May 3, 2016

Our Team

 

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Kristy Schmidt
Co-Owner/General Manager
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Kristy has been an athlete for her entire life. She was a competitive gymnast for 11 years and a competitive rower for three years during which her boat placed 10th in the nation. When Kristy started college at the University of Florida (UF) in 2011, she began CrossFit at Gator CrossFit. She immediately fell in love with the intensity that CrossFit provided as it reminded her of her time as a gymnast and rower. Kristy has been doing CrossFit ever since and was thrilled when the opportunity to become the new co-owner of Gator CrossFit presented itself.

Kristy graduated from UF with a Bachelors in Business Administration and a Masters in Elementary Education. She is excited to be able to combine her love of fitness, teaching, and business as a co-owner of Gator CrossFit.

 

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Kalan James
Co-Owner

Kalan graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2012 with a Bachelors in Marketing. Born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, Kalan moved back to Gainesville after graduating from UCF and opened his first business, Top Tier Graphics and Apparel. When Kalan and Kristy started dating, Kalan fell in love with the sport of CrossFit and he and Kristy talked about owning their own affiliate one day. Kalan is excited to expand his business horizons and be a part of a community as great as Gator CrossFit.

 

 

 

Crystal Hatch
Head Coach
Member Retention Overseer
Sales and Outreach Director
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

A wife, mom of two, former Marine and CrossFit enthusiast!  She was born in St. Augustine, raised in Gainesville, a beach bum at heart that loves the outdoors and leading an active lifestyle with her family by her side.  She stumbled into the CrossFit world in 2011 and never turned back.

Her favorite thing about CrossFit is the atmosphere.  A group of people from all walks of life, coming together as one to work a little harder, get a little stronger, laugh a little louder and live a little longer.

“At any moment I can look around the gym to see all of the sweaty smiles, people fighting for every last rep and giving everything they have in that very moment, while also motivating each other along. As a coach, it does something to the soul. As an athlete, it means more than anything to have this amazing group of people that I consider family. People who I know I can count on to help motivate me on my not so great days, because even coaches have bad days. People that I know truly care not just about gym life, but each other’s personal lives as well. Our gym truly feels like home.”

 

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Leslie Twist
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Gymnastics Certified
Mobility Certified
Coaches Prep Course

Leslie is a 44-year old mom of four and in the best shape of her life. One of the things she likes about Gator CrossFit is the challenge. CrossFit pushes you to challenge yourself to become a stronger and healthier person. What lies within us is truly amazing; we just have to tap into it. Gator CrossFit makes the challenge available, so you not only gain strength but also a better awareness of your body.

 

 

 

Kristin Ross
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Kristin has always loved working out, running, and being active. In 2011, after moving to Salt Lake City, Utah, Kristin realized that it was just too cold to run outside in the winter, so she started CrossFit. She fell in love with the community atmosphere, constant challenge, and pushing herself to be better every day. After doing CrossFit for three years, she was honored to become a coach. She has been coaching since 2013 and absolutely loves it.

 

 

 

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CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
PTA Global Personal Trainer
USA Weightlifting Level 1

Growing up in Tampa, Florida, Cameron has always been avid with being adventurous and wanting to try new things. Starting in elementary school, he has played sports from Volley Ball, Soccer, Basketball, and baseball but his true loves have been quarter midget racing (this kid loves NASCAR) and Ultimate Frisbee. Cameron played Ultimate all through High School culminating in two trips to the high school state championship where his team won the title in 2012. He began CrossFit in high school, but without a gym. It wasn’t until he came to the University of Florida in 2013 where he began his ventures into Olympic weightlifting CrossFit began.

Studying Anthropology at UF, this 4th year student is ready to begin his CrossFit coaching journey here at Gator CrossFit, bringing his energy, charisma, and love for helping people achieve what they never thought possible to our athletes.

 

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Amie Spooner
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Amie is a wife and mom to three beautiful children. She started her CrossFit journey at Gator CrossFit in 2013 because she was looking for something that was different every day and challenged her in ways she had not been challenged before. Gator CrossFit has now become her home away from home. As a former elementary school teacher, turned stay-at-home mom, Amie decided to combine her love of teaching others with her love of CrossFit and made the choice to become a trainer. When she is not coaching, she likes to spend time with her family, fishing, hunting, relaxing on the beach and of course doing CrossFit.

 

 

MurphFauve Wilson
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer 

Fauve has dabbled in many sports, both as an athlete and as a coach, but has always had a passion for activity and fitness. She was a state swimmer, is a snowboarder, played softball, soccer, hockey, and many other sports, has coached swimming and taught snowboarding for a while. 

She started CrossFit four years ago in Frisco, Colorado as a way to rehabilitate an injury from snowboarding, and immediately fell in love with the sport. Since then, Fauve has competed in and judged many competitions and has been a member and coach at three other boxes before landing at Gator CrossFit. Along with her level one certification and the many physical benefits of CrossFit, the sport has blessed her with many opportunities to meet people from all over the place and lend a hand during the CrossFit Games. Fauve now acts as the lead for Staff Services under the Atlantic regionals and works in Volunteer Control at the Games.

Now working on her Bachelors of Marine Biology, if you can’t find her in the water you’ll find her here at the gym. She is very excited to bring her energy, knowledge and passion for CrossFit and always willing to help our athletes succeed here at Gator CrossFit.

Chris Johnson
USAW-L1SP Certified

Chris Johnson is an Olympic Lifting enthusiast with boyish charm and incredible good looks. He has been doing the Olympic lifts for over 15 years and it somewhat of a demigod. So come and learn or improve your Olympic Lifting technique with this man who some have called the greatest technician of his generation. Chris is USAW-L1SP certified and is a certified bad ass.

 

 

 

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Greeter

Maverick, or Mav, is a 2 year old rescue Pitbull mix. He is 75 pounds of pure muscle and pure love. Maverick has been doing CrossFit since the day Kristy rescued him and look at him now! He is the example of fitness. Be sure to stop by the office to give him some love!