Leah was born in Washington state but grew up mostly in Siloam Springs, AR, where, along with her two siblings, she played recreational sports from a young age. She tried basketball, soccer, swimming, and cross country, but decided her favorites were soccer and swimming, which she competed in throughout all four years of high school.
She studied history at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR, and was also a member of the Lady Tigers soccer team for two years. After graduating, Leah moved back home to Siloam Springs where she found Crossfit through the influence of her dad. She quickly became obsessed with the sport and spent all of her extra time training at the gym. She earned her CF-L1 that summer and started coaching part-time at her home gym.
She earned her Masters in Teaching online from Harding University and taught history and psychology at the high school level for three semesters and fourth grade for one year. She continued training, competing regionally, and coaching on the side. She recently decided to leave teaching and pursue her passion for fitness and helping people be stronger, healthier human beings full-time.
When she’s not at the gym coaching or working out, Leah enjoys taking her dog, Bella, on walks, writing for her personal blog, reading (all different kinds of books), playing the piano and flute, hanging out with friends and family, and drinking coffee.
Crossfit Level 1
Masters in Teaching
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 2 Trainer
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 2 Trainer
CrossFit Judges Certificate
CrossFit Scaling Certificate
CrossFit Spot the Flaw Certificate
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)
Perry joined OPCF in 2012 to “add some conditioning” to his martial arts practice, and has been an avid CrossFit athlete ever since. He enjoys the mix of gymnastics, olympic weightlifting and endurance sports. Having been active since his Cross Country and Track High School days, he has many experiences with what has worked (and not worked) to improve his fitness. Perry competed in the 2015 and 2016 CrossFit Games in the Masters 50-54 age category, finishing 15th and 11th, respectively. He enjoys mentoring and sharing his experiences with others, so that that they can achieve their own goals.
Perry works as an executive at Sprint, and when not working or working out, likes relaxing with his wife Joni and their two children.
CrossFit Level 1
James is an Overland Park native and has been an athlete his whole life. He first began CrossFit in October 2013 and instantly fell in love with the program and sport. He believes that fitness is the foundation to health, happiness, mental and physical strength, and success in everyday life. James has taken his love for movement and training to fuel his love to share his passions with those whose lives he is blessed to touch through coaching.
He is an avid coffee snob, dog lover, and amateur modern dancer.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
USA Weightlifting Coach
CrossFit Games Central Regional 2016 – Team, 9th place
Bachelor of Arts – Kinesiology, University of Arkansas
SFMA Level 1
FMS Level 1
Tyler is currently a Doctor of Chiropractic student at Cleveland University. He grew up playing football, basketball and running track. In 2014, Tyler discovered CrossFit and was initially drawn towards the combination of competitiveness and sense of community within the gym. Tyler’s favorite aspects of CrossFit as an athlete are the constant pursuit of improvement and the way a workout feels solely dependent on the intensity in which it is done. Tyler decided to get his L1 Certification to gain a better understanding of the basis in which CrossFit was founded upon and hopefully become a coach, which he did. As a coach, Tyler looks forward to every single class to help members improve a skill/lift and be their biggest cheerleader. He believes there is nothing more satisfying than watching someone push 1 degree further than they thought they could. CrossFit will be a part of the rest of Tyler’s life with the constant ability to learn, grow, and become a part of the family that is the CrossFit community.
CrossFit Level 1
Basic Functional Movement Taping