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  • Ali Rose

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  • Alli Zanelotti

    Growing up I was always playing sports, but in high school I focused on swimming, soccer, and competitive cheerleading (you can decide whether or not it’s a sport). In college I decided to put sports/fitness on the back burner, and joined a sorority... which was awesome. After college I decided to “get in shape”, so I started running. It was terrible, and boring. My chicken legs and bad knees didn’t do too well, and it took too long. I also went through the elliptical phase for a hot minute. I got a lot of reading done, but that’s about it.

    The first time I tried Crossfit, I wanted to die, but I was also obsessed. I couldn't believe that a workout kicked my ass in such a short amount of time. I was quickly drawn to the competitive atmosphere, as I am extremely competitive, and it made working out seem more like a sport than

    I got my level one certification in 2012. At the time I was working out in a garage, and the cert was primarily for my benefit, but I knew I wanted to coach once I got better myself. I hope to help athletes reach their goals, overcome barriers, and love Crossfit as much as I do.

  • Angela Cole

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  • Amy McLay

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  • Andrew Killion

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  • Brian Wilson

    I was a Division I baseball player in college who transitioned into a tri-athlete, marathoner, and adventure racer. As the time and expense continued to grow with those hobbies, it butted up against my career as a Marine Corps Officer. I needed to shift gears and I started training with the more traditional body building approach that is pretty common in the military. The longer I stuck with this, the further out of shape I became and it wasn’t dependant on the time commitment (or supplement dollars) I threw at it. After several years of frustration with this routine, I was introduced to CrossFit. Thus, the addiction began. I’ve been CrossFitting fairly religiously since 2006 and after I got my Level I Certification was completely committed to opening a box. So here we are, Potomac CrossFit.
  • Brittney Savitch

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  • Cody Burgener

    I'm the third child of four siblings born into a outstanding family of weightlifters. I’ve been competing in the Olympic lifts since the age of five, and have been coaching the lifts since the age of 15. I was introduced to Crossfit in 2007 though my dad Coach B. In addition to coaching a variety of individuals, I also travel the world teaching athletes and coaches how to perform the Olympic lifts through Crossfit Weightlifting. I earned my bachelors in Exercise Science at the University of Sioux Falls, where I was a four year starter for the USF baseball program. I attribute my athletic success to years of Crossfit training and the Olympic lifts.

    Everyday I look forward to teaching athletes everything I’ve learned through Crossfit and Weightlifting. It’s my passion to motivate and coach people to become the best athletes they can be. And three, you will always have a fun time when working with me. It is all about having fun when working out, and Ill make sure every class I teach you will have a good time

  • Colin Farrell

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  • Dan Hoffman

    I have always been fairly athletic (soccer, Triathlons, weight training, etc), but I have never considered myself an elite athlete. I am intellectually curious, but I am rarely the smartest guy in the room. Towards the end of my time in the Navy and after returning from Iraq, Brian kept hounding me to do CrossFit. I was skeptical, as I tend to be. It seemed like it was a little bit of smoke and mirrors - how could workouts so brief possibly train you for much longer endeavors? I first gave CrossFit a chance as a way to conserve time while working out (editor’s note: opening a business in something you are interested in is not a way to “save time”). Since then, my perspective on CrossFit has completely changed. Bottom line, it works. I am in the best shape of my life. No caveats. I no longer dread workouts - I savor them. The diversity of the CrossFit program has me constantly learning (and being humbled), which I love. Potomac CrossFit has been open since August 2008 and the rapid fitness success that we’ve experienced with our clients and fellow CrossFitters is a testament to the CrossFit program and the excellent people we have here at Potomac CrossFit. Come check us out.
  • Dillon Behr

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  • Dr. Kyle Paxton

    Dr. Paxton earned his Bachelors degree in
    Exercise Science and then when went on to
    receive his Doctor of Physical Therapy
    degree. He began his own private practice,
    which has locations in both New York and
    Virginia. He works with a range of athletes from
    middle school to professionals. Dr. Paxton prides
    himself on using the most cutting edge
    techniques out there, and regularly consults
    professional sports teams on his approach. He is
    also the Co-Founder of a rehabilitation education
    company named Integrated Kinetic Neurology.
  • Gretchen Tobias

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  • Hsu Wang

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  • Jack Langley

    I’m Jack Langley- having worked in various settings of public health including physical therapy, strength and conditioning, and sports performance, I believe that I possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and the dedication to serve as a true asset to this CrossFit community.


    Being a great CrossFit coach entails going beyond teaching superior techniques for enhancing work capacity, strength, and power, among other things. It requires having the ability to identify areas of improvement while instilling personal drive, intrinsic motivation and a strong sense of confidence to place the athlete in the best position to succeed.


    Living a healthy lifestyle is a top priority of mine. I pride myself on the proven ability to inspire others to live the same way. When it comes to training and guiding others to excel physically, I am fully and genuinely committed to make their goals my own.

