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.
MEET THE AESTUS COACHES
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.
- CrossFit Level 2
- CrossFit Kids
- CrossFit Scaling
- USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance
Kristen Hughes has been a CrossFitter since 2012, and she specializes in coaching young people. She loves the challenge that CrossFit presents, and finds that when combined with her passion for working with children, she can give back to the community. As a teacher of over 16 years, she is passionate about “growth and development both in and out of the classroom.”
“I believe that the earlier we teach our children healthy habits, the more successful they will be in life,” she says. “The life skills that CrossFit can offer our youth are endless. Watching children gain confidence and take risks will never get old”
An avid sprint triathaloner and half-marathoner with over 20 races under her experienced belt, Kristen fell in love with fitness because a student recommended she try it. Now, she says “CrossFit has changed my life in so many ways… I want to pass those things on to our youth by coaching CrossFit kids” If Kristen isn’t teaching in the classroom or at the gym, she can be found cheering on her 14 year old son at a soccer game.
- CrossFit Level 1 Certification
- Judges Course
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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.
- Aradia Fitness Pole Instructor
- Beachbody Insanity
- Beachbody PiYo Strength
- Beachbody Turbo Kick
- Kettlebell AMPD
WODBODY SPORTS MASSAGE
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.”
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- Bachelor of Science in Biology
- Rocktape FMT1
- Medical Massage
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
- CrossFit Level 1
- AFAA Personal Training
- AFAA Group Fitness
- Schwinn Cycle
- Silver Sneakers
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.
- Crossfit Level-1
Coach Jen Craver comes to CrossFit Aestus with an athletic background in soccer, crew, collegiate rugby and marathon running. She’s no stranger to sport and fitness which makes her an amazing walk-the-talk coach for our athletes at CrossFit Aestus. She’s passionate about being a better athlete every day and helping her members strive for growth not perfecting during every class. “I love watching our members try something completely new and discover what they’re capable of. Celebrating their accomplishments together is one of the most fulfilling aspects of being a CrossFit coach.”
As the story goes with so many people who’ve discovered CrossFit, the sport changed Coach Jen in a number of big ways. She fell in love with the daily challenge of strategy, growth, failures, and successes. “It was the perfect outlet for a recovering perfectionist like me. You’re never perfect in CrossFit. There’s always a way to be better, faster, and stronger.” It was a short leap from her realization of the immense impact CrossFit had on her life to becoming a coach. Her only regret is that she didn’t make the decision sooner.
- CrossFit Level 1
- CrossFit Scaling
- CrossFit Judges Course