Certifications: CFL1, CFL2, CrossFit and i99 Gymnastics, and CrossFit Weightlifting with Mike Bergner
Coach Chelsea is a Hampton native and the mother of 3 kids, including a set of twins. She found her love for functional fitness in 2014 after losing her dad to a brief battle with cancer. CrossFit helped her regain her self-confidence after multiple pregnancies and burn off the every day stresses of life. She quickly realized how sharing her experiences through CrossFit could benefit so many others. In 2015, she became a coach. Since then she has continued her education through CrossFit and nutrition. “My passion is helping people improve their quality of life.” After years of coaching she developed a specific vision for helping others, but it could not be best obtained by working for someone else. That is when she actively pursued opening her own affiliate. As Greg Glassman (the founder of CrossFit) said, it’s about “doing the right things for the right people, for the right reasons.” Chelsea decided to build her business in Buckroe Beach because of its location and uniqueness. CrossFit Buckroe Beach was founded in February 2019. Chelsea aspires to offer a gym unlike any other in the area. “It’s a smaller CrossFit Box focused on going back to the basics – where CrossFit started. We all know each other by name and our children grow and play together while we grow together as a health conscience community.”
Mark McKain, Coach
Certifications: CFL1, CFL2 and USA Weightlifting
Mark McKain is a CrossFit Level 2 Certified Coach that has spent over 10 years improving his physical and mental strength through functional fitness. He spent his first 8 years competing in team events with his team making it to Regionals in 2012 and 2016. It was during this time that he learned that mental toughness was more valuable than physical strength.
Mark is married to Haidee McKain and they have a daughter named Addison Grace. As Mark’s focus began to shift towards raising a family he decided to step away from competitive CrossFit and use his experience to help others on their CrossFit journey. When Mark is not in the gym, he enjoys volunteering at Coastal Community Church and mentoring high school students. In the summer you can find him and his family at Factory Point in Hampton soaking up the sun and meeting other members of the community.
Mark is retiring from the Army in June of 2020 and plans to stay in the Hampton area. Together with his family they look forward to helping you grow mentally and physically stronger.
P.J. Affinito, Coach
P.J. was born and raised in New Jersey. He relocated to southern Virginia in 2014. P.J. is a fitness enthusiast and has been competing in sports and fitness events since he was in grammar school. He has competed in powerlifting, bodybuilding, and CrossFit competitions as well as obstacle races. Most recently he ran his first ultra marathon. He has been a certified Personal Trainer since age 18 and he studied Nutrition Science as a second major in college. P.J. started CrossFit in 2013. It was a much needed change from his normal gym routine and he was immediately hooked. P.J.’s passion for helping people live a healthier lifestyle, paired with great coaching at CrossFit Buckroe Beach, inspired him to become a coach himself. His goals are to continue learning of the fundamentals of CrossFit under Chelsea’s guidance and to become a more well rounded athlete and coach. He is very excited to be a part of the CrossFit Buckroe Beach community.
Dominic J. Garcia, Coach
CFL1 and USAW-L1 Certificates
Dominic Garcia, or Dom for short, is a CrossFit and USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach as well as an active duty Air Force member. Coach Dom is originally from Toledo, Ohio and has spent the past 17 years in the U.S. Military, leading and training teams from diverse backgrounds. He has completed tours to Afghanistan, Kuwait, and most recently Djibouti, Africa, where he learned, and fell in love with, the CrossFit methodology. During the past 3½ years, Dom has honed his skills as a CrossFit athlete and is now energetically guiding others on their fitness journey. Coach Dom wants as many people as possible to be exposed to CrossFit’s method of training, as he believes it can help any person from ages 8 to 80 become stronger both mentally and physically. When Dom isn’t on-duty at Langley Air Force Base or at CrossFit Buckroe Beach, he can be found relaxing with family at home, a local brewery, or a nearby beach!
