Coaches

 

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Derek Eason- Owner/Head Coach

-CrossFit Level 1 and Level 2 Certifications

I started CrossFit on my own in my strength training class junior year of high school. Stopped listening to the teacher’s back/biceps, chest/triceps program and tried to figure out the CrossFit movements as best I could. The following summer I created my own garage gym and got truly addicted to CrossFit.

Favorite Movement to Teach:
Definitely squats. It is awesome to take a person that has never even seen a squat before and get them into the proper positions. Sometimes it’s simple and easy, sometimes it’s difficult and takes time, but everybody can eventually get an awesome squat.

What Do I love most about Coaching:
What I enjoy most about coaching is seeing people grow as athletes. People start timid and inexperienced and then turn into badasses with the barbell, on the pull-up bar, or completing any other tasks and obstacles we throw at them. They gain confidence and grace with moving their bodies and objects and it is fulfilling to be a part of that transformation.

Athletic Background:
Skateboarding as a punk teenager and then CrossFit, no high school sports for me.

Favorite Movement:
Clean and Jerk: Power Cleans, Cleans, Jerks.

Favorite WOD:
Anything with a name from crossfit.com. Girls and Heroes, they feel official and I like it.

Favorite CrossFit Athlete:
It changes every year and every competition, but I am definitely standing behind my boy Rich Froning. He is on another level.

Favorite Cheat Meal:
Dinner

What I like to do besides CrossFit:
Hanging out with my family and fishing.


Cassie Finer:

-Crossfit Level 1 Certification
-Currently working on her PhD in Applied Economics at OSU

Athletic Background: 
I ski raced competitively through high school. After quitting I had a hard time finding an athletic pursuit that kept my interest... I did yoga, ran a few half marathons, road biked a ton, but didn't find anything that I felt really challenged me like skiing did.

How I Started Crossfit:
My brother started Crossfit a few years before me and eventually started coaching. I saw how much he loved it, and curiosity got the best of me. When I finally decided to start there was no looking back. I love how Crossfit is always challenging but also always offering up ways to measure how much I've improved. It's addicting.

Favorite Cheat Meal: 
French fries! Or tots.

Favorite WOD:
Anything heavy.

Favorite Crossfit Athlete:
Besides Danny Broflex?? Lindsey Valenzuela

Favorite thing about coaching?
I love learning. And coaching feels like a constant learning opportunity. Every class and each athlete are a chance for me to push myself to be a better teacher. 

Favorite thing about CrossFit Train?
COMMUNITY.
I was so nervous about leaving my gym in Colorado, but I immediately felt welcome at Train. Its such a supportive group and very inclusive to new members. 


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Austin Gray:

-Crossfit Level 1 and Level 2 Certifications

I am currently enrolled at Oregon State University studying Kinesiology. I am planning to continue my education in Physical Therapy. I have lived in Corvallis Oregon my entire life and I graduated from Corvallis High School. 

How I started Crossfit:

My father and I started CrossFit at the same time some 5 years ago. He was the one who turned me on to it as a matter of fact. He asked me if I ever heard of this thing called CrossFit  or this guy named Rich Froning Jr. and I said “never heard of it or that guy before.” He then showed me a video of Rich competing in the CrossFit Games and almost immediately we decided to call CrossFit Train and see if we could give it a shot. One thing led to another and now I’m here!

What Do I love most about Coaching:

Coaching pushes me to look at exercising in a different manner. It forces me and challenges what I think I know about exercise and fitness and gives me the opportunity to learn and grow as a coach. It also helps me when it comes to my own personal fitness because I can see what works well and what doesn’t. The body interests me greatly and I love seeing what the body can endure. Being a coach I am able to see people push themselves further than they ever thought possible and to be able to watch that and be a part of their  growth is a blessing that I wouldn’t trade for anything. 

Athletic Background:

I played basketball all of high school and dabbled in football and baseball as well but never stuck with them.

Favorite Movement:

 I like bar muscle ups but I have to say the snatch is my all-time favorite movement. It is so complex and frustrating and difficult and angering that when you do one good lift it feels so rewarding.

Favorite WOD:
Anything with bar muscle ups. For some reason I am abnormally good at that movement compared to everything else. I also like to move heavy weights so anything with a heavy barbell is fun to me (I.e. squats, cleans, snatches, jerks).

Favorite CrossFit Athlete:

Joey Kimdon. If you don’t know who she is look her up or come to the gym any afternoon Monday - Friday after 5 pm. 

Favorite Cheat Meal:

Pizza and burritos hands down. No questions asked. I also consider chocolate (milk or dark) my archnemesis. 

 

What is your Favorite thing about Crossfit Train 97333:

Easily the community. I have made so many friends through Train that will forever be there with me. It’s brought my relationships with friends and family even closer than before and I am beyond grateful for all the things Train has done for me.

 

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Nichole Bentz:

-CrossFit Level 1 Certification

Athletic Background:
I did Basketball and Track for all 4 years of high school. Along with Volleyball and Dance team for 3 years. I was on the OSU Women's Crew team for the Fall term of my freshman year. After that I did lightweight body-building with friends and community pick-up basketball games until Crossfit. 

Favorite Movement to Teach:
The power clean or the deadlift. What's more fun then teaching how to pick up heavy things?!

What Do I love most about Coaching:
I like to see the change in confidence. Some times people wont be confident about a movement and then once it clicks they OWN it like none other. It is so great to see. But really everything about coaching is my favorite. Talking to everyone, hearing about how their days have been, and joking around it is all the best. 

Favorite Movement:
Any kind of Clean and the Deadlift.

Favorite WOD:
Any Hero WOD or anything that is long and mentally challenging as much as it is physically challenging. 

Favorite CrossFit Athlete:
Dan Dreamboat Bailey!!! 

Favorite Cheat Meal:
Donuts..always.

What I like to do besides CrossFit:

I like to read British 18th Century literature, ride my horse, and photography.

Favorite thing about CrossFit Train?:

The community all the way. On my very first day I felt so welcomed and I made friends so quickly. Train has the feeling of just throwing down a workout at a friends house. After working out at other gyms before Train it was amazing to find a community like this. Everyone is so open and loving. They cheer for you not only in the gym, but also in life. I have made some lifelong friends here.