We have a wide range of age with multiple years of experience. We have over 44 years of collective CrossFit coaching experience within our team with over half of our coaches having more than 4 years of coaching experience each.
All our coaches are certified in CPR-AED/First Aid. We believe in ongoing learning from multiple sources both within and outside the CrossFit community. We preach form and technique over weight and speed.
Ask yourself What is your Why/Value? Mine is "To inspire others to believe in themselves, so that they can live a better life." How do you get there? "Building strong cores in mind and body." What helps me to reach my Value - Moving properly, picking things up & putting them down. DO MORE - SUCK LESS - LIVE BETTER.
CrossFit kicks my butt in a totally different way than I ever physically experienced before, it taught me to appreciate every muscle in my body and how important building from the core means in overall life. I thought a triathlon was a multi-event but I was so wrong, CrossFit is total body. CrossFit is not about being an expert in one area but being a master of many, which is how I believe is the best way to live.
I have been athletic all my life in various avenues from group to individual sport activities. I am naturally competitive and live to learn. After many years of endurance racing which included 6 marathons, 3 Ironman distance triathlons, a one day 200 mile organized bike ride plus numerous running races, century bike rides, and shorter distance triathlons my mind and body burned out and I was looking for something that would challenge me physically and mentally, CrossFit is the answer.
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." - George Bernard Shaw
After shying away from athletics for most of my young adult life, I became interested in weight training shortly after college. I loved how strong it made me feel! Along with lifting, I soon became very involved with yoga, the bizarre sport of standup paddleboard racing, and combining the two in SUP yoga. In early 2017 I walked into PUSH511, and CrossFit became my newest obsession.
My love for food and cooking has evolved with my active lifestyle. I no longer view food as something that needs to be restricted as I once did. Food is meant to be delicious and fuel the things you love to do! CrossFit in particular highlights the direct correlation between a balanced diet and athletic performance. My progress in CrossFit truly accelerated when I emphasized the nutrition aspect of it. Try doing Murph or Filthy 50 on a diet of pizza and beer. Spoiler alert... it sucks!
CrossFit and a focus on nutrition have benefited me in ways I will never take for granted. They have given me more energy, less anxiety, greater self-confidence, and challenge me to be the best version of myself on a daily basis. I strive to help others discover the life-changing magic of a healthy and active lifestyle!
My love of sport and competition led me to my first profession in the US Army, which in turn brought me to CrossFit. During my first deployment to Iraq in 2009 I was introduced to a CrossFit workout called ‘Fran’ and I was instantly hooked. The constantly varied workouts and friendly competition is what initially drew me to CrossFit, but over the years my passion for the methodology has also grown. I found a second home at PUSH511 after leaving the military and moving to Baltimore in 2016. With an excellent group of coaches, an amazing community, and lots of dog friends, I continue to grow as a coach and athlete, and hope to spread the love to those around me.
Come join one of my classes and be prepared to move and jam out to one of my notoriously awesome playlists!
Sports have always been a part of my life as a product of being raised by parents that were both coaches. I have competitively played softball and volleyball earning multiple all conference awards and even Female Athlete of the Year. After foregoing college volleyball for academic scholarships, I was at a loss to fill the athletic void - trying everything from Bikram Yoga to TRX. Finally, in 2013 I discovered CrossFit and found a way to be a "competitive" athlete again. My love of CrossFit eventually turned into a passion for coaching and helping others better themselves through fitness.
Before joining PUSH511 Steph was a Coach and Operations Manager at Dynasty CrossFit in Gainesville, FL.
Jill was the General Manager at BTB CrossFit in Atlanta for nearly two years before moving to Baltimore in late 2008. Although she is back in the corporate world, her heart remains with coaching CrossFit classes.
"If you tell me I can't, I will" has never been my official adopted motto, but it has always been my way of life. At the age of 19, I ruptured a disk in my lower back while in dance practice and underwent surgery. I was devastated when my doctor told me I would never dance, cheer, swim or do any type of aerobic activity again... deep down I knew my only choice was to try anyway.
Three years later, a friend told me she was running a 5k and would be faster than any of our friends. To heck with the doctor's wisdom - my competitive spirit took over and I took up running. I beat her by a minute and a half and hated every minute of that race. Over the next year, I ran, danced and played volleyball - I realized the more active I was, the better my back felt!
