Coaches

Richie Amisone – Head Coach

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Being active was ingrained in me at an early age playing various sports growing up (basketball, rugby, tennis, football, baseball, and soccer).   After I graduated high school I attended the Air Force Academy, where I played on the rugby team.  The physical and mental strength needed to excel in sports is very similar to what is required in CrossFit.   My passion for coaching comes from seeing our clients being positive role models for their children.  The community aspect — seeing family bonds grow stronger and stronger within our walls — is something that I hold close to my heart.  BHCF is a place where people can escape the daily grind and I have every intention of securing the integrity of our gym.

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • CF-L2 Trainer
  • Master Trainer (ISSA)
  • CrossFit Kids Certification
  • CPR/AED Certified

* 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)


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

Joe Bak

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JB’s been hitting the CrossFit program for eight years now.  He first started CrossFit to lose weight to join the Air Force in 2007 and hasn’t looked back since!   First a trainer in New York, then Hawaii, and now South Dakota, his travels have brought him to several gyms.  He has since found a nice home in South Dakota with his BHCF family.  He enjoys working out with new folks, the outdoors, his motorcycle, and home-brewing.  He’s always ready to help you break down your lifts, offer up his advice to help you improve your performance, or join you in whatever kind of crazy workout you can come up with

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer

Stacie Baker

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Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer

Keith Bryant

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Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer

Eva Burley

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Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer

Laura Dempster

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Laura’s life truly began when she left Parliament due to creative differences with the band.  Realizing she was now facing unemployment with no talents besides being able to produce ukulele music, she acquired a position at Jack Rabbit Slims.  Night in and out she served five dollar shakes to quizzical looks dressed as the thirty-seventh president, Richard Nixon, until an incident with a pet grizzly, a dance contest and ill-fated bet, left her again unemployed.  Laura decided it was for the best and felt she always was destined for a greater purpose.

Determined to find what that purpose might be, she tried her hand at a myriad of jobs including, calico cat wrangler, baby oil model sprayer at “Guns and Garden,” Crayola color inventor, Herbal Essences smell tester, Nokia phone salesperson, and a research assistant to a scientist who hypothesized that non-chick shaped Peeps tasted differently than chick-shaped ones.  After some time she discovered the latter was a rouse, the long con, an elaborate year-long hoax to rob the neighboring building, the “Circle K.”  Deciding strange things were definitely afoot, Laura, now 30lbs overweight from the monumental increase of Peep consumption and unhappy she was no closer to finding her true purpose than scientists are to perfecting artificial banana flavoring, wandered into the nearest aquarium.

At the aquarium, she ran into 80s aerobic legend, Richard Simmons, who, like our heroine, often had epiphanies in front of the jellyfish exhibit.  She promptly snapped a selfie with the fro-haired icon and posted it to Facebook.  While perusing the aforementioned social media wormhole, she noticed many of her friends were now into something called “CrossFit.”  Assuming it was some kind of religious boot camp, she wrote it off, until it was explained that besides cursing your chosen deity after certain hellacious workouts, CrossFit has no religious context but involves “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movements” to maximize one’s fitness. At the time she understood very little of this, but was impressed by the speakers words (and muscles) and decided to give it the ol’ college try.

In four months, the change was substantial.  Laura had lost all the Peep weight, made massive muscle gains, and was happier than ever.  She finally discovered where she truly belonged and what she was meant to do in life:  share her new found passion with anyone who would listen.  She has been CrossFitting since the summer of 2012, eating clean, and coaching others since October 2013 and has never looked back…

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer

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

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

Alex Hurdel

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My life before CrossFit involved infrequent trips to the gym to run with a healthy dose of hiking in the Black Hills.  My experience with lifting weights was absolute zero.  I started coming to BHCF in December of 2012 with the goal of becoming fit and active.  I have been enjoying CrossFit ever since.  Like many others, I quickly became obsessed with working out at BHCF, and instead of believing that going to the gym was a chore, it became one of my favorite places to go to.  I loved it so much that I decided to become a trainer.  Outside of the gym, I am working towards a bachelor’s degree in Math and Science Secondary Education at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD.

