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Chris Shimley

Head Coach

I have been doing CrossFit since 2010 and started doing it to train in the offseason for football. I love to compete in CrossFit and dedicate a lot of time to improve myself for competition. I finished the CrossFit open in 2013 in 12th place and finished 19th at CrossFit regionals. In 2014, I finished 11th and regionals and in 2015, with the changes to the formatting, I finished 33rd. I hope to eventually make it to the CrossFit games and compete with the best in the world. I love coaching CrossFit to see the changes in people physical and emotional lives. I hope to keep coaching for the rest of my life and be able to have an impact on people’s lives daily.

Certification: CrossFit Level 2, 5x Regional Athlete

Danielle Blasko

Coach

I started CrossFit in 2012 and have been training ever since. I now coach full time here at Top Fuel CrossFit. I take pride in continuing my education so I can fully understand all facets of fitness and nutrition. Seeing people grow mentally and physically stronger is truly rewarding and makes my job amazing. If there is one thing I could say to encourage new members, it’s to enjoy the process and remember to appreciate the small victories. Change takes time so give it time!

Certification:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • Opex CCP
  • IN3 Nutrition Coaching

Jeremy Buzea

Coach

My motivation in CrossFit not only comes from wanting to maintain my health but also from my daughter. I want to see her grow up as part of the CrossFit community to understand the importance of health and fitness. In the gym, I put as much into every WOD as possible so that it motivates others to continue to push themselves and work harder. I enjoy helping people get better at the gym and seeing our members hit a PR and the smile on their face is enough to push anyone to continue to do their best.

Outside of CrossFit, I try to continue to be as active as possible. I have run 5K’s, the Warrior Dash, the Metro Dash and I plan on doing the Valpo Triathalon in 2014. When I eat clean, it makes me feel lighter, faster, stronger and more energetic, but I incorporate a plan to increase size and performance by getting slots of cards before bed to load up for my morning session at the gym. I want to tell the Top Fuel Community that while your at the box put everything you have into the programming. Warmup, strength, and Wod. Tighten up your diet and I guarantee you’ll get results.

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1

Lou Varner

Coach

I started my CrossFit journey in May 2011 when I became bored with my normal training, which consisted of standard bodybuilding-type exercises at a globo gym, and wanted to try something new.  After my first WOD, which was programmed with thrusters and burpees, I was hooked!  The changes I have seen in myself since I started CrossFit, both physically and mentally, have been life changing.  I have also learned along the way that I love to train people.  I received my CrossFit L1 in the spring of 2017 and have had the pleasure of training the great members of Top Fuel CrossFit ever since.  It makes my day to see members grow mentally and physically and be able to do things they never thought they could do.

Certification: CrossFit Level 1

Rachael Tullis

Coach

 I was introduced to CrossFit in September of 2014 as a way to stay fit. Over time I developed a passion for the sport and decided to take it more seriously in January of 2016. I have competed in the past 3 Opens and made it to regionals last year in the 16-17 year old devision. I love being able to challenge myself everyday and seeing the progress that I have made is truly rewarding. Caoching CircuitFit has been a joy to me because I love seeing people working as hard as they can to reach their goals. My favorite part about coaching is seeing people achieve something that they never thought they would be able to do, wether that is their first air squat or pull-up!

Certification:

  • CrossFit Level 1

Jovanka Childs

Coach

I discovered CrossFit after a disappointing end to my college swimming career. Initially, I joined for the challenging workouts. I soon realized CrossFit was so much more than that. It is a community that will transform your mind and body for the better! I am so honored to now share my passion for health with others through coaching. Thank you for letting me be a part of your journey!! 

Certification:

  • CrossFit Level 1

Jack Wilson

Coach

I started CrossFit in January of 2015, after a co-worker talked me into giving it a try.  After the first day, I knew this was for me.  No other workout type has the same positive and upbeat atmosphere, and it makes it truly fun to workout.  CrossFit has improved my quality of life in so many different aspects, and I want others to experience these changes for themselves.  It is amazing how much I have learned about my own body over the past few years, and I look forward to continue growing in all aspects of health and wellness.  We are all capable of amazing things, and you will see this if you put in the effort.  No matter your beginning level of fitness, CrossFit has the ability to help everyone live their best life.

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1

Matt Zubriggen

Coach

In December of 2015, I took a chance with CrossFit at Top Fuel. One of my best friends had been doing CrossFit for two and a half years, and insisted I would love it.  I had feeling that I would enjoy it, but couldn’t justify the price.  After not feeling satisfied in my health and my training regiment, I stepped into the gym and experienced my first workout. From that moment, I knew CrossFit was the perfect fit for me. CrossFit has challenged me both mentally and physically, and continues to make me a better person. I enjoy the training aspect, but what I really love about CrossFit is the community. Watching people work to make themselves better and supporting those around them is what brings me back to the gym each and every day. What I would say to anyone hesitant about trying CrossFit is that it is a program that is scalable for any fitness level and you’re worth it!

Certification:

  • CrossFit Level 1

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