About Us – Coaches

 

IMG_1441Nikki Goldin – Coach/Owner

# of Years CrossFitting: 7+ years (1st WOD was August 6, 2009)
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Mary, Annie, Cindy, Barbara (body weight!) & Diane
Least Favorite Benchmark WOD: Karen – wall balls. Hate em.
Favorite Movement: Power Cleans, Double Unders, Pistols, HandStandPushUps and butterfly pull-ups. I have a love hate with ring dips.
Least Favorite Movements: WALL BALLS AND ROWING (too short for all that)

Workshops/Seminars/Clinics Attended:
CrossFit Level 1 Certification
CrossFit Level 2 Certification
CrossFit Endurance Course
CrossFit Mobility Course
CrossFit Scaling Course
USAW Level 1 Olympic Lifting Coach
Carl Paoli’s Gymnastics Movement Seminar
Snatch/Clean & Jerk Progressions training with Olympic Athlete Chad Vaughn
Private, small group Olympic Lifting training with USAW Senior International L5 coach Ursala Garza Papandreas
8x US Open Champion Derrick Johnson’s Mobility/Injury Prevention Olympic Lifting Seminar
Robb Wolf “The Paleo Solution” nutrition seminar

I first began CrossFit in 2009, 8 weeks after having my first (and only) child at age 40.   I had always “worked out” to some degree, and was an avid longer distance runner, 13.1 being my favorite.  I am now in the best physical shape of my life.  It only took about 4 months for me to get not just back to pre-pregnancy weight/shape, but far better.  My previous claim that I would be at my best if only I could do 3 pull-ups is now a joke.   CrossFit has enabled me to achieve fitness goals that far surpass anything I would have ever thought myself capable.

I firmly believe that CrossFit has a place in every person’s life:  from high school aged kids, to the college athletic scholarship recipient, to the relatively sedentary 40+ soccer moms, to people 65+ yrs old.  We have clients who meet this broad range of people.  I believe that the workouts and nutrition that CrossFit advocates are the best way to achieve your fitness goals.   But don’t listen to me, come give CrossFit a try and we can PROVE to you, through facts and figures that come from YOU, that this claim is true.

Contact Nikki at (713) 385-3733 or email: crossfit1525@gmail.com

 

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Luke Klapesky – Head Coach

# of Years CrossFitting: 3 years
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Amanda
Least Favorite Benchmark WOD: Karen
Favorite Movement: Muscle Up (ring), Snatch & Pistols
Least Favorite Movements: Sit Ups
Athletic/Fitness/Coaching Background: Played basketball, baseball, tennis growing up.  I was a personal trainer for 2 years until I found CrossFit and made the switch.

Workshops/Seminars/Clinics Attended:
CrossFit Level 1
Jonathan Horton Gymnastics Seminar
Derrick Johnson Olympic Lifting, Mobility and Injury Prevention Clinic
Chris Lofland Gymnastics Seminar
Certified Person Trainer (NASM)
Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM)

 

Joey Klapesky – Coach
5+ of Years CrossFitting: 5+
Favorite Benchmark WODs: Mary
Least Favorite Benchmark WOD: Annie
Favorite Movements: Snatch
Least Favorite Movements: Thruster
Athletic/Fitness/Coaching Background: Played multiple sports in high school. I have coached varsity high school baseball and currently coach middle school football, basketball, and lacrosse at First Baptist Academy. Played multiple sports in high school. I have coached varsity high school baseball and currently coach middle school football, basketball, and lacrosse at First Baptist Academy.

Workshops/Seminars/Clinics Attended:
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
CrossFit Kids
USAW Level 1
Ursula Garza Papandrea Oly Clinic
Derrick Johnson Oly Seminar

 

Cathy Meredith – Coach

# of Years CrossFitting: 5+
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Grace
Least Favorite Benchmark WOD: Amanda
Favorite Movement: OHS
Least Favorite Movements: Thruster
Athletic/Fitness/Coaching Background: Gymnastics as a child; played soccer in middle/high school; Sand volleyball as recreation sport; Always been into exercise since I can remember but CrossFit is the first thing I’ve coached.

Workshops/Seminars/Clinics Attended:
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
CrossFit Weightlifting
CrossFit Gymnastics
BLS/ACLS Certified

 

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Winnie Youngblood – Coach

# of Years CrossFitting: 5+
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Helen
Least Favorite Benchmark WOD: Grace
Favorite Movement: Anything body weight – T2B, pull-ups, rope climbs. etc.
Least Favorite Movements: partner stretching & v-ups
Athletic/Fitness/Coaching Background: I’m old so I’ve worked out for a lot of years…;) I WOD so I can hopefully chase my children, bike, run, hike, and swim forever!

