• CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
• CrossFit Level 2 Certified Trainer
• CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer
• CrossFit Mobility Trainer
• CrossFit Olympic Lifting Trainer
• USAW Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
I started CrossFit in mid-2001 while I was in the Army stationed in Arizona. CrossFit was still new and unfamiliar enough to not completely drag me away from the Joe Wieder bodybuilding workout routine that is still popular to this day. By 2004, when I was stationed in Japan, CrossFit had become the preferred physical training method in my military unit; and it completely changed the way I thought about fitness and strength training.
In 2006, I retired from the Army, and built my first CrossFit garage gym. I continued CrossFit on my own until 2011, when I joined CrossFit BNI. Although I thought I was in great shape before then, my fitness level went through the roof after joining. There was no substitute for having a coach correct my form and the adrenaline rush of the group environment. My Fran time dropped from 9 minutes to 6 minutes, and my CrossFit Total went from below 600 to over 800.
I also live by the rule that diet and exercise are simultaneous endeavors. Having been in a high-stress, high-travel job for so long, my diet had always been horrible. I lived in the drive-through, and drank only sugary beverages instead of water. I was not fat; but I was “doughy.” In order to maximize my CrossFit program, I started experimenting with the Zone, Atkins, Paleo, and Carb BackLoading diets, and began reading some of the key publications on fitness and nutrition. The difference it made was astounding!
Now in my late 40’s, I am able to combine the years of fitness experience and knowledge obtained through formal training to offer a safe and balanced approach to helping people get the most from their fitness program.
For those who would like to learn more about health and fitness, I recommend the following light reading:
• Starting Strength (Rippetoe)
• The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding (Schwarzenegger)
• Body by Science (McGuff)
• Mastering the Zone (Sears)
• The Paleo Diet for Athletes (Cordain)
• Good Calories, Bad Calories / Why we Get Fat (Taubes)
• Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution (Atkins)
• The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Pollan)
CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
CrossFit Endurance Certified Trainer
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Certified Trainer
CrossFit Mobility Certified Trainer
CrossFit Football Certified Trainer
CrossFit Kettlebell Instructor
CrossFit Gymnastics Certified Trainer
CrossFit Powerlifting Certified Trainer
ISSA Certified Trainer #190342
My name is Michael Caldwell and I was born in Bogotá, Colombia in South America. Before first grade, I moved with my family to Lake Placid, Florida where I lived until going away to college. My degree is in Communications, but my passion is for Fitness and Health.
All throughout my childhood, I was overweight. It is not easy for a kid to go through high school being chubby. But I had friends that eventually motivated me to go to the gym with them and exercise. They made it fun for me, and it really did change my life. I went to college 50 lbs lighter and with a whole new outlook on life. I worked as a chef for years in my twenties and that started me down the road to healthy eating. Temporary diets were not for me. I began to realize that in order to keep the weight off, I had to change my way of eating, thinking, and acting. I took supplements to keep me healthy, and I learned over the years how important it is to eat right all the time.
It was also during this time that I was a Weight Loss Consultant and I had the idea to start my own company. With the support of my wife, I opened Body Nutrition in February 2007. I am a certified personal trainer through ISSA and CrossFit Level 1 Certified and my goal is to motivate you to have similar results that I had.
Additionally, CrossFit BNI offers several other trainers who can help you perform better including Beth, Grace, Andrea, and Nic. Click their names for their trainer bio or contact us to find out more about CrossFit today.
CrossFit Level 1 Certified
CrossFit Kids Certified
CrossFit Mobility Certified Trainer
CrossFit Gymnastics Certified Trainer
CrossFit Powerlifting Certified Trainer
CrossFit Endurance Certified Trainer
IFA Certified Trainer # 224450
My name is Beth Caldwell, and my life was spent in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I moved to Florida in 2003 and I met Mike in Tampa where we both worked. It is my passion to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and motivate others to do the same.
I played every sport they allowed me to in school. Throughout college, I was always the person who would wake up early in the mornings just to go jogging and if you couldn’t find me at home, I was most likely in the gym. When I moved to sunny Florida, I began to help my friends do workouts in the gym and that motivated me to get my certification from IFA to be a personal trainer. I love to see people get that look of satisfaction on their faces after accomplishing a good workout. I realized that getting my certification from CrossFit would only enhance my ability to motivate others safely and effectively to reach new potentials.
