Coaches

Justin Perkins

I 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

Will Williams

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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
  • CF-L2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Mobility Certification
  • CrossFit Powerlifting Certification
  • CrossFit Kids Certification
  • CPR/AED Certified

Stacie Baker

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Prior to starting Crossfit in 2011 my weekly exercise routine was to run 20 miles a week, do a spin/strength class, mountain bike, and lift on my own in the gym. Super time consuming! I thought I had to workout that much to be fit especially since I was over 40. My husband talked me into trying Crossfit with him, I reluctantly agreed. After our first WOD I (we) was hooked… It was all I could think and talk about it. My husband and I relived the WOD in the evenings; our family and friends grew tired of hearing about it. Crossfit had gotten in my blood, best of all I no longer needed to run all those miles and I kept improving my 13.1 time.

Second of all I looked and felt stronger then ever. CF pushed and continues to push me to accomplish things I never imagined both inside and outside the gym. CF not only strengthens your body but also your mind. I plan to live long and be strong, healthy and physically prepared for anything. I truly love to share my CF experience and knowledge and to watch and help change other peoples lives just as it has mine.

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • CPR/AED Certified

Becky Edwards

I have a very competitive personality. I love being pushed by others, and I love pushing others to achieve their goals. Being a military spouse, it can be very difficult to fit into a new community each time we have had to move. Honestly, the CrossFit community has become my second family. I have made the closest friends of my entire life through my CrossFit gyms. The community of friends you will gain will match the health benefits you will gain from joining a gym. Hand in hand these benefits will have you hooked. After my first Workout of the Day (WOD) in 2008 I was addicted. I discovered what I had been missing all along. It was like a whole new world of FUN fitness. I find absolute joy in not only being a Coach inside of the gym, but being someone people can count on outside of the gym. I am proud to be a part of something so valuable. Remember we all started at the same place. We all had a Day 1.

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • CPR/AED Certified

Becca Fisher

Physical activity and athletics have always been part of my life. I tried four different sports in high school plus all kinds of recreational activities and while I enjoyed all of that, nothing grabbed me until Crossfit. Just a couple of visits to a CrossFit gym and I found my passion. The natural camaraderie, fun, and competition in CrossFit yields an intensity that cannot be matched by anything else I’ve done. Perseverance, hard work, sacrifice, self-control, integrity, and commitment are all lessons I’ve learned in a CrossFit gym. Most important are the people I have met, a family of amazing people who are dedicated to health and wellness and having fun! I train CrossFit athletes because I want others to experience this same life-changing opportunity!

Outside the gym, I am working to obtain certification as a licensed massage therapist. Very likely my focus will be sports massage where I can help athletes of all abilities prepare for or recover from athletic activity.

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • CF-L2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Weightlifting Certification
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Certification
  • CrossFit Scaling Course Certification
  • Certified Personal Fitness Trainer (ISSA)
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Certified
  • Nutrition Certification (ISSA)
  • Licensed Massage Therapist

Drew Green

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I discovered CrossFit while I was in the Navy, stationed in San Diego, California.  I remember my first workout.  I couldn’t do a pullup, I had no muscular or cardiovascular endurance, and I was unable to finish the WOD.  I thought I was in shape!  Boy was I wrong.  CrossFit put me in check.  I fell in love with the programming, the focus on form and technique, and the constant variety of the workouts.  As a trainer, my goal is to share my love of CrossFit with the clients.  I know how intimidating it can be to walk into a CrossFit gym, but if you stick with it you soon discover your true potential as an athlete.  You also form a lifelong underground family with a group of awesome people who understand your love for CrossFit!

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • CPR/AED Certified

Jacque Hagen

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I started CrossFit with a friend as part of a “biggest loser challenge”. I wasn’t in it to lose weight so much as to motivate myself to take better care of my body. By the time the 10 week challenge was over I had found what I was looking for. Every single aspect of CrossFit has challenged me in some way. I am certain that my involvement with this community has presented me with opportunities I never would have known. Nothing has been easy, and I take pride in knowing that while the friends around me have helped to motivate me, every single accomplishment has been my own.

I have always been a huge advocate for getting the kiddos started young in realizing how important it is to move! When the option to coach our little ones became available I jumped at the opportunity. Kids have no fear. They want to go, go, go! It is so much fun watching them learn. They inspire me to be a better athlete as well as challenge me to be a better coach for them. I am so grateful for the chance to teach and look forward to helping them reach their goals!

