Meet the CrossFit Coaches

WORLD CLASS COACHES

CrossFit Preferred’s world-class coaches train elite athletes, first-timers, SEALFIT Kokoro Campers, stay-at-home parents, grandparents, and so much more. Whoever you are, whatever shape you’re in, these are the folks that are going to push you past your limits ... and you’re going to love them for it. No big egos here, just regular folks like you who are tired of making excuses and ready to make changes.
  • Kris LeSueur

    Owner and Coach

    Owner and Coach Kris LeSueur believes that fitness is a great building block for helping people improve their lives. “I love how health and fitness help people feel better about themselves,” he says. “I love the confidence it builds for each individual person.”

    Kris has spent a lot of years training for marathons, adventure racing, and triathlons. His most notable athletic accomplishment was finishing SEALFIT Kokoro Camp, a 50+ hour (no sleep allowed!) event based on Navy SEAL Hell Week training. He’s completed two full-distance Ironman Triathlons (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run), multiple half-Ironmans, qualified for Xterra Triathlon Nationals and completed multiple adventure races and marathons. “I love anything endurance related,” he says. “When you start to think about quitting and you do not in these type of events, you really discover who you are in life.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level One Trainer
    • CrossFit Endurance Trainer
  • Tiersa LeSueur

    Owner/Coach/Nutritionist

    Owner/Coach/Nutritionist Tiersa LeSueur helps athletes master great nutrition to help them reach their fitness goals. To Tiersa, being the best at what she’s doing is a lifelong character trait. “I LOVE pushing my limits and seeing how far my body will go,” she says.

    Tiersa believes there is no greater feeling than helping someone see what they are truly capable of. “Being a CrossFit Coach allows me to take someone who may feel insecure and build them from the bottom up to teach them to be confident with their abilities,” she says. “When they see in themselves that growth, it lights a fire within them that is unstoppable!”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
  • Brett Baker

    Coach

    Coach Brett Baker loves when his members have a willing attitude toward CrossFit and are willing to trust the process. “Those are the people who reap the best results and fall in love with CrossFit just as I did,” he says.

    Brett played football and basketball in high school and has competed in endurance events like Ironman, marathons and ultra-marathons. He came to CrossFit after realizing all his years of trail running and triathlon training had given him endurance, but not strength. As a coach, “I hope to lead and inspire as many people as I can,” he says. Brett is also a U.S. Army veteran that served in the Iraq War.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • Patrick Harris

    Coach

    Coach Patrick Harris specializes in “Not specializing: CrossFit is about constant variance and being prepared for any fitness task,” he says. Patrick believes the mind is a very powerful tool, and the best way to see success is by pushing past mental barriers. “Your body is capable of so much more than you believe,” he says. “You just need to train your mind to believe so.”

    After playing college football for two years, Patrick couldn’t find a fitness regimen that pushed him to his limits or gave him the chance for any friendly competition … until he found CrossFit. “After my first WOD, I was hooked and knew that CrossFit would be part of my fitness journey for the rest of my life.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Coach Mike

    Olympic Lifting

    Olympic Lifting Coach Mike loves to lift. Mike started weightlifting when he was 14 and won several local meets at the 77 kg weight class. He also qualified for the 2015 American Open.

    Mike started out as an athlete at CrossFit Preferred, and he discovered that he loved helping people improve their lifts. So CrossFit preferred added an Olympic Weightlifting Class with Mike as coach. Mike lives by his favorite quote: “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.”

    Certifications:

    • 2012
  • Tara Roberts

    Coach

    Coach Tara Roberts is an avid middle-distance runner who has completed multiple marathons and half marathons for the last eight years. Helping members achieve their goals and push themselves to try new things is what she’s all about. When Tara isn’t at the gym, you can find her hanging out with her friends and family. Tara’s favorite quote is “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
  • Rob Flunker

    Coach

    Coach Rob Flunker is passionate about the fitness training process. He works hard to constantly improve not only his own fitness technique but other athletes’ as well. When not in the gym, Rob loves to travel and explore different countries and cultures.

