Coaches

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

Dave Whitson

Partner & Head Coach, Teens Class, Foundations

Email: dave@crossfitsoar.com

How did you learn about CrossFit?

I was in college and searching for a workout routine that I wouldn’t get bored with that included body weight movements since I didn’t have a gym to work out in. CrossFit.com popped up and that was it.

What is your favorite thing about SOAR?

The community. The members at SOAR are very welcoming and are always there to help out. Its a very easy place to walk into as a new person and feel comfortable.

What do you love about being a SOAR Coach?

Coaching is the best job in the world. I have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives every single day.

Words of wisdom for new people?

Start slow. Fitness is a journey that isn’t made in one day. CrossFit is about life long fitness. Take the time to learn technique and work on your mobility and it will pay off long term.

Athletic/Training Background:

I played every sport I could growing up, but stuck with hockey as I started high school. I have played in national and international tournaments. As far as working out and lifting, I really only began when I discovered CrossFit when I was a sophomore in college. I never lifted a weight or did a pull-up before then. Once I started researching CrossFit and other strength and conditioning methods, I made a decision to become a trainer. I started training people out of my home and then had the opportunity to be the Strength and Conditioning Coach for a high school girls Track and Field team. My first year there, we were able to bring multiple people to nationals for the first time in the schools history.

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Steve Keefer

Partner & Founder

How did you learn about CrossFit?

I’ve always checked out other athletes’ workouts, trying out and adopting new things that make sense. So there I was – at the gym – and I saw this dude in intense pain, doing some kind of weird workout, and something just totally clicked in me. I went up to him and asked him what he was doing – it turned out he was in the middle of ‘Fran’, thrusters and pullups for time – and after a few minutes in his near-death experience he finally sputtered out, ‘crossfit.com!’. Well dagnabbit, from that moment on I was hooked.

What is your favorite thing about SOAR?

The Community. SOAR is my favorite place to hang out. I love our people! The whole vibe here is super positive and fun.

What do you love about being a SOAR Coach?

Usually I’m a substitute Coach. I just love to get out there and mix it up, as an Athlete, Coach or just as Shteve-O. If I can make one Athlete’s day brighter, or help create a little motivation with a kick in the tail, or help spark an ‘aha!’ moment when it all clicks for an Athlete, that makes me happy.

Words of wisdom for new people?

Move – just moving is a great start. Please remember that CrossFit is a journey not a destination. What your times/weights/reps are when you start is irrelevant if you’re sacrificing form. What matters is not your first WOD, but your WOD’s one, 5, 15 and 50 years from now. Enjoy the process, stay motivated, listen to your Coaches, and allow the program to work.

Everything is scalable! My mom and LeBron James do the same workouts – just LBJ puts 500 lbs on his back to squat, and my ma sits on a tall chair then stands up. It’s the same WOD, performed intensely relative to the given Athlete. Go where you’re able to go.

On a mental note – the WOD’s suck for everyone (except for a couple mutants who enjoy the agony). You’ll want your mama, you’ll want to cry, and…you’ll feel great when you’re done, surrounded by cheering SOAR’ers who’ve just done the same thing. And it’ll get better next time, and your fitness and overall wellness will go through the roof. Stick it out!

Athletic/Training Background:

I played a ton of sports growing up, some competitively. I was a gym rat and down for just about any workout, any time. In the military we played around with some pretty insane physical training but never distilled it to the scientific essence that CrossFit has. I love getting in the water, preferably in big waves, and yoga helps me open up. I’ve been banged up quite a bit with my background, had major spinal surgery, and love that CrossFit has helped me to heal. A little trivia fact about me – I have successfully completed my CrossFit Level 1 certification twice – first solo and the second time with my son.

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Laura “Legit” Romanek

CrossFit Coach, Foundations

Email: legit@crossfitsoar.com

How did you learn about CrossFit?

I actually learned about Crossfit through my brother who has been with SOAR since the beginning. One day he had a ton of his CrossFit friends over hanging out. We had a friendly bet going and I lost. I had to try out this “CrossFit thing” he always talked about. A month later I went in to take my free class at SOAR and the rest is history. I was addicted. CrossFit not only formed the strongest bond my brother and I have ever had but it has changed my life! I’ll always have CrossFit SOAR to thank for that.

What is your favorite thing about SOAR?

The members! We have members of all different ages/ethnicities/sexual preferences etc but we are all ONE at SOAR.

What do you love about being a SOAR Coach?

