Introducing the Strive Health and Fitness team

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Our coaches

Stephanie Baierle coach at Strive Health and Fitness

Stephanie Baierle

January 2015 was the start of a new adventure for Stephanie. It had been a long time in the making. Time to take care of herself. Her husband, Rob, had been attending CrossFit classes since September and she watched all of the amazing changes in him physically but still had no drive to do anything for herself. Then Rob received an email about a new class starting in January called Driven Fitness and encouraged her to give it a try. As soon as Stephanie started attending classes she was hooked!

Fast forward to fall 2015, I found myself looking for a job and was offered to be the customer service representative for CrossFit Canton. Through many changes and years she has found her love of fitness and helping others.

Jeff Rice coach at Strive Health and Fitness

Jeff Rice

One thing I’ve learned from coaching people on their fitness journey for over 20 years is that hard work pays off. Rewards might not be instant, the road is not always easy but we do get out what we put in.

It’s possible for us to make a difference in our fitness, it’s necessary we give our best effort and it’s worth the sacrifice we put in to feel our best.

My name is Jeff Rice and I’m a Coach/Trainer that can help you at whatever level your on to becoming the strongest version of yourself

John Negron coach at Strive Health and Fitness

John Negron

Coach John started Crossfit in 2014 because he was unhappy with the way he looked as he got back into running. He started to run after finally quitting smoking for 18 years. He did not have any strength but surprisingly his cardio wasn’t in too bad of shape or so he thought.
After his first week of CrossFit he was hooked! He found that everyday was different and presented its own challenges that were humbling as a former athlete.
Each month he noticed physical changes and mental changes as to how he approached obstacles in life as well. Not only with himself but everyone around him.
After a year of CrossFit John decided to get his CrossFit Level 1 certification. He wanted to help people through their own journey as he did his own. John loves seeing people defy what they thought impossible and not just in that moment in time but also for the rest of their life. It has become his passion to help others through Crossfit and be an example of the results of putting in the hard work.

Certifications:
CrossFit Level 1

Blake McDonald coach at Strive Health and Fitness

Blake McDonald

My training journey is unique. I was not the ex-athlete trying to get back into shape. I had played with different globo gym ‘routines’ but didn’t stick with anything. I had some health issues such as type two diabetes, first signs of anemia and I was about 40lbs overweight. I walked into Crossfit for the first time in January 2011 and I knew THIS is where I would turn my life around. That very day I gave up smoking, started eating right and committed to going to CrossFit 5 times a week. Within 4 months I was off all meds and had dropped a good bit of weight and gained muscle I had no clue I was capable of doing!!!

My love and belief in Crossfit and fitness quickly grew, and I became a Crossfit L1 Certified coach in 2013. My passion for coaching is out of this world! I love seeing new people start their journey and I instantly have flashbacks to being in their shoes and have the deep intuition “Oh gosh, they are going to love this!” The excitement I feel seeing new members/athletes is so refreshing, but to also see our seasoned athletes succeed in their fitness journey is nothing but pure excitement!

Within Crossfit I found a special love and appreciation for Olympic weightlifting. I became a USAW Certified L1 coach, as well as a Burgener Strength L1 Coach. I now specialize in coaching Olympic Weightlifting our Strive family! I love that moment before a lift where nothing else in the world matters…No other thoughts are in your head other than the calmness of focusing on nailing the lift. It’s a special type of calmness. A feeling of powerfulness, strength and being invincible. I enjoy sharing this passion with our athletes and help them grow physically and mentally!

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Jaron Matthews coach at Strive Health and Fitness

Jaron Matthews

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Sheridan Smith (Nutrition Coach)

My name is Sheridan and I am one of the nutrition coaches here at Strive! I am certified in Holistic Nutrition and am a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach. I love CrossFit, lifting weights, hanging out with my little family and going on adventures to beautiful places.

I started having health issues in my mid-20s and after several years of trial and error to figure out how to help my body regain health, I wanted to be able to help others as well. I know first-hand how hard and frustrating it can be when you don’t feel well, when certain foods don’t agree with you and when you have no energy to accomplish the things you want.

I am so grateful to have the opportunity to help people reach their goals, feel like themselves again and do things they didn’t think were possible.

Kelly Tustian coach at Strive Health and Fitness

Kelly Tustian

Blake Carter (Physical Therapist)

Blake Carter is the Founder of The Impact Initiative Physical Therapy & Performance. Blake received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017. Shortly after, he completed a residency with a focus in Orthopedics. Blake also practiced as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from 2014-2020. Much of his practice today is performance-based with a significant emphasis on functional strength. He is Georgia-born and raised but a Beach bum at heart. He loves the outdoors and is an avid hiker with his wife, Corey and their three pups: Tucker, Addie and Lil Bit. He is passionate about helping those in need and views Physical Therapy as the ultimate way to do this.

Doctorate in Physical Therapy

Lindsey Gross

Coach Lindsey has been a CrossFit athlete since she was 12 years old and fell in love with the sport. Her dad got her started with CrossFit until she was 13, and could join in classes with Coach Jeff. In 2021, at the age of 17, she earned her CrossFit Level 1.

Lindsey played competitive soccer for 10 years. In the fall of 2022 she will start attending Kennesaw State University to pursue a degree in exercise science.

Caralynn Doese

My name is Caralynn, and I am one of the youth coaches here at Strive! I am a freshman at Kennesaw State University, pursuing a degree in Kinesiology. I played multiple sports throughout my high school career, before finding my passion for Crossfit.

I started at Strive in the fall of 2020, working at the front desk. In January of 2021, I started my journey as a Crossfit athlete, and fell in love with the sport. Months later, I became a certified youth coach and am loving training our young athletes.

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