Dave received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from The George Washington University. He competed on a nationally-ranked co-ed cheerleading squad during college, but has since traded partner stunts and pyramids for cleans, snatches, and pullups….lots and lots of pullups. After nearly 20 years of weight training, CrossFit showed him what fitness is really all about.
After spending nearly 15 years in the traditional commercial fitness industry in major markets like New York and Washington, DC, 11 of those with the biggest “big box” gym there is, Dave is excited to share his passion for CrossFit and the real fitness it brings to anyone who wants to listen.
Ami hails from the the Outer Banks where she grew up playing all kinds of sports as a kid: soccer, roller hockey, and softball. After having her first child, she lost touch with her athletic instincts and developed a rather unhealthy lifestyle. At 5’2”, she weighed in at over 200 lbs. in the years following.
However, after beating cancer in 2010, Ami knew it was time to get healthy - and stay healthy. She managed to shed some pounds on her own at various Globo gyms, but she still found that working out was a chore.
Ami was introduced to CrossFit Durham in 2012. After her first Bootcamp, she was hooked. The camaraderie, the Coaches, and the programming were everything she wanted and more. She is excited to share her passion for the sport of CrossFit and to help others reach their own personal fitness goals.
Basil grew up in Maryland and spent his free time mountain biking, mountain boarding, and snowboarding. During and after high school he had a brief career as a professional snowboarder both teaching and competing in local events. Basil received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and currently works for a local engineering firm.
Basil has enjoyed being part of the CrossFit Durham community since it opened and knows he has became stronger and healthier due to both the CrossFit programming and the excellent coaching staff. Basil is a recent cancer survivor, and found the CrossFit Durham Community to be a wonderful resource of support, nutrition, and alternative therapy during his treatment. He looks forward to pushing athletes as they encounter challenges and helping them reach their wellness goals.
Becca grew up playing sports of all kinds with her family in North Carolina, but found a special love for soccer as a kid. She went on to play for Greensboro College, where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administrations and Economics.
When she’s not helping manage her family’s construction company or chasing her kids around the local park, you can find her squeezing in a WOD at CrossFit Durham. Being a busy mother of two means that Becca cannot devote more than a few hours to training each week. She loves that CrossFit has allowed her to make great gains without wasting her valuable time on non-effective programming.
Becca hopes to help every athlete get a great workout and achieve their long term fitness goals. It makes her happy to be part of a program that is accessible to athletes of all ages, skill level, and experience. Besides CrossFit, Becca and her family enjoy staying active and healthy by playing soccer, volleyball, and many other sports.
A native of North Carolina, Chad received his Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2009 and was trained by Duke Integrative Medicine to become an Integrative Health Coach. He played collegiate soccer and was also a college mascot.
Chad began his CrossFit journey in 2010 and has been in love with it ever since. He CrossFits for many reasons, including to stay active and healthy, for the Community, and to become a better dancer. As a nurse, he currently works in a childhood obesity clinic. He measures how well his day has been by the number of smiles he's given and received!
A three season athlete, Charlotte played field hockey, basketball, and softball from 7th through 12th grade ultimately focusing on her field hockey career as a Goalkeeper year round. She trained on the North Carolina Tar Devils club team and at weekend and summer Olympic Development programs where she was recruited by D1 programs and committed to the Yale Bulldogs. Her first day of preseason on the Yale Field Hockey team started with a 1RM Hang Squat Clean - she has been addicted to Olympic Weightlifting ever since.
Charlotte was first introduced to CrossFit when a Rugby coach brought barbells and plates to the pitch. The workout was "Nancy" (5 rounds of 400 meter run and 15 OHS), and it was meant to be a warm up. The barbell was empty, but the workout was shockingly hard and humbling.
In 2011 she attended her first free intro to CrossFit class at CrossFit NYC and was immediately chugging the Kool-Aid. After a few years of training, she earned her Level 1 in January 2014 and completed the Apprentice Coaching program with Bowery CrossFit in NYC.
After 5 years of hustle in the big city, Charlotte has settled back in NC and landed a position with Counter Culture Coffee's HQ in Durham. As a Coach at CFD she hopes to give athletes one hour a day they can be proud of, no matter what else is happening in their lives.
Cindy grew up on a farm in central North Carolina. She was involved in many activities, but her favorite was dance. After college in the Triangle, she and her husband, David, moved to Chicago for graduate school and ended up staying there. Cindy, David, and their four children subsequently moved to southeastern Connecticut, where they lived until returning to Durham two years ago.
Over the years, Cindy’s active lifestyle took a backseat to raising her family. In 2008, feeling unhappy with her weight and lack of physical activity, she joined a bootcamp class and rediscovered her passion for exercise. The following year, her coach encouraged her to try CrossFit and one class was all it took.
