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Owner, head coach at Unbreakable Athletics Academy
CrossFit Level 1 Coach
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CrossFit Level 1. Sports Performance Coach
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North American Strongman Chair for Indiana
USA Powerlifting Coach since 2017
CrossFit Powerlifting and Strongman certificates
Favorite lift: Squats, Atlas Stones, Sled push
Favorite music to train to: “Ka-Mate” the Haka of the New Zealand All Blacks
Favorite quote: Self-Pity: “I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.” D.H. Lawrence
James 1: 2-4: Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything,
CrossFit Level 1 Coach
Lawrence North HS, 1996 BS in Fitness and Sports Studies, IU, 2001
Gymnastics coach, DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics 1996 – 2007
Gym Manager, DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics, 2002-2007
Varsity Cheer Coach, Cascade HS 2001-2006
Head Cheer Coach, Indiana Elite Cheer and Dance, 2007-2014
Married to Steve, 2003
Biggest Accomplishment: Her two boys. – RE, 8/23/06 and AJ, 6/25/11
Favorite Crossfit workout: Annie, anything without running
Favorite lift: tie….. Back Squat and Cleans, also loves trying new skills
Favorite music to train to: anything but metal/rock…..Morgan Wallen to DMX
CrossFit Level 1 Coach
CrossFit Level I Certificate holder as of 2016
USA Powerlifting Coach as of 2017
Completed the CrossFit Powerlifting and Strongman certificate
Proudest Moment: coaching Kate at collegiate nationals and seeing her pull a lifetime PR on her 3rd DL attempt
Favorite movements: back squat, sled pushes, KBS
Favorite Crossfit Workout: any long chipper, 14.5, & DT
Favorite Music to train to: anything but EDM
Favorite Quote: “GOOD” Jocko. The quote is simple but really a prescription for life. When you are faced with adversity, your attitude should be “GOOD” – this isn’t what I planned for but what can I learn/develop/gain from this opportunity?
“CrossFit was something I always longed to try, but there was a little voice inside me that said it was going to be too hard. That voice won for much too long. One day I finally faced my fear, told that voice to shut up, and walked through the doors of UAA by myself. I even remember my first workout – Tabata. I couldn’t walk for a week.”
Jen not only fell in love with CrossFit and the UAA community, but also discovered powerlifting and strongman as well as coaching! She enjoys seeing the confidence that athletes gain from doing something they never thought was possible. As a coach, Jen focuses more on the technical aspects and offers many scaling options.
“I wish clients knew that no one cares what you wear, what you look like when you train, or what weight you can lift. The community only cares that you show up, do your best and be positive – the coaches will take care of the rest.”
couldn’t walk for a week.
You can say the rest is history. I not only fell in love with CrossFit and the CF community, but also discovered powerlifting and strongman. I love the confidence that people gain through CrossFit – doing things they never thought they could do. It’s been great, and I’ve never looked back.
CrossFit Coach Coach and On-Ramp Instructor
Crossfit Level 1 Certificate, Aerobic Capacity endorsement, Adult/child CPR
Retired Physical Education teacher at Plainfield Community Middle School
Coached baseball, softball, swimming, golf, football and basketball
Biggest Accomplishment: The birth of his daughter
Favorite Crossfit workout: Cindy
Favorite strength movement: Pull ups
Favorite music to train to: Hits from the 80’s
Favorite quote: “Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.”
From a very young age, Rob has developed a love for competition and camaraderie. After nearly 40 years of participating in or coaching seven different sports, he still has the desire to compete in everything he does. In 2015 his daughter, Jessica, became an intern at Unbreakable Athletics Academy. She knew Crossfit was the perfect challenge for him and convinced Rob to give it a try during the summer of 2015. She was right! Crossfit has provided Rob with all the same opportunities for competitiveness and camaraderie that team sports have offered him. Combining both of those with his love for fitness was a perfect blend.
Rob is an enthusiastic and motivational coach. He has a never-quit attitude that becomes contagious. It’s his positive attitude toward goal achievement and his enthusiasm for fitness and a healthy lifestyle that Rob wants to share with others.
Jeremy Johnson, originally from Madison, Indiana, has been a member of the UAA community since 2013. As a coach, Jeremy enjoys working with athletes of all skill levels and teaching them something new or showing a seasoned athlete ways to improve. It can be tough to find the right vocabulary to queue the correct techniques, but Jeremy goes above and beyond to connect with athletes. He finds it most rewarding seeing it “click” when they are able to get it! Jeremy describes his coaching style as the “Silent Observer” He is always watching, and may not always say much, but when he does it has great value and impact. He is a motivational coach and teammate and always makes himself available to help an athlete improve.
Crossfit Level 1 Certificate since 2018
Biggest Accomplishment: My proudest accomplishment as a coach was always working with the young and inexperienced athletes at Wash U and teaching them how to take up space and improve their self-confidence by being in the weight room. It was so fun to see them become comfortable and learn how to take ownership of their time in the weight room. My proudest accomplishment as an athlete was winning the 2007 NCAA DIII volleyball national championship my senior year of college. It’s been a long time but I’ll never forget that moment.
Favorite Crossfit workout: “Abbate” Hero WOD
Favorite lift: Cleans
Favorite music to train to: I rarely listen to music when I train (unless someone else has it on). I like the peace and focus silence can bring. But, if I had to choose, I’d choose anything fun you can dance or sing along with.
