Hammer Down CrossFit has some of the best coaches in the area. You will not find a more dedicated team of coaches that are committed to seeing you reach your fitness goals. Many of our coaches are athletes themselves, so they know all the hard work and commitment that goes into being in the best physical shape.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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 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 lightweights). 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.
Katie Notarangelo Hanger – Katie was a three-sport athlete in high school (basketball, soccer, and cross-country) and helped her cross coach Katie country team win the ODAC championships at Bridgewater College. In high school, coach Todd helped her train through her first marathon and running became her outlet for chasing athletic excellence. Soon after overuse injuries started knocking, she was introduced to CrossFit. She started running less and doing CrossFit more, and her times got faster in various race distances. At Bridgewater College, she studied Health and Exercise Science and worked with the Strength and Conditioning Department to develop sport-specific program designs. She took on a couple of internships, one coaching CrossFit classes at CrossFit Harrisonburg and another training the Fall and Winter sports teams. She grew a deep passion for all things fitness, performance, health, and the beauty of human movement done correctly. On the day of graduation, she won a local weightlifting meet to bring home both a diploma and gold! Katie worked for LifeTime Fitness for 2 years, where she used her skills as a NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist daily to fix imbalances, remove physical limitations, and reclaim motor recruitment patterns. She has made the podium twice for the national ALPHA Showdown and twice for SuperFit. Katie’s current goal is to qualify for the American Open in 2015. She feels most expressed in competition and fitness endeavors. Her passion is helping others to become better at movement and functionally bulletproof. She specializes in teaching weightlifting mechanics and mobility mastery. Above all else, she cherishes the relationships that are built from such a fun and engaging environment at Hammer Down CrossFit. Katie has certifications and training in:
B.A. Health and Exercise Science, NASM-Corrective Exercise Specialist, CrossFit Level 1, USAW Certified, ALPHA Certified, Cara Heads Fitness and Performance Coach’s Academy, Duffin Movement Series Coaching Certified, Precision Nutrition
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.
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 in 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 other.
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 the 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 lived a healthy lifestyle.
Erik Neczyporuk is a level 1 CrossFit Trainer and holds certifications in CrossFit Striking and Strongman. Erik has been practicing martial arts for 23 years and teaching for 17. He holds a 4th dan rank in Tae Kwon Do, 3rd Dan in Yoshitsune Combat Jujutsu, 1st Dan in Hapkido, and is a Personal Defense Readiness(PDR) fundamentals coach. Erik competed heavily for 6 years in the competition circuit for Tae Kwon Do. He is also an instructor at Virginia Martial Arts Academy, where he teaches on Saturdays and does private instruction. Erik has a passion for teaching and is always looking for ways to more effectively coach techniques to his students.
Erik found Hammer Down around the corner from VMAA one day and decided to try it out. He was impressed with the quality of the coaching and hooked by the intensity of the workouts. Having spent time in Globo gyms for years, Erik has found that the functional fitness of CrossFit has improved him physically far beyond anything he ever found in the gym. He believes that the ability for athletes to improve at such a great level is due, in part, to the family-like community at Hammer Down. The feeling of camaraderie and support from fellow athletes, and coaches is what sets Hammer Down and CrossFit apart from other programs.
Scott Striklin – Scott is a Level 1 CrossFit trainer and holds a certificate in CrossFit Gymnastics. Although he did not have an athletic background growing up and played no organized sports, since coming to Hammer Down Scott became active in full contact, modern medieval sport fighting. In 2013 he joined the US national team and traveled to Aigues-Morte, France to compete in the world championships. In 2014, again with the US national team, he competed at the world championships in Belmonte, Spain, returning with a gold medal in the Mass Combat category. At the 2014 CrossFit Games, Scott and eleven of his teammates held a multi-day demonstration of medieval combat, entertaining and possibly confusing tens of thousands of CrossFit athletes. Scott’s greatest joy at Hammer Down comes from helping new athletes achieve their goals. Being desperately out of shape when he came to the box, he knows how difficult it can be to overcome unfamiliar physical and psychological challenges.
John Thoren – John has been involved with sports most of his life, between competitive skiing, golf, lacrosse and rowing crew in college. After college his fitness turned mostly to running with a little weight lifting at the regular “Globo gym”, and he always felt bored by the monotony of the routine. He first experienced Crossfit while deployed with the US Navy in Iraq where he saw members of elite units doing the workouts. He tried a few, but it never stuck at the time, but he always felt there was something to it. At a neighborhood barbeque years later he ran into a friend who looked noticeably more fit than the last time he saw him. The neighbor pointed him to HammerDown Crossfit, and he scheduled his intro session the next week. One workout and he was hooked, he knew nothing would challenge or prepare him the way Crossfit does. A year later he received his CrossFit level 1 certificate and began coaching at HammerDown. He loves the community and watching others grow by challenging themselves and achieving or exceeding their goals.