Originally from San Francisco, Kai came to New York to pursue his career as a fitness coach, model and actor. He has always considered himself an extreme sports enthusiast, and his research led him to CrossFit when he accepted a challenge to go head to head with his acting agent in a tough mudder race. He won the race and became a believer in CrossFit. He is a certified CrossFit Level 2 trainer, an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and he holds a 2nd degree blackbelt in Olympic Taekwondo. His favorite CrossFit movement is the ring muscle-up, because it makes him feel like a ninja. On the weekends you can catch him eating dessert and getting low to “Get Low” by DJ Snake.
Amanda's athletic career began with dance and hurdling, and she pole vaulted throughout college. One day, she found herself watching footage of the 2012 CrossFit Games. As the commentators described the athletic background of the then-reigning champion, it sounded a lot like what Amanda loved doing and officially piqued her interest. Amanda lost 50 pounds within her first year of CrossFit and found mental and emotional balance. She began coaching in 2014 to help do the same for others. Now a proud Masters athlete, she recently won her first weightlifting meet and strongman show, and competed at the in 2018 US Strongman Nationals. She is a certified CrossFit Level 1 trainer and USAW Sports Performance Coach. She's also a professionally trained cook and makes a mean paella.
Lindsey coaches the 6-Week Challenge here at Bowery. Before she found her footing in fitness, Lindsey was overweight and developed gestational diabetes while pregnant with her daughter. As she was beginning her career as a professor and a new mother, she knew she needed to make a change, and CrossFit quickly became her time to focus and unwind. The path to becoming an instructor and earning her CrossFit Level 1 certification was a natural one, as she sought to be a better example to her daughter, and was eager to pass on the values she has learned from CrossFit both to her daughter and to her training clients. Now, Lindsey competes within the amateur Powerlifting circuit and currently holds the New Jersey 105-pound lifting total title. She was profiled in Strength Training Bible for Women.
Growing up, Ryan tried her hand at every sport, and ultimately settled on competitive rowing. She found CrossFit in college, and happily made the switch, leaving behind a fitness routine that consisted of hours of daily rowing to adopt one full of the new and varying challenges that make up CrossFit training. Ryan holds teaching and training certificates for Adaptive Training, Yoga, Strongman, US Rowing Level 2 and CrossFit Level 2. Her favorite movement is the tire flip, which she doesn't get to do on a regular basis but finds hella empowering. She recently qualified and competed at the 2018 US Strongman Nationals alongside coach Amanda. She enjoys karaoke, watching drag, and the song "Magic" by B.o.B.
As a lifelong competitive swimmer, Ryan naturally thought he was in great shape: that is, until he was introduced to CrossFit. After struggling through his first workout, he was humbled and hooked. As a pillar of the Bowery legacy and long-time fixture of the gym, Ryan oversees the success of day-to-day operations and ensures that all members are thriving. He's a man of the people, a certified CrossFit Level 1 trainer, and an all-around stand-up guy. In his free time you can catch him working on a film set or headed to the beach to do his best Kelly Slater impersonation. He loves the song “Elevators” by OutKast.
Born and raised in NYC, Jeff brings his training expertise and a big grin to Bowery classes. Previously an MTV-featured competitive skater, Jeff was introduced to CrossFit in 2013 and hasn’t looked back. He holds certifications in CrossFit Level 2 and CrossFit gymnastics. Most days, you can catch him at Bowery doing marathon workouts, and when he's not working out, you can find Jeff eating--he's always sampling new restaurants and cuisines. He loves going to the movies and is obsessed with Janet Jackson & Michael Jackson.
You can find our resident Southerner, Mason, posted up behind the front desk. He keeps everybody on their best behavior and everything running smoothly behind the scenes. If you call us, he just might pick up. Mason favored soccer from a young age, and when he started CrossFit, he found it challenged his competitive side, promoted accountability and forced him to test his limits. He is an ACSM certified personal trainer and loves muscle-ups, comics, a good book and 90’s pop.
Chandler – lover of dogs, tacos, beaches and a good glass of wine. CF Level 1 Certified, she grew up in the shadow of NYC on Long Island and has called the same 50-mile radius home for her entire life. She spent 4 years in the Bronx for college, and knew NYC would become her home. Friends and family were her driving force. Her background as competitive swimmer for 13 years and swam Division 1 in college, but before focusing on swimming, she dabbled in pretty much every other sport under the sun. Fun Fact: Twinning is kind of her thing. She’s a twin along with two younger sisters who are twins, and her mother, who is also a twin. Runs in the family.
Originally from Beijing, Maria moved to Madison, WI as a teenager, where she grew up playing team sports and ultimately discovered weightlifting. Through CrossFit, she honed in on getting stronger and faster. She started out as a member here at Bowery and loved the community so much that she decided to pursue her CrossFit Level 1 training certification and became a coach for our Fundamentals Program. In her spare time, she likes to splurge on fancy dinners and work on her handstand skills.
Bryce brings his signature swag and sunny disposition to early morning classes at Bowery. After serving as captain of his high school football team, Bryce became a D-1 cheerleader once at college. After he was introduced to CrossFit in 2014, he gained lifelong friends and a new outlook and lease on life. Eventually, he earned his Level 1 training certification. Bryce loves superheroes and crafts costumes for comic conventions. He claims to have have a Master's degree in Batman, but we have yet to verify this.
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