The SouthWest-Side is the best side, right? We believe it and are so excited to be able to offer the excellence of our Nordeast gym experience in the Linden Hills neighborhood.

Whether your vibe is the breweries and bridges of Nordeast or the lattes and lakes of Linden Hills we promise an exceptional gym to call your own and a community ready to welcome you with open arms.

Check out our class schedule for the CrossFit Linden Hills location. Then review our coach bios to get to know who'll be leading you through your class.

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Amy

Coach

International Tax Accountant by day, CrossFit coach by early morning.

How'd you know you wanted to become a coach?

After 4 years of inconsistency I started to get serious and fell in love with CrossFit again and especially weightlifting. I wanted to share that passion with everyone.

What do you find the most challenging about working out/CrossFit?

Ignoring my ego. Being an "older" athlete can make me feel defeated at times but I have been working on worrying less about what weights and times everyone else is hitting and focusing on my own goals and personal growth - and no that doesn't only mean PRs. It means my all aspects of my healthy lifestyle.

What's the real reason you do CrossFit?

So I can move that proverbial dresser when someone needs help.

What's the soundtrack for your class?

Metallica or old school hip hop

What has CrossFit empowered you to do outside the gym?

Wear shorts. CrossFit and the journey it started me on has made me feel more confident than I ever thought possible.

| CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Andrew

Coach

Software Engineer by day, Coach by night.

How'd you know you wanted to become a coach?

The first time someone helped me with a muscle up, and in turn I got to help another person with theirs... I was inspired. I knew I wanted to help others break those mental and physical barriers that we often think we can't break through. Then actually helping someone break their barrier was awesome. That’s when I knew I wanted to coach.

What do you still find the most challenging about working out/CrossFit?

Thrusters, Clean & Jerk, and the variety of skills needed to perform well in multiple areas. But really it’s just burpees. Burpees are the worst.

What's the real reason you do CrossFit?

Two words: Donuts & PRs

What's the soundtrack for your class?

Ideally some Led Zepplin plus any other classic rock. But ultimately, whatever makes the group happy and move!

What has CrossFit empowered you to do outside the gym?

Take more risks and tackle challenges I previously never thought I’d be able to do.

| CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Anne

Coach/Owner

Entrepreneur and coach by day, mom 24/7.

How'd you know you wanted to become a coach?

The gym is truly an extension of our family and I wanted the opportunity to contribute not just as an owner and athlete, but also as a coach.

What do you still find the most challenging about working out/CrossFit?

All of it. Every workout challenges me and that’s why I come back every time.

What's the real reason you do CrossFit?

It’s the only thing I’ve done that has changed my whole body for the better. Not just my physical fitness level, but my overall wellness, nutrition and mental health.

What's the soundtrack for your class?

It’s a mixed bag really. Michael Jackson, some old school hip hop, some random 80’s yacht rock and some 90s pop.

What has CrossFit empowered you to do outside the gym?

It’s given me confidence as a mom, as an entrepreneur and as an athlete. I’m not afraid to try anything.

| CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Brent

GM/Coach

General Manager of CrossFit Nordeast by day, coach by night.

How'd you know you wanted to become a coach?

I walked into a box in the fall of 2010, got my ass kicked by a “Tabata” workout that crushed me and my ego. It was humbling but I was smiling and I wanted more. I knew then that I had to do this. That day opened possibilities to pursue CrossFit as a career and a lifestyle so with the opening of CrossFit Nordeast, I was given my first opportunity to do what I love to do: Coach.

What do you still find the most challenging about working out/CrossFit?

CrossFit is a continuing evolution of fitness and there will always be some sort of goal to chase. The biggest struggle for me in CrossFit is finding the right balance with recovery, the intensity and the frequency with which I train. Also Burpees.

What's the real reason you do CrossFit?

I do CrossFit so I can eat everything (Five Guys, Pizza, Donuts, etc)

What's the soundtrack for your class?

My usual soundtrack is Hip Hop, but making sure I mix it up with Rock, a little Heavy Metal, and of course 80s hits. Anything that I can find that makes people move.

