WAG Coaches

Helping you reach your goals

Adee Cazayoux
CEO

Known as the "Barbell Gypsy," you can find Adee weightlifting, bobsledding, powerlifting, or competing in the NPGL or the CrossFit open.

In her childhood, Adee struggled with her weight and found herself at 16 years old, 45 lbs overweight and leading an unhealthy and unhappy life. After some encouragement from her mother she decided to make a change. With the help of Natalie Bean-Sole (Nutrition Forever), she gained control of her body and diet and discovered a new passion — nutrition.

More recently, Adee has gained an immense amount of knowledge from working with other nutrition consultants known for creating "macro counting" diets and helping athletes lose fat. Continuously advancing her knowledge, Adee has completed her Precision Nutrition Level 1 and is constantly researching and studying to become better in her field.

As an athlete Adee has studied/trained under many renowned coaches, most notably Aimee Everett, national champion, Travis Mash, world champion powerlifter, and Steve Sandor, Hungarian national champion.

Accomplishments
BAH Psychology — University of Guelph
MT — Masters in Teaching — OISE University of Toronto
Precision Nutrition Level 1
CrossFit Level 1
NCCP Weightlifting
Canadian Senior Championships 4th 2013
Canadian Senior Championships 4th 2015
Ontario Senior Champion 2013
Ontario Senior Champion 2016
American Open 2014
NPGL Combine Invite 2015
NPGL Baltimore Anthem 2015
Bronze Medal - 63kg - Canadian Senior National Championships 2016
Snatch 82kg/180lbs
Clean & Jerk 100kg/220lbs
Squat 143kg/315lbs
Deadlift 147kg/325lbs
Jerk 105kg/231lbs
Francesco Catalano
Coach

Like many young teenagers, Francesco began his lifting career with the desire to look like the heroes and models he saw on TV and in the media.

Francesco began basic weight training at the age of 13, but it wasn't until he discovered his love for bodybuilding and the rush that came from achieving strength gains that he realized his interest ran much deeper than the body he saw in the mirror.

Francesco is now an active physique competitor and powerlifter. He holds world records in multiple powerlifting federations. Most notably, he holds every Junior Canadian record as an 83kg powerlifter in the WPC and the GPC Junior World Record bench press of 170kg/375lbs.

Francesco is an experienced coach that has a strong knowledge base and ability to appeal to the diverse needs of his individual clients. Using an evidence-based approach, he is extremely talented at tailoring programs to the specific lifestyles and goals of athletes.

Accomplishments
2015 WPC Western Canadian Championships Gold Medalist, 83kg JR
WPC 83kg JR Canadian Record squat, bench press, deadlift, and total record holder
GPC 83kg JR World Record bench press holder
Squat 235kg/518lbs
Bench Press 170kg/375lbs
Deadlift 267.5kg/590lbs
Taylor Gray
Head of Operations, Coach

Taylor began her athletic career as a runner. After running the Rock n' Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon she suffered a knee injury. While rehabilitating she turned to CrossFit to remain active. After winning a CrossFit competition, she discovered her love for weightlifting.

Today Taylor is a senior national medalist in weightlifting who trains in Las Vegas at Las Vegas Barbell. Taylor brings the same focus and determination she has on the platform to her coaching. She works daily to stay engaged in the industry's current information, knowledge and trends so she can bring her clients the latest and most efficient approach to reaching their full potential.

Accomplishments
Rock n' Roll Las Vegas half marathon
WOD War I — Gold (Crossfit comp)
Part owner of Comeback Supplements
2015 USAW University Nationals bronze medalist
USAW Nationals 2015
Snatch 82kg/180lbs
Clean & Jerk 96kg/211lbs
Back Squat 132.5kg/292lbs
Front Squat 115kg/253lbs
Ivette Goicouria
Coach

Ivette's extremely active lifestyle started with studying classical ballet at the age of seven. She continued teaching and dancing semi-professionally for 21 years. After ballet, she studied Flamenco in Spain and came back to the US to dance professionally for eight years. During this time she managed to get her Bachelor of Science and went on to get a Master's degree in Architecture. Within those years she also became a spinning instructor and developed a curiosity for nutrition and weight loss.

Nutrition became more of a focus for her upon finding CrossFit in 2010, where she was introduced to the Zone and Paleo approaches. In trying to become a better CrossFit athlete, she began researching the importance of carbs for fuel and started casually counting macros. CrossFit became a gateway to Olympic lifting. This was an enticing sport, but the aspect of "making weight" brought back many bad memories of "trying to be skinny" as a classical ballerina.

Team WAG helped Ivette fine tune her macro counting so that "making weight" became a thing of the past. The concept of "living at weight" allowed her to focus on PRing, rather than cutting.

Ivette is currently focusing her training towards getting on the podium at the 2016 Pan American Masters and World Masters Championships.

