Coaches

Crystal Willis

I am a,  very active, mother of 3 and could make a million excuses not to workout, but after being introduced to CrossFit I don't WANT to find excuses.  My time is limited which makes CrossFit perfect for my lifestyle.  I no longer have time to spend 3 hours in the gym; thirty minutes of a CrossFit workout is all it takes.  I was introduced to CrossFit in 2008 after I gave birth to our first child. I continued CrossFitting throughout my second and third pregnancy, and couldn't have felt better. Of course I had to modify, especially towards the end, but that's the beauty of CrossFit; I was able to scale it to my ability. I love the diverse workouts and the competition that comes along with it; makes for a never-ending desire to pusher harder every day.

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Kids
  • USAW Olympic Lifting Coach Level 1
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Mobility

Justin Willis

I attended West Virginia University where I walked onto their baseball team the fall of my freshman year.  There my training truly began.  I learned about the olympic lifts, periodization, and got started in functional training.  After WVU, I employed much of what I experienced and learned when I started working for Explosive Performance. They are, in my opinion, the Northern VA leader in Speed and Agility training.  I spent 4 and a half years with them before moving on and starting up a program of my own.  This lead to Crystal and I starting CrossFit Warrenton.

I got my start in CrossFit by a websurfing accident.  Looking for kettlebell movements I stumbled across a workout titled “Nasty Girls“.  I’ll admit, the name had me interested, I was expecting the complete opposite of what was discovered.  3 sold females doing a workout that seemed pretty simple to complete.  Boy was I wrong, i failed miserably.  My squats weren’t as deep, my cleans were not as smooth, and don’t get me started on the Muscle Ups.  So after my 10+ years of being a personal trainer, speed coach, and strength coach, I changed my training style completely.  No more “overtraining” from the same repititive movements, let’s make it moe functional with constantly varied movements that actually have real life adaptations.  That’s my main bio, CrossFit works and I fell in love.  The rest is just simply history, and I learn from the past not dwell on it.

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • CrossFit Football
  • Catalyst Athletics Weightlifting Level 2 Coach
  • SPARQ (NIKE) Performance Trainer
  • NSPA Certified Conditioning Specialist
  • AKC Kettlebell Coach
  • Firefighter 1 & 2
  • VA EMT P

Michael Schmeltz

One afternoon after moving to Warrenton I was headed into Harris Teeter and BOOM there is was: CrossfitWar.   I had heard about Crossfit a few times and of course seen the Crossfit games. I signed up and got my butt kicked with every WOD.  Crossfit was just what I needed.   I would work out regularly but I was slipping further and further out of shape.  As a police officer I spend a lot of time sitting around each shift in my cruiser, and then face the unexpected.  A few minutes of bicep curls was not going to help.  Now with Crossfit, I am better papered for the unexpected that I might face each day in life and on the job.  I knew I was not going back to any other gym.  A year later I was ready for the next phase; becoming a level 1 CF trainer.  I am excited to see what is next!

  • CrossFit Level 1

Isaac Lunsford

(BIO coming soon)

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Amy Usher

My Crossfit journey began in June 2012 all thanks to my mother! While watching tv, my dad turned to ESPN and a replay of the 2011 Crossfit Games happened to be on, I thought ‘Wow, this is pretty cool’ and decided do some research. After several weeks of talking about wanting to give it a try but being way to chicken to actually reach-out to schedule a trial, my mother decided she would do it on my behalf while I was away at a conference. The day I returned she informed me that the next evening I had my trial session. Oh man was I a nervous wreck! The last time I consistently worked out had been close to 8 years prior while I was a varsity track athlete in high school. Following my first session there was no turning back, I was hooked and have been hooked ever since.

Crossfit changed my life, not only am I a more fit person, but I’m also so much more confident! I now know that if I put in the time and effort great things will happen and I’m so glad my mother made that call and that I stepped in to the box that first night!

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • USA Weightlifting

Jordan Leslie

Growing up I had been very active and played various sports, but focused on soccer throughout my high school years. During college I got involved in training for triathlons, focusing on strength and endurance(or so I thought).  In late 2013, I moved to Warrenton, Virginia after graduating from the University of Florida to start a new job. I decided to drop in at Crossfit Warrenton to try out this "functional fitness" training. I quickly realized how much crossfit pushes your limits, all while increasing your strength, endurance and mobility.  After about a year doing crossfit, I received my Crossfit Level 1 certification and a few months after received a USA Weightlifting certification. I love that there is so much to learn about the specifics of proper body movement with the olympic lifts and gymnastics. There is always something to work towards and improve upon

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach

Josh Guevara

(Bio Coming Soon)

  • CrossFit Level 1

Jennifer Nelson

(Bio Coming Soon)

  • CrossFit Level 1


Luke Bolil

From being a three sport athlete, Luke has always been passionate about sports. Although he was an competitive athlete in both baseball and basketball, Luke excelled as a soccer goalie, winning first team all state 2x. He has always enjoyed throwing himself around in order to be the best(maybe it's why he loves burpees so much). After high school he pursued weightlifting and other types of difficult competitions like Tough Mudder. After being Introduced to Crossfit Luke was inspired by other athletes and strived to gain their same tough work ethic. Soon he entered the realm of competitive Crossfit, taking first at the Superfit Rubicon novice division and also was on the first place team in the summer season of the Capital Affliliate League. After completing level 1 certification, he has began coaching and enjoys working with athletes of all skill levels. He loves teaching members to practice good form in both lifting and gymnastic movements. His desire is to help people become their healthiest and fittest selves via Crossfit.

  • CrossFit Level 1

Mike Houston

 

I first found CrossFit online doing some research for everyday workout programs.  I tried CrossFit for the first time in 2012 and found what would change everything about fitness for me.  I loved CrossFit from the moment I did that first WOD, and have not looked back.  I like the fact I didn't have to 'think' about what I was going to do each day; it was there for me on the whiteboard.  After trying to do CrossFit on my own, I decided to join WAR in 2013.  In March 2015 I decided to get my Level 1 Certification primarily to improve my form and get better in all aspects.  Fortunately, Crystal and Justin asked me if I'd be interested in training at WAR and I took the opportunity.  I look forward to helping people get healthy.  remember, the whole point is to get fit and have fun... Who doesn't what to do that.

  • CrossFit Level 1

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