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Coaches

Mel

Mel

Owner/Head Coach

My passion is coaching! I love seeing people succeed, make goals, and exceed those goals! There’s nothing like seeing a student get their first real pull-up, put up a PR on a lift, or fit in to that pair of jeans they haven’t worn in years! I fell in love with CrossFit and started coaching around in 2008. As an athlete, I love the community atmosphere, the push to never give up, to challenge myself, and reach goals I never imagined!

It’s a joy and honor to coach with my husband Claude who I’ve been married to for 20 years. We have 3 wonderful children who adore and train hard in CrossFit, which has helped them in their personal fitness goals. Our heart and motivation is helping others achieve excellence not just in training, but in everyday life. We are jazzed about bringing CrossFit to Madras and the surrounding communities and look forward to making a difference in health and fitness our community!

Certifications:

Level 1 CrossFit
Olympic Lifting Cert
Running Endurance Cert

Claude

Claude

Owner/Coach

GET TO KNOW COACH CLAUDE

What do you do in your free time?

Free time? I will take a nap if at all possible, then start on a or continue working on a project.

Favorite food?

Is beef in the form of steak or burger, pot roast, basically cooked correctly.

Describe your fitness journey.

My fitness journey is totally a yo yo type, never consistent for longer than two weeks over all. Sometimes I can squeeze in a good two month period of consistency, and it is wonderful, but always gets superseded by life’s challenges. I’ve been trying since 1998 to at least do some sort of exercising. Before 1998 it was from 1994 and previous years to 1989 I wanted to be the first in my family to play college sports- baseball and football, so I exercised a lot then as well. But in 2004ish I’ve always wanted to do a bodybuilding show but quickly realized how unrealistic it is for me with my lifestyle.

Biggest struggle. 

My biggest struggle is not knowing how to balance my time with my lifestyle of husbandry, fatherhood, employment, business, home ownership, animals, relationships………???????. For some reason it is all to stressful for me and I get shook up and tossed around mentally and can’t seem to function, let alone exercise. Exercise takes a back seat to everything.

What brought you to 3 Peaks? Why did you become a coach?

I became a coach after getting the opportunity in Redmond,OR at CrossFit Breakthrough. I was at first not utilized but as things came to an end at Breakthrough I started getting to coach more than I expected. I’ve always wanted coach sports such as baseball, football, etc…. but I liked CrossFit more than the traditional sports. I grew fond of the sport of fitness – I later came to know it as fitness for real. I hoped after Crossfitting myself for a few weeks that I could easily get youth athletes to do it as i saw this training, the missing link to strength and conditioning for all sports at any age, and wishing it was a thing in my youth. In addition, I love helping people as in adults, the older the better, see that they are athletic even if they didn’t do sports in their youth and it has come to pass.

After moving back to my home town of Warm Springs, my wife and I decided that we wanted to continue to pursue the desire to help others by opening 3 Peaks!

Hobbies/Family

Hobbies I would like to do outdoors, but I’d rather meet my family and wife’s needs.

Something we may not know about you is?

I would like to still do bodybuilding and CrossFit competitions or relays, I’m crazy enough to do rodeo but the risk is way way too high. In my younger days, I used to be a mugger for wild horse racing, and have a scar on my head to prove it. haha.

 

 

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1
Olympic Lifting Cert

Nina

Nina

CrossFit Coach, Nutrition Coach, Member Service Manager

Get To Know Coach Nina

What do you do in your free time?

Connection is really important to me and my favorite way to spend my free time is with the people I love, be it family or friends. If live music and dancing is involved, even better.

Favorite food?

It’s a tie between Thai food and Vietnamese. Ok, so it’s really rice, especially in noodle form.

Describe your fitness journey.

I played sports through elementary and middle school and quit when I reached high school. I discovered I love kickboxing videos my senior year and stayed active my first year of college. After that, I was very inconsistent with my fitness, doing things regularly for a few months and then quitting. At one point I decided that I was going to become a runner (I absolutely hated running) and did it, but I wasn’t even consistent with that. When I started CrossFit, I was doing yoga a few times a week and running every once in a while – mostly when the weather was perfect, so really not that much. Unlike everything else I’ve done, CrossFit has been so easy to stick to. I love that it’s always different. I love how it challenges. I love how it’s helped me get stronger and faster. I think I just needed something that could keep my interest. 🙂

Biggest struggle.