Weight class 58kg — (Masters lifter 45-49 age division)

Accomplishments
Masters of Architecture — University of Colorado
Bachelor of Science — Florida International University
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified
USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
2016 Florida State Champion - Masters 58kg weight class
CrossFit Level I
CF Olympic Lifting Certified
CF Mobility Certified
CF Rowing Certified
CF Powerlifting Certified
CF Gymnastics Certified
CF Strongman Certified
Snatch 55kg/121lbs
Clean & Jerk 72kg/159lbs
Squat 102kg/224lbs
Deadlift 118kg/260lbs
Jerk 75kg/163lbs
Bench Press 77kg/170lbs
Hillary Rizor
Coach

Hillary has long been involved in competitive sports, but in early 2012 her athletic career was put on hold due to declining health. After being diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2013, she found CrossFit and was able to begin the process of taking back her health.

From one extreme diet to the next, she struggled to find something that fueled her body and kept her healthy. It wasn't until last year when she fell in love with the barbell and flexible dieting that she finally found the solution. With the help of Team WAG, Hillary was able to drop into the 63kg weight class and become a nationally competitive athlete.

Once a Team WAG client, Hillary not only understands that food is fuel, but it is also what brings people together in all walks of life.

Accomplishments
American Open Qualifier 2015
CF Level 1 Trainer
BA International Relations with a minor in Public Health
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified
Snatch 77kg/169bs
Clean & Jerk 90kg/198bs
Deadlift 143kg/315bs
Back Squat 130kg/285bs
Kelsie Goddard
Coach

Kelsie has been teaching fitness for eight years in a variety of different settings. She is currently a CrossFit coach in Denver, CO. On the rare occasions that she isn't at the gym lifting or WOD'ing, she is most likely hiking the Colorado mountains, or dreaming about hiking them. Her love for intense workouts and high volume training has taught her the importance of proper nutrition to fuel performance.

As a past client of Team WAG, she has first-hand experience in learning how to transition to using food for fuel and only occasionally indulging. She understands what it is like to want to look and feel your best, but still "have a life." Kelsie loves sharing her experiences with others through coaching, whether a client is trying to improve as an athlete or just trying to improve everyday life.

Accomplishments
BA Exercise Science- Augustana University (Sioux Falls, SD)
CrossFit Level 1
USAW Level 1 Sports Performance
Snatch 52kg/115lbs
Clean & Jerk 80kg/175lbs
Squat 107kg/235lbs
Deadlift 143kg/315lbs
Kate Hart
Coach

Kate was first introduced to weightlifting during a CrossFit boot camp in 2012. She quickly fell in love with lifting heavy, shifting her focus from CrossFit to Olympic lifting.

After cycling through different diets with mixed results, she became a client of Working Against Gravity. Although her initial goals were purely performance based, she saw that it was possible to gain strength and change body composition at the same time.

Intrigued by all of the changes the program yielded, she began her journey into prepping to compete in women's physique competitions. While making drastic changes to her body, she started researching the ins and outs of her body transformation through evidence-based nutrition.

This year, Kate competed in her first powerlifting meet, qualifying her to compete at RUM9 in 2016. Kate aims to use her ability of attaining a broad spectrum of goals to help clients meet theirs.

Accomplishments
B.A. In Health Studies from the University of Toronto
RUM9 qualified
Elite Level Powerlifter
Squat 157.5kg/347bs
Bench 85kg/187lbs
Deadlift 167.5kg/369lbs
Melanie Barnshaw
Coach

Growing up in Australia, Mel has spent the majority of her life playing sports and embracing the great outdoors. Throughout school, Mel's primary focuses were swimming and athletics until she found CrossFit in 2010 and instantly became addicted to the variety and community associated with it.

Shortly after moving to Canada, Mel started a new weightlifting program written by Coach Hayden and decided to try WAG alongside the program. What started as an experiment soon became a new passion in her life. Along with her newfound freedom with food, the positive effects eating the correct macro ratio had on her body composition and performance in the gym is what hooked her.

Mel finds it hard to sit still, has a constant thirst for exercise and strives to help others become the best versions of themselves.

Accomplishments
RCFLV Team Competitor - Canada East Regionals - 2014
CrossFit Open - Canada East Region 2015 - Top 100 Finisher
CrossFit Gymnastics
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Certified
Precision Nutrition - Level 1 Certified
Snatch 62kg/136bs
Clean & Jerk 84kg/185lbs
Front Squat 102kg/225lbs
Max Unbroken Muscle Ups 9
Fran: 2:32
Ashley Smith
Coach

After playing college softball, Ashley was introduced to Crossfit as a new way of pushing herself while enjoying a competitive atmosphere. However, it was at a local weightlifting meet, where she was inspired by all the strong female lifters that she decided to start weightlifting.

