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  • Addie

    Coaching since May 2015.

    With CrossFit Route 7 since July 2018.


    From an early age, I have loved physical competition. For 14 years I competed in Irish Dance placing as high as 4th in North America and 18th in the world. I took that passion for fitness to American University, graduating with a BS in Health Promotion.

    While at AU in 2014, I discovered CrossFit. CrossFit is a perfect fit for me because it lets me challenge my physical limits every day. In 2015 I started coaching and quickly found myself in an exciting opportunity to manage all aspects of running a CrossFit box. Between May 2015 and June 2018, I have continued to follow my passion and held Head Coach and management roles at 2 CrossFit gyms in the NorthEast.

    In addition to my love of coaching CrossFit, I started competing in the sport in 2015 and have been training for performance since then. I have twice qualified for the Granite Games in St. Cloud Minnesota and have also competed at the Wodapalooza Finals in Miami 2017. The past two years, I have competed in the CrossFit Games Open placing as high as 64th in the North East Region as an individual.

    I love how CrossFit’s unique method offers everyone the same opportunity - to work hard and push boundaries and limits. I love the awesome community that forms when we all set out to achieve our fitness goals together, and since 2015 I have enjoyed being a part of others’ fitness journeys as a coach. I love working with athletes of all ages, including kids and toddlers; they always remind me that exercise should be fun! I’ve been fortunate to discover CrossFit, and even more fortunate to be able to share that passion with others.

    I am so excited to bring my passion and hard work to the CFR7 community! CrossFit has given my life so much meaning because it has allowed me to be a part of so many unique and inspiring stories. I am now excited to be a part of your story!

    I hold the following certifications and accomplishments:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
    • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CF-L2
    • CrossFit Gymnastics
    • CrossFit Powerlifting
    • Crossfit Kids
    • Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion, American University
  • Brandon


    Coaching since December 2012.

    With CrossFit Route 7 since June 2019.

    My name is Brandon Higgins. I’ve coached since I was 18 years old, first starting as a wrestling coach for my former high school in Northeast Pennsylvania. As time passed coaching at many different schools and being around the sport, I started working for a club program called Rock Solid Wrestling. In 2009 to 2013 I worked as an Assistant Coach for Rocky Bonomo, a former Division l College wrestling coach. I learned quickly how to work with big crowds and had the privilege to teach some really dedicated athletes. Eventually our club wanted to add an extra strength and conditioning program, which is when I first came across CrossFit.

    In 2013, I acquired my Level 1 Certification and I fell in love with CrossFit. It was a great tool to help our athletes become faster, stronger, and helped me as well. Later on, we became Venomous CrossFit were I held the title with my good friend as Head Coach. A few years in, I found a great opportunity to move to Norfolk, Virginia to live with my fiancé and focused only on CrossFit. The love grew stronger everyday, I coached 27 classes per week and helped grow CrossFit Little Creek into the gym it is now. I now hold my Level 2 CrossFit Certification. I really am looking forward to my new adventure at Ballston Crossfit, where I know I will continue to grow as a coach.

    I hold the following qualifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
    • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CF-L2
  • BJ [email protected]

    Coaching since July 2012.

    With CrossFit Route 7 since January 2015.


    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
    • USAW Level 2 Advance Sports Performance Coach
    • Opex Level 1 Associate 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
    • 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regionals Team Competitor
  • Cooper


    Coaching with CrossFit Route 7 since June 2019.

    Growing up, my passion has always been sports. I played soccer, lacrosse, wrestling, basketball, and football as a kid. I was always taught to push myself to the limit and give 100% effort no matter what. I remember as an elementary school kid pushing myself to get the physical fitness award in gym class, even staying after school so I could run the mile again. Running was a weakness, so from then I started running and haven’t stopped.

    I fell in love with fitness, and since the age of 13 I have lifted very consistently, following all types of programs and methods, and learning all I could from a very knowledgeable strength coach in high school. Maybe you’re tired, or maybe you’re in a bad mood, but that doesn’t matter. Success doesn’t care, and results don’t lie. That’s what I love about fitness.

