ed’s bio is too long for this website! Ed is a Level 1 Certified CrossFit Coach, CrossFit Football Certified, CrossFit Gymnastics Certified, CrossFit Mobility Certified and completed the Starting Strength Coach certification through Mark Rippetoe’s company in 2011/12. (*He chose not to renew this certification due to time and cost). He is FMS Certified through Level 2 and is scheduled for SFMA. These are certainly just caveats to his career as a seasoned Physical Therapist for almost 30 years specializing in outpatient orthopedics, sports rehab and the knee.

From deadlifts to diagnostics, he’s a high-level performer/competitor and a great resource from a coaching, orthopedic “pre-” and rehab standpoint. His nickname comes from…well, join a WOD that he’s coaching and you’ll understand!

Favorite WOD: Fran
Favorite lift/ exercise or movement: Deadlifts and pull ups.

Read Ed’s FULL BIO here

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Nicole

CrossFit Kids Program Director

Nicole is a Certified NASM Personal Trainer, a Level 1 Certified CrossFit Coach and CrossFit Kids Coach. She is also certified in CrossFit Gymnastics, USAW Olympic Lifting Coach, and CrossFit Mobility. You can find her training on the kids side of the gym coaching CrossFit Kids, and the Pre-Teen Junior Varsity and Varsity classes. Yep she trains ’em all, starting as young as age 4.

She’s a New Orleans native with a love for the culture and food! She’s a high level CrossFit performer, but you’d never know it from talking to her – insanely modest! Believes in exercise fundamentals, stability, and mobility!

Favorite WOD: Christine
Favorite lift/ exercise or movement: hang power cleans, deadlifts, and double unders

Read Nic’s FULL BIO here

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Paul

Head Coach

Paul holds CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Gymnastics Certificates. He is pursuing his ACE Personal Trainer Certification. Unlike most, Paul came to Rebels with an already high level of skills and abilities. His frustration at not being able to drop the weights at a regular gym brought him to our box. And the rest is history. He’s quickly excelled to one of the box’s top athletes. Paul is an intuitive coach with great skills in teaching and correcting movement. Like all of us, he’s worked his way through what works and doesn’t, and can relate when you get “stuck” on a skill. Paul is liked by a diverse group of athletes, from young to old.

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Read Paul’s FULL BIO here

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Jaida

Lead Coach

Jaida is a CrossFit Level 1 Coach, and a gymnast extraordinaire! She is pursuing her Physical Therapy Assistant Degree at St. Pete College. Jaida is a big asset in a small package. She can be loud and demonstrative – exactly what’s needed of a good coach. Her attention to detail and caring personality make for a great coach!

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Read Jaida’s full Bio here 

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Mike (aka “House)

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House is currently active in the US Coast Guard and is a Level 1 CrossFit Coach. House has developed both a high level of skill and an affinity for the Olympic Lifts. He’s one to watch when you want to see smooth technique. He definitely excels in all things “barbell”. We’ve also found that our CrossFit Kids like Coach House a lot, too! As a Coach, House is quiet, but an all around good guy. He easily coaches the newbies, the up and comings and the competitors.

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Read House’s FULL BIO here.

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Matt (aka “Crum”)

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Matt is a Level 1 Certified CrossFit Coach and a high level competitor. Through his youth, Crum’s sport was ice hokey, which he continues to play to this day. He came to CrossFit and was immediately deemed a competition threat…already knowing how to “play hard and fast

Matt is a great, intuitive coach and not only coaches the movements and lifts expertly, but also the strategic and mental side of the sport.

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Read Matt’s FULL BIO here.

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Leigh

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Leigh is a Level 1 Certified CrossFit Coach as well as Olympic Lifting Certified through CrossFit. She is one of the greatest lovers of CrossFit at CrossFit Rebels. When you meet Leigh, you’ll immediately feel her love for CrossFit.

Leigh excels in the barbell movements and is an avid instructor on form and technique. She practices what she preaches! She’s exceptionally strong and proficient. You’ll want to have Leigh in your corner on a tough WOD… she’ll be there to push you through when you don’t think you can make it.

Favorite WOD: Eva or Badger
Favorite lift/ exercise or movement: Tie between full squat cleans and burpees.

Read Leigh’s FULL BIO here

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Matt (aka “Lilla”)

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Lilla is a CrossFit Level 1 Certified Coach with a Bachelors degree in Sociology and a certificate in Criminal Justice from UMass, Amherst. Lilla is originally from Weymouth, MA and works as a banker by day and trains as a committed, driven CrossiFtter by night. As a Massachusetts native, Lilla remains loyal to his Red Sox but will root on the Rays.Lilla’s passion for CrossFit and all that it encompasses is apparent when first talking with him or simply watching him muscle through a WOD. The guy’s got serious drive!

