Catherine is the head coach at CrossFit Chantilly. She was a competitive gymnast during her childhood until becoming injured in a meet and being told it was too dangerous for her to continue tumbling. After another injury sealed the deal on the end of gymnastics for Catherine, she struggled to find an outlet for her competitive nature and played youth level soccer, and ran 1 season of track in high school. After finishing high school and an undergraduate degree, she ran on a treadmill in the gym with no enjoyment to “stay in shape”.
Catherine was in need of an exercise program she could fully commit to in order to combat the stress of a demanding full-time job, and taking classes towards her MBA degree. She found CrossFit in 2009 and immediately became addicted after her first workout, “Fran”. After becoming a CrossFit Level 1 Coach early in 2010, the CrossFit Journal published an article that she wrote entitled “No Limits”, describing her experience with CrossFit as a type 1 diabetic. During her pregnancy, Catherine scaled the intensity of CrossFit but continued to participate in workouts. She was in the gym doing unassisted pull-ups the day before she gave birth to a healthy son. Her CrossFit Journal article describing “CrossFitting Through Pregnancy” was published in December 2012. Since the birth of her son in January 2011, Catherine competed in the 2011 Open and has participated in the Open each year. She has also competed in several SuperFit and other fitness competitions.Catherine has also been selected to be on teams in the recreational and semi-professional divisions of the Mid-Atlantic Grid League.
Certifications: Level 1, Level 2, Kids, Mobility & Recovery, Gymnastics, Advanced Gymnastics, Freestyle Connection (Carl Paoli), Power Lifting, Olympic Weightlifting, Kettlebell, Advanced Kettlebell, Endurance (Running), Running Technique, CPR/AED (Adults, Kids, Infants), First Aid
Sue is a former Fairfax County fire fighter and has always been active in sports and martial arts. She played rugby, competed in full contact martial arts, and also did the standard gym regimen including circuit machines and the treadmill. In 2009, her cousin introduced Sue to CrossFit, which Sue thought she would just try for 3 months. Needless to say, those 3 months went by and Sue is still at it, many years later. In addition to CrossFit, Sue is still active in martial arts with Krav Maga and Jiu Jitsu. One of her favorite quotes is by Darren Hardy: “Your boyd is a business. Take care of it or soon you will be out of business.” Sue believes that everyone needs to invest in themselves. She has competed in many local competitions as well as the 2011 and 2012 CrossFit Mid-Atlantic Regional on CrossFit Fairfax’s team.
Certifications: Level 1, Level 2, Defense
Kyle is a former U.S. Marine and has been a Level 1 CrossFit Coach since 2010. He has been coaching on and off since then and has been at several different gyms in Northern Virginia. He has an extensive garage gym that he regularly trains in and also works out at various other CrossFit gyms in the area, known as the resident CrossFit nomad. Kyle has attended nearly all of the CrossFit Specialty Seminars and due to extensive travel for both work and pleasure, he has been to dozens of boxes across the United States.Kyle competes regularly in fitness competitions.
Certifications: Level 1, Level 2, Kids, Gymnastics, Advanced Gymnastics, Freestyle Connection (Carl Paoli), Endurance (Running), Kettlebell, Advanced Kettlebell, Football, Mobility, Olympic Weightlifting, Power Lifting, Strongman, USA Weightlifting Level 1, USA Power Lifting Level 1, UcanRow 2 Indoor Concept 2, CPR/AED (Adults, Kids)
Heather, formerly in the U.S. Air Force, started CrossFit after years of lackluster results from the traditional gym; through CrossFit, she quickly found the results she was seeking and discovered a great outlet for her stress. She became hooked on CrossFit’s physical and mental challenges, community atmosphere, and focus on functional movement. Heather is passionate about helping people from all backgrounds embrace their own personal journey to fitness.
Certifications: Level 1
Chris started CrossFit in 2011 in a friend’s garage in West Virginia. His first workout was Fran and immediately fell in love with CrossFit. He began doing “Main Site” workouts and in only a few weeks saw a huge performance increase during his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai training sessions. Chris joined a strength and conditioning gym in late 2012 and later earned his CrossFit Level 1 certification. Chris is also a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Certifications: Level 1
Jason is a former U.S. Marine and a Northern Virginia native, having grown up in Loudoun County. He began CrossFit in August 2008 in globo gyms but joined an affiliate in December 2010. He enjoyed the community aspect and decided he wanted to spread his love of fitness and community to others by getting his Level 1 certification in October 2011. Jason also enjoys hitting the trails on his roller blades and ice skating. He regularly competes in fitness competitions and was selected to be on teams in the recreational and semi-professional divisions of the Mid-Atlantic Grid League.
Certifications: Level 1, Level 2, Gymnastics