CrossFit is not a job to me or a daily exercise program it is a passion. I began my CrossFit journey almost three years ago. I have four daughters and after my last daughter was born I thought I have to do something to get more energy and feel better about myself. My college roommate told me about CrossFit and so it began. I own my own consulting business, KLSmith Consulting, graduate of Purdue University and resident of Munster. Kristen has also recently completed her USAW Sports Performance Coach Certification
Paul has been involved in CrossFit since 2010 and earned his L1 certificate in 2012. L2 achieved in 2017.
Paul has been involved in athletics since high school, running track and Cross Country. After years of working out in a conventional gym he found CrossFit. Paul was drawn to CrossFit by the community and competition it inspires. Helping people be the best version of themselves, and achieving feats they never thought possible are just a couple of the reasons he loves to coach athletes at CF219. When he isn’t coaching, Paul enjoys cycling, swimming, rock climbing, and sitting on the couch eating tacos, catching up on the DVR.
Josh is a CF-L1 trainer, who is currently the head boy’s basketball coach for Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond, IN. Josh played basketball, football, and baseball at St Joseph High School in Westchester, IL and went on to play football at Benedictine University. Josh has been involved with Crossfit since 2014. After years of working out, off and on, at various gyms, Crossfit has given Josh a new passion for fitness. Crossfit has also found it’s way into his basketball program, as it has been used to prepare the Bishop Noll Warriors for their upcoming seasons. Josh and his wife, Sonja, have been blessed with 3 great children; Alexandra, Luca, and Mikaela, whom can often be found screaming his name at the gym.
Laura is a special education teacher and an L-1 trainer. She began her Crossfit journey in 2013 when she decided she needed a change from her sedentary lifestyle. With no athletic background and having never played a sport, Laura was not sure Crossfit would be the right fit for her. She decided to give it a try and has never turned back. From banded pull-ups to chest-to-bar to muscle ups, Laura quickly learned that Crossfit is not just a workout program, it is an outlet that will always push her forward, allowing her to grow and seek her personal best. In her free time Laura coaches a 5k running program for her students, mentoring them on the importance of a healthy lifestyle. She also enjoys cooking, traveling, and DIY projects.
My name is Garrett White and I am a firefighter/paramedic for Hammond Fire Department. I just recently attained my L-1 trainer certification. I started Crossfit in August of 2016. I wanted a change of pace from the daily gym rat routine. I have played sports most of my life, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball and Football being my favorites. I was used to being more athletic and fast, and I wasn’t achieving that in my workout routine. I turned to Crossfit and instantly fell in love. I like the pace, and how quickly you can do a lot of work. I love the mix of Olympic lifts, and gymnastics involved. My personal goals are to just be in the best shape I can be, be the best athlete I can be, and compete confidently in Crossfit competitions. In my spare time, I still keep active playing sports in various leagues. I run Spartan races, go hiking and biking. I am always looking for the next adventure out in the world. I also enjoy reading, computer games, painting and building models.