Before WAG, she tried every diet out there and was caught in the avoid- binge cycle that resulted from restricted dieting. She came to the point where she was beyond tired and frustrated with the lack of results, despite all the hard work she was putting in at the gym. "I knew something was missing and that something had to change" she says, so she signed up with WAG with an open mind. With the help of WAG, Ashley was able to drop from 75+kg to 69kg while maintaining her strength in the gym and hitting PR’s. Her passion is helping people develop the skills and tools needed to achieve sustainable results that fit their lifestyles so that in all seasons of life they can be successful!

Now Ashley has just moved back to California and calls the High Desert of Yucca Valley home with her husband and she is loving it! Her current hobby is exploring and star gazing at the local national park with her two dogs! "Nothing beats Saturday breakfast with my man and stopping off at our local farmers market for goodies!" she told us. When she is not working out in her home gym, Ashley loves nerding out on podcasts related to flexible dieting.

Accomplishments
Master of Education in Physical Education — Jacksonville University
Bachelor of Science in Physical Education — Jacksonville University
Precision Nutrition Level 1
Snatch 138lbs/62.7kg
Clean & Jerk 205lbs/93.2kg
Squat 275lbs/125kg
Bench 170lbs/77.3kg
Deadlift 315lbs/143.2kg
Alexa Mina
Coach

Alexa’s athletic drive can be seen in everything she does. Her fitness journey began at a young age through 8 years of competitive cheerleading. After tearing her ACL, she was introduced to CrossFit through rehabilitation for her knee injury, which also assisted in improving her endurance for cheerleading. She quickly found a passion for Olympic weightlifting through competing in CrossFit competitions, and is now a nationally competitive weightlifter in the 58kgs class lifting for Team Western New York Weightlifting.

Alexa previously had contacted Working Against Gravity to cut weight to qualify for nationals. Through her journey with WAG, she was able to see first hand the benefits of counting macronutrients. Her goals became less about just wanting to see changes in body composition, and more about fueling her body properly for training and strength purposes. She realized that appropriate macronutrients in her diet were an integral part of being an athlete and living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. She then made it her goal in life to educate people on this “flexible dieting” approach to nutrition and to help them find as much success in it as she did!

Alexa lives in Rochester, NY and coaches weightlifting at CrossFit Boomtown. When she is not in the gym herself or training others you can find her jamming out to country music, reading, or in her kitchen cooking! Alexa has always had a strong desire to help people reach their goals, change their lives, and to apply healthy habits to their personal lifestyle. She is constantly looking for ways to be a better version of herself and loves sharing her personal experiences and successes through coaching others!

Accomplishments
B.S. Business Management from St. John Fisher College (12’-16’)
3x USAW Senior National Championship Qualifier (15’, 16’, 17’)
Sponsored Athlete by Tango Charlie Apparel
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified
Snatch: 76kgs/167lbs
Clean and Jerk: 91kgs/200lbs
Back Squat: 120kgs/264lbs
Front Squat: 102kgs/225lbs
Best Total: 165kgs/363lbs
Crosby Lee
Coach

Crosby began his athletic career as a hockey and soccer player. In his high school years he chose soccer as his main focus. This lead him to play college soccer and in his later years of college soccer he found Crossfit as a way to train. After starting Crossfit he found a passion for nutrition and helping other reach their goals! While he turns to Crossfit now as a way to keep his competitive edge and remain in shape! Outside of the gym you might find Crosby on the lake paddle boarding, spending quality time with his puppy and wife, and hiking the beautiful mountains of Colorado! Crosby is all about getting out of the gym and trying new things and using his fitness in many different avenues of life.

Once a Team WAG client, Crosby has first-hand experience to making healthy choices but also knowing when it is ok to indulge. Crosby enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with others to help them become the best version of themselves!

Accomplishments
BA in Marketing, Minor in finance - Northeastern State University (Tahlequah, Oklahoma)
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified
Snatch - 205lbs
Clean & jerk - 255lbs
Squat - 420lbs
Bench - 300lbs
Deadlift - 450lbs
Josh Holton
Coach

Josh has been active his entire life, but it really wasn't until he started college and joined a maritime academy that he discovered the weight room. While creating music (he is a drum fanatic) had to take a backseat to his studies, solace was found in the local gym between classes with a few friends. This was the typical 5-day split most have experienced, and the results became evident as the weeks went on. So, he kept going! Fast forward nearly 10 years and Josh is more focused than ever in the daily practice of building strength. Not only does he take training his body seriously, he also puts an intense focus on the mental benefits of training. His enthusiasm is contagious and he loves sharing these meaningful insights with friends and clients alike.

The only piece missing from all this was nutrition! That, of course, changed when josh joined Working Against Gravity in December 2015. Josh has an insatiable thirst for knowledge and flexible dieting was no exception. What started as curiosity has blossomed into a full fledged obsession, and now, career.