Because I recently had my 2nd baby, I understand the challenges that women have to go through in order to maintain their weight. Nothing is impossible when it comes to health. By maintaining an active lifestyle throughout my entire pregnancy, I was able to hit my goal of being size 2 just months after the birth of my 2nd son. I keep healthy by taking supplements and vitamins and eating healthy meals every day.
At CrossFit BNI, you can turn to any one of our trainers if you are looking for improvement. Mike,Grace, Andrea, and Nic all offer wonderful knowledge and support for you as well. Click their names to get all if their information or contact us to find out more today.
Meet BNI Trainer Damion Jones, MSPT, BS, K1/K2 Certified
Damion is a PT with 10+ years of clinical experience in a variety of settings ranging from acute care in hospitals, subacute care in skilled nursing faculties, outpatient rehab, and home health care. He received his Bachelors Degree in Biological Science from Florida State University in 2000 and then earned a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Florida A&M University in 2002.
In addition to clinical patient care experience, Damion also ran a rehab department as a Director of Rehab at Bayshore Pointe Nursing and Rehab in south Tampa for 3 years before embarking on his current practice as a contract PT for Supplemental Rehab for the past 4+ years. As a PT, Damion applies the principles of kinesiology (the study of the body in motion) as part of treating a variety of clients each day.
In CrossFit, it is necessary for our joints and muscles to be mobile enough to allow our bodies to move fluidly through various motions and movements in order to be efficient in our workouts. The purpose of this class will be to teach individuals how to safely mobilize joints, increase muscle flexibility, and properly warm-up muscles and tissues to prepare for intense activity as a supplement for the programmed warm-ups and WODs at CrossFit BNI.
Meet CrossFit BNI Trainer Susan Kirkham
I am a military brat, and grew up all over the United States. After majoring in Business Management at Texas State University, I joined the Air Force where I spent 8 years serving our country. Being active and staying physically fit has always been important to me, however, it wasn’t until I turned 40 that I took a more vested interest in my overall health and fitness. As a busy mother of three, taking care of myself and being a role model for my girls is very important to me. At that time, I worked toward my fitness goals by doing what most typical gym go-ers do; I would run two to three times a week and lift weights at the gym on alternate days.
Inspired by others in the fitness industry, and wanting to motivate others to achieve their fitness goals, in 2011, I received my personal training certification with the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and spent several years actively working as a Personal Trainer, both in Tampa and Valrico. In 2012, I stumbled into a Crossfit Gym. Having continued my workout routine consistently for three years, I was eager to try something new to stay motivated and increase my overall level of fitness. I attended my first class and was hooked. Not only did Crossfit provide me with the ideal core strength and conditioning program that I needed to stay fit and healthy, but it also enabled me to become part of the Crossfit community. With my background in personal training, and my desire to teach and motivate others, once I had established myself as a Crossfit Athlete, becoming a Crossfit trainer was a natural progression.
In October of 2013, I received my Crossfit Level 1Trainer Certificate and in January of 2014, I received my Crossfit Weightlifting Trainer Certificate.
Meet CrossFit BNI Trainer Robert Benitez
My name is Robert Benitez. I’m a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer. I was introduced to Crossfit about two years ago and have never looked back. I have always been involved in some sort of physical fitness and organized sports. I also spent many years in and out of the typical gym. Prior to being introduced to Crossfit, I never had the motivation needed in that environment to stick to a regime for any length of time. After the first few Crossfit workouts, I was sold on the Crossfit methodology. The teaming, structure, motivation, coaching, competition, and results have keep me motivated and inspired me to teach others. Its a lifestyle, not just a fitness fad.
What motivates me is seeing progress in others. I believe to be an affective trainer, you must understand what it takes to motivate and retain your clients. Being able to properly train your clients so they get the most out of the workouts and see the benefits of all their hard work is what continues to keep me motivated and inspired.
I have also judged several Crossfit competitions and appreciate all the great athletes Crossfit has molded in the last few years.
Meet CrossFit BNI Trainer BNI Christy Enos
I’ve been doing CrossFit for a little over a year now with BNI. I’ve always enjoyed sports and being active while in school, especially volleyball. Once school was over and I was out in the “real world”, I realized it was hard to maintain the weight I was at when I was younger. I tried spin classes, yoga, boot camps and nothing really made me feel or look the way I wanted.
