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Co-Founder

I started out training at your typical, run of the mill “Globo Gym.” I wanted to get “HUGE,” but by chance found Kettlebells in 2006 and realized that “HUGE” was more like fat and out of shape. I trained hard and saw dramatic changes in my physique. My mindset changed. I was more interested in achieving athletic potential and functionality.

I completed the Russian Kettlebell Challenge that year but more importantly I met Doug Chapman,...

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Co-Founder

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I was a collegiate football player and three-sport athlete in high school. My entire life was about team sports; CrossFit filled that void when I graduated college. The competitive atmosphere and the supportive community were something I really missed, but found my home again at CrossFit. The community let me be me, while offering the best environment and coaching to increase my fitness level. And...

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Co-Founder

The first summer that I had no sport to train for since I was 5 was August 2010. My college baseball career had ended upon graduation, and my days of playing HS football and baseball were long behind me. I began searching for outlets to fill the gap…I never trained without a purpose to my training. I was utterly lost. I missed the camaraderie and motivation of being on a team.

Crushing bi’s and tri’s on Tuesday and legs and back on...

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Manager/Head Coach

I fell in love with CrossFit from day one and have been a Regional Competitor for the past four years. I'm originally from Western Canada and heard about CrossFit in 2007 from a co-worker. At that time I was too busy weightlifting, rock climbing, doing gymnastics, rollerblading, playing beach volleyball and running to check it out.

In 2008 I moved to Annapolis, MD and found a CrossFit near me and never looked back. It was the most...

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Head Coach

Rebecca came to Columbia from Columbus, Ohio.

She has an unmistakable passion for fitness and a desire to share it with others. She's done everything from basketball to pole vault to distance running, and have found that CrossFit meets a lot of her fitness desires.

She became a coach to help others reach their potential and to help them surpass their expectations.

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Coach

Emily works full time as a Nurse Practitioner in Sports Medicine when she’s not rocking the 6 am classes at BWI and Annapolis. Emily is a former Marine Sergeant, Division I track athlete from Penn State, and nutrition geek. She has been involved with CrossFit since 2011, and began coaching and competing right after college.

Emily believes CrossFit is an excellent way to provide engaging and transformative fitness to her community, and...

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Coach

Erin grew up playing sports, being active, exploring and taking on adventures. She continues to compete as an ultra-endurance and crossfit athlete. She is grateful for Crossfit. It has enabled her to learn and grow in more ways then just an athlete but also as a coach, friend, wife, daughter and mother of two little boys. Erin is thankful for the community of people she has met along the way and embraces the challenges that Crossfit...

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Coach

AJ was born in the Midwest and moved to nearby Montgomery county nearly 20 years ago. Although he didn't play many sports other than little league and rec basketball, he always enjoyed staying active and the typical globo-gym workouts.

His view on fitness and nutrition drastically changed when a friend introduced him to CrossFit...."hey, let's do a workout here at the beach house...". At the time, it seemed impossible without a bench...

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Lead Coach

First things first: Megan loves CrossFit – the community, the competition, and the fact that there are no limits to self-improvement in this Sport of Fitness. Since Megan started CrossFit in January 2012 she has been able to redefine herself as a person and an athlete. And she views it as a true privilege to be able to coach others, as a way to pay it forward to the people walking through the gym doors each day. Her number-one goal is to be...

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Wilson is a coach at the 12 Labours Columbia location. He was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland but has gone from a Syracuse Orageman to an Ohio Bobcat where he received his Masters in Recreation Management. Wilson first began CrossFit in 2013 and has been an athlete ever since. His first love was basketball, so he is always down for a pick-up game.

When Wilson isn't coaching, he spends time working for a sports management...

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Coach

A Texas girl, Teresa played every high school sport she could. She was introduced to CrossFit through a friend in nursing school and readily embraced the escape from the globo gym. With her obsessive personality, it wasn’t surprising how much she immediately loved CrossFit. As with so many athletes in this sport, she was most overcome by the community. There was, and still is, something very special about pushing your own limits in the...

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Coach

Dan started doing CrossFit in January 2011 while on a temporary work assignment in Central Florida. Being in a new location, he decided to check out a local box and was immediately hooked on functional fitness. Finally, there was something to fill the void after High School and College sports. He loved the atmosphere and feeling of community that had been lacking in traditional Globo Gyms.

In June 2011, Dan moved back home and...

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Coach

Hailing from Michigan Tyler has been involved with contact sports since his teens. Having played football all through his middle and high school days and rugby throughout college, he was always told that a critical component to athletic success was solid fundamentals on the field and quality time with the iron off.

Adopting those practices for life he eventually ran into the wall that many do when at the globo gyms, grinding routines of...

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Coach

Jen is a connector at heart, wife, mother, and CEO of Betamore. Jen has coached at 12 Labours CrossFit BWI since 2010. She is a CrossFit enthusiast who loves startups, entrepreneurs and innovation.

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Trainer

Jimmy Violand started his talented fitness career at a very young age. He started baseball, karate, and tennis early and quickly decided that football was going to be his passion. He started playing football in high school, 135lb newbie and never saw the playing field. While in his first year sitting on the bench he realized that he had to get BIGGER, STRONGER, FASTER to play at this level. Once the season ended, he devoted his every once of...

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Trainer

Amanda is a former D1 athlete who found CrossFit in 2014. She enjoys heavy lifting and always tries to avoid making workouts too serious. Find her coaching at 12 Labours Annapolis and training with the 12 Labours Competitors crew. She enjoys beaches, donuts, funky dance moves, and firmly believes that coffee is the best source of nutrients.

Certifications/Training

CrossFit Level 1

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Strength Coach

Born and raised in Maryland just down the street from the BWI district, Jared had little experience with fitness and sports when he came to BWI. He played club lacrosse and did competitive shooting for many years but always desired the competitive nature that sports seemed to offered.

Clean shaven, Jared started Crossfit with us back in 2010 and now competes locally in USA Powerlifting meets with a great handlebar mustache (not to...

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Coach

Originally from Clearwater, Florida, Drew joined the Army directly out of high school. His entire life has revolved around Physical fitness, teamwork, and selfless service; So Crossfit was a natural fit for him. The Competitive atmosphere and camaraderie were what appealed to him, and are what makes him stay. After training troops for over 10 years; Drew knew right away that coaching others in Crossfit is where he belonged. He is rough around...

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