Sarah has always loved being physically active and got involved in sports at the age of five (gymnastics, 7 years) and continued throughout high school with volleyball and track & field. After that, Sarah was left to her own devices when it came to working out and got stuck in the boring “run 3 miles then do some abs” routine. It wasn’t until her brother became involved in CrossFit that she first tried it out. When Sarah moved to Kansas in January 2015 she was able to join Overland Park CrossFit and commit to the sport; then began coaching one year later.Sarah loves the daily challenge that CrossFit represents, even rest days can be tough sometimes. Sarah especially loves the message it presents that everyone is created differently and no two bodies will look identical; you don’t need a six-pack to be one of the best athletes in your box. When Sarah is not at the gym, she loves spending time with people, drinking coffee, being outside in the county, hiking trails, or befriending other peoples’ dogs and attempting to dog-nap them.
CrossFit Level 1
Certification in TESL
Certification in ArcGIS
Certification in Google Advanced Search
Tristan is one of the founders of Overland Park CrossFit. He has been doing CrossFit for over 5 years, after initially being introduced to it as a firefighter. Tristan works for KCFD in the technical rescue division and has been a firefighter for Kansas City since 2006. His athletic background is in Ice Hockey, Cross Country, and Soccer. Tristan enjoys the atmosphere and community that has been built at OPCF. He loves nothing more than to coach his athletes and help them find their full potential and reach their goals.
Crossfit Level 2
USAW Club Coach
Amanda is a co-owner, and one of the founding members of Overland Park CrossFit. She has been doing CrossFit since OPCF opened its doors in 2012. From the very first day, Amanda was hooked and never looked back! Amanda’s favorite part of coaching is being able to help OPCF athletes meet all their goals, big or small. She also loves to motivate athletes to be the best version of themselves inside and outside of the gym. Her favorite things to do at the gym are gymnastics movements and weightlifting and she likes to work on anything she is not good at. Amanda has a Ph.D. in pharmacology and works as a research scientist in the clinical immunology field. When she’s not at work or the gym, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and is up for anything physically challenging.
CrossFit Level 1
Cody is a co-owner at Overland Park CrossFit. Cody also writes daily CrossFit and Bootcamp programming. Cody was a multi-sport athlete growing up. He played football, baseball, and ice hockey. Cody worked his way through college as a personal trainer, and he now works full time in law enforcement.
Cody began looking for a training system that would prepare his body physically for the inherent dangers of police work. Cody quickly found that no other training system would prepare him for the unknown like CrossFit.
Cody’s hobbies include spending time with family and friends, watching movies, playing with his German Shepherd (Remi), and competing in local CrossFit competitions. Cody believes in each of our athletes at Overland Park CrossFit, and he knows our community can help you achieve your individual goals!
CrossFit Level 1
Certified in AFTA (American Fitness Training of Athletics)
Certified Instructor of Combat Defensive Tactics, Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint, Handgun and Long Gun Weapon Retention, Power cuffing, ASP Baton, and Defensive Tactics
Certification in CPR & First Aid
Jeremy grew up playing sports such as basketball, baseball, and football. He also did traditional weightlifting for about 10 years but found himself becoming bored and just going through the motions. After Jeremy tried CrossFit, he was instantly hooked and never left the gym thinking he didn’t get a good workout in. Jeremy’s enthusiasm for fitness pushed him to expand his knowledge and complete his L1 Certification to become an OPCF Coach. Jeremy is excited to share his knowledge and skills with OPCF’s athletes. He is motivated by watching athletes lift a weight or perform a movement in which they weren’t able to do in the past. There’s always more to learn in CrossFit, which is what keeps Jeremy coming back for more!
CrossFit Level 1
Michelle played multiple recreational and competitive sports growing up, with the most serious being volleyball. About ten years ago, after too many years of college life and generally not taking good enough care of her body, she decided it was time to focus on nutrition and fitness, and has been eating healthy and lifting/training ever since. Michelle has been at Overland Park CrossFit (OPCF) with her husband Tony since one of the very first “Workouts in the Park,” when she became hooked by the intensity, competitiveness, and social draw of CrossFit. Although she loves CrossFit in general, she especially loves lifting heavy stuff, and trains with a powerlifting bias. Michelle has been coaching at OPCF since January 2013. Her favorite part of the job is the excuse to keep learning: she loves geeking out about nutrition, health, and fitness, and being able to share this knowledge with others who want to make themselves better. She also loves helping other women discover that they can be strong. Michelle is a PhD chemist and Research Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at UMKC. In her free time (haha), she enjoys cooking, gardening, discussing the meaning of life, music & rock shows, hiking & backpacking, playing volleyball, and of course spending time with family and friends.
Freestyle Connection Seminar (w/ Carl Paoli)
Kettlebell Training (w/ Linda Gilmour, Iron Bell Fitness)
722 lbs powerlifting total in 132 lbs class (USPA Strong Like Bull Powerlifting Championship, Dec 2015)