Our Coaches have certifications in Olympic Lifting, Crossfit, Personal Training, and Nutrition

— as well as lengthy backgrounds in sports and performance


Photo Credit: Mark Probst

Photo Credit: Mark Probst

Kristen Markel, Owner/Head Coach

USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, Crossfit Level 1, Donny Shankle Certified, RN BSN

Kristen grew up playing sports with her older brothers. It turned into Varsity swimming, skiing, crew, and softball. Her relay teams garnered state titles and records and she was honored with an All-American swimming title. She picked up running in college but had to stop when she got a stress fracture in her shin. A friend introduced her to CrossFit in 2012 and she never looked back. Working as a travel nurse meant a new location every few months and the built in support from the crossfit community that she found, even when new to a gym, gave her a solid foundation no matter where she went.

Kristen became certified as a CrossFit L-1 coach in early 2013, then USA Weightlifting sports coach in 2014, and finally as NASM Personal Trainer in 2015, all the while attending seminars (such as Outlaw and Donny Shankle) to increase her knowledge. Her bachelors degree as a RN gives her in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and nutrition. When home, she works with her mother who is in her 70's because she thinks that nobody is too old to get fit! She has a passion for eating well, exercising, and having fun. Her motto is "safety first" while in the gym but if you're not having fun you're not doing it right! Ask her about her new favorite recipe.


Photo Credit: Mark probst

Photo Credit: Mark probst

Beaux Blackwood, Owner/Head Coach

Crossfit Level 1, Cal Strength Certified

Born and raised in New Orleans, Beaux grew up playing football and baseball. He started wrestling in 7th grade, going on to become one of the top wrestlers in the state by the end of High School. While interning under the Athletic Trainer he started a powerlifting program at his college, performing the programming and coaching as well as competing. He qualified for the American Open in Weightlifting in 2015 and is currently training for the 2016 Open. 

Beaux became Crossfit L-1 certified in late 2013, followed by CalStrength Weightlifting certified in early 2014, and finally NASM Personal Trainer in 2015. It has always been his dream to be a personal trainer, and he could be found in the gym from a young age trying to look like Arnold. He has a passion for being physically fit, chest squats, and good beer. Ask him how to get an amazing bicep pump.


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Jared Mata, Coach

Crossfit Level 1, BS in Kinesiology

Jared specializes in Sports Training, taking athletes to the next level of performance within football, baseball, and soccer. When he is not competing at Crossfit, look for him on the pitcher's mound in the men's fastball league!