CrossFit BNI Trainer: Mike Caldwell

CrossFit Level 1 and 2 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
USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
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.

 

Mike’s Game Plan

CrossFit BNI Trainer: Beth Caldwell


CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
CrossFit Kids Certified Trainer
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.

 

Beth’s Game Plan

CrossFit BNI Trainer: Mick Paugh

CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer

My name is Mick and I am recently retired from the U.S. Army after 22 years of service. During my service to our great country I found my passion for fitness. I really started getting into weightlifting back in 1999 while overseas and stayed with it until 2012 when a buddy talked me into trying Crossfit. I made a visit to Crossfit BNI with him and the workout left me lying on the ground gasping for air… I told myself this is what I have been missing my whole life and I have never looked back since. I love that the workouts are constantly varied, functional fitness, done at high intensity but, more importantly, the community is what keeps me coming back. You will meet some of the most intense, insane and caring people.

You couldn’t surround yourself with a better group of people to push you every day. Because of my passion with fitness and Crossfit, I decided to take the plunge and get my Crossfit Level 1 certificate so I can help others achieve their goals. After receiving my Level 1 cert in Dec 2013 I decided to take it one step further and get certified as a Personal Trainer.

In March of 2014 I received my Certified Fitness Trainer certificate through International Sport Science Association. This is just the beginning of this crazy ride as I plan to continue my learning through new certs, CEU’s, other coaches and most important… the Athletes!

 

Mick’s Game Plan

 

CrossFit BNI Trainer: Jim Broun

CrossFit Level 1 and 2 Certified Trainer
CrossFit Powerlifting Certified Trainer
CrossFit Mobility Certified Trainer
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Certified Trainer
USA 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)

Jim’s Game Plan

CrossFit BNI Trainer: Damion Jones

 

CrossFit BNI Trainer Damion JonesMSPS, 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.

Damion’s Game Plan

CrossFit BNI Trainer: Robert Benitez

CrossFit BNI Trainer Robert Benitez

CrossFit Level 1 Certified 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 numerous Crossfit competitions, including the 2014 Southeast Regionals; and appreciate all the great athletes Crossfit has molded in the last few years.