OUR TEAM

As coaches, we take our roles as the leaders of this community very seriously.

We are here to serve our members and to help them to reach their goals. That is what drives our actions each and every day.

The phrase ‘Dedication to Learning’ accurately describes our coaches. We are a cohesive team of endorphin junkies that love CrossFit and willingly dedicate our time to self-education and sharing learned experiences on a weekly basis.

MEREDYTH & MEHDI

Owners

LAUREN

Coach

NATE

Coach

LAKEN

Coach

PATRICK

Coach

JESSE

Coach

KERRY

Coach

MICHELLE

Coach

DEONTE

Coach

BECKA

Coach

TRICIA

Coach

SARA

Coach

ANDY

Coach

CHRIS

Coach

Meredyth & Mehdi El-Amine

Owners

Mehdi has been coaching CrossFit since 2011. He is a Certified CrossFit Trainer (L3) and is the co-owner of CrossFit South Arlington. During his coaching career, he was the founder and head coach for The Last Pull weightlifting club, the Competition Director for the CrossFit Games Atlantic Regionals and the personal trainer for several competitive CrossFit Games athletes and teams. Mehdi is currently focusing his energies on growing CrossFit South Arlington to help people of all fitness levels find their path and reach their health goals.

 

“My wife and I are completely in sync. We both agree that I make the best decisions and I know she backs me up 100%.”  – Mehdi E

Meredyth has been coaching CrossFit since 2012 and has completed her CrossFit L2 certification. She’s also coached olympic weightlifting under Olympian, Cara Heads Slaughter. As a kid and young adult she was involved in swimming, tennis, hiking, whitewater rafting, dance and cheerleading. She’s a former elementary school teacher, and behavior analyst. Meredyth specializes in moving people toward healthier lifestyles. She enjoys training people who want to be better versions of themselves and believes wholeheartedly that CrossFit is a medium that transforms people in amazing ways. Meredyth is the co-owner and Director of Training at CFSA. These days you can find her helping athletes in the roles of personal trainer and CrossFit group class coach.

 

‘Whatever my husband says probably needs to be run by me first.” – Meredyth E.

Deonte Mason

Coach & Head Personal Trainer

Deonte has been coaching athletes one on one since 2011 and joined the crossfit community in 2015. He played collegiate basketball and tries to relive his glory days every week in the Arlington Men’s Rec league. Deonte has completed the L-1 Crossfit certification and L-1 USAW Weightlifting Certification. Deonte most enjoys the community and friendships he has developed by being involved with CrossFit.

Strive for progress, not perfection.” – Deonte M.

Laken Summerville

Coach & Asst. General Manager

Laken has been training and coaching CrossFit since 2012. She holds an L-2 certification and specializes in coaching competitive athletes. Her passion for coaching comes from witnessing the internal and external transformation that is attained when an athlete realizes their potential and reaps the rewards of their hard work. As both a coach and competitive CrossFit athlete, she considers herself more of a generalist with a focus on consistency and mental fortitude. Laken believes in hard work, determination and a never-give-up mentality to accomplishing goals.

“You’d be surprised what your body can endure…just cry less.” – Laken S.

Michelle Smyth

Coach & Nutrition Program Manager

Michelle has been training and coaching CrossFit since 2014 and holds an L-1 Certification. She manages the Foundation Nutrition Program at CFSA. Michelle rowed for Penn State and ran marathons before finding CrossFit. She loves helping athletes identify and crush their health, fitness, and life goals.

 

“I handle every stressful situation like my dog. If I can’t eat it or play with it, I pee on it and walk away.” – Michelle S.

Patrick Krissek

Coach

Patrick has been training at CFSA since 2014, but began coaching in 2016. He has his L-1 certification. Patrick enjoys working with both new and experienced athletes and he is a firm believer in the power of consistency to have a positive impact on the lives and performance of his athletes. He fully subscribes to the tenet of movement quality over movement quantity and is passionate about introducing newcomers to the sport of CrossFit.

“’You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take — Wayne Gretzky’, Michael Scott” — Patrick K.

Nate Naidas

Coach

Nate has been coaching CrossFit for nine years. He has a Level 1 certification. He was the founder and head coach for Redrum Barbell Club, CrossFit Impavidus Endurance Team, and CrossFit Montgomery Endurance Team. Nate has a passion for helping athletes identify their potential in and outside of the gym. He believes with the right mindset and focus on quality of movement, athletes can accomplish any of their goals.

 

“I do not sleep…I wait. It’s a ninja thing.”  -Nate N.