Favorite quote: I’ll be honest, I’ve never been one for quotes. They’ve never motivated me. It sounds harsh, but once I have committed to something, I feel that I have a job to do and am motivated by not letting myself or my teammates down.
Haleigh Spencer, originally from Greencastle, IN, has been coaching with UAA since October 2021. She has many coaching credentials and loves seeing athletes accomplish something that they never thought possible. “The most rewarding thing about coaching is the relationships you build with your athletes. The most challenging thing is convincing an athlete that they need to step back, work on fundamentals first, and then add weight. It is okay to be uncomfortable, uncertain, overwhelmed and scared when you first start. Don’t give up. Everyone started from scratch at one point. But I have always found, no matter where you are or where you’re starting from, once you push through your discomfort, you’ll find an extraordinary community.”
Eric Farley is the most recent additional to our coaching staff joining in May of 2021. Before coaching at UAA, Eric has coached youth sports for the past seven years (soccer, baseball, football) and and provided baseball catching instruction in both individual and group settings. Eric was born in Springfield, IL but grew up on the South side of Indianapolis. He now resides in Plainfield with his wife and two children. Eric enjoys pushing people to bring out their best all while overcoming adversity. He describes his coaching style as positive, high energy, with a focus on form/technique. Eric will always be there to help you dig deep and encourage you to mentally push when finishing a workout.
“The most challenging thing about coaching is learning various athletes personalities, and what coaching style or verbal cues they respond best to, in order to maximize their performance. I love the relationships and camaraderie that are formed within this community. The feeling that I’m positively impacting someone’s life is incredibly rewarding. I wish clients knew before joining our gym just what an impact it can make on their lives. The impact that a gym with likeminded people can have in your life far beyond just the physical aspects. Friendships, accountability partners, networking, and the positive impact on your mental health and wellness.”
“My favorite aspect about coaching is seeing people accomplish things that they never thought they would be able to do. It is at times challenging to instruct proper mechanics on movements that I still struggle with myself, however with proper cues and instruction its great to see people succeed! I throughly enjoy meeting new faces and getting to know all of our UAA community. I wish more people were aware that every single thing we do can be adapted and scaled to every single person that walks through those doors. UAA is not designed to only make the strong, stronger. It is designed to make every single person faster, stronger and better. “
Biggest Accomplishment: Coming back from my shoulder surgery, my doctors told me I wouldn’t be able to do much even after I was healed and did a year of physical therapy. I could have stayed content with that answer and lived in fear of re-injuring my shoulder, but that is no way to live life! With the help of coaches at UAA, I have never been stronger and I can do more than I ever thought possible while staying healthy and pain free!
Favorite Crossfit workout: Diane or Annie
Favorite lift: Deadlifts…DUH!
Favorite music to train to: Cringey but…country
Favorite quote: “The best way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” -Walt Disney
Kate Ashby, grew up in Plainfield Indiana. She has been coaching training sessions at UAA for almost 2 months, but previously coached Sports Performance sessions with us two years ago. Before joining us this round, Kate was training and coaching at Full House Fitness for two years in Bloomington, IN where she attended college at Indiana University. Kate enjoys pushing people outside of their comfort zone to achieve greatness. She would describe herself as very technical and loves encouraging members and being positive! For Kate, the most challenging part of coaching is learning important aspects of each individual member whether that be mobility issues, injuries, or what type of coaching style motivates them. It is so rewarding for her when it finally clicks and the right ques lead them to even bigger success in strength and workouts. Some advice from Kate for anyone thinking of joining UAA: “Be prepared to be humbled and your ego checked, but you will find a “community”here. I say community, but it is really a family that will help you at your lowest and cheer you on at your highest points inside and outside of the gym.”
Biggest Accomplishment: Participating in his first CrossFit competition this year, Icebreaker!
Favorite WOD: Doesn’t currently have one.
Favorite music to train to: Anything, but when attempting PR’s Andrew needs some heavy metal or rap music!
Andrew Howard has joined our UAA community and is adding immense value to our Sports Performance class sessions! In February, Andrew passed “The Rule of Three” certification course through Westside Barbell. Andrew previously coached high school football at Cloverdale, and will join the Plainfield coaching staff this season. Andrew describes his coaching style as fun, but stern. He most enjoys seeing the kids be active and improve themselves while training with us. Andrew finds adapting his coaching style to the needs of individual athletes difficult at times, however it is extremely rewarding seeing them try new movements and accomplish PR’s! Something Andrew wishes athletes new before joining our UAA community: “We may look like a bunch of crazy lunatics but the people in this gym would do absolutely anything for the other members. Such a great community!”
Biggest Accomplishment: Still working on it.
Favorite WOD: Murph definitely holds a special place.
Favorite lift: Clean and Jerk
Favorite music to train to: Western Rock
Biggest Accomplishment: In coaching, helping 5 athletes make it to gymnastics nationals and having several medal in event finals.
Favorite Crossfit workout: Anything with box-overs. I love the explosiveness of jumping.
Favorite lift: I love the big 3 (deadlift, squat, and bench press), but couldn’t pick a favorite.
Favorite music to train to: Everything but metal.
Favorite quote: “When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.” – R. Buckminster Fuller.
“This is true in life, if you want to get better at things, focus on what you’re bad at. But then I had this realization where it occurred to me that if you want to do your absolute best at something, focus on your strengths. If you want to improve, focus on your weakness, but if you want to do something incredible, focus on what you’re best at.”- Alex Hannold Free Solo climber