WHY REDOX CROSSFIT ?
Redox CrossFit coaching staff is hand selected and is among the best in the industry. We strive to provide the highest level of customer services to our clients. Come give us a try! We would love to meet you, show you our beautiful facility, and learn about your fitness goals. Everybody is welcome!
WHAT IS REDOX ?
Short for Reduction-Oxidation reaction. The three energy systems (or metabolic pathways) the body uses to create energy are all Reduction-Oxidation reactions. CrossFit isn’t just about lifting heavy things. CrossFit defines health as “increased work capacity across broad time, modal, and age domains”. We believe that understanding and utilizing these systems is critical to being an athlete.
In place of a traditional profile, Meg wanted to share the essay she wrote as part of the affiliate application for CrossFit HQ.
Anyone who has ever stepped out their front door would have to agree that life does not always go according to plan. The benefit of general physical preparedness cannot be underestimated in these instances. Prior to being introduced to CrossFit I had a long history of being a specialized athlete.
I remember standing in my high school gymnasium, during practice and deciding I was going to be a U.S. Olympian. At the time I was a swimmer and volleyball player. In college, I was a volleyball player who eventually turned into a rower. After college I continued to row and was eventually invited to train with the US National Team. During my rowing career I won several national titles, medaled at the PanAm Games as well as the World Championships. Ultimately, I fell short of my Olympic goals, but the endeavor did not leave me empty handed. Among other things, my time as a specialized athlete gave me a front row seat to training pitfalls that even the most talented athletes cannot seem to escape. Shortly after retiring from rowing I found CrossFit. I was inspired to take ownership of my training, correct the imbalances my training background had created, and learned to love the process of athletic evolution again.
In redox reactions there are two things happening side-by-side: reduction and oxidation. The oxidizing agent gives oxygen to another substance while the reducing agent removes oxygen from another substance. There is a gain and a loss; a give and a take. My mission with our affiliate is to provide my athletes with this “Redox” experience. For some it will be physical where they experience less pain while finding improved form and function from the CrossFit methodology. For others it will be emotional as self-doubt gives way to a newfound self-confidence as their minds and bodies transform into what they were always meant to be.
Looking back at my athletic journey thus far there has always been a loss balanced by a gain. A cycle of moments seemingly oscillating between ash and beauty. Although far from the path my high school-self envisioned I do believe I have found the path I was always meant to follow. Instead of pursuing another medal for my sock drawer, I have my sights set on building a physically strong, mentally tough, cohesive community. I will help my athletes pursue their own medals, whether that be the prize of being active with their kids, being able to participate in their favorite weekend activity, or an actual medal because they are striving for greatness in a particular sport.
CrossFit Level 2 trainer
USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
OPEX Program Design
Director of Community Development
Gabi’s position at Redox CrossFit is a marriage between two of her favorite things: people and CrossFit. She is an Iowa transplant, calling Alaska home for the last three years. A former collegiate basketball player, she considered herself reasonably athletic and fit; notions CrossFit would challenge on their first meeting. It had been two years since her playing days had ended, and she was missing a competitive outlet. She would go through the motions at the local rec center, not really push herself, and avoid anything she didn’t want to do. One day she decided to check out the affiliate she walked past on her daily commute in Chicago. In 2013, at a small (but fantastic) gym called CrossFit Sono, she walked in for her first class, almost passed out during the warm-up, and has been hooked ever since.
Gabi’s event planning experience includes numerous events such as Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Muckfest MS, the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, and Warrior Dash.
Her mom describes her as “the Cruise Ship Director”, so it only makes sense for her to bring her passion for bringing people together for a great cause to Redox as the Director of Community Development.
CrossFit Level 2
Erin discovered CrossFit at 29 years old, after watching news coverage of a natural disaster and realizing that she wasn’t physically strong to protect her family in a similar situation. She started doing CrossFit workouts at 5 am in the corner of a Planet Fitness, watching YouTube videos to learn technique and using a Smith machine for back squats. She talked her way into her first coaching job just a few weeks after passing her Level 1 Certification, and has been in love with coaching athletes ever since.
Over the past six years Erin has racked up over two thousand coaching hours, and is passionate about teaching people how to move safely and powerfully inside the gym so that they can move with strength and confidence outside of it. She especially enjoys working with athletes who are new to weight training, recovering from injury, or actively pursuing significant lifestyle changes. Erin specializes in movement analysis, mobility, and rehabilitative program design. Apart from coaching CrossFit, the other loves of her life include pasta, cheese, coconut Americanos with excessive amounts of cream, and her incredible husband Heath.
CrossFit Level 2
Kristyn has been interested in health, wellness, and fitness from a young age. She has always loved a good adventure and getting out of her comfort zone. As a young athlete, she had her sights set on the 400m in track and field. Although she never performed quite at the level she dreamed of achieving, she did acquire an appetite for hard work and self-inflicted pain. Her love for CrossFit training began in 2014 while attending school at NPTI Colorado; it was there she met “Fran”. Although a scaled version, Fran taught her some things about herself she didn’t know existed, and she was hooked.
Unlike some, Kristyn thinks running and CrossFit compliment eachother perfectly, which she uses to compete in obstacle course races every chance she gets. She loves sharing this passion with others and helping others find their own healthy lifestyle. She truly believes that the joy is in the journey, as long as the journey has lots of laughs, food, and naps!
CrossFit Level 1
Olympic Lifting Coach
Noel grew up playing every sport he could think to try. Through highschool, he focused on football and track, but never took his sights off of snowboarding as his favorite sport. After rugby and diving for his DII college had lead to a few injuries, Noel looked to Crossfit to keep him in shape in the offseason. A nerd at heart, Noel quickly fell in love with all things fitness and dove right in, mentoring under some of the best coaches in the CrossFit Community. He received his level 1 certification in 2012 and has combined his love for learning with his athletic ability to learn as much as he can about weightlifting, powerlifting, and the sport of fitness. Noel also received his level 2 CrossFit certification in 2017.
CrossFit Level 2