Our Trainers

Anne Marie Wilson

Trainer

OLGA JAMES »

Trainer

OLGA JAMES

Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?

January 1, 2013 – Big New Years Resolution!

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I have always been an athlete and someone that prioritizes fitness in life.  I grew up being  a swimmer and continued on to be a collegiate swimmer at the Division I level.  Having swimming in my life taught me how to work hard and manage my time, which is one the main reasons I love CrossFit so much.  After having kids, I wanted to get back into shape but efficiently and crossfit is perfect for that!

Why did you become a Trainer?

I love coaching and the competitive atmosphere of crossfit.  Being a crossfit coach is personally fulfilling for me because I love being able to help people succeed!

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?
Power Clean!

What is your favorite cheat food?
Any and all desserts!

What is your favorite superhero and why?
I don’t really know anything about superheroes!  Maybe Michael Phelps, he’s super human! Lol

Qualifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

M.S. in Sport Management

SHYLA RUSSELL

Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2011

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

Prior to crossfit, I’d mostly just worked out to “burn calories” and fit into my clothes. I had started teaching at a new school and our PE teacher was a CF games competitor, and just overall awe inspiring.  After a month or two, she convinced me to go and try it, and even though I had to scale everything, and couldn’t even do a push up from my knees, I was hooked.  Fun fact: I STILL can’t RX the first WOD I did – stupid ring dips!

Why did you become a trainer?

I love watching people find their personal strengths and accomplishing things they didn’t think they could do. My absolute favorite thing is the smile that breaks out when someone PRs or finishes something they are proud of.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Box Jumps

What is your favorite cheat food?

Vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes because he overcame adversity with the help of his friends, he’s a great example of classical conditioning for my psychology students (; And because my daughter wants to be him.

Qualifications:

Level 1 CrossFit Trainer

CrossFit Kids Trainer

ALAN FRYE »

Full Armor Teens

ALAN FRYE

Full Armor Teens

ASHLEY NISBET

Trainer

When did you start CrossFit?

2010

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I’ve always wanted to live a healthy lifestyle after suffering from severe low self-esteem growing up but when stepping into a gym, I was lost among the equipment.  A friend recommended CrossFit while living in Japan and ever since that day, I fell in love!

Why did you become a trainer?

I became a CrossFit Trainer because CrossFit opened up a passion inside me to help others, especially women, feel proud and confident no matter the number on the scale.  Also, that strong is beautiful!

What’s your favorite Crossfit movement?

My favorite CrossFit movement is either Power Cleans or Burpees.

What is your favorite cheat food?

I am a sucker for anything sweet so that is definitely my cheat food.

What’s your favorite superhero and why?

Favorite super hero is Batman because he trains hard and kicks butt without super human abilities.

 

Qualifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED Certified

Associates Degree in Health and Fitness Science

MATT DERFLER »

Trainer

MATT DERFLER

Trainer

What year did you start CrossFit?

2008 in Iraq.  First box was CrossFit RVA in Richmond, VA.

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

Because I was overweight and out of shape.

Why did you become a trainer?

I love teaching people and felt I could help others find CrossFit and enjoy it as much as I do.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?

Handstand Push-ups.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Mac N’ Cheese

What is your favorite Super Hero and why?

Iron Man – I enjoy sarcasm and thus far he has been the most sarcastic.

 

 

Qualifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

CF Powerlifting

JON VEITCH »

Trainer

JON VEITCH

Trainer

Kelsey Bowman »

The Grind and Full Armor Teens

Kelsey Bowman

The Grind and Full Armor Teens

Aubrey Cornwell »

Trainer and 611 Kids Ignite Coach

Aubrey Cornwell

Trainer and 611 Kids Ignite Coach

MANDIE WINTERS »

Trainer and Nutrition Coach

MANDIE WINTERS

Trainer and Nutrition Coach

What year did you start CrossFit?  

I started CrossFit in 2015.

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I was athletic (a cheerleader) in middle school and high school.  After having my second baby I did not like my body and I felt very “out of shape.”  I started workout videos at home to get my pre-baby body back.  About a year after having my son, a friend finally convinced me to try out CrossFit. I came to one Saturday Community WOD and LOVED it!

Why did you become a trainer?

I became a trainer because 1) I LOVE CrossFit 611.  it is like my home away from home.  A day without being at 611 is a rough day.  I also became a trainer because 2) I LOVE CrossFit, 3) because I want to help other people love CrossFit too, 4) to help people reach their goals, and 5) to build a healthy community.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?

My favorite CrossFit movements are pull-ups and toes-to-bar.

What is your favorite cheat food?

My favorite cheat food is Mexican food!!!  Yum!!!

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

I’m not really a big superhero person but if I’m going to pick someone that is superhero-like it would be Daenerys Targaryen. She’s timid and naive at first but comes into her own and kick’s butt!