    I was always better at offseason training then I was at football. I remember thinking, “darn, I wish there was a sport of that consisted of constantly varied high intensity functional fitness”. Well, maybe not exactly that thought, but competing in fitness was something that interested me. I heard about CrossFit and signed up for a beginners program at CrossFit Route 7 and quickly fell in love with it! CrossFit is so much fun, and you are rewarded for pushing yourself. If you keep showing up and working hard, you will get better!

    Since then, I have competed in numerous competitions, received my CrossFit Level 1 Certification, and have been able to share my knowledge and mindset with others. Coaching is a wonderful way to improve peoples lives and there is no better feeling then watching someone improve!

    I hold the following qualifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
    • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CF-L2
    • Cara Heads and Danny Carmago Olympic Lifting Minicamp participant
  • Elizabeth

    Coaching with CrossFit Route 7 since October 2019.

    When I was young, I always seemed to stumble around on the sports field. Whether it was soccer, basketball, or softball, I continuously struggled with balance and coordination. Then in 2006, I discovered the sport of rowing. It not only helped me forget all of those “ball sports”, but also became my passion for the next 10 years. I rowed at the highest level throughout high school, trained with the U.S. Junior National Team, and competed in Division 1 at the University of Notre Dame. Rowing taught me many things: discipline, patience, the importance of teamwork. It helped me build confidence and maintain a strong mindset. It helped me define the meaning of endurance and hard work. I first tried CrossFit during the rowing off-season. I immediately fell in love with the challenge, versatility, functionality, and incredible tight-knit community. After I completed my college rowing career, I dove headfirst into CrossFit, and found myself itching to share what I loved about it with others.

    CrossFit doesn’t give you a place to hide from your weaknesses. It helps you identify them, and then gives you the tools necessary to strengthen them. Your only job is to show up and work hard. CrossFit provides all of us the equal opportunity to become better versions of ourselves every day. As a coach, my #1 objective is to help others on their own journey towards seizing that opportunity.

    I’m extremely humbled, honored, and excited to be a part of the CrossFit Route 7 community. No matter where your relationship with fitness stands today, I hope to support, encourage, and coach you through that relationship and whatever else life throws at you. I look forward to getting to know each of you and your specific goals. I am excited to be coaching you, training with you, learning from you, cheering for you, and celebrating successes with you.

    I am a strong believer in mindset and discipline which is why I also practice yoga on a daily basis to aid in mobility and flexibility. CrossFit constantly challenges me on a daily basis and I know each and every day I am getting more fit than I was the previous day.

    I hold the following certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
  • Gary


    Coaching with CrossFit Route 7 since April 2018.

    I discovered CrossFit in the fall of 2015. Prior to CrossFit, I was powerlifting for a number of years competing at local 100% RAW Powerlifting events. I always thought I was in shape since I would lift weights 5-6 days a week. Even though I was lifting weights, my blood pressure results would typically show up as prehypertension. After making life changes which included joining CrossFit and eating healthier, my blood pressure returned to a normal level.

    I have been fortunate to begin my coaching career here at CrossFit Route 7 through their coaching mentorship program. I understand everyone has unique fitness goals and journeys and with the right coaching, I know I can help them along the way.

    I am a strong believer in mindset and discipline which is why I also practice yoga on a daily basis to aid in mobility and flexibility. CrossFit constantly challenges me on a daily basis and I know each and every day I am getting more fit than I was the previous day.

    I hold the following certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
  • Mary Ann

    Coaching with CrossFit Route 7 since May 2019.

    I joined CrossFit Rt 7 during its grand opening. Prior to CrossFit, I was an avid gym-goer who loved weight training and worked in a fitness center since 1991. However, I hated cardio and Crossfit gave me the solution I was looking for. It allows me to get my cardio in a shorter, fun, and effective format. So I have combined hitting the weight room with attending Crossfit. I am more fit in mid-40’s than my 20’s.

