CREAM OF THE CROP
BRUTE STRENGTH TEAM

Chris Hinshaw
9 Years of Crossfit Experience
9 Years of Crossfit Experience

Chris Hinshaw specializes in building aerobic capacity coaching and programming for CrossFit athlete.

In 2016, Hinshaw coached all three CrossFit Games Champions: Men’s Individual, Women’s Individual, and Affiliate Cup Team. In addition, he coached several teenage and masters’ CrossFit Games Champions. In 2015, he successfully coached over 60 CrossFit Games athletes including Rich, Jason, Mat, Katrin, Sara, Camille, Nic, Ron, Angelo, Shawn, Chyna, Noah, Brooke, Björgvin Jacob, Alex, Michele, Lindsey, Emily, Stacie, Nichole, Alessandra, Neal and many others.

Hinshaw is a former All-American collegiate swimmer and an experienced professional triathlete with top international finishes including a 2nd place overall finish at the Hawaiian Ironman World Championships, a 2-time member of Team USA at the Hawaiian Ironman, a 2nd place overall finish at Ironman World Championships in Canada, and a 1st place overall finish at Ironman Brazil.

Hinshaw has a recent ran a 60-second 400m, sub 5-minute mile and 17:10 in the 5000m plus 7:06 in the 2000m row.

CrossFit HQ has selected Hinshaw as their Subject Matter Expert (“SME”) in Aerobic Capacity. He is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and is also certified in CrossFit mobility, the CrossFit competitor course, and CrossFit running, He is a certified RockTape doc, coaches at NorCal CrossFit, leads the CrossFit Aerobic Capacity Course, and owns aerobiccapacity.com

Hinshaw graduated in 1989 with a BS in Business Administration and a Concentration in Finance from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. His favorite cheat meal is Coco-Cola (is that considered food?), which is followed closely by Ruffles (low fat) potato chips and onion dip. He was born in Mountain View, CA and currently resides in Menlo Park, CA.

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Nick Sorrel
6 years competitive gymnastics,
3 years youth gymnastics coaching,
4 years competitive CrossFit,
4 years gymnastics coaching for CrossFitters
6 years competitive gymnastics,
3 years youth gymnastics coaching,
4 years competitive CrossFit,
4 years gymnastics coaching for CrossFitters

Nick Sorrel got involved in gymnastics at a young age and trained and competed year round until his junior year of high school. He was engrossed in gymnastics attending countless seminars and training camps and competing at the state and regional levels. In high school and college he held positions as a gymnastics coach at several gyms, learning from very experienced and highly regarded coaches.

Nick graduated from Louisiana State University with a BS in Biology and then went on to medical school at LSU in New Orleans. He trained to be an Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon at the University of Texas at Houston and now is a practicing ENT in Thibodaux, Louisiana. He discovered CrossFit in 2011 and became immediately involved in competitive CrossFit and coaching gymnastics classes at his box. In his first year entering the CrossFit open, he placed 20th in the South Central Region, making it to the Regionals in 2012. He attributes this almost entirely to the advantage of his background as a gymnast. Since then he has become very passionate about the idea of using his gymnastics experience and knowledge to help others excel in CrossFit competition by optimizing their gymnastics strength and skill.

Sorrel is a CrossFit Level One Trainer, has led multiple gymnastics seminars for CrossFitters, and has four years of experience programming for and coaching gymnastics for CrossFitters. He is currently owner and head coach at Momentum Thibodaux CrossFit.

Over 40 unbroken strict HSPU, 30 muscle ups with 20# weight vest in under 6 minutes, Nate: 20+6, Dianne: 2:22, Cindy: 30, JT 4:45, Nasty Girls: 6:15

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Matt Bruce
17 Years of Competing,
12 Years of Coaching,
Olympic Weightlifting National Champion
17 Years of Competing,
12 Years of Coaching,
Olympic Weightlifting National Champion

Matt Bruce is an Olympic Weightlifting National Champion and is a member of multiple Junior and Senior World Teams. He has been coaching athletes to gain explosive strength, power, and force velocity development for over twelve years.