I started running, doing a few half marathons a year, and then one day decided to check out CrossFit on the recommendation of a friend. I watched people doing all kinds of gymnastic movements, and was immediately intrigued. I signed up the same day. I ran the Disney full marathon in January 2013 but after that really focused more on my CrossFit training.
I’ve enjoyed it so much, I decided to become a Level 1 trainer this past October. I love getting the chance to help others see what they capable of, and do more than they ever thought they could.
Meet CrossFit BNI Trainer Omar Marin
My name is Omar Marin. I’ve been doing CrossFit for 2 years now and have loved every second of it! Through Crossfit, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to push my body and others to reach great results.
I have played competitive sports all my life. I grew up on Army Bases around the world where playing sports was the favorite past time of all the kids on base! This is where we picked up baseball for many years but eventually moved on to play Soccer all through elementary to high school. My father played soccer growing up as well so it was always a dream of his to have us follow his footsteps. I met great friends through Soccer but most importantly I learned what it was like to win and lose. My appetite for winning and competing only grew from there.
While at USF, my fraternity brothers of Sigma Lambda Beta and I played intramural soccer and softball for all four years while majoring in Communication.
It’s been an honor to join the team here at BNI and I hope to grow with each and every one of you. Let’s conquer some Pr’s!
You know how people continually ask themselves questions such as “what is my role in life, what am I supposed to be doing, and ultimately…who am I?” The second I started Crossfit, I knew the answer…I am a Crossfitter! My first day of On-Ramp I stated that I wanted to compete…I just knew! When you love something and become so passionate about it, that becomes the way that you define yourself. For me, this is through Crossfit!
After my first WOD “Murph,” I felt like all of the different types of physical challenges, exercise modalities, tasks and skills that I have always loved, were formulated into this one sport of Crossfit. I could combine my different gymnastics skills and body weight strengths, and run, and lift weights all in the same sport. Bottom line, I fell in love, and not only did I gain passion, but I was accepted into a supportive and dedicated family of people sharing similar goals and a desire to better oneself in every aspect!
Due to my growing passion and love for Crossfit, I have recently completed my Crossfit Level 1 Trainer Course, and I am looking forward to completing more training courses in the near future! I received my undergrad in Fitness and Health Promotion with a minor in Business Administration, and I am presently working on my master’s in Kinesiology. Soon after completing my undergrad I became a certified personal trainer through ACSM. Lastly, I have been coaching competitive women’s gymnastics for the past 11 years. This is also a huge passion of mine, where ever day, I get to participate in activities that I truly enjoy and interact with my little gymnasts that I love so much! One of the biggest lessons I have learned this far, is that the body is capable of so much more than we allow our minds to believe. Crossfit helps us realize this and it is through this realization that there is optimum success!
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
My name is Grace Givens. I didn’t grow up athletic; I didn’t play any sports in high school or college. I was a typical, chubby nerd in high school. It wasn’t until college that I started to worry about how I looked. Like most women, I’ve tried every diet you can think of; many of them multiple times, with very little success. Lifting weights and going to the gym intimidated me. It was only a few years ago that I finally found the courage to join a gym. Even then I didn’t lift heavy weights.
I hired a personal trainer, used the nautilus machines and took spinning classes; but it felt like I was wasting hours at the gym. It wasn’t keeping my interest and I wasn’t getting the results I wanted. In early 2011, I joined CrossFit BNI and my passion for fitness was ignited. Ever since then I’ve been working on transforming my body and my health. I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on about fitness and nutrition. I have had great success on my transformation with CrossFit, getting results that I never could have obtained at a globo gym.
As a licensed massage therapist since 1999, I’ve always had a passion for helping people feel better. Now I can use my knowledge of the human body, along with my knowledge of fitness and nutrition, not only to help them feel great but to be great. My goal is to educate others so that they can live a happy healthy life and achieve their goals; even the goals that seem impossible to reach. We are all a work in progress and should never stop progressing
At CrossFit BNI, we have several trainers who are here to help. Make sure you check out Mike, Beth, Andrea and Nic as well. Or contact us today to find out more about starting your CrossFit journey.