Athletics have always been part of my life. CrossFit is now my life. The camaraderie any CrossFitter feels in their box is ubiquitous and inexpressible. When I see someone push through pain when they want to quit, and they give one more rep when they thought they physically couldn’t, they begin to realize that their mental limitations are far beyond where they originally thought. That’s powerful. And it is that powerful moment that keeps me coming back for more. I am enamored with burpees, squats, and heavy cleans, but despise rowing and thrusters. I am a cookie monster, relish Boston Cream donuts, and consume Sour Patch Kids habitually. -Bachelor of the Arts, University of Pittsburgh -Master of Education, Chatham University
OWNER, HEAD COACH, CF-L2 TRAINER
CrossFit found me in 2017 and Renegade Training has always been my home. I started CrossFit with the goal to get in shape and over the years developed a particular passion for weightlifting. As a coach, I’m full of enthusiasm and zest! It’s incredible to watch our members achieve their goals and try new things. I really enjoy introducing new workout components and challenging our membership. Outside of the gym, I am a school social worker for Pittsburgh Public Schools and coach middle school cross country. I’m originally from Colorado and enjoy everything outdoors!
OPERATIONS DIRECTOR, CF-L1 TRAINER
I am a former Division I swimmer (Rider University, 2017) turned CrossFit enthusiast. I started CrossFit in undergrad to train in the off season and instantly feel in love with it. During the summer of 2018 I decided I wanted to be a coach. I coach CrossFit because I love helping people achieve their athletic goals. As a coach there are few things as rewarding as helping someone accomplish a feat of athleticism that they could not do the day before. Intervals on any cardio machine are my favorite but I have learned to enjoy snatches and ring muscle ups. I am always down for a good race on the rower! Currently I am pursuing my PhD at Pitt studying volcanology on Earth, Mars, and Venus. I hold two bachelor’s degrees from Rider University, one in Geoscience and the other in Marine Science.
Chris joined his first CrossFit affiliate in August 2013 after performing workouts in his graduate school gym for over a year. He was always involved in competitive sports from baseball and tennis to competitive ski racing in college, but never felt comfortable or energized inside the walls of a traditional gym. Once he found group fitness, that quickly changed. As an engineer and former college professor, Chris enjoys breaking down movements into fundamental components to help members understand how to move efficiently, effectively, and safely. He appreciates that everyone learns differently and is eager to find a coaching methodology that helps each member achieve their personal goals.
I am a former Pitt Swimming (graduated 2020) and started doing CrossFit in 8th grade to help me become more powerful in the pool. I fell in love with the sport when I was immersed in a community that challenged me beyond just fitness. I love CrossFit because it allows me to be competitive while still supporting others through their own goals. I am excited to be a coach at Renegade Training because this community emulates athleticism and community. My favorite CrossFit movements are snatches, wall balls, thrusters, and weighted box step-overs. I am excited to help you achieve whatever goals you have in the gym and in life. Approach me anytime. Outside of training, I am in graduate school for Audiology. I love dogs, nature, and seltzer water. Kelly Clarkson is the greatest vocalist of our time, and you cannot convince me otherwise.