Every Kind of Folk
The foundation of any CrossFit gym starts with the people and is built on community. At CrossFit Salt de Terre, a supportive group of coaches and peers will help you along your journey to becoming faster and stronger. We will be there to celebrate your triumphs, and help you through your setbacks.
CrossFit with a Conscience
Giving back. CrossFit Salt de Terre aims to give back to the Jacksonville community inside and outside the gym. Members are invited to participate in quarterly give back events for a variety of causes.
No Feat Too Big or Too Small
Whether you participate at causal or competitive level, CFSDT’s focus is on safe, fun CrossFit. No feat is too big or too small. We are serious about honing good form and technique, but also know when to kick things up a notch.
Owner / CrossFit Coach
Amy began CrossFitting in college, when she transitioned from soccer and needed something to satisfy her competitive athletic spirit. She and a few friends would meet on the quad with whatever semblance of equipment they could pull together and attempt to perform the main site WODs. It was as grassroots as it comes and she loved it. Amy has been coaching since 2010 and holds her L1, L2, Kids CF certs as well her L1 and L2 USAW Lifting certs. She should finish her L3 CF cert this summer. Amy is a barbell biased CrossFitter but also enjoys a good cardio WOD. She proudly sports the nickname, “Mighty Slug.”
Amy started CFSDT because while she believes in the intensity and competitive nature of CrossFit, she also believes that there is a better, safer, more sustainable way to coach and train. CFSDT cultivates an environment in which athletes with varying skills and abilities can co-mingle and push each other to be the best version of themselves.
Shea first tried CrossFit in 2008, as a means to supplement his triathlon training. He joined his first box in 2009, while he was stationed in Portsmouth, NH. After joining, he discovered he had many more weaknesses than strengths, including strength itself (Fun fact: when Shea started CF, he could not overhead squat a PVC pipe) and has been CrossFitting ever since, ever striving to perfect his form and maximize strength gains. Shea is fascinated by all things mobility and loves helping athletes with aches, pains and/or movement limitations. Shea holds his CF Level II and his Movement and Mobility Cert. When he’s not at the gym, he can be found flying copters with the Coast Guard.
Annie found yoga in high school, when she was running seven days a week and wound up with a fractured hip. It was then that she decided to expand her fitness routine and tried a local hot yoga class. 45 sweaty minutes later, she was hooked. Annie holds her Power Vinyasa Yoga Certification and is also TRX certified. Her classes are athlete-centric and intended to compliment the CFSDT programming.
Weight Lifting Coach
Mike discovered his love for weightlifting during high school, when he realized that to be a good lifter, one must be not only strong but more importantly explosive, technically proficient, driven. Heavy weights don’t move themselves. The sport left him enthralled and the weight room became his escape, his place of peace. Mike’s weightlifting journey has led him to train and compete at the national level; he’s even won a national championship while in graduate school. Additionally, Mike has had the honor of coaching two USPA National Champions.
Mike is well-versed in the world of fitness. He holds a Bachelor of Science in both Exercise Science and Biochemistry, as well as a Master of Science in Kinesiology, not to mention a plethora of lifting and personal training certs, noted below. Above all, Mike believes that life is movement! The iron never lies. It’s not controversial or subjective. You can either lift the weight, or you can’t. It’s all on you!
Degrees: B.S. Exercise Science, B.S. Biochemistry, M.S. Kinesiology
Certifications: CSCS, USAW L1 & L2, TSAC-F, USAPL
Philip spent a lot of time skateboarding and riding BMX bikes growing up. Both hobbies were grueling endurance sports and kept him in great shape, but they never led him into a weight room. In 2014, after seeing the results friends were getting through CrossFit and lifting more weights, he decided to give it a try. One class, and he was sold. Since then, the new and daily challenges, the goal setting, the enhanced fitness, and the amazing friendships he’s cultivated through CFSDT have kept Philip coming back 3 to even 6 times a week.
Philip loves coaching both gymnastics and barbell movements. When most people come into the gym they’ve seen gymnastics and Olympic weightlifting, but haven’t tried it. Seeing people do things they never thought to be possible is always amazing! As much as Philip loves coaching, he also loves learning. Whether the topic is political science, economic theories, psychology or his unhealthy obsession with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he remains a human sponge and is always up for a healthy debate or share sesh.
