CROSSFIT LEVEL 1 TRAINER
Fitness has always been a part of Marissa’s life, but the idea of lifting weights or using a barbell was incredibly intimidating. After struggling to find a gym when her family moved to the Pottstown area, she decided to step out of her comfort zone and try something new. Marissa joined a local CrossFit gym in Pottstown in the fall of 2021 and fell in love with the sport and community that comes with it. She quickly realized that it is not intimidating at all, and anyone can fit right in. She began to also train Strongman events, which led to her doing three Strongman competitions over the next year and a half. In July of 2023, she made the switch over to Bear’s Den. The community and “small town feel” of the gym instantly made her feel at ease, and the idea of coaching in the future rapidly increased to “why not now?” She began to pursue coaching as she got to know the people and leadership at Bear’s Den, and has loved every second of it. She is excited to grow with each member at the gym and continue to teach not only the skills of CrossFit, but also the value of the sport and why it truly is for everyone. Outside of the gym, her family runs a Christian nonprofit that helps connect people to God and people around them through community nights, Bible study groups, and music. She loves spending time with her husband and three kids, as well as her 3 dogs, 1 cat, and 17 chickens. She likes to focus fitness on a full body mentality. Can we lift crazy weights? Sure. Can we run fast? Sure. But is our mental-health, nutrition, spirit, and mind “fit”? Her mentality is to truly connect with people as she coaches them on their fitness journeys towards health. CrossFit has become a community of people to do life with for her, and she loves to share that with others.