Our Program Director, Mario discovered CrossFit in 2005 during his days teaching kettlebell conditioning classes at the Krav Maga National Training Center in Los Angeles. He currently holds the following certifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Russian Kettlebell Challenge RKC Level 2 Instructor, FMS Certified Functional Movement Specialist, USAW Sports Performance Coach, CrossFit Gymnastics Certified Trainer, NASM-CPT, NESTA MMA Conditioning Coach, WKC Kettlebell Sport Fitness Instructor, Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, and Black Belt Instructor Rank in Krav Maga from Krav Maga Worldwide.
Ivy is the CFSQ business manager and a senior instructor. She recently finished an 11 year career with the US Army. After several deployments to Iraq, she knew she needed to add more self-defense to her skill set. Ivy became a Krav Maga student in 2008 which led her to CrossFit. She is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, a Russian Kettlebell Challenge RKC Instructor, FMS Certified Functional Movement Specialist, a Modern Army Combatives Instructor, a USAW Sports Performance Coach, a Level 4 Krav Maga student, and holds bachelor’s degree in Sport and Health Science.
Kandice was introduced to CrossFit in 2011. Shortly after, she realized she wanted to make a few changes in life. In July 2011 she received her CrossFit Level 1 Certification and became a NASM-CPT. Kandice hosts youth athletic camps geared to help children develop proper movement patterns building a strong fundamental base during the summer. Currently, she instructs a youth fitness class in the after school programs at Burruss and West Side Elementary School. In the winter, Kandice intends to continue her training with CrossFit Kids!
Eric (aka LB) found CrossFit and Krav Maga in 2009 and enjoys the intensity the two disciplines bring. Eric is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, a a Russian Kettlebell Challenge RKC Instructor, and a Level 3 Krav Maga student. Eric is an ex-collegiate all-conference middle linebacker and has degrees in both Social Psychology and Leadership.
Greg’s athletic background began at the age of 15 when he began climbing. In 2010, he was introduced to CrossFit and he realized that he had some major gaps in his training. He is always looking increase his knowledge about the human body and the many ways to make it stronger. In addition to being CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, he also has a 200 hour Hatha Yoga Instructor certification and completed the Gym Jones Level 1 certification with Mark Twight. As a trainer, continuing education is important Greg. He is currently working towards completing Rob Shaul’s Mountain and Military Athlete coaching certifications.
Vanessa PrettySTRONG Gale
Vanessa grew up a classically trained dancer in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her bachelors degree in Dance, with a concentration in Body, Science, & Motion, at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. She is an International Kettlebell & Fitness Federation (IKFF) certified kettlebell instructor, Candidate for Master of Sport in Girevoy (Kettlebell) Sport, and NASM-CPT. Vanessa is ranked 4th in the country in the sport of Powerlifting and is coached by the USAPL’s Coach of the Year, Matthew Gary. She currently studies at Life University on her quest to become a Knee Chest Upper Cervical Specific Doctor of Chiropractic. She is the founder and co-coach of the Life University Powerlifting Club Team. She also manages prettySTRONGpowerlifing.com; a strength training blog dedicated to promoting women in the sport of powerlifting.
Dave the “Undertaker” played high school and collegiate lacrosse at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. After graduating with a degree in philosophy, he began powerlifting in May of 2010. Dave spent four years with Joe McAuliffe, a nationally recognized powerlifter and strength and conditioning specialist, from 2002-2005, learning proper technique in the power and Olympic lifts. Since starting his powerlifting career, Dave has trained under the USAPL World Team Head Coach, coaching committee chair, owner of Supreme Sports Performance Training (SSPT), and USAPL coach of the year (2012), Matthew Gary from Fall of 2011 to present. He attended the Reactive Training Systems & SSPT Powerlifting Seminar where he learned from some of the top minds in the sport on technique, form, programing, and nutrition. Dave enjoys teaching the sport of powerlifting and helping others to reach their fitness goals. He is currently studying to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.