Josh is also a coach at Fresh Coast Fitness in lovely Traverse City, MI where he, his wife Jessica, and their cat, Kona reside. He is a AAPF powerlifting competitor and enjoys showing people the joy of lifting a heavy bar. On top of that he is an avid reader, musician and enjoys shooting video and editing.

Accomplishments
Bachelors Degree in Business Administration
Licensed USCG 2nd Deck Officer
Crossfit L1 Certification
Crossfit Powerlifting Certification
Back squat 420lbs
Bench 290lbs
Deadlift 490lbs
Front Squat 325lbs
Chris Bossom
Coach

Chris was introduced to CrossFit through a 60-Day fitness challenge where he experienced, for the first time in his life, real decrease in body fat and gains in strength. Years later he found himself unhappy with stalled progress and body composition and reached out to Working Against Gravity for help. As a long time client of WAG, he has experienced an amazing transformation. Chris' training focus is in Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting with a 6-year background in CrossFit and has been a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer since 2014.

When he isn't training or coaching others, Chris enjoys adventuring and travel, spending time with friends, watching stand-up comedy and relaxing at home in Denver with his dogs, Motley and Ernie.

Accomplishments
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Back Squat 155 kg / 341 lbs
Clean & Jerk 116 kg / 255 lbs
Deadlift 188 kg / 415 lbs
Front Squat 120 kg / 265 lbs
Snatch 82 kg / 180 lbs
Brad Giglio
Coach

Brad began working out in high school where he found a passion for fitness and working with others. He realized that fitness and health were his true passions so he studied to become an Athletic Trainer. Given his desire to serve a greater purpose, he joined the military and advanced his knowledge in fitness and began to study nutrition independently. Brad trained as a semi professional MMA fighter, but found a true love for coaching. This lead him to becoming a personal trainer and nutrition counselor where he trained everyone from teens to college athletes, focusing on weight loss management, performance, and everything in between. He then got heavily into body building and even competed and used that platform to coach athletes in local and pro bodybuilding and figure competitions. Through this journey Brad found CrossFit and Olympic lifting and was drawn to and inspired by those in the community. Soon thereafter he joined WAG in looking for some extra accountability and to expand his knowledge on nutrition and macro counting and its ability to increase performance and body composition. Brad currently lives in Traverse City, Michigan and follows his passion of training and helping others meet their performance and nutritional goals

Accomplishments
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Bachelors in Exercise Science
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified
Testing to become a Certified Strength and Condition Specialist
USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
Clean and Jerk 285lbs
Squat 430lbs
Deadlift 535lbs
Bench 325lbs
Courtney Chan
Coach

Courtney has always been very passionate about sports, education, and helping others. Growing up in sunny Southern California, she swam competitively and played water polo, with some time spent in gymnastics and Tae Kwon Do. After completing graduate school, she found CrossFit as a means to stay active and meet people. She quickly became passionate about the competition, camaraderie, and challenge. After finding success in CrossFit, she began competing in Olympic Weightlifting. This is now where her passion lies and she has enjoyed competing at the National level.

Once a Team WAG client, Courtney has experience finding balance with nutrition and cutting weight classes. She has become a master of tracking with travel, how to balance indulgences with whole foods, and how to use nutrition to fuel performance!

Accomplishments
B.S. in Kinesiology - University of Southern California
Doctorate of Physical Therapy - Duke University
Precision Nutrition Certified - PN1
Crossfit California Regionals Team Competitor ‘14, ‘15, ‘16
OC Throwdown Individual Competitor 2015
Wodapolozza Individual Competitor 2016
American Open ‘15, ‘16
USAW Nationals 2016, Qualified for 2017
Snatch 72kg
Clean and Jerk 93kg
Brittany Werner
Coach

Brittany has always been passionate about fitness and nutrition. As an undecided science major in college, Brittany took a nutrition course and knew dietetics was the right choice for her. She went on to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics, followed by a Masters of Science in Dietetics and Human Nutrition.

In 2007, a friend introduced Brittany to Crossfit and Powerlifting; she obtained her Level 1 certification in 2008 and has never looked back. Life started to move quickly when Brittany and her husband welcomed their first child in 2011. The next five years were filled with 2 more babies and 4 international moves (Belgium, Bosnia, USA, and Germany). Throughout, Brittany practiced as a Registered Dietitian specializing in weight management. She joined WAG 2 months after the birth of her third daughter.

“I had lost myself, spending my days taking care of other people and I completely forgot to take care of me.” With the help of her coach Hillary, Brittany was able to lose 35 pounds while continuing to gain strength.

Today Brittany lives in Stuttgart, Germany with her husband Chris, three daughters, and their Weimaraner, Kaiser.

