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  • coach1tucker@ballstoncrossfit.com

    As the owner and Head Coach at Ballston CrossFit and CrossFit Route 7 - I am truly living my dream of owning businesses I am so passionate about! In February 2012 I opened Ballston CrossFit and we now have close to 300 members. When I got the opportunity to open CrossFit Route 7 in January of 2015, I was extremely excited to be able to share a healthy lifestyle with more people! I have always strived to live a healthy and fun-filled life (pura vida!) - live life to its fullest every day!

    As a competitive national-level tennis player, including a member of James Madison University's (JMU) Division 1 Varsity Tennis, I learned how to train hard and get results. After graduating from JMU, I continued to pursue athletic achievements and adventure sports (one of my favorite races was the XTERRA National Championships in Lake Tahoe, NV against some of the country’s top off-road triathletes). Thankfully, in late 2009, I found CrossFit and it has totally transformed my approach to fitness, in an incredibly positive way! As I approach my upper 30's, the incredible results from CrossFit continue to allow me to improve my overall fitness (I love getting stronger and faster every day)!!

    When I'm not at Ballston CrossFit or CrossFit Route 7, you can find me mountain biking, playing floor hockey, boosting air on the kiteboard or wakeboard, hanging out with friends, or backpacking around the world! Be sure to ask about great places to go on your next international adventure!

    I love my job and feel very lucky to love what I do - teaching my friends how to live a fit and healthy lifestyle!

    I hold the following qualifications:
    CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
    CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CF-L2
    CrossFit Endurance
    CrossFit Olympic Lifting
    CrossFit Mobility and Movement with Kelly Starrett
    CrossFit Gymnastics with Carl Paoli
    USA Weightlifting (USAW) Level 1 Sport Performance Coach
    Coached by US Olympian Cara Heads (http://www.chfitnessandperformance.com)
    Business of Excellence Immersion Program at CrossFit New England with Ben Bergeron (business consulting for CF box) - April 2016
    3-2-1 Go "Fuel Your Passion" business consulting seminar for CF boxes
    Power Monkey CrossFit training camp - coached by Chad Vaughn and Dave Durante
    Iron Sharpens Iron CrossFit Camp by Faith RX'd

    Philippians 4:13 - I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

  • Coach Rob Brown

    Rob Brown

    As a kid you could always find me outdoors. Whether that was climbing trees and boulders or playing backyard football, I was just your typical active child. When I left college my activity came to a crawl and I was actively looking for a way to fill that void. I went to big globo gyms, I tried to pick up a running routine, and tried working out at home with workout DVDs but nothing seemed to keep my interest for more than a couple weeks.

    I decided to think outside the box and did a few obstacle course races which really pushed me. It challenged me to carry heavy objects, climb ropes, and run long distances. All things that I didn’t learn in a gym or playing pickup basketball. I realized I needed to do something different if I wanted to be better at some basic obstacles that life throws at you. That’s when I decided to try a free Crossfit class, and I’ve never looked back.

    I’ve been nothing but happy with my decision to try Crossfit. I’ve seen health and performance improvements throughout all facets of my life. Whether it’s carrying groceries across the parking lot, keeping up with my dog as she sprints away from me at the park, or playing kickball with friends on the mall, I’ve seen vast improvements in my abilities to perform all tasks across the board.

    I started coaching to give that gift to others. To help them feel confident, healthy, and able to take on some of the challenges that life throws at us when we least expect them.

    I hold the following qualifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
    • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CF-L2
  • coach7

    I’ve always been an athlete but somehow never looked like one. Even after playing football in college and wrestling competitively at the NCAA Division 1 level, I still never really looked or felt fit. How could someone who worked out as much as I did still not be in good shape? I was working out on a fairly consistent schedule but not changing my body, my health, or my life. I’ve always been a naturally “plus-sized” guy, holding a little extra insulation – sometimes more than a little. I assumed this was genetics; nothing I could do about it.

    That is, until I started CrossFit. Technique and safety - two things I never really learned, or even cared about, when working out – are paramount in CrossFit. Performing an exercise safely and with proper technique allows you to do that exercise again, and again, and again...getting stronger and stronger. The BCF community made working out fun; no matter how painful the WOD, I looked forward to every class. And almost immediately, I started seeing changes. I noticed new lines in my shoulders and stomach, my mental clarity was more focused, and my strength and speed were greater than they were since college. I went from 245 to 215 pounds and my cholesterol and blood pressure are way down. Even my doctor is impressed!

    Your life can remain stationary or it can move forward. Ballston CrossFit can have the same effect on you as it has had on me – profound and boundless. You just have to make the decision to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. I’m excited to be a part of the BCF team!

    I hold the following qualifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
    • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CF-L2
    • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
    • CrossFit Gymnastics
    • CrossFit Powerlifting
    • Coached by US Olympian Cara Heads (http://www.chfitnessandperformance.com/)
  • admin

    Simply stated: I love to move! My childhood was a juggling act of dance classes, sports practices, family hikes and skiing. I played soccer competitively until a stress fracture sidelined me during the college recruiting process. Although fitness was always central to my life, I had never considered health and wellness as a career until I struggled with an eating disorder and depression during college.