    I have been fortunate to begin my coaching career here at CrossFit Route 7 through their coaching mentorship program. I love teaching the 7-Fit program because it is easy to modify to help beginners build a baseline of fitness and can be progressed to helped the advance fitness person have a great workout. And the fellow students are amazing at giving each other support and encouragement.

    I hold the following certifications and accomplishments:

    • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
    • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
    • FMS Level 1
    • Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1 with CHEK Institute
    • EXOS Mentorship Phase 1
  • Rachel

    Hi! My name is Rachel and I am so happy to be a part of this team and community! I am originally from North Dakota. I grew up in Fargo (yes, really) and spent much of my time at the lakes in Minnesota. I loved having all of the seasons; beautiful winters and summers at the cabin with endless outdoor fun. I graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in Community Health Education. I had always been active growing up and in school doing volleyball, track and swimming.

    Previous to CrossFit, I was a runner and I loved it! In 2010, I did my first full marathon and over the next 4 years had done 19 more plus countless half marathons and shorter races. I loved the physical part of running but the mental test that each race would bring was my favorite. It gave me a chance to do better next time, prepare better, eat better, and train harder. Nothing has ever topped that feeling until I found CrossFit.

    I quickly fell in love with this sport because there is so much room for success. There is always a new skill to work on, more weight to be lifted, or more recovery to be had. It leaves so much room for goals to be achieved and a more fulfilled life to be lived! Then you add the community part in and it truly turns into a family. Most CrossFit boxes I have been in do great job of this but CrossFit Route 7 and Ballston CrossFit have always stood out to me since the beginning. I felt so welcome. Every person is friendly and encouraging, it's a wonderful family to be a part of!

    My passion is to train, coach and help people find their preferred form of fitness. Please let me know if I can ever be of assistance to you!

    I hold the following certifications and accomplishments:

    • Bachelor of Science in Health Education, North Dakota State University
    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
    • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CF-L2
    • USA Weightlifting (USAW) Level 1 Sport Performance Coach
    • Personal Trainer Certification with National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF)
    • Participated in CH Fitness & Performance 12-week Coaches Academy led by Olympian Cara Heads
  • Steve

    Coaching with CrossFit Route 7 since September 2019.

    Hi guys! My name is Steve and I’m a CrossFitting Meteorologist from Massachusetts! I grew up about a half hour west of Boston and went to college in New Hampshire where I graduated from Plymouth State University with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. I’ve always loved the weather from a very young age, so I followed my passion and made it my career, and no…I don’t work on TV. ;)

    Outside of the weather world, I’ve always been super active and involved in many sports. I played soccer from basically the moment I could walk, and was a distance runner in high school. I continued to play club soccer in college and dabbled in some club volleyball, while also completing a couple half marathons. I was mostly into cardio until I discovered CrossFit about 5 years ago when I moved to Virginia. I quickly fell in love with the diversity of the movements and workouts and became borderline obsessed. That feeling of bettering myself every day through functional fitness was hard to top, and to this day is what keeps me coming back for more. Plus I want to be able to make one trip from the car with groceries for as long as possible. One trip! CrossFit has made me mentally, physically, and emotionally stronger and has showed me that with time and consistency, you can really do anything.

    I obtained my CrossFit Level 1 Certificate in May 2016 and began coaching shortly thereafter. I joined CrossFit Route 7 in October 2016 and was immediately blown away by the quality of the coaching staff and the facility. I happily became a part of the coaching staff in September of 2019 after working my way through the coaching development program and love being involved with our community. I get more joy through helping others than I do from anything else. I can guarantee you that if you give CrossFit a try, you will do things you never thought were possible, and there is no better place to do it than CrossFit Route 7!

    Stop on by and say hello! You won’t regret it.

    I hold the following certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
  • Tucker [email protected]

    Coaching since April 2011.

    Founded Ballston CrossFit in January 2012.

    Founded CrossFit Route 7 in January 2015.


    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 Certification
    • CrossFit Masters Certification
    • Gymnastics with Carl Paoli
    • USA Weightlifting (USAW) Level 1 Sport Performance Coach
    • Coached by US Olympian Cara Heads (http://www.chfitnessandperformance.com/)
    • 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.