Owner, Level 2 Trainer
I have been involved with sports and fitness since my days in high school. I have always enjoyed working out (I know that many of you may not share that same feeling), both for the initial reward of knowing I just accomplished something that took some work to achieve, and the longer term gratification knowing that this work will give me a positive payoff down the road as I age. My initial journey in fitness was more like two separate roads – one being lifting weights and the other doing some type of cardio (usually running and eventually road biking). I started down the path of a triathlete and loved it (except the swimming part). Somewhere around 2010 I heard about CrossFit but did not pay much attention and just continued down my former fitness route; lift on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and run on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Then in 2013 I finally started dabbling into this CrossFit thing, checking videos online, reading articles about it etc. So I decided to try a CF workout and I was instantly hooked because I knew that my current training was not adequate because this first workout kicked my butt! And so I immediately started doing CrossFit. Three months later, in April of 2013, I got my Level 1 CrossFit Trainer Certificate and started training others. I realized early on how this CrossFit training was helping me because despite all of my previous running training, I had reached a plateau on my 5K runs. About 6 months into CF, my 5K run times came down by minutes! I was getting stronger, faster, and fitter. I’m 51 but because of this training, I am still able to do anything I did in my 20’s and feel great. I always say that CF is the true fountain of youth.
Fast forward to now. We have been training in CrossFit methodology for almost 6 years and have just opened a brand new facility in December of 2018. I am now a level 2 trainer. I love coaching and seeing others do things they never thought possible and reaching their personal goals. From high school and college athletes who simply want to get better at their sport, for the mom or dad who want to keep up with the kids and walk up the stairs without being winded, to the grandma who wants to spend active quality time with her grandkids and be able to keep doing the flower beds, everyone who wants to get better for life will benefit from our training.
We have so many members who are like family to us and have experienced so many firsts, so many health and fitness benefits, and have literally transformed themselves physically and mentally. If you are tired of being tired, sick of being weak, annoyed that you can’t keep up with life, then you need to come see us.
Rick has a wonderful and supportive wife, Sherri, and two daughters, Jen 22 and Rachael 20 who are both active in college. Rick enjoys anything outdoors including hiking, trail running, and biking. His main passion is truly CrossFit.
Level 1 Trainer
I was a three-year letter winner in baseball in high school. After high school, I enjoyed many years in slow pitch softball and one year in fast pitch. At age 19, a friend and I started working out 4 days a week with the goal of getting big and strong by doing the typical bench press, squat, deadlift, leg press, and bicep curls. I would do this every October to April then take a break for softball. I would use bicycling as my go-to for cardio.
Finally, in the spring of 2013, I started CrossFit. I had heard about it and thought it sounded fun so I gave it a whirl. I was 39 and thought I was in pretty good shape and fairly strong. My first workout involved air squats and running 400 m for 5 rounds. I thought this was going to be an easy workout …boy was I wrong. I think I was the last to finish it. But that is when I fell in love with CrossFit. It has the total package … stretching, lifting, cardio, gymnastics and all fun to me.
I got my level 1 in 2018 because I love helping others become better on their fitness journey through CrossFit. I enjoy helping people and watching them learn and succeed. Musclecamp has given me the opportunity to do this and I am enjoying taking advantage of it.
Jody has a wonderful family with a loving wife Misti and two sons 23 and 4 years old. He enjoys CrossFit, mountain biking, riding four wheelers, hunting, cutting wood, riding motorcycles, and helping others.
Level 1 Trainer
I started weight training and football at the age of 14. I lifted and played football from 8th grade through the 12th grade. When not playing football and lifting, I worked a physically laboring job which helped my strength. I landscaped for my grandfather, who didn't believe in using modern equipment. I spent many hot summer days shoveling and wheelbarrowing gravel and dirt. I spent many winters splitting firewood with an ax. These jobs gave me a strong work ethic. I took a few years off weight training, got married, bought a house, had a child, and kind of lost myself in daily responsiblities. My wife and I started running (which I hated) but was a necessary evil to achieve our goals. We trained for 6 months and ran our first (and last) half marathon. It was a very big accomplishment for both of us. Then, more kids came and life caught up with me and I lost myself in the daily grind again. I started Crossfit in March of 2014 and was immediately hooked.
Why Crossfit? My wife talked me into it. After having children, we both physically had let ourselves go. We want to be active parents to our children and knew we had to make some changes. We attended our first Crossfit class and I couldn't even make it through the first workout, but I loved the atmosphere, the people, and the movements. I love Crossfit and I can't get enough. It's not only the workouts, it's the people. They are always encouraging and helpful. The atmosphere at Musclecamp feels like family. Also, I love the competitiveness of the sport. I have never pushed myself physically and mentally like I do with Crossfit.
Why Coach? I like to help people. Getting to see new people who are starting out in their fitness journey and and then having the opportunity to witness their transformation is awesome. I want to be a part of that.
Family / Interests: I Crossfit with my wife, Jen, and we raise our three children. A son, Turner, and two daughters, Lauren and Tyler. I love the outdoors. I enjoy hunting, hiking, fishing, camping, and (even though it sounds crazy) I enjoy cutting firewood. I would say the biggest priority in my life is my family. They mean everything to me. And, I love Crosssfit. I love my Crossfit family and would do anything to help them succeed in or out of the gym.
Level 1 Trainer
I have always been physically active all through school and college. I danced (tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop) and tumbled and competed in dance from about 6 years old. I was also a cheerleader. This was my passion all through grade school, high school, and into college. I was a member of the University of Akron Dance Team/Cheerleading Squad on college and received a Bachelor's degree in Dance. After college I taught dance/tumbling for about 10 years and I was also a West Holmes HS cheerleading coach for 5 years. In 2008 I decided to get my teaching degree and I currently teach 2nd grade at Norwayne Elementary. Once I stopped teaching dance and coaching, I sorta stopped working out so much and let myself get out of shape.
In the spring of 2013, my husband talked me into trying Crossfit with him. I was petrified because I didn’t think I would be able to keep up or be able to do the movements (as I had never really lifted weights before). Once I started though, I realized that anyone could do Crossfit! I loved how things could be modified for your own fitness level. I learned all the bar movements, worked on my cardio, and loved all the gymnastics movements Crossfit incorporates. About a year after starting Crossfit, I had my son, Taiven. I Crossfitted until I was 8 months pregnant, and I give credit to Crossfit for being able to recover so quickly from my C-section! In 2018, after taking over a year off, I began going to Musclecamp Crossfit and it was just what I needed! Everyone was so wonderful and encouraging. I just love the atmosphere in the gym!
I absolutely love teaching others, whether it is Crossfit, school, cheerleading, dance…. I just have a passion to teach and coach others. I decided to get my Level 1 in March of 2019 because I wanted to learn more about the Crossfit methodology and be able to share what I learned with others. It is such a gratifying experience to be able to help others achieve their fitness goals and help them succeed. I encourage anyone to give Crossfit a chance because I am sure they will love it once they start! And being able to pass on my knowledge, encourage others, and see them thrive and accomplish their goals is definitely the best part of coaching!
Misti is married to Jody Kosier, who also is a Level 1 CF Trainer. They have two sons, Kody (24 years old) and Taiven (5 years old). Misti loves spending time with her family, working on their farm, four wheeling, hunting, and watching Taiven do all his sports and extracurricular activities.