Crossfit The Challenge – Owner

2011-2014 CrossFit Regional Competitor

German National Baseball Team (1999-2010)

  • 2008 Olympic Qualification in Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Club Team Heidenheim Heidekoepfe
  • German National Title 2009 and Runner-Up 2010


Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, CSCS, NCSA

Degrees: Bachelor of Exercise Science (Huntington University)

Favorite Lift: HSPU

Favorite WOD: Anything EMOM

Foods: All the berries and fruits and tomatoes (yes, I know they are fruits) and spinach all that aka “smoooooseeee”

Words to live by: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28

and “Earn your shower, ja”


Crossfit The Challenge – Coach

Coco grew up as the least coordinated / athletic person within a 30-mile radius (scientific fact).  In college she was introduced to fitness when she began attending a class at the local YMCA.  Falling in love with group fitness, she quickly became a certified instructor of bootcamp, kickboxing, HIIT, yoga and cycling.  When a friend convinced her to try a local CrossFit class she tentatively walked in, having no idea what it entailed.  Although initially intimidated, she quickly fell in love with the physical and mental challenge, newfound confidence, barbell movements, and most importantly – supportive community.  Coco was also thankful she could finally break up with the boring elliptical machine (they are not on speaking terms). Her favorite CrossFit movements include olympic lifts and handstand walks.  She is passionate about helping people, women especially, discover their own physical, mental and spiritual strength.  Coco has her L-1 certificate, CrossFit Conjugate Methods certificate and has taken the CrossFit Scaling course and 2018 Judges course. In her spare time, she enjoys sharing the love of the Lord with others, playing with her son, eating peanut butter (from the jar), and traveling.


Certifications: CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Conjugate Methods, CrossFit Scaling, 2019 CrossFit Judge

Degrees: Bachelors in Communication (University of Northern Iowa), Masters in Teaching (Drake University)

Favorite Lift: Squat clean

Favorite WOD: Linda,

Foods: Non-discriminate (except beets)

Words to live by: “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter  of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the thrown of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2


Crossfit The Challenge- Coach

Arely is our homegrown BootCamp Athlete. She started with us walking through the doors as a timid yet confident young lady in search to transform her life. Immediately she was very coach-able and excelled in learning the details of each foundation movement CrossFit teaches. She became a big part of our community and was always working hard as well as uplifting and encouraging to everyone around her.

In 2020 Arely decided to get L1 certified and crushed the Cert as everyone knew she would. Arely loves Olympic Lifting movements and comes alongside people well who need encouragement and correction.

We at CFTC are blessed to have such a strong lady as Arely in our staff and are excited to see her continue to progress and develeop  as an athlete as well as a coach!

Certifications:  CrossFit Level 1

Favorite Lift: Power Cleans, anything barbell

Favorite WOD: any with barbell

Favorite Foods: balanced unprocessed food

Words to live by: Show Up and have fun


Crossfit The Challenge- 

Jamie is an established Coach and Athlete. Her family is from Iowa and we are blessed to have her as our Coach.

She managed a CrossFit gym in Chicago as well as in Colorado and even contemplated owning a gym herself in the past.

Jamie is a superb Olympic Lifting athlete who has her USA-W, CrossFit L1 & L2 as well as several other fitness certifications.

She is passionate about the detail and technical components of Olympic Lifting and has hosted multiple Weightlifting Seminars at CFTC already.

Jamie is also gifted to teach new athletes the “Ins & Outs” of Foundations which is our Into to CrossFit On-Ramp as well as BootCamp and Kids Classes.

We fortunate to have her as a part of our CFTC community and are excited to learn from her experience as an Athlete and Coach.

Certifications:  CrossFit Level 1 & 2, USA-W, several others in the fitness industry

Favorite Lift: Squat, Snatch, Clean & Jerk, Muscle Ups, Handstand Pushups

Favorite WOD: Intervals and WODs that include fine motor skill

Favorite Foods: Brown rice, steamed veggies, chicken and a balanced salad

Words to live by: Move with intend and get better every day