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JOHN MCMULLEN

Specializations

  • ANSI Accredited CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • USAW Level 2 Sport Performance Coach
  • CrossFit Endurance Trainer
  • CrossFit StrongmanTrainer
  • CrossFit Movement & Mobility Trainer

First and foremost I am the father of an amazing girl who is the center of my universe.  My wife, Maria, is my business partner, lifeline, and biggest supporter; but most of all, my best friend.  I am an Olympic weightlifter, mountain biker, triathlete and a passionate CrossFitter.  I can't get enough of any physical activity and if there is an event which gets my heart racing, I want to be a part of it.  I have a passion for fitness and want to share my passion through CrossFit Beverly. My introduction to CrossFit was in April 2008, after that discovery I was flabbergasted how through all my training I hadn't heard of CrossFit sooner.  I started incorporating CrossFit into my endurance training as a supplement to the LSD (Long Slow Distance) training for triathlons and cross country mountain bike races.  CrossFit is now my only source of training for any event weather it be a triathlon or working in the garden.  CrossFit has changed my life, and that is why I brought it to the Beverly, Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood communities.


"...Because I want my clients’ training experience to transcend the physical realm, I am obligated to understand their jobs, hobbies, families, and goals. Motivating clients to transcend fitness requires that I be involved in their lives. This isn’t going to happen without my being both interested in them and interesting to them. Indeed, I am a personal friend to nearly every one of my clients. This is extremely gratifying work and often emotionally charged, but that’s all right because I am an integral part of my athlete’s lives, and life is full of laughter, tears, and hope."-Coach Greg Glassman Founder and CEO, CrossFit Inc.


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DAVE MARONEY

Specializations

  • ANSI Accredited CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
  • CrossFit Defense Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer

I am a retired police officer from the Illinois State Police and spent four years in the Marine Corps Reserve.  I have always strived to maintain the best level of fitness possible, not only for the performance of my duties but general health reasons as well.  I received my CF Level I (CF-LI) Trainer Certificate in December 2012, and have been coaching ever since. It was while running one day in early 2012 that I decided to stop in at CrossFit Beverly when it was located at 109th and Western Avenue to see what it was all about.  I had no idea that I was walking into something that I would not only grow to love but something that would also give me so much in return. The best thing about CrossFit for me, both as an athlete and coach, is the fact that you are surrounded by people of all shapes, sizes, ages, backgrounds, and abilities who come together for the same purpose - self-improvement, and CrossFit offers the opportunity to do this.  All you need is a positive attitude, a willingness to listen and learn, and a strong desire to do your best each and every day, recognizing that some days will be better than others. This stuff is addicting, rewarding, and is the hardest fun you will ever have!


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JULIE GUSTIS

Specializations

  • ANSI Accredited CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • USAW Level 2 Sport Performance Coach

Coming from the world of figure and bodybuilding competitions, CrossFit was a bit of change, and every day evolves into something more for me.  I was always a gym rat, playing sports all my life, and then as I was preparing for two figure competitions, I was in the gym every day-back and biceps, chest and triceps, etc.  It was mundane, and when it came time to lean out and drop fat, I had to turn into the cardio bunny (I despise cardio and running, and yes you will hear me grumble whenever we have a WOD with running in it.)  I had heard about CrossFit in the fall of 2011, after seeing the CrossFit Games on TV. After attempting a few of the WOD’s from CrossFit.com on my own, I stumbled upon CrossFit Beverly.  I went in and tried the free class, and. Was. Hooked.  You mean to tell me, I can combine weightlifting, cardio, HIIT (high-intensity interval training), all in one, in an hour’s time?  You mean I don’t have to spend countless hours in the gym doing bicep curls and triceps pull-downs?  Sign. Me Up.  I received my Level 1 certificate in December 2012, and I love coaching.  The best part is when an athlete accomplishes a movement they have been working on for a while, i.e., kipping pull-up or Olympic lift.  It’s like a proud mom moment when a child takes their first steps, seriously; it’s that cool (Or I imagine so, as I don’t have kids). I will always be encouraging you during the WOD.  I will not let you quit, unless you puke, are about to faint, or die, you WILL NOT quit if I’m there.  I might break out and start dancing randomly during a WOD (usually only when coaching or as a bystander).  I will be your biggest cheerleader and advice columnist on why you should keep coming back every single day.  I will keep you honest by making sure you are moving well and properly and will help you realize your dreams and goals because there is no reason you can’t reach them.  All in all, I’m a fun gal who loves what she does.


