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COACH MATT

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Certified LV L1 Crossfit Trainer

Certified LVL 2 CrossFit Trainer

Certified  CrossFit Kids

I guess you could say my Crossfit story is pretty typical. I played sports in high school and college. I was athletic in the sense that I played sports, but soon after getting my first “real job” I quickly found myself overweight and heading towards obesity due to my newly sedentary life. I tried all the typical avenues for weight loss. (Running, dieting etc.) In fact, I ran so much that I quickly developed a running injury that kept me from being able to run. I was introduced to CrossFit in 2012 and along the way became extremely passionate about it and the results I was getting. I wanted to share this passion with others and help them achieve the healthy lifestyle I was now leading. The drive to help others live a healthy life style lead me to open CrossFit 12Gauge in January of 2015.

“Be better than you were yesterday”’

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COACH HEATHER

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Certified LV L1 Crossfit Trainer

USAW Sports Performance Coach

Heather is a sports and fitness enthusiast and is well known for hard work and dedication not only towards herself, but towards others as well. Having a foundation with a track and soccer background, she has built upon that and excelled to a professional height in her personal fitness career. She plays professional football in the Legends Football League, has appeared on Fuse TV, won CMT’s Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge 6x in a row, weightlifts competitively and continues to expand on her resume. Her certifications are in personal training, CrossFit LV1, CrossFit judges, and USA Weightlifting.

“My favorite thing about CrossFit is being a coach. I truly love what I do and helping others achieve their goals! Whether that be competitively or just for everyday life, nothing is more rewarding than knowing I can be a part of another individual’s accomplishments and fitness journey! I truly believe CrossFit is for everyone and strive to show that through my motivational drive as a coach and the community we’ve built here at 12 Gauge.”

Joe

COACH JOE

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 Coach Joe

Certified LV L1 Crossfit Trainer

Coach Joe is native to the Fredericksburg area and played baseball football and wrestling at King George High School. Although very competitive in sports it was his training that sparked his love of weightlifting and bodybuilding. A few years after high school and a few years of feeling stagnant with his repetitive bodybuilding programs he saw the Crossfit Games on ESPN and never looked back. Since then he’s competed in several powerlifting and strongman comps and has goals of making it to the Crossfit Regionals and eventually The Games. He is extremely passionate about “The Sport of Fitness”. Believing anyone has the ability to better themselves not only in the gym but in life as well. His specialties are mobility and strength training with big interests in gymnastics and Olympic Weightlifting.

Sarah

Coach SARAH

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Certified LV L1 Crossfit Trainer

“I grew up playing sports and being active. After high school I started running. I ran almost everyday and the heaviest weights I lifted were 5 pound dumbbells. I initially started Crossfit after reading an article saying it could improve your running by improving muscle endurance. So I started at 3 times a week and after the first class was so sore I couldn’t come back for a full week. Fast forward to now and I never run (except in wods) and can lift heavier weights than I ever thought possible. Crossfit truly is for everybody and anybody. If I can do it anyone can. I am Crossfit Level 1 Certified and a registered nurse. Health and wellness is a passion of mine and I am thankful to have 2 jobs that allow me to help and inspire people to lead a healthier lifestyle.”

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Coach Haley

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“I was pretty active growing up. My mom had me in gymnastics and dance, I played soccer, and basketball in my younger years and then committed to volleyball through high school. After graduating I wasn’t exactly sure what i wanted to do so I ventured off to the big city. At that point I found my love for the gym and the rest is pretty typical. I became a personal trainer and was introduced to CrossFit while I was dabbling in bodybuilding. After I realized there was more to CrossFit then just looks, I knew I wanted to share it with others. CrossFit gave me the ability to be functional, to have a different workout everyday, and most importantly the chance to be challenged mentally and physically. I got my L1 in 2013 and recently in 2015 I found my passion with olympic weightlifting.”
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