CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Sports Nutrition Specialist, CrossFit Kettlebell Instructor, NASM CPT-CES, Sports Performance Nutrition Educator, CrossFit Nutrition, Weight Management Instructor, Master Chef , Blauer Tactical Systems Personal Defense Readiness Coach, Co-Owner
Chef’s life is food and fitness and he is among the happiest food science and functional fitness nerds around. Knowing full well being an ‘expert’ means ‘knowing more and more about less and less’ he considers himself unduly blessed with the good fortune to have taught Advanced Sports Nutrition, train trainers and clients and spread the gospel of Applied Functional Fitness on three continents.
After starting CrossFit in 2005 as his training of personal and professional choice, he ran headlong into all things CrossFit as quickly as his feet could carry him only to discover the one thing more fun than doing CrossFit is coaching CrossFit. Chef maintains a simple motto, “We want you to know not just HOW to do what you need to do, but WHY you need to do it, you need to empowered by knowledge.”
As far as training? “If it’s heavy? Pick it up an move it as fast as you can, as long as you can. Then eat well, rest well, live well, laugh loud, then do it all again: heavier, farther and faster. Simple, isn’t it?”
Suggestion Box: If you hear the phrase ‘Cheat Night’ within a ten meter radius of Chef, be sure to keep your hands away from it’s mouth.
Co-Owner, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Kettlebell Instructor, Blauer Tactical Systems Personal Defense Readiness Coach
Avid athlete from the land of our favorite Fittest Woman on Earth, Hrönn played team soccer and European handball and has been and active athlete most of her life.
After her first exposure to CrossFit, she was sure she found what she was looking for; the fantastic workout, the exciting tension of competition and the incredible sense of accomplishment one gets after completing a workout that pushed your limits had her hooked.
Hrönn stresses that nothing can come before proper form, that from form comes confidence and from confidence comes strength . “You can not learn it unless it’s light, but it will never make sense to your body until it’s too heavy to do it wrong.”
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Coaches Prep, Blauer Tactical Systems Personal Defense Readiness Coach
While enlisted in the U.S. Army, Jason was injured in an artillery accident which resulted in the loss of his left leg below the knee. While trying to recover from his injuries, his sedentary lifestyle from his youth crept back and he gained nearly 50 lbs. Not content with the easy road, Jason got back in the gym and worked his way back to running shape again in 2008. After years of weight fluctuations and mediocre results in the gym, Jason discovered CrossFit in 2010 after receiving an email from a friend with a list of WODs. Immediately addicted to the intense workouts and their results, he performed CrossFit on his own before joining a gym in August 2011.
Jason quickly became a source of personal information for other amputees looking to get in shape and learn CrossFit and Olympic Lifting. As a volunteer coach at CrossFit Walter Reed, Jason trains Wounded Warriors and works on program outreach to the Wounded Warrior community. “I get such a euphoric high from seeing Wounded Warriors push past their injuries and discover that they can work out with minor tweaks in range of motion or small modifications in movements.”
As a family man, Jason is raising his two fire breathing children with his wife, Rachel. When not crossfitting, he enjoys rucking, running, loud angry music and routinely hides in the bushes and runs down prey for his dinner.
Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears. -Marcus Aurelius
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2), NSCA CPT, ACSM CPT, CrossFit Nutrition
Laura has been coaching athletics in some capacity since 2006. Since receiving her CrossFit Level 1 in 2007, she has been a CrossFit coach, affiliate owner, and Games competitor (2009, 2010).
In her varied travels, working with all levels of athletes, Laura says,
“I have found that regardless of someone’s athletic experience, and regardless of whether they owned a gym or had a wall full of certifications, they NEEDED HELP LEARNING HOW TO MOVE CORRECTLY.
I have coached, I have competed, I have made it to the Games twice and I have been around the sport long enough to be able to provide useful advice and feedback. I know each year brings stiffer competition and more daunting challenges. Want to try and get there? I can help. Just want to be a better mover and pick up your kids without hurting yourself? I can help with that,
Laura brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to the CrossFit Rubicon family and we are thrilled to have her on board.
Coach Kendra R.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Crossfit Gymnastics
Kendra describes her experience with CrossFit as transformative. She discovered CrossFit later in life and her one regret is that she didn’t try it sooner. However, she is thrilled to be fitter at 39 than she was at 19.
Growing up, Kendra says she was an average athlete; a gymnast through her high school years and an avid ultimate frisbee player in college. Post-college, she played ultimate for a while, but eventually got busy with life, marriage and raising three kids.
Fitness was not her main priority, and her lifestyle and body composition reflected it. Her husband (Coach Mike) was an enthusiastic proponent of CrossFit, but she deemed it “too weird and too intense”.
She dabbled with traditional gyms and other fitness programs but saw no real results. Eventually, she got sick of feeling miserable about herself and decided to “give this CrossFit thing a try.” Her first WOD was exhausting and terrifying. But also exhilarating. The intensity told her she was finally taking a meaningful step towards regaining control over her life and her health. She was hooked from the first WOD and has never looked back.
She says, “My time at Rubicon has transformed not just my body but my whole life. It changed my eating habits, my self-confidence, even my outlook on life. I used to only care about ‘losing weight’ – now I am focused on being stronger, faster and living life to the fullest.”
She’s a big believer in the power of eating clean and working hard and looks forward to helping others discover their inner-athlete.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Crossfit KettleBell
Who names their workouts anyway? And how could a workout innocuously named “Fran” be so life changing?
Several years ago, a co-worker challenged Mike to try a Crossfit workout called Fran. How bad could it be? It was only 95lbs of 21-15-9 thrusters and pull-ups. 19 minutes later, Mike knew it was the worst and best workout he’d ever had. And thus began Mike’s love affair with Crossfit.
For two years, he spent his lunch hour completing the daily WOD posted on Crossfit.com. In 2009, he earned his Level 1 certification and his desire to coach grew. At his company’s fitness center, he began coaching anyone who would listen and started a Saturday morning workout in his neighborhood. Eventually, he found his way to Rubicon and is now happily instructing with and receiving coaching from the best in the business.
Sometime he thinks Chef keeps him around just to say to potential new members, “If that skinny middle-aged guy can complete the workouts, you can too.” He looks forward to getting faster and stronger, as well as helping the Rubicon family do the same. He is convinced that anyone can pursue the shape of their life at any age – including you!