• CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Pendlay Weightlifting Seminar
  • Iron Sisters Powerlifting Seminar (w/ Jen & Kim Walford)
  • Freestyle Connection Seminar (w/ Carl Paioli)
  • Kettlebell training (w/ Linda Gilmour, Iron Bell Fitness)
  • American Heart Association – BLS (CPR & AED)


Michelle played multiple recreational and competitive sports growing up, with the most serious being volleyball. She has been at OPCF with her husband Tony since one of the very first “Workouts in the Park,” and has been coaching since January 2013. She initially became hooked on CrossFit through its intensity, competitiveness, and community. Although she loves CrossFit in general, she especially loves lifting heavy stuff, and has competed in powerlifting, weightlifting, and strongman. Her favorite part about coaching is being able to help others, especially women, discover that they can be strong. She also loves the excuse to geek out about nutrition, health, and fitness, and be able to share this knowledge with others who want to make themselves better. 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.

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