Philip’s favorite workout is Murph. Not only is Murph an opportunity to honor Lt. Michael Murphy, it’s also a time when the whole gym can come together and recognize the progress that each other have made since the last Memorial Day.
Colby first began CrossFit in 2013 after graduating college. Having played sports his whole life on various levels up to College, playing on the National level 3 consecutive years with his college Rugby team. When his rugby career ended, Colby sought a more sustainable and safe way to compete and stay in shape. Training between body building, traditional weight training, and CrossFit throughout the years, Colby has continued to gravitate toward CrossFit for it’s fun, constantly varied, competitive atmosphere. As a self-described “inflexible large mammal” the gymnastic components of CrossFit keep the sport fresh and engaging for Colby.
Colby has been coaching since 2018 and holds his CF L1 cert. Having accumulated a myriad of injuries prior to CrossFit, Colby focuses his coaching and training style on longevity and sustainability.
Jeff found CrossFit in 2015. He’d become tired and unmotivated by the usual globo gym routine and was no longer seeing any progress. He knew it was time for a change. So, he scouted out a CrossFit gym to try a class. As he watched the class before his completing their WOD, he thought, “What have I gotten myself into? I will never be able to do any of this!” BUT, he made it through the trial class and instead of quitting, decided to commit to at least three months. He’s never looked back since.
Because of some physical limitations (pre-existing shoulder injury and a forever finicky low back), Jeff has learned that CrossFit is all about modifying and scaling to fit your abilities. He also learned that CrossFit isn’t about how much weight you lift or how fast you are, but rather, it’s about your dedication, effort, and also having a bit of fun. Jeff brings humor (by way of TERRIBLE dad jokes, impressions, and witty repartees) into every workout he completes and class he leads, because, well, if you can’t laugh your way through it, is it really worth doing?
Jeff’s favorite movement is the clean and jerk, and his favorite workout is Murph. Jeff decided to go into coaching because he enjoys watching new members join the gym and subsequently find out that they can accomplish things they never believed possible. Jeff is a Level One Crossfit Trainer.
Clark served in the Army as an Airborne Infantryman for 5 years in his early twenties. During his military career he deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006 for 15 months. “I graduated high school as Captain of the wrestling team and was no stranger to the weight room prior to joining the service, but it was during my deployment to Iraq that I truly fell in love with fitness. I quickly came to appreciate the benefits of weightlifting, both physically and mentally. We lifted to get strong physically and most importantly we lifted to help cope with the rigor of our deployment.” Clark received an honorable discharge from the military in 2005 and decided to finish school at the University of North Florida, earning his bachelor’s degree in accounting.
In 2016, Clark decided to transition from bodybuilding-style “bro” workouts at the Y to a CrossFit gym. “I remember starting CrossFit and being completely terrified by the workouts. I immediately fell in love with the Olympic lifts because of how hard, technical and humbling they are, but I also gravitated towards the gymnastic movements. I became obsessed with doing a muscle-up and started watching YouTube videos and reading anything I could find until I got them figured out. Completing my first muscle-up was a goal that I was happy to accomplish after a few months.”
What Clark loves about CrossFit is the community of people and how we are constantly working on getting stronger and improving, together. “I love that once you become proficient in one aspect of CrossFit, you become completely humbled by another. There is always someone there to challenge you and help you improve.” Clark chose to become a Level One CrossFit Trainer because it seemed the next natural step in the challenge. His favorite coaching moments are when he’s been working with someone on a movement or lift that just isn’t making sense, and after having coached it this way and that way, he’s finally able to explain it in a way that really clicks. “Man, I love those lightbulb moments.”
Becca was introduced to her first Crossfit style class back in 2016. She immediately fell in love with its high intensity nature as it channeled her inner athlete and love of a challenge. On top of that, Crossfit opened her eyes to a new perspective of fitness and health – the pursuit of excellence in training, nutrition, and connecting with others. Crossfit has shown her the power of positive thought, the effectiveness of functional fitness, and the value of being part of a special type of community that pushes, encourages and excels together.
The joy Becca found through training others led her to pursue a coaching career. Having even a small role in the transformation of anyone willing to be consistent – primarily the internal transformation that comes as a client becomes comfortable in their own skin – is why she loves coaching. Becca has been coaching since 2017 and is a Level One Crossfit Trainer.
In her free time, Becca is an artist and enjoys swing dancing on Sundays. Her favorite lift is the snatch and she loves all WODs featuring running and thrusters!