Introducing the Coca CrossFit team

Meet the fitness experts that are here to help you achieve your goals

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Kate Rawlings owner of Coca CrossFit
Our founder

Kate 'killer' Rawlings

Kate ‘killer’ Rawlings opened Coca CrossFit in 2010 after competing in the CrossFit Games as an individual and earning a professional contract with Reebok and Rogue Fitness. Over the years Kate has faced many changes, from retiring from CrossFit, to rupturing her achilles and breaking her back to the death of a child in 2016 and the birth of her son in 2018. As a result it has from the Coca culture that we know and love today. By truly having lived through quite a few challenges, Kate understands the need to provide a space that is inclusive, judgment free and welcoming. We are here to work side by side with you as your guide towards health and wellness.

Our coaches

Byron Hardy

Byron has done it all, from bodybuilding to powerlifting, and even gymnastics. He’s passionate about fitness and wants to help you achieve your fitness goals. No matter what your current level, he’ll find the perfect program and create a diet plan that works for you.

Kari Robinson

Kari Robinson is a dedicated athlete with a background in gymnastics. She believes that everybody has the potential to achieve their goal, as long as they have a plan. Kari’s happiest when providing one-on-one training with clients and watching them as they get stronger, fitter, and more confident on their fitness journey.

Mel Daniels

Mel Daniels has competed in numerous events. She lives and breathes the sport and loves sharing her knowledge and passion with others. Mel believes that the critical element to success is determination and hard work, which is why she’s gotten a reputation as one of our gym’s most intense coaches.

Byron Hardy

Byron has done it all, from bodybuilding to powerlifting, and even gymnastics. He’s passionate about fitness and wants to help you achieve your fitness goals. No matter what your current level, he’ll find the perfect program and create a diet plan that works for you.

Kari Robinson

Kari Robinson is a dedicated athlete with a background in gymnastics. She believes that everybody has the potential to achieve their goal, as long as they have a plan. Kari’s happiest when providing one-on-one training with clients and watching them as they get stronger, fitter, and more confident on their fitness journey.

Mel Daniels

Mel Daniels has competed in numerous events. She lives and breathes the sport and loves sharing her knowledge and passion with others. Mel believes that the critical element to success is determination and hard work, which is why she’s gotten a reputation as one of our gym’s most intense coaches.

Byron Hardy

Byron has done it all, from bodybuilding to powerlifting, and even gymnastics. He’s passionate about fitness and wants to help you achieve your fitness goals. No matter what your current level, he’ll find the perfect program and create a diet plan that works for you.

Ben

Certifications:
CF-L1

Why CrossFit
I first experienced CrossFit in 2014. I have always loved fitness so the variety of movements and constantly varied workouts appealed to me. The community of people that I get to train with also add to the value of CrossFit!

Why Coaching
I got into coaching because I love to help people. CrossFit not only has the ability to change people’s lives in the short-term positively, but there can be life long benefits. I love that I have the opportunity to coach because it allows me to help people reach their goals and transform their lives.

Favorite/Least Favorite:
Cindy is my favorite workout and movement is Cleans. Least favorite workout is DT and movement is Thrusters!

Russ

Certifications:
Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant – Ohio, CrossFit Level 2, USAW Level 1, IKSFA Kettlebell Level 1, NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Why CrossFit
Love the random but not so random nature of the modality and what it can do for your fitness. CrossFit never gets repetitive because you always are doing something different.

Why Coaching
I love to encourage and motivate others to find that extra gear or level they never thought they had. CrossFits style of programming and the community aspect of it all allows coaching to be fun and rewarding. Favorite quote: “Be impressed more by intensity, than by volume”
Favorite/Least Favorite:
Favorite movement/Workout: Thrusters, anything moderate to light barbell and includes gymnastics.

Least Favorite movement/Workout: Wall Walks, Anything super heavy or that doesn’t have intensity.

Jessica Roberts

Why I started CrossFit:
I tried a class and loved the variety! It was also reminiscent of my Army days and workouts with my troops!

What kept you coming back to CrossFit:
I always looked and felt the best after the workout was over. I was given a reprieve from stress and I could take that home to dinner and with a family feeling a little lighter.

Why I want to coach:
I love watching people do things they thought they could never do! That’s why I also like the strongman implements and coaching Max efforts. When folks get that PR, it’s like they cashed a check they earned day after day at the gym!

What are my long term coaching plans:
Coach as long as I can make a positive impact on others. Coach something, learn something new and master it for my body and coach that too.

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