Patrick Woods is a 2009 graduate of The Ohio State University, where he was a Captain of the track team. Patrick competed in the decathlon and won the BIG 10 championship in 2009. He trained for the 2012 US Olympic Trials and was a USA indoor silver medalist. Patrick is an experienced CrossFit coach who has successfully managed a corporate gym serving over 900 members. Patrick is also an ACE certified personal trainer, a level-one USATF coach, a USAW level 1 and holds a CF level 2 certification.
“If a vegan does CrossFit, which do they talk about first?” Samuel Hartman enthusiastically answers that meme: “CrossFit!” Samuel’s background in fitness started with competitive road cycling, which he alternated with running for years until finding a love of iron. After doing CrossFit for 2 years, he began to focus more on weightlifting, competing in multiple regional competitions each year.
Samuel holds a bachelors and masters degree in applied mathematics Ball State University and IUPU-Indianapolis, respectively. His love of math and logical thinking is applied to technology – a self-proclaimed “computer nerd” – and he loves to talk about force vectors and the science of CrossFit if you prompt him!
Samuel is a USA Weightlifting Advanced Sports Performance Coach and a CrossFit Level 2 (CF-L2) coach.
Outside of lifting weights and doing CrossFit, Samuel enjoys photography, trail running, and the simple act of “being present.”
Marissa began CrossFitting to stay in shape in the off-season during her time on the St. Lawrence University Women’s DIII Track and Field team. She competed in the pole vault and 400m hurdles for the Saints while obtaining her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Neuroscience.
Marissa has spent the past year and a half in Washington, DC coaching CrossFit and working on exercise physiology and neuroscience research within the Consortium for Health and Military Performance. She recently moved to Columbus, Ohio in order to pursue her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the Ohio State University. She hopes that the current shift toward functional movement and mobility within the fitness and rehabilitation worlds is here for the long term.
Marissa has been a CrossFit L-1 trainer since February 2014. Despite her personal strengths in bodyweight movements, she enjoys coaching the squat and Olympic lifts because of the continual empowerment that they provide to both new and experienced lifters.
Hannah was always athletically inclined at an average level until she discovered she excelled at running at the age of 10. She decided to pursue her running career into college years where she competed for a Division 1, nationally ranked cross country and track team at the University of Toledo.
Post-college she become a personal trainer and group class instructor in Perrysburg, Ohio at an Extreme Training Center. Here she was introduced to CrossFit and fell deeply in love with it. She went on to obtain her Level-1 Certification and began training herself for the Open. Hannah now holds a Level-1 and Level-2 Certification.
In 2014 Hannah was a finalist for the Face of ReebokONE campaign where she traveled to the Reebok Headquarters in Canton, MA to get a deeper look at the Reebok movement in the world of health and fitness. Hannah then moved to Columbus and found her new home at CrossFit Clintonville as a member in January of 2015, competed with Team CFC for the Arnold Classic in March, and came on as a coach in August of 2015.
Before finding CrossFit, Anna was your typical former competitive athlete. She spent years trying to find a type of workout that rivaled the way she felt while playing soccer and basketball. After finally trying a CrossFit class in 2014, she knew she had found was she was looking for: a workout that challenged her, humbled her, and introduced her to an amazing community of people.
After graduating from Grandview Heights, Anna received her degree in Exercise Science from Indiana University. Following college, she continued west to St. Louis where she earned her Doctor of Chiropractic and Master’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Rehabilitation. In 2015 she returned home to open her own chiropractic practice in Upper Arlington, Columbus Spine and Sport Center.
For the past 3 years Anna has been teaching boxing, cardio and strength training classes at local gyms. She is passionate about using and expanding her knowledge about the body as she joins the team at CFC.
John Paul Anders
John Paul (JP) Started lifting in 2006 as part of a Football strength and conditioning program and immediately fell in love with olympic lifting. With a passion for fitness and wellness, JP went to the Ohio State University to earn a Bachelors in Exercise Science Education and is continuing his education there for a Masters in Kinesiology. His research will center around supplements and cognitive development through exercise.
JP has been involved with CFC since it first opened and has seen many achievements, most notably the founding of BuckeyeFit, OSU’s only CrossFit club. He served as an intern throughout the years and finally completed is CF-L1 in February 2016 to join the ranks of CFC trainers.
Along with CrossFit, JP loves rock climbing, playing frisbee golf, finding new places to eat in Columbus, and is always looking to try new activities!
Athletics and competitive sports have always been an important part of Ali’s life. She began swimming competitively at the age of 8 and continued throughout high school. After completing her final swim season in 2014 she was looking for a fulfilling way to continue her fitness. Her whole family was involved in CrossFit, so she decided to give it a try. It was love at first WOD. The constant challenge, the opportunity to try new things, and the chance to connect with such an awesome community of people was exactly what she had been looking for. In July of 2015, Ali decided to complete her CF-L1 because CrossFit had made such an impact on her life that she wanted to ability to spread that to others as well.
Ali began her studies at OSU in 2014 and continued her training. At the beginning of her sophomore year she walked on to the OSU women’s rowing team for the 2015-2016 season.
Ali is currently a third year student at The Ohio State University studying Health Sciences with plans on continuing to Graduate school to become a Physician’s Assistant.
Travis was involved in sports all through his youth and grew up in athletic clubs due to his step-mother being in the business. In high school he focused on cross country and lacrosse at Dublin High School and Western Reserve Academy and then continued on with lacrosse at the College of Wooster.
After college he was involved in everything from triathlons, duathlons and martial arts such as Krav Maga, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In 2012 he tried CrossFit classes at a friends home gym and loved the camaraderie and the challenge of the workouts. He was also introduced to kettlebells at this time. After his friend closed up shop he continued his workouts at home where he built up his home gym with mostly kettlebells.
In 2015, while looking for a new challenge, he heard about CrossFit Clintonville opening up right in the neighborhood. Since then he has enjoyed being a part of the community and diving in deeper to the fitness world. He has taken the CrossFit Level-1 certification and the ONNIT Kettlebell Specialist course. Travis currently teaches the Sunday Kettlebell class at 9 AM. If you see him working out with unconventional equipment in the gym such as clubs or maces feel free to say “Hi”.
Brian’s athletic background extends back to his childhood when he played baseball, basketball and football. He continued to play football through high school where he earned First Team All-State honors at Bexley. Brian planned to play at the University of Dayton until he injured his back while training. After his first year at the University of Dayton, Brian transferred to the University of Kansas, where he earned a B.S. in journalism.
Brian began CrossFit in July of 2015 when he moved back to his hometown of Columbus. He had heard of CrossFit Clintonville and was looking for a workout that challenged and inspired him. Prior to moving Columbus Brian worked out regularly at a local gym with a personal trainer and independently. Soon after starting at CrossFit Clintonville Brian discovered that CrossFit provided workouts that he was truly passionate about. He had not felt as motivated or challenged athletically since his days of playing football. As he improved his physical fitness, gained confidence, and grew in his passion for CrossFit Brian decided to pursue his CrossFit Level 1 certification, which he completed in February 2017.
Currently Brian is teaching a Sunday endurance class that he designed for athletes hoping to improve their overall stamina. He has also recently completed two different CrossFit competitions, and he continues to enjoy growing in his personal fitness.