Workshops/Seminars/Clinics Attended:
CrossFit Level 1
USAW Level 1
Christopher Lofland’s Gymnastic Seminar

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Bergitte Chodrow – Coach
# of Years CrossFitting: 5+
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Kelly, Karen, Cindy – anything with wall balls and body weight
Least Favorite Benchmark WOD: Nancy
Favorite Movement: Clean and jerk, thrusters, rowing and wall balls
Least Favorite Movement: Overhead Squats
Athletic/Fitness/Coaching Background: Military Style Bootcamp Instructor, CrossFit L1, Running, Adventure Races

Workshops/Seminars/Clinics Attended:
CrossFit Level 1 (2013)
Gymnastic Workshop with Christopher Lofland
Double Under Workshop
CPR Certified

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Tiffany Escobar –  Coach

# of Years CrossFitting: 5
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Elizabeth
Least Favorite Benchmark WOD: Fran
Favorite Movement: Snatch
Least Favorite Movements: Deadlift
Athletic/Fitness/Coaching Background: I played various sports growing up; basketball, volleyball, drill team/dance. & softball. But I mainly focused on softball which I played for my hometown league, high school and competitively for 13 years. This is my first time coaching.

Workshops/Seminars/Clinics Attended: CrossFit Level 1


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Ania Jackow – Coach

# of Years CrossFitting: 3+
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Annie
Least Favorite Benchmark WOD: Fran
Favorite Movement: Power Clean
Least Favorite Movements: Toes to Bar
Athletic/Fitness/Coaching Background: Crossfit L1, NASM-PT, Soccer, Dance

Workshops/Seminars/Clinics Attended:
CrossFit Level 1
Jonathon Thorton Gymnastic Clinic
CPR-AED Certified

 

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Eric Flores – Coach

# of Years CrossFitting: 4
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Say what?? Jackie ,Annie, Helen , Elizabeth,Isabel,grace
Least Favorite Benchmark WOD: Fran, Linda
Favorite Movement: Clean & jerk / row 🙂 , snatch ,kbs – anything with barbell but thrusters!
Least Favorite Movements: pistols 🙁 ,MU , thrusters
Athletic/Fitness/Coaching Background:  Crossfit L1, 4yr USMC, 2 yrs personal trainer, Houston Fire Fighter  and recently  studying for bachelor in biological and physical science.   I started CrossFit by getting pushed from a friend named Jackie  who happens to work in Wounded Warrior Program.   In 2013 I was blown away by a 6 min.  work out and haven’t look back since;  it completely changed my life in fitness.

Workshops/Seminars/Clinics Attended:
CrossFit Level 1 (2014)
Olympic lifting seminar (2015)
Affa personal trainer certification 2011
CPR-AED Certified
Fire fighter certified

 

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Mike Kratz – Coach, Power Lifting Coach

# of Years CrossFitting: 6
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Grace, I guess
Least Favorite Benchmark WOD: Karen
Favorite Movement: any overhead press
Least Favorite Movements: probably pistols
Athletic/Fitness/Coaching Background:  wrestled in high school, was an undefeated state champion and 4 time place finisher. Total record was 151-11. 8 time all American in freestyle and greco, including a national silver medal in freestyle. 3 time world team alternate and tour du monde world team member. Coached high school wrestling and numerous clinics including the Wisconsin national team prep training series. Wrestled in college. Fought amatuer mma where I was 2-2 as a light heavyweight

Workshops/Seminars/Clinics Attended:
CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Strongman

 

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Jose Presas – Coach, Olympic Lifting Coach

# of Years CrossFitting: 1, started the week of the 2015 open
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Angie, Cindy, Diane, Fran?, Helen Mary, Annie, aaaand Amanda
Least Favorite Benchmark WOD: only one, Karen.
Favorite Movement: Olympic lifts, snatches are my fave. Any gymnastic movement (ninja): Muscle ups, hspu and pistols! Running and Double unders. I love everything down to box jumps.
Least Favorite Movements: sumo deadlift high pull and overhead squats/lunges.
Athletic/Fitness/Coaching Background:  Crossfit L1 

Workshops/Seminars/Clinics Attended:
CrossFit Level 1 (2015)

 

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Katie McCreary – Coach

# of Years CrossFitting: 3-ish
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Maybe Elizabeth or Diane.
Least Favorite Benchmark WOD: 100% Karen.
Favorite Movement: squats, clean and jerks
Least Favorite Movements: double unders and pull ups
Athletic/Fitness/Coaching Background:
-High School Drill Team
-MOSSA Group Fitness Instructor (Group Core)
-LiveStrong Indoor Cycling Instructor

Workshops/Seminars attended:
-CrossFit Level 1 (2015)
-CPR Certified

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Kenneth Negrón –  M.S., ATC, LAT – coach 

# of Years CrossFitting: 4+
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Grace and Karen
Least Favorite Benchmark WOD: Jackie
Favorite Movement: Squat Cleans and Deadlifts
Least Favorite Movements: Snatch, just because it’s so dang frustrating.

