Our Coaches

Colin Cartee »

Owner-Operator | CrossFit L2 Trainer | Aerobic Capacity Certified/Run OC3 | Olympic Lifting Certified | High School Coaches Certified | CF Games Athlete

Colin Cartee

Owner-Operator | CrossFit L2 Trainer | Aerobic Capacity Certified/Run OC3 | Olympic Lifting Certified | High School Coaches Certified | CF Games Athlete

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2011.

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

My fitness journey began in high school. I was the one who would wake up and run 5 miles before school, go to practice and then work out after practice. I always loved the idea of working out especially at intensity. CrossFit has given me the ability to highlight my coaching talents while making people healthier at the same time. I could not ask for more.

Why did you become a trainer?

I have always loved coaching. My family is full of some great coaches and I guess I have followed suit. Training was something that came easy to me due to my upbringing and willingness to help others.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Running.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Hancock, I don’t know if he qualifies, but the guy is legit. He is basically all the superheroes rolled into one.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Certified Trainer
  • CrossFit Aerobic Capacity Certified
  • Chad Vaughn Olympic Lifting Certificate
  • Iowa High School Coaches Certified
  • Member of 5th place CrossFit Games team (2016)
  • BA in Criminal Justice from St. Ambrose University
  • Master’s in Sports Management from Western Illinois University

Jessie Cartee »

Physical Therapist | Owner | Crossfit L1 Trainer | Programmer (Low Impact) | CF Games Athlete

Jessie Cartee

Physical Therapist | Owner | Crossfit L1 Trainer | Programmer (Low Impact) | CF Games Athlete

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2009.

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I’ve been involved in team sports my whole life and those who know me best know I have a slight competitive side. I was easily drawn to CrossFit when I was first introduced to it during my undergraduate internship in college. I spent a few years doing WODs (workout of the day) at my college gym getting strange looks from everyone before finally joining the local CrossFit gym in graduate school.

Why did you become a trainer?

I love my job as a physical therapist. I get to work with real people every day, teaching them how to move correctly and function efficiently for daily life….seems to fit pretty well with CrossFit 🙂

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Handstand push-ups.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Ice cream.

What’s your favorite superhero and why?

I’ve never been much of a superhero person, I like real life heroes…like my dad, he’s awesome, and my husband, he’s pretty super, too. 🙂

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
  • Board certified Orthopedic Specialist
  • First aid and CPR Certified
  • Member of 5th place CrossFit Games team (2016)
  • BS in Exercise Science | St. Ambrose University
  • BS in Human Performance & Fitness | St. Ambrose
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy | St. Ambrose University

Kolton O’Day »

Owner |CrossFit L2 Trainer

Kolton O’Day

Owner |CrossFit L2 Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012.

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I got into CrossFit to become a better athlete for the sports I was playing, and I loved the challenge of it. It stuck with me even after my retirement from high school sports. I enjoyed the challenge of trying to make myself better day in and day out. When I started, I didn’t realize how much a community could change the way I view fitness. It’s definitely the everyday people that make me come back again and again.

Why did you become a trainer?

I really enjoy helping people become better and more fit than they were the day before. I love watching people progress as individuals. It’s satisfying knowing you are trying to make someone’s life better by making them healthier.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

I enjoy a lot of movements, but my favorites are squat clean, muscle-ups, toes to bar, chest to bar, and hand stand push-ups.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza

What’s your favorite superhero and why?

Batman, because of the Dark Knight Trilogy.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • CrossFit Level 2 Certified
  • Currently working towards BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa

Brock Aunan »

Head Coach | CrossFit L2 Trainer | Vaughn Weightlifting Certified

Brock Aunan

Head Coach | CrossFit L2 Trainer | Vaughn Weightlifting Certified

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2010.

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

At 32 years old I was miserable, unhealthy, overweight and suffering from severe depression. After a humbling day on the beach with family, I decided that my former lifestyle was over and I would begin relentlessly pursuing healthy living. I drove straight through the night to get home and joined a gym the next day. I spent four years on my own and had a lot of success before joining CrossFit. Upon beginning CrossFit, I realized I had only scratched the surface of what was possible.

Why did you become a trainer?