What has CrossFit empowered you to do outside the gym?

I’ve always been active but as I get older, I believe CrossFit has allowed me to stay young and stay active. Being able to chase my kids around is and will always be important to me.

| CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
| CrossFit Kettlebell Certification

Scott / “Coop”

Coach

Alumni relations at Augsburg by day and weekends, CrossFit coach by night.

How'd you know you wanted to become a coach?

When I first joined CrossFit I had no idea I would want to coach. But after a few months, I knew that CrossFit was something I wanted in my life as more than just a workout. I wanted to learn it more deeply, and maybe even make a career out of it.

What do you find the most challenging about working out/CrossFit?

For me, the most difficult part of CrossFit is fitting it all in. There are so many things I constantly want to improve on, but only so many hours in the day. It's hard to pick and choose!

What's the real reason you do CrossFit?

So I can unapologetically dance after every big lift I hit. It brings me joy; and seems to light up my social media.

What's the soundtrack for your class?

Speaking of dancing, you can expect THE best music of any coach in my classes (there's been an unofficial poll) that will include dance tracks and club hits that you can't help but shake your new CrossFit booty to. Expect to see me dancing while you're WODing.

What has CrossFit empowered you to do outside the gym?

Whether it's skiing, wakeboarding, marathons, biking, or hockey, I know that I never have to second guess if I'm fit enough to thoroughly enjoy those things because of the strong athletic foundation CrossFit has given me. Get out and USE your fitness!

| CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Gavin

Coach

Coach and personal trainer by day, server by night.

How'd you know you wanted to become a coach?

I was a long distance runner for years and after becoming injured multiple times by the volume of training I began to incorporate cross training into my running workouts. I was able to shave off an extra 20 minutes on my marathon by weightlifting more and running less during my training season. After this I soon joined CrossFit and have never looked back making it a priority to help others learn how to train smart and move well while accomplishing their goals, big or small!

What do you find the most challenging about working out/CrossFit?

The barbell and heavy lifting has always been a struggle for me. I can run in circles all day but as soon as you put a bar in my hands I need to rethink my approach to the workout. With good form and technique through the CrossFit methodology I have become a lot better at weightlifting.

What's the real reason you do CrossFit?

Get my competitive fix and reduce injury.

What's the soundtrack for your class?

Rage Against the Machine, Royal Blood, Jack White, Beastie Boys, etc.

What has CrossFit empowered you to do outside the gym?

Move smart and live well

| CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
| ACSM CPT Certified
| CPR/AED Certified
| CrossFit Spot The Flaw Certification
| CrossFit Scaling Certification
| CrossFit Lesson Planning Certification
| CPR/AED Certified

Hallie

Coach

Coach by day, Mom 24/7.

How'd you know you wanted to become a coach?

I found myself wanting to give advice and help others during classes I was taking.

What do you still find the most challenging about working out/CrossFit?

Gymnastics movements, but it feels so good to improve at movements that don't come naturally.

What's the real reason you do CrossFit?

It is never boring, and everyday is a new challenge.

What's the soundtrack for your class?

70s, 80s, 90s!

What has CrossFit empowered you to do outside the gym?

CrossFit training prepares me to do so much! I can do the monkey bars at the playground with my kids. I can run a half marathon with little specific training. I can hike 15 miles in elevation and hardly feel winded. I can help carry a couch or other heavy objects. It's a great feeling.

| CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Jenn

Coach

Special Ed teacher by day, CrossFit coach by night.

How'd you know you wanted to become a coach?

I became a coach because I am always here so it might as well be my job. But really I like helping people realize what they are capable of.

What do you still find the most challenging about working out/CrossFit?

Olympic lifts and anything with the word "sprint" in it.

What's the real reason you do CrossFit?

So I never have to wear a shirt and can conquer the world.

What's the soundtrack for your class?

Lady Gaga, punk rock, or Drake-esque rap.

What has CrossFit empowered you to do outside the gym?

Power lifting and strongman competitions.

| CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Janna

Coach

Dentist by day, CrossFit Coach by night

How'd you know you wanted to become a coach?

I wanted to become a coach because I was an athlete growing up and had a few memorable coaches who taught me so much about strength- physical, mental, and emotional strength. After overcoming a very difficult time with my personal health and fitness many years ago, I felt that it was my turn to help others discover, build, and maximize their strengths in and outside the gym. And I am a social butterfly!

What do you still find the most challenging about working out/CrossFit?

Definitely breaking that mental barrier to get through some of the more difficult workouts (either strength or skill related). You just have to get out of your head and believe in yourself and your abilities.

What's the real reason you do CrossFit?

It's a fun way to fitness! It keeps me strong, challenges me, is different every day, and the community is the best.

What's the soundtrack for your class?

All over the place, but really anything that keeps people moving and me dancing.

What has CrossFit empowered you to do outside the gym?

CrossFit has empowered me to take better care of myself in all aspects of my life and reinforce a great relationship with fitness, recovery, food, and my body.

| CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
| ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist
| CPR/AED

Jon

Coach

City of Minneapolis Police by day, CrossFit coach by night.

How'd you know you wanted to become a coach?

In the last three years, I have developed a passion for CrossFit. I became a coach because I want to help members achieve their fitness goals.

What do you still find the most challenging about working out/CrossFit?

The most challenging type of workout for me includes gymnastic movements.

What's the real reason you do CrossFit?

So I can eat pancakes or French toast.

What's the soundtrack for your class?

Rock or Hip-Hop

What has CrossFit empowered you to do outside the gym?

Rock climbing, backpacking, and camping.

| CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
| CrossFit Weightlifting Certification

Ky

Coach

Photographer by day, coach by night.

How'd you know you wanted to become a coach?

Being able to help others improve their form to become more proficient in their training has always been rewarding to me. It seemed like a logical step in CrossFit the more I learned about the movements myself, the more I wanted to share that knowledge to help others.

What do you still find the most challenging about working out/CrossFit?

Gymnastics movements still give me a hard time. Calculating how many cookies I’ve just earned from the workout can be challenging.

What's the real reason you do CrossFit?

After years and years of the typical Monday: Chest-day, Tuesday: Back-day, Wednesday: Leg-day, etc routine; I was bored. I needed to find something that would not only switch up my routine, but keep me engaged and looking forward to working out without becoming monotonous. CrossFit fulfilled that perfectly for me with its constantly varied workouts.

What's the soundtrack for your class?

Whatever was left playing on Spotify last. I enjoy working out to opera, slow jams but that's when I'm working out by myself.

What has CrossFit empowered you to do outside the gym?

I’ve been into fitness in one way or another my entire life. What I feel it has added mostly, is being fit in more widespread ranges of activities. And mostly it has kept me from slowing down as I get older... in fact I feel like I just keep getting better and better.

| CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
| CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
| CrossFit Weightlifting Certification
| CrossFit Gymnastics Level 1 Certification
| Aerobic Capacity Certification
| CrossFit Scaling Certification
| CrossFit Anatomy Certification
| CrossFit Online Running Certification
| CrossFit Online Lesson Planning Certification
| CrossFit Judges Certification
| CrossFit Spot The Flaw Certification

Laura

Coach

Devolpment officer at Abbott by day, coach by night.

How'd you know you wanted to become a coach?

In Crossfit, I found myself, my people and my passion. Since starting CrossFit in 2013, I knew I wanted to teach and help people to discover their own "aha" moment. Watching an athlete “get” a concept and observing their progress from day one is one of the most rewarding things I can think of.

What do you still find the most challenging about working out/CrossFit?

Burpees. Bear crawls. Anything with running. In all seriousness, I find the mental aspect the most challenging. It's so easy to give up or not try things you're not comfortable with and I've had to challenge myself many times to try something at least once. For me, getting out of my own head has been the biggest hurdle.

What's the real reason you do CrossFit?

To sustain and improve my health (physical and mental). And… to be able to pick up my 20 pound cat, Mr Sam, without throwing my back out and back squat more than the boys.

What's the soundtrack for your class?