Anna Geissler, Coach
CFL 1 Trainer, USAW LV 1 and Precision Nutrition Certified in Sports Nutrition LV 1
Anna is a first generation immigrant from Russia with Russian being her first language and English her second. From a young age, she was always involved in sports. She played almost every sport at one time or another on a competitive level: basketball, softball, swimming (individual and team relay), volleyball, gymnastics, and kickboxing. Anna grew up primarily in Arizona where she was heavily involved in sports and fitness with a focus on swim team in the summers and year-round volleyball (high school varsity for 3 out of the 4 years and travel teams in the off season). She spent time managing the men’s team and coaching the junior varsity team as well.
Anna graduated with a Bachelors of Science from the University of Arizona in 2015 while working full time and competing in bodybuilding. That is where her love of health and fitness grew and she became a coach full time. Anna managed the training programs at one of 3 Platinum Fitness locations in AZ before moving to Colorado where she began working with the Air Force at Buckley Air Force Base. It was in Colorado that she began to immerse herself in CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting and fell in love with the sport. Anna began competing locally in powerlifting and coaching more CrossFit style classes and programming in order to learn more and be able to inspire others.
Anna and her boyfriend moved to Virginia where she now works with the Air Force and at Fort Eustis when she isn't coaching CrossFit. On base, she works with the Army to prepare them for the Army Combat Fitness Test, coaches Olympic Weightlifting, leads workouts of the day, and runs extracurricular programs for the Army.
Additional Certifications include: National Strength and Conditioning Association – Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Functional Strength Coach LV1 & 2, CrossFit Judges Certification, CFSC Stability WOD- FMS Screening, AETC Sports and Fitness Instructor, Red Cross CPR/AED, Army ACFT LV 1 and P3T- Pregnancy and Postpartum, Alpha Warrior LV 1
Joe "Joda" Jansson, Coach
CrossFit Specialty Course: Law Enforcement
Joe “Joda” Jansson is Texas born, but Virginia raised. He has been active in the CrossFit community since 2007 and coaching since 2010. In addition to his CFL1 he also has his CrossFit LEO certification (a certification specific for training first responders). Joda has competed in multiple local competitions including Team Grit and SuperFit. He enjoys a mix of powerlifting and CrossFit. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his son. Joe has served the city of Hampton as a Police officer for over 15 years. He is passionate about sharing health and wellness knowledge with his fellow officers. Please contact us to learn more about our free First Responder classes.
Stephen Harrah, Yoga Instructor
Certifications: RYT 200
After playing soccer for nearly 18 years, Stephen needed something to keep him active after graduating college. Inspired by calisthenics athletes he stumbled upon online, Stephen began his own calisthenics-style workout routine which eventually segued into occasional yoga practice. Yoga helped keep his body loose while building strength from this newfound passion of calisthenics. Stephen's practice began with an online video he would use a couple times a week, but when he noticed mental changes occurring, he felt he needed more.
Stephen decided to join Tribal Yoga for further guidance and began practicing every chance he had. His lower back pain became non-existent, his proprioception was improving, and, as cliché as it might sound, staying present and “living in the moment” became easier (just to name a few of the endless benefits). After seeing all the changes happening, Stephen decided to further his practice and deepen his understanding by taking the 200 RYT training through Tribal.
Yoga has been a holistic approach to Stephen's health that addresses both body and mind. It is his goal to share these benefits by creating a class that will be challenging enough to keep student focus in the present, while leaving the class with a feeling of tranquility at the end of each practice.
Taylor Wade, Coach
Taylor Wade was born and raised in Norfolk, VA. Taylor attended George Mason University in Fairfax, VA where she received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health and Nutrition. After graduating she decided to further her education and earned her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion and Education from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Taylor currently works at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, VA as a dietician working with Bariatric weight loss patients. Taylor finds joy interacting with others and helping them achieve their health and fitness goals. Taylor started Crossfit in the summer of 2019 when her husband convinced her to join him for a one-month intro course. Since then, she has been hooked. Taylor’s goals at CFBB are to continue her fitness journey and to help others achieve their goals.