    See you in the gym!
  • Kathryn Thomas

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  • John Choi

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  • Kristin Campbell

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  • LJ Regine

    “Pursue virtuosity in functional movement. Believe unconditionally in yourself and the ability of others. Learn new skills – Teach them to a friend. Forge an indomitable body and spirit. Apply character traits learned in the gym to life: Perseverance – Honesty – Integrity – Resilience – Courage – Loyalty – Respect and Service. Be humble. Encourage others.” - Greg Amundson


    The above quote perfectly encapsulates LJ Cunningham’s approach to fitness and what he strives for every day as a CrossFit trainer. After finding CrossFit in 2012, LJ threw himself full-time into the CrossFit world of training, fitness and community and hasn’t looked backed since. Now, with 4+ years of experience in CrossFit, mobility, aesthetics, competition programming and endurance, LJ is excited to be joining the team at Patriot CrossFit.


    He began his fitness career obtaining a NASM-CPT and began interning at CrossFit Queens in Astoria, NY. From there he grew to full-time coach and sales manager, with a strong focus on community building — his favorite aspect of CrossFit. In 2015 he took a position at EVF Performance CrossFit Columbus Circle in NY, NY where he introduced a mobility program based on Kelly Starett's Supple Leopard and built a competition program “Vikings,” while coaching CrossFit, building up his personal training clientele and serving as Member Outreach Coordinator for the gym. He launched Battle Axe Built in 2016 as a lifestyle fitness brand with a goal to make fitness accessible to anyone who has the mindset and grit to build their armor from the inside out.


    Certifications include:


    NASM-CPT

    CF-L1

    CF-L2 (August 2016)

  • Laura Hawxhurst

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  • Matt Blank

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  • Mike Grabowski

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  • Molly Bergren

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  • Tyler Murphy

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  • Vilija Teel

    I was born and raised in the small country of Lithuania and first landed on the great soil of the United Stated in

    1999, when I got married to a US Army officer. I have been pretty active all my life, competing in many different

    sports, starting in elementary school and continuing all the way through high school, often winning competitions

    without any training (yes, that’s how we used to roll in Lithuania when I was a kid!). Despite the fact that I was

    very serious about sports, I decided to pursue a more reputable career and went to college to study English and

    graduated with a B.A. in English Philology. Even though I later chased a business degree and earned an M.B.A. in

    Finance, to this day, I remain very passionate about languages. I am fluent in three languages (Lithuanian,

    Russian, and English) and have a good working knowledge of a few other languages (Latin, German, Spanish,

    Italian, Estonian, and Korean).


    Prior to discovering CrossFit in 2013, I was an obsessive runner and a gym junkie. At one point, for about a year

    or so, I was logging close to 10 miles a day. If I couldn’t run after work, I would get up as early as 5AM just to

    get my miles in. It was a serious addiction!


    In 2013, my husband’s job brought us to Seoul, South Korea, and that is where I tasted my first sip of CrossFit

    Koolaid. And did it taste good! Needless to say, I was instantaneously hooked. About a month into it, I started

    keeping a WOD journal, I started eating better, I wanted to lift more, I wanted to get those kipping pull-ups and

    those double-unders! And before I knew it, I became a true crossfitter! Then, CrossFit Open 2014 came… It was a

    euphoric experience that made me realize that the love for this sport was getting serious and I wanted to do

    something more with it. So, about 8 months into my CrossFit experience, I took the Level 1 Crossfit Trainer

    Course and received a Level 1 Trainer Certificate. I was very fortunate to start coaching in December 2014 at a

    local military affiliate Fight Tonight CrossFit, located on Yongsan Army Garrison, in the heart of Seoul. I

    coached there until our departure from Seoul in summer 2015. After taking a couple of months off to get settled

    back into our house in Arlington, VA, I started and continue coaching again at a local CrossFit affiliates in

    Tyson’s Corner.


    Although I only have just a little over a year of coaching experience, I keep receiving a lot of positive feedback

    about my coaching style, saying that I am very approachable, easy to follow, eager to help, and highly motivating.

    It is with great pleasure that I am joining the coaching team at Potomac CrossFit and I look forward to spreading

    my love for CrossFit and my enthusiasm for fitness in general.


    Besides CrossFit, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two children – 6.5 year old son Darius and 3.5

    year old daughter Elia. I love traveling and exploring new cultures. I am very passionate about theater and any

    genre of art. Human talent never ceases to amaze me! So, if you do not see me in the gym, you might see me at

    one of the local institutions of performing arts!
  • Brendan Kinslow

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  • Cara Anastasio

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  • Cristy Bethancourt

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  • Lauren Chatmas

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  • Rafaela Carvalho Longo

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  • Samantha Birr

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  • Shanlynn Bias

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  • Tim Everhart

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