I became a CrossFit trainer because of my passion to assist real people to effect real change in their lives through relentless pursuit of fitness and healthy living. Anyone – age, gender, size, background – willing to work hard with a positive attitude following the CrossFit protocol is capable of seeing unbelievable results. I get tremendous fulfillment in being a small part in encouraging, teaching and helping people meet and exceed their goals. I see limitless potential in everyone – more than they see on their own.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Prowler.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Fire Cheetos.

What’s your favorite superhero and why?

Spiderman, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • CrossFit Level 2 Certified
  • Vaughn Weightlifting Seminar – Bronze & Silver
  • BA in Accounting and Finance from Augustana College

Joe Piersanti »

Physical Therapist| CrossFit L1 Trainer | CF Games Athlete

Joe Piersanti

Physical Therapist| CrossFit L1 Trainer | CF Games Athlete

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2013.

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

After I stopped playing college baseball I needed some “cardio.” A friend of mine was posting pictures of her all shredded body from this “CrossFit” thing so I gave it a try. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Why did you become a trainer?

I have always loved human movement and helping people. As a physical therapist student, coaching CrossFit is as close to what I want to do with my life as I can get.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

A heavy squat clean or some bar muscle ups.

What is your favorite cheat food?

I eat what I want for the most part. If there’s donuts sitting there, I’m going to eat them…all of them.

What’s your favorite superhero and why?

I believe in versatility. Everyone has a weakness but it’s how you make up for that weakness in all other aspects of fitness that defines you. For that, I choose Superman. Even though he doesn’t do so well with Kryptonite, he’ll kick some butt any other time.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
  • Member of 5th place CrossFit Games team (2016)
  • BS in Exercise Science from St. Ambrose University
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy from St. Ambrose University

Rob Edel »

CrossFit L1 Trainer

Rob Edel

CrossFit L1 Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?

February 2012, started coaching in August 2012.

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

After college basketball I was looking for something to fill the competitive void, and CrossFit was a great fit. I started out recreationally but soon became more and more competitive. I actually met my wife doing CrossFit, and we have competed together several times.

Why did you become a trainer?

I am very passionate about CrossFit and the impact it can have in your life. Having the opportunity to help people move better and live healthier and more fulfilling lives is something I truly enjoy.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Favorite movement is muscle-ups, favorite workout would be Amanda or Murph.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Ice cream, or anything with chocolate and peanut butter.

What’s your favorite superhero and why?

Probably Batman, since he is somewhat self-made and has some awesome gadgets.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • BA in Business Finance/Banking & Management from Waldorf College

Taylor Williamson »

CrossFit L1 Trainer | CF Games Athlete

Taylor Williamson

CrossFit L1 Trainer | CF Games Athlete

What year did you start CrossFitting?

I started in 2012 for a couple months a year, then picked it up full-time in 2014.

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I initially used CrossFit to get in shape for college volleyball. I am short for my position so I had to be stronger/faster/more athletic to keep up. After a while, I realized I looked forward to getting in shape for volleyball more than volleyball itself.

Why did you become a trainer?

Movement patterns and sports psychology are fascinating to me. It’s also great to be a small part of the transformations you see in people beginning their journey with fitness.

What are your favorite CrossFit movements?

Deadlifts, ring muscle ups and GHD sit-ups.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Peanut butter. A lot of it.

What’s your favorite superhero and why?

Thor. No explanation needed.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
  • Member of 5th place CrossFit Games team (2016)
  • BS in Biology from William Jewell College

Layne Palm »

CrossFit L1 Trainer | Degree in Exercise Science

Layne Palm

CrossFit L1 Trainer | Degree in Exercise Science

What year did you start CrossFitting?

I started doing CrossFit in 2011 at my high school while training for wrestling. It translated really well!

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

It took me until high school to really understand the importance of health and fitness but when my assistant wrestling coach introduced me to CrossFit, I loved it. I loved that it was always different, that it was really hard and it kept training fun. We started hitting WODs everyday after school or after practice and, through CrossFit, I really found the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. I think that’s why I love CrossFit so much, it brings so much more to the table than just working out.

Why did you become a trainer?

