CrossFit 816

Our Trainers

MATT NEAL

Owner- Trainer

Head Programmer

I began my search of fitness in college where I played football and ran track.  I was fortunate enough to be a varsity letter winner and scholarship recipient in both sports as well as a 4-time national qualifier in track.  Since college I have been involved in many forms of fitness.  I have competed in everything from 5K charity road races to an Ironman Triathlon.  I have also been very active in weight training and CrossFit.  I enjoy combining my endurance and strength backgrounds with the Olympic lifting, gymnastic movements, and metabolic conditioning that CrossFit incorporates.  Since 2010 I have had the opportunity to train thousands of adults and kids toward better physical fitness levels and nutritional choices.  I am constantly inspired by these everyday athletes and the frequency in which they challenge themselves and achieve their goals.  As athletes within the CrossFit community, we appreciate the accomplishments we can make with a good support system around us to cheer us on!
 
Achievements:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, 5-year recertification (CF-L1)

CrossFit Judge's Course

CrossFit Endurance Certified

USAW Certified Sports Performance Coach

A handful of top finishes in local and regional CrossFit competitions
3 Half-Ironman Triathlons
1 Ironman Triathlon

5-time CrossFit Open Qualifier :)

14 employer sponsored physical fitness awards

Bachelor of Science-Business Management

Master's of Business Administration (MBA)

 

SARAH NEAL

Owner- Trainer

Sarah Neal has been an athlete for most of her life.  She began playing sports as a young child and then focused on her volleyball career in high school and college.  She played at Baker University and earned such honors as NAIA Player of the Week, First Team All-Conference, First-Team All-Region, and All American Scholar Athlete.  After graduating college, she coached volleyball at St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City and continued her fitness with recreational volleyball, road races, and triathlons.  She started CrossFit in 2011 and immediately fell in love with the competitive nature of the sport that called to her inner athlete.  In May 2013, she earned her CrossFit Level 1 Certificate.  In December 2013, she earner her CrossFit Kids Certificate.

In addition to fitness, Sarah has a true passion for nutrition.  In 2006, she was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition, Hashimoto’s disease, and in following years began having debilitating symptoms.  She made a commitment to cleaning up her diet and lifestyle for good.  After researching many dietary approaches to wellness, she began following a Paleo lifestyle to help keep triggers out of her diet and her condition under control.  Her passion for nutrition led her to spend countless hours learning all she could about following a real food approach to eating and clean living.  Sarah is currently pursuing her nutrition certification through Precision Nutrition and is CrossFit 816's Nutrition Consultant. 

 

 

CRAIG HONTZ

Trainer

When I was 12 years old, I saw my dad bench press what looked like a truck.  I was intrigued, so I asked for a pair of dumbbells.  That was the beginning of my lifetime pursuit of fitness.  I have a background in wrestling, martial arts, and power lifting.  I became a police officer in 2000.  I spend seven years as a full time tactical response team operator, which is a very physically demanding position.  I strive to be the best at what I do, and I will strongly encourage anyone I work with to be his or her best.

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)

Powerlifting Certified through Westside Barbell

CrossFit Judges Course

Top finisher in 1997 1998 and 1999 Midwest Annual Ironman Police/SWAT competition

2011 Son Light Powerlifting Competition

Best Overall Lifter for Deadlift event

1st Place 181lb weight division - Deadlift event

10 Employer sponsored Physical Fitness Awards

     (So obviously this is the guy to see about tuning up your deadlift)

 

TIM KUEBLER

Trainer

Tim has a degree in exercise physiology, physical education, and education.  He also has a masters in Education.  Tim is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer.

He currently teaches and coaches in Smithville School District.  He's been published in several health and fitness journals and has an impressive athletic resume as well:

completed 6 Olympic distance triathlons
5 1/2 marathons, finished 13th overall males 2 years in a row
5th overall & won my age group on Hospital hill 10K
5th overall in Warrior Dash
completed 3 adventure races

Tim is something to see in action - he is strong as heck for his bodyweight and has a cardio gear that simply doesn't wear out.  Oh he would love to stay after WOD and do a "finisher" with you.

