Mike, callsign "Sting" is a retired USN Commander. Mike became interested in CrossFit through a co-worker who introduced him to the main CrossFit website and began trying the WODs at the Pax River Drill Hall in 2009. Prior to that, he had run, biked, and weighlifted. While many of the WODs could be done at a conventional gym, there were many that could not due equipment (metal weights, no rings, ropes, or kettlebells, etc.). Also, while trying to learn complex movements without a coach to correct improper form, many bad habits were formed. He joined CrossFit PAX in July 2013 and encountered the excellent coaching staff who were able to quickly correct his form and improve his overall fitness. He joined the staff as a co-owner in January 2014 and obtained Level 1 Certificate in March 2014.
As a Coach and owner, Mike’s goal is to ensure that CrossFit PAX is one of the best CrossFit gyms in the country. He strives to maintain excellence in the coaching staff, and motivate every athlete to achieve their maximum potential.
Favorite WOD: Fight Gone Bad (the first WOD he did!)
Favorite Food: Steak, medium-rare
Hobbies: Boating, tinkering, aviation
CF LVL 1
Christy spent 7 years in the Navy and was a life-long athlete playing competitive soccer and college volleyball. Unfortunately due to injury in the Navy, 8 knee surgeries and 2 babies, Christy gained 40 pounds and found herself without strength, mobility, and the fitness she had taken for granted most of her young adult life. Luckily, she was introduced to CrossFit and began her journey to be healthy and fit again. Christy says, “ I love CrossFit because it pushes me to achieve things beyond what I think I am capable. For me that started with getting to the bottom of a squat, then my first ever pull up, then my first ever rope climb and the list goes on and on. Part of my love of CrossFit is always expanding that list and working on the next first.” Christy became a CrossFit coach because she wants to help others achieve their goals too. She is passionate about helping people improve their fitness and nutrition regardless of their starting point.
Favorite WOD: Anything with heavy weights
Favorite Food: Coffee no doubt… and ice cream for treat days.
Hobbies: Spending time with her husband and little boys, CrossFit of course, playing guitar, hiking
What motivates Christy?: Only a few months after she got certified as a personal trainer, Christy lost a lifelong friend, a mom of only 30 years old, to obesity related causes. She was devastated. Our modern “standard american diet” and our lack of exercise is so dangerous. For Christy it is simple. She wants to help people be healthy and enjoy life and all its adventures with their family and friends.
CF LVL 2
ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer
USAW Club Coach
CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer
CrossFit Movement and Mobility Trainer
Ace Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Katie started CrossFit in July of 2013 at CrossFit PAX and was immediately drawn to the challenging nature as well as the sense of community and comradery that CrossFit offers. Prior to starting CrossFit, Katie coached competitive gymnastics for ten years and found it to be a truly rewarding experience as it fulfilled her desire to help others achieve goals. Late in 2014 Katie realized how much she missed coaching so she decided to get her CrossFit Level 1 trainer certification and put her years of coaching experience to use at CrossFit PAX. Katie’s favorite aspect of coaching CrossFit is being able to best suit the needs to accommodate each individual athlete to ensure they are getting the most out of their CrossFit experience.
Favorite WOD: All of them, even death by burpees
Favorite Food: Wings and Beer
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, watching sports, being anywhere warm and sunny and sleeping
What motivates Katie? Her competitive nature and desire to better not only other athletes, but also push herself to be the best athlete possible.
CREDENTIALS:CF LVL 1USAG Gymnastics Coach
Crossfit Lvl 1 & 2
Amy has always been athletic and, growing up, she found that sports helped her to be a better student and person in general. Amy played lacrosse in college and after college she started running marathons and ultra-marathons to stay in shape. She found CrossFit PAX just before it opened in 2012, but didn’t join until March 2013 because she didn’t want to give up her obsessive running routine. Soon after starting, Amy fell in love with the variety that CrossFit offers and the constant challenge to learn a new movement or PR a lift. Amy has never looked back! Every single day she looks forward to her time at the gym whether she is working out or coaching a class—it’s definitely her most favorite time of the day! Amy has also learned that helping a fellow athlete reach a PR or learn a new movement is 1000x more rewarding than doing it herself. Favorite WOD: Anything long and heavy and mentally challenging. Amy also really loves 14.3.
Favorite Food: All vegetables (except raw onions) and froyo with all the toppings. It is all about balance:)Hobbies: Crossfit :) Hiking, camping, climbing, geeking out about nutrition.What Motivates Amy? Challenges. Fear. If she thinks there is something that she is incapable of doing or that she is scared of doing, Amy has to do it to prove herself wrong. CREDENTIALS:
CrossFit Level 1
Clark grew up with active parents and played just about every sport throughout his youth and was a multi-sport athlete in high school and college. Four years in the Marine Corps and the last 20+ years in the government - working out and staying active was the norm. Clark ran multiple road races includIng a marathon, adventure races, Tough Mudder, and GORUCK. Clark met Tess in 2012 and the standard gym routine became mundane; they were looking for a change. They found CrossFit PAX in January 2014 and becoming a part of the community was a natural fit. He joined the staff as a coach in January 2016.