In October 2006 some fellow fitness boot camp instructors and I attended our first CrossFit class at CrossFit Atlanta. Not only did it kick our butts, but every class gave me a sense of true camaraderie, accomplishment, friendly competition and quickly set the stage for short term and long term fitness goals. I envied photos and videos of super-fit yet feminine women doing pull-ups, lifting heavy weights and running fast. Could I do that? Could women really be strong without looking like body-builders? What about the age-old theory that lifting weights makes women bulk up? Could this be safe for men and women with knee problems, shoulder issues & back injuries? In-between CrossFit classes, I started researching functional movements, nutrition, running and the importance of varying both movement and intensity in workouts... and it changed my life.
CrossFit is about finding your inner best, pushing your limitations and becoming as fit as you can be. My true passion is helping others do things they never thought possible, whether it be lose weight, gain strength, eat healthier, run faster or simply have more energy to play with their kids. I love the challenge of helping others reach their goals!
Growing up I was always active in sports: soccer, lacrosse, martial arts, track, and surfing—you name it! I was a three-season high school athlete then would immediately go to martial arts in the evenings. Being active has always been a part of who I am from an early age.
After college I began to do the traditional running and ‘the gym’. However, I began to develop issues running long distances. So, I asked myself: what can I do that would give me strength and cardio, you know, overall fitness? And this began my journey at PUSH511 back in 2015. Since then I’ve gone from learning simple movements to competing in multiple competitions. My latest accomplishment is coaching and giving back to a community which gave so much to me.
The benefits of functional fitness are real folks—give it a try and see for yourself. I’ve never felt stronger or healthier and plan to continue this indefinitely. Whether you prefer to work out then head home or be a social butterfly, there’s a spot for you in this family.
My love of CrossFit began the day we met back in November 2014. It combined two of my favorite things, and a phrase you’ll hear often at PUSH511, of “fitness & friends”. As a team sports athlete most of my life, after I graduated college and was no longer playing lacrosse, I knew something was missing. I was bored and frustrated at regular gyms trying to figure out how to program for myself and hated working out alone!
CrossFit has not only changed my life by making me physically stronger, but it’s made me mentally stronger as well. When you put in the work and are able to lift your body weight over your head, knock out multiple pull-ups, or whatever your fitness goal is that seemed so far away, it builds self confidence that is transparent in every aspect of life. BrandXMethod certified youth trainer plus CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.
I have always loved coaching kids. During summers in high school and college, I coached elementary age swim team and middle school lacrosse. In college and after college, I taught swim lessons to elementary age kids and coached lacrosse for girls in middle and high school. Since graduating and moving to Baltimore, it’s only natural that I share my two new hobbies as an instructor: Yoga and FitKids. I earned my 200 hour RYT with YogaWorks/Charm City Yoga in 2016, and became a certified BrandX Method instructor in 2018. I hope to use the principles of both to encourage kids and adults to take care of their bodies and build balanced strength and mobility!
I have been involved in sports since I was 5 years old. 17 of those years were focused primarily on competitive soccer which later on evolved into college soccer. I was a three sport athlete in high school and played basketball and swam before that. I have always been infected with a competitive spirit.
When I graduated college, I worked to lose the weight I had gained from a poor lifestyle of eating junk food and partying. I changed my diet and started doing 30 minute cardio sessions followed by an hour of lifting, focused on one particular muscle group. Eventually I lost all of my excess weight, but after a while of this same routine, I felt stuck, bored even.
I stepped in to my first CrossFit gym in January of 2015 and I haven’t looked back since. I love so many different things about the sport. The community aspect is one of the best things about CrossFit. I have made lifelong friends of people I never would have interacted with elsewhere. Also, in CrossFit, you get out of it what you put in. You can see the results of your hard work on paper, in numbers. There is data to support whether you have become fitter than the last time you did a certain workout. My only regret so far is that I did not start sooner.
I fell in love with CrossFit at a very late age. I had my first (and only!) child late in life and realized that I just didn’t have the time to spend at the gym or yoga classes where I couldn’t bring Tyler. I’ve always enjoyed a moderate level of fitness, but CrossFit has truly taken my strength and endurance to a new level. I’m learning new ways to improve myself and my fitness every day. Plus, the amazing benefit of all this is that Tyler has grown up at the gym with his other friends, and CrossFit has truly become a family affair. BrandXMethod certified youth trainer plus CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.