Bruce found success n his first year of coaching, leading five athletes to medals at the 2013 AAU Junior Olympic Championships, as well as winning a team championship in the 18-19 year old division.

Bruce has been led by one of the best in the weightlifting industry, Gayle Hatch. Hatch’s system is used for many top college programs nationwide, including Alabama, LSU, Florida, Ole Miss, and Florida State, as well as NFL teams including NY Giants and Buffalo Bills.

Bruce graduated from LSU earning a Masters in Kinesiology. He is a certified CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Coach and a certified Olympic Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach from USAW.

During his career, some of Bruce’s best lifts included a snatch of 334 lbs. and a clean and jerk of 422 lbs. at a body weight of 187 lbs.

Bruce hates chocolate, could take a max snatch from the ground to overhead in under a second, was born in New Orleans, LA, and currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA.

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Michael Cazayoux
Two-Time Games' World Cup Champion
Two-Time Games' World Cup Champion

Michael Cazayoux has been coaching and competing in CrossFit for four years. He has eleven years of Olympic and power lifting experience. Cazayoux spent one year as an assistant weightlifting coach at Southern Utah University where he worked with athletes from the football, soccer, track and field, and gymnastics teams. Following SUU, he spent one year at Louisiana State University working with a variety of sports before moving back to Utah.

Cazayoux graduated from the Utah Honor’s College with a BS in Psychology. He is currently writing a thesis for a Master’s in Sports Performance.

Cazayoux is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), as well as USA Weightlifting (USAW) coach. He is a CrossFit Level One Trainer and is certified in CrossFit Coaches Prep, CrossFit Weightlifting 1 and 2, Fascial Stretch Therapy, and Functional Movement Systems (FMS).

Cazayoux was a CrossFit World Games competitor in 2011, and a CrossFit Affiliate World Cup Champion in 2012 and 2013 with his team the “HacksPack.”

Cazayoux can run a mile in 5:09, can deadlift 500 lbs, and has a 2:02 Fran.

Cazayoux originally moved to Utah for drug treatment when he was 17 years old. It was a huge success and found CrossFit and coaching to be an integral part of that rehabilitation process.

Cazayoux was born in Arlington, Virginia and moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana three months later. He spent his childhood and adolescent years in New Roads, LA. He currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Adrian Conway
7 Years of Competing and Coaching
7 Years of Competing and Coaching

Adrian Conway has been coaching athletes by way of strength and conditioning and speed and agility since 2006 and is the only job he has have ever had in his life.

In 2008 just before graduating from Weber State University, Conway was hired as a Performance Coach at BASICS Sports Medicine where he coached individual clients and teams that ranged from soccer, football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, tennis and LAX, including 9-year-olds all the way up the collegiate level.

From 2008-2011, Conway led strength and cross training courses at WSU as an adjunct instructor. In 2012, he opened Apex Performance Center, where he trained athletes of all sports and age variants- both team and individual- for sport specific needs.

Conway began coaching part-time at Wasatch CrossFit in 2012, and by 2014, he became the Head Trainer, where he took on the responsibility of writing the programming, developing trainers, and coaching full-time. In 2013, Conway was hired as member of CrossFit HQ L1 staff, where he travels to different training sites to develop upcoming coaches and to spread his knowledge nationwide. Conway’s qualifications include USAW, CF-L1, and CF-CPC. Conway played running back at WSU from 2004-2008 and received a BS in Human Performance.

Conway is a very spiritually driven individual. He loves God and the example that his Son set for us to follow. “One of the most fulfilling things I’ve been blessed to do is be a part of and lead CrossFit Bible Talks, which help combine two of the most passionate things I do in my life.” Conway was born in Lewistown, Pa. and currently resides in Centerville, Utah with his beautiful wife, Ashley, and their dog, Jasmine.