Food. I’ve had ongoing health issues since I was a child and they all seem to stem from food. I have a lot of food sensitivities (gluten, sugar, wheat, eggs, yeast) and pinpointing them has been such a long process. Avoiding certain things is a challenge since they’re in pretty much everything, so it’s definitely been a struggle. Plus, I really love sweets. Left unchecked, I will eat all the sugary things I can get my hands on. Please keep Sour Patch Kids away from me.

What brought you to 3 Peaks?

My husband started CrossFit in January of 2015 and I was intrigued. I had actually done a No Sweat intro before him and was too scared to commit. But I asked him about class multiple times a week (and immediately told him he was crazy for doing that). Finally, in November, I couldn’t handle the curiosity anymore and signed up for OnRamp. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Why did you become a Coach? Why do you like/love coaching?

About a year after I started CrossFit, I told my husband that I wanted to do more with it somehow. The next day, Mel approached us both about becoming coaches. I said yes immediately. I love teaching (I have a background in teaching online classes through my natural living blog) and it seemed like such a great fit to do that in person with fitness. It’s been almost three years now and I love it. I love seeing our athletes have breakthroughs and connecting with these amazing people.

Hobbies/Family

My husband and I have been married 17 years this year and have four kids, two boys and two girls (exactly what I told him I wanted when we first got together, ha!).

Something we may not know about you is?

Ok, I think everyone might actually know this, but I lose my mind over miniature horses. They are the most adorable creature in the world and when I see them I get so excited that I have what’s been dubbed a “pony face.” The pony face comes out to a lesser degree for frogs and babies.

 

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified
Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher RYS-200

Melissa

Melissa

CrossFit Coach

GET TO KNOW COACH MELISSA

What do you do in your free time?

I enjoy moving my body at all times – I still love swinging on swings at the park with my kids, running anywhere, playing new sports, skiing, backpacking, rafting, swimming, anything. 

What’s your favorite food? 

I love any food that is enjoyed around the table with friends and family.  My family travels a lot and we have learned much about other places and cultures by sharing a meal together.  If I had to pick one food, it would be my grandma Nonnie’s chocolate cake with buttercream icing.  

Describe your fitness journey. 

I’ve shared this story multiple times, but I believe I started on my fitness journey when I was about 8 years old while doing Jane Fonda on the VHS tape with my mom.  My mom worked full time as a nurse on the night shift, and she made fitness a priority. She was not a diet person, but always made sure our family ate their vegetables and got outside every day.  My dad watched us on weekends and evenings, so he always had all four of us kids out playing baseball or football. So without even knowing it, I was on a fitness journey at a young age. I played a lot of soccer growing up, even playing indoor soccer with my husband while he was in medical school and residency.  I’ve always felt the need to keep moving, so no matter where we lived, if someone asked me to sign up for a triathlon, go for a long ride on a road bike, or try CrossFit, I was up for it.  

My biggest struggle

My biggest struggle is finding time to calm down and be at peace with doing nothing.  Even on vacation, I will come up with a list of things to do. So, I have to work at being at rest.  

What brought you to 3 Peaks? 

When we moved to Madras in 2017, I had been a fitness instructor for 5+ years and wanted to find another place to be surrounded by encouraging people.  I had tried CrossFit several times with my brother in-law, the first time in Peru. Taking a CrossFit Class in Spanish was difficult, but I liked the idea of pushing myself beyond a 20 pound weight and trying something new every day.  After the first month at 3 Peaks, I was hooked. The coaches helped me feel comfortable pushing myself with heavier weights and learning gymnastics moves. Now I can drop the barbell after a heavy lift without wanting to say “sorry!”.  

Why did you become a Coach? 

