Coaches

 

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Armand McCormick
OWNER, HEAD COACH, MA, CSCS, USAW, CFL1, CFCPC, USATFL1, CPT.
Before earning his BA and MA in Exercise Science Armand served more than 4 years in the US MC as a infantryman. While serving, Armand recieved many awards and honors. He is the Director of XL Sports Acceleration. Armand is a CrossFit Level I Coach and holds many other strength and conditioning certifications as well. Armand placed 3rd in the North Central Regional in 2011 and finished tied for 23rd in the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games. Armand does the programming for CrossFit Kilo and 2.2. Programming is done from an extensive background of education and personal/professional experience. Armand has worked with multiple college teams at UNI and countless Div.I individual athletes.
You may contact Armand for personal coaching at armand@xlsportsprogram.com or on facebook.
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Sarah McCormick
OWNER, BA, CFL1, ACSMCPT, USATFL1
Sarah, a former Division I track athlete at the University of Northern Iowa found her love for CrossFit in 2009. She has earned her BA in Exercise Science from UNI and is a CrossFit Level I Coach as well as a certified personal trainer.  You can contact Sarah at info@thegymcf.com.
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Megan Schipper
BA, CROSSFIT LEVEL 1 COACH
Megan Schipper received her BA from the University of Iowa while playing volleyball there from 2006-2010. Pending completion of her research project she will earn her MA in Exercise Science from UNI where she also worked as a graduate assistant with the womens volleyball team. Megan was previously working for Superior Athletic Advantage, a strength and conditioning facility in the Chicago area. 
Jared Bargman
CROSSFIT LEVEL 1 COACH & CROSSFIT POWERLIFTING
Jared has been doing CrossFit for several years and competed on the CrossFit Kilo team in the North Central Regional in 2011. He is a Waterloo Fireman.
Charlie Donohue
CROSSFIT LEVEL 1 COACH
Charlie works as a firefighter/paramedic for Waterloo Fire Rescue. He attended and played rugby for the University of Northern Iowa from 2000-2005. Following college Charlie competed in sprint triathalons as well as the Firefighter Combat Challenge but found his passion for CrossFit in 2008. He has been with CrossFit Kilo since then and qualified for the 2011 North Central Regional as an individual.
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Ian Wass
CROSSFIT LEVEL 1 COACH 
Ian works as a firefighter and a paramedic in Waterloo and has been crossfitting for more than 2 years. He has a BA in Fitness Management from Wartburg College where he also played football.  He qualified for the North Central Regional CrossFit Games as a team member for CrossFit Kilo finishing in 10th place. In 2012 Ian competed on the CrossFit Kilo team placing 2nd at the North Central Regional and 8th in the affiliate cup at the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games.  Ian owns some impressive weightlfiting totals including a 228kg back squat.
Shane Farmer
CROSSFIT LEVEL 1 COACH
Shane is a firefighter with Cedar Falls Fire Rescue.  He had dabbled in CrossFit for a couple years before joining CrossFit Kilo on their opening day in May 2010.  The intense training and family atmosphere became an immediate addiction.  Shane was part of the Kilo Competition Team that placed 10th at the 2011 North Central Regionals.  He has played rugby for over 15 years and is in his 7th year competing in the Firefighter Combat Challenge where he has finished as high as 9th in the World as an Individual and is a World Champion in the Tandem Division.  His real drive is to help others reach their goals.  Coaching and training is a passion he gives 100% to every member.  
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Amy Lynch
CROSSFIT LEVEL I COACH, CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER
Amy is a mother of 3 and an avid CrossFitter. She has trained with Armand for several years and has great motivation to help others succeed in their personal fitness goals.
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Sonia Rodriguez
BA, CROSSFIT LEVEL 1 COACH, AND CROSSFIT KIDS
Sonia is one of our highly respected CrossFit coaches. She has competed in the 2011 CrossFit North Central regional on Team Kilo and was also a part of the 8th place Kilo team at the 2012 CrossFit Games. 
Travis Hansen
BA & USAW
After graduating from Waterloo West High-School Travis attended the University of Northern Iowa where he received his BA in exercise science and will receive his MA upon defending his research project. Travis served as the GA strength and conditioning coach for the U.N.I. volleyball team as well as Waterloo East High-School. Travis is a USAW certified sports coach and is the head assistant XL Sports Acceleration Coach.
Shantelle Weichers
MA AND CROSSFIT LEVEL 1 COACH
Shantelle’s interest in CrossFit developed while training under Armand in 2009.  She has earned her MA in Exercise Science from UNI and is a CrossFIt Level 1 Coach.  She works as an adjunct instructor for UNI and a few other colleges.  Her personal interest lies in sports medicine and nutrition where she holds certifications in both.
Emily Wirtjes
BA, CROSSFIT LEVEL I
Emily graduated from NIACC with a AA degree in Applied Sciences for Physical Therapist Assistant and recently graduated from UNI with a bachelor’s degree in Movement and Exercise Science. She found CrossFit in 2010 and has been hooked ever since. If you have any questions about starting your CrossFit journey, contact Emily at sales@thegymcf.com
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Kyle Flickinger
BA, INTERN
Kyle graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2012 with his BA in Exercise Science.  During his final year he served as an assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the UNI soccer team. Kyle was introduced to CrossFit by a close friend in 2011 and was instantly hooked.  
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Jeremy Mghenyi
CROSSFIT LEVEL I COACH, USA TAEKWONDO ASSOCIATE COACH
Jeremy is a student at UNI majoring in Movement and Exercise Science.  He began CrossFit in 2009 in Rochester, MN and competed at the 2012 North Central Regional with team CrossFit Progression, placing 13th.  CrossFit has shown Jeremy that perceived limits can always be pushed.  With CrossFit, you are constantly educating yourself, and it is fun and challenging.  Outside of CrossFit, Jeremy has been involved in Taekwondo for 14 years, competing locally and nationally.  He currently holds a 3rd Degree black belt.  
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Mandy Taylor
BA, YOGA INSTRUCTOR
Mandy has been teaching yoga for over 13 years.  She graduated from ISU with an Exercise Science Degree and minor in Health Studies.  Over the years she has been certified through ACE, AFAA, & Yogafit.  She began CrossFit in 2011 and loves how yoga CrossFit work so well together!
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Emily Abbas
BARRE INSTRUCTOR
Emily Abbas is a certified Pilates and Booty Barre instructor. She has over 15 years of formal dance training. In her former life, Emily was a RN at Northwestern’s Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago, with a BSN from the University of Iowa. Now she loves living in Cedar Falls with her husband and 4 young daughters. Emily has found that barre workouts are effective for strengthening muscles and improving flexibility and balance. Plus, a killer playlist with some fun choreography is the perfect addition to any fitness routine!