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.
Dan Molochko, Coach
Fr. Dan Molochko is a Roman Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Richmond Virginia. He is stationed at St Joseph’s Catholic Church two blocks away from CrossFit Buckroe Beach. A native of Virginia Beach, Father Dan was a critical care flight paramedic before he became a priest and has extensive knowledge of body processes and how it functions properly. For many years Father Dan practiced Brazilian Jiujitsu and Muay Thai to stay in shape. The discipline developed in those two arts transferred very well when he started CrossFit. Once Father Dan started CrossFit he was “instantly hooked by both the workouts themselves, and the great community at Crossfit Buckroe Beach.”
Father Dan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Franciscan University as well as Sacred Theology Bachelor and Master of Divinity degrees from St Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore. He loves teaching and helping new people who come to the gym feel welcomed and comfortable trying something new. Father Dan is excited, with the help of the other coaches of CrossFit Buckroe Beach, to become a better and stronger athlete himself while helping those around him reach their health and fitness goals too. “I have experienced many personal goals and achievements doing CrossFit. I feel better and I am healthier than I’ve ever been. I want everyone to experience the success that I have in their own CrossFit journey.”
Lorie Ballesteros, Coach
Certifications: CFL1, i99 Gymnastics and CrossFit Kids
Coach Lorie is an active duty member of the United States Air Force stationed at Langley Air Force Base. She has lived in Hampton for 3 years. Lorie is originally from Murrieta, California. She is a mother to her four legged best friend Camille, an Australian Cattle Dog Blue Heeler. Lorie was always a gym rat and did the typical “globo gym” routine. She was introduced to CrossFit in 2011 and, like most newbies, drank the “kool-aid” quickly. “I wanted to learn more about the sport, it’s community and lifestyle. In 2012 Lorie received her CrossFit Level 1 certification. From 2012-2015 she co-owned a military CrossFit affiliate on Osan Air Force Base in South Korea. This is where she began coaching and became interested in training competitively. She had the opportunity to compete in elite levels of CrossFit. Now stateside, Lorie strives to take her coaching to the next level while continually preparing for the “unknown and the unknowable.” She is excited to continue her growth with the coaches at CrossFit Buckroe Beach while helping it’s community grow. Lorie believes that everyone should feel comfortable in their own bodies no matter their level of fitness. "Live fit and be happy doing it! I want anyone and everyone to feel that when they walk into CrossFit Buckroe Beach. So let’s do this and enjoy doing it together!”
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.
Julie Ferris, Coach
Coach Julie is a native of Marshall, Minnesota. She grew up active in many different sports and is also a musician. In 2007, she joined the U.S. Navy right out of high school and served active duty as a shipboard firefighter for 5 years. She met her husband Jack while in the navy. They have been married since 2016 and welcomed their daughter, Charlotte, in 2018.
Julie has a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education, currently teaches voice and piano and has many students across the peninsula. When her husband was stationed in Norfolk in 2016, she found a military CrossFit affiliate on Fort Eustis and began her CrossFit journey. She appreciated the functionality of the sport and the spirit of the community which kept bringing her back. While Julie loves performing music on the stage, she also loves the competitive nature and various opportunities for personal challenge that CrossFit brings to her life. Since starting her journey in CrossFit, she has competed in local CrossFit competitions, triathlons, and just finished her first half marathon.
Julie decided to get her Level 1 certificate in May of 2019 because of the impact CrossFit had had in her own life and to help others. She loves how CrossFit is scalable to every individual, no matter their fitness level, and she is excited to coach both those who are just starting out on their fitness journey and those who have been on their journey for years.
Lauryn Moss, Coach
Lauryn was born in Dayton, Ohio. The U.S. Navy brought her to the Hampton Roads area in 2013. Currently, Lauryn is attending Hampton University where she is studying Journalism. She began her fitness journey in a traditional gym where she learned and practiced bodybuilding movements. It wasn't until she came to CrossFit Buckroe Beach that she experienced a true CrossFit class. Her father convinced her to take a class when we opened and she was immediately hooked. After a few months, Lauryn gave up her previous gym membership to pursue CrossFit full-time. Lauryn began to develop a passion for helping others live a healthier lifestyle. Lauryn's goal is to gain knowledge so she can equip members with tools to better themselves. She hopes, under the guidance of the CrossFit Buckroe Beach coaching staff, that she will become a stronger athlete and coach. Lauryn is excited to help others and to grow with the CrossFit Buckroe Beach community.
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.
Beau Whiddon, Coach
Certifications: CFL1 and i99 Gymnastics
Coach Beau was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes decreased lung function and difficulty gaining weight. In high school he ran on the cross country team in an effort to keep his lungs clear. Today, he still runs and he has participated in many 5Ks and several half marathons, including the Hawaii X-TERRA World Championship trail run in 2015, in which he placed 3rd in his age group. Since that race, Beau's lung function declined considerably, so he had to find other ways to maintain his health. Beau decided to try CrossFit as an alternative to running. He found it to be extremely beneficial for his strength and health because of its variety. He enjoyed it so much that 6 months later he began understudying and pursuing his Level I CrossFit certificate. Beau wants to share the benefits of CrossFit with anyone who is interested. His goal is "to share the benefits this dynamic sport has to offer and to change lives through group fitness while motivating and challenging people to do more than they think they can."
Scott Gardenour, Coach
Certifications: CFL2 and i99 Gymnastics
Scott Gardenour has been coaching since 2009. Originally from South Carolina, the United States Airforce has taken him many places since his enlistment in 2001. He followed a traditional gym routine for years and it wasn’t until a friend dragged him to a CrossFit class that he found his passion for functional fitness. Scott became a coach to help share his knowledge. His favorite question is “Why?”. He asks his athletes this question to gain insight and understanding about what they hope to achieve from his classes. “I truly enjoy coaching CrossFit and helping people with their physical goals, as well as being a part of the CrossFit Community.
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.