Group Fitness Inst / Lvl 1 CrossFit Cert / Former Marine Sergeant :

I went into the Marine Corps right out of high school as an overweight football player and returned lean, fit and able to take on any challenge. The philosophy that was ingrained in me changed my outlook on fitness and being active. I started Corps Fitness with the philosophy of exposing people to the motivation and self realization I experienced in boot camp. I was pushed beyond what I thought was my limit and that redefined what I knew I could accomplish. In 1998 I was diagnosed with a degenerative nerve condition and as a result of my Marine Corps experience I only became more determined to make the best of my situation. My goal with Corps Fitness and the IM ABLE Foundation is to inspire others to look inside themselves to push forward despite their challenges. No Excuses…Just MOVE!

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Training Experience
Former Marine Sergeant
While in boot camp, Chris learned several valuable lessons that would shape him as a young man and in the years to come, including one very special lesson from his drill instructor. During a group cadence run in boot camp, Chris’ drill instructor, Dave Hart, uttered five words that continue to echo in Chris’ head during his most difficult times: “Don’t quit on me, Kaag.”
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Training Skills
  • Level 1 CrossFit Certified 100 %
  • Group Fitness Instruction 100 %

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Gretchen got her start with Corps Fitness in 2006 and has been hooked ever since. She enjoys pushing herself to the next level and the quiet competitiveness of a group class. Some of Gretchen’s favorite exercises include pull-ups and kettlebells. Gretchen earned her CrossFit Level 1 trainer certificate in February 2012 and is currently teaching a few classes a week.
    My enlistment in the United States Army has helped shape me into the person I am today. Along with instilment of brotherhood and camaraderie, the Army has made physical fitness and integral part of my life. As an Army Sergeant one of my priorities was maintaining the fitness and well-being of my soldiers, and I continue to use this mentality as I lead and instruct others in workouts that focus on improving strength, flexibility, and functional range of motion.
      Melissa has always had a passion for athletics and exercise, but being a mom of 4, much of that exercise time was sacrificed.  However, the itch to participate in group fitness classes became unbearable, and after hearing such phenomenal things about Corps Fitness, Melissa decided to give it a try and was hooked instantly.  Her journey with Corps Fitness started being 15 pounds overweight, but through training and weight loss challenges, Melissa has shed that weight and achieved what she feels is the best physical fitness level of her life.  Having been a religious participant in the classes at Corps Fitness for 5 years, Melissa soon became interested in helping others achieve fitness goals and to help others also become part of a great community in Corps Fitness.  She believes that with a devoted work ethic and a “Yes I can” attitude, any goal can be accomplished no matter your gender, age, size or starting physical fitness level.