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Kids Certification
  • CPR/AED Certified

Randy Hoover

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I started CrossFit in 2012 to get back into rock-climbing shape. After doing CrossFit for three weeks I signed up for the 2012 CrossFit Games Open and was hooked. I love the competition aspect that CrossFit offers as well as the community of friends with which I can compete. I enjoy training athletes of all ability levels and love trying to perfect the Olympic lifts.

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • CF-L2 Trainer
  • CPR/AED Certified

Tandra Keegan

Sports have always been a huge part of my life. Anything with a competitive aspect is what I enjoy. During high school I played (team captain) soccer. It wasn’t until 2017 that I tried CrossFit out with a friend. After my first WOD (Workout of the Day) I decided I would continue to go back to CrossFit and see what else it truly had in store for me.  There is nothing comparable to CrossFit weather it be the actual workouts themselves or just the friendships you create. CrossFit was made for everyone.

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • CPR/AED Certified

Chad Malcolmb

I started at BHCH in 2013. After a serious sports injury in 2012 and rehab winter of 2012/13 I returned to the “gym” after several years away. I found the same people, doing the same exercises and looking…well… The SAME!

I just couldn’t see the point, I needed something different. A friend had recommended BHCF prior, I forced myself to sign up and the rest is history. From my first workout, to my first Open, I have been hooked on CrossFit and my gym.

Yea, I may have my own “bro-style” I incorporate, but the foundation is, and always will be, CrossFit.

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • CPR/AED Certified

Tina Ramirez

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I was introduced to CrossFit by my recruiting Officer in 2012. Before that I wrestled in high school for 4 years and helped coach elementary kids in wrestling. I love being a CrossFit Coach, seeing Athletes doing things that they never thought they could is amazing. I know that CrossFit will always be a part of my life.

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • CPR/AED Certified

Shannon Reed

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I have always been an active person. Athletics has been a part of my life since the age of four, starting with gymnastics. I participated in many sports throughout high school including basketball, volleyball, softball and track. Track was where I found my niche, winning multiple state championships and eventually competing in college. While competing for Black Hills State University I achieved 9 All-American honors and won 5 National Championships in the 100 meters hurdles and the Heptathlon. When I was finished competing I was looking for something to help maintain my fitness level and stay healthy. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with CrossFit.

BHCF has become more than than just a gym to me. It is like a second home where I have created life long friendships and am challenged by amazing people every day to push myself. As a coach I enjoy helping and watching others reach their goals. We all have our own goals, but at BHCF we accomplish them together!

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • CPR/AED Certified
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certified (ACLS)
  • USTFCCCA Track & Field Technical Certification

Natalie Woolridge

My fitness lifestyle started at a very young age growing up highly involved in multiple sports. The bulk of my athleticism was spent 9 years in the pool as a competitive swimmer, performed gymnastics and played softball. In college I found my love for distance running and became an avid runner finishing 11 full marathons with completion of 3 Boston marathons. I continued to use swimming and yoga to supplement my running with all my focus and drive geared towards training for races. It wasn’t until I stepped foot in a crossfit gym were I found a whole another level of love for fitness. I had never lifted a weight in my life nor would of I ever dreamed of successfully completing a strict pull-up. Within 2 months of crossfit, my marathon times significantly improved with a cut of 20 minutes off of my next race. I continued to grow and love the crossfit culture and level of commitment to fitness engrained in the crossfit community and athletes. Not only did I continue to see improvement in my personal fitness, strength, endurance and lifestyle, but I developed so much more love for the community and other athletes that have made this community my second family. I decided I wanted to become a coach because I truly enjoy helping people in all spectrums of life, especially health and fitness. I have so much passion and excitement coaching fellow athletes as a Crossfit trainer. It’s the moment when a fellow athlete tells me that a simple drill, piece of advice, or progression technique helped them PR a lift, complete their first gymnastic move, or improve time on a metcon that is most rewarding. My trainer and leadership philosophy is to influence others and help them find their own level of dedication and love for fitness, and find what drives their excitement to return to the gym everyday. If I can get you out of your comfort zone or routine, this is were the magic happens!

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • CPR/AED Certified
  • Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certified
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Certified