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifications:

Level 1 CrossFit Trainer

STUART MCKECHNIE

Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?
2016
Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?
I’ve played sports since a very young age and they have always been a big part of my life. I enjoy the process of learning new skills and gradually trying to become better at something every day. CrossFit was something that appealed to me because I realized that it would be a never ending journey of trying to raise my fitness to the next level and it could never become boring since every workout is different.
Why did you become a trainer?
I have a background in golf instruction and college coaching, where I enjoyed analyzing different techniques and finding ways to make them better. Once I started CrossFit, I knew that it was something I could enjoy as a career by helping people who are serious about their health and fitness reach their goals. It has also given me the privilege to meet people from all walks of life.
What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?
Running (does that count??), rowing, double-unders…anything cardio.
What is your favorite cheat food?
Duck Donuts
What’s your favorite Superhero and why?
Star-Lord (from Guardians of the Galaxy) because he has great taste in music!

Qualifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Exercise Science
Titleist Performance Institute Level 2 Certified Coach

ELYSE WOODS »

Trainer

ELYSE WOODS

Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2013

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

In college the elliptical was my JAM! I thought I was doing awesome hitting 300 calories on there, haha. My love for fitness/ wellness transformed while I was in college, I became active in intramural sports, started running, coached a high school cheerleading team and assisted with a fitness program for elementary aged youth. Our body’s are these AMAZING machines and I love learning and implementing concepts that lead to a more fit and healthy lifestyle. When I graduated college and moved back home I figured I’d try out this “CrossFit” thing. As the story goes, I LOVED IT! It felt really good to see myself improve and know that it’s because of my hard work and dedication, no such thing as luck in CrossFit.

Why did you become a trainer?

I love the idea of helping others better themselves; being able to help someone accomplish a goal or learn a new skill brings me so much joy. I also hope to be a role model to young girls, I want them to know that being strong is awesome and whatever athletic ability, shape or size you are – you’re a rockstar. A healthy lifestyle is so fun and gratifying and I want everyone to love it just as much as I do!

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Deadlifts and Power Cleans!

What is your favorite cheat food?

Ice Cream 🙂 🙂 and PIZZA

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Batman, because the movies are the best!

Qualifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Bachelors of Science in Exercise & Sport Science from Radford University

MATT WILSON »

Trainer

MATT WILSON

Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2013

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)? 

I grew up playing sports and always enjoyed the competitive aspect that comes with it. Fitness played a large role in my life while serving in the Marine Corps, but it wasn’t until after I got out that I started doing Crossfit. I was immediately hooked with the competitive environment that it provided, not only with others, but with myself as well. Additionally, the community that is inherent in Crossfit is something hard to find elsewhere.

Why did you become a trainer? 

Like many others, after starting Crossfit I became extremely passionate about it. I was constantly absorbing as much information as possible from my coaches and then continuing to research in order to better understand what I was doing and why. As I progressed, I found myself assisting others in classes, and combined with my previous work instructing in the military, felt that I would want to become a trainer and continue to train others in a group setting.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement? 

Overhead squats and double unders.

What is your favorite cheat food? 

Pizza Friday!

What’s your favorite Superhero and why? 

Wolverine – strong, fast, and has his recovery dialed in.

Qualifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

SHAWN DOOLEY »

Owner/Trainer

SHAWN DOOLEY

Owner/Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2013

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I’ve played sports all my life but didn’t start lifting weights until I joined the military. My typical workout included machines and free weights with no real program other than back & bis, chest and triceps, and squats and calfs on Fridays. I had no idea what I was doing back then but I thought, if everyone else is doing it must work. What I didn’t like about it… it was boring. I started playing volleyball and basketball more frequently to avoid going to the gym. Then I forced myself to “enjoy” running. All that being said, I never really looked forward to working out.

But all of the sudden my active lifestyle came to an abrupt halt when I suffered Sudden Cardiac Death on the basketball court. I had an implantable cardiac defibrillator installed in my chest and was afraid to do more than a light jog. For five years after my incident I had gained weight and lost all motivation to exercise. My neighbor introduced me to my first CrossFit workout in 2012. I loved it because it was like nothing I had ever done and I could go at my own pace. I was able to build up my stamina over time and became more fit in my 40’s than I was in my 20’s. CrossFit has changed my life and I see myself doing WODs for long after I retire.

Why did you become a trainer?

Well we started off a little backwards in our journey. My wife and loved CrossFit and the Community and we were looking at an opportunity for a business. The first step of course was getting our Level 1 and putting some coaching time under our belt. It started off as just a stepping stone to our ultimately goal of being a gym owner but we found that we truly love being CrossFit trainers. The impact you are able to have when coaching people you consider your friends is more than rewarding. Watching your athletes become stronger and faster, watching them grow as a member of the community, and being their when they achieve their first double-under or first toes to bar, just makes our hearts warm.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Over head squats and double-unders.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Chocolate chip cookie dough

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

My favorite Superhero is Captain America. He stands for something greater than himself.

Qualifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

USAW Sports Performance Certificate

BECKY DOOLEY »

Owner/Trainer

BECKY DOOLEY

Owner/Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I’ve always been active, but life really got in the way of me being “fit” when I turned 40. My husband “dragged” me to the neighbor’s garage to do a CrossFit workout about 3 years ago. One workout and I couldn’t wait for the next one. It’s been fun watching my body transform and my strength increase. I love that my kids come to me for advice about workouts, eating healthy and getting stronger.

Why did you become a trainer?

CrossFit community and safety. CrossFit community starts the moment someone enters our gym. Being a trainer helps me to get to know athletes and to help them find their place in our community. My background is in nursing, so safety is important to me. Being a trainer allows me to teach, encourage and practice safe movements. Besides, teaching is the best way to learn!

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Handstand Pushups

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza and Doughnuts

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Wonder Woman – no explanation needed;)

Qualifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

CrossFit Scaling Course Certificate

COURTENEY KALYTA

Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I’ve always been into fitness someway or another whether it be high school sports or a figure show. I became very interested in CrossFit when someone challenged me to my first WOD at a “golds gym” type place…when that kicked my butt, I found the challenge addicting and here I am today!

Why did you become a trainer?

I started CrossFit with an amazing coach who got our team to regionals. I saw what he did for athletes day in and day out and he once told me I could easily do what he does because it comes natural to me…with a teacher, fitness group instructor, and outgoing background it did seem to fit.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

SNATCH, snatch, SNATCH!!! I also love handstand walks and overhead squats…basically anything overhead

What is your favorite cheat food?

Ice cream!! Pumpkin ice cream with ginger snaps crumbled on top!!

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Wonder Woman… duh! Because she’s Wonder……woman!!

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

LAURA ELDER »

Olympic Lifting Trainer

LAURA ELDER

Olympic Lifting Trainer

What year did you start Olympic Lifting?

2009

Why did you get into fitness?

I have been involved in some sort of athletics since I was 5 years old. I can’t imagine any other way.

Why did you become a trainer?

I started working as an official in weightlifting and gradually moved into coaching. I discovered that I loved teaching people and watching them improve.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Thruster

What is your favorite cheat food?

Mexican food

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Wonder Woman because I grew up watching the tv show

Qualifications:

  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Cert

KELLY CARP »

611 Kids Ignite Coach

KELLY CARP

611 Kids Ignite Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2008

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I have always participated in and enjoyed fitness. I love all sports and quickly appreciated how well rounded CrossFit is and how it prepares me for whatever endeavor I try next!

Why did you become a trainer?

I have been a RN since 2008, focusing primarily on the pediatric population. Our children are our future. I love having the ability to promote a healthy lifestyle and to teach and encourage children to be leaders in our community..all while having fun!

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Cleans

What is your favorite cheat food?

Everything

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Wonder Woman- the perfect blend of a warrior and grace…. All while rocking a tiara.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Trainer

ROB EVANS »

Trainer

ROB EVANS

Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2005

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I’ve always been extremely competitive, so naturally that would extend to the world of fitness. It didn’t take long for me to drink the Kool-Aid and join the community once CrossFit hit the scene. Of course, these days I’m just competing with the younger version of myself and trying to stave off old age for as long as possible.

Why did you become a trainer?

I love to help people and fitness is my passion. I saw the need for trainers in my box and decided to stop just being a participant and start paying it forward.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

I love/hate burpees

What is your favorite cheat food?

I’m a sucker for ice cream!

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Superman is my favorite hero because he isn’t just super strong but he’s also super smart. Plus the ability to fly and x-ray vision? Super cool.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • IFTA Certified Personal Trainer
  • Group Exercise Instructor

ANNA VINSON »

611 Kids Ignite Coach

ANNA VINSON

611 Kids Ignite Coach

What year did you start CrossFit?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I have always been active and involved in sports (soccer was my jam), but as an adult I found it hard to find a workout routine I enjoyed as much as playing sports.  CrossFit was the perfect fit.  It was fun and competitive like sports are and the community was also there like when you are on a team.  It also never gets old.  There is always a new skill to learn or an area that can be improved upon.

Why did you become a trainer?

With living in Germany for several years and not always having a box to be a part of  and also moving a lot with the military, I wanted to have the skill set to be able to coach myself when needed and make sure I was using good form.  I also always found others who wanted to work on CrossFit or lifting skills but didn’t have a box at the time either.  Getting my L1 enabled me to train myself and also feel capable training others if they needed it.  I was also asked by a friend to help her coach a CF Kids class while in Germany and ended up discovering it was something I really loved and enjoyed.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?

My favorite CrossFit movement is Pull-ups and really anything that involved the rig in general (toes 2 bar, bar muscle ups, etc).

What is your favorite cheat food?

My favorite cheat food is anything Asian.  I’m a sucker for fried rice and Pad Thai.

What is your favorite Super Hero and why?

Can my favorite Super Hero be a Jedi?  I just really like Star Wars.

 

Qualifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer

Ignite Trainer