Cindy became a CrossFit Level I trainer in February 2011 and taught both CrossFit and Bootcamp classes in Connecticut until moving to Durham two years ago. She continued her training and one-on-one coaching, but a shoulder injury kept her out of the gym. Following reconstructive surgery last year, Cindy decided to return to the gym to help her rehab and has been thrilled with her CrossFit Durham experience.
Cindy enjoys working with people at all different levels of fitness. She is committed to helping each and every individual she coaches find their own unique inspiration for a healthy lifestyle.
Colbey has a BA in English and French from the University of Florida and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Washington. She was an associate professor at York College in Pennsylvania before moving to the Triangle to direct an interdisciplinary consumer research consortium at NC State.
Colbey started working out at CrossFit York in May 2011. Before that, she was a group fitness instructor at a gym in Pennsylvania, teaching classes in both Body Pump (weight lifting) and Body Flow (yoga and pilates). She also taught a thirty minute core fitness class that focused on abdominal strength. These classes were all fun to do and teach, but her first Crossfit WOD, Grace, was more than fun. It was punishing, and thrilling. She's been coming back for more ever since.
CrossFit has taught Colbey to trust that she can do much more than her mind may be telling her she can do. But yoga, which she has continued to practice since starting CrossFit, reminds her to pay equal attention when her body is asking her to treat it a little gently. Her fitness mantra, totally stolen from some LA celebrity trainer she read about in a magazine, works equally well for CrossFit, yoga, and life: "You have to try something you've never done before to get what you've never had before." Also useful: "If you ever drop your keys into a river of molten lava, let 'em go, because man, they're gone."
Dan has been involved in sports nearly his entire life. Being in a very active family he played mainly soccer and basketball, but also swam competitively and threw discus and shot put in high school. During college he played club rugby and soccer.
During high school, Dan was introduced to strength training by one of his high school teachers and has been pursuing strength sports since. He started out in powerlifting and strongman, but ultimately ended up as a weightlifter after being introduced to the awesome sport by his mentor and masters world champion Kenneth Moore who also trained with the 1964 olympic weightlifting team. He has had the honor of being able to train with Jon "The Champ" North and under the guidance of Travis Mash his friend and coach.
Dan has a BA in Technical Theatre. He is also a certified firefighter, EMT-Intermediate, and CPR certified. He currently serves as a firefighter for the City of Durham.
Doug earned his Bachelors of Exercise Sports Science from the University of North Carolina. He ran competitive Track and Cross Country for UNC specializing in the 800 meter event, and severely missed the camaraderie and benefits from training in a group environment.
After searching for the right type of workouts for nearly 10 years, he finally found CrossFit and was hooked immediately.
Even after nearly 3 years, Doug is still constantly surprised by the challenges that CrossFit workouts bring to even seasoned fitness veterans, and loves the fact that the workouts can still produce sore muscles, no matter your fitness level.
Einar hold a BS in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University and currently works as a Principal Manufacturing Engineer for a local medical device company. A native of Los Angeles CA, Einar’ s relationship with sports such as swimming, tennis, and various martial arts started at an early age and continued into adulthood.
After working in the high stress environment of Silicon Valley he decided to get married, change jobs and moved to Durham in 2006 settling into life of zero physical activity. After being involved in a serious car accident and learning that his cholesterol was at extraordinarily “high risk” levels, Einar decided to look for an alternative to get healthy and discovered CrossFit in 2012. Six months later he was given a clean bill of health.
Early on during his CrossFit journey Einar recognized the importance of stretching and proper movement patterns in preventing injuries. He also learned the influence of proper nutrition and rest in athletic performance, and applies these principles into his coaching style. His main goal as a coach is to safeguard the health and longevity of each athlete by enforcing proper technique, in a fun and encouraging way.
Joe grew up enjoying many sports as a kid in his native South Carolina, but found his place in the swimming pool, where he was a highly competitive swimmer throughout high school. He went on to attend the University of South Carolina where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Sports and Entertainment Management.
After college, Joe toiled away in the restaurant business for many years, doing every job one can do while immersing himself into an unhealthy lifestyle. He discovered CrossFit in a somewhat random occurrence at a local gym in 2013, and has not looked back since. This experience has been life-changing and influential in his life.
Joe hopes to help everyone he coaches enjoy their time spent in the gym, while working towards their long term goals. His favorite part of CrossFit Durham is the camaraderie and friendships that he’s built and maintained, and wants to ensure that every member has a chance to build the bonds that last longer than just their time inside the gym.
Katie received her PhD in Toxicology from UNC Chapel Hill, and now works as a toxicologist for Bayer CropScience in Research Triangle Park. Endurance running, including half-marathons and marathons, were the complement to long hours in the lab and at a desk throughout her training years. But, her physique and energy for life in general started to go downhill despite constant training. Katie decided to try Crossfit in 2012 with the hopes of greater fitness through varied training.
