Our Team

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Jim Beebe

Owner, head coach at Unbreakable Athletics Academy

Jim Beebe

Kelly Daum

CrossFit Level 1 Coach

Jen Beebe

CrossFit Level 1 Coach

Rob Rigdon

CrossFit Level 1. Sports Performance Coach

Jeremy Johnson

CrossFit Level 1 Coach

Kim McMahan

CrossFit Level 1 Coach

Haleigh Spencer

Strength and Conditioning Coach

TJ Gerking

CrossFit Coach

Eric Farley

CrossFit Coach

Brandon Paschal

CrossFit Level 1 Coach

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Kate Ashby

CrossFit Coach + Nutrition Coach

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Jim Beebe
Owner, head coach at Unbreakable Athletics Academy
 
CrossFit Level I certificate: October 2017
CrossFit Strongman certificate: May 2016
North American Strongman Chair for Indiana
USA Powerlifting Coach since 2017
CrossFit Powerlifting and Strongman certificates
Biggest Accomplishment: Personally my 3 kids and my amazing wife. Professionally creating this business of 200+ clients that helps people consistently get healthier, stronger and sends many to the military and collegiate sports programs ready for success. 

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, 

At 41 I look back on my life and it’s easy to recognize that I was always drawn to sports. For most in my family, it was never a priority. But I would somehow try to find a way to better myself physically in an attempt to be a better athlete. My athletic path was unusual and I played an uncommon sport, racquetball through middle school and high school. I was a former college racquetball player at Purdue University in the mid-90’s.
After several back injuries, I could no longer play racquetball and started down a very unhealthy lifestyle. Fast-forward 15 years, and my weight ballooned from 190lbs to 300lbs. I was on TRICOR medicine, snored terribly, had incredible back pain, and with 31% body fat was quite obese. In 2010 I started on the P90X program and had some success, lost weight, and got stronger. I then bought a Vitamix blender and started learning about a paleo diet and had more success. My gym offered group classes that people were calling CrossFit. I continued in those classes through 2011 and had more success. Then in 2012 I searched out and interviewed several CF boxes in Indianapolis. I finally settled in with CrossFit Naptown and trained there through 2012. Now I am the healthiest I have ever been.
I have been an entrepreneur for my career, have my MBA from Purdue, have owned a painting franchise, worked as an investment broker, ran a division for a state agency, etc. I knew in 2012 I wanted to own and run my own facility. I began coaching a few athletes in my garage while I was developing a plan and learning as much as I could about having my own training facility. 
I’ve competed in local CrossFit, weightlifting, strongman, running, and triathlon competitions. I’ve also judged them as well. I went to the Central East Regionals in 2012. 
I love helping others become healthier. It is tremendously rewarding and is truly fun for me. My goal is for my athletes to adopt a mindset that this is a lifestyle. There are no shortcuts. Hard work, strong habits, and solid coaching can enable athletes to do 10X more than they think capable. Success is our standard. We have the best fitness facility in the county and we want to improve significantly from there.
Kelly Daum

CrossFit Level 1 Coach

Crossfit Level 1 Certificate holder as of Jan 2016

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 toanything but metal/rock…..Morgan Wallen to DMX

 

Kelly has been with UAA since the early time when it opened. From the beginning, over the years, now, and in the future, Kelly has consistently made improvements. She has trained consistently week in and week out and has come a long way as an athlete and a coach. She’s excellent at making sure our athletes understand the fundamentals and are moving correctly, and thankfully she has no problem cranking up the intensity in order to get the most out of our athletes. After all, she has the Unbreakable mindset in order to coach with us.
“I love the social aspect of coaching, meeting people, keeping them accountable, and knowing each person on an individual basis so I can be of better service in and out of the gym. Coaching adults has been quite a transition from coaching kids. I have had to find new and different ways to get results out of adults, which is also what is most rewarding…when I break through to them! The best part of coaching is seeing the delight on people’s faces when they accomplish a new skill they’ve been working on.”
Jen Beebe

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

MacroMillionaire Nutrition

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.

Rob Rigdon
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

CrossFit Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Certificate since 2020
Title he is most proud of: “Dad”
 
Favorite Crossfit workout: Cindy and Fran
 
Favorite lift: Sumo DL or hang cleans 
 
Favorite music to train to: Sturgill Simpson
 
Favorite quote: Joshua 1:9  “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” 

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.

Kim McMahan

Crossfit Coach 

 

Crossfit Level 1 Certificate since 2018

Biggest Accomplishment:  Learning DU’s.  I spent a lot of time learning how to do them with a single jump in between them and had to relearn how to do them without a single.  This is one of the movements that requires different strategies for different athletes to learn.  
 