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Mike Davis
6+ years coaching CrossFit,
Strength & Conditioning Former Box Owner
6+ years coaching CrossFit,
Strength & Conditioning Former Box Owner

Mike Davis is a U.S. Marine Anti-Tank Missile-Man and Combat Marksmanship Instructor who grew up in Southeast LA and fell in love with CrossFit and Strength Training while in the Marine Corps. Mike has been coaching CrossFit, and Strength and Conditioning for 6 years now and has trained anyone from grandmas to D-1 athletes.

His accomplishments range from multiple jobs in the Marine Corps, to being a box owner. Mike currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology (fitness and human performance) and multiple certifications. His loves are God, family, country, helping others, tactical shooting and CrossFit.

Certifications

  • USAW-L1 Sports Performance coach
  • CrossFit L-2
  • Crossfit Movement & Mobility
  • Crossfit Gymnastics
  • Crossfit Kettlebell
  • Crossfit Olympic Lifting L-1

Degrees

  • Kinesiology (Fitness & Human Performance)
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Michaela North
6 years experience coaching CrossFit,
3 years strength training and speed and agility for athletes,
6 years nutrition coaching
6 years experience coaching CrossFit,
3 years strength training and speed and agility for athletes,
6 years nutrition coaching

Michaela was on the Wasatch Brutes team that won the 2017 Crossfit Games! She started Crossfit a little over 6 years ago, and if she’s not competing it’s likely because she’s either pregnant, or just having a baby (or two). Michaela has 4 year old twins, Mason and Zoey and a 2.5 year old son, Jack and is expecting again (due April ’18). They keep her pretty busy, but life is always fun and interesting with three active little ones!

She’s qualified and competed at Regionals 4x in the past 6 years. Last year placing 6th overall, one spot outside of qualifying for The Games. She loves to compete and feels like what she can learn on the competition floor translates to all aspects of her life.

She became L-1 certified immediately after joining Crossfit and has been coaching clients in Crossfit and nutrition, as well as young athletes in speed & agility since she began. She has worked online and in person with hundreds of clients on their diets and loves to geek out on all things nutrition. She says, “which might be because I love food so much? :).”

Prior to Crossfit she was a Division 1 Track and Field athlete for Weber State University. She competed 2007-2010 with all-conference honors in multiple events. She’s ran the 100m hurdles, long jump and the heptathlon.

She is beyond excited to be the Head Women’s Coach for Brute Body and looking forward to working with and getting to know each and every woman in the program.

Certifications

  • Crossfit Level 1
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Brandon Poulter
5+ Years coaching Olympic weightlifting,
USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Certification
5+ Years coaching Olympic weightlifting,
USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Certification

Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Brandon Poulter was raised in the swamp. So, naturally, he was also an accomplished alligator wrestler. By the age of 12, a young Poulter had defeated, killed and cooked a 13 foot alligator with his bare hands (true story). And while he might have been destined to become the world’s next Steve Irwin, in a twist of fate Poulter took the road less traveled (relatively speaking), fell madly in love with fitness and became a personal trainer.

In his career, Poulter has coached Junior Olympic champions, USAW national medalists, CrossFit Games competitors and D1 athletes. Now he is the director of programming for Olympic Lifting and uses programming similar to the styles of two fitness legends – Coach Gayle Hatch and U.S. weightlifter Matt Bruce – who taught him everything he knows. Poulter’s passion is to create the best possible program for each individual while also offering the highest level of coaching. But don’t worry, he doesn’t make his clients wrestle alligators. At least not yet.

Certifications

  • USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Certification
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Jessica Lucero
14 years as an athlete and coach in weightlifting,
5 years coaching olympic movements in crossfit for both general population fitness levels all the way to games individuals & teams
14 years as an athlete and coach in weightlifting,
5 years coaching olympic movements in crossfit for both general population fitness levels all the way to games individuals & teams

Lucero is a 58kg Olympic Weightlifter for Team USA. She’s been competing over half her life and has dedicated herself to contributing to the community and sharing what she has learned along the way. She has 3 American Records, won 3 National Championships and competed internationally at both World Championships and Pan Ams.