Katie believes that Crossfit is a prescription for improving both mental and physical health, and takes to heart the concept that Crossfit is based on "infinitely scalable" movements. She loves the unique combination of bodyweight and barbell movements, the feeling of sweaty accomplishment, and challenging others to feel the same adrenaline rush of finding their best effort. Katie believes that with steady investment in the program, anyone can achieve greater physical fitness, likely beyond what they thought possible!
Katy grew up an active kid in West Lafayette, IN swimming and playing soccer. An active member of both the cheerleading squad and the dance squad in high school, Katy’s passion for fitness started to wane in college. In 2009 her fitness spark was revived when she discovered powerlifting at a local gym in Indiana as a way to stay fit and burn off the stress that went with owning her own custom cake and cupcake bakery.
She moved to the Triangle in 2012 after meeting her husband. She has done both CrossFit and API Caveman training since she moved to the Triangle area, but her passion has become Olympic Weightlifting training and coaching. Katy loves seeing the smiles and hearing the shouts of joy that happen every time someone PRs a lift or shaves time off their work out, especially in the one on one environment that is the Olympic Weightlifting platform.
When she’s not in the gym lifting all the things and helping athletes at CrossFit Durham do the same she can be found building Star Wars Lego sets or being awesome in some other perfectly geek way.
As a transplant from the Northeast, Lori boxed for over 10 years… “which I feel physically and mentally prepared me for both barbell work and CrossFit, where the challenges are similar: it is often you against the clock, or the bar, or your last PR.”
Lori is an original member of CrossFit Durham, and since then has added to her resume with lifting and coaching experience and related certifications.
As a long-standing member of the CrossFit Durham family, Lori has enjoyed watching and participating in the growth of our tight-knit community. “When you walk into the gym and are greeted with so many friendly faces, it draws you in every time. I consider myself lucky to be able coach and workout with such a wonderful group of ever-developing, supportive, and committed athletes – it’s inspiring!”
Nik grew up playing any sport he could try. He enjoys being active and working towards a goal. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN with a B.S in Exercise Science. After graduation he began working in corporate wellness.
CrossFit came into Nik's life in July of 2012 where he instantly fell in love with the opportunity to get better at all the of things he was not very good at (especially running). After attending his CrossFit Level 1 seminar in September of 2014, Nik began to coach CrossFit classes and a Weightlifting class at CrossFt Rampage in Tennessee.
Nik moved to Durham in July, 2016 to explore new scenery and career opportunities. He looks forward to meeting you around the gym and especially in one of his classes so he can help in achieving the goals you have set for yourself.
Paul was born and raised in New Jersey and grew up a fairly active kid. Every season was occupied with a sport: baseball, swimming, soccer and skiing. He graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in Journalism and a commission as an officer in the US Army.
After the Army, Paul relocated to Durham, married, found work in online marketing and he and his wife worked to start a family. Over time, Paul lost touch with what it meant to be healthy. In 2009, at 5’10” and approaching 290 pounds, Paul realized he had to make serious changes if he was going to be an active part of his family’s future.
Paul started Bootcamp at CrossFit Durham in the Spring of 2010 and he hasn’t stopped since! Now 70 pounds lighter, Paul wants to share with others the things that CrossFit connected for him. CrossFit immediately ignited Paul’s sense of play. He looks at it as recess for grown ups. It’s that sense of fun and play that he most wants to share in the athletes he trains to inspire them to succeed whatever their goals may be.
Stephen received his B.A. in Religious Studies from Stetson University. He is currently making application to Physical Therapy schools in the area.
In high school, Stephen was a multi-sport athlete playing baseball, football, and basketball. Following college he took up cycling. A cross-country bike trip and a hand full of races later, Stephen felt he was lacking the strength he once had. After spending time getting frustrated in globo gyms and not being pushed enough in circuit classes, he found CrossFit.
Stephen has been apart of CrossFit Durham since December 2012. The wide range of athletes he gets to work with everyday at CrossFit Durham continually encourages him.
Tripp earned a Bachelor of Arts in Classics and a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages (French and Russian) from the University of New Mexico. He is currently a PhD candidate in Classics at Duke University.
Tripp played for a nationally ranked high school football team, and was a multi-sport athlete during high school. He served in the U.S. Army for 5+ years, where he flirted briefly with endurance sports, and became particularly fond of ruck marches. He won the 2014 NC State Powerlifting Championship (220lb class).
After the Army, he became somewhat dispirited and bored working out alone at Globo gyms until a former high school teammate, and NFL player, recommended that he try CrossFit.
As an original member of CrossFit Durham, Tripp has been especially inspired by the communal and competitive nature of CrossFit, aspects of fitness that had driven him both as a football player, and as a soldier. He believes that CrossFit’s greatest contributions to the fitness world are reviving the lost art of barbell training and championing the idea that hard work—not fad diets, magic weight-loss pills, or celebrity-sponsored workout routines—will achieve results. He loves helping others discover the value of hard work and the lessons of the “Iron".