Athletic/Fitness/Coaching Background: I played Division 1 baseball at Liberty University. Grew up playing all different sports. Always been into fitness. Started CrossFit in 2012 and started coaching 2 years ago.

Workshops/Seminars/Clinics Attended:
CrossFit Level 1
FMS 1&2, SFMA 1, TPI 1 and TPI Fitness 2, CES

 

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Adriana Robbins – Coach  

# of Years CrossFitting: 3ish
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Grace & Helen
Least Favorite Benchmark WOD: Fran & Jackie
Favorite Movement: Squat Clean
Least Favorite Movements: Thrusters & SDHP
Athletic/Fitness/Coaching Background: I was an athlete and avid globo gym goer most of my life but got bored of it when I got to college and that’s how I found CrossFit!

Workshops/Seminars/Clinics Attended:
CrossFit Level 1

 

IMG_1732Jake Robbins – Coach 

# of Years CrossFitting: 2.5
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Grace/Isabel
Least Favorite Benchmark WOD: Fran…thrusters are awful
Favorite Movement: Snatch
Least Favorite Movements: Thrusters are the devil
Athletic/Fitness/Coaching Background:
Athletic: I played college football at TLU. In high school, I participated in track (hurdles) and football.
Fitness: I found out about Crossift in 2007 and would try to do mainsite workouts as I could. That continued through the years till I finally joined 1525 in November of 2014, and I will never not Crossfit again.  Coaching background: I have been a high school coach (track, football and wrestling) for 9 years.

Workshops/Seminars/Clinics Attended:
CrossFit Level 1
USAW- Level 1 Sports Performance certification

 

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Vanessa “Rowdy” Rowden – Coach

# of years CrossFitting: 5+
Favorite Benchmark WODs: Helen
Least Favorite Benchmark WOD: Karen!!!
Favorite Movements: Power snatch/c&j and anything gymnasty
Least Favorite Movements: Anything that involves squatting below parallel…
Athletic/Fitness/Coaching Background: Gymnastics from age 5 to 18. Track and field and cheerleading in high school. I spent most of my 20s as an endurance sports junkie – triathlons and adventure racing, including the Ironman distance triathlon and a 4-day non-stop expedition adventure race. I coached gymnastics and cheerleading as a kid. I coached adventure racing and mountain biking as an adult. I started crossfit in my 30s and found a new passion!

Workshops/Seminars/Clinics Attended:
Crossfit Level 1
Crossfit Gymnastics
Crossfit Endurance
GymnasticBodies Level 1 Seminar
Wu ChuanFu Art of Power (Chinese) Weightlifting Level 1 Certification
Carl Paoli Freestyle Connection Movement (Gymnastics) Seminar
Dmitry Klokov (Oly) Seminar
Chad Vaughn and Dave Durante Seminar (Oly and Gymnastics)
Tianna Williams – Coach

Years CrossFitting: 3
Favorite Benchmark WODs: Grace, Isabel, Diane
Least Favorite Benchmark WOD: Fran
Favorite Movements: Anything HEAVY
Least Favorite Movements: Chest to Bar Pull-ups

Athletic/Fitness/Coaching Background: 5 sport athlete in High School. Collegiate Rower at the University of North Carolina where I obtained my BA in Exercise and Sport Science. I currently work as an Athletic Trainer at The Kinkaid School where I treat and rehabilitate sport injuries.

– BA in Exercise and Sport Science from University of North Carolina
– Master of Science in Athletic Training from Texas A&M University

Workshops/Seminars/Clinics Attended: CrossFit Level 1, Graston Technique, Cupping Therapy

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Mag Ayyad – Nutritionist

# of Years CrossFitting: 3-ish
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Fran
Least Favorite Benchmark WOD: Amanda
Favorite Movement: Cleans & ring muscle ups
Least Favorite Movements: Anything overhead (OHS, snatch)
Athletic Background: This is it. I was not athletic as a kid.

Professional Credentials:
– BS in Nutrition from University of Houston
– Licensed (State of Texas) and Registered Nutritionist
– Specialize in child nutrition

I don’t believe in diets; I believe in a healthy lifestyle that includes everything in moderation. I’m not an advocate for any particular style of eating (paleo, zone, etc.), but believe in balance and consistency.