Favorite WOD: 300 and the Bear Complex
Favorite lift/ exercise or movement: Power Cleans and Deadlifts
Read Matt’s FULL BIO here

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Mylene (aka “Moana”)

Coach/CFR Mom/Motivator

Moana is a Physical Therapist, a Level 1 Certified CrossFit Coach and also holds a CrossFit Gymnastics Certification. Moana is best known for her vocal coaching and funny, laid back personality. Her motherly instincts kick in when it comes to allowing one to realize what their full potential is and when it comes to organizing and helping out around the box. She’s a natural coach: patient, caring, and listen intently. She’s unassuming (sneaks up on ya’ during a WOD), loves a team effort, and certainly does not believe in quitting!

Favorite WOD: Murph, Barbara and Cindy
Favorite lift/ exercise or movement:Deadlift Least, Overhead Squats with heavy weights.

Read Moana’s FULL BIO here.

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Christina

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Coach Christina is a Certified Level 1 CrossFit Coach, and a Certified CrossFit Kids Coach. Christina is an athlete and a doctor! She has been practicing for 7 years specializing in Family Medicine. She currently works in Largo, FL. Prior to Med School, Christina ran track and competed in mid distance.

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Read Christina’s FULL BIO here.

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Matt (aka “Slice”)

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Police Officer by day – CrossFit superstar by night. Slice is “returning home” to Rebels after a short hiatus. Everyone in the box cheered when he walked back through the doors! Slice has his CF Level 1 Certification, and is CF Football and CF Olympic Lifting Certified as well. Slice earned his nickname on his first day at Rebels…a missed box jump earned him not just his nickname, but stitches as well (photo in bio!). Slice, like all of our “guy coaches” possesses an uncanny knack to coach based on the athletes needs. He can break down a front squat to a newbie as well as he can fine tune the snatch of a competitor. He studies the Sport of Fitness and the element within the sport: Olympic Lifting and strength training, gymnastics and strategy. He’s a competitor, at the level of our RX+ program.

Favorite WOD: Filthy Fifty
Favorite lift/ exercise or movement: Deadlifts and Thrusters (because of his “shorter lever advantage”).

Read Slice’s FULL BIO here.

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Haylee

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Haylee is our resident badass firefighter-coach. You know when you have a female firefighter, they’re going to “capable”. She’s a competitive CrossFitters in loads, skills and performance. She competes with the RX+ athletes at Rebels. Her coaching style is quiet but confident – she’ll get you through your WOD even when you think you’re going to die.

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Read Haylee’s FULL BIO here.

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Nick

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Nick comes to Rebels as a former Hoosier and is a Crossfit Level 1 coach. He and his beautiful wife, Taylor moved from the gloomy Midwest to the sunshine state in 2012 and have been members at Rebels since. They have a big baby bull mastiff, Diesel.

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Read Nick’s FULL BIO here.

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Terry

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Terry is a Crossfit Level 1 Coach and a local native Floridian since birth. He has lived throughout the Sunshine state but eventually settled down in Clearwater with his wife, Kristin and 2 kids, Trevor and Kylie. Terry was apprehensive about first trying out Crossfit in the beginning as he was into MMA , Jiu Jitsu and globe gym workouts however he came in for his test drive at Rebels in 2013, immediately fell in love and hasn’t looked back since. Terry believes Crossfit equals a “good life” wherein he is happy knowing he’s healthy not only for himself but his family. He strives to set a “good example” for his children and believes Crossfit has prepared him to “take on any task at anytime”.

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Read Terry’s FULL BIO here.

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Trish

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Trish has been a CFR athlete since 2011. Her excitement and dedication to this sport that has made her stronger and fitter in her 6th decade of life has inspired many. The believes the variety and constant opportunity to learn keeps people in “the sport” – including her! Trish began coaching with us in 2017 as a Legends Coach.

Favorite lift: lifting is not my favorite, LOL!
Least Favorite movement: Olympic Lifts
Favorite WODs: Cindy, Diane, Chippers
Least favorite WODs: Grace (Olympic Lifts again!)

Read Trish’s FULL BIO here.

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Spencer

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Spence is a rare breed here due to the fact that he grew into the sport of CrossFit by starting young. He became one of our first CrossFit Kids athletes and matured his way into the adult classes and has pursued coaching with us as a L-1 Coach in the adult class and assists in our CrossFit Kids program.

Favorite WOD: “ANGIE”
Favorite movement: Power cleans
Least favorites: Snatch & long cardio
Spence’s ”Goat”: Handstand anything!

Read Spencer’s FULL BIO here.

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Joel

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Read Joel’s FULL BIO here.

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Dave

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Dave started his CrossFit journey in 2012.  He joined our coaching team in the fall of 2017. Dave now has a family of CrossFitters and he gets to coach his wife and 2 of their 3 kids in our CrossFit Kids program.

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Read Dave’s FULL BIO here.

Jason

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Read Jason’s FULL BIO here.

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Arbie

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Read Arbie’s FULL BIO here.

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Tiffany

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Read Jason’s FULL BIO here.