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.
A native of the Triangle, Ashley received her Bachelors of Business Administration and Marketing from East Carolina University. She has always been passionate about health and fitness and starting dancing at age 2. In recent years, she has participated in several endurance events, including the Virginia Beach Half Marathon, the Raleigh Rocks Half Marathon, and the Blue Ridge Mountain Relay.
Ashley has been a part of the CrossFit Durham Community since the Fall of 2010 and was recently added as a Head Trainer to the CrossFit L1 Seminar Staff. She is a firm believer that people never really know what they are capable of until they try and loves witnessing the empowering transition people experience when they are encouraged to step out of a comfort zone and do their best.
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!
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.
A native of the Triangle, Josh graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.A. in Political Science. As an extremely hyperactive child, he played any and every sport to put that energy to good use and keep him out of trouble.
Josh excelled at soccer, swimming, and basketball, competing in all three throughout high school. In middle school he was a junior olympic qualifier in the backstroke and freestyle. He played one year of Division III soccer before transferring back home to complete his college education. He still stays involved with soccer through refereeing. He is going on his 15th year of working for the United States Soccer Federation, where he works youth games, high school, and college.
Josh's biggest passion these days is working with children; he worked for years at the YMCA on staff and as a volunteer in after school reading programs and summer camps. His favorite part of coaching is seeing people do things they never thought they could do both mentally and physically.
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!
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Lauren is currently studying Evolutionary Anthropology with a Biology minor at Duke University. She was an avid foil fencer for most of her childhood, competing multiple times at the national and world level. She ran varsity Cross Country throughout high school, and was a middle distance runner in Track and Field.
Towards the latter part of her fencing career Lauren began CrossFit, something she began as a strength and conditioning addition to her fencing. Very quickly, however, her passion for CrossFit inspired her to make that her primary sport.
Lauren has had more than two years experience of coaching both adults and CrossFit Kids. She competed in the Teen Challenge at the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games, and has sinced taken to compete at many local competitions. She has a love for helping people and appreciates the chance to be involved with the awesome community of people at CrossFit Durham.
Lindsay grew up playing all kinds of sports. She's the oldest and her dad got stuck with her most of the time and the perfect way to entertain a kid is play some new sport--preferably outside. Ultimately, Lindsay decided to play basketball in college at Cambpell University as a fighting camel. She studied Trust and Wealth Management but ultimately graduated from Capital University in Ohio with a degree in Financial Economics.
Lindsay spent her years since college working in the Investment Management industry but is in the process of making a 180 degree career/life change into corporate wellness and holistic nutrition. She loves the idea of people taking back their lives, nutritionally, from an exercise standpoint, with relationships, work life, etc... one choice at a time.
Lindsay found CrossFit when she spent 2013-2014 in New Zealand. A lot of the things she discusses while coaching come not from a certification or a course that she took in college, but more so from her personal training experiences. She now is an avid CrossFitter and coach, hoping to revolutionize the way people approach their time spent training for not only their fitness but for life and their overall health. She is thrilled to be part of a program that allows her to interact with the community and reach a diverse group of individuals with one goal in common: To be better today than they were yesterday!
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!”
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.
Rich received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Florida State University. While a graduate student he began to focus on endurance cycling (cross country and road).
After years of endurance training, Rich was initially skeptical of the CrossFit methodology, but the efficacy of the intense and diverse workouts quickly won him over. Rich has been CrossFitting since 2009, and began Coaching at CrossFit Durham in 2010.
Rich believes CrossFit training can be performed by anyone to achieve a high level of fitness and improve their performance in any activity.
A recent returnee to the Triangle, Shane has an extensive and diverse background in group and personal training. A late athletic bloomer, Shane discovered CrossFit while looking for ways to improve his fitness while training Muay Thai kickboxing in NYC. Through kickboxing and CrossFit Shane discovered a deep passion for teaching and helping others achieve their goals. This prompted him to change careers from working as a Location Scout and Manager for television and film to training and coaching full time.
Since beginning his coaching journey, Shane has worked in a wide array of gyms from NYC's La Palestra Center for Preventative Medicine to Austin's famous Hyde Park Gym. Shane coached group and kids classes at CrossFit South Brooklyn for several years. During his tenure there, he grew from a novice coach to eventually training and developing new and upcoming members of the coaching staff. Shane is particularly passionate about working with new athletes, special populations, and kids. He enjoys making fitness an integral part of life for everyone.
A Dartmouth College graduate with a degree in History. When he is not in the gym Shane spends his time surfing and eating ALL the food.
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".