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  • Ashley

    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
  • bj [email protected]

    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
  • Ashley

    I was always the type of kid that needed to be moving, so my mom threw me into sports as soon as she possibly could. The aspects of team work, competition and finding that inner drive have resonated with me from a very young age. The problem I had was staying interested...guess that was another side of the "always have to be moving" coin.

    I discovered CrossFit in the winter of 2014. While weight lifting had been a part of my training for a while, it was specialized to whatever sport I was doing at the time and the thought of making it more central to my fitness regime had never really occurred to me. I didn't want to get "bulky" after all. When I showed up for my first WOD, I thought I was in pretty decent shape...so the first lesson CrossFit taught me was one of humility. After my first WOD, which was something called the Filthy Fifty, I was exhausted - every muscle had been taxed, I looked like I had jumped into a swimming pool and was left sprawled out flat on the floor. I instantly knew this CrossFit thing was different - I would remain with this sport for the rest of my life!

    I started off going to as many classes as I could during the week, wanting to soak up as much exposure and experience as quickly as possible. As my love of CrossFit developed, my desire to understand the "why" and the "how" behind some of the more complex movements started to build. I took the Level 1 course to increase my own knowledge, and that opened the door to coaching. Now I have the opportunity to continue my education while helping and motivating others to reach their goals, which has been one of the most rewarding benefits this sport has given me.

    CrossFit for me has become a confidence booster, stress reliever, a second family and a reminder that there is always something I can do to make myself better. I love the competitive element that every session brings - but it's a competitiveness with MYSELF...Can I lift more than I did last week? Can I make progress on a new skill? Can I do one more rep? I can genuinely say that there is something that happens every day that inspires or challenges me.

    Years later, I still love walking in to the box, I don't see that changing any time soon....and Filthy Fifty has become one of my absolute favorite WODs!

    I hold the following certifications and accomplishments:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
    • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CF-L2
    • USAW Sports Performance Coach
  • Ashley

    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 and accomplishments:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
  • nicole

    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
    • USA Weightlifting (USAW) Level 1 Sport Performance Coach
    • Personal Trainer Certification with National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF)
  • coach1 [email protected]



    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.