    As part of recovery, I delved into the physical and spiritual practices of yoga and was amazed by the healing I experienced. Also during this time, a good friend introduced me to CrossFit. After my first class, I felt more joy than I had in months! I felt reconnected to the sense of community, competition, and challenge that I had loved about soccer. Most importantly, I felt reconnected to my own sense of self and strength.

    Yoga and CrossFit were so pivotal to my recovery that as I grew stronger my personal mission of holistic health turned into my professional path. Since graduating from Georgetown University, I have pursued my passion full time as a Registered Yoga Teacher, Group Fitness Instructor, and now CrossFit coach. I can think of no worthier pursuit than helping others discover and create their happiest, healthiest self!

    I hold the following certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
    • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CF-L2
    • RYT 200 (yoga)
  • coach10

    I was first introduced to CrossFit while on vacation in Southern California in 2011. Like many people who have yet to experience it, I was highly skeptical of the ability to get a killer workout in under 10 minutes. I spent the next few months continuing my daily routine of treadmill/elliptical/bike followed by weight training specific muscle groups in what seemed like an endless repetitive cycle, and ultimately one that yielded diminishing marginal results (but increasing levels of boredom). But on January 1, 2012, before the ink had even dried on my New Year’s resolutions, I stumbled across a 2011 CrossFit Games marathon on ESPN 2 – four hours later, I found myself still glued to the television, anxiously awaiting the challenge posed from the next event. I was astounded by what these athletes were able to do and enjoyed the camaraderie and competitive atmosphere in which they were doing it. Coincidentally enough, the very next day I am at the grocery store and return to my car to find a flier under the windshield wiper announcing the grand opening of Ballston CrossFit – I couldn't get home quick enough to email Tucker to sign up. Since graduating from BCF’s first foundations class, I have witnessed the growth of an amazing community and have seen countless examples of peoples’ lives changing for the better as a result of CrossFit. I have always been an active and fairly athletic person, but can confidently say that I am in the best shape of my life after 18 months at BCF and I look forward to continuing my progress every day. And CrossFit’s positive effects don’t end with improved performance at the box; they carry over into all facets of daily life. Personally, I am happier and more confident than ever, with a renewed sense of mental toughness thanks to CrossFit – I know that anything is possible if you set your mind to it and work hard to achieve it.

    I am excited to continue expanding the role of CrossFit in my life and look forward to training with you at BCF!

    I hold the following qualifications:


    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
    • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CF-L2
    • Weightlifting (USAW) Level 1 Sport Performance Coach
    • Coached by US Olympian Cara Heads (http://www.chfitnessandperformance.com/)

  • jeremy

    After being introduced to a CrossFit style workout while I was working at the JMU rec center in 2009, I was instantly hooked. Going back, I had always participated in sports growing up but there was a competitive void in my life once I got to college. My co-workers and I would take turns concocting brutal workouts then try to one-up each other with how fast we could complete them. Little did I know this competitive passion in the gym would still be driving me nearly 5 years later.

    Getting bored with the regular gym here in Arlington, I sought out a CrossFit box and decided on BCF. Coming to BCF allowed me to pick right back up where I left off in Harrisonburg. After almost 1.5 years of training at BCF, I am definitely in the best shape of my life!

    BCF provides a great place to foster new relationships as well as competition that will motivate you to become better all around and I am extremely excited to join the coaching staff here!

    I hold the following qualifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
    • Coached by US Olympian Cara Heads (http://www.chfitnessandperformance.com/)
  • coach7

    I am excited and honored to work with the Ballston CrossFit family of athletes. I discovered CrossFit in 2012 shortly after the box opened when a BCF flyer appeared in my apartment building and I decided to give it a shot. My then-girlfriend (now wife), Heather, and I had no idea what we were getting into. After a few weeks of struggling to walk up and down stairs and barely being able to raise our arms overhead, we knew we had found something that would challenge our fitness like no prior workout had.

    BCF quickly became an outlet for me to come together with like-minded athletes, set aside the stress of life, and find personal growth – both physical and mental. Training at BCF together has also given Heather and I the opportunity to help push each other and has strengthened the bond of our relationship. I’m grateful to now have the same opportunity to help all BCF members along their fitness journeys to achieve personal goals they have set for themselves.

    My philosophy when I’m at the box: Take training seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously… And above all else be safe, have fun, learn something, and support those around you!

    I played club sports throughout college and am a former competitive mountain bike racer, and I still ride my bike as much as possible. CrossFit has bettered all aspects of my riding, from endurance to recovery, and I love putting my fitness to use exploring trails in the Shenandoah mountains and beyond. I am also a licensed coach with the National Interscholastic Cycling Association’s Virginia League where I train middle and high school students to compete in mountain bike races.

    I hold the following qualifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
  • Coach Kathleen

    After growing up playing multiple sports my entire life, I entered college with absolutely no idea how to train and stay in shape on my own. I went from running, to the typical globo gym machine routines, to spin classes, etc. I would stick with a regimen for a couple of months, eventually stop seeing results, and get bored/frustrated and quit. All the while, I struggled to maintain a weight and general physique that I was happy with, and rarely felt comfortable in my own skin.