After moving here and no longer teaching group fitness classes, I really missed helping people achieve their goals and be motivated by their successes.  I had great coaches at 3 Peaks help me transition into a higher level of fitness and become a member of the 3 Peaks community. It was an honor to be asked to share in that mission with the 3 Peaks coaches.  

Why do you like/love coaching? 

I love being a 3 Peaks Coach because I get to be part of a family that has a positive vision and mission for the community.  I believe I get to help improve people’s health beyond the scale, and truly connect with people’s mind, body, and spirit. 

Hobbies/Family or something we may not know about you? 

My favorite color is purple, I am a sucker for babies, kittens, and dogs.  I love quoting random parts of movies and commercials. I’m terrible at video games, can’t stop laughing while doing karaoke, and fall asleep watching movies at home. I’ve been married for 19 years to my high school sweetheart, have two kids, and 2 cats.

 

Certifications:

Level 1 CrossFit Certified

Jennifer

Jennifer

CrossFit Coach

GET TO KNOW COACH JENNIFER

What do you do in your free time?

I really enjoy camping, hiking and being in the outdoors.I also enjoy supporting my children and watching their sporting events whether it be baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball or football.

Favorite Food?

Healthy food – fish for sure. Not healthy food – Shrimp fettuccine and Snickerdoodles (best cookie ever)

Describe your Fitness Journey

Before I had children I was a certified Step Aerobics instructor and I really enjoyed the physical aspect of it as well as helping others on their fitness journey. After having kids it was hard to manage that with being a parent so I quit doing it. Two years after my second child I found myself overweight, sore all the time and struggling to keep up with a 2, 5 and 14 year old. I joined Weight Watchers and was able to lose 40lbs over a year by tracking my eating and being intentional with walking as a primary source of exercise. While I was able to keep my weight at a reasonable level for a few years after that I wasn’t fueling my body in a healthy way and started to feel my own anxiety levels rising and my stress management failing.

After a night of heavy drinking and poor choices I had that moment when I knew if I didn’t make a change to my path I was going to destroy myself and the people I loved. That was November of 2014. I booked by appointment with 3 Peaks and have loved CrossFit ever since. Since being at 3 Peaks I have definitely experienced a lot of high and lows physically and emotionally. I was very much a “go hard” or “stay home” person. Learning to listen to my body and be okay with having good days and bad days was very hard for me. I would beat myself up emotionally all due if I didn’t perform well in a WOD instead of giving myself credit for even getting the workout out in. There was a point where I almost quit CrossFit because I was comparing myself to others, feeling inadequate and not focusing on my own journey. I kept going though because I truly loved the adrenaline rush. 

 In December of 2017 my son and I were involved in a car accident that truly changed me as a person. Initially I thought I was just a little sore from the accident and the soreness would go away, but it didn’t. My back was hurting worse and worse so I started physical therapy. I understated my pain level to 3 Peaks coaches as well as my own doctor, bad idea. When I left the box one day in tears because my back hurt so bad I knew I was doing long term damage to myself. I was seen by a doctor and told I had herniated disks in my back. I was in so much pain I couldn’t put my shoes or even walk without hurting. My doctor told me to take a month off of ALL physical exercise or risk long term damage and possibly need surgery.

Determined to get well and return to the box I listened. It was the hardest time for me because it was then that I realized how much I missed the community at 3 Peaks, my friends. The cliche’ about not knowing what you have until it was gone hit hard for me. Healing took time and it was a process that involved my doctor and the amazing coaches at 3 Peaks. For months I wasn’t able to jump, run or even do lifts. What was so amazing is when I got frustrated and couldn’t hold myself back 3 Peaks coaches were there to scale and adjust my workouts. I truly learned how to listen to my body and be okay with where I was on each an every day. I learned that my journey was mine alone and not to be compared to anyone else’s.   

One year into recovery from the car accident I was finally getting back to being able to do most of the movements and feeling super excited about how my back was healing but also realized how much my nutrition had slid in the wrong direction. Movements were harder than I had remembered them being. 3 Peaks was doing a Nutrition Challenge and I was all in. After doing the InBody Scan I honestly went home and cried after seeing the comparison from my last scan to the current one. Yikes! Again, a wake up call to get back on track. The Nutrition Challenge was great and seven months later I am still using the information we learned. Some days are better than others for sure. 

