Chris’s CrossFit career began 11 years ago after 18 years as a martial arts instructor and tournament fighter. After his first CrossFit workout he decided this was the activity for him. 11 years later he is still working out and coaching others. Chris has trained thousands of people throughout the years including United States Army and Marines. Chris designed and developed the strength and conditioning program at Huron Valley Volleyball club and has worked closely with several area other schools in sports specific conditioning and injury prevention. Wolverine Strength is his home away from home. Some say that his favorite animal is steak, and that he once hospitalized a brick! All we know is, If you ever need anything, just ask Chris. He knows a guy…
A fitness professional since 1999, Mike O’Brien’s mission is to serve the community by providing coaching, programming and customer service of the highest quality. He demands continuous improvement in these areas, from himself and his staff. Mike has coached over 100,000 athletes and has logged over 100,000 hours training others. To develop and refine his skills as a fitness trainer, Mike has worked with over twenty established personal trainers, group fitness instructors and coaches. But Mike has never settled in his study—he is always working to learn new coaching skills, new methods of injury prevention and new ideas for fitness programming. Prior to his career in athletic training, Mike was an early childhood educator for a decade, until a back injury inspired him to learn about human physiology. That study ignited a passion to teach others about injury prevention, and prompted Mike to shift his educational focus to athletics. His keen interest in injury prevention has never died, and Mike is known for taking great interest in his clients’ injuries, demonstrating specific stretching and strengthening techniques to assist in recovery and developing modifications of exercises to allow clients to continue making fitness strides without exacerbating existing injuries.
Sarah’s first CrossFit workout was the Memorial Day Murph in 2013. Murph – a 1 mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air-squats, another 1 mile run, all while wearing a 20# weight vest - is a traditional hero workout that many athletes agree is the toughest WOD of the year. Rather than turning the newbie away, the coach that day convinced her to stay and showed her how to scale the workout so she could complete it right alongside those completing it RX. From that moment she was hooked and has been crossfitting ever since.
Sarah is passionate about CrossFit because she believes its elite training methods work for everyone - no matter where they are in their fitness journey. Want proof? Just ask to see her 6th grade school picture.
Favorite workout: Fran
Favorite movement: Burpees
Jason started CrossFit in 2013 while he was stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA serving in the Marines. Jason has a very athletic background, playing football and lacrosse while he attended Brighton High School. He started CrossFit to help him prepare for the different vigorous challenges the military had to offer. CrossFit quickly went from just another workout, to a whole new lifestyle for Jason. While stationed on Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, HI, Jason joined his first CrossFit gym. From that point on one of his goals was to become a CrossFit coach and help others go through the same experiences that he has. Several years later Jason continues to better himself and the community around him. Jason currently attends Washtenaw Community College as he works for his goal of becoming an Engineer.
Alika started CrossFit in 2012 as a way to maintain an active lifestyle. Originally from Honolulu, HI, Alika has always enjoyed water sports such as surfing, paddle boarding and diving. And when away from the water, he’s participated in everything from basketball, snowboarding, golf and triathlons to stay active. Alika believes CrossFit can enable anyone to live a healthy lifestyle and meet their fitness goals, no matter their athletic background or starting point.
As an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, Alika has been coaching around the country and internationally wherever he’s been stationed. He was first a staff coach for a local affiliate in Port Arthur, TX. He then took a position as head coach for the military affiliate on Yokota AF Base in Japan, while stationed overseas. Alika comes to Ann Arbor to pursue his master’s degree in engineering and enjoys being a part of the WSC Family.
Kirstin wandered into a CrossFit box in October of 2011 and has never looked back. Having had a series of health complications throughout her early life, she had virtually no athletic history (other than a brief stint as the slowest swimmer on a high school JV swim team and a pretty amusing foray into high school JV shot put). She never dreamed that anyone would ever refer to her as an “athlete!” Kirstin’s experiences have translated into a passion for working with the members of the Wolverine community to discover and develop their athletic abilities, regardless of their starting point. As a coach, her favorite moments are when an athlete surprises him or herself by accomplishing something they previously thought was impossible.
Greg started coming to Wolverine in March 2017. He has no previous experience with CrossFit, but had multiple years of weightlifting experience. He was quickly humbled in his first workout, which included rope climbs and double unders. He was motivated to keep coming back to improve on his weaknesses (and now he has none).
With a special interest in powerlifting, Greg continues to make sure his deadlift is higher than anyone else in the gym. He works at the front desk on the weekends.
Matt first became interested in strength and conditioning after taking a weightlifting class in high school. After following a more traditional style of training, he was first exposed to CrossFit in 2007 during his time in the Marine Corps. Training under a level 1 certified coach for three years in the service inspired him to pursue a fitness profession upon completing his time in the Marines. In the years following his discharge, Matt completed many fitness related courses including a degree in physical therapy. Matt has since gained a large body of knowledge from filling a variety of fitness related roles including CrossFit coach, Personal Trainer, and a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. Matt believes in having a mindset of continuous learning and improvement to offer a style of training that is second to none.