Favorite WOD: MURPH
Favorite Food: Oysters & Beer.
Hobbies: Any sport, paddle boarding, surfing, finding new adventurous family activities.
What motivates Clark?: To be a better husband, father, coach and athlete - every day. CrossFit is not his life, but Clark CrossFits so he can have a life and be awesome at it. (Try) not to lose to Tess or CJ in a WOD.
Growing up Tess was always active and played multiple competitive sports for her high school, travel teams and college. After joining the work force and having children Tess found herself lazy with her exercising and careless with her food intake which quickly increased her weight and started taking a toll on her health. After a few years of dealing with being very overweight she decided this was not who she wanted to be and that it was time for a change. She got on a good diet (lifestyle change) and started working out which eventually led to losing over 100lbs. In 2012 Tess met Clark and they worked out together in the normal gym scene for a while but quickly realized they both wanted and needed a change, something that would motivate them and push them beyond their limits which is when they found their love for CrossFit. After a few years of doing CrossFit and sharing her journey with her fellow athletes Tess realized she wanted to take her training to the next level and become a coach so that she could continue to help inspire and motive other athletes to keep working and pushing hard to reach their goals!
Favorite WOD: I love Partner WODs and chippers!
Favorite Food: Cadbury Cream Eggs (thank goodness they are year round now……but only indulge on my cheat night!)
Hobbies: Spending time with my family doing anything active such as hiking, swimming, paddle boarding, surfing, playing sports, etc.
What motivates Tess?: Seeing where I have come from and hearing my journey motivate others to get fit and healthy
CrossFit Sport Specific
CrossFit Scaling Certification
Growing up, Calvin was active out of necessity. It was practical needs, such as chopping wood for the wood stove or moving stone for the driveway. However, Calvin began running in high school and has been an avid runner ever since. He has completed multiple half-marathons, marathons, and ultra-marathons. He has practiced Tae Kwon Do since 2004 and currently teaches the art locally. Calvin has been a member of CrossFit PAX since 2013, and has not looked back. He has a lot of room to improve in WODs that involve heavy weights, but feels more comfortable in the longer WODs that require the athlete to "just keep moving."
Favorite WOD: Whitten
Favorite Food: Cheesesteaks
Hobbies: Hiking, Traveling, Teaching Tae Kwon Do
What Motivates Calvin?: To be a positive role model for his son.
4th Degree Master Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
In 2013, Brandon realized that college and eating poorly had started taking its toll on his health. Shortly after realizing that he needed to make a lifestyle change, a group of friends introduced him to CrossFit PAX. Right away he enjoyed the constantly varied workout scheme and camaraderie. In short Brandon was hooked. Crossfit got him back on track to becoming healthy and has allowed him to push his body further than he previously thought possible. As a coach Brandon hopes that he can help others achieve their fitness goals and push themselves to levels that they previously thought were impossible.
Favorite WOD: Anything w/o handstand pushups!
Favorite Food: BACON
Hobbies: Brandon enjoys music festivals/concerts, playing guitar, snowboarding, woodworking and hanging with friends and family
What motivates Brandon?: Seeing new athletes get PR's
Mike V. has been in the Marine Corps since 2005 and is a life-long athlete and competitor. He ran track in high school and played soccer in high school, college, and for the Marine Corps. Mike is an avid gym-goer and has been for over a decade. Thanks to a good friend and great athlete, he was convinced to give CrossFit a try, which has resulted in a regular participation since March 2015. Mike V. enjoys the challenge and sense of community provided by "this outstanding organization and facility." He enjoys coaching the awesome athletes at CrossFit PAX because he values sharing the benefits of fitness, health, and hard work.
Favorite WOD: Anything challenging, so all of them!
Favorite Food: Pasta, all of it.
Hobbies: Any kind of fitness, mud runs, playing soccer, volunteering, family and friends, and his dog, Bellybutton.
What Motivates Mike V.?: Challenge, friendly competition, and increasing my fitness everyday!
Favorite WOD: Any type of Chipper.
Favorite Food: Burgers and Steak
Hobbies: Angela would have to say Lifting. She really does not have any hobbies. She likes to travel with her friends.
What Motivates Angela?: Feeling strong and fighting age to keep all the muscle she can. Angela started CrossFit six years ago and loved the challenge. Gaining strength and muscle are real motivators for her. She competed locally in CrossFit early on and have competed nationally in Olympic lifting. Both are very scary, but she feels you only grow when you put yourself in uncomfortable situations!
CrossFit Level 1 & 2
CrossFit Olympic Lifting
USAW Level 1
Kevin is from the DC/MD area and grew up playing all kinds of sports. After college, he was doing the regular gym routine when he found CrossFit, which reignited the competitive drive that was missing from his training. After following the website on his own for a while, Kevin saw a sign that CrossFit PAX was opening and was a part of the very first fundamentals class at our current location. He was hooked from the start! It wasn't just because of the friendly competition, but more so because of the amazing coaches and camaraderie/community that seem to go hand-in-hand with CrossFit. Over the years, this experience developed into a desire to begin coaching, not only because he is passionate about CrossFit and believes in the philosophy, but also because he truly enjoys helping others set goals and work to attain them. He likes to show people that no matter the level of fitness, mobility, or coordination one has, they can do whatever they set their mind to as long as they are willing to put in the work to get there.
Favorite WOD(s): Murph, DT, and anything with bodyweight
Favorite Food: Kevin doesn't have a favorite....He loves to eat good food! A few that come to mind... Seafood - Blue Crabs, Oysters (All ways, but Chargrilled are the favorite!), lobster, crawfish, etc. BBQ - Brisket, pulled pork, smoked turkey, southern sides. Steak of course! Veggies - he actually enjoys veggies and tries to add them to every meal...no matter what.
Hobbies: Just about anything on or in the water. Hiking, camping, riding dirt bikes/four-wheelers, or motorcycles. He also likes to travel and experience new places.
What motivates Kevin? Continuous learning and improvement both as an athlete and a coach.
Amie started CrossFit in December of 2012 because she was looking for a more consistent exercise routine. Amie grew up playing sports and ran cross country and track and although those are individual events, she always thrived on being part of a team. What she loves about CrossFit is that it challenges her to do things she never thought possible, but also that there is a strong sense of community within the gym. As a physical therapist Amie enjoys helping people reach physical goals and she immediately wanted to learn about the movements and reasoning behind CrossFit’s philosophy. As much as Amie enjoys making her own improvements, it is gratifying to watch her friends, gym mates and patients achieve their goals. Amie is looking forward to being a part of the CrossFit Pax coaching staff!
Favorite WOD: Murph, anything bodyweight, long chippers
Favorite Food: Steak, sushi, tacos, beer
Hobbies: spending time with her husband, son and friends, CrossFit, running, music
What Motivates Amie? As an athlete she is motivated by challenges, competing with friends and achieving new skills. As a coach Amie is motivated by helping athletes move better and watching them crush goals!
Doctorate of Physical Therapy
CrossFit Level 1
This nerdy, awkward, former couch potato found CrossFit Pax in May 2013. As Sarah had never done anything more than attempting to jog on a treadmill or elliptical (unsuccessfully....), gyms in general felt completely overwhelming and intimidating at the time. So to say the least, it took Sarah some convincing to sign up for fundamentals. A couple of Saturday sessions later and she was hooked, by both the community at CrossFit PAX and the idea of constantly improving and pushing herself out of her comfort zone. After being a member at Pax for several years, Sarah caught the weightlifting bug. Still nerdy and awkward as ever, but now she spends her evenings on the oly platform while everyone else dies from burpees.
Favorite WOD: One-thirtieth of Grace or Isabel ;-)
Favorite Food: Does coffee count?
Hobbies: Hiking, camping, travel, marathons of the Netflix persuasion
Crossfit Level I
USAW Level I
Weightlifting is a sport near and dear to Eric’s heart. There's no better feeling when you work towards a big goal and succeed! Eric wants others to know this feeling and to know they are capable of achieving great things when they trust the process and put in work!
Favorite lift: Snatch!
Favorite food: Steak w/ roasted garlic potatoes
Hobbies: Nerd stuff, movies, books, board games
What motivates Eric? To grow the sport of weightlifting!
USAW lvl 1, numerous national meets, training at a high level for +5 years
Tammy grew up being active and then through college she became sedentary. She gained weight, lost some again after graduation and marriage and then had two pregnancies close together. As a result, Tammy gained a large amount of weight. After being at her heaviest (215), she was fed up with being fat and unhealthy. She joined rugby, signed up for a triathlon, and joined CrossFit. Through this process she began modifying her eating habits as well. She has lost about 45lbs and is healthier and stronger than ever in her life.
Favorite WOD: Anything with deadlifts!
Favorite Food: Potatoes or watermelon. Please don’t make her choose!
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, Hiking/Backpacking, Camping and Jesus
What Motivates Tammy? Excellence, encouraging others, and being a role model to her children. Her desire is to push herself and to constantly improve. Also, it brings her joy to see athletes who have worked hard achiever one of their fitness goals; it makes her want to be the best coach they have. Lastly, she gets excited seeing her kids make healthy eating choices choosing to be active and programming their own workouts!
CrossFit Lvl 1 & 2
Annie discovered CrossFit in 2015, and after a few months of CrossFit realized she no longer wanted to run. She loves the variety and intensity of CrossFit and the camaraderie of the group class format.
Favorite WOD: Anything with lunges or box jumps
Favorite Food: Anything Spicy!
Hobbies: CrossFit, Newly discovered love of sewing
What Motivates Annie? Seeing hard work turn into improved performance and health!
CrossFit Lvl 1
We are at 22378 Three Notch Rd, Lexington Park, MD. You will see a Smokey Joe's BBQ, Quality Moving Company, and AireCo businesses. Turn in between the BBQ and Quality Moving Co. and go down the hill to the left of the AireCo building, past the gate (it will look like you are driving in to the moving company warehouses!). At the bottom of our "hill", turn right into our parking lot and you will see the CrossFit PAX sign and entrance.
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22378 Three Notch Road, Unit B
Lexington Park, Maryland 20653