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gretchen-CrossFit Trainer

Gretchen Stramel

Head CrossFit Trainer and Director of Operations

Certifications

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CrossFit Kids, USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach Certified, CrossFit Powerlifting, CrossFit Football

Education

University of St. Thomas – Elementary Education & Communications 2001 Rosemount High School 1997

Interests

Watching and supporting my kids in their activities. Spending time with family and friends.

Coaching Philosophy

The absolute best thing about CrossFit is that anyone with an open mind and a positive attitude can succeed, no matter their age or fitness level. CrossFit Templar’s dedication to observe, teach and communicate effectively to the athlete allows this simple yet ever changing fitness to produce challenges and results, keeping the athlete coming back for more.

Katie-CrossFit Trainer

Katie Griffin

CrossFit Kids Trainer, CrossFit Trainer

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Kids

Education

University of St. Thomas – K-12 Physical Education Waseca High School – 1993

Interests

Tennis. Watching my kids play various sports. Spending time with friends and family.

Coaching Philosophy

The beauty of CrossFit is that it is 100% scalable so every workout can be modified making each WOD possible, regardless of skill level. When you become a member of the CrossFit community it makes you want to spread the word to everyone you know. I have set out to mentor our athletes to establish and attain their goals, making each and every person a better athlete. I believe Crossfit is a lifestyle, not just a “fad” or “diet” and my ultimate goal is that everyone goes home feeling better about themselves and the progress that’s been made. I want each and every athlete to accomplish something that they never thought possible! Just knowing and seeing the dramatic changes in myself, my family, and the athletes in our gym have made me a firm believer for life!

heidi-CrossFit Trainer

Heidi Hilliard

CrossFit Trainer

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Education

University of St. Mary’s: Master of Arts in Education University of St. Thomas: Elementary Education; 5-8 Science Eastview High School 1999

Interests

Spending time with friends and family. Reading.

Coaching Philosophy

Exercising can and should be fun! CrossFit is a way to challenge yourself mentally and physically while being a part of a community of great people. Each workout is an adventure. My goal as a coach is to guide you through the adventure so when you’re finished you feel accomplished and exhausted.

TL-CrossFit Trainer

Teri Lynn Chesek

CrossFit Trainer

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Kids

Education

Marquette University – Electrical Engineering, DePaul University – MS in Networking

Interests

Reading, running, CrossFit, traveling, spending time with my family.

Coaching Philosophy

Maximum effort on a daily basis is the only true way to reach your full potential. Take extra time before or after class to practice your skills, strengths, and most importantly, your weaknesses. That is the only way you will achieve your goals.

james

James Quinn

CrossFit Trainer

Certifications

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Mobility, CPR/First Aid, Crossfit Weight Lifting, Team Spartacus Seminars: Clean and Jerk, Snatches, and Judging, USA Weightlifting L1 Coach

Education

University of Phoenix BS Information Technology, Concordia University MA Organizational Management

Interests

Family, reading, flying,and learning new things.

Coaching Philosophy

Exercise should be fun and have a purpose. Having taught martial arts for 25+ years I see the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle for people of all ages. I truly am blessed that I can use my skills in coaching to also impact people’s lives. The community of Templar is truly one of support, no matter what your history or current situation is, everyone wants you to succeed and thrive.

Jon Ruiz

CrossFit Trainer

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1 Certified, CrossFit participant since 2010

Education

Dartmouth College: BA with Majors in Computer Science & Psychology, The Blake School

Interests

Family, friends, lifting, running, triathlons, programming, movies, reading, video games

Coaching Philosophy

I’m 45 and in the best shape of my life! I started at 30 as a runner and triathlete which helped my cardio and weight, but it wasn’t until CrossFit that I learned what it means to be fit physically and mentally. Just going to the gym wasn’t enough to improve. I needed a trainer to motivate. That’s part of the magic of CrossFit – your coaches and fellow athletes are fantastic motivators. Combine that with a variety of movements and modifications and it never gets dull. There’s always something to work at, something you’re improving at and people to share it with. I became a coach because I love the gym and community, and wanted to help others achieve their own personal best.

Erica

Erica Alley

Coach

Certifications

Crossfit Level 1 Trainer, Crossfit Gymnastics, USAW LWC Referee

Education

University of Rochester: BA, American Sign Sign Language (ASL) and English Gallaudet University: MA, ASL Interpreting Gallaudet University: PhD ASL Interpreting Research and Pedagogy

Interests

Activities with my kids, Running, Interpreting, Reading, and Crossfit!

Coaching Philosophy

Athletes benefit from a growth mindset, embracing technique development, and a habit based commitment to exercise. We all have strengths and challenges in the gym (the WOD we are psyched to do and the WOD we are dreading). Crossfit offers the opportunity to take both on in a collaborative environment where we can celebrate our progress and accomplishments together.

Maggie Martin

Coach

Certifications

Crossfit Level 1 Trainer

Education

University of Northwestern B.S., Organizational Administration

Interests

Family, weightlifting, reading, house projects

Coaching Philosophy

My goal as a coach is to create an encouraging environment that no matter what your age, skill, or fitness level, ensures you get a great workout and have some fun in the process. When I first walked in the door of Crossfit Templar many years ago, I hadn’t done much for physical activity since college, was significantly overweight, and had never touched a barbell in my life. Since then, I’ve discovered a love of lifting, improved my fitness, and have met many new friends in our amazingly supportive community. I’m excited to have the privilege to come alongside athletes and empower them in their fitness journey.

Dave Trembath

Coach

Certifications

Crossfit Level 1 Trainer

Education

Concordia College Moorhead, BA in Accounting & Economics St. Thomas University – MS of Accountancy

Interests

Weightlifting, CrossFit, Mountain Biking, and board/tabletop games.

Coaching Philosophy

My goal as a coach is to help people live their best life physically. I believe that through proper nutrition and movement people can be healthy and active regardless of what their starting point is.

Laura Quinn

coach

Certifications

CrossFit level 1

Education

BA

Interests

Family, quilting,

Coaching Philosophy