Jeffrey’s goal is to coach and instruct functional human movement principles and properties through exercise. All teachings and applications will be thoroughly researched and supported with clinically derived, peer reviewed and accredited research material. Upholding safety is a non-negotiable requirement, without exception. He will consult under the philosophy that fitness is a continuous life long journey involving the mind, body and spirit.
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives graces to the humble.” -James 4:6
Education and Certifications:Masters of Science in Human Movement, Strength and Conditioning, Exercise Psychology (M.S. HM, SC,EP)PS2AD part: A,B,CCrossFit Level 2USA Weightlifting Level 2CrossFit GymnasticsCrossFit Movement/MobilityUSAW National Bronze MedalistUSAT TKD 4th degree black belt
Jonathan grew up a multi sport athlete, until focusing in on Football late in high school. He went on to play College Football and Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where he started for 3 years at Wide Receiver. Shortly after college he found CrossFit where he immediately was able to transfer many of the adaptations from the training in football. Quickly after starting CrossFit he received his Level 1 CrossFit Certification and began coaching.
In addition, Jonathan has competed in several local competitions and has been to Regionals in the South East and Mid-Atlantic the last 2 years.
Jonathan’s approach to fitness can be summed up as follows:
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol [the grave], to which you are going.” -Ecclesiastes 9:10
Education and Certifications:Bachelors of Science in Exercise & Sports ScienceACSMNASM (PES)CrossFit Level 1CrossFit GymnasticsCrossFit Olympic Weightlifting
MONATUMELO 'MYLO' MANNYA
As an avid sports fan, Mylo grew up playing soccer and rugby as a youngster in South Africa, and was also a bit of a gym rat in high school. He loved running long distance trails and mountain biking in Cape Town, but found a passion for CrossFit when a friend invited him to check out a local box. While distance running can take a toll on your body, being able to do strength training helped him stay injury free for four years, and that's when he knew CrossFit was the real deal. Mylo is passionate about helping others achieve their goals and is able to share his passion for CrossFit as a coach.
Certifications:CrossFit Level 1
Resident Massage Therapist
“Relax your body, and the rest of you will lighten up." - Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood"
Education and Certifications:Licensed Massage Therapist from Potomac Massage Training Institute150-Hr Professional Training Program at Thai Massage School of Chiang MaiPursuing B.S. in Kinesiology at University of Maryland
Health & Wellness ConsultantMember Services
Alex fell in love with fitness at a young age. After first stepping into a gymnastics gym at the age of five, she was competing one year later and found that she spent more time at the gym than at home. She continued in the sport for ten years before transitioning into competitive cheerleading, in which she won multiple national titles. During her undergraduate studies she rowed competitively and won a Big XII Championship. In 2012, Alex began coaching gymnastics, in order to share her love of the sport with a new generation of athletes. In efforts to maintain her strength and set a good example for her athletes, she turned to CrossFit. After four years practicing the training methodology, Alex decided to continue her passion for coaching and became a CrossFit coach.
“Isn't there something in living dangerously?...I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin."- Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
Education and Certifications:Bachelor of Arts in Government, History, Religious StudiesMaster of Arts in Security StudiesUSAG Safety CertifiedCrossFit Level 1
General ManagerCommunity Engagement
Education and Certifications:Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a minor in LGBT StudiesUSA Weightlifting Level 1
Head CoachYoga Instructor
As an undergrad, Melissa studied sports medicine, rowed at a collegiate level, and realized her love for movement encompassed many aspects of fitness and lifestyle. After two years of assisting yoga classes she completed her 200-hour RYT (registered yoga teacher) with Rolf Gates and has continued as a hot power vinyasa instructor since 2011. Melissa is a model for proper movement and coaches with as much, if not more elegance and grace than she does when humbly flowing through her power vinyasa flow. Melissa is an active member of the Humble Beast Barbell Club and is known locally as the “squat jerker,” typically a great topic for start up conversation.
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; It is because we do not dare that things are difficult.” – Seneca
Education and Certifications:CrossFit Level 1200-Hr RYTLevel 1 Baron BaptistNASM Certified
Jay was always active in a sport or hobby for the majority of his life. In 2002, he moved from Colorado and became a displaced skier and outdoor enthusiast. Chasing adventure, he tried sailing, kayaking, began his world travels, and returned to skiing and mountain biking. With age came unwanted changes to metabolism and a smidgen of too much apathy. He succumbed to the daily grind and became an expert couch potato.
After realizing you are never too old, sick, or lazy to course correct, Jay discovered CrossFit in 2012. Following a great deal of trial and error, he was referred to Humble Beast CrossFit by his physical therapist where he learned to safely build and maintain a body for performance and functional movement. He became passionate about proper technique and learning how flawed movement affects biomechanics. As a coach, Jay hopes to serve our Humble Beast family.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt
Education and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Television and Film Production with a minor in SociologyAvalanche Safety Level 1TCCC Level 1CrossFit Level 1
Barbell Club Assistant Coach
Colin developed his passion for health and fitness as an undergrad. He was introduced to lifting weights in 2003 and was immediately hooked. He shifted his traditional engineering studies to learn more about biomechanics of the human body. Colin found a way to merge his love of physics, sports, and human performance.
Growing up a national level wrestler, varsity soccer and lacrosse player, Colin loves to train, compete, and be part of a team. His hobby and passion is Olympic Weightlifting with an emphasis on nutrition and injury prevention. Colin is a founding member and assistant coach of Humble Beast Barbell Club.
“Be yourself – everyone else is taken” – Oscar Wilde
Education and Certifications:Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with concentration in Biomechanics and Movement ScienceMaster of Biomedical EngineeringUSA Weightlifting Level 1
Kelsey grew up as a multi sport athlete, focusing on lacrosse and soccer in high school. As an undergrad, Kelsey played soccer at a collegiate level as a center defensive midfielder. During this time, CrossFit became a practical form of cross training to improve strength, speed, and fitness on the field. When faced with multiple injuries, Kelsey found yoga as the 'yin' to her CrossFit 'yang.' After graduation, she completed her 200-hour RYT with Yoga District and a 50-hour Advanced Power Yoga Extensions training through CorePower Yoga. She has been a hot power vinyasa instructor since August 2016 and enjoys complementing her yoga practice with functional exercise at Humble Beast CrossFit.