 

TYLER NASH

Trainer

I was introduced to CrossFit about four years ago.  Prior to participating in CrossFit, I played high school and college soccer.  For most of my teammates, the idea of weightlifting as a part of a conditioning program to reach excellence on the soccer field, met with little or no enthusiasm. For me, on the other hand, weightlifting became an essential element of my complete workout routine. I proceeded to work out either before or after soccer practice almost every day.  I soon came to realize I loved lifting weights!  Working out rapidly became a fundamental element of my everyday regimen. I then began researching work outs while gathering information and testing innovative new programs in the gym.

I had my first taste of ‘crossfit-like’ workouts using SEALFIT.  SEALFIT workouts consisted of fundamental CrossFit movements with a much longer duration periods.  There were no such things as a short workout.  Then attending my first CrossFit Level 1 Certification really opened my eyes. I quickly realized that the CrossFit intensity was so much different than what I was used to doing.  Sure I could do a 40 to 60 minute workout, but my ability to accomplish short to medium bursts at extremely high intensities was a totally different experience. Since the time of that Level 1 Certification, I have continued to grow and develop into a well-rounded CrossFit athlete. 

I continue to learn more and more each day about myself, my training, and my abilities.  I continue to better understand and learn the dos and don’ts of the program.  I have had the opportunity first-hand to test the many theories and program ideas allowing me to continue to tweak and refine my individual programming needs. This program has not only changed my personal way of training, it has changed the way athletes will train for years to come.   
 
Accomplishments:
·           Level 1 and Coach’s Prep Certifications

·           Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach for Liberty Public Schools from 2009 - present

·           Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Men’s and Women’s Soccer William Jewell College 2005 - 2009

·           Assistant Head Coach for Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams at William Jewell College 2005 -2009

·           Youth Soccer Coach 2001 - Present.

·           Hardest Working Player Award at WJC - 2003 and 2004.

·           2001 - 2003 Johnson County Community College Soccer Player.

·           2002 and 2004 Attended National Soccer Tournament (JUCO and NAIA).

·           2011 State Champions Girls Soccer Liberty Public Schools - Assistant Varsity Coach.

·           Bachelor in Science-Physical Education - William Jewell College.

·           Currently obtaining my Masters in Special Education through Northwest Missouri State University.

 

CRAIG SIFERS

Trainer

Craig was born and raised in the Northland - Go Griffins!!  (I will do 10 burpees for anyone who knows what griffin is without Googling it.) He's been a fireman for 8 years. Craig is married and raising two little girls who are destined to be CrossFit Games champions!  He is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and has been CrossFitting since 2010. 

Craig would love to fix up any problems you have with your Oly Lifts - his favorite thing to coach.  His favorite WOD is King Kong  (What the???)

 

Casey Zollmann

Trainer

Throughout my life, I’ve always been physically active.  From soccer and basketball when I was a kid, to being a three-time state qualifier in track during my high school years, I love the extra push when I compete.  After high school, I found myself running longer distances to fill that void of competing.  However, after completing my first half marathon, I found running to be incredibly tedious and I felt like I still wasn’t pushing myself to the best of my abilities.  When I found CrossFit in 2013, I was instantly hooked.  There are so many aspects to it and I knew this was something I could work at for a long time and still have room to improve. 

Since 2013, I’ve learned to much about CrossFit and proper ways of training.  I watched other coaches interact with people and teach them the proper mechanics and I knew I wanted to do that.  I earned my CrossFit Level 1 Certification in 2014 and began coaching in 2015 and it’s been one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done in my life.  I love teaching the Introduction classes and breaking down movements so everyone can understand them, but the feeling of seeing someone hit a PR or a movement, like the muscle up, that they’ve been working on for so long can’t be beat.  Personally, I love the Olympic lifts and the extra challenge that comes with them.  They require such precise technique and there’s always room for improvement.

My goal as a coach is to inspire every person that walks in the gym and help them reach their own goals. I want them to appreciate the process of getting better and to celebrate every small victory.  I want people to know that while we all might not make it to the Games someday, we can still get stronger and challenge ourselves just the same.  I also hope to get my CrossFit Kid’s Certification soon so that I can pass this love for fitness to the future generations. 

 

We are fortunate to have this comprehensive coaching staff.  Second to none at 816!!