Nate Hoiland (Owner)

About me:

I grew up in Denver, Colorado and after finishing high school and some college, I decided to join the Navy and was a Corpsman (Medic) from 2008-2014. While I was on my last deployment I had the opportunity to learn and train with Brandon Millsaps who at the time owned Sport of Fitness CrossFit.  He offered me a job to be a trainer at his gym after I got out of the Navy.  In 2014 I moved from Jacksonville, NC to Columbia, SC to manage his gym.  Three years later, in June of 2017, I had the opportunity to make a long time dream come true and own my own affiliate, CrossFit Valor.

How I got started in CrossFit:

When I was stationed in Guam, my boss knew that I liked to run with them in the morning, so he asked if I wanted to try out this thing called CrossFit. We did a knock off version of “Filthy Fifty” and completely butchered the workout. We broke it into sets and it probably took over an hour to complete the workout. I was sore for over a week and it took me a week and a half to get back in the gym, but I was hooked. For the next couple years working overseas, everything revolved around learning as much as I could about CrossFit.  I studied the different movements and taught myself the olympic lifts from the CrossFit Journal and whatever was available on YouTube. Unfortunately back in 2009, there was not a lot of tutorials on YouTube and there was not a CrossFit gym on the island. 

What I like most about CrossFit:

The thing I like most about CrossFit is the constant challenge each day and you are always striving to to be better version of yourself. There is always something you can work on or get better at. From air squats, olympic lifting, nutrition, and recovery, there is always something you can do to better yourself.

Another awesome part about CrossFit is that it builds peoples’ confidence and that “want to better yourself” mentality starts to bleed into your everyday life. Our members start walking around with their heads a little higher, taking on new projects at work, pushing themselves in their jobs, and start to strive to have better relationships with everyone in their personal life and in the gym. 

My favorite WOD is… Anything that makes me push myself to do something that I didn’t think I was capable of. 

My least favorite WOD is… “Eva”.  Although I have recently found a place in my heart for this horrific benchmark workout.

 

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

CrossFit Gymnastics

USA Weightlifting Level 1


Jen Mathews

About Me:

I was a military kid growing up, and had the amazing opportunity to live across 3 continents while my father was active duty.  Teaching has always been my calling, so after I graduated high school in Okinawa, Japan, I moved to my home state of Texas to get my degree in education at Sam Houston State University. In 2008, I made the decision to move to South Carolina to be closer to my forever-moving family, started my teaching career, and I have been here ever since.  

How did you got started in CrossFit?

I was very active growing up and played multiple sports. When college was over I had to figure out “how to workout” at a gym. I signed up at Gold’s Gym and would do lots of cardio (boring), get on some weight machines, and got into the group fitness classes.  Eventually my desire to help others in fitness grew, so I started to work on my personal training and group fitness certifications. During this process in 2010, one of my best friends from college told me I should try out CrossFit.  She managed a gym and was a personal trainer, so I trusted she found something good. I had never heard of CrossFit before so I didn’t know what to expect.  My first workout was Fight Gone Bad with burpees, since there were no rowers available.  It was the hardest workout I had ever done in my life up to that point...and I absolutely loved it!  I signed up that day and have never looked back. Eight months into CrossFit, and I was completely hooked. I wanted to share my love for CrossFit, so I went to my CF Level 1 course in 2011 to become a coach.

What you like most about CrossFit?

I love that the workouts are challenging and I feel a huge sense of accomplishment each day. I never imagined I’d be doing all the things I can do now from doing pull-ups to lifting heavy weights on a barbell.  CrossFit has given me more confidence and made me a stronger person both physically and mentally. Above all else, I love the community.  It doesn’t matter where we are from, where we work, or who we are; we have formed this indescribable bond through working out together, learning from each other, and encouraging one another. That bond brings out the best in us. The community we have formed is the reason why I show up each day. These are my people.  This is my happy place. 

My favorite WOD is… DT or anything with heavy deadlifts.

My least favorite WOD is… Angie and most running workouts...even though I want to like running so badly.

 

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

CrossFit Level 2 Tranier

CrossFit Gymnastics

USA Weightlifting Level 1


Keira Kohls

About me:

I'm a military brat mostly from Colorado Springs, CO. I met my wonderful husband, Pat, right after I graduated high school. I ran the hurdles at University of Northern Colorado and got my Sports and Exercise Science Bachelors degree. I became certified through NCSF and started personal training in 2011 at 24 Hour Fitness. I moved to Clarksville, TN where I got my Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree. While in TN, I did personal and group training as well as coached high school volleyball. 