Favorite Crossfit workout: Adam Brown
 
Favorite lift: Snatch
 
Favorite music to train to: Anything but heavy metal or techno
 
Favorite quote: “You are one workout away from a better mood.”
Kim McMahan has been a member of the Unbreakable community since 2014.  Before becoming a coach in 2018 she had never coached before, but is a natural. Kim’s favorite part about being a coach is working with athletes in class that she coached in on-ramp sessions. She loves watching them fall in love with the gym and their new gym family! Kim is a self-proclaimed “talker” and talks to everyone, but she also is a great listener. If she hears someone seeking advice or wanting help with a movement she is always the first to offer help and guidance. Kim enjoys helping everyone find that “queue” they are looking for to make them a better athlete.
Heleigh Spencer
CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association 
 
CPT (Certified Personal Trainer) from the National Academy of Sports Medicine
Former assistant strength and conditioning coach at Washington University in St. Louis. 
 

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.”

TJ Gerking

BA- Hanover College- Kinesiology & Integrative Physiology

MS- Western Kentucky University- Exercise Physiology 

National Strength and Conditioning Association- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

National Sports Performance Association- Certified Speed & Agility Coach (CSAC)

National Sports Performance Association- Certified Weightlifting Performance Coach (CWPC)

National Sports Performance Association- Certified Sports Nutrition Coach (CSNC)

National Sports Performance Association- Certified Program Design Specialist (CPDS)

 

Biggest Accomplishment: Becoming a homeowner in 2021

Favorite workout: Anything involving sprints

Favorite lift: Power Clean

Favorite music to train toUsually dead silence or Podcasts.. then it’s a toss between  Rap, Bach I like harpsichord concertos), and Disco

Favorite quote: “No, you do not have thousands of years to live. Urgency is on you. While you live, while you can, become good” – Marcus Aurelius

TJ joined our UAA coaching community in October 2020. Previously he coached D1 Sports Training in Bowling Green, KY during graduate school. He also coached at the University of Indianapolis in 2019 and at Ball State University in 2020. TJ loves serving people. Coaching allows him the opportunity to positively influence the next generation of leaders, parents, employees, etc. He would describe his coaching style as organized, intense and fun! He does a phenomenal job at engaging the athletes, leading and teaching them all while creating an enjoyable environment. 
 
I love the challenge of organizing and leading large groups, making efficient use of space and time to get stronger and more powerful. The most rewarding part of coaching is seeing athletes rewarded for their hard work and effort with improved confidence, more playing time, and scholarships!”
Eric Farley

CrossFit Coach

Former D1 Athlete
Working on CrossFit L1 Certification 
Competed in several CrossFit competitions
Proudest Accomplishment: The life I’ve made for myself and my family through hard work and perseverance.
 
Favorite Crossfit workout: Adam Brown
Favorite lift: Squat clean
 
Favorite music to train to: Mostly hip-hop but I enjoy most all genres when working out as long as it’s upbeat.
 
Favorite quote: Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right. 

 

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.”

Brandon Paschal

CrossFit Coach

Sports Performance Coach April 2019
CrossFit Level 1 Certificate since May 2019
Proudest accomplishment: I am proud that I have not seriously injured or embarrassed myself demonstrating movements to classes. 
 
Favorite Crossfit workout: DT
 
Favorite lift: All clean variations
 
Favorite music to train to: I am very flexible with music. I just need something with a decent beat or rhythm, and I’m good to go. I choose different music all the time, but I probably crank some variation of rock music the most. 
 
Favorite quote: “Push into the pain.” -Josh Bridges 
Brandon Paschal was born in Anderson, IN but grew up in Rossville. He began coaching with Unbreakable in 2019 working with the Avon Club Swim team. Brandon is a wonderful sports performance coach, however he earned his CrossFit Level 1 in May of 2019 and began coaching CrossFit sessions then. Over the years Brandon has coached middle school golf, high school baseball, and multiple age groups of fastpitch softball. For the two years prior to coaching at UAA, he partnered with another individual to run an after school strength and conditioning program for middle school students. 
 
Brandon describes his coaching style as positive, encouraging and empathetic. He is a very thorough coach and does an exceptional job at explaining movements and standards. Brandon finds it most rewarding to be able to be a positive factor in the self-improvement journey of so many people. He loves partnering with people and a community that are hungry for growth and helping them achieve goals. For Brandon, the most challenging aspect of coaching is trying to be exactly what every athlete needs in each class, especially when the class size is large. He strives to give his best to each individual, and manage his time and efforts to reach each athlete.
 
“There is a lot to enjoy about coaching CrossFit, but the thing I enjoy most is being a part of a community of people from all walks of life, in all shapes, sizes, capabilities, ages, etc. It is a privilege to be able to instruct and motivate this diverse group that is unified around self-growth and improvement. I wish everyone knew when they first walked into Unbreakable that the intimidated feeling and overwhelm you experience at the beginning goes away quickly if you lean on the community, ask questions, and fully engage the process.”
Kate Ashby
Crossfit Coach
Nutrition Coach 
 
Macro Missionary Nutrition Certification 
Crossfit L1 Coming Soon
 

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.”

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