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SHAWN COFFEY

Specializations

  • ANSI Accredited CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

United States Marine. Father. Husband. Teacher. Coach.

I like to tell people that 60 pounds ago (and 25 years) I was one of the fastest cross country and track athletes in the state of Illinois, I excelled physically during my time in the United States Marine Corps where I won awards and commendations for my performance of duties. Then life happened. You put on a few pounds, slow down a bit, and become complacent. I had lost my edge. Then came CrossFit.

I discovered CrossFit in the fall of 2012 while training for my second marathon that year.  My daughter Madalynn and I were watching the CrossFit Games on ESPN, and a quick Google search led me to CrossFit Beverly. My journey with CrossFit and CrossFit Beverly has been humbling, challenging, and extremely rewarding. Beyond the benefits of improved physical performance and physical appearance, CrossFit Beverly has provided my family and me with love and support that is immeasurable.

The love and support from the community of CFB are what drives me every day to be a better athlete, and it is what drove me to be a coach; I wanted to give back to the community that gave so much of themselves. My intentions as a coach are as follows:

  1. To support the athletes of CFB.
  2. To ensure the safety of the athletes of CFB.
  3. To listen to the athletes of CFB so that I can continually improve my coaching practice.
  4. To challenge the mental and physical boundaries of the athletes of CFB.
  5. To hurl the occasional supportive obscenity to motivate our CFB athletes!

Ashley Gym

ASHLEY SCOLLARD

Specializations

  • ANSI Accredited CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids

I have been involved in CrossFit for over four years! I can honestly say this is the one workout program that I will never get bored with because each day is so different. I come from a running background, so I always loved cardio work, but now I can say I love lifting a heavy barbell as well. My initial reason for joining CrossFit was for the challenging workouts, but it's the fantastic friends and community at CrossFit Beverly that sustains my passion for cardio and heavy lifting. As a coach, I coach CrossFit Kids classes, CFB's On-Ramp program and I occasionally coach the adult classes too. I am unique in my favorite exercises as they are the ones most everyone, let's be frank, loathe; thrusters, wall balls, burpees, and Medicine ball cleans. I also love gymnastics. So any semi-dangerous gymnastic skill I'll usually attempt for a laugh :-) I'm super peppy, positive and I am an extremely energetic coach! I love coaching and being a part of this amazing community :-)


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NICK KAKOS

Specializations

  • ANSI Accredited CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • USAW Performance Coach

I've been involved in sports and fitness for as long as I can remember. I have been fortunate enough to have wonderful parents that introduced me to sports at an early age. My childhood consisted of moving from sport to sport as the seasons changed. I was able to work hard enough to play basketball competitively at the high school level and eventually at a Division III college. Upon graduation, my sanity required that I continue to stick with the fitness industry. I received my nationally recognized personal trainer certification through the American Council On Exercise and began a career as a personal trainer with Bally Total Fitness. During this time, I found how rewarding it is to help and lead someone who has a desire to improve their lives through exercise. Through the years I have witnessed and experimented with various trends in the fitness industry, but I have yet to be as enticed nor as excited as I am with the ideology and mantra of CrossFit.