Accomplishments
Bachelors Science in Dietetics, Marshall University
Masters of Science in Dietetics and Human Nutrition, Marshall University
Accredited Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
CrossFit Level 1
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS)
American Dietetics Association Certified Adult Weight Management Dietitian Level 2
Certified Sports Dietitian: Nutrition For Athletic Performance
Marine Corps Marathon finisher
Clean: 80kg
Snatch: 52kg
Back Squat: 125kg
Front Squat: 102kg
Deadlift: 153kg
Hilary Askew
Coach

Having worked in the wellness industry for over 8 years, Hilary has always had a passion for fitness and nutrition. Whether it is nutrition coaching or coaching 4 year olds to play soccer, Hilary loves bringing her passion of sports, nutrition, and overall wellness to others. She is continuously researching, learning, and advancing her nutrition and coaching knowledge to help people efficiently achieve their goals.

Hilary has always been involved in sports and fitness in one way or another since starting soccer at the age of 4. More recently she found a love for CrossFit after joining a local gym in 2014 while 4 months pregnant with her second daughter. It is not only the CrossFit training and philosophy which Hilary is impassioned with, she is also in love with the camaraderie and community approach instilled by this community. Outside of the gym, you will find Hilary in the kitchen making green smoothies and nutritious food for her daughters, at the lake paddle boarding, or hiking with her family.

As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Hilary knows the ins and outs of nutrition; however, Hilary knew she needed someone to keep her accountable in order to reach her goals. To help her reclaim her body after two back-to-back pregnancies and breast-feeding for two years combined, she joined Working Against Gravity. With the help of her coach, she has never felt better and has fallen in love with the WAG community.

Hilary lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, 2 daughters and their rescue pup, Tucker.

Accomplishments
Bachelor of Arts Honours, Psychology, Trent University
Registered Holistic Nutritionist with Advanced Sports Nutrition, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition
Certified Coach Practitioner, Certified Coaches Federation
Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor
Island Girl Half Marathon, Toronto
Deadlift: 215lbs
Max pull ups: 15
Ali Carey
Coach

If you had told “high school Ali” that she would be where she is today she never would have believed you. Her passion for fitness and nutrition didn’t come until halfway through her college career at University of Vermont when she was (literally) dragged into a CrossFit box. Here, coaches transformed the way she thought about body image and strength. She no longer worked out on a machine, she was the machine.

Ali joined Working Against Gravity as a client because of her interest in nutrition and learning more about what her body needed to thrive. This interest quickly turned into a passion, which brought her to where she is today! She is thankful for the opportunity to challenge herself and push her limits everyday and wants to use her role as a coach to give that gift to others.

Outside of the gym you can find her hiking with her pups, paddle boarding, writing, eating and spending LOTS of time with friends and family!

Accomplishments
CrossFit Level 1
CF Movement & Mobility Certified
CF Gymnastics Certified
CF Anatomy Certified
Bachelors Degree in English Literature and Nutrition & Food Sciences – University of Vermont
Currently working towards Masters in Nutrition & Human Performance – Logan University
Back Squat: 225lbs
Deadlift: 280lbs
Clean & Jerk: 175lbs
Snatch: 155lbs
Katie Holmes
Coach

Katie is competitive and puts her entire heart and soul in everything she does. As a teenager, she was a dancer and tennis player. She began learning about the power of strength training in 2010 upon beginning to compete in physique competitions. She competed in eight such events (in the Bikini and Figure divisions), earning national qualifications and aiming to become an IFBB pro. She continued this path throughout law school at the University of Arizona, expecting to eventually be forced to abandon athletic pursuits to work full-time in the world of intellectual property law.

In 2015, however, Katie realized, that her passion was in health and wellness. She quit her legal job to become a personal trainer and nutrition coach.

A few months later, Katie gathered up the courage to try something she’d been intimidated by for years: CrossFit. She fell in love with lifting heavy and hitting PRs. She reached out to WAG in an effort to learn how to eat for athletic performance while reaching body composition goals – and her life was forever changed. She lives in Michigan and is currently preparing for her first weightlifting meet in fall 2017.

Accomplishments
Precision Nutrition Level 1
Personal Training Certification, National Academy of Sports Medicine
B.S., Political Science, 2010, Northern Arizona University
Juris Doctorate, 2014, University of Arizona
Back Squat: 225lbs
Deadlift: 245lbs
Clean & Jerk: 140lbs
Snatch: 115lbs
Jessica Holton
Coach

Jessica has always loved a hard-earned sweat. Growing up she participated in any sport she could, including basketball, volleyball, and track. After college, a friend convinced her to sign up for her first 10k. Soon 10k's turned into half marathons and then into triathlons. During the summer of 2012, she completed a three-day Ironman, swimming 2.4 miles the first day, biking 112 miles the next, and running 26.2 miles on the final day. Jessica started incorporating strength sessions to supplement her endurance training. While beneficial, this did not provide the same satisfaction as the pure sport training she was used to. In June of 2014, her husband Josh, suggested that she try CrossFit. After her first workout, she was hooked. Now, whether it’s CrossFit, Oly lifting, powerlifting, running, or yoga - Jessica starts her day moving.

