MEET THE AESTUS COACHES

ABOUT US

The coaches at CrossFit Aestus truly love what they do. They’re men and women who have spent years studying, training, and perfecting their craft. They’ve dedicated their lives to fitness and helping others be their personal best. No matter your goal. No matter your limitations. Our staff can get you to where you want to be.

HEAD COACH

SAM LOWE

Sam is an alumnus of Central Michigan University, where he played football and was a member the 1994 MAC (Mid-American Conference) championship team. He’s the epitome of go big or go home. It’s one of the many reasons CrossFit appealed to him.

“I had been CrossFitting in my basement with what equipment I had for a few years. I formally joined a box in 2013 and the experience was life changing. I loved my first workout and by the second, I wanted to know how to become a coach.” Sam earned his Level 1 certification in 2014 and was a full-time coach by the fall. He specializes in General Physical Preparedness (GPP) programming and strategic goal setting.

CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Scaling
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance

COACH

Josh Potter

Josh has been doing CrossFit for 6 years. He has an athletic background that includes baseball,
basketball, football, track, and soccer. He is passionate about helping people live healthier lifestyles
and guiding people to achieve goals. Josh specializes in Corrective exercise, Olympic weightlifting,
TRX, and high intensity training.

“Once I stopped playing football and became sedentary much of my sophomore year in college, one
of my friends persuaded me to come try out one of his CrossFit classes that he held in Carter gym
on campus. I immediately fell in love with it and the community it brought to the gym. Believe it or not
there was once a time when I was 250 pounds and did not practice anything I believed in my whole
life. I was losing myself and my health. Ever since that moment I never looked back and became a
better athlete and eventually a coach. In 2015 I was convinced to get my CF-L1 and from that point
forward I promised myself to learn as much as I can and try to make a difference in the community I
belong to.”

CERTIFICATIONS:

B.S. Kinesiology/Pre-Physical therapy
CF-L1
NASM-CPT
TRX-L1

COACH

Heather Burgin

Coach Heather’s first love of fitness came by way of karate, soccer, and a variety of other sports. After an injury that ended her collegiate soccer career, she fell into a wavering fitness routine which lasted until the birth of her second child.

After that, she began running as her primary source of exercise and fell in love with fitness all over again. “In 2010, I ran my first half-marathon at the Outer Banks and met some folks from a program called Girls on the Run. I was intrigued and ended up becoming a volunteer coach at one of our local chapters. I think working with those kids is what really spurred my desire to coach and help others.”

Today she’s one of our most passionate coaches and enjoys connecting with our athletes to ensure their specific fitness goals are inched closer to every day. She truly loves spreading the knowledge of functional fitness to help her community become a healthier and happier place. This spreads to all aspects of her life as she is primarily committed to raising her 3 boys to be strong and loving human beings. We’re proud to have Coach Heather on our team.

CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Crossfit Level-1

BOOTCAMP COACH

Angela Perry

Angela has always been athletic. As a kid, she grew up playing softball and taking dance and was even a cheerleader in college. Later, she was introduced to Pole Fitness and became an Aradia Fitness instructor. But that wasn’t the end of her journey. A friend recommended CrossFit, and although initially reluctant, she decided to give it a shot. She’d never lifted a barbell before, yet after one class, Angela was addicted! These days, she spends her time teaching total body conditioning, core strength building, while improving stamina and flexibility.

CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Aradia Fitness Pole Instructor
  • Beachbody Insanity
  • Beachbody PiYo Strength
  • Beachbody Turbo Kick
  • Kettlebell AMPD

WODBODY SPORTS MASSAGE

Rob Hicks

Rob is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist who specializes in postural, repetitive motion, and pain management issues. Over the years, he’s worked with his fair share of runners and triathletes. But as a part of WODBody Sports Massage, he’s in a unique position to help rehabilitate CrossFitters.

He uses neuromuscular massage, cupping, and IASTM (tool work) to break apart and relax muscle fibers and facsia. He loves doing soft tissue work because it’s a fairly new method that gets results. “It’s great when someone comes to me with an issue and starts seeing improvement after only a few sessions.”

Check him out here for more info!

CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology
  • Rocktape FMT1
  • Medical Massage
  • MediCupping

COACH

Sandra Axman

Coach Sandra Axman is 3 years into her CrossFit journey, and found her passion for the sport after they exited an active collegiate experience. Finding herself in a busy corporate position, she found it hard to pursue fitness until she had children – and that was when she started back in the gym. “It was then that I took my love for fitness, desire to coach and improve others health and fitness goals and became a personal trainer and group fitness instructor.”

With a background in a variety of sports, Sandra is passionate for fitness itself. “I love to motivate, inspire and educate others about the benefits of exercising and a healthy lifestyle,” she says. “It takes a lot of patience and persistence, but if you stick with it, anyone can achieve realistic goals. ” Her favorite quote is: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – William Shakespeare

CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • AFAA Personal Training
  • AFAA Group Fitness
  • TRX
  • Schwinn Cycle
  • ViPR
  • Silver Sneakers
  • CPR/AED