Our Coaches: Creating a Community of Caring
Sean Shewman, Head Coach & Owner
Danielle Owen – Coach & General Manager
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Danielle has always lead a healthy and active lifestyle. She started sports at a very young age (soccer, dance) but found her passion in cheerleading. She learned the dedication, discipline and teamwork needed to compete on a top-ranked national high school team. After high school, Danielle continued competing on an All-star level. Other fitness endeavors during her cheer days, include coaching tumbling classes (Rochester Elite All Heat) and becoming a gymnastics coach at Northern Hemisphere Gymnastics. Turning her focus on to building strength, she started working out at a conventional gym. A friend of hers (Katrina) introduced her to the world of bodybuilding where she competed in two shows in the figure division. She placed first in three categories and earned her NMA “pro-card”. After a couple years of the traditional gym routine, it became mundane and rather repetitive, so a friend (Again, Katrina!) convinced her to try out a class held at Forge Fitness (garage days!) She was hooked ever since! She enjoys not only the physical aspect but also the mental toughness that comes with CrossFit. For Danielle, CrossFit became more than just a hobby but a huge part in her life. She looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm for a happy, healthy lifestyle with others. Helping people improve their lives through fitness is invaluable to her!
Favorite Thing: Her Little Girl Sophia & Her Puggle
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Brianna found CrossFit in 2013 which allowed for the structure she needed to stay on the fitness track. Growing up she was more focused on outdoor activities, like: hiking, skiing, backpacking, running, and recreational sports. She has always enjoyed the friendly atmosphere that these activities brought. Since the gym scene lacked a community feature, CrossFit allowed her talkative side to flourish. In addition to her want for an outgoing community, she needed a workout routine that lacked movement consistency. CrossFit has the constantly varied, high intensity trait that is needed to keep Brianna interested and wanting more. She fell in love with combining weightlifting and cardio movements for a full body workout. With that, she was able to discover her strengths and weaknesses and have a routine that will last forever.
Favorite Thing: Penguins & Smiling