Nutrition-wise Jessica always considered herself to be a “healthy eater” but never saw the favorable results she thought she should being as active as she was. She struggled to find a balance between eating for health, performance, aesthetics, and enjoyment. Enter Working Against Gravity. Working one-on-one with a coach, Jessica learned how good it felt to properly fuel her body. She started liking what she saw in the mirror and loved that she could enjoy her favorite foods without guilt. Jessica is eager to help others find their own balance, and to empower them to become the best versions of themselves.

Accomplishments
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified
B.A. in Elementary Education - Michigan State University
M.A. in Reading & Literacy K-12 - Central Michigan University
Snatch 57kg/125lbs
Clean & Jerk 73kg/160lbs
Back Squat 105kg/231lbs
Bench Press 66kg/145lbs
Deadlift 125kg/275lbs
Brittney Crist
Coach

Brittney found her passion for health and fitness during a very young age due to participating in various sports; ranging from varsity basketball to collegiate rugby. During these sporting years her fascination with proper nutrition and training for performance grew and eventually lead to achieving a degree in Kinesiology. Upon graduation, Brittney started coaching and after a few years expanded her credentials by getting the Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification. Brittney has firsthand experience with the profound effect exercise and nutrition has on one’s personal health and quality of life. Having over 10 years’ experience in the health and fitness field, Brittney has the ability to tap in to a unique blend of expertise to inspire her clients to reach their personal goals. She strongly believes that a little motivation and proper education can transform anyone.

Besides training and coaching, Brittney and her wife are avid Tough Mudders and have completed races in Ireland, Whistler, and six others in the United States. She enjoys going to sporting events (HUGE Mariners fan), traveling, Hiking with her 4 pups, and is always up to try new activities that challenge her mentally and physically!

Accomplishments
Bachelors in Kinesiology: Movement Studies
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified
ACE Personal Training Certified
Rock n’Roll Seattle half marathon
Completed 8 Tough Mudder races and counting!
Amy Locati
Coach

Amy’s active lifestyle comes from working on the family farm harvesting onions, moving sprinkler pipe and bucking hay bales, but when she wasn’t out in the dirt, she was also highly involved in gymnastics, dance and cheerleading. She was introduced to CrossFit in 2012 when her small town opened its first box. CrossFit taught her to love and respect her body and to be proud of her muscles. Picking up a heavy barbell, listening to loud music and working out alongside friends is the best part of her day.

She began refining her diet and studying nutrition mostly to improve her body composition and CrossFit performance, not to lose weight. WAG taught her the importance of counting macronutrients while remaining flexible with her food choices, but it also changed her mindset and helped her find a better balance within the rest of her life, which was equally significant. Now she is leaner, stronger, mentally tougher, and is able to enjoy pancakes and ice cream without the guilt! Her success with WAG drove her to want to share the gift of flexible dieting knowledge with others. To her, changing people’s lives in a sustainable way and helping them reach their goals is the most rewarding thing of all.

Amy is a CrossFit coach and an avid foodie. When she’s not in the gym you’ll likely find her in the kitchen experimenting with recipes to make them healthier. On her days off she enjoys shopping the farmer’s market, brunching with friends, heading to the family cabin at Wallowa Lake, or spending a low-key night at home with her boyfriend and two cats.

Accomplishments
BA Criminal Justice - Washington State University
CrossFit Level 1
Precision Nutrition Level 1
Deadlift: 255lbs
Snatch: 110lbs
Back Squat: 215lbs
Clean and Jerk: 145lbs
Bench: 135lbs
Julie Rappaport
Substitute Coach

Julie, (aka jrapp when competing), grew up in Northern California and was always very athletic. Her favorite sport growing up was soccer and she played at a Division 1 school in college and semi-professionally after graduating.

In 2008, she was introduced to Crossfit and after her first workout, she was hooked. She loved the challenge, intensity and camaraderie of the sport, things she previously had only found in soccer. After a couple years, she hung up her cleats and fully embraced her new-found passion of Crossfit.

Julie had her first child in 2012 and her second in 2015. She contacted WAG 6 weeks after the birth of her second child to help her become a 53kg lifter for the US Masters National Weightlifting meet. A short 4-months later, she not only lifted as a 53kg, she placed 1st in her age and weight class and set a new American record for the Clean & Jerk! Two weeks after the meet, she went on to get ranked 43rd in the world in her age group in Crossfit. And this year, she is training hard to make the Crossfit Games!

Julie’s biggest challenge while doing WAG has been with her children: “I just love ‘em so darn much that I just wanna eat them…but that would really throw off my macros, so I just give them a hug instead!” :)

Julie’s passion is to help people become the best version of themselves that they can be and to inspire others to do things they never thought possible.