How I got started in CrossFit:

The head volleyball coach did CrossFit out of her friend's garage and always bugged me to come and try it. I finally folded and my first workout was Fight Gone Bad (which I actually scaled) and I only completed about two rounds before I thought I was going to die. I hated feeling so un-athletic and I actually didn't go back for two years! I became really good friends with that same head volleyball coach and I went to a memorial WOD at the new CrossFit gym that her friend opened. I drank the Kool-Aid and from there got my Level 1 CrossFit Trainer Certificate in 2014. I fell in love with Olympic Lifting and received my USAW Coaching Certification in 2015. 

What I like most about CrossFit:

I love the community and competition aspects of CrossFit. Both of the gyms that I have been a part of have felt like family and I love making such great friends with people who have the same passion and interests as me. I grew up playing so many different sports and competing at anything I could. After college was over, I needed something to keep that competitive drive going. CrossFit is a great way to compete with others as well as myself. 

My favorite WOD is… "Glen"


My least favorite WOD is… "Diane"


* I actually hate any WODs with deadlifts in them because I am terrible at them.

 

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

CrossFit Gymnastics

USA Weightlifting Level 1


Zak Humphries

About me:

While growing up as an Air Force brat, I was involved in sports, but I was the heavy kid who was a goalkeeper because running made me wheeze. In college, I attempted to get into both nursing and PTA school. Neither worked out so I ended up with a degree in anatomy, which helped when I got my personal training certification through the NSCA. While firefighting in TN, I got my CrossFit Lvl 1 in 2015. I've done program design and instruction for 1-on-1 personal training, group training (CrossFit), Olympic and strength training as well as conditioning for competitive gymnasts. 

How I got started in CrossFit:

My start in CrossFit began in college when me and a friend of mine and I got bored of doing bench press and curls everyday. We would do our normal meathead lifts and then follow up with whatever the CrossFit HQ workout was for that day.

What I like most about CrossFit:

 The community and the way the workouts prepare me physically and mentally to perform my job.

My favorite WOD is… " Elizabeth”

My least favorite WOD… is Running... just running

 

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer


Anna Leigh Weiland

About me:

I grew up riding horses competitively and spent most of my other time hiking, camping, and doing other outdoor activities with my family


How I got started in CrossFit:

My mom and her best friend Jess suggested I try CrossFit with them, I went once fell in love and never looked back

What I like most about CrossFit:

The community and the encouragement to be your personal best. I have made my best friends at my CrossFit box and I have been able to do things I didn't know I was capable of doing


My favorite WOD is… " Diane”

My least favorite WOD is… " Karen”

 

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer


John Bonaparte

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About me:

I grew up in the small town of Summerton, SC. My parents kept me busy and active, which led me to playing every sport I could sign up for. I eventually settled for football, basketball, and baseball. After graduating high school, I decided to attend Clemson University, where I earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry. Growing up, I have always had a passion for the sciences. I was always curious about how the body works and why certain diseases advanced the way they did. My passion for the sciences led me into Cancer research, where I earned a Masters of Science degree in Biology with an emphasis in Cancer Biology from the University of South Carolina. My ultimate goal is to help others and contribute to the development of safe and effective methods to prevent, detect, diagnose, treat, and ultimately, cure the many diseases we call cancer.  

How I got started in CrossFit:

After finishing T-25 for the fifth time and looking in the mirror and not being satisfied at what I was seeing. This drove me to wanting to try something new and something different. I had seen a number of postings/articles about CrossFit and it was also a fitness regime on the rise at the time and it sparked my interest. So I said to myself, “Why Not give it a shot”. My first workout was Helen. It was one of the most challenging workouts I had ever done at the time and it felt like I would never finish. When I finally completed the three rounds for time, I said to myself this is what I need and I’m “ALL IN.” The very next day I signed up and the rest is history. 

What I like most about CrossFit:

It is the combination of lifestyle, community, and exercise regime that helps you get fit. To me CrossFit is more than a lifestyle, it is transformative. It transforms your mind, body and soul. It constantly challenges your mental capacity to either give up or to push to get better. In conjunction with the proper mentality and focus, CrossFit transforms the body with proper nutrition and body maintenance. It is also good for the soul, because it’s an hour out of the day where you can focus and be in zone and not worry about any issues or problems you are currently dealing with.  

The community aspect of CrossFit is phenomenal. It offers a unique form of camaraderie that is powerful, where class members cheer and encourage each other until the last person is finish. The community is so diverse because ages range from 10 to 70 years old and you will see each and every person pour their hearts and souls into every workout.

One of the things I love most about CrossFit is its exercise regime. It is very diverse and challenging. Also, the workouts and movements are scalable. No matter the age or experience, the movements can be broken down to help individuals maximize their workout. Lastly, Crossfit brings out the competitor in all us and it constantly keeps you on the grind working on strengths and weaknesses. 

My favorite WOD is… “Helen,” This was my very first introduction to Crossfit and when I see this workout, I lay it all on the line to try to beat my personal best. And I am always down for some deadlifts. 

My least favorite WOD is… “Hmmm”.  I kind of enjoy suffering through all of them. Lol 

 Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer