Renee started her CrossFit Journey in 2012. Shortly after she became pregnant with her second child. She was able to safely continue to CrossFit while pregnant. Renee has ran in several half marathons, completed a half ironman and several CrossFit competitions.
Owner, CF-L1, USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
Joe believes that CrossFit is a state of mind and encourages members to tune in to their own goals in order to achieve success.
CF-L1, CF Gymnastics
Phil started his CrossFit journey after meeting us at a local triathlon. Phil had recently gotten back in shape and was looking for a training program to compliment his offseason regimen. Since that time, Phil has completed a 1/2 Ironman, a marathon, and he has competed in multiple local CrossFit competitions. This made Phil a natural choice to head up our Firebreather Program. It quickly became successful and expanded to a second night each week. Phil handles all the programming for the program and can usually be seen at local competitions giving our athletes last minute advice.
Trey spent his whole life competing in team sports and missed that competitive aspect of his life. Add in his complete boredom of the traditional gym setting, and he was looking for a change. He found that change in 2013 when he walked into the nearby box and gave “Cindy” a try. Twenty minutes later his lungs burned, his legs wobbled, his head was pounding, and he was hooked. Since then he has competed in numerous local and interbox competitions, always looking for the newest skill to tackle. Already incorporating aspects of Crossfit into his coaching for football and track during his day job. In 2016 he earned his L1 certification and began coaching classes at our box. He tries to incorporate skills he’s picked up from his years of athletics and his science background to help motivate others and allow them to enjoy Crossfit as much as he does.
Since starting CrossFit in 2011, Deb has become an accomplished athlete, ranked 199th in the world in the Masters Women 60+ division. When she isn’t kicking butt as an athlete, she is helping other athletes find their own success. She typically coaches our Wednesday night FIIt Camp Class, but her impact far outreaches just those classes. Deb is responsible for many great ideas and innovations around the gym and also writes a funny blog about her experiences.
I was born and raised in Florida. I attended Florida State University and got a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. Yes, I am a huge Florida State fan and I try to attend as many FSU football games as possible. I have been doing Crossfit for a little over 4 years and I have been a Level One instructor for just over a year. My now fiancé is the one who got me started on my Crossfit journey. When I am not at the gym, I am working at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. I am the Missing Persons Clerk and SafetyNet Coordinator for the Sheriff’s Office. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and 2 amazing dogs, Onyx and Cotee.
Jared started his CrossFit journey in 2013 when the typical gym and running regimen became routine. Jared was instantly hooked with the constantly varied workouts, mental and physical challenges. Jared has since competed in numerous local CrossFit competitions and some online as well. In 2017 he earned his L1 and began coaching.
USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
Mike “Deg” is a 25 year veteran weightlifting coach and leads the State Champion Girls Weightlifting program at River Ridge High School. Deg’s knowledge of the two Olympic lifts (the snatch and Clean and Jerk) far surpass anything CrossFit offers and we love that. CrossFit is about being broad, general, and inclusive whereas to become great at lifting requires a specialist. We are very pleased to have Mike train our athletes three times a week for the barbell club.
Clayton jointed Fortitude Fitness in March of 2017, falling hard for the barbell beauty of high intensity, constantly varied functional movements. When not pastoring or coaching CrossFit, he enjoys binging TV, reading, and writing pithy website bios.
I started my Crossfit experience in April of 2017 with the intention to get stronger physically and mentally. Since then I have found my passion to help others live a healthy and happy life. There is something really special about getting under that barbell and picking up the weights you never thought you would be able to pick up. Something special about your first strict pull-up, hitting your toes to bar, and getting that push-up you always wanted. When I am not training or coaching, I am either at school being a part-time student, working at my part-time job, or enjoying my free time. I enjoy the beach, going to church, binging TV shows, local Crossfit competitions, and scrolling through social media platforms. I am excited to be a part of the Fortitude Family, to learn and grow in the CrossFit community.
I started weightlifting in high school and my coach got me into CrossFit which lead to me falling in love with the sport. CrossFit always gives me a challenge and keeps a smile on my face. I can’t remember my life without it, and I wouldn’t want to.