Accomplishments
US National Record Holder for Clean & Jerk in age and weight class, 2016
1st Place US National Weightlifting Meet in age and weight class, 2016
Crossfit 43rd in World in age group, 2016
Crossfit Games team competitor, 2009
Semi-professional soccer player
Licensed Professional Counselor in state of Colorado
Certified Advanced Hypnotherapist
MA in Transpersonal Psychology, Naropa University
BA in Psychology and Pre-Med, The Colorado College
Division 1 Soccer Player
US District, State and Regional Player
Deadlift: 315lbs
Squat: 275lbs
Front Squat: 240lbs
Snatch: 121lbs
Clean & Jerk: 180lbs
Nicole Kupfer
Substitute Coach

Growing up with a dad who competed in Bodybuilding, fitness and nutrition have been in integral part of Nicole’s life since the day she was born. Nicole spent the majority of her childhood in dance classes including ballet, jazz, tap, modern and hip-hop and also briefly competed in Olympic Weightlifting in high school.

Fast forward to her senior year of college, Nicole started training for Figure Competitions and competed at the local and national level for the next couple of years. She loved competing, but the strict meal plans and two-a-day workouts were no longer enjoyable. Nicole decided to try her first CrossFit class and was hooked.

Although CrossFit helped Nicole learn to appreciate her body for what it could do and not just how it looked, she still felt lost about how to best fuel herself for training and also feel comfortable in her own skin. During her last couple months of graduate school, Nicole started her journey with WAG and has not looked back since! With the help of the WAG coaches and community, Nicole has learned how to eat for performance, love her body and how to stay on track through special occasions, vacations and injuries.

Nicole is a high school counselor in the Pacific Northwest and is often easily talked into pull-up competitions by the students she works with. She loves hiking, reading and hanging out with her fiancé and Black Labrador, Adrian. She believes in helping others learn to be the best version of themselves and is passionate about living and modeling a lifestyle where physical and mental health are a priority.

Accomplishments
Crossfit Level 1
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Washington
Master of Education, Counseling, University of Puget Sound
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Clean & Jerk: 195lbs
Snatch: 140lbs
Squat: 260lbs
Front Squat: 225lbs
Deadlift: 255lbs
Bench: 160lbs
Michael Vanchieri
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After finishing up a successful collegiate baseball career, Michael used CrossFIt to stay in shape and provide a competitive release. Shortly after beginning CrossFit, he knew that he wanted to enable people to enhance their lives through health, fitness, and nutrition. He coached CrossFit classes while attending chiropractic school. There he learned that optimal health required both regular tune-ups, and proper fuel! After shedding some of that "weightlifter" fluff as a WAG client, Michael knew he absolutely needed to be apart of the WAG team that enabled him to earn success.

When not treating patients or at the gym, Michael enjoys surfing (or attempting to), bike riding, and relaxing outdoors in Long Beach, NY.

Accomplishments
B.S. in Biochemistry from Hillsdale College
Doctor of Chiropractic from National University of Health Sciences
USAW Advanced Sports Performance Coach
2015 University Weightlifting Nationals
Clean & Jerk: 325lbs
Snatch: 260lbs
Jayne Jeffreys
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Jayne has always been surrounded by the world of Fitness and Nutrition her whole life. She was a gymnast from the age of 6 and continued on through her 4 years at Rutgers University in New Jersey. While at college, she struggled with weight gain and could never find what she needed to get the weight off and keep it off. This created a series of yo-yo dieting and eventually more weight gain in the end. After finishing her gymnastics career, she found crossfit and lost most of the college weight with a lot of research and trial and error, then in 2015, she stumbled upon WAG. This is when she found the key to success that she was looking for her whole athletic career. It took the stress out of guessing what her body needed daily and changed her outlook on food in general.

She began this journey with WAG to learn how to fuel her performance for crossfit, but it was about the same time she made the switch from a Crossfit athlete to strictly Olympic Weightlifting. Jayne accomplished her goal of qualifying for USAW Nationals in 2017 and will continue on to the American Open in December of 2017. Her future goals in weightlifting are to continue qualifying for Nationals each year and work her way up the rankings in the 69kg weight class.

Jayne's passion is to introduce this world of macros to everyone struggling with weight loss, gain, or performance in and out of the gym and help guide them through this process. Helping them to understand that this is a lifestyle, and something you are able to maintain long term. She doesn't want anyone to feel as though they cannot live a normal life while "dieting".

