Vinny is co-owner and head coach at CrossFit Steed. As a youth, he played high school baseball before moving on to study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. A year into his training, he was hit with a cervical spinal injury that brought everything to a halt. “After having spine surgery, I was told that lifting weights, especially overhead, would not be possible in the future. But I decided otherwise! I began using kettlebells as a way to rehab, which eventually led me to CrossFit.”
Vinny was immediately hooked by the workouts and opted to apply for his Level 1 certification. Now, as head coach of his own facility, Vinny specializes in gymnastics and helping other athletes conquer their goals.
Paul is co-owner and head coach at CrossFit Steed. Training and athletics have always been a major part Paul’s life. He was a four-sport athlete in high school and played Division I baseball in college. “I discovered my love for coaching while working for youth sports programs and camps at my church & the local little league I came through as a kid.” Paul started CrossFit as a way to get in shape for his upcoming wedding and became certified soon after when his wife also decided to start her training. He quickly found a new passion.
“My favorite thing about coaching is getting to know our members as individuals. I try my hardest to understand each person’s particular goals so we can work together in figuring out how to achieve them.” It’s a collaboration in every sense of the word.”
Paige pulls double duty as a CrossFit coach and our resident nutritionist. She’s no stranger to hard work and discipline. She was a competitive dancer from the ages of 3-21 before falling in love with weightlifting, which opened the door to CrossFit. The then fitness instructor left her general training behind and became a CrossFit coach.
“I am passionate about creating a fun, motivating, and consoling environment for those who want to better themselves physically and mentally.” Paige specializes in nutrition and loves being a part of members’ milestones. It’s a truly rewarding experience.
Joe’s coaching journey began with a bat. He played competitive baseball from the age of 6 on up through high school. Later, he became an assistant coach for a baseball team where he fell in love with helping others. He started incorporating CrossFit-type workouts into his training routine to give his athletes a boost. While searching for more detailed workouts, he discovered CrossFit Steed.
Joe doesn’t believe in specialization. “I just try to be as good as possible in all aspects of my coaching. I’m passionate about our people and helping them reach their full potential.”
Before CrossFit, Katie excelled as a softball athlete. She even earned high school honors in the sport before moving on to the collegiate level. These days, she’s a school teacher who spends her free time coaching numerous softball teams. “I love to help people in any way that I can which is how I became interested in being a coach.” It’s also why she jumped at the chance to join CrossFit Steed’s coaching internship program.
“I am everyone’s biggest fan and I enjoy encouraging others to meet their personal goals. My main objective is to make fitness fun so that members look forward to coming back each day.”
Brittany came from the world of competitive gymnastics before transitioning into a three sport athlete in high school. It wasn’t until after graduate school that Brittany was introduced to CrossFit by her brother. After three months of avoidance (Brittany was intimated to do CrossFit like most people!), Brittany joined Foundations at a local gym and has been hooked ever since.
“I finally feel like I”ve found a sport I truly love and will do for the rest of my life. CrossFit eventually led me to the sport of weightlifting, and now I have a desire to reach a higher level in both sports.”
Brittany recently left her full-time social work career to pursue a career in fitness, which feels like a natural progression for her. “I”m currently coaching CrossFit, teaching Boot Camp classes, and continuing my personal training education. I love all three for different reasons. I feel honored to be involved in the process of people becoming better versions of themselves through fitness.”
Coach Chris has a diverse fitness background that includes baseball and mixed martial arts. “I was initially introduced to CrossFit during my time employed with Reebok NHL. I was a heavy-set guy who finally decided to start my fitness journey. Right around this time, I took the Fire Department Test. Upon receiving my list number, I turned to CrossFit to get into optimal shape.” Chris fell in love with the training and decided to make it a part of his personal and professional life.
As a coach, he’s passionate about improving general health and wellness along with increasing strength and conditioning.
How did a former hockey player become a CrossFit coach? As a youth, Billy’s superior skills earned multiple awards including Most Improved and Most Valuable Player. His skills and reputation opened the door to an opportunity within another organization. “I had been coaching ice hockey for nearly a decade when my gym owner asked if I would be interested in coaching CrossFit.” Although it’s slightly different training, Billy’s hockey background prepared him well for his new career path.
“It may be a bit of a cliché, but my favorite part of being a CrossFit coach is watching people do things they never thought possible.” It could be anything from their first double under to their first muscle up. It’s a great feeling to watch people succeed at what they are passionate about!”
Growing up, Phil enjoyed competing in football, wrestling, lacrosse, and rugby. His love of physical fitness ran deep, so much so that he went on to study Exercise Science in college. That continued education is what sparked his desire to become a coach. Plus, he realized the ability to help people is the gift that keeps on giving. “I love the feeling I get when helping a member gain confidence to push themselves through a barrier. Whether a roadblock is mental or physical, they can always move past it.”