LEGEND OF MILO OF CROTON

“As a farmboy in ancient Greece, wrestling champion Milo of Croton would daily lift and carry a calf from its birth. As the boy grew, so did the calf, until as an adult Milo was lifting and carrying a bull on his shoulders.”


We feel this legend underlines what CrossFit is about. We want to create a community where everyone is pushed, challenged and supported on their own personal fitness journey.


FACILITATING YOUR PERSONAL FITNESS JOURNEY

Whether you want to compete in the CrossFit Games, lose that weight, get off medications or just wear down the grandkids, our all-inclusive, community-based, functional-fitness regimen is the most effective lifestyle transformation to get you to your goals.


MEET THE TEAM

Kare and Alan Williams have assembled a core group of individuals with the requisite passion and skill set to help you on your personal fitness journey.







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KARE WILLIAMS

Owner / Manager / Programmer / Head Coach

Kare has been an avid Athlete for 27 years. She began her athletic career at The University of Washington, where she rowed with the Varsity Crew team and earned her BA. She spent the next 21 years working in Emergency Medicine as a ground and flight paramedic.

Eight years ago Kare began training, competing in and coaching CrossFit. She was part-time coach at CrossFit Northwest Tucson for six years, coaching CrossFit Kids, rowing clinics and adult classes. She is an Iron Athlete Rowing Instructor and has won multiple national and international CrossFit and Rowing Competitions.

Two years ago Kare left EMS and has been working full time as a CrossFit coach, developing the Competitive program for CrossFit Northwest Tucson in addition to assuming head coach and Manager responsibilities at CrossFit Purgatory.

Her dream has been to run her own CrossFit gym.

Kare’s coaching certifications include:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Rowing
  • CrossFit Strongman Coaches certification
  • Iron Athlete Olympic Coaches certification








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ALAN WILLIAMS

Owner/Manager

After 24 years serving the community in Fire/EMS, Alan decided it was time to hang up the helmet and retire from a Tucson area fire department as a Captain/Paramedic and Union President.

For the past seven years, he has been involved in the CrossFit community and has supported his wife, Kare, in her adventures as an avid CrossFit competitor and coach. It seemed only natural at this point, that they open their own CrossFit affiliate and he has decided to focus his resources and energy to achieve the goal of a self-sustaining business entity that can support their active lifestyle for themselves and their children well into the future.

Alan is also a well known, Tucson based filmmaker and his retirement from the fire department will afford him the time to balance his passion as a writer/director and his new CrossFit enterprise.









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JEANNIE BASSI

Coach

After being diagnosed with Scoliosis & Lordosis at an early age, Jeannie defied all odds through a regimen of functional movements from squats, situps, pushups, pullups etc, to strengthen her core & alignment. Her recovery baffled her doctors and sparked her passion to want to show others how efficient functional movement can change your life.

She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science & Leadership from James Madison University and from Cayce Reilly with a degree in Massotherapy. Jeannie obtained her CrossFit Level 1 Cert in 05', opened her own gym in ’06 and obtained her Level 2 in 07'. Jeannie's Beach CrossFit, in Va Beach, was the 36th affiliate on the map and was an instant success.

Jeannie was then recruited to travel with Jeff Tucker, the lead coach for CrossFit Gymnastics, to teach the CrossFit Gymnastic Certifications and assist with running his Texas based gym.

She has trained all aspects of the Military including SEALS to prep for training camp and EOD, Pro MMA fighters and athletes from all categories & levels. She has worked with rehabilitating injuries and individuals who were part of the Wounded Warrior Project. 

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 & 2 Certified Instructor
  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • TRX Instructor
  • TRX Group Instructor
  • TRX Military Force Course Instructor
  • TRX Master Rip Trainer Course Instructor
  • NESTA (National Endurance/Exercise & Sports Trainers Association)
    • Personal Trainer & Advanced Personal Trainer
    • Core Conditioning Specialist
    • Biomechanics Specialist
    • Sport Specific Training
  • NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork)
    • The Upledger Institute, Inc. - Intro. To CranioSacral Therapy
    • LymphoDynamics/Deem Health Services for Lymphedema Patients
    • Basic Manual Lymph Drainage & Advanced Complete Decongestive
  • NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
  • ACE (American Council on Exercise- Kickboxing Fitness/Technique)
  • ASHI (American Safety & Health Institute)
    • CPR ~ First Aid ~ AED certified








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KURT TULLER

Coach

Kurt Tuller is a CrossFit, Kettlebell and Olympic Lifting coach with a passion for teaching movement. After a youth spent as a three-sport runner, Kurt found CrossFit in 2007. After a couple of years of training, he left the practice of law and became a full time trainer at NY’s best CrossFit gym. Kurt also became a USAW Sports Performance Coach and had the opportunity to train with future Olympians at the Olympic Training Center.