A neighbor of mine asked me to take a look at CrossFit.com back in 2011 and to tell him what I thought. I pulled up a video of the WOD of the day and was hooked. I was watching raw athletes picking up weights and just throwing them to the ground. Then they would immediately jump and start swinging on bars and climbing ropes and run and pick up weights again. But that wasn't all. People were ripping their shirts off, and small women were lifting heavier weights and outworking them! I had to find out more. Lo, and behold I found CrossFit Beverly and became a part of the CrossFit Beverly Team in 2013. What makes CrossFit, so fun and inspiring to me is that the strongest most skilled athlete has just as much passion and concern for our newest least experienced athlete as he or she has for their self. The desire to help fellow members and to maintain a positive and welcoming atmosphere for all is unlike any gym I have ever been a part of. My goal is to make every participant in my classes smile, work hard and most importantly, have fun.


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HALLE ENGEL

Specializations

  • ANSI Accredited CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Hello! my name is Halle Engel and I am one of your coaches here at CrossFit Beverly. I am a Southside of Chicago native and I am currently pursuing an Exercise Science degree in my senior year of college. I found the love and passion for CrossFit unexpectedly about a year and a half ago by being overwhelmingly welcomed into the CrossFit Beverly family. I was a collegiate basketball athlete at a college in downstate Illinois. When I came home for summer break I came across CrossFit Beverly athletes running in front of my house, performing the workout "Murph."  I had no idea there was a CrossFit Box at the end of my block.   I walked into the box having no concept of CrossFit or even what CrossFit meant.  But I was welcomed, accepted and cared for by the entire community the second I said "hello." Since then, I have found an indescribable passion for the CrossFit Beverly community.  

My love for CrossFit and the CrossFit Beverly community ultimately made me decide not to go back downstate to continue college, and I transferred home to attend a local college and pursue my CrossFit passion.  I left behind the dream of continuing as a collegiate athlete, and found my forever family, CrossFit Beverly, in full. During this time of transition, I started as an intern within the box learning more about CrossFit and the ins and outs of working at a CrossFit box. Recently I took the leap in December of 2017 to attend the CrossFit Level 1 trainers certificate to receive my credentials to be a CrossFit Trainer. I have fallen in love with the idea of not only helping others in achieving goals, but seeing the process unfold before me. The opportunity to be able to assist those wanting to reach their full potential and overcome obstacles they never thought they would see the other side of is the reason I coach. Welcome to CrossFit Beverly!


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LIZ METCALF

Specializations

  • ANSI Accredited CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Oly
  • Strength Specific- Bronze

  • Registered Nurse

  • CPR, ALS, PALS, TNCC, ENPC and CPEN Certified

I found Crossfit my senior year of college when a friend and I were looking for a way to stay in shape for Rugby during the offseason.  I was hooked after the first week!  Soon after graduation, I hung up my Rugby cleats for a pair of Nanos.  CrossFit is constantly pulling me in and encouraging me to be a better person.  There is always something to improve or a new skill to learn. 

I grew up in a very competitive household, and that spirit has carried into my adult life.  Aside from the internal motivation to do better every day, I love the friendly competition amongst my family and friends.  The CrossFit community is unlike anything I have ever experienced.  It brings together a collaboration of team with the support and encouragement of family.  I have made many lifelong friends in a CrossFit gym... I even met my husband!!

My love for CrossFit led me to become a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer in 2012.  My love for helping people and fulfill their full potential is incredibly satisfying.  As a coach, there aren't many things more rewarding than watching someone achieve a goal they didn't think was possible.  Being a CrossFit coach extends beyond the gym; we are here to support you in creating a healthy, happy lifestyle that will keep you moving for your lifetime!  Above all, my favorite part of coaching CrossFit is working with a broad spectrum of people, from youth to seniors.  With CrossFit's infinitely scalable program throughout the lifespan, it is sustainable at every stage of life.  Some of my favorite athletes to work with our kids and pregnant women! I also look forward to the many opportunities coaching brings me in meeting new people and grow from the experience :-).