Coaches That Care
Dana Lee - Co-Owner, L1 CrossFit, On Ramp, CrossFit Kids
Dana began her CrossFit journey in May 2013. Although always active, in 2009 she was diagnosed with cancer and finally decided that she needed to re-evaluate how she was taking care of herself and how she could accomplish her fitness goals. She started running and completed 5k, 10k, and a half marathon. Then she added boot camp style classes until she found CrossFit. “CrossFit has changed so many aspects of my life. At 40 years old, I am truly in the best shape of my life. I am stronger, not only physically but mentally as well. Once you get through a WOD that you initially never thought you could do, you begin to apply that persistence to other areas in your life. I have a certain level of confidence that I didn’t have before, but at the same time I am continuously humbled by realizing there is still so much I have to learn!”
George Lee - Co-Owner, L1 CrossFit
George struggled with his weight for years, and finally decided to do something about it in his forties. But consistency was a challenge, until he decided to give CrossFit a try in 2013. Finally, after being bored by all the normal stuff like traditional weightlifting at the gym, running, and programs like P90X, he found something that kept him hooked. The constant variation in the workouts and community of CFA was what he needed, and has been going strong since then. He often tells people that at age 50, he is in the best shape of his life.
Brian Prochaska - L1 CrossFit, Lead Programmer
We have Brian’s wife, Ashley to thank for introducing him to CrossFit – after hearing that her sister was crossfitting with her co-workers, Brian’s curiosity got the best of him. After extensive research and training on his own, he joined CrossFit Augusta in 2009. This led him to get his CrossFit Nutrition Certification in November 2009 and his Level 1 CrossFit Certification in June 2010. Brian's success at CrossFit allowed him to compete in the CrossFit Games Regional competition for five years from 2010 to 2014, finishing 4th in 2011. In addition to competing, Brian says “I also love teaching and coaching the other athletes at my gym. It's great to see the progress of others. To me this is one of the best parts of CrossFit.”
Blake Crewe - L1 CrossFit, CrossFit Kids
Blake was born and raised in Nova Scotia and moved to Augusta, GA in 1997 to play college baseball. After school, he started his career as a middle school physical education teacher where he currently is the athletic director, head football and baseball coach at Evans Middle School. He has been involved with weightlifting since high school and stumbled into CrossFit as a change to the regular gym routine. After picking himself up off the floor from his first Fran workout, he was hooked. Blake received his Level 1 Trainer Certificate and CrossFit Kids Certificate in 2014. Blake on coaching: "Coaching is a passion of mine for athletes of all levels. It creates a great feeling to help people achieve their desired goals and surpass expectations they did not believe they could."
Christina Calderon - L1 Crossfit
Since leaving the US Army in 2002, Christina struggled with weight and fitness for many years and tried various methods of exercise but nothing stuck. It wasn't until she found CrossFit in April 2013 at Torii Beach CrossFit in Okinawa, Japan that she realized her love of fitness. Christina joined CFA immediately after arriving in Augusta, GA and eventually earned her CrossFit Level 1 certification. She enjoys coaching and motivating members to accomplish their goals in and outside the gym. "CFA is where we can challenge ourselves and each day we surpass limits and preconceived expectations of what we can do. I love being surround by a community of people who are supportive and caring and enjoy sweating."
Jimmy Lane - Sweat
Ana Guataipu - L1 CrossFit