Our members show up each day for two reasons. They show up to get the best work out of their lives and they show up to see friends. People throw around words like community because we all want to be part of something. But we live it. There's something about giving your all because the person next to you is doing the same. Our members came to get better. And they found results and friendships. That's why they come back.
We started Crossfit Northland because we believe in the amazing capacities of people. We believe that we are meant for so much more and we trust that a lifestyle earned through fitness dedication is the kind of lifestyle we all wish to live.
We believe in creating a community of people who know there is no such thing as an easy way. We employ a staff of trainers who seek to encourage and educate every client every day. When you show up for any class at CFN, you can count on being pushed to your absolute maximum.
At the end, we hope it was the best hour of your day. We hope you had a chance to relieve some stress, catch up with some friends, and feel better than you did when you arrived. That's our goal; to make you better. You decide how you want to be better. If you want to lose weight, gain muscle, lower your cholesterol or play with your kids a little longer. We will get you there.
If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
And promises are only worth the person extending his hand. Here's our promise: We will make you better. And you get to decide what better means. We are so confident in our program that if you commit, if you show up 3-4 time a week, if you buy into the work and you believe in yourself, you will see results. You will see the lost weight, the lowered cholesterol, the increase in energy. Whatever you want. CrossFit Northland will improve your life. Simple. It won't be easy, but nothing worth doing is.
I CrossFit because it's a regiment that changed my life. I had a couple kids and was in bad shape. CrossFit got me in the best shape of my life and taught me what being fit was. I enjoy the fact that I’m a busy person with a family and responsibility and with CrossFit I can get a great workout in an hour. It helps me maximize my time and take care of myself without detracting from other areas of my life. I also love our community. I used to workout by myself and now I have the chance to be part of a special community of like-minded individuals. I coach because I thrive off seeing people become better. When someone is part of our CrossFit Community, they become a better dad, mom, better at work. I love how being a coach, I can help them achieve things they never thought. I can help them reach fitness goals they never thought possible.
I have always loved sports. As a child I think my parents made it a point to put me in everything at least once, except golf (everyone knows you can't golf without drinking, and I was young). As a result I had a lot of exposure to a lot of different activities and I developed a love of just being active. I got a degree in English from Truman State in 2000 and a Masters in English and Education in 2001. I became a teacher in 2002 and immediately began coaching boys and girls soccer as well as wrestling at Park Hill HS. I love coaching young athletes. There aren't many things better than watching young people set a goal for themselves and then work diligently toward achieving it. We won a few State Championships on the wrestling side and the boys soccer team put together a few runs deep into the State Playoffs and some of the most prolific seasons in school history. Then I quit coaching high schoolers in order to start coaching at CFN. I had no idea what CrossFit was until Brian introduced me at 5:30am at Diane's School of Dance. I remember being amazed that I could be so exhausted from a workout with no weights or machines. After that I was sucked in.
I married my high school sweetheart, Kristin, and have 3 crazy children: Beckett 8, Harper 5, and Perry 3. You can usually ⅔ of them with me at the 4:30 class kicking the soccer ball around before class begins.
I CrossFit because it makes me feel like an athlete again. Each day you have the opportunity to be competitive, if not with others in the gym, then with yourself. And every day is a new goal and a new effort. As we get older and we get more wrapped up in the sports of our children than our own endeavors, it's nice to go to the gym and get back that old competitive feeling.
I coach because I like helping people. I'm a teacher at heart, it's something I think I'm good at. I like seeing the expression on people's faces when they accomplish something new or do something they never thought possible. I coach because there's always room to get better, in anything. And helping other people find ways to get better, that helps me get better too. That's worth it.
I am an endurance athlete by nature, but I found CrossFit a few years ago and it’s put a whole new spin on my previous training regimen of long distance, slow workouts. Having completed in multiple events from 5ks to Ultra Marathons, I’m a glutton for punishment. When I found Triathlons I was a new kind of obsessed. Hours upon hours I spent on the bike or in the pool or logging miles in big cushy shoes. I completed my first tri in 2008. Eventually I began doing full length tris and ultimately completed my first Ironman (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) in Wisconsin in 2011.
Then I found CrossFit. The idea that these short, intense workouts could be as useful to me as a triathlete as my previous training method was something I really wanted to get behind. Who wouldn’t favor an hour a day over 3-4 when it comes to training? But I was skeptical. I began doing some of the workouts on my own. Eventually I conned a few more endurance guys into doing it with me. We used to work out in a barn on my property. Then a big storm hit and knocked the barn down. And almost like it was fate, I met the guys at CFN. When I started regularly doing CrossFit I could tell I was getting stronger. I was spending 20-28 hours training before CrossFit. Then with minimal training, maybe 2-3 hours per week, I was able to complete the Ironman in Boulder, Colorado last August 2014. I’d say it’s working.
With my extra time, I had a little boy, Collin. He was born January 2014. I also served as an Alderman in Riverside, MIssouri and I am a part of a few different businesses around town.
I love CrossFit because it’s helped me find more time in my life for things that really matter. And it still lets me stay in great shape, which is important.