Beyonce and Britney (cuz who run the world?) with early 2000s punky emo thrown in

What has CrossFit empowered you to do outside the gym?

To be fearless. To take risks and learning from my mistakes and move on a little wiser.

| CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Logan

Owner/Head Coach

Owner of CrossFit Nordeast & Linden Hills by day, CrossFit coach at noon and early evening

How'd you know you wanted to become a coach?

When I started spending more time reading the CrossFit Journal at my desk job than doing my actual work, I knew it was time for a career change. CrossFit allowed me to pursue my passion for fitness and break out of the corporate setting.

What do you still find the most challenging about working out/CrossFit?

Pushing through discomfort. It’s easy to go through the motions. Pushing my boundaries and getting myself to do more than I think I can has always been a big challenge for me.

What's the real reason you do CrossFit?

So I can eat tacos

What's the soundtrack for your class?

Variety! I tend toward upbeat hip hop and electronica but will not hesitate to rock some Pantera now and then.

What has CrossFit empowered you to do outside the gym?

CrossFit has empowered me to not shy away from any physical activity. Before CrossFit I would complain about going on a walk if I didn’t have sufficient notice. Now I’m always up for getting outside and trying new things. My most recent “new thing” is golf. I know, it’s not some crazy physical challenge but before CrossFit I wouldn’t have even given golf a chance. Part of what I love about CrossFit is the student mindset. Learning new things is fun and keeps us alive!

| CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
| CrossFit Kettlebell Certification
| CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification
| CrossFit Mobility Certification

Luciano

Coach

Non-profit Salesforce Admin by day, CrossFit coach by night.

How'd you know you wanted to become a coach?

I went to CrossFit. Did 1000 squats. Couldn't walk. Fell in love.

What do you still find the most challenging about working out/CrossFit?

Staying consistent, especially after a vacation or an illness.

What's the real reason you do CrossFit?

So I can take the elevator and not feel bad about it.

What's the soundtrack for your class?

Robyn vs. Cher or 80's Workout Tunes

What has CrossFit empowered you to do outside the gym?

Lift. I always hated lifting before CrossFit and now it's my favorite.

| CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
| CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

Lucy

Coach

How'd you know you wanted to become a coach?

Some of the most influential women in my life were my coaches. They encouraged me to be strong, they taught me to work hard and they inspired me to lead. A large part of who I am today – as both an athlete and a person – is in some part their doing. The thought of there being even a fraction of a chance that I could have a similar impact on someone at the gym makes coaching, for me, a no-brainer.

What do you still find the most challenging about working out/CrossFit?

Even after four years, it’s still really hard. And I know if I’m doing it right, it’ll always be hard. Finding the strength to push myself - especially during that extreme level of discomfort - will always be a challenge.

What's the real reason you do CrossFit?

I find I’m my strongest self – both physically and mentally - alongside a group of strong people. It took 26 years to figure out, but now I get to use that to my advantage every time I go to the gym.

What's the soundtrack for your class?

Early 00s pop-punk (Think: Blink-182, Yellowcard, Fall Out Boy... it's fast and loud without being screamy.)

What has CrossFit empowered you to do outside the gym?

Be unapologetically strong. In all things. I feel like it’s such a cliché, but strong really is beautiful – in any and all forms.

| CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Mark

Coach

Teacher by Day, CrossFit Coach by Night

How'd you know you wanted to become a coach?

I wanted to represent the more seasoned CrossFitters, and I've been around so long I finally tired of explaining why I wasn't a coach. Also, as I approach the end of my teaching career, I will need something to get me out of the house.

What do you still find the most challenging about working out/CrossFit?

Burpees. And wall balls. For sure thrusters. Oh, and box jumps too. Ugh, rowing. Besides those things, tempering my competitiveness & senselessly trying to keep up with the youngsters is a constant challenge. But burpees never get easier.

What's the real reason you do CrossFit?

To stave off Father Time. And believe it or not, that guy is quick!

What's the soundtrack for your class?

