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Brittany Broughton

Brittany got into CrossFit when she was hired as a personal trainer and group coach at Golds Gym. She started working out using the CrossFit methodology to prepare for teaching classes. Her favorite part of coaching is the connections she makes with the members! Brittany says that “getting to talk to each person about their goals and then seeing them achieve them and grow their journey is amazing.”   Coaching Credentials: CrossFit Level I (CF-L1)   Athletic Background: Track…

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Ryan Robertson

Ryan is a PGA Golf Professional and was the Head Professional at Hunting Hills Country Club for 6 years prior to entering the fitness industry. In 2016 he co-founded CrossFit Unify Roanoke and in May 2017 purchased Brickhouse CrossFit from founders Jay and Amanda Forrester. Currently Ryan leads a team of amazing employees at Brickhouse and focuses his time and energy on creating the absolute best environment for his clients of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.   Ryan loves…

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Matthew Allen

Matthew has been working out since I was old enough to drive himself to the gym. He had found a flier for a power lifting competition and that is where his competitive career started. After years of competition, he decided that he wanted to try something a little more challenging. He ended up giving bodybuilding a try and continued with that for about five years. Eventually, his younger brother asked him to join him in a CrossFit workout and…

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Donald Jackson

Donald got into Weightlifting through CrossFit. He said that he doubts he ever would have known Weightlifting was a sport if it hadn’t been for CrossFit.   Donald says, “I enjoy coaching for the same reason that I enjoy teaching and the general aspect of working with people. I love when the light bulb comes on for an individual and you see that “Ah-Ha” moment on their face. It is priceless and seeing a person apply new lessons and…

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Sientje Henderson

Sientje got into Olympic Weightlifting through CrossFit while she was in law school in Charlotte. She joined in November of her 3L year and once she moved back to Roanoke in the summer, her bar study schedule got in the way of her training. In order to finish the cycle from her box in Charlotte, Sientje went to a lot of open gyms and found most days she ended up just doing the strength portion of the workout. Eventually, Donald…

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Channing Sain

 After graduation, Channing had a hard time finding that competitive outlet that she had when playing softball. During college, and after, she had tried to be more active and healthier. She was introduced to CrossFit through a friend and after her first class, she was hooked. She found that CrossFit gave her that competitive outlet that she had been missing.   There are a lot of things Channing enjoys about coaching. If she had to choose just one, it would be seeing athletes…

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Berton Austin

Berton started CrossFit around two years ago. He dropped-in for classes for a couple months in 2013 until Murph on Memorial Day. He says, “any group of people that could find that workout fun have to be worth getting to know!”   Determining his favorite part about coaching is hard for Berton. The longer he is able to coach, the reason he enjoys it changes. He says that, “originally, I enjoyed the fact that coaching got me out of my…

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Blake Johnson

Blake got into lifting while performing Olympic lifts during training for High School football season. His favorite part of being at the gym is seeing the impact CrossFit has on an athletes mood, mindset, and effort. He says it’s inspiring to see on a daily basis.   Athletic Background: Tennis Football   Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia   Education: Sports Management Degree, Roanoke College   Fun Facts: Favorite Lift: Deadlift Favorite WOD: Has to be Murph, the reasoning behind why it’s done…

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Sami Cilek

Sami got started at Brickhouse Crossfit on April 1, 2011, after a friend talked her into trying it out. In addition to her CrossFit Certifications, she has taken multiple gymnastics courses, and has her judges’ certificate.   Her favorite thing about coaching is watching people do things they never thought they’d be able to do. Sami ran her first 5K at the age of 42, completed the Tough Mudder at 43, and ran her first half marathon at 47…

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Casey Almarez

Casey and his wife, Renee, were introduced to CrossFit through a couple of Renee’s friends. He had developed some bad habits during and after college and had a hard time getting back into the gym to do the same “old” stuff. They decided to check it out and once they started, they were hooked. Casey loves coaching because he is able to help people become better versions of themselves, while watching them do something that they never thought they…

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