Coaches

Todd Katz - Todd is the head coach for Hammer Down CrossFit, a CrossFit Trainer, and holds certificates in CrossFit Olympic Weight Lifting, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Endurance,  CrossFit Mobility, CrossFit Striking, CrossFit Strongman, CrossFit Kettlebell, and CrossFit for Kids. Todd is also a certified personal trainer and nutritional counselor through NPTI, an Olympic Weightlifting coach with USAW and holds CrossFit’s Advanced Coaching certification and CrossFit’s Advanced Competition certification as well. Todd has spent the better part of the last decade either in the weight room or running marathons. His personal best marathon time of 2:59:23 was set on the difficult Boston course in April of 2009. For several years Todd was stuck between 3:02 and 3:12 at the marathon distance. In the winter of 2008, Todd discovered CrossFit and dramatically altered his training style which led to his breakthrough performance. A certified running coach with RRCA, Todd has helped many runners achieve personal bests by instituting a carefully planned out training schedule that utilizes CrossFit for strength training and high intensity interval training on the road. Todd played ice hockey for almost three decades and played lacrosse through college. coachtodd@hammerdowncrossfit.com

 

Jonathan Rankin – Jonathan is a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer and holds certificates in CrossFit Olympic Weight Lifting, CrossFit Strongman and CrossFit Striking, adding CrossFit to his multifaceted exercise background. He grew up playing soccer into high school, when he added tae kwon do, ultimately earning a black belt, and teaching classes at the age of 17. Jon started running competitively on his high school track and cross country teams, which was when he was first introduced to weightlifting. Like many other young lifters, he was focused on looks over performance, and regularly skipped lower body days. Jon picked up softball, volleyball, and mountain biking in college, but still was drawn to the free weights. After a lengthy break from exercise that saw him gaining 25 lbs, Jon sharpened his diet, and re-entered the weight room, this time working on functional movements. In 2008 he discovered CrossFit, and did a few workouts on his own, but wasn’t ready to drink the kool-aid. After a knee surgery in 2009 he jumped into the CrossFit world with both feet.

Cynthia Kaplan Revesman – Cindy is a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer, holds certificates in CrossFit Olympic Weight Lifting, CrossFit Strongman and is a former gym rat. Before CrossFit, Cindy would spend hours in the gym, weightlifting, taking body pump, spin, yoga or step classes and running too many miles on the road. Her spin instructor (and Hammer Down CrossFit trainer), Sarah Mills, suggested that she try CrossFit and she was instantly hooked. She found CrossFit to be varied, challenging and fun and not time consuming. As a busy litigation attorney with her own practice, the time-saving element was very appealing. As a coach, Cindy loves watching a new CrossFitter gain confidence and skill over time and become an integral part of the Hammer Down community. CrossFit helped Cindy achieved her first sub 2:00 half marathon, without her having to run an excessive amount of miles each week. Always active as a swimmer, tennis and softball player in high school, in the last 25 years Cindy has run hundreds of races, triathlons and biathlons and takes yoga classes in addition to CrossFit.

Melissa Katz - Melissa is a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer and a CrossFit Kids Trainer, and holds certificates in CrossFit Olympic Weight Lifting and CrossFit Striking Trainer.  She became interested in CrossFit to break the monotony of her traditional gym workout (treadmill or elliptical followed by a few sets of light weights). Melissa got hooked on CrossFit’s constantly varied, highly-intense workouts that increased her stamina, strength, endurance, agility, flexibility and body composition, and helped her move past the plateau from less challenging workouts. As a full-time trial attorney and partner at the law firm of Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins, P.C. specializing in civil litigation, Melissa has always de-stressed with exercise. Before succumbing to the addiction of CrossFit, her exercise of choice was running, including the Richmond Marathon, multiple half-marathons, and many 5K, 10K and 10 mile races. Melissa runs in and has organized her firm’s team in the American Heart Association Lawyers Have a Heart 10K, and promotes health and fitness to other professionals through CrossFit.

