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.
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!
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 (Beyond Normal Intensity). 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)
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 (Beyond Normal Intensity).
Kelly grew up in Colorado with a love of outdoor activities, participating in a variety of sports, focusing mainly on Soccer. At 19, following High School she married an Airman. Kelly first began CrossFit while living in England. In 2010, she helped run the 2010 United Kingdom CrossFit Games Sectional. She was especially drawn to the sense of community and closeness of competitors that the sport had to offer, and was intrigued and ready to learn more. Kelly followed the CrossFit site’s WODs with a group of friends on the Air Force base and would watch videos to learn how to perform the movements correctly. In 2011, she moved back stateside and earned her Level 1 certification in a course taught by Matt Chan in Denver, Co at CrossFit Verve. Since then, Kelly has traveled all over the country and visited a multitude of CrossFit gyms. Prior to coaching at BNI, she lived in Las Vegas where she coached for Hard Times CrossFit and came into BNI with 8 years of CrossFit experience.
In her words:
“BNI instantly made me feel like family, and enhanced my ability to excel in this sport, and also gave me the opportunity to continue coaching and help others attain their personal goals.”
My name is Ashley Wright. I am a Fourth Grade teacher, as well as a Level 1 certified coach. My family joined the BNI family in June 2015. We love this box and knew this was where we wanted to be after being transferred to a Coast Guard Cutter in St. Pete.
We have been a part of the CrossFit community for three years. CrossFit has completely changed my life. I have gained confidence in my ability to accomplish things I never dreamed of doing. I can now look at every challenge in life with a feeling of determination that wasn't there before. I no longer fear what seems impossible. For the first time in my life, I was happy and confident with who I am. CrossFit has integrated itself into all aspects of my life. It has made me a better mother, wife, teacher, and person.
Coaching is one of the greatest passions in my life, aside from my family. I love watching people meet and overcome new challenges every day. I love motivating people to push hard and do more. However, the greatest joy comes from seeing athletes take ownership in their own abilities and start pushing themselves to be more.
Beth grew up in a small town south of Houston and was involved in sports at a very young age. When she realized that her 6’2” frame was a good thing, she used it to earn herself a full NCAA volleyball scholarship to Arkansas State University. She met her husband of almost 9 years during her last summer at ASU and quickly found out that they shared a deep passion for athletics and fitness. She was introduced to Crossfit in 2011 when her husband came home from training out in Arizona and decided to give it a try. It reminded her of the “glory days” of college athletics and loved being competitive with other people in the gym. The Crossfit community provided her with the deepest and best friendships that she needed while her husband frequently traveled overseas and around the country. She earned her CF-Level 1 Certification at Crossfit Charlotte in the summer of 2013 and remembers it being one of the most exciting and challenging experiences. Prior to coaching at Crossfit BNI, she coached the beginners class at Crossfit Fort Bragg in Spring Lake, North Carolina. She and her husband are new to the Tampa area and have 3 kids, a dog and are really enjoying the Florida way of life!
“I knew from the moment my husband and I visited BNI that we were going to be a part of an amazing community. They have pushed mentally and physically and have provided me with some amazing friendships in such a short time. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be involved with CF kids and to be the “welcoming committee” for our new members! Teaching people that are new to CF is probably the coolest thing. You get to see their transformation into a confident and strong human being.”
Hi, my name is Steve Pope and I’m originally from Michigan. Go Blue! I lived in Kansas City for a while as well, Go Chiefs! My crossfit journey started back in 2010. After a short fight with kidney cancer back in 2007 I started getting into fitness, like fitness this whole pizza in my mouth. After a few attempts at other programs and not finding a good fit yet, I finally found crossfit and crossfit BNI. After drinking the kool-aid I started traveling to a few different Boxes in the area and learning all I could from different coaches. I then decided to get a few certification. I have been coaching for over 3 years now and absolutely love it.
Favorite Move “All Squats”. Least Favorite Move “Box Jumps”
Terry Holden—RYT-200 with the Yoga Alliance. Terry studied under Ellen MacKay (E-RYT) and Megan Hochheimer (RYT-200) of Karma Yoga in Valrico, Florida. She also studied under Jean Martin (E-RYT, RYT-500, RCYT) with Yoga Ed Institute I for specialized training in children’s yoga. Terry has been involved in teaching and mentoring for twenty years. She was a drug prevention/healthy living specialist teaching in Hillsborough County schools for nine years, working with students in middle school and high school. Terry believes yoga can benefit everyone, no matter what their physical ability or fitness level. She emphasizes listening to your body, breathing, stretching, and the non-competitive nature of yoga. She will teach a complementary yoga fitness program at Crossfit, offering stretching, balance, flow sequences, endurance poses, mindful breathing techniques, relaxation, and more. Terry is married and the mother of three daughters ages 15-24. Terry is very excited to bring her unique enjoyment of yoga and its many health benefits to Crossfit BNI!
My name is Paul and I’ve been involved in sports all my life. As I approached the age of 50, I was looking to find an activity to keep my competitive spirit alive. Looking back, I’m very fortunate my wife purchased a Groupon for a local box as CrossFit has been an integral part of my life ever since.
I have found coaching CrossFit to be a very rewarding experience. It allows me the opportunity to give back to a community that has provided so much for me. It’s rewarding when that sweat-soaked smile says, “Thanks for the push today Coach, I needed that.” Being a positive influence in an athlete’s fitness journey is an exciting venture.
Traveling throughout the country for my work allows me the opportunity to drop in on other boxes. I enjoy being exposed to various training methods and workout regiments. I believe it’s helped me to become a better coach. I am proud to be a member of the CrossFit BNI team.