“I hope to give the athletes here the tools to succeed physically so that they can use the confidence they build in the gym to build a happier life outside the gym.” -Kurt Tuller

Certifications include:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Coaches Prep
  • CrossFit Kettlebell
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
  • CrossFit Powerlifting
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • CrossFit Gymnastics









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LOGAN HEMINGWAY LICHTENHAN

Coach

A long time health and fitness enthusiast, Logan entered the Personal Trainer Program at Pima Community College in 2008.  After graduating he obtained his personal trainer certification through ACSM and started taking on private clients. Disenchanted with the atmosphere at most gyms, especially the large "LA Fitness" type places, he never pursued those opportunities with the vigor that he had once hoped for. Around this time, he was introduced to CrossFit by a family member and it was transformational. If fact, he still remembers “Cindy” as being the most “humbling twenty minutes of my life”. He was experiencing better results in less time and that just made sense. A year later, he obtained his Level I Crossfit Certification and got in on the ground floor of a new Crossfit gym in Tucson, becoming one of their main coaches.

“I have seen it transform peoples bodies, minds, and lives. Crossfit builds fitness but it also builds confidence, independence, mental fortitude, camaraderie, and of course community. It teaches you to try hard and test your limits, it can be an opportunity to be mindful and truly in the moment, but it can also provide an escape from the day to day; a pathway to the "flow" state.”

Logan’s goal as a Crossfit coach is to help people realize all of these benefits that have made such a difference in his life!

Degrees/Certifications:

  • Graduate of PCC Personal Trainer Program
  • Crossfit Level I
  • Crossfit Level II
  • Crossfit Gymnastics









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STEPHANIE MANION

Strength and Nutrition Consultant

Stephanie Manion is an experienced Massage Therapist, licensed in both Washington and Arizona with an extensive background in Nutrition, Kinesiology, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage and injury prevention and treatment, including years of experience as an instructor in these and other related disciplines.

Stephanie’s athletic background extends beyond the realm of CrossFit to include boxing, distance running, endurance based fitness, traditional sports, weightlifting and fencing. If there’s an athletic competition or challenge somewhere nearby, she’s is probably in it.

Stephanie will be heading up instructional components related to Nutrition, body mechanics, understanding physiology as it relates to exercise and fitness and injury prevention.

“I am a firm believer in accessory exercise components as most CrossFit movements over-train flexion-extension patterns aka movement in the sagittal plane. Providing cross-training in the frontal and transverse planes will help with strength, power and injury prevention. And of course, I am an endurance freak who likes to dip her toe in just about everything.”

Degrees/Certifications:

  • B.S. Biology, Minor Psychology
  • Washington and Arizona State LMT Licenses
  • A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer
  • AMTA Member








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MARILYN CHYCHOTA

Endurance Consultant / Coach

Marilyn has been involved in elite sports since the age of 9, specializing in the three disciplines of Equestrian Show Jumping, Cycling and Triathlon events.

She quickly rose to the international championship ranks as an accomplished show jumper, becoming one of the youngest coaches on the circuit at the age of 21.

In 2003, Marilyn became a professional triathlete, racing to podium positions at international Ironman events, including winning Ironman Malaysia in 2004 while, at the same time becoming an accomplished professional cyclist competing and winning in races around the world.

After retiring from professional cycling, Marilyn embraced CrossFit competition and, since 2008, works full time as an endurance coach for Triathlon athletes from around the globe.

Marilyn will be overseeing our Endurance programming in addition to consulting on team focused training and Olympic weightlifting programs.

Certifications and Specialties:

  • IronAthlete Certified Weightlifting Coach
  • Endurance Programming for CrossFit Competition Teams
  • Strength Specialist in Programming for Endurance Athletes
  • Programming Consulting with Teams such as D3 Multisport
  • CrossFit Core competition Team
  • Coach2Compete