Accomplishments
Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science and Sports Management from Rutgers University
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified
Crossfit Level 1 Certified
USAW American Open 2016
USAW Nationals 2017
Division 1 Gymnast at Rutgers University - 2009-2013
Clean & Jerk: 98kg
Snatch: 86kg
Clean: 100kg
Back Squat: 122kg
Front Squat: 108kg
Katie Lundberg
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Katie’s been on a food journey for over almost two decades. Her training as a naturopathic doctor and an acupuncturist has taken her in many different directions. As a naturopath, she was taught that food is our medicine, however, what she discovered being a WAG client and what inspires her is that our relationship with food is a deeper medicine. Here she found a balance and stopped her own frustrating cycles, finding that she was healthier, mentally, emotionally, and physically! What started out as a desire to experiment with yet another diet, turned into a passion and a belief in WAG’s approach and knew she had to transition into doing this for others.

“Grandma Kate” as many friends call her, because she likes a to get to bed early, was introduced to CrossFit in 2011 and never looked back. She loves chasing her old times and PRs. Like flexible dieting, CrossFit has been the only thing to “stick.” She currently lives in Richmond, VA, when not seeing patients, she enjoys throwing the ball to her “yard dog” Mingus, gardening, and is looking to complete her USAW Level 1 Sports Performance certification later this year.

Accomplishments
BA in Psychology from Rollins College
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University
CrossFit Level 1
Clean & Jerk: 158lbs
Snatch: 120lbs
Back Squat: 215lbs
Deadlift: 240lbs
Laura Lee Gilliland
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Laura Lee grew up as a dual sport athlete in Alabama, playing basketball and soccer at a competitive level through high school. During college, she took a break from sports, but when she began law school at Ole Miss in 2008, she needed an outlet and picked up lifting and distance running. Once her passion for lifting was reignited, she discovered CrossFit in 2012 and didn't spend much time in a law office before deciding to pursue fitness as a full time career. Part of her "why" is to use her gift of being able to help others, and she feels she best serves others helping and supporting them with their nutrition!

In early 2013, she moved to Nashville, TN to work in the fitness industry, and she has coached athletes in fitness and nutrition ever since. In 2015, she began working with a nutritionist who specialized in flexible dieting, and shortly after this Laura Lee discovered and joined Working Against Gravity where she initially cut 14 lbs. then worked at a caloric surplus for nearly 9 months to add muscle and become more competitive. Through this process she added about 8 lbs of lean muscle and found herself in the best shape of her career at the age of 31. WAG has been more than a physical transformation for Laura Lee. By using all of the tools and support WAG provides, she has learned to be more balanced in every aspect of her life. WAG has been life changing for Laura Lee and she now enjoys helping others change their own lives as well.

While she enjoys all food, breakfast is her favorite meal. Give this girl a stack of pancakes or French toast, and her day is made! When she's not working hard in the gym, preparing for a competition, or hard at work helping others, you can find her exploring the great outdoors -- her favorite place to be -- looking for the next great adventure and using her fitness to have fun and enjoy life.

Accomplishments
Juris Doctor, University of Mississippi School of Law
B.A., Public Relations, University of Alabama
Functional Movement Screen Level 1
Precision Nutrition Level 1 (in progress)
Deadlift: 350lbs
Snatch: 150lbs
Clean and Jerk: 200lbs
Squat: 275lbs
Vanessa Bailey
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Growing up Vanessa always led an active lifestyle, playing every sport her schedule would possibly allow. Half way through her college career she realized she wanted to continue studying her love of exercise and nutrition by declaring Exercise Physiology as her major. After graduating, Vanessa held the title of Wellness Director at a local athletic club where she counseled clients in macro counting weight loss programs. During her time as a Wellness Director, she also held certifications as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and spinning instructor. Two years into her career, her husband took a job in a small town and Vanessa’s original career path fell to the wayside. For ten years, she tried every diet on the market while her weight continued to creep higher and higher. From Paleo, Whole30, Weight Watchers, and Zone to restrictive eating, nothing seemed to click with the goals and healthy lifestyle she desired to achieve. Vanessa finally made the decision to join WAG after being on the waitlist. At first, she had to overcome the obstacle of realizing it was okay to have a coach even though she “understood” nutrition…and it was the best decision she could have ever made. Over the course of 11 months, Vanessa lost over 65lbs, ran a half-marathon, and won a local CrossFit competition.

While WAG helped Vanessa achieve goals beyond her expectations, it also helped her excel in CrossFit and on the tennis court. Throughout her journey with WAG, Vanessa realized that her passion is to help and counsel others in achieving an optimal, healthy lifestyle through nutrition and exercise—her original career path she declared in college!

Vanessa lives in Goldsboro, North Carolina with her husband, little boy, and three dogs. In her spare time, you can find her fishing, at the beach or competing in local CrossFit competitions and tennis tournaments.

Accomplishments
BA in Health and Applied Human Sciences, Exercise Science
BA in English
Precision Nutrition Level 1 (in progress)
North Carolina State Tennis Champion
Southern Sectional Tennis Combo Champion
Emerald Isle Half-Marathon
Deadlift: 275lbs
Snatch: 100lbs
Squat: 230lbs
Front Squat: 190lbs
Push Press: 140lbs