    Rob joined the CrossFit community in April of 2012 and after spending years understanding movement for himself he decided to share his knowledge by getting certified and becoming a coach. His motto and favorite quote is “When you feel like you want to quit remember we all do- and don’t”.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
  • Jessica Dixon

    Coach

    Coach Jessica Dixon has been CrossFitting for an incredible nine years. “I believe in people striving to live holistically – mind, body, and spirit – and have seen first-hand how just one of those can throw us off balance completely,” she says.

    Jessica joined CrossFit after having her second child to work off the post-baby weight. “I love a challenge and competition, so I got very involved in CrossFit and started competing in CrossFit competitions.” She went got her Level 1 so she could help more people in her community.

    She has been an RN for 10 years and is currently working on her master’s degree to become a family nurse practitioner. Her favorite quote is “Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who YOU are.” – Mother Teresa

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
  • Brie Krause

    Coach

    Coach Brie Krause loves seeing athletes accomplish what they thought they couldn’t do. Helping her members achieve those goals they previously thought impossible is something that brings her a lot of self-satisfaction, along with being able to motivate others to get healthy and fit. Coach Brie has been doing CrossFit for 4 years now, but she was no stranger to athletics before she began her journey, she says, “I played basketball all my life and loved the camaraderie but found it hard to find in other forms of fitness after high school. Once I found CrossFit I knew I would be hooked for life!”

    Brie is also very interested in making sure that everyone knows just how important it is to find a good balance in your life and being mindful of everything else around you. She always encourages all her members to live a better lifestyle through food and fitness but it’s her attention to each individual student that makes her truly special. She says, “I love starting every class knowing each athlete has shown up because they want to improve their health and fitness.” And soon, with Coach Brie by your side, you too will be caught up in all the camaraderie and good health CrossFit has to offer.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
  • Bryant Johnson

    Coach

    Coach Bryant Johnson is passionate about fitness. In particular, getting people prepared to attack their goals and accomplish them. Then, to set new goals and to never become complacent. Originally a three-sport athlete in high school, lettering in football, basketball, and track & field, Bryant eventually went on to play 4 years of collegiate football at Penn State University where he was an All Big Ten Wide Receiver in his Junior and Senior years. After college, Bryant played professionally with the Arizona Cardinals, San Franciso 49ers, Detroit Lions, and Houston Texans.

    After Bryant retired from professional football, he was looking for a way to keep up the intensity of his workouts and still have that “locker room feel” with people he had gotten used to. “When I found CrossFit in late 2012/early 2013, it was the perfect fit for me! I fell in love!”, Bryant says. Now having been doing CrossFit for more than 4 years, Bryant loves helping his members, “become the best version of themselves, in and outside of the box. What’s done in the gym, will translate to each and every one of our lives.”

    His favorite quote is, “Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Kids
    • CrossFit Football
  • Casey Russell

    Coach

    Coach Casey Russell has been CrossFitting for an astounding 11 years. His intense passion for the sport of CrossFit is driven by his family and his profession; firefighting. “Firefighting is inherently dangerous and my level of fitness could be the determining factor between me going home to my family or not”, Casey says. Originally, just introduced to CrossFit as a rookie firefighter by his first captain, Casey kept teaching himself the dynamic movements of CrossFit by watching videos on the CrossFit website main page.  “Finally after researching several boxes and overcoming some nerves I walked into CFP. From there the path to coaching has been somewhat seamless. The CFP coaches trained me as an athlete, and set a strong foundation for me to make the transition to coach. After 2 years as a member of CFP, I received my L1 certification and the rest is history.”

    Now, Casey’s favorite part of coaching is, “seeing athletes accomplish things they may have never thought were possible for them. Seeing ones mental strength improve with their physical strength is extremely rewarding.”

    His favorite quote is, “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively” by Bob Marley.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1

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