CrossFit Warrenton Coaches

Crystal Willis

Crystal Willis

Owner since 2009, Lead Trainer

I’m 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 Level 2
  • CrossFit Kids
  • USAW Olympic Lifting Coach Level 1
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • NASM Certified Nutrition Coach
  • NASM/AFAA CPR 
Justin Willis

Justin Willis

Owner since 2009

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

 

Laura Baltagi

Laura Baltagi

L1 Coach

I’ve always been active in life starting with Track and Volleyball in High School. In college I was the aerobics queen which may let you in on my secret that I’m a bit older than your average coach at age 57! In 2013 my niece introduced me to Crossfit and I was intrigued because I thought I was pretty fit because I work my 18 acre horse farm. In 2014 my niece and another friend got me to Crossfit War and the rest is history. I signed up for 6 months after that first trial WOD. I realized I wasn’t as fit as I thought I was and I fell in love with the variety of the workouts. I’m a bit competitive as it turns out and I love going in beating my own time or RX’ing a WOD that in the past I had to modify as I learned the moves. I also like to run in OCR races and Crossfit does a great job of preparing me for those obstacles I have to get over. In 2016 I decided to take the Level 1 Certification course to improve my skills never thinking that I would become a coach. In 2017 I was lucky enough to have Crystal and Justin offer me the opportunity to coach and I grabbed it. Crossfit is the first exercise program that I’ve ever stuck with for more than 6 months and I’ve tried a lot of different programs over the years. The variety of the workouts, the camaraderie of the people and the ability to modify a workout for my abilities and then get better with each workout has me hooked. I love getting better everyday and showing people that you can start Crossfit at any age and become stronger and more fit than you ever imagined!

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
Jennifer Medina

Jennifer Medina

L1 Coach & L2 Coach

I grew up always involved in sports–lots of soccer, some gymnastics, and then martial arts. It kept me active and in shape and I never really had to “plan” to work out. Once I hit college I suddenly was no longer in sports and began having to plan to work out. I didn’t like just working out on my own so I found myself doing hours of group classes at whatever local gym was around where I lived. The classes were never challenging enough and got insanely repetitive. Then I tried a “crossfit” type class at the globo gym I was a member of and that was the most challenging class I’d done. So I decided to look up actual crossfit and found Crossfit Warrenton online. A little over two years ago I stopped in for a class and have been hooked ever since. Every day is a different workout. There’s always new skills to learn and develop. There’s challenge and competition and an amazing gym family and friends atmosphere. I went from showing up and spending hours getting a mediocre workout to getting crushed in 15 minutes. I’ve seen a lot of improvement in my body composition–more than I ever did in all my years of working out before. Crossfit is an awesome workout that can be tailored for anybody, any age, any skill level. I’m blessed to be a part of a great group of people and look forward to continuing to improve in all aspects of this sport. 

CrossFit Level 1

Blaine Wasson

Blaine Wasson

L1 Coach

Bio coming soon

Erik Smith

Erik Smith

L1 Coach

Erik is a family man who loves to share his passions with others. Married almost 24 years (2023), he and his wife have four great kids. Erik has coached youth sports since he graduated college – volleyball, tennis, soccer, baseball and football. He’s a lifelong athlete and played a variety of team sports throughout his youth. As and adult, Erik fell in love with mixed martial arts, but got too old for that. A friend recommended CrossFit about five years ago, which is when he dropped in to CrossFit Warrenton. Erik finds that the physical exertion from intense exercise helps keep his mental and emotional health in balance. He’s grown to love it so much that he sough out his L1 and has been coaching at CrossFit Warrenton since April 2019. We are so VERY lucky to have him as part of our team.  

 

Sarah Bockarie

Sarah Bockarie

CrossFit Level 1

I first found CrossFit during college, working out with the boys soccer and basketball teams! I immediately fell in love with the sport, as it challenged me to complete workouts with a variety of movements! I especially loved the weightlifting aspect, as it encouraged me to embrace a strong female role! When I moved back to Virginia, I found myself lacking motivation in the routine gym setting, and decided to try out Crossfit Warrenton. In this gym I found my passion, my motivation, and my family! Throughout the years I have coached a variety of sports, and love helping others discover their potential. I am so excited to bring that passion to the Crossfit world! 

CrossFit Level 1

Mark Medina

Mark Medina

L1 Coach

Bio Coming Soon…