I got my Level 1 Certification in July of 2015. CrossFit has molded almost every aspect of my life and every trainer I have had has had a bigger impact on me than I am sure they know. I hope I can do the same for others while on their journeys.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Definitely the snatch!

What is your favorite cheat food?

I would have to say donuts! Especially the crazy ones, like donuts with bacon on them!

What’s your favorite superhero and why?

Easy, Batman! Well, I’m not saying that I am Batman, but have you ever seen me and Batman in the same place at the same time?

 

 

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
  • BS in Exercise Science from the University of Dubuque
  • Currently working towards Doctorate at Palmer College of Chiropractic

Brent DeCastecker »

CrossFit L2 Trainer | Aerobic Capacity Certified/Run OC3 Coach | Powerlifting Certified

Brent DeCastecker

CrossFit L2 Trainer | Aerobic Capacity Certified/Run OC3 Coach | Powerlifting Certified

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2010.

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I got into Crossfit because I needed a new workout routine. I was tired of doing the same old sets of 10 at the “globo gym.” I love how CrossFit is constantly varied, forcing me to work on my weaknesses while making me stronger. That push and drive wouldn’t have happened working out by myself.

Why did you become a trainer?

I became a trainer in 2011 after I found myself helping others on technique and movement during class. I was naturally drawn to it!

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Handstand push-ups.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Happy Joe’s taco pizza!

What’s your favorite superhero and why?

Superman because he has the strength, speed and the best super power of all – flying! No other superhero has all of the powers Superman has!

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 & 2 Certified
  • CrossFit Powerlifting
  • CrossFit Weightlifting
  • AHA CPR Certified
  • BS in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 & 2 Certified Trainer
  • CrossFit Aerobic Capacity Certified
  • CrossFit Powerlifting
  • CrossFit Weightlifting
  • AHA CPR Certified
  • BS in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Gerald Whelchel »

CrossFit L1 Trainer | Head Oly Coach | Olympic Weightlifting Certified

Gerald Whelchel

CrossFit L1 Trainer | Head Oly Coach | Olympic Weightlifting Certified

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012.

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I started CrossFit while in the Army. The monotonous routine the Army provided didn’t offer enough variety or the general physical preparedness I felt was needed. A friend of mine introduced me to CrossFit while deployed and I instantly saw the value of the training. I’ve been in it ever since!

Why did you become a trainer?

I knew that the best way to show my family and friends the value of CrossFit was to educate myself on the methodology. I attended a CrossFit seminar to better my understanding and to allow me to share it with others.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

If you asked the 5:30pm class they could tell you. It is without question the snatch. It is by far the most technical and graceful move in CrossFit.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Donuts. Really any pastry!

Who is your favorite superhero and why?

The Hulk. He is super intelligent and super strong!

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Certified
  • BS in Criminal Justice

Miranda Edel »

CrossFit L1 Trainer (Adjunct)

Miranda Edel

CrossFit L1 Trainer (Adjunct)

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012.

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I was a high school athlete and missed the competitive drive sports had on me until I was introduced to CrossFit by a coworker. I learned there was a lot of value in CrossFit beyond the physical push to improve every single time I walked into the gym. I ended up meeting my rock star husband and many other high quality people through the CrossFit community.

Why did you become a trainer?

My husband is a trainer and really enjoys coaching. He kept saying I would be a good fit as a coach, so I went for it. My favorite part of coaching is building up others to give them the confidence to achieve things they didn’t think they could.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Box jumps and bar muscle ups.

What is your favorite cheat food? 

Ice cream with a significant amount of candy in it.

What’s your favorite superhero and why?

My Grandpa Jack. He had the power to make an entire room light up with smiles and laugher. The world needs more of those powers!

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
  • Degree in Business Administration: Human Resources Management from University of Northern Iowa

Gio ColĂłn »

CrossFit L1 Trainer

Gio ColĂłn

CrossFit L1 Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2013.

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

My fitness journey began back in 2005 when I joined the high school football team, where I credit gaining most of my strength as we followed the bigger, stronger, faster program. My introduction to CrossFit was in April of 2013 when I was tasked to replace the Unit Fitness Monitor for the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron. I was instantly hooked and have never looked back since!

