Trainers

Richie Amisone- Co-Owner and Head Trainer

IMG_2211I grew up in household with a father with a decorated sports pedigree. At the age of 63 he still runs and does his bodyweight workouts in the morning, and plays tennis after work.  My 3 brothers and I grew up knowing our father’s reputation and of course tried our best to live up to it.  In high school I played basketball, rugby, football, baseball, and soccer.  I played collegiate Rugby for the Air Force Academy (2005-2009) and for the Active Duty AF Rugby team (2009-2013).  Coaching at BHCF is an honor because I have the privilege to work with great friends and help them reach their goals.  I’ve met great people at BHCF and I’m proud to be part of a special family!

 

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • Master Trainer (ISSA)
  • CrossFit Kids Certification

* Master Trainer (Certified Fitness Trainer, Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, Specialist in Exercise Therapy, Specialist in Strength and Conditioning, Specialist in Senior Fitness, and Youth Fitness Trainer)

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Keith Trojanowski – Co-Owner and Trainer

247281_534122069531_6086510_nI am a Firefighter/Paramedic for Rapid City Fire Department. I have been an active CrossFitter now for three years. I have always been active in the outdoors. As soon as I got into the fire service I was seeking a fitness program that would fulfill my needs in becoming a more efficient firefighter. Luckily a few of my fellow co-workers introduced me to CrossFit. My first WOD was Cindy.  As soon as I was done (six rounds) I was hooked. I strive to be a better coach as well as a better CrossFitter.

 

 

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer

 

 

 

 

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Joe Bak – Trainer

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Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Certification

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Kelly Bruhn – Trainer
kbI am a chronic runner who turned into a CrossFitter.  I initially joined CrossFit to supplement my marathon training.  It took a few months for me to swallow the kool-aid, but anyone that knows me knows that I am now “crazy” about CrossFit.  I will never forget my first prescribed Fran, the first WOD that I actually “got” Dus, and my first muscle-up.  I continue coming to CrossFit each week because I have FUN – and I cherish the life-long friendships that I have developed.

My professional background includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of North Dakota and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the Mayo School of Health Sciences.  I work as a physical therapist at Regional Rehabilitation Institute.

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, CSCS

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Heather Heynen- Trainer

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I am an avid rockclimber/boulderer, mountain biker, and snowboarder….and more recently in my life, CrossFitter!  I started lifting with my Junior High football team (a very, very long time ago!) and dabbled in lifting weights throughout my life in order to get better at whatever sport I was into at the time.  I now find myself passionately involved with lifting and CrossFit-ing and still find time to get outside and enjoy my sports of choice.  I am dedicated to helping others find vitality in their lives through fitness and health.

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • Certified Personal Trainer

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Randy Hoover – Trainer

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Certifications:

  • CF L1- Trainer

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Susie Marcks- Trainer

susieI have been CrossFitting for 3 years, and it’s still not “getting old.” I love seeing new people join our gym and accomplish things they never thought possible.

 

 

 

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer

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Austin Mitchell- Trainer

556788_10200900195609913_484623643_nI grew up a very active kid involved in nearly every sport I could fit into my schedule. My parents raised me and my brother to be competitive and to work hard in every activity we took part in. Right out of high school I joined the United States Marine Corps and continued to be very athletic while I was always striving to be in the best shape possible . I have always loved working out and lifting weights but I have never enjoyed it as much as I do now with CrossFit in my life. After I finished my contract with the Marines I did some college and studied Health and Human Performance in Missoula, MT. I discovered CrossFit in August of 2012, immediately I became addicted and wanted to learn more. I loved the competitive nature of CrossFit and the other quality people you meet in the gym. I took my Crossfit Level One Trainers Coarse in Broomfield, CO in July of 2013. I think it is an honor to coach at Black Hills CrossFit and look forward to learning more about my physical limitations and to push other people to learn there own as well.

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer

 

 

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Justin Perkins – Trainer

310274_10150322549849887_1781650710_nI discovered CrossFit from a fellow firefighter. He was using it to train for the Firefighter Combat Challenge. I tried a couple of the WODs and knew this was the way I wanted to train. I have competed for 12 years in the Combat Challenge, placing as high as 15th at the World Finals.  My all-time PR of 1:35 was the direct result of CrossFit training.  I also train for, and compete in, powerlifting and strongman competitions.

I love CrossFit because it gives me an opportunity to push myself both physically and mentally every time I walk into the gym. There is no such thing as just going through the motions of a workout. CrossFit trains me to be able to handle any situation that is thrown at me, in firefighting or just in life in general.

Black Hills CrossFit opened its doors in September of 2009. The interest and support we have received has been more than we ever imagined. The type of people you find in a CrossFit gym are above and beyond anything you will ever find in any other gym. Their character and willingness to help others is incredible. My greatest accomplishment is watching someone achieve a goal they have worked so hard to get – and knowing that I had a small part in helping to make that happen.  As a coach there is nothing better.

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • Coach’s Prep Course
  • ACE/IAFF Certified

 

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Rob Southards – Trainer

563847_831505694174_1031742862_nI grew up as a sports and fitness enthusiast, being mostly involved in soccer, skateboarding, running, snowboarding, and some powerlifting. My motivation to help change peoples’ mindset and make a healthier/fitter world started in my first year of USAF tech school. There my instructor said to me, “It’s sad to see someone in superior shape like you leave, but I hope you get out there using your experience and attitude to help change people.” Five years later I found CrossFit while deployed. Instantly I became hooked; I had found the intensity, competitiveness, and community that I had been looking for. Now I’m not only a proud member of the CrossFit family, but I also help train a couple hundred people in the Air Force multiple times a week. The things that drive me are: achieving personal records, playing competitive sports, attending and participating in competitions, watching people continue to grow physically and mentally, and seeing the smile someone gets for getting a new PR.

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • CPR/AED, Adult & Child

 

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Will Williams – Trainer

I love playing sports – always have, always will. Just about anything involving a ball or a puck, or a stick, bat, or racquet. CrossFit gives me the opportunity to play a sport on a daily basis, and once I discovered that, I was hooked. Best of all, I get to play this sport with the great group of people and athletes at Black Hills CrossFit.

 

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Mobility Certification
  • CrossFit Powerlifting Certification
  • CrossFit Kids Certification

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  1. How do I schedule the 3 pre workouts? I work monday through friday 7-5 school wednesday 7pm-9pm, thursday 530-730. and i also have a coworker who is also interested and has the same schedule

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