Coaches Meet our Team

Steve Gulakowski

Nickname

Gulag

Hometown

Central City, PA

Qualifications

CF L2, CF Mobility

Occupation

Retired Navy, Head Coach

Competitions

Advanced to CrossFit Games Masters Qualifier 2015 & 2016; Team Grit 2013 (3rd Place); OBX M&M 2012 (5th Place);

Fitness Background

College Football and Baseball; CrossFit since 2011

Favorite Quote

"No plan survives first contact with the enemy." and "No-Rep"

Favorite Movement

Thrusters

Favorite WOD

Karen and Nancy

Proudest Benchmark

Filthy 50 at 50

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Jeff Jefferies

Nickname

Jeff, El Jefe

Hometown

ARMY brat, born in Houston, TX

Qualifications

CF L1, USAW L1

Occupation

Police Lieutenant

Competitions

Compound CrossFit Throwdown 2015 Male RX Division (1st Place)

Fitness Background

CrossFit since 2013
Recovering “Globo Gym” addict
Judo
High School Wrestling

Favorite Quote

“Any man who led a life of ease never left a name worth remembering.”

Favorite Movement

Anything overhead

Favorite WOD

Anything under 5 minutes!

Proudest Benchmark

The first time I assisted an athlete hit a PR.

Andrea Gulakowski

Hometown

Baltimore, MD

Qualifications

CrossFit L-1, CrossFit L-2, CrossFit Weightlifting, Certified Group Fitness Instructor, AFAA CPT

Occupation

Domestic Engineer, CF Coach, Tidewater Community College PE Instructor

Competitions

OCB Mid Atlantic Bodybuilding Competition 2009
CF OBX Masters and Minors Competition
Bend the Bar

Fitness Background

CrossFit since 2011, Group Fitness Instructor since 2007, TCC PE Instructor, High School Lacrosse

Favorite Quote

"It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to, has power over you, if you allow it." Leon Brown

Favorite Movement

Anything hanging from the bar.

Favorite WOD

Love Chippers!

Proudest Benchmark

First Ring Muscle Up!

Scott Taber

Nickname

Tiny

Hometown

Chesapeake, VA

Qualifications

CF-L1, Aerobic Capacity, USPA, RRCA L1

Occupation

Program Manager, Evolved Endurance

Competitions

REV3 Williamsburg 70.3 TRI (2nd Place Age Group)
REV3 Williamsburg Olympic TRI (1st Place Age Group)
Iron Man Florida 140.6
Washington NC Olympic TRI (1st Place Age Group)
Patriot 70.3 TRI (1st Place Age Group)

Fitness Background

Triathlon 2009
CrossFit 2015

Favorite Quote

"There may be people that have more talent than you,
but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do." - Derek Jeter

Favorite Movement

Wall balls, Kettle bell swings, deadlifts, and I kind of like Thrusters

Favorite WOD

Murph

Proudest Benchmark

Everyday when I complete the workout! Pushing beyond that comfort zone!

Rusty Hartman

Nickname

Rusty

Hometown

Jacksonville, FL

Qualifications

CrossFit Level One and Two, Olympic Weightlifting CrossFit, CrossFit Strong Man, CrossFit Football, Aerobic Capacity

Occupation

U.S. Navy

Competitions

Winner of 2015 Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Challenge (MAAC) (now known as Mid-Atlantic Crossfit Challenge) RX MMFF Division

Fitness Background

Football, Volleyball, Track and Field and CrossFit since 2010

Favorite Quote

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”
Steve Prefontaine

Favorite Movement

Muscle Ups

Favorite WOD

Nate, Fight Gone Bad

Jessica Smith

Nickname

Jess

Hometown

Chesapeake, VA

Qualifications

CF-L1

Occupation

Surgical Assistant

Competitions

Team Superfit
Team Grit
Gangs of the Mid Atlantic (all top 4 finishes)
Farm Games (2nd)
Thrown Down at the Compound (2nd)
Battle for the Belt (3rd)

Fitness Background

I grew up playing softball and volleyball and began crossfit in April 2014.

Favorite Quote

"If you are already working hard, your fastest path to more progress is working smarter"

Favorite Movement

Snatch

Favorite WOD

Nancy

Proudest Benchmark

125 Hang Snatch

Clayton Evancho

Nickname

Clay

Hometown

Jacksonville, FL

Qualifications

CF-L1

Occupation

Law Enforcement

Competitions

Farm Games 2015
Superfit Richmond 2016 (1st place)
Rufit 2016 (2nd place)
Gangs of the Mid Atlantic 2015

Fitness Background

High school and College Football
High school Track and Field
High school Basketball
Crossfit since 2015

Favorite Quote

"You gotta risk it for the biscuit"

Favorite Movement

Bar muscle ups

Favorite WOD

King Kong

Proudest Benchmark

1st place at Superfit Richmond 2016
2nd place at Rufit 2016

Brittany Hartman

Hometown

Memphis, TN

Qualifications

NASM Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist, CF-LV 1, 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher, CrossFit Aerobic Capacity

Competitions

GGRX 2018
SuperFit Richmond 2017
SuperFit Richmond 2018

Fitness Background

Cheerleading, Cross Country and Pole Vaulting, Completed 8 Marathons, 2 Ultra Marathons, and Spartan Races. Background in bodybuilding and powerlifting. Began CrossFit in 2014.

Favorite Quote

"The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that." Arnold Schwarzenegger

Favorite Movement

Pistols

Favorite WOD

Lumberjack 20

Proudest Benchmark

235# Front Squat
20 Rounds of Cindy in 20 Minutes

Autumn Mongold

Hometown

Chesapeake, VA

Qualifications

CF-L1, Crossfit Kids, AFAA personal trainer

Occupation

Nurse

Fitness Background

I was very active growing up. Through high school I rode and showed my horses. I also like to run and have completed a 5k and an 8k. I was introduced to crossfit through friends and never turned back. I love that no matter how good you are there is always something to work on. I enjoy teaching people and watching their faces when they finally do what they thought was impossible.

Favorite Quote

We are what we believe we are. C.S. Lewis

Favorite Movement

Muscle Ups

Proudest Benchmark

300lb deadlift

Melissa Georges

Nickname

MK, Melly, Smelly Melly, Lis, Lissa, Melis

Hometown

Chesapeake, VA

Qualifications

CF-L1, USAW L-1

Competitions

May 2017 UnRivaled Classic - 1st Place 69K
June 2017 RVA Open - 3rd Place 69K
October 2017 UnRivaled Classic - 3rd Place 69K
February 2018 - AO Series 1 - 7th Place 69K Masters Lifter
May 2018 East Coast Gold LiftOff - 1st Place 69K Masters Lifter
June 2018 RVA Open - 1st Place 69K Masters Lifter

Fitness Background

Started as the typical Gold Gym member who would get my fitness on, went to running and hit a huge milestone and ran a Full Marathon (don't ask why!) Needed a change, started Crossfit in 2013 and there has been no turning back. Fall 2016 began focusing on Olympic Weightlifting, but I still love Crossfit!

Favorite Quote

"Without struggle, there is no Progress!"

Favorite Movement

Clean and Jerks, Pistols, Deadlift, Shoulder to Overhead, Wallball Shots

Favorite WOD

31 Heroes and GRACE

Proudest Benchmark

Doing Murph RX
2:58 Grace
320# Deadlift

Suzanne Lamb

Nickname

Everyone has a different nickname for me

Hometown

I was born in Gaithersburg, MD but grew up in Chesapeake!

Qualifications

CF-L1

Occupation

Student at Old Dominion University (Exercise science major)

Competitions

Unrivaled classic (unsanctioned)
Girls gone rx Chesapeake

Fitness Background

Horseback riding
CrossFit

Favorite Quote

"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure"
-Abraham Lincoln

Favorite Movement

Any Olympic lift and burpees (seriously!)

Favorite WOD

I honestly don't have one

Proudest Benchmark

My first pull up and 110 lbs overhead squat

Chris McQueen

Nickname

Girl Chris

Hometown

Blairstown, Roxbury, NJ

Qualifications

CF-L1, CrossFit Kids

Occupation

Mom and Coach

Competitions

Hold on, let me go count my t-shirts!

Fitness Background

High School Softball and Competition Cheering

Favorite Quote

"Strength is never a weakness." Mark Bell

Favorite Movement

HSPU and Dubs

Favorite WOD

All the gymnasty WODS

Proudest Benchmark

Annie

Laura Kretzschmer

Nickname

Kretzsch

Hometown

Virginia Beach, VA

Qualifications

CrossFit Level 1

Occupation

Senior Tech and Head Trainer Stanley Steemer VB

Competitions

Black Ops 1 and 2, Girls Gone RX VB 2018

Fitness Background

Fast Pitch Softball Beach FC/NYSL Advanced
Middle School Soccer
Company/Classical Dance for 15 Years
High School Indoor and Outdoor Track
Cross Country
CrossFit since 2015

Favorite Quote

"We think we believe what we know, but we only truly believe what we feel." Laurence Gonzalez

Favorite Movement

Muscle Ups and Handstand Walks

Favorite WOD

Anything with Gymnastics and Running

Proudest Benchmark

Stringing Ring MU's and Snatching over 100#

Bryan Jervey II

Nickname

Plant Based Jervey, PBJ, Gynasty Jervey

Hometown

Chesapeake, Virginia

Qualifications

CF-L1, CrossFit Kids

Occupation

Preschool TA, Coach

Competitions

Farm Games 2015

Fitness Background

Life long soccer player turned Crossfitter in March of 2015 and been training ever since.

Favorite Quote

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think -Winnie the Pooh

Favorite Movement

Muscle Ups (Bar and Ring) and Handstand Walks

Favorite WOD

Open 16.3

Proudest Benchmark

Griff 10:42