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FULL-TIME STAFF

Heather Coe

Coach

heather@rvaperformancetraining.com

  • Bachelor of Arts from VCU
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • NASM Behavior Change Specialist
  • USAW Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder

Heather found fitness at VCU while earning her degree in Art History. She started out with Strength Training, Zumba, and Cycling, and eventually obtained her PT Certification in 2014 before diving into Kickbox Fitness for a few years. Heather found RVA Performance Training in May of 2019 and has loved experiencing the supportive community and personal growth ever since. Fitness is a passion that she uses to connect with and help people - she strives to support others in being healthy, strong, and living their lives as fully as possible!

Kathryn Lerman

RVA Fit Program Director
Coach

kathryn@rvaperformancetraining.com

  • Bachelors in Kinesiology/Health Sciences
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification

Kathryn began CrossFit in 2014 to gain a competitive edge as a swimmer. She immediately fell in love with the sport and the community it provided. She received her degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences from William & Mary. While a student she earned her CrossFit Level 1 Certificate and began coaching in Williamsburg, VA. She holds a Precision Nutrition-L1 certification. As a coach, Kathryn loves working with every person that walks through the door. She strives to keep our members safe and strong so that they can live healthy and fulfilling lives. Kathryn is currently working towards her Masters in Public Health with a Nutrition concentration at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Caleb Redmond

Coach

caleb@rvaperformancetraining.com

  • Bachelor's in Exercise Science
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder
  • USAW Level 1
  • Licensed Massage Therapist

Caleb started CrossFit in 2016 to stay healthy after high school. He soon realized weightlifting was much more his speed and continued with it during his time at VCU. Caleb started at RVA PT as an intern in 2019 and has stuck around ever since. He loves creating new challenges for his members every time they come to train and enjoys pushing people to become better versions of themselves. Caleb also owns and operates a massage therapy service here at our location!

Kat Edwards

Coach

kat.edwards@rvaperformancetraining.com

  • USAW Level 1
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1

In Process:

  • Precision Nutrition Level 2
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching Certification

Kat began CrossFit in 2019 upon completing her 10 year competitive running career. She has passion for endurance sports, strength training, conditioning and all things outdoors. From running ultras, to rock climbing, to barbells and gymnastics, her love for movement has led to a multifaceted approach to fitness. You can find her coaching group classes, working one on one with new members and personal training clients or working with members to dial in their nutrition. Kat loves to work with every type of athlete that comes in, from a competitor to someone brand new to fitness. She works to create a positive and encouraging atmosphere for her members while also challenging them to reach beyond their perceived limitations.

Brandon (Gerry) Leary

Performance RVA Program Director

  • Bachelor's in Exercise Science
  • CrossFit Level 2 Certificate Holder
  • USA Track and Field Level 1
  • USAW Level 1

Brandon has coached VCU athletes from all sports and has worked with weightlifters and CrossFitters for nearly eight years. His passion for strength and conditioning started in high school, where he quickly outgrew the globo gym scene and sparked an interest in Olympic Weightlifting. After training with strength and conditioning coaches at VCU, he knew he wanted to work in the field. As the program director for Performance RVA, Brandon continues to work on and improve his personal goals, while helping others reach their own fitness goals.

OWNERS

Jake Rowell

Owner
RVA Barbell Program Director

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder
  • USAW National Level Coach
  • NAS National Competitor 2010 and 2011

Jake started training while he was still a student at VCU looking for new and more effective methods of training. Along with a couple of friends, he started RVA Performance Training out of the backyard of his Fan house in 2007. Jake quickly became enamored with all things strength. He competed in the Strongman from 2008 to 2013, including two appearances at the NAS Nationals (‘10 and ‘11).

Jake started the RVA Weightlifting team and RVA Barbell program to further develop strength athletes and coaches, working with everyone from beginners to national champions.

Kat Rowell

Owner
Operations Manager

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder

Kat has played a variety of sports throughout her life, but started actively training in 2007 while pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree at VCU. Since then she has trained and competed in strongman, olympic weightlifting and CrossFit Regionals in 2010 in the team division. She also has experience training during pregnancy.

