Our Trainers

Josh Newton

Director, Head Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2008

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I found CrossFit after finishing my football career. My first workout was called “Barbara” and it took me forever to finish and I knew I had found something special.

Why did you become a trainer?

I enjoy watching people succeed and surprise themselves. Coaching can be demanding at times, but also extremely rewarding when you get to see the fruits of your labor lived out in the lives of people.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Rope Climbs

What is your favorite cheat food?

Chips and Salsa

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Captain America – With no superpowers, Captain America displays the ten general physical skill as the example for natural human potential.

Qualifications:

  • B.S. – Exercise Science
  • M.S. – Human Performance and Injury Prevention
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist

Steve Tenhouse

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2013

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I was looking for something that would keep my attention and challenge me.  A coworker had started CrossFit and suggested I give it a shot.  I fell in love with it because of the constantly varied programming, the comradery in every class, and the benefits I saw in my everyday life from being healthier.

Why did you become a trainer?

I wanted to learn more about the philosophy of CrossFit and all the components that go with it.  Beyond that, I wanted the opportunity to teach and coach others and have them experience the same benefits that I have.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Deadlifts.  For a guy that is 6’ 4”, it’s the movement that moves weight the shortest distance.  J

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza and beer.  That’s considered one cheat food.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

I would go with Captain America because he’s the only superhero named “Steve”, but Josh already took him.  So, I’ll go with Ironman.  He’s extremely intelligent, creative, and conflicted all at the same time.  And he can fly.  Who doesn’t want to do that?

Qualifications:

  • CEO, Kirby Medical Center
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Licensed Nursing Home Administrator
  • Board Certified in Healthcare Management ; Healthcare Finance
  • CF-L1 Trainer

Jordan Barney

Coach

WHAT YEAR DID YOU START CROSSFITTING?

-I started CrossFit in November of 2013.

WHY DID YOU GET INTO FITNESS (AND CROSSFIT)?

I have been interested in fitness since I played sports for the first time as a kid. I participated in various sports all the way through high school. Post-graduation, I found myself missing the feelings involved with competing. After watching The CrossFit Games on YouTube, I was interested in giving CrossFit a try. I have been hooked on this sport ever since.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TRAINER?

I became a trainer because I always had an interest in coaching. When I was a kid, my dad coached my sports teams. I thought he was a great coach and I wanted to model my coaching style after his. He was selfless and had a positive impact on their lives. After I was approached about a possible coaching opportunity, I knew that this opportunity was too perfect to pass up. I love coaching and am proud of my decision to do so.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT?

I could not choose between just one CrossFit movement. I would have to say the Snatch and Pull-Ups are my favorite movements.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

Mexican food is by far my favorite cheat meal. Who can resist chips and salsa?

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SUPERHERO AND WHY?

Unfortunately, my choice for favorite superhero was taken by the man, the myth, the legend, Steve. My second choice is The Incredible Hulk because he is super swole and has a big heart.

Qualifications:

– B.S. Health, Fitness, and Recreation (Millikin University, December 2017)

– Minor Nutrition

– CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

– Sports and Performance Coach (USAW)

– Certified Personal Trainer

Denise Flaar

Raising the Bar Kids Club and CrossFit Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2016

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

The long and short of why I got into fitness is because I’ve always struggled with my weight and though I’m not your “typical” fitness look, I have loved helping people achieve their own personal successes.  (that’s the short version)  I got into CrossFit because I needed something different than I was doing and my husband and I thought we could do it together.

Why did you become a trainer?

When I left the fitness profession 3 years ago I knew I would miss it.  This allows me to be involved again.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Oh geeze…I would have to say kettlebell swings…but it depends on the day really.

What is your favorite cheat food?

My mom’s double layer chocolate cake with white butter cream frosting OR Fattigmann (a Norwegian cookie)

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

I would have to say Batman, mainly because he is a “normal” human that accomplishes great feats without “outside” powers.  But also because my two year old will say “I’m batman” and it cracks me up.

Qualifications:

– CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Melissa Waller

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012 – The Monday after Thanksgiving!  Wasn’t going to let another holiday season stop me!

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I have always been into sports – softball and volleyball are my favorites.  When i found CrossFit, I was completely miserable – out of shape and horrible eating habits.  One of my portrait clients had started CrossFit and another photographer friend was really into it.  I figured i would go try it!  I fell in love with the process and the people and haven’t looked back.  I can’t imagine not doing it now.

Why did you become a trainer?

After a year of working out with Crossfit and getting stronger and healthier, I decided to get my CF-Level 1 for my own knowledge. I had come so far in my own journey, I wanted to reward myself with something positive. I am always helping people. Didn’t ever make the cheerleading squad, but love cheering on my fellow classmates. It’s fun to watch someone understand how to do a movement, get that first double under, or set a new personal record

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Overhead Squats or Snatches.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Cheat foods are now treats-anything sweet calls my name-  cookie dough, candy, anything “turtle”,…

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Would have to be Wonder Woman after all the super buff athletic women in that movie. It was really interesting to follow Brooke Ence (Crossfit Games Qualifier) in her filming and behind the scenes footage even though she wasn’t the main character.