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer

Austin Mitchell-Briggs

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I was born and raised in Rapid City. Straight out of high school I joined the United States Marine Corps. After I got out of the Marines I returned to Rapid City and went back to my usual thing – working out at a globo gym and making my own workout plans. Not long after moving back home I ran into Will and his wife. They asked what I do for exercise and told me I should try CrossFit. I didn’t take him up on his offer but as fate would have it, a couple months later a buddy of mine asked me if I’d like to go try this new type of workout he was really into. I walked into Black Hills CrossFit and saw Will there, who said “it’s about time you came in.” Just eight months after doing CrossFit religiously I realized that I aspired to be a coach, so in July of 2013 I went to Colorado and got my Level 1. And the rest is history. I still love doing CrossFit, and I love helping others reach their fitness goals.

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer

Adam Mooney – Barbell Class Coach

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Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer

Jeremiah Ratzsch

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I’m a father of three amazing children.  They are my joy and greatest passion.  When I’m not with them I’m usually found in the gym.  I’ve been involved in sports since I could walk.  Football was my game and linebacker was my position.  I played through high school and college until I went to nursing school.  Through football I found weight training.  I’ve been weight training for over 20 years.  An old high school buddy talked me into CrossFit and I’ve been hooked ever since.  CrossFit has produced results for me far beyond any other program.  My 10+ years’ experience as a RN has given me additional insight into the human body, health, nutrition, training, and how it affects us.  Training at BHCF is both a privilege and an honor.  I consider myself blessed to be a part of this family seeking to improve their fitness and quality of life.  You will never realize your full potential in life until you pick up a barbell!

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer

Shannon Reed

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Christina Wasil

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Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer

CrossFit Kids Coaches

Angela Christopherson

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I have had an interest in wellness and fitness my whole life. I have worked in healthcare for the past 15 years and through my experiences have developed an appreciation for the adaptability of the human body. As part of my career I have come to learn that we have the ability to control many aspects of our health by the decisions that we make. We live in a society where poor health and inactivity are the norm. The motivation and inspiration that I have seen in the many people that I have met at Black Hills CrossFit is proof that fitness has no bias, and that people from every walk of life have the potential for greatness.

I have the privilege of coaching CrossFit Kids and enjoy helping to develop the athleticism present in all children. I truly believe that nurturing a love of fitness and training at a young age will benefit these children throughout their lives, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to help your child learn the importance of fitness.

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Certification

Jacque Hagen

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Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Certification

Jennifer Peterson

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I have always enjoyed the outdoors, camping, hiking, and four wheeling. While I tried to stay active, I was not what you would call “physically fit.” I wasn’t involved in any sports and pretty much ate whatever I wanted, without much thought if what I was consuming was actually even any good for me. After baby number 2 turned nine months old, I realized I couldn’t use the excuse “I just had a baby” to explain away my growing waist line.

Then, six years ago that all changed when I was introduced to the world of CrossFit. I was never more sore, tired, and physically exhausted in my entire life . . . and I LOVED it! Every day I was excited to see what the WOD would be, and anticipate how much it would destroy me. I will never forgot how I felt the first time I did double unders in a WOD, or when I FINALLY got my first kipping pullup. And lifting a barbell . . . well let’s just say the 45 lb bar was a huge feat!

CrossFit has changed my life. It has given me a keen awareness of the importance of physical activity, and it has opened the doors to nutrition and a healthier lifestyle. And if that wasn’t enough, it has brought many amazing people into my life – friendships I would have never known had I not stepped foot into Black Hills CrossFit. Suddenly, it wasn’t really about how much weight I could clean and jerk, but more about seeing the same transition and change in those around me.

I developed a desire to see the same excitement for physical activity and personal growth in my own kids. CrossFit kids seemed like the way to encourage that. As a kids coach we have such an amazing opportunity to invest in the lives of the next generation. I am excited for the journey!

Certifications:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Certification