Kevin Thomas – Kevin is a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer and holds a certificate in Olympic Weight Lifting. Kevin was a high school athlete competing in wrestling, soccer and tennis, and never really interested in fitness outside of athletics because it felt more like work and less like fun. After years away from sports and a more sedentary lifestyle, he was introduced to CrossFit by a colleague–and Hammer Down CrossFit charter member–Tim McCarthy, and he discovered the fun in fitness! CrossFit’s ethos of broad, general, inclusive fitness speaks directly to the type of balance he seeks in all parts of life and helped him build a passion for sharing the “Fun” of CrossFit with others.

Tom Roth - Tom is a Level 1 Crossfit Trainer. Tom was a three sport athlete in highschool, playing, soccer, wrestling, and lacrosse. He went on to college to join Army ROTC which helped keep the competitive nature within him. He was commissioned into the Army in 2005 as an Infantryman and has been in ever since. Tom did CrossFit-like training through out his army career until moving to Northern Virginia in the summer of 2010. After getting bored of running and doing the same exercises every five days at a globo gym he decided he would take up Crossfit full time. Tom says he cannot imagine himself training for his job in any other capacity than Crossfit.

Holley Marchwicki Krempa - Holley is a Level 1 Crossfit Trainer.  Holley grew up participating in sports from an early age.  This included everything from speed skating, track and field, field hockey and lacrosse, until Holley went to college as a dual athlete playing field hockey and lacrosse. After college, Holley spent many hours (too many hours) in the gym running and lifting weights – you know how it goes. One day Holley’s sister, Kasey, convinced Holley to head over to HammerDown Crossfit for a trial class. Let’s just say they both were hooked! So hooked in fact, they were actually told they had to take a rest day. Holley is very passionate about Crossfit and the community built around HammerDown. She looks forward to welcoming new members and watching them achieve skills they never even knew were possible.

Courtney Doehler – Courtney is a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer and a CrossFit Kids Trainer.  Sports and fitness have always been a huge part of her life.  Courtney found CrossFit in 2010 and has never looked back.  She says Crossfit has added a dimension to her fitness that she could not have achieved with any other methodology.  She not only found an amazing new and exciting fitness lifestyle, but also a community of people who inspire her each day. Courtney is currently a second grade teacher and is licensed in Elementary Education (PreK-6), Special Education (PreK-12), and Health and Physical Education (PreK-12).  Courtney is passionate about Crossfit and working with children, which is why she loves coaching the CrossFit Kids program. She believes exposing kids to the CrossFit methodology enables them to grow up strong and healthy, while developing a lifelong love of fitness.

Min Cha -  Min is a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer and holds a certificate in Olympic Weight Lifting. Fitness has always been very important to her.  She has always enjoyed lifting weights at the gym and running to stay fit, but after awhile it became boring.   In an effort to find a new challenge, she tried CrossFit and loved it!  Through her consistency,  dedication and good coaching at Hammer Down CrossFit, she has continued to become stronger, fitter, and improved her lifting techniques.   Because of her passion for CrossFit and her desire to also train others, she recently, after being a Software Developer for over 15 years, opted for a different career path and is now studying to become a Certified Personal Trainer.  Her objective is to help others make positive changes, both physically and mentally,  like the coaches at Hammer Down CrossFit did for her.

Jon Peet – Jon is a level 1 CrossFit Trainer and holds a certificate in CrossFit Olympic weightlifting.  Jon has been an athlete his whole life, growing up playing all sports.  In high school, he was a 3 sport athlete playing football, ice hockey, and lacrosse.  Jon played lacrosse in college and graduated from Long Island University.  Jon started working out in a regular globo gym but quickly lost motivation with the same old workouts.  One day in the summer of 2010 two of his friends couldn’t stop talking about CrossFit and he decided to try it.  He was hooked from his first WOD and he cannot imagine working out any other way.  Since then he has gained 25 lbs of muscle and has followed a healthier lifestyle.  He is also part of the Olympic weightlifting program.   He looks forward to welcoming new members to Hammer Down CrossFit and help them achieve their fitness goals.

