Cogen Nelson, Owner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CrossFit Level 1
"I am a recently retired Marine Corps Sergeant, due to a combat injury and medical discharge. After being injured in Iraq, I discovered CrossFit a few years into my recovery. My doctors told me I would never be able to do high repetitions of exercise movements, lift heavy weights, or maintain the endurance and lifestyle I once had. A close friend and fellow Marine, (and Level 1 CrossFit Instructor), challenged me to drink the CrossFit Kool-Aid because it was “scale-able” to all levels. I couldn’t tell you what my first workout was or how much weight I lifted, but a few years later, I am lifting more, running faster, and challenging myself daily to bring intensity into my workouts.
In addition to CrossFit, I am a multi-sport athlete (swimming, track & field, and shooting) and competitive road cyclist representing the paracycling and disabled veteran community. After years of leadership roles in the Marine Corps and a few seasons of coaching youth basketball and volleyball, I am marrying my passion for coaching and love for CrossFit. I look forward to working with all types of crossfitters, both young and old, seasoned gym-goer or injured athlete, to help them find the fire within. Never Surrender!"
Sara Nelson, Owner (email@example.com)
“As a mother of 2, I am a tribute to the working mom. With a full time job working for a music non-profit, I often found it difficult to spend the 2-hours+ I needed to dedicate in the gym to physique training for bikini/figure competitions. I spent months hitting the 4am alarm to pump out yet another hour long boring cardio session. After a year, a few competition trophies, and having a baby, I needed to change the scenery.
When my husband, Cogen, came back from his first CrossFit experience and tried to perfect my “squat,” I thought I was going to die from soreness and embarrassment of what I thought I had been doing right all those years. Fast forward to my first group class experience and I had a taste for the adrenaline, motivation, and overall friendly dynamic that CrossFit had to offer. I had found what I was looking for and there was no going back. No one forced the class to cheer my on as I was the last athlete rounding the corner, no one asked my partner to assist me with those first few pull-up attempts, and yet during those classes, we were all athletes alike; regardless of shape, size, or ability.
My squat was eventually perfected, my running times a little faster, and my pull-ups were found. Each day I look forward to being stronger than yesterday. I am now a CrossFit enthusiast with a passion for building the CFSE community. I hope to continue to build upon my experience by completing my CrossFit Level 1 by December 2013.
Erik Preston, Founder (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CrossFit HQ Trainer, CrossFit Level 1/Level 2 , Agatsu Kettlebell Instructor, CrossFit Kettlebell Instructor, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Nutrition 2.0 , CrossFit Movement and Mobility, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)* CrossFit Kids HQ Seminar Lecturer/Coach
"I consider sacred the bond of trust that develops over time with our athletes, forged by sound direction, collaboration, and real, lasting results. CrossFit facilitates this process like no other.
My earliest experience with fitness that I can remember had to be as a kid, having boundless energy, not wanting to come home for dinner, pumping away on my bmx bike after a healthy round of dirt clod fights with my friends.
I grew up in the Desert area south of Palm Springs, and skated in pools, went to Big Bear during the cold weather, was on the swim team, little league, and AYSO soccer league. Playing tight end in football through the high school years gave me my real first taste to what conditioning looked and felt like, and I developed a taste for racquetball, being sponsored by Ektelon as a doubles player before joining the Marines—a journey into what CrossFit likes to call, "The Combat Athlete."
My first taste of what CrossFit had to offer came on a early morning when I entered a group workout with two homemakers, who, after the first rest period were chatting lightly, while I was outside coming back to earth—in that moment, I knew it was for me. I cancelled my gym membership the same day, and have never looked back. It's hard to believe that was about 5 years ago!
As a CrossFit HQ Trainer, I have the unbelievable honor and privilege of being part of teams that introduce the concepts, techniques, and applications of CrossFit to legions of athletes around the world.
Day in and Day Out, I am constantly "wow'd" by the ties that bind each of our athletes together—truly, at CrossFit San Elijo, athletes come for the workouts, but stay for the community.
Favorite Training Maxim: "It's not about my Fran time, it's about my Client's Fran Time."
CrossFit Level 1, Intro to CrossFit Classes, Competitive CrossFit Athlete
"My introduction to the CrossFit lifestyle began in January of 2011. As the common story goes, I came from the globo gym world where I had some time under my belt as a fitness trainer in the military and in the civilian world. Having played sports in high school and college along with serving in the Marines, I’ve always been into fitness. Throughout my life, I have always had some kind of regular exercise regime going on in the pursuit of being fit. Looking back over the years, I wish I had the breadth of training and knowledge around nutrition that I have now thanks to the all-encompassing perspective of CrossFit.
The moment I started down the path of CrossFit, my life has been enhanced in so many ways I can’t begin to count them all. From the friends I’ve made, to the overall improvement in health and strength it has brought to my family. Becoming a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and stepping into the role of coaching is my way of giving back to the community. As a trainer, I look forward to sharing the passion I have for CrossFit and helping others reach their goals in the journey to getting fit."
CrossFit Level 1
"I grew up in Northern California splitting my time between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. I spent all my time outside running around, skiing, snowboarding, wake boarding, and just about any other activity that I could find that would keep me outdoors.
Like many others my first taste of conditioning came in high school while I was on the wrestling team. The workouts that left me unable to lift my arms to knock on my own door were always my favorite. I have always enjoyed pushing myself outside of my comfort zone and pushing the limits of what I should be able to do. After high school I joined the Marine Corps and again found a place that would constantly push my limits. After I got out I spent time doing the normal gym routine that quickly became boring. I was asked by a friend to try CrossFit and the first workout was Fight Gone Bad. I knew that it had been far too long since I had been pushed that hard and I needed more. I found Cross Fit San Elijo and have enjoyed not only the workouts but the community that it has created."