Jesse Hunter

Coach

Jesse began CrossFit in 2011 and started coaching in 2013. He has his L-1 certification and hails from Garden City, GA. A lifelong athlete, Jesse is passionate about the technical details of movement and having fun in the gym.

“I sincerely appreciate a well-made writing utensil.” – Jesse H.

Kerry Johnson

Coach

Kerry began CrossFitting at CrossFit Chicago in February 2009, competed a bit in her early days at olympic lifting meets and CrossFit competitions, judged at a few National CF competitions and even sang the National Anthem at Regionals at Navy Pier!). She has her L-2 certification. She coaches middle school and 15s/16s club volleyball team in her spare time and has coached CrossFit all over the country. She lives with two brilliant, loving, hilarious, kind, strong, independent and absolutely amazing daughters, Aria and Felicity, ages 6 and 4 respectively. She likes to play with her kiddos, sing, play volleyball, cook, and lift heavy things. She coaches with a strict eye on form and technique and want to help you become stronger, fitter, faster, healthier and happier.

“I am stronger than I should be, more powerful than I am supposed to be and I endure greater than I will allow you to see.” – The Smith Family ‘Credo’ – Kerry J.

 

Chris Santaniello

Coach

Chris has been training and coaching CrossFit since 2011. Chris has his CrossFit L-1 Certification, and was a DIII College Football player and CrossFit Mid-Atlantic Regionals 2014 Team member. Chris specializes in coaching Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, gymnastics, and conditioning with the mindset and approach of a power sport athlete.

“I’m not perfect, but I’m damn close!”  – My dad

Lauren Hunter

Coach

Lauren began CrossFit in 2011 after finishing her Division I collegiate volleyball career. Lauren serves as a Communications Manager for CFSA. Currently, she is finishing her doctorate in Communication at the University of Maryland.

 

“I have a Ron Swanson-level love for breakfast foods and a Leslie Knope-level love for binders and democracy.”  – Lauren H.

Sara VanDenHeuvel

Coach

Sara has been an athlete at CFSA since 2011 and joined the coaching staff in 2017. She enjoys working with CFSA’s newest athletes and welcoming them to our community! Sara is a proud Wisconsin-native and a connoisseur of bubbly water with partiality for LaCroix pamplemousse.

“I start looking forward to my morning cup of coffee when I go to bed the night before. ” -Sara V.

Andy McDermott

Coach

Andy is a pedestrian CrossFitter at best yet he still managed to beat Coach Dipo in the 2016 CrossFit Open standings. His knowledge as a coach is second only to Greg Glassman himself.  Consider yourself beyond lucky to be in one of his classes, because you will smile and at the very least chuckle one time in 60 minutes. You might even work out, who knows. Andy, surprisingly, has his L-2 certification and specializes at using curse words to elicit maximum effort from his athletes.

Tricia Anderson

Coach

Tricia has been training at CFSA since 2013 and was thrilled to begin coaching after completing her L1 Certification in 2017. Tricia’s inner athlete was discovered through the practice of yoga and she finds her greatest impact in helping athletes activate untapped potential through movement.

 

“Badassery is a state of mind.”  – Tricia A.

Becka Grapsy

Coach

Becka joined the coaching staff at CFSA in 2016. She started CrossFit more than six years ago and credits CFSA with helping her reclaim her health, defeat insulin resistance, and lose over 70 pounds. She loves teaching and helping people find little wins on their path, whether it’s to better movement, better health, or just having fun with fitness. She holds her L-1 certification. She enjoys almost nothing more than nerding out at a good professional development seminar.

 

“Plenty of things are simple. That doesn’t make them easy.”  -Becka G.

WE BELIEVE IN QUALITY COACHING

You’ll see this reflected in a tightly focused staff that coaches a higher number of classes per week.

You’ll see this reflected in a consistent approach to improving the quality of your movement patterns.

You’ll see this reflected in a holistic understanding of the issues you need to work on in order to consistently improve.

You’ll see this reflected in a staff that remembers you and your personal goals.

We love to connect with our members. Your struggles are our struggles and your progress and success inspire us all.

When you train with us, you don’t train with an individual coach. Rather, you share in our collective knowledge and experience.

OUR TEAM’S QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certification
  • CrossFit Level 2 Certification
  • CrossFit Level 3 Certification
  • Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT)
  • CrossFit Football Certification
  • CrossFit Endurance Certification
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Certification
  • CrossFit Barbell Certification
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification
  • CrossFit Kids Certification
  • CrossFit Mobility Certification
  • USAW Certification