My life has been a journey of movement and the discovery of all the ways fitness can challenge me physically and mentally. I grew up competing in a wide variety of sports and dance, which led me to an amazing college basketball career. After some intense athletic years, I decided to take some time off after college to just enjoy life and start my professional career while dabbling in basketball coaching. However, during this time I realized how much of my overall well-being was suffering from my lack of movement and fitness. So after moving to Baltimore and leaving basketball coaching behind, I joined some gyms to get into a routine and found that functional fitness that combined a variety of different movement dimensions kept me excited and coming back for more. It wasn't until after I joined Push511 that I realized how much I mentally benefited from a close and supportive gym community that shared the same love of fitness. I am physically and mentally stronger than I've ever been and I now have the pleasure of helping our members reap the same benefits a well thought out fitness program and strong community can have in one's life!
Dana Robert has had an interest in health and fitness since she minored in dance at the University of Iowa, received a Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois and has been teaching dance and fitness since graduation. Concurrently she took a job as a bond trader. Everything in her life soon became intense, from her career as a trader at the Chicago Board of Trade, to her passion in extreme sports such as Ironman, marathons, triathlons and boxing. It was a bittersweet event that guided Dana towards yoga. After severely injuring both shoulders from boxing Dana turned to yoga for physical therapy. The doctors thought that her fitness days were going to be minimal and a double shoulder surgery was to be in her future. She took her future into her own hands and used Yoga as a means of physical therapy. After she learned to relax and slow down her mind and body on the mat she took her learning off the mat. She received her Yoga Alliance 200 level certification from Frog Lotus Yoga Studio in Massachusetts and her pilates certifications from Body Endeavors in Chicago. Soon after this she quit her job as a Trader, turned in the keys to her "Beamer" and decided to find the true pursuit of happiness...yoga! Opening The Yoga Boutique in 2007 was a true pleasure. She furthered her training by receiving her personal training certification and began her 500 level Yoga Alliance Certification in India with guidance from Frog Lotus Yoga Studio. Over the years she has practiced and trained with world renowned yogis such as: Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Richard Freeman, Gary Kraftsow, Tias Little, Rodney Yee, and Ana Forest. In 2015, after eight fabulous years of owning The Yoga Boutique she sold it and moved to Baltimore. Most recently Dana increased her fitness knowledge by finishing her teacher training on the barre method. Dana is beginning a new career path as a Veterinarian Pharmaceutical Sales Rep. So far so good….she truly loves her new east coast life!
I've been involved in athletics my entire life and always appreciated a challenge. However, I'd never had my ass handed to me as bad as my first visit to PUSH. I was hooked. I got worked by every person doing the WOD with me and it drove me crazy. I signed up that week and haven't stopped since. I've traveled from Philadelphia to Miami to compete against others and test my fitness against some of the best. This community has become my family. I have made friends that I know will be with me for life, and I've made changes to my lifestyle that have made me a much happier and healthier person.
I'm in the best shape of my life, and my new drive is to help others say that as well. Helping people move better, and see the pure joy when they hit fitness milestones is what drives me as a coach. From the high level college athlete to the everyday couch potatoe. Their first pull up, push up or a clean & jerk PR. This is now my passion and I love coming to coach here every day.
If it's not fun, I'm not wasting my time with it. That's as simple as it gets for me with everything. Repetitive run of the mill routines at the gym became uninteresting and I wanted something else to do daily. Anyone who knows me knows that I get bored easily, am rather hyper, can be a bit obsessive, and love playing any game or sport. Enter CrossFit. It kicks my ass, it’s fun as hell, and once the clock starts, I don’t think about anything else going on in the world. Plus, like any game or sport, there’s a competitive nature and I love the friendly rivalries.The best workout is the one you wake up excited to do every day. It doesn't matter if that's hiking the trail with your dog, spinning, or throwing around heavy weights. Overall health and wellness is what's most important and that's all I care about. I don't want anyone to half ass anything they do, but I definitely don't take life too seriously. I'm always looking for a good, usually perverse and incredibly sadistic, laugh. Come join the cult, drink the juice, it won't kill you. See what I did there?
Everyday is another day to focus on the important things in life: having a good time, bettering myself and others, and getting chiseled Abs! Fortunately CrossFit lets me do all those things at the same time! It's like a super set. I also tend to get my workout in before most of you get your first cup of coffee in the morning. I am one of the Crazy Ones.
I started playing competitive soccer when I was young and played for 15+ years. One day in college, I looked in the mirror and couldn't find any muscle on my body. I decided to hit the gym, pump the weights, and get shredded. I bulked up, but it got stale. I went with a friend one day to this CrossFit class, and I sucked. But I love doing what I suck at, because it makes me better. So I kept coming, and now I suck a little less, and those that I am coaching suck less too. So come join me and we can achieve chiseled abs together.