    In May of 2010, I was first introduced to Crossfit when the gym I was a member of (but hardly ever used at the time) started a Crossfit box as part of the training/services they offered. After reading into it a little more, I decided to give it a try. My first foundations class left me hardly able to walk for several days after a 4 minute long tabata work out (bottom to bottom air squats). I couldn't believe how sore I could be from just 4 minutes or work, and I was instantly hooked. Since starting, I have not only completely changed everything about my body for the better, but I'm overall healthier, happier, and more confident as a person than I ever was before. I truly believe that Crossfit has made me a better person physically, mentally, and emotionally.

    Two and half years ago, I realized that I had been doing Crossfit for more than 2 years, and was still loving it just as much as when I had started, and it had truly become a lifestyle for me. That was when I decided that I wanted to pursue getting my L1 so I could begin to coach other athletes, and help them on their journey to find their happiest, healthiest selves. Since the beginning of my coaching journey, I have realized that getting my L1 is only the beginning. It seems that the more I learn, the more I realize that there is for me to still learn. I feel so happy and blessed that I've been given the opportunity to coach with, and learn from such an amazing group of coaches and owner, and to work with such a wonderful group of members on a daily basis. My goal is to learn as much as I can and to become the best coach I can be for every different type of member and athlete, regardless of their personal goals.

    I hold the following qualifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
    • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CF-L2
  • coach1

    Ever since I can remember I have been super competitive, whether it has to do with who can eat their meal fastest or who is the fastest person at the basketball court or who got the best grade on the test. Life has always been a competition of me versus whoever wants to take the challenge. This is all thanks to my big brother, he definitely molded me to want to win at everything I ever participate in.

    I played basketball from childhood all the way through the collegiate level. After college was over, I was missing that competitive atmosphere. I was able to recruit a couple friends that would go to the track with me and we would run sprints and perform various plyometric exercises. This soon became boring for me since my friends weren't as competitive as I was.

    At the time I lived in an apartment that overlooked Ballston Crossfit. I would see people running and sometimes carrying random things and when I would walk by I'd see members pushing each other to go hard or finish their reps. I had a couple friends mention Crossfit to me and I shook them off at the time with "ehhhh I'm good". So finally I folded my hand and went in for a test out. It was about a 75 minute session and it crushed me mentally and physically! But afterwards I knew this was going to be the best outlet for me to be competitive again, and at the same time definitely obtain one of my personal goals - look good with my shirt off! Haha always good to set goals here!

    After joining the gym I found an amazing and welcoming group of athletes and once again going to workouts was a blast! I also recouped my old work ethic "Whatever effort you put into this, you'll get the exact results out of it." As an athlete I try to push myself out of my comfort zone each and every workout, I know my body can handle a lot more than I think it can. I feel like if you can have that mentality for any enterprise in life, you will succeed. That is my ultimate goal as a coach - To safely push you past your comfort zone, to be the fittest and best you can be.

    I hold the following qualifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1

    "Come at me bro!"

  • coach9

    I have been a swimmer most of my life, but after swimming on the D1 level and graduating, I became somewhat jaded (and probably burnt out) about athletics. I lifted weights frequently (and tried many different programs), and biked, but I would often become bored and/or discouraged with my progress or the program.

    I was thinking about starting CrossFit in 2012, and then Tucker opened BCF two blocks from my house, so I had no more excuses not to try it out. CrossFit has really changed my views on fitness, as there is constant variation coupled with high intensity and competition, which really drives me to perform at my best. I have really seen my body composition change over my time at BCF, and feel that I am probably fitter than I was as a college swimmer since my overall strength and injury resistance has drastically improved through constant drilling of proper technique and execution. BCF is a fantastic place to make a huge shift in your level of fitness and overall outlook on life. If you're fitter, you're going to be happier and perform better everywhere, whether that's in the box or at work!

    I hold the following qualifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
    • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CF-L2
    • CrossFit Powerlifting
    • Weightlifting (USAW) Level 1 Sport Performance Coach
    • CrossFit Gymnastics
    • CrossFit Movement and Mobility
    • CrossFit Kettlebell
    • Coached by US Olympian Cara Heads (http://www.chfitnessandperformance.com/)
  • Ashley

    Athletics has been my entire world for as long as I can remember. I played soccer at an elite level early on along with many other sports including baseball, swimming, lacrosse, basketball, and figure skating. I had the great fortune of being able to play D1 soccer in college and one year professionally with the NWSL upon graduating.

    My passion for playing and coaching began with soccer, and has since evolved to be focused on Crossfit and Yoga. I first tried Crossfit a year and a half ago. It brought out many of the familiar qualities that had been nurtured within me as a long time competitive athlete. A little before this time I also began to dive into Yoga which brought a greater sense of balance and overall well being to my life. I have a deep desire to continue growing within these disciplines and continue training every day, and to share what I learn with others!

    When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with family/friends, being outdoors and listening to podcasts! I am beyond excited to join the Ballston/CFR7 community!:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
    • RYT-200 Hr