Shana Alverson :: Owner/CrossFit Level 1 Trainer/CrossFit Running & Endurance/CrossFit Olympic Lifting / CrossFit Movement & Mobility /CrossFit Kids Trainer /CrossFit Gymnastics
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In junior high, I had 2 nicknames: Shamu and Sumo.(You can see my “before photos” if you go to the post for Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008) My parents encouraged me to lose weight and I got my first gym membership when I was 15 years old. I discovered that exercise made me feel great and it, along with nutrition, became a passion. My first job teaching exercise was in 1995 and in 2003 I became certified as a personal trainer.
All my experience was with the mainstream, body-building style workouts, kickboxing and martial arts. I was a diehard, 2-hours-a-day-5-days-a-week kind of workout girl; an hour of cardio and another hour of lifting weights. Once I was introduced to Crossfit, my whole philosophy, and physique, changed. I could see a huge difference in a short amount of time. I’m now leaner, faster, stronger, more agile, happier, more energetic and more excited about fitness than ever before.
I started coaching CrossFit in 2007 and am a Level 1 Certified CrossFit trainer as well as a Level I CrossFit Running & Endurance Certified. I have truly been excited and inspired by the transformations I am seeing in people. I am amazed at the huge impact Crossfit has on peoples’ lives and my life. My clients regularly express to me that the Crossfit mentality carries over into their home and work life as well. They are able to stare down adversity and dig their heels in, and when things get tough they take a deep breath and get back in the fight.
I’m 35 now and own my own gym. I love what I do and love getting to play a part in people changing their own lives! I’m regularly silly-actin’ and also laugh at my own jokes. Harassment is a specialty of mine… don’t even think about missing a workout!
Jonathan Beckner :: Owner/CrossFit Level 1 Trainer/CrossFit Movement & Mobility
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I started CrossFit in 2008 when CFED opened its doors. I entered as a reasonably talented athlete (at least I thought so), at 155# (my weight for the past 10 years), and no real desire to make any progress. To put it bluntly, I was happy with where I was and who I was. I quickly came to find out that CrossFit East Decatur is no place for an ego and I was routinely humbled by all of the incredible athletes that frequent the gym.
My desire to become a CrossFitter was sparked at the 2009 CrossFit Games South East Regionals when I witnessed what true dedication to training can accomplish. The caliber of athlete I saw even at the regional stage was awe inspiring and I knew that I wanted to accomplish the same feats of speed, strength, and agility. The next Monday I returned from the Regional competition and set out on a “3 on/1 off” training schedule.
A few years later and several Paleo challenges under my belt, I’ve added 20 pounds to my frame, I’ve competed in local competitions as well as the 2010 CrossFit Games South East Regionals, and I’m still humbled by all of the great athletes that come to our gym.
Lauren Sandoval :: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer/CrossFit Movement & Mobility
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I found Crossfit two and a half years ago when I moved down to Orlando, Florida not knowing a soul. A friend thought I would love the work outs and hopefully make some friends. Within a few weeks I felt like I was family AND I was addicted to the work outs. I played team sports throughout high school and college and thought of myself as fit, but at 30 years old I am able to say I am the strongest, healthiest, and most confident I have been in my entire life.
As a Crossfitter I love to talk about overhead squats, how to eat healthy, and what color my next pair of lifting shoes are going to be but first thing that always comes to mind when talking about Crossfit is the community. Crossfit East Decatur is a gym where everyone knows your name, people cheer you on, and you are missed on your rest days. I enjoy being a coach at CFED helping people reach their goals and being a motivator but most of all I love being a member of the CFED community.
Damon Mosley:: CrossFit Level 2 Trainer/CrossFit Movement & Mobility
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Damon Mosley is a Level 2 CrossFit Coach, and has been teaching CrossFit since June 2007. Damon has a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Physiology from GA Southern University and is also an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.). After experimenting and teaching various types of exercise programs, Damon discovered CrossFit in February of ’07. He jumped into the HQ Program feet first and has not looked back since. Damon has accumulated nearly 11 years of experience in coaching and programming and has worked with a wide range of individuals, from pro athletes to grandmothers. He strongly believes that any and all individuals seeking improved fitness, can find it with CrossFit. Damon is not a competitor, but has worked several local (and not so local) CrossFit competitions as a Judge, including the 2010 and 2011 CrossFit Games in Carson, CA.
Joe Winterscheidt:: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer/CrossFit Kids/CrossFit Olympic Lifting
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The first time I stepped in to a gym, I was 14 years old, less than 100 pounds, and tired of having sand kicked in my face. I immediately enjoyed the exercise and saw the results. Fast forward twenty-something years to when a friend casually directed me to the CrossFit website. All over again, I was hooked. This time; however, it was for the competitive drive to improve myself and sheer overall fitness.
I’ve spent much of my adult life focusing on kids and on exercise. While teaching at Decatur High School for 10 years, I also head coached their wrestling team. I built strong ties to my wrestlers and saw the effects that hard work, discipline and athletics put in their lives. After I stopped teaching, I coached a kids’ wrestling club out of Lakeside High School and had a lot of fun with this for over six years.
Eventually, I put two of my favorite things together and got my CrossFit Kids Certification. I’m excited to be teaching this incredible sport to the CFED brood and look forward to forging future fitness.