Kimmy Moss – Kimmy was a three-sport athlete in high school (cross-country, basketball, and soccer) and a two-sport D1 NCAA athlete in college, where she played soccer & ran track for George Mason University. When college sports ended, she spent several months just running for exercise and quickly became bored and missed the camaraderie that comes with being on a sports team. That changed in November 2012 when Kimmy tried CrossFit for the first time at Hammer Down. Beyond the constantly varied and high intensity nature of CrossFit, what Kimmy loves the most about CrossFit is the community. Besides pursuing her own athletic goals, Kimmy is excited and energized by helping others achieve their own. Kimmy is a Level 1 Certified CrossFit Trainer and CrossFit Endurance Trainer.

Tim Thulin – Tim is a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer and holds a certificate in CrossFit Strongman and has attended the Attitude Nation Level One Olympic Weightlifting Seminar. Tim was a two sport athlete in high school playing baseball and running track. He was enlisted into the US Air Force in 2006 and was introduced to CrossFit while working for Air Force Special Operations. In 2011 Tim was transferred to Northern Virginia and after getting bored of running and doing workouts at home he decided to take up CrossFit full time. After his first trial class at Hammer Down CrossFit, Tim knew he had found the right place to improve himself as an athlete and military member both physically and mentally. Tim looks forward to welcoming and working with new athletes while sharing his love of CrossFit and Strongman training.

Michael Emond – Michael is a level 1 CrossFit Trainer and has enjoyed playing organized sports from an early age. Michael was a three sport athlete in high school; football, basketball, and track. After high school Michael enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served for five years. During that time Michael led many training courses which fitness was held to a high standard. After Michael’s service was complete and he settled down in Northern Virginia he began doing global gym type workouts on his own. After a year of falling on and off the wagon, Michael decided it was time to become a member at a CrossFit box. That’s when he discovered the great community of Hammer Down CrossFit. Ever since his first WOD (Workout of the Day) he was hooked and has never looked back. After a year of learning functional, constantly varied, high intensity movements Michael decided it was time to attend the CrossFit Level 1 seminar were he could coach the remarkable athletes at Hammer Down CrossFit. Since becoming a coach Michael has enjoyed helping the athletes at Hammer Down break PRs (Personal Record) and supporting each another.

Liz Valade - Liz is a Level 1 Crossfit Trainer. She grew up playing sports. In high school Liz was a three sport athlete playing soccer, basketball and track. Liz studied Athletic Training in college and eventually joined the US Army. While on a deployment she found Crossfit and was amazed at the performance output she noticed in not only herself but her fellow soldiers. Liz loves the family aspect of Hammer Down as they welcome her in between deployments. She looks forward to welcoming new members and helping them achieve their fitness goals.

Stephanie Hulke Batbouta – Stephanie is a Level 1 Crossfit Trainer and Crossfit Kids Trainer. She grew up with sports being a big part of her life being a competitive swimmer, basketball, softball, and an All-American high school soccer player. Stephanie played Division III soccer and after college, became the gym rat where one loses interest quickly on the same boring routine not seeing any change. After googling Crossfit gyms decided to try out Hammer Down CrossFit and has not looked back since that first workout “Being a member at Hammer Down is more than just a workout, it is a community, it’s a family, it’s a way of life, and everyone there wants to achieve the same goal: fitness.” “I have found lifetime friends at Hammer Down and it has provided me a healthy and happy balance with being a working mom, wife, and soccer coach. The combination of intensity, positivity, and drive is unlike any other fitness place I have ever stepped foot in.” Stephanie is currently a 9th grade Learning Specialist at the Flint Hill School and former Head Girls’ Varsity soccer coach. She has a B.A. in Sociology from The College of Wooster and a Masters of Education with an endorsement in Learning Disability from University of Virginia. She is looking forward to helping not only the kids, but also other members reach their goals, and share the passion that she has about living a healthy lifestyle.