There are so many things that I love about being a coach at SOAR. I love to see the transformations of members. I love the “Coach Legit, I finally got double-unders” I love the PR’s, the high-fives, the hugs, and the support of each and every member. I love the trust the members have in me to help them reach their highest potential! The drive and determination our members have are undeniable.

Words of wisdom for new people?

Breathe, relax, and trust the process. The coaches are here to help, so ask questions and don’t be shy. Don’t worry about what the guy or girl next to you is doing. Focus on yourself. This is YOUR journey. Also TECHNIQUE BEFORE INTENSITY

Athletic/Training Background:

I played sports up until college. Softball, Basketball, Hockey, Football, Tae Kwon Do, Soccer, Bowling, you name it I played it. There wasn’t a weekend free in my household as a kid. My parents were always taking me to some kind of practice or game. I was always on the move from the minute I was born and I made sure I put my full potential into every sport I played. I’ve been competitive my whole life and I think this is why Crossfit appealed to me so much. Now, Crossfit is my sport, my love, and my passion! #SOARSTRONG

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Endurance Trainer Certificate

Nastaran Whitson

CrossFit Coach, Running Coach, BIRTHFIT, Foundations

Email: nast@crossfitsoar.com

How did you learn about CrossFit?

My husband, Dave. He became a level 1 coach years ago. I was nervous about the workouts, but he peaked my curiosity & let me in on a couple of his cardio workouts – where he would let me beat him – & slowly, but surely, I became hooked! He also happens to be the head trainer; I had no choice.

What is your favorite thing about SOAR?

The people. I love all of the different personalities; we’re all a little quirky. This is a place where members feel comfortable when they walk in and no one judges you. In fact, they cheer you on. It’s a great feeling when no one wants to leave at the end.

What do you love about being a SOAR Coach?

I love to welcome people when they first come in, especially after a long day. Everyone has life going on. I’ve heard some members call SOAR “the bubble” because you can leave your worries out for a little while, de-stress and have fun. I genuinely want our members to leave happier than when they came in.

Words of wisdom for new people?

Smile, breath & don’t be so hard on yourself.

Athletic/Training Background:

I did pointe (ballet), karate, and played softball most of my kid life and ran track throughout high school. Although I went to UMASS, Amherst on an academic scholarship, my college roommate insisted I try out for the Division 1 track team. I made the team as one of their starting heptathletes (7 events) and placed top 5 at Atlantic-10 and New England Championships. After college, I decided I hadn’t had enough, so I tried out for Olympic Development Club Teams, Greater Boston and later, Garden State in New Jersey. I now have the distinct pleasure of coaching high school track & field, where – with the addition of a strength & conditioning program – I’ve been able to help my team qualify for such prestigious meets as PENN Relays, the Millrose Games and New Balance Nationals. CrossFit has definitely brought my training and coaching to a whole new level! And I’m excited to share that experience with others.

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Jane Allande

CrossFit Coach, Foundations

Email: jane@crossfitsoar.com

How did you learn about CrossFit?

You name it, I’ve tried it if it relates to fitness but nothing kept me interested for more than six months until a friend recommended CrossFit. My first wod I did a 20 min AMRAP running up and down a flight of stairs with a sandbag around my neck, did single-unders with a weighted jump rope, and push-ups. I was hooked!

What is your favorite thing about SOAR?

My favorite thing about SOAR is that we have fun while getting fit.

What do you love about being a SOAR Coach?

Hands down. Best job I’ve ever had in my life! To see people get fit. To see people feel good about doing something they never thought they could do before. To build a community of fit, healthy, happy people and to have been an integral part of that…it’s a feeling that is indescribably wonderful.

Words of wisdom for new people?

The new people always want to catch up to the seasoned athletes. It takes time and technique. Work on getting the movements right and don’t sacrifice form in order to keep up.

Athletic/Training Background:

I wasn’t allowed to play sports growing up because it wasn’t considered feminine. I started classical ballet when I was 5 and did that for almost 18 years. After college I tried everything fitness-related under the sun. (Step-aerobics, yoga, hot yoga, Pilates, kick boxing, boot camp, long distance running, etc, etc, etc) Amongst my friends and the people I knew, I was the one everyone asked for advice on fitness. A little over four years ago, a friend of mine joined CrossFit and told me that the minute he tried it he thought about me. He said he knew I would love it. Well, he couldn’t have been more right! Two years later I got certified and a month afterwards I started coaching at SOAR. I can’t think of a better fitness program on the planet.

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