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Casey Fonoti »

Owner/Head of Operations

Casey Fonoti

Owner/Head of Operations

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2010

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I got into CrossFit from watching my sister do her first competition. I was pretty jealous I wasn’t out there competing with her, because the whole time I kept thinking “I bet I could have done way more reps than that girl.”

Why did you become a trainer?

CrossFit has always been a passion of mine and something that I look forward to doing daily. In the back of my mind, I’ve always wanted to become a trainer, but I already had a career. It took my sister and I buying an established CrossFit Affiliate together to be a little more interested in moving forward with it. I was going to just do all the back end business stuff, but I figured I should at least become level 1 certified to cover all the necessary areas of owning an affiliate.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Anything barbell!

What is your favorite cheat food?

NACHOS!

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Supergirl, because she’s pretty awesome!

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Course

Samantha Tolbert »

Owner/Head Coach

Samantha Tolbert

Owner/Head Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2009

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I played competitive soccer growing up. It was my main sport, but I also played many other sports as well. I have always had a competitive edge and found that being an athlete is one of my passions. When I found CrossFit I felt like I was in my element again.

Why did you become a trainer?

I became a trainer because I really enjoyed being in the CrossFit environment. It changed my life in so many positive ways and I wanted to be apart of changing other people’s lives.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Snatches and Clean & Jerks. I love Olympic Lifting!

What is your favorite cheat food?

I love cheese burgers, cookies and ice cream

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Thor is definitely my favorite. Do I really need a reason?! He is always shirtless and you can tell he lifts ?

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Course
  • CrossFit Level 2 Course
  • USAW Level 1 Trainer

Leiko Bowels

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2009

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

My husband started CrossFit when he was deployed and thought it would be fun to workout together. I had also just started rock climbing and CrossFit seemed like a good way to get better at climbing.

Why did you become a trainer?

I originally took the trainer course to better my CrossFit knowledge base, but once I started training others I really enjoyed it. I like helping others attain their fitness goals, seeing someone have their “aha!” moment or performing a new movement is very rewarding and inspiring for me.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Rope climbs.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Warm pie with ice cream

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Psyloche. She’s a ninja assassin, and that’s not even her super power.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Course

Kristy Parrish »

Social Media Marketing

Kristy Parrish

Social Media Marketing

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2009

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I started doing CrossFit two months before I got married with one of my besties/bridesmaids, because I just wanted to feel awesome on my wedding day. I stayed with it because I loved feeling strong mentally and physically, and it has been such a positive community experience for me throughout the years.

Why did you become a trainer?

I am a teacher and coach by trade, so becoming a trainer was a natural fit for me. I like helping people be successful and go beyond what they believe is possible for themselves in the gym because that starts to translate into other parts of life.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Power Cleans!

What is your favorite cheat food?

I love my White Mochas.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Now that my son is into Avengers, I really dig Iron May because he is a science nerd and a creative problem solver.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Course

Vanessa Shannon »

Social Media Marketing

Vanessa Shannon

Social Media Marketing

What year did you start CrossFitting?

I started CrossFitting in 2012 when I started losing motivation doing P90X at home and needing more strength integration into my training to see improvements.

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I got into strength training and CrossFit because I quickly became more concerned with what my body could do rather than just looking at the weight on the scale. I was driven to improve my lifts, technique, get stronger, and diversify my movements to stay engaged and motivated to improve my physical fitness.

Why did you become a trainer?

I became a trainer because I wanted to further my education in physical fitness. I am passionate about creating community in the gym, making people feel empowered, and helping others realize their potential. I love looking back with others in how far they have come as athletes.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

I LOVE deadlifts and handstand push ups, complete TIE! Diane is my JAM!

What is your favorite cheat food?

I love tacos and I cannot lie!

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

My favorite superhero is Flash because he can do it all with his speed, plus he gives people hope.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Course
  • USAPL Coaches Certification

Chris Bounds

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I have always played sports growing up and was looking for something physically challenging. I was introduced to Crossfit on one of my deployments and was instantly hooked. By doing Functional Fitness, it allows me to maximize my time in the gym and keeps me interested/wondering on what is going to happen next.

Why did you become a trainer?

I like teaching people ways to overcome their physical obstacles and helping increase their lifts.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Clean and Jerk

What is your favorite cheat food?

Beer, whiskey, and pizza

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Wolverine because he can regenerate.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Course
  • CrossFit Level 2 Course

Shannon Sonnenberg

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I originally joined CrossFit Fairbanks to gain strength to complete a Tough Mudder. I was completely hooked after my first on ramp class. Through CrossFit, I have gained confidence to complete physical tasks that I never imagined I could do, much less, do well.

Why did you become a trainer?

Simply put, my love for the sport. Sharing it with people, watching them accomplish things they never imagined. I know, CrossFit will help them become the best versions of themselves. Being a part of that journey is an incredible privilege.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Pull ups

What is your favorite cheat food?

Brownies and pizza, in that order

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

“Superman-He is compassionate and always strives to do the right thing. He represents us humans at our best.”

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Course
  • CrossFit Level 2 Course
  • Crossfit Gymnastics

Rachel Campbell

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I have been athletic my whole life and heavily involved with competitive team sports throughout high school and then college. After I graduated, I really missed the team atmosphere and HATED ‘going to the gym’. I moved to a different city and was looking for something new to do in order to meet fun people, (and I guess get back into shape) and my brother recommended CrossFit. I tried it once and was hooked! I loved the community aspect and it satisfied my cravings of a ‘team-like-sport’, but with the option of being competitive. I’ve never looked back!

Why did you become a trainer?

Being a Physical Therapist by day, I truly have a passion for helping people overcome obstacles, wether it be an injury or getting that first-ever strict pull-up. There is nothing better than seeing people reach their personal goals, and being able to be part of that is an honour!

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Well, I was going to say Wall Balls and Burpees, but I guess that makes me slightly insane. So I’ll go with Box jumps and Overhead Squats đŸ™‚

What is your favorite cheat food?

I can only choose one?! Then I’ll have to say Salt and Vinegar Kettle Cooked Chips

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Superman. Being able to fly would be AMAZING

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Course

Jill Murray

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I have been an athlete most of my life. I played numerous sports in high school and volleyball in college, but fell into a bit of lull after college when it came to exercise. I tried CrossFit and fell in love with the community aspect, everyone working hard to better themselves and doing it together.

Why did you become a trainer?

I decided to get my Level 1 CrossFit certification because my most favorite moments in the gym were watching people make their way through their fitness journey to accomplish their goals and I wanted to play a role in helping people get there. I have had the privilege to watch people overcome struggles with their health both physically and mentally through CrossFit and it has given me so much joy!

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Clean and Jerk

What is your favorite cheat food?

Papa Murphy’s pizza and cheesecake… yum!!!

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

My favorite super hero is classic Superman, putting other’s above his own needs at all times trying to save the world one person at a time!

Qualifications:

  • Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
  • Crossfit Scaling Course

Sarah Bounds

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2013

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I originally started CrossFit as a runner to see if it would improve my speed and endurance, but fell in love with CrossFit, it’s philosophy, and the community and have been at it ever since!

Why did you become a trainer?

I love helping others, and I really enjoy watching others grow stronger, improve, and achieve their goals over time. Being a part of that process and getting to witness the joy and pride people feel in those moments is so special!

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

I love weightlifting! I especially love snatches and power cleans.

What is your favorite cheat food?

PIZZAAAA!

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Superman. His compassion for others, selflessness, and belief in doing what is right are traits I wish all would aspire to possess. Plus, he can fly đŸ™‚

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer