I have been active my entire life, and have a background in collegiate-level football (Jacksonville State 2003, GO GAMECOCKS), weightlifting, Jiu-jitsu, and Capoeira (Brazilian martial). I have always had a passion for pushing my own physical and mental limits and learning about how the body works. Hard work has never been something that I shy away from, but when it came to physical fitness I always felt like I was looking for “something more.” A family friend told me about CrossFit in the summer of 2010 and I decided to give it a shot. Within my first two classes I realized that I had a very important decision to make – either keep doing the same old Muscle and Fitness Magazine routine (knowing that something better was out there) OR jump head first into CrossFit and see how long I could ride the wave. After 5+ years and many personal records set, I am happy to say that I found “it”. I have found the “thing” I had been looking for for so long. I personally believe that the underlying training methodology behind CrossFit is exactly what has been needed for so long, in order to help the masses FINALLY reach their own personal health and fitness goal. It is this realization and ever growing understanding that ultimately pushed me to learn more and begin to train others.
In March of 2013, after coaching at four different CrossFit boxes in the Houston area, I opened CrossFit Wrath. Running my own gym had been a dream of mine for some time and despite some difficult growing pains, I am confident in saying that it has been one of the best and most rewarding decisions I have ever made in my entire life.
In addition to coaching hundreds of clients in my career and witnessing thousands of personal records set, I also continue to be an active competitor in the Sport of Fitness. I have competed in both individual, scaled, and team competitions all over the country. Competing is one of my favorite things to do and has helped me to continue to evolve into a better athlete, whilst driving me to never “settle”. It has helped me to see and experience things I would have never even dreamed of, and I am happy to say with confidence that my best years are AHEAD of me. That is something that CrossFit has given me, and I am forever grateful.
When I am not coaching or doing my own personal training, I enjoy the simple things in life. I became the luckiest man in the world the day that I married my wife, and I am happy to say that we are the parents to two of the most amazing and beautiful little girls in the world. I would be absolutely lost without them.
What you may not know about Zach: I lived in Chile for two years in my early twenties. I am fluent in Spanish, and proficient in Portuguese.
Growing up, I was always involved in numerous sports– my Dad is a professional tennis player, and therefore, my 4 sisters and I were constantly active. Volleyball became my passion and my focus, even landing me in the Junior Olympics one year. After high school, I took a break from sports and focused on my studies, graduating from The University of Texas in a little over 3 years. Once in the workforce, I felt fed up with feeling tired and sluggish, so I tried out numerous fitness programs – P90X, pilates, barre, and the good ‘ol treadmill. But my life completely changed when Zach introduced me to CrossFit in 2011. I never felt as fit and challenged in all of my life. I quickly became a Certified Level 1 CrossFit Trainer in 2012, and Zach and I opened CrossFit Wrath in 2013…our dreams of helping others finally came true. Wrath is our baby, our platform, and our pride and joy (other than our daughters of course!).
After suffering my entire life with asthma, allergies, and eczema, I found ways to heal myself and fuel my CrossFit activities through specified nutrition. I advise members of CrossFit Wrath (and private clients) on ways to improve their lives and heal their ailments through a proper nutritional foundation. Nutrition is #1!
What you may not know about Megan: Zach and I have two beautiful daughters, Lyla and Marley. We also have four rescue pups – two chiweenies named Duncan and Colt, and two pitbulls named Zeus and Ayla. I am passionate about “bully breed awareness” and love all animals!! #saveallthepuppies
Growing up, I was on a competitive dance team for ten years. I never really touched a barbell until I started Crossfit in July 2013. After a few months of learning all the exciting new things that come with CrossFit, I quickly fell in love with Olympic weightlifting. My body constantly amazed me as I improved, and it became an obsession of mine. All I wanted to do was get stronger and better, and finally realized that I want to help others do the same thing. I got my USAW Sports Performance Coach certification in March 2015.
Crossfit Wrath is not just my box. It is literally my second home with my second family. I know that when I walk through the doors at Wrath that I’ll be met with encouraging faces and an awesome community that I couldn’t find anywhere else. These people push me to get better everyday and I freakin LOVE it here!
What you may not know about Chez: I am pursuing my second bachelor’s degree in Nursing.
I grew up playing several different sports, but primarily stuck with football throughout my high school career. In college I played intramural sports; however, when I graduated College, I stopped working out and really had no physical activity for 8 years until I started at CrossFit August of 2013. So, even though I worked out in high school and college, I was a beginner when I started CrossFit Wrath. My first few classes were definitely hard, but there is something about working out with a great group of people who help you and struggle alongside with you that got me hooked on CrossFit. The coaching staff at Wrath changed my life. CrossFit Wrath got me back into a regular workout schedule, which made a huge immediate improvement in my quality of life.