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Derrick Stoltz
13 Years Competitive Gymnastics USAG,
USAG Region III Men’s Competitor,
10 years coaching high level gymnastics,
5 years USAG National Certified Judge,
8 years CrossFit,
3 years private gymnastics-CrossFit coaching
13 Years Competitive Gymnastics USAG,
USAG Region III Men’s Competitor,
10 years coaching high level gymnastics,
5 years USAG National Certified Judge,
8 years CrossFit,
3 years private gymnastics-CrossFit coaching

I was born in raised in South Louisiana. I was enrolled in gymnastics at the age 5 and fell in love with the discipline and challenge it took to master the complexity of the sport. Having played other sports throughout high school, I always stayed with gymnastics due to the fundamental strengths it developed to be successful at other sports and other aspects of life.

Fast forward 15 years later to college life, I found myself slipping into the typical partying lifestyle that most become accustomed to during college. Looking for a change I decided to try out CrossFit since it has some gymnastic components to it. After pathetic effort of trying half of a 3 round Metcon and 30 minutes of blurred vision/puking, I realized this was the “kick in the ass” that I needed. I haven’t looked back since. CrossFit has changed my life and I have been working with other athletes ever since to spread my love for gymnastics throughout the CrossFit community.

Education

  • B.S.B.A Business Management/Marketing – University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Ragin Cajuns)
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    Dr. Sean Pastuch
    6+ Years of Experience
    6+ Years of Experience

    Along with his partner, Dr. Jeremy Todd, Dr. Sean specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of any mobility dysfunction that limits athletic performance. He has carved out a niche for himself in the North East and have become the go-to option for all things fitness injury related. Professional Athletes from various sports have sought out Dr. Sean for remote treatment, as have some of the top CrossFit Athletes in the world.

    Both Dr. Sean and Dr. Jeremy own CrossFit Affiliates themselves and live the lifestyle of a brUTE. As CrossFit Athletes themselves, they understand and relate to your needs and look forward to helping you make daily improvements in your mobility and structural balance.

    “Stop humping a foam roller” and avoiding movements. Start getting results you deserve and you can measure with our Mobility Team.

    Education

    • Bachelors – University of Maryland
    • Doctor of Chiropractic – New York
    • Chiropractic College
    • CrossFit Level 1 Certification
    • USAW Level 1 Certification

      Techniques

      • Active Release Techniques
      • Manual Adhesion Release
      • Strength Ratio Coaching
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        Nick Fowler
        13+ Years of experience
        13+ Years of experience

        Director of Strength and Conditioning

        Nick Fowler is a leading coach in the fitness industry, he’s been coaching athletes since 2003.

        Nick has a very athletic background and a love for sports and outdoors. He’s played lacrosse and football at the college level, he’s a premier rock climber, ice climber, and alpinist who has established first ascents around the world. Nick holds multiple speed records for climbing El Capitan, and is currently working toward his 100th ascent of the wall.

        Nick has applied training from many disciplines to improve his own performance. With the introduction of Crossfit in 2006, Nick specialized in coaching individual athletes and small teams. He has deep knowledge of multiple methodologies and a passion for developing a systems-level view for athlete development. He has applied his systematic approaches to World Cup skiers, professional mountain bikers, runners and climbers. His is best known for his experience coaching elite level Crossfit competitors, Wasatch Brutes (Crossfit Affiliate champions 2017), Jacob Heppner, Brooke Ence, Kara Webb, Jared Stevens and Haley Adams to name a few.

        Nick specializes in an interdisciplinary approach to programming and athlete training for long-term performance gains. He blends physical, psychological, and physiological aspects of training in his strength and conditioning programs. He brings a wealth of knowledge to bear. Nick is a sought after speaker – his comprehensive athlete camps bridge multiple disciplines and perspectives necessary for improving human athletic performance.

        Learn more about Nick Fowler

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