Chris's CrossFit career began 15 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. 15 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...
Landon began coaching youth sports of hockey and baseball to give back to the sports he played. Landon played collegiate hockey while earning an Accounting degree from Iowa State University. After stepping away from playing, Landon began coaching CrossFit in 2014. He became familiar with CrossFit in 2009 in high school as a way to train for athletics. His passion for athletics led to a position at a local CrossFit gym that flourished into coaching. Landon worked his way to head coach and then operator at Max Oxygen CrossFit, in Ames, Iowa before moving to the Ann Arbor area. His wife, Danielle, coaches gymnastics at Eastern Michigan University. They enjoy working out together, spending time with their dog, Moose, and friends.
Landon's passion lies in improving lives. He is motivated watching people cautiously walk in the door, thinking they "can't" and watching them break out their shell months down they road as they realize they "can" do the things they never thought possible. Whether your goal is to play with the grandkids or win a local compeition, Landon is there to support and help make it happen. CrossFit has given Landon an outlet and he uses it give an outlet to each athlete who walks through the doors.
Bringing it in to the ladies here at the gym, you can find Shada. Her journey to finding CrossFit started once she began college. Having played soccer growing up, she missed the camaraderie, daily grind and physical nature of the sport; something she had trouble finding in a traditional gym. "I got hooked on CrossFit itself one summer while back home from college, but I developed a passion and a drive for the sport when I came to Wolverine. All the coaches wanted the best for me and challenged my abilities. They were patient and helpful in their coaching advice." She loves the atmosphere that CrossFit creates, and the challenges the workouts present. If a workout has squats, double-unders, or snatches, she is one happy camper! Although a fresh coach herself, Shada is not unfamiliar to the love, community, and support that Wolverine has to offer. "It has been my home away from home. I started out being a member with my husband, boyfriend at the time. Within the year, I was so excited to become part of the staff as I cleaned the gym and worked the front desk. Fast forward a few years, post-graduation and my husband's medical school journey, I am eagerly pulled back to where it all started, and now I coach at a place that means so much to me." As a CrossFit coach, Shada strives to make everyone's day better. She loves to talk with people and make people feel comfortable and welcome. "Coaching someone is so much more than leading them through a workout. It's making meaningful connections with people and knowing the personality and motivations of others. It is so rewarding to me when I see someone gain confidence in their abilities, and be there alongside them through it all."
Alex started his fitness/wellness journey with a desire to live a healthy lifestyle after some family health issues made him concerned about his own health in the future. He came to find out about CrossFit while at a traditional gym, learning about it from one of the trainers, who also happened to be a member at a CrossFit gym in the Toledo, Ohio area. He jumped right in and fell in love with everything, changing his life in a way a lot of members of the CrossFit community have come to understand. That led him to pursue his CrossFit Level 1 Certificate with the hopes of bettering himself as an athlete. In doing so, it led him to realize he had a passion and desire to help others along the same journey to health and wellness. He was lucky enough to coach part time at the gym, but he still felt unsatisfied in his career in the sports marketing world. When the opportunity to coach full-time became a reality it was one he wouldn't pass up. Even though he was a little scared at the prospect of a major career/life change it was a change and opportunity that he is grateful for each and every day and has helped shape his life and future in such an amazingly positive way!
Alex was a high school football athlete who loved the weight room. To continue improving, he decided to learn more about athletic training, lifting weights and general fitness. After spending most of his high school dedicated to sports and fitness he decided he wanted to make a career out of it. He discovered CrossFit while researching training & fitness certification courses and thought it looked like a lot of fun so he signed up! Immediately afterwards he joined a local box, fell in love with the awesome community and began coaching. Eventually he came to Wolverine Strength to continue learning the in's and outs of coaching while helping others better themselves daily. Alex enjoys every aspect of the coaching profession but spending time each day getting to know people and improve their lives is what he finds fulfilling.
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.
Thomas was born in Paris, France, and moved to the United Sates in 2009, after a colorful military history. He joined the French army after high school and served in the scout unit of the Marine Expeditionary Force. Thomas spent the next eight years as a sniper and signals expert in military intelligence. After suffering what he calls “a couple of injuries,” he also spent time as an instructor. Then, after 12 years of service, and multiple combat tours, Thomas moved to the midwest to pursue a Masters degree at Bowling Green State University. Upon graduation, he accepted a position at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, where he currently teaches French. A former rugby player and college cheerleading coach, Thomas discovered CrossFit in January 2015. After several coaching and training certifications, Thomas eventually became a yoga teacher and group fitness instructor, before coming back to his first and true passion, CrossFit, and then joined Wolverine Strength and Conditioning. When he is not at the gym or at school, Thomas enjoys spending time with his French bulldog puppy, Molière, watching new movies and TV series, and experimenting with new cooking recipes.