Her passion at RVA Performance Training is our female members - encouraging them to push themselves, try new movements and overcome their fears in the gym. She loves watching our members’ confidence grow over time as they become healthier and stronger.

INSTRUCTORS

Jaci Alberts-Long

Instructor
Nutrition Coach

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1
  • USAW Nationals 2017 and 2021 Champion (63k/64kg)
  • Former Level 10 gymnast

Jaci is an olympic weightlifter by training, but comes from a 15 year gymnastics background where she competed both nationally and internationally for the USA. Her professional coaching experience includes five years of competitive gymnastics coaching, making her the go-to person for any of your gymnastic issues at the gym.

Mia Thomas

Instructor

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder
  • USAW Level 1

Mia’s passion for fitness and health began during high school playing varsity soccer, cheerleading and swimming. In addition to her love for athletics Mia also spent years perfecting her acting and singing career in New York City at the New York Film Academy. Almost a decade later Mia has competed in numerous CrossFit competitions, triathlons, and races. Mia will continue to support and coach her athletes to live a strong healthy sustainable lifestyle that they love and enjoy.

Clay Farnsley

Instructor

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder

Clay found CrossFit in 2010 after researching how Gerard Butler was able to get so strong for the movie 300. After finding that Butler had used CrossFit, Clay joined CrossFit Manayunk in Philadelphia. Soon after joining, he became a part of their coaching staff. Clay is passionate about health and fitness, and about creating meaningful connections to the atheltes he trains. Knowing and understanding the day to day needs of his athletes is paramount to helping them reach their goals safely and effectively.

Christopher Crowder

Instructor

  • CrossFit Level 2 Certificate Holder
  • USAW National Coach

Christopher, our elderly coach, was born with a heart condition that kept him from participating in sports until he was in his mid 20’s when he then had a final surgery that removed his pacemaker.

He has been weightlifting since 2006 and coaching since 2011 and is the former USAW LWC President of Georgia/Alabama, as well as most recently Virginia.

Crowder has medaled at both American Masters and Masters Nationals over the many years he has been old.

Sarah Tyler

Instructor

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder

Sarah, her husband, and three boys recently moved to RVA from California where Sarah coached weightlifting, CrossFit and group fitness. She is CrossFit L2, USAW L1 certified and a competitive Olympic Weightlifter herself.

Since moving to the east coast, Sarah continues to compete in the sport under her home team SoCal Weightlifting. Sarah enjoys coffee and donuts and is passionate about nutrition and barbells. In fact, she’s so passionate about barbells that she ranked #3 worldwide in the 2018 IWF World Championships and recently took gold at the 2021 Master’s Pan American championships.

Amanda Latham

Instructor

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder

Liz Thomas

Instructor

  • USAW Level 1 Coach

Liz began CrossFit in 2015 during her sophomore year at VCU and found her way to RVA Performance Training in early 2017. She competed in CrossFit for a number of years before realizing her passion for olympic weightlifting.

She is a national level weightlifter and enjoys sharing her love of the sport with others through coaching.

Rimoni Dorsey

Instructor

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder

Kaitlin Jones

Instructor

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder

Kaitlin was a swimmer for over 15 years and competed at the Olympic trial level for the Pennsylvania State University. She graduated with a BS in Rehabilitation and Human Services from Penn State and received her Master’s in Sports Leadership from the Virginia Commonwealth University.

Kaitlin currently works at the University of Richmond in Health Promotion at the Well-Being Center and teaches Wellness courses for the University’s first year students.

Kaitlin also coaches the swim team at St. Catherine’s and St. Christopher’s, two local private high schools in the area. Kaitlin takes pride in helping others achieve their fitness goals and live healthy lifestyles. In her free time, Kaitlin enjoys doing art in various mediums and has started taking classes at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.

Cori Kilpatrick

Instructor

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder

Josh Haefner

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder

Megan Wood

Instructor

  • USAW Level 1

Steven Pitts

Instructor

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder