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    As the owner and Head Coach at CrossFit Route 7 and Ballston CrossFit - I am truly living my dream of owning businesses I am so passionate about! In February 2012 I opened Ballston CrossFit and we now have close to 300 members. When I got the opportunity to open CrossFit Route 7 in January of 2015, I was extremely excited to be able to share a healthy lifestyle with more people! I have always strived to live a healthy and fun-filled life (pura vida!) - live life to its fullest every day!

    As a competitive national-level tennis player, including a member of James Madison University's (JMU) Division 1 Varsity Tennis, I learned how to train hard and get results. After graduating from JMU, I continued to pursue athletic achievements and adventure sports (one of my favorite races was the XTERRA National Championships in Lake Tahoe, NV against some of the country’s top off-road triathletes). Thankfully, in late 2009, I found CrossFit and it has totally transformed my approach to fitness, in an incredibly positive way! As I approach my upper 30's, the incredible results from CrossFit continue to allow me to improve my overall fitness (I love getting stronger and faster every day)!!

    When I'm not at CrossFit Route 7 or Ballston CrossFit, you can find me mountain biking, playing floor hockey, boosting air on the kiteboard or wakeboard, hanging out with friends, or backpacking around the world! Be sure to ask about great places to go on your next international adventure!

    I love my job and feel very lucky to love what I do - teaching my friends how to live a fit and healthy lifestyle!

    I hold the following certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
    • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CF-L2
    • CrossFit Endurance
    • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
    • CrossFit Mobility and Movement with Kelly Starrett
    • CrossFit Gymnastics with Carl Paoli
    • USA Weightlifting (USAW) Level 1 Sport Performance Coach
    • Coached by US Olympian Cara Heads (
    • Business of Excellence Immersion Program at CrossFit New England with Ben Bergeron (business consulting for CF box) - April 2016
    • 3-2-1 Go "Fuel Your Passion" business consulting seminar for CF boxes
    • Power Monkey CrossFit training camp - coached by Olympians Chad Vaughn and Dave Durante

    Philippians 4:13 - I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.
  • bj

    After being introduced to CrossFit in 2010, I discovered the many holes in my fitness that I couldn't hide from. Already possessing a background in weightlifting, wrestling and gymnastics, I had an idea of what my limits were and if I could I surpass them.  Over my years as a CrossFit athlete, I have been constantly testing myself in local competitions and have had the pleasure of competing in the Mid-Atlantic Regional's in the Team Division. I started coaching CrossFit in 2012 and I love to serve my community of athletes by  passing on the things that I have learned to those with the desire to improve their lifestyle and physically challenge themselves through fitness. I currently hold the following certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
    • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CF-L2
    • National Personal Training Institute CPT
    • USAW Sports Performance Coach
    • CrossFit Kettlebell Instructor
    • Business of Excellence Immersion Program at CrossFit New England with Ben Bergeron (business consulting for CF box) - May 2017
    • Iron Sharpens Iron CrossFit Camp by Faith RX'd
    • OPT Mixed Modal Program Seminar Attendee
    • VA/National Registry EMT-B
  • Ashley

    Athletics has been my entire world for as long as I can remember. I played soccer at an elite level early on along with many other sports including baseball, swimming, lacrosse, basketball, and figure skating. I had the great fortune of being able to play D1 soccer in college and one year professionally with the NWSL upon graduating.

    My passion for playing and coaching began with soccer, and has since evolved to be focused on Crossfit and Yoga. I first tried Crossfit a year and a half ago. It brought out many of the familiar qualities that had been nurtured within me as a long time competitive athlete. A little before this time I also began to dive into Yoga which brought a greater sense of balance and overall well being to my life. I have a deep desire to continue growing within these disciplines and continue training every day, and to share what I learn with others!

    When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with family/friends, being outdoors and listening to podcasts! I am beyond excited to join the Ballston/CFR7 community!:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
    • Coached by US Olympian Cara Heads (
    • RYT-200 Hr
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    Growing up you could always find me outdoors. Skateboarding was my favorite thing back when I was younger. I enjoyed the challenge of learning new tricks and often found myself striving to be the best of my friends. As I got older my interests shifted to other mentally and physically challenging activities. I loved the technique and brute strength required for wrestling and the mental toughness essential to cycling. These disciplines naturally led me to CrossFit.

    I started my CrossFit journey 6 years ago. Right away, I knew that it would change the rest of my life. CrossFit, to me, is the power to change lives and create lasting relationships both in and out of the gym.

    I started my CrossFit coaching career in 2010 at Trident CrossFit in Alexandria, originally to facilitate my own development as an athlete. As an intern I found out quickly that my true calling was found in coaching my athletes. Seeing the progress and evolution that I help create in athletes was one of the great joys that I have found in life. After Trident, I made my way up north to CrossFit Marshfield in Massachusetts where I helped foster an amazing community and found a new family among my members. The relationships that came from CFM are life long and will always be close to my heart. My journey has now brought me back to Virginia where I am excited to be part of the Ballston CrossFit community! I hope to bring my drive and passion to this new institution.

    My ambition is to pursue balance in all my passions. I like crushing it in the gym, but I love a fun cookout with friends. During my down time, I love listening to podcasts and reading. I am constantly trying to expand my knowledge base about fitness, nutrition, science, and philosophy. Family is number one in my book and a strong CrossFit community is like family to me.

    I hold the following qualifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
    • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CF-L2
    • Supple Leopard Seminar with Kelly Starrett
    • Olympic Weight Lifting with Jon Gilson
  • nicole

    After being introduced to CrossFit in the summer of 2013, I have to say I instantly fell in love. I had absolutely zero background in sports, and can’t say that I have ever been what you could consider an athlete. My background prior to CrossFit was generally in running and your basic gym group classes, but something was missing when I wanted to push myself further. Working in Tyson’s Corner at the time, many of my coworkers were trying out this whole CrossFit thing around the corner, and I decided to give it a try and haven’t stopped.

    If you think you’ve had a real workout before, this provides the opportunity to show you what a workout can truly be! Between working with barbells, moving your body through gymnastics movements, and pushing yourself to the limits of your intensity, it’s easy to see where the holes in your fitness really are. The constant variation keeps me coming back for more. From coming in with basically no experience in any of these types of movements, it’s amazing to see the progress in how far you can go and the capabilities of your body and strength.

    I encourage anyone with even the slightest interest to stop in and see us! Yes it’s a workout, but the community aspect is unlike anything else I have experienced. CrossFit is accessible to absolutely anyone and everyone, so if you have any doubts just ask, and you’ll be amazed with what you’ll be able to accomplish.

      Nicole holds the following qualifications:
    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
    • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CF-L2
    • USA Weightlifting (USAW) Level 1 Sport Performance Coach