You wouldn’t think that a man consistently finishing near the bottom of the annual CFN Fantasy Football league also holds a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. But that’s James! He graduated from Oak Park HS in 1999 and went on the University of Missouri at Rolla to receive a BS in Metallurgical Engineering in 2003. After a brief stint in the business world, he went back to school at Mizzou earning a Masters in Special Education with an emphasis in Gifted Education in 2012. He also has his CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Weightlifting certifications, but admits they were easier than Metallurgical Engineering.
James is married to his wife Laura and they just welcomed their first child, a beautiful little girl named June. When he’s not coaching classes, you might see James behind a jogging stroller outside while Laura is crushing wods inside. Feel free to bother James at these times, as he’s usually got a couple beers stashed in the diaper bag.
I CrossFit because it's far and away the mosts effective/engaging/difficult/fun/challenging path to fitness I've ever experienced. Our community is incredible. Our time together is awesome. I've made more friends at CFN in the last 3 years than I can count, which is saying something for a gym. I CrossFit because it makes me a better me.
I coach CrossFit because I like helping people push to better themselves. Seeing someone hit a PR, reach a goal, dig deep, or show up and work hard is one of my favorite parts of the day. I coach CrossFit because I like helping other people be a better version of themselves.
Jason is a 2001 graduate of Oak Park HS where he was a member of the nationally ranked Northmen Wrestling team. He has worn several caps throughout adulthood working in anything from ministry to construction. He is currently an account executive at Grantham University and is working on his degree in business. He is recently married to his wife Courtney and they have two beautiful kids, Peyton and Graham. Jason is the coach of our Strength and Weightlifting courses, holding multiple certifications including his CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Weightlifting and USAW Weightlifting.
I CrossFit because I like to be in shape and ready to do any physical activity that might present itself. There are many things I do in CrossFit that I would never do on my own.
I coach because I enjoy watching people be successful. And you can (and should) celebrate the smallest things. Like someone’s first box jump or first perfect pushup. And you can celebrate huge accomplishments like someone’s 500lb deadlift PR. And at CFN there’s just as much excitement around the first accomplishment as there is around the second.
Nathan has been at CFN for a long time. We all remember his infamous month at the old gym where he wore the weighted vest for every workout. Nathan is a former collegiate baseball player and he brings that same competitive drive to the gym.
Nathan is the director of Admissions at Grantham University and he uses CrossFit to keep up with all the little kids running around his house.
Ashley is the newest coach to the staff at CFN, but she is a familiar face. Ashley has been a longtime member at CFN and has always had a desire to coach. Once she finished her certification, she began coaching at another gym in town but we desperately wanted her back so we asked her to coach here too. Ashley is a fantastic coach, particularly when it comes to barbell movements. She has a few little ones at home and is married to her husband, Max.
Taylor began her time with CFN as a member. As she began to enjoy training more and more, she decided to give coaching a try and we’re glad she did. Taylor offers a group class dynamic that is both fun and challenging. She is always able to pick you up when you think you can’t get that next rep and jump your case when you should be pushing harder.
Taylor works as a speech pathologist when she’s not coaching and her husband Mikail is in medical school.
Lindsey Osborne holds a BA in History and Business from William Jewell, a Masters of Divinity from Central Baptist Seminary, and has 3 active kids: Elijah 9, Andi 7, and Oakley 2. Yes, she can manage to hold all three at once. Lindsey works part time for Young Life and enjoys good books, great friends, and lots of dates (both with her husband and the pitted kind).
“As a high school softball player and a recreational distance runner in college, working out was an enjoyable stress release but didn't produce results in muscle tone or core strength. After starting Crossfit in 2011, strength and health took on new meaning and my body took a new shape. Crossfit has changed my life, allowed me a healthy and strong 3rd pregnancy, and gives me a great community to challenge, encourage, and push me to the next 20 pounds in my back squat! My favorite part of coaching at the gym is working with women and watching people reach their fitness goals!”
I coach because I love hosting a room of people who have come to workout, see friends, be encouraged, challenged, and held accountable. Bringing people together, leading them through the WOD and sending them out with high five is my coaching privilege.
I CrossFit because I love the people, the results in my personal fitness, the constantly changing workouts that challenge any stasis my body would settle into and because Crossfit has taught me: I like lifting weights, I can do hard things and because I'm showing my kids that fitness and strength are parts of living a healthy and fun life!
Manny is a fireman in Blue Springs and a former professional soccer player. He was drafted in the MLS by the Columbus Crew after a stellar career at Park University. He also spent some time in the USL and NASL. He is a founding member of the Harambe soccer club and still actively coaches club soccer. He was a high school soccer coach for many years at Park Hill and helped train some of the area’s premier players from the last decade or so.
Manny has been at CFN from the beginning. In fact, when we approached Manny to see if he’d be interested, we learned he’d been doing CrossFit for a year or so at the fire station. Anyone taking a class from Manny can tell he is a stickler for doing things right when it comes to form and technique and his coaching is top notch. Everyone loves Manny’s classes. Manny is CrossFit Level 1 certified and also holds certifications in Movement and Mobility, Weightlifting, and Endurance.
Additionally, Manny and his wife Christy have 2 wonderful children Bella and Giovanni.