Mostly Coach Coop (less the songs with the bad words) with a little bit of Coach Jenn mixed in & a permanent block on Coach Logan solo workout stuff.

What has CrossFit empowered you to do outside the gym?

Take my shirt off in public when necessary. Like if someone needs a tourniquet or something.

| CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Sarah

Coach

High school professor by day, Coach by night.

How'd you know you wanted to become a coach?

I love working with people to achieve their goals. I suspect this is the teacher in me, but it is so exciting to watch people set a goal for themselves and achieve that goal, and then move onto the next goal. I love watching people work through complex movements and then all of a sudden it “clicks.” As a woman, I am committed to empowering women (and men) through lifting and getting stronger. As a high school teacher, I want young women and men to know that women, of all ages, can be strong, smart, and beautiful, and that we should embrace those qualities.

What do you still find the most challenging about working out/CrossFit?

Toes to bar and pullups. I have tender mittens. I also find sprint workouts to be tough, but I enjoy how fast they go!

What's the real reason you do CrossFit?

To be able to move heavy stuff around. True story: I was helping my parents move this spring, and my dad had 80 boxes of LPs that needed moving up three flights of stairs. The moving guys didn’t move them….I did.

What's the soundtrack for your class?

Anything that gets your mind off of how hard the workout is or how bad you might be feeling. It might be a day of 90’s hip hop, or heavy metal. Somedays I throw in some lady jams like Christina A and Beyonce’.

What has CrossFit empowered you to do outside the gym?

I started a high school girls weightlifing group at Linden Hills. I was in our school weight room one day after school and noticed that the coaches were telling the girls to do just body weight movements. The girls came over to me and asked me to show them how to squat. I decided that these girls needed their own space to lift so I started the Twin Cities Girls Lifting Club.

| CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Stu

Coach

Dad by day, CrossFit junkie and coach by night.

How'd you know you wanted to become a coach?

I was trapped in the world of boring endurance and solo gym sessions. I needed a change in vantage points, I needed a new community.

What do you still find the most challenging about working out/CrossFit?

Focus on technique and not always chasing PR numbers. It is really hard to dial it back and work on the things that suck and not just throw fat plates on and call it a day.

What's the real reason you do CrossFit?

I do CrossFit so I can be ripped at 35 when all my classmates are flabby.

What's the soundtrack for your class?

I love throwing on some 90’s and early 2000’s “summer jams”. We are the perfect age group to know the choreographed ByeByeBye dance but way too cool to admit to it. Then you’ll catch someone rocking out to some Blink182 they totally dug in high school followed by Britney, it makes me smile.

What's one thing CrossFit has empowered you to do outside the gym?

Knowing that no matter the adventure I can be ready for it: Hike 5 miles with a 30lb pack? Check, stamina for days. Snowboard the back country at 10K feet elevation? No problem, I've got the legs and lungs. Take a crash course in downhill mountain biking and then do a 3 day weekend of 10 hrs/day in the saddle? You got it.

| CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
| CrossFit Mobility Certification

Zack

Coach

Nerd Software Developer by day, CrossFit/Gymnastics coach by night.

How'd you know you wanted to become a coach?

I have a passion for movement. Although never really a “sporty” guy, I found myself experimenting with a life full of every sort of movement. Over the years, this obsession with movement and bodies and all the super cool stuff they can do (and can’t do...yet) lead me from bodybuilding to being a professional dancer, to Gymnastics and Parkour—eventually becoming a Gymnastics, MovNat, and CrossFit coach.

What do you find the most challenging about working out/CrossFit?

Putting on shoes and lifting heavy things.

What's the real reason you do CrossFit?

So I can take my shirt off at the pool...and crack walnuts with my butt cheeks.

What's the soundtrack for your class?

Screaming, wailing, gnashing of teeth.

What has CrossFit empowered you to do outside the gym?

Empowers me to be social.

| CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
| CrossFit Gymnastics Certification
| MovNat L2 Certification
| MovNat Combatives Certification
| FMS L1 Certification
| Certified Primal Health Coach
| RPR Coach

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4420 Drew Avenue S
Minneapolis MN 55410
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