Our Coaches


Pete Conaty

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer


Favorite WOD: The one he just finished

Least Favorite WOD: The one he is about to do 

Attend Pete's class, and you will find a committed, caring and motivating Coach. An experienced athlete, Pete played football and baseball in college and went on to play minor league baseball. As his work ethic shows, he strives to give his all to whatever he is doing.

A scientist and a (retired) teacher, Pete is passionate about making sure that athletes understand the purpose of their training and how learning one move can have positive effect on learning another move.

He is a Master athlete who frequently outperforms the young folks in the gym—in 2017 he was number 38 in the world in the Open.


Jesse Iversen

Doing CrossFit since December 2005

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Favorite WODs: Barbell work and EMOM formats

Least Favorite: Thrusters/clusters

A former college football player, Jesse brings years of athletic experience to the gym. Athletes who have worked with him appreciate his patience and motivational style. When he's not pumping iron in the gym, you'll find Jesse fulfilling his call to service at the fire station.   


Chris Meyers

Doing CrossFit since September 2014

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Favorite WODs: Grace and Isabel 

Least Favorite WOD: "Anything with lots of running!"

Chris is a true advocate for healthy lifestyle and has encouraged numerous people, across four gyms and at the fire station, to be their best selves. Chris' passion for weightlifting began as a scrawny-necked wrestler and football player in the '90s, and he's never stopped lifting heavy. His steady back squat has been likened to a car lift, and he loves to clean and jerk. 
In his spare time, Chris tinkers with his 1948 Chevy truck, does woodworking, and runs Spartan Races with his wife. This fire chief and wife Michelle live with their four kids and a flock of chickens in Sanford. 

                                                Mike Hall

Doing CrossFit since 2014

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Favorite WOD: Linda

Least Favorite WOD: Fran

Mike is known around the gym for making people feel right at home. This good natured and dedicated law enforcement official spends most afternoons at the gym, where you'll often find him giving the other coaches a hard time! 
Mike believes in CrossFit because he has seen significant results. He weighed 303 pounds before deciding to make some nutrition and exercise changes. Now, he's 100 pounds down and the guy most others are trying to keep up with. 


Johnnie Myatt

Doing CrossFit since February 2019

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Favorite WOD: DT

Least Favorite WOD: "Too many to list!"

"A big guy in a fitness space tailored for the little guys, I make due by lifting heavy, hard, and fast while running slow and skipping the handstand push-ups. While I think CrossFit has its drawbacks I love that it brings people to the barbell to share the pursuit of improvement though dedication, failure, and resilience."  






After winning the Coed Division
of the Green Beret Challenge
Zack and Tammy Luikart
Zack
Doing CrossFit since August 2007

Level 1 Certification: January 2011
Level 2: July 2015
Gymnastics Certificate: June 2016

Favorite WOD: a short WOD (with breaks!) that doesn't include double-unders or running

Least Favorite WOD: Kelly

As an active duty service member, Zack has had the opportunity to train with athletes at all levels (from couch potato to Special Operations soldier) all around the world. He is known around the gym for his knowledge, patience, and kindness.
At the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Regionals



Tammy
Doing CrossFit since November 2009

Level 1 Certification: January 2011
CrossFit Kids Certification: April 2011
Level 2: July 2015
Gymnastics Certificate: June 2016
Certified CrossFit Trainer (Level 3): November 2015; November 2018


Favorite WOD: Nicole

Least Favorite WOD: Grace ("something about that 95# Clean and Jerk gets me every time!")

Tammy shifted her fitness emphasis from distance running to CrossFit after observing the impressive physical gains made by peers doing CrossFit. Since then, she competed on a team at the CrossFit Games in 2010 and as an individual at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She has her Ph.D. in English and is also in the Army Reserve.


Supporting a local 5K with gym members

Creating Phalanx CrossFit has been a labor of love for Zack, Tammy, and their families. The concept originated during a family dinner conversation, and the training plan followed shortly after.  Zack, Tammy, and their families believe in the ideals that the phalanx represents.

Zack and Tammy have a passion for programming, coaching, and training, and their goal at Phalanx CrossFit is to foster a positive training environment with unparalleled coaching where everyone is:
- comfortable being uncomfortable;
- willing to try new things and fail and try again;
- eager to improve and encourage others as they improve;
- in love with the challenge and excited about pushing themselves.

November 2014





Zack and Tammy are excited to be adding to the Phalanx family.  Two little boy Luikarts are now part of the Phalanx crew. 

We look forward to sharing our love of fitness with the next generation. 


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