During my journey at CrossFit Wrath, the coaches taught me how to lift again, and also helped give me guidance on my meal planning. Through hard work at the box and work on my diet, I was able to lose 40lbs in about a year. I know what it is like to struggle. We all start somewhere in our CrossFit journey, and at CrossFit Wrath I have gained another family because that is what it is — an extended family. This made me want to help other people, so in January of 2015 I took my CF-L1 cert in order to start helping people at CrossFit Wrath the way Coach Zach helped me.
What you may not know about Scrappy: I have a beautiful wife Colleen (also a Wrathian), and a chocolate lab named Maggie. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1993, so I know what it is like to deal with a life threatening disease. Where there is a will there is a way, and I’ve never let it hold me back.
I have been in sports all of my life, playing competitive basketball for over 20 years, golf, disc golf, racket ball, corn hole, throw something at something else… if it was challenging or fun, I was ready to try it. However, in 2011 I changed jobs and moved to the Houston area, settling in Magnolia, Texas. My new job, though a great opportunity, required me to sit in front of a computer for 12 hours, at night, 3 and 4 days per week. After two years, this had really taken a toll on my body. Luckily, I was able to move to another position, and a normal shift, and immediately sought out to find a CrossFit box.
I had known of the sport for years, but had never tried it. After researching online all of the local boxes in the area, I paid a visit to Crossfit Wrath. That Saturday, I tried out a WOD, nearly puked, walked jelly-legged to my truck, called my wife and said I will definitely be going back on Monday. I have grown to really love the sport, and am constantly looking to fill my brain with more information about how the body works, lifting techniques, and how to push my body to its limits, and beyond.
When I was offered the opportunity to become a trainer at CrossFit Wrath, I jumped on it. I now really enjoy helping others achieve their goals, motivating them to push harder and trying or saying anything that I can to make somebody smile before, during or after class. I know I am only at the beginning of my CrossFit journey as an athlete and a trainer, and cannot wait to see what the future holds.
What you may not know about Travis: Though I do not get to play very often anymore, I really do love to play golf. In 2014, my wife Eleisha and I took a trip to Scotland, where I was able to play a round on both the New and Old Courses at St Andrews. Anyone that knows anything about golf knows that [other than maybe Augusta National] this is the pinnacle of golf. I have vowed to make it back there and play one more time.
I was the kid who loved reading and while I remained fairly active climbing trees and running around the neighborhood, I didn’t fall in love with sports until I found basketball in 8th grade. I continued to play and excel in basketball until an ankle injury forced me to stop playing in college. I only wish I knew all the things I know now about functional movement while I was playing sports! I attended Vanderbilt University, where I was studying communications and was active on the debate team. Go Commodores! I moved back to Houston to marry my high-school sweetheart, Justin. Best decision I ever made! We have been married 12 years and have 2 wonderful kids.
Unfortunately, I endured difficult pregnancies and gained over 100 lbs and was quickly losing myself and the life I wanted for my family and I. I was trading in running with my kids on the playground for sitting on the couch watching TV together, because I was always tired and my joints ached. I knew I was too young to feel that poorly and I tried everything to lose the weight without much success – only frustration and heartache. In February 2014, I found Crossfit Wrath and my second family. I began to see changes physically and mentally as I conquered new things and a fire began to grow in me to learn more.
I attended and passed my Level 1 Crossfit Trainer Certification Course and my Crossfit Kids course in the hopes that I could give back to the community that has given me so much. I’ve always worked in education (over 12 years now!), beginning by teaching preschool children, Pre-K and Kindergarten before finally moving into education administration. I have experience teaching children from birth through 6th grade, working with children with special needs, and I currently home school our two children. I have several hundred hours of education certifications, have completed a thorough background check, and am also Pediatric CPR/First Aid certified. It my greatest hope that I can inspire and motivate others to make healthy changes in their lives that will set them up for a lifetime of good health and wellness! I can’t wait to meet you and your kids!
What you may not know about Ashlee: I still love to read. A lot. I love a good fiction book, but I really enjoy a well-written, engaging non-fiction the most! You can often find me reading psychology books, educational theory, biographies, and historical texts just for fun. I also haven’t left my debate years behind, as I love a good debate/philosophical discussion!