MEET THE COACHES
First off, we think everyone should be crazy about their fitness. You only have one body, treat it well and it will treat you, your family and your community well! CrossFit has enriched our lives in a newfound way and we want to share this with you! We’re athletes on a developmental journey with aspirations and goals just like you. We dread the thought of not being able to do something because of physical limitations. So we challenge our preconceived limitations daily within a community of people who celebrate our strengths and encourage us through our weaknesses, all while getting better every day. We’re progressive, driven and successful people who want to live life to the fullest and guess what? We want you to live life to the fullest too!
We chose CrossFit because we sought the same fitness level that you seek now. It started as an interest in training ourselves in a new way, thus allowing us to better reach our goals. Once we immersed ourselves in CrossFit, our lives started to improve thanks to the better daily decisions. Now we seek to improve every aspect of our daily lives through nutrition, fitness and rest. Through our collective CrossFit experience, we have become better friends, better employees and better in our relationships that ultimately improves the community we live in. CrossFit has become a place to go to blow off a little steam, to try things that most adults would consider childish and allows us to test and set new boundaries for ourselves. All of this under the watchful eye of an experienced and certified coach!
In 2005, Jim was introduced to CrossFit by good friend, mentor and fire fighter, Rob Hole. From this initial CrossFit experience, athletic background and coaching experience with Soccer, Rugby, and Team In Training for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Jim's vision to Build a 'FIT' Community began to blossom. Jim has a passion for improving the quality of life for everyone he encounters and believes that through improved health and wellness all aspects of an individual's life will improve.
With a belief in himself and driven by results, Jim felt the best way to learn was through action. In 2009, Jim started training athletes out of his garage just like the founder of CrossFit, Greg Glassman. Jim believes dreams can be achieved through action, hard work, dedication, and discipline. It is these qualities coupled with his vision that Jim built CrossFit Matters on. He has a contagious enthusiasm and energy along with a genuine desire to help everyone he coaches. CrossFit Matters athletes know they are under the watchful eye of Coach Caskey every day!
As an athlete, coach and businessman, Jim leads by example and is focused on challenging himself and those around him to pursue excellence. This is evident from his own training and how he founded a company that has impacted the health and wellness of Kansas City. Through Jim’s intense drive and dedication to succeed in life, he laid the foundation, is living his vision and focused on developing a strong team, who are passionate about CrossFit, compassionate for people and dedicated to the company's vision of Building a 'FIT' Community.
In December 2010, a friend introduced Megan to CrossFit. She was skeptical of this “CrossFit” that she had never heard of and did one workout to shut her friend up. After that workout she never looked back.
Prior to this, something was missing in Megan’s life after leaving collegiate sports. She had ran track and played rugby. The elliptical and run of the mill weight lifting routine were not cutting it. She missed the supportive atmosphere of a team and the push of fellow athletes. CrossFit filled this void and that is why she loves it so much.
The community at CrossFit Matters has pushed her beyond the limits she thought she had. She loves that CrossFit is a never-ending battle. There is always something to work on and a new challenge daily. She is always working to be stronger than yesterday! CrossFit changed Megan’s life and she loves being able to share her knowledge to help people reach their goals, live a healthy lifestyle and move more effectively and efficiently. Becoming fit can really change one’s quality of life. Megan wants to be a part of CrossFit Matters mission to Building a Fit Community and making Kansas City better. Her favorite thing is to see people achieve what was once thought impossible. Making people’s lives better is why CrossFit Matters and Megan is here to help with your journey!
My name is Dougie Fresh and I am working on my bio!
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Growing up in a military family and moving around a lot Kevin realized early on that playing every sport imaginable would be essential to his friendships so he did just that… soccer, baseball, basketball, rugby, tennis and football were all sports he played at some point in his life. Football stuck the longest and after a successful High School career Kevin took a football scholarship to play at Central Methodist University where he was a 4-year letterman with Academic All-American Honors his senior year. After wrapping up college football he struggled to find a place he could continue to get a great workout and build the friendship he lost sans college. Enter Crossfit…
After jumping from globo-gym to globo-gym he finally found himself doing Crossfit which presented all the things he enjoyed: friendly competition, getting an all-around great workout and meeting great people. He joined the Crossfit Matters community in 2012 and received his L-1 training certification in 2013 at which point he started coaching regularly.
“The idea of doing something you enjoy with like-minded people, all while building some long lasting friendships, was exactly what I needed.”
Growing up, Brittany was unable to focus on her feet, hands and a moving object all at once so instead she grew up a swimmer. After years of mediocrity she decided to coach both competitive and recreational swim teams. Being the oldest child and a bossy one at that, coaching felt like home.
Through college she maintained a relatively active lifestyle but lacked any fitness structure. Early adulthood proved challenging as the metabolism slowed yet the empty calories increased. CrossFit seemed like a mysterious enough activity as any to fulfill her need to get fit.
Brittany started CrossFit in October 2012 the way everyone started CrossFit in 2012: Groupon. Her desire to try new hobbies just so she could quit them after a month was fed by the app on a regular basis. Only this time, it backfired and she found a passion.
Brittany had dry spells in her CrossFit career prior to finding her home at CrossFit Matters in 2014. This community brought out the best in her abilities. It provided an outlet for her competitive side while feeding her confidence through PRs. It brought her back to her love of coaching and taught her humility in many ways (never judge an athlete by the amount of hairspray they use - they might just kick your ass in a WOD). She has even found some of her closest friends through CrossFit.
Whether she's crying, singing, belching or screaming at you to pick up the damn weight, she's loving every minute of it.
My name is Jason and I go by JTO! I am super busy these days and hope to have my bio by the end of the week... Check back soon!
My name is Molly and I am in New York this week...so...I will get this updated when I get back!
My name is Erin and my favorite CrossFit movements are Thrusters and Burpees! True Story!! Ask me to demonstrate them!
My name is Lora and I run our Elements of CrossFit classes. We use these classes as our way of teaching you about CrossFit, teach the mechanics of movement and prepare you for regular classes! Come to Elements of CrossFit to get started!
My name is Lucas, I love CrossFit and it helps me be a better fire fighter!