Why did you become a trainer?

I became a trainer because I truly have a passion for helping others succeed. Nothing brings me more joy than watching people push themselves and grow as athletes!

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Burpee bar hops…that’s not a typo!

What is your favorite cheat food?

Burgers.

What’s your favorite superhero and why?

Goku. He truly embodies the madness that is CrossFit. He always is testing himself and pushing his body beyond its limits.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate
  • Air Force Physical Trainer (2010 – present)

Adara Griffin »

CrossFit L1 Trainer

Adara Griffin

CrossFit L1 Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2015.

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

Fitness has always been a priority of mine. I was a competitive gymnast for 16 years. When I retired from gymnastics, I found CrossFit and my passion transferred. I love the competitiveness and the morality of training your body to accomplish something that it couldn’t before.

Why did you become a trainer?

I became a trainer because I enjoy seeing the progress and success of the people around me. I want to share my whys and love for CrossFit with people. I also love the accountability and relationships gained in the CrossFit community.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Handstand walks!

What is your favorite cheat food?

Peanut butter double stuffed Oreos!

What’s your favorite superhero and why?

The Flash because he’s just so cute and nice and I’m just as fast on the Assault bike.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
  • Associate in Applied Science – Radiologic Technology from Scott Community College

Dylan Timmons »

CrossFit L1 Trainer | CrossFit Gymnastics | BA in Exercise Science | CPR/First-Aid Certified

Dylan Timmons

CrossFit L1 Trainer | CrossFit Gymnastics | BA in Exercise Science | CPR/First-Aid Certified

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2013.

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I got into fitness while playing football in high school. After my senior season ended I wanted something different in my training and gave CrossFit a try. I fell in love with the environment and found myself learning new skills that I never thought I had. In college, I continued using CrossFit as part of my training while playing rugby at the University of Iowa.

Why did you become a trainer?

I became fascinated with what the body is capable of and CrossFit is what shaped my college decision to major in Exercise Science instead of the more medical focused Athletic Training. My goal is to give athletes the same positive and life-changing experiences that I’ve received from the CrossFit community.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Handstand walks and cleans!

What is your favorite cheat food?

Sour gummy worms.

What’s your favorite superhero and why?

Deadpool. I’ve always loved his personality in the comics that made him different from a lot of other superheroes. Plus I think his ability to suffer through any pain would serve him well in CrossFit.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • BA in Exercise Science from the University of Iowa
  • CPR/First-Aid Certified

Kyle Richmond »

CrossFit L1 Trainer | CrossFit Mobility & Endurance | NCI Level 1 | Precision Nutrition L1 | USAW L1

Kyle Richmond

CrossFit L1 Trainer | CrossFit Mobility & Endurance | NCI Level 1 | Precision Nutrition L1 | USAW L1

What year did you start CrossFitting?
2013

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?
I played soccer my whole life. Once I got into my senior year of high school, I was getting tired of soccer and wanted a new challenge. I was introduced to CrossFit by a friend and, after doing my first workout (Fight Gone Bad), I decided to not continue soccer in college and instead started CrossFitting regularly.

Why did you become a trainer?
I wanted to help people and teach them the right way to move. I’ve always had a love for human movement and understanding why the body moves the way it does. Coaching has had a major impact on my decision to become a Doctor of Chiropractic.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?
Handstand push-ups.

What is your favorite cheat food?
Half Baked Ben & Jerrys Ice Cream

Who is your favorite superhero and why?
Deadpool because he’s hilarious and immortal.

Qualifications:

Crystal Milburn »

Media Director

Crystal Milburn

Media Director

Crystal has been CrossFitting since 2012. She runs our social media campaigns, PR efforts and web strategy. The OC3log (blog) is all her, too! Basically, we gladly hand our entire online presence over to her since we prefer weights to technology!

Qualifications:

Ashley Peiffer »

Administrator

Ashley Peiffer

Administrator

Ashley began CrossFitting in 2011 and has been in customer service for more than 16 years. She happily sends our email communications via Wodify so we can focus on PRs and gains!

Qualifications:

  • Degree in travel and tourism
  • 16+ years in customer service