In April of 2018 my doctor wasn’t sure if I would ever run again. On July 4th, 2019 I ran my first 10k at 44 years old. I have 3 Peaks coaches and community to thank for that. I cannot wait to see what the next 10 years brings. Spartan Race coming up in August!!! 

Biggest Struggle

SLEEP, hands down. I know my body needs it but I am not good at it. My second biggest struggle is “food shaming” by others. I hate that society views eating “clean” as weird but eating pizza and washing it down with soda or beer is “normal”. 

What brought you to 3 Peaks?

I wasn’t managing my stress well and was very unhappy with myself as a whole. I needed to find an outlet for my energy that was healthy and not self destructive. I also needed to learn how to eat well and why?  I remember coach Mel telling me to read The Zone by Barry Sears in our first meeting together. I Loved the book and loved the WOD’s and now can’t imagine my life without 3 Peaks. 

Why did you become a Coach? Why do you like/love coaching?

There are a few reasons I became a coach. The first one is that I absolutely love helping people and seeing others succeed. Seeing people get their first box jump or being able to run 200m when walking is where they started is so inspiring. I want to see people reach their goals and help them see how great they are doing just by showing up each day. 

Another reason I love coaching at 3 Peaks is because of the community and the culture 3 Peaks family shares. We are all on different paths with different struggles but we show up, we do the work and we support each other. Every time someone decides to show up I want them to know it was the right choice and that I want to support them while they do their best. Whether they are at the box or not I hope athletes know that I care about them as people.  

I want to help people live their best life possible. I hope that others know that everyone is struggling and us as coaches are there to help with more than just nutrition and movement standards. 

Hobbies/Family

Together my husband and I have three children and one granddaughter. We are a sports family always on the go. We love the outdoors and try to go camping as much as we can get away. I love to bow hunt and am super excited that my son Ayden is showing an interest in at as well.  I do love to travel as well. We are a crazy busy family but at the end of the day I love knowing that everyone is home and safe.

Something we may not know about you is? 

I cry at stupid stuff, like movies, sad commercials, when I am mad. It’s like my face has its own faucet and just turns on at random times whether I like it or not. 

 

Certifications:

Level 1 CrossFit Trainer

Ian

Ian

CrossFit Coach, Facility Manager

GET TO KNOW COACH IAN

Most of my recreation time is spent at 3 Peaks getting my workout in but when I make time to plan I love going on long backpacking trips, camping with my family (Coach Nina and our four minions), and running in endurance relay races. I’ve really been a hobby collector and mostly like sampling activities more than committing to any one thing.

   CrossFit has been different in that I’ve been hooked on it for almost five years now. I’d been a distance runner in track and cross country all through high school and continued to run sporadically and inconsistently afterwards. I’d tried flushing money down the toilet at a regular gym – I couldn’t figure out what I should be doing in there so I never went and let my contract ride out. I knew I needed to do something when I was getting winded going up one flight of stairs and my back would hurt when lifting the gurney at work. I started at 3 Peaks and it was exactly what I needed: workouts WAY harder than I’d ever push myself to do that I didn’t have to invent, complete with an instructor to motivate and coach my movements and techniques. I became a lifer.

   At times I struggle with the motivation to go in and workout. What really helps is knowing that the only hurdle I have to overcome is showing up. Once I’m in the gym I’m surrounded by supportive class members, and a coach who’s ready to serve up a workout that’s going to make me glad I showed up.

   I loved CrossFit so much that I had been contemplating becoming a coach and readily accepted when a position was offered to me.

   In my other life I’m a Paramedic (and I’ve played one on TV). As a paramedic most of the people I help are living with the consequences of poor choices they’ve made early on in life. I love coaching CrossFit because I can help make a difference in people’s lives before chronic problems kick in. Seeing people make permanent changes for better lifelong health is so gratifying.

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Cert

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