TOM PARRY

TERESA PARRY

STEPH ROUNTREE

TIM BURGESS

ALISON SHORTAL

ALISON SHORTAL

Alison has always been very active and dedicated to having a healthy lifestyle. In 2012 she joined Chicago Strength as a member, and within 6 months became a coach and never looked back! From that point on, Chicago Strength has been, and continues to be, a huge part of her life. Alison is always learning and growing as a coach, she has a particular interest in nutrition and loves to share her knowledge with the community. She is known for her constantly varied, creative programming. No matter how often you take her classes, you are always in for a surprise with new creative moves and formats.

CERTIFICATIONS:

CrossFit-L1, HKC , TRX Suspension Trainer, CrossFit Mobility

TOMMY RODRIGUEZ

TOMMY RODRIGUEZ

Tommy played sports for most of his life, mainly football and wrestling. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, he found CrossFit and fell in love with community and accountability. “If you miss a workout the community holds you accountable.  If you miss a big lift or have a bad workout the same community lifts you up!  I love coaching new athletes/beginners.  I feel part of their journey.  It’s so exciting to see someone hit a big lift for the first time or get their first muscle up.”    

CERTIFICATIONS:

CrossFit Level 2

DREW WINKEL

DREW WINKEL

Drew found his passion for fitness in college when he became assistant to the head strength and conditioning coach designing workouts for collegiate athletes. A varsity athlete himself in both soccer and lacrosse, he was exposed to training for performance in high school. It was that exposure that led him to work with athletes in college, helping them improve their strength and stamina allowing them to perform better on the field. Drew is enthusiastic about helping others achieve their fitness goals and loves running fun, high energy classes that will have you pushing your limits.

CERTIFICATIONS:

Crossfit L-1, NASM CPT

SAMMY BASAR

SAMMY BASAR

Sammy started her early athletic career with competitive gymnastics. When she reached high school age, she shifted gears and decided to focus on volleyball. At age 16, she was an All American volleyball player and she continued to play in college at Purdue University Calumet. A few years ago, Sammy started to work for Chicago Strength as an admin as she finished up school. She quickly fell in love with the programming we offer and wanted to become a coach. Chicago Strength filled the void of intense training and pushing yourself to the limit, from no longer being a collegiate athlete.

CERTIFICATIONS:

CrossFit-L1, NASM-PES, TRX Group Fitness

MEREDITH LESTER

MEREDITH LESTER

Meredith grew up swimming and rowing competitively, and ended up rowing for four years at Columbia University, where she was a Division 1 First Team All American and still holds the all time 2k record (6:50.9). Meredith started crossfitting in 2012, and coaching in 2013. Meredith loves CrossFit because it feels like you are on a team, but you don’t have to go to practice if you don’t want to. She also loves how easy it is to measure results. In addition to coaching CrossFit, Meredith works in executive recruiting at Korn Ferry. She is married to Kevin Lester and has twin boys named Tank and Thorn, two French Bulldogs named Spud and Tater Tot.

CERTIFICATIONS:

Certified CrossFit Level 3 Trainer (CF-L3), Flexibility, Certificate (2017), Gymnastics Certificate ( 2016 ), Scaling Certificate, SportSpecific Application Certificate (2017), Spot The Flaw Certificate, Weightlifting Certificate (2018), Certified Eleiko Strength Coach

NIKEE POMPER

NIKEE POMPER

Nikee joined Atlas first as a member in 2014 and then as a coach in 2017. A former All-American Water Polo player and competitive open water distance swimmer, Nikee was drawn to Crossfit for it’s balance of team comradery and competitive individual performance. She strives to motivate and guide members to believe in themselves​ and​ work hard to ​achieve​ their​ ​​personal goals.

CERTIFICATIONS:

Crossfit Level 1, Crossfit Weightlifting Trainer

STEVE DENZA

STEVE DENZA

Steve has been an athlete his whole life. He played Football at Williams College and found Crossfit in 2014 shortly after the gym opened. He has been a member at Logan since then because he believes it is the best community around. Steve took the L1 course in 2017 and began coaching at Logan shortly after. If he is programming a workout, you can expect a chipper!

CERTIFICATIONS

CrossFIt Level 1 Trainer

QUINN SHORTAL

QUINN SHORTAL

Growing up, Quinn played many different sports, eventually he decided to focus on football and ended up playing football in college.  He joined Chicago Strength as a member in 2010, and after a few years, decided he wanted to coach. Quinn loves being part of this great community and helping others achieve their personal goals. And as you can see, he is dedicated to continually furthering and diversifying his fitness and nutrition education.

CERTIFICATIONS:

CrossFit L2, NCSF-CPT, NCSF-SNS, USAW-Sport Performance Coach, Precision Nutrition Level 1, Russian Kettlebell Certified, Progressive Calisthenics Certification, TRX Group Training, CrossFit Mobility, CrossFit Sport Specific Application, PCC, TRX Group Training, CrossFit Mobility, CrossFit Sport Specific Application

JESS HYLTON

JESS HYLTON

Jess has been with Chicago Strength since  2014. She has been an athlete her whole life and played basketball in college – so staying active is extremely important to her! What she loves most about Chicago Strength is the community, and pushes members to the max. Whether you’re sweating bullets during her CircuitFit classes or jamming to an awesome playlists in Metcon (Voted best coach playlist 3 years running – NBD) you are guaranteed a fun filled class!

ALEX DIRIENZO

ALEX DIRIENZO

Alex is a former competitive gymnast turned competitive powerlifter. Throughout his coaching tenure Alex has been a gymnastics coach, a high school and collegiate strength & conditioning coach, and a health and wellness coach. He received his degree in Health & Human Physiology. Needless to say, he is our go to gymnastics expert, and we are all jealous of his planche.

CERTIFICATIONS

CrossFit Level 1, CSCS, USAW: Sports Performance Coach