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maggiefinalMaggie Ludwig
Owner, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Kids Trainer, USA Weightlifting Certified Instructor
Coach Maggie found her passion of CrossFit through her personal trainer.  He was a CrossFitter himself and liked to give her CrossFit workouts.  She then decided to join a CrossFit gym in October 2011 and has never looked back. Now as a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, she takes her passion for the sport, and passion of helping people reach goals beyond their wildest imaginations, and puts it into each class she coaches.  In addition to CrossFit, she is holds a group exercise certification through AFAA, and is a certified Les Mills instructor.
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Steve Ludwig
Co-owner, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Coach Steve began CrossFit in early 2014 after meeting his soon-to-be bride, Coach Maggie. After quickly realizing the stimulus he got from CrossFit was like nothing he had previously experienced, he began incorporating it into his life on a regular basis. As student of his own experience, Steve has an adept ability to help others become more well-rounded in their overall fitness so they can live a better everyday life.
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Matt Florentine
Manager, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, USA Weightlifting Certified Instructor
Coach Matt got into CrossFit in 2013 when a friend referred the CrossFit methodology to him thinking it was something he may enjoy. Enjoy he did, and has since has used CrossFit not only to better his own physical life, but also the lives of others through coaching. As a steadfast student of coaching and fitness, Matt offers a wealth of knowledge from fundamental basics to specialties such as olympic lifting and mobility. 
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Cody Anderson
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Certified CrossFit Football Trainer, USAW Sport Performance Coach

Cody enlisted in the Wisconsin Army National Guard following high school as a Combat Engineer. After 10 years of service he is currently a Staff Sergeant in a Light Infantry Unit. Since joining he served a combat tour in Operation Enduring Freedom, where he was awarded the Bronze Star while conducting route clearance in a Sapper Company and most recently competing and earning the Expert Infantry Badge.

He found CrossFit while on his tour in Afghanistan in 2009. Upon returning he became a member at CrossFit Appleton where he found his passion in the fitness industry. He started his education at Madison College where he earned a personal training certificate. Presently Cody is enrolled at Carroll University studying Exercise Science. He has been coaching for 4 years at multiple gyms in Wisconsin. Most recently he has been focusing on Olympic Style Weightlifting as an athlete and a coach.

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Matt Mueller
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, USA Weightlifting Certified Instructor
Coach Matt’s fitness background started with athletics. Throughout his youth and well into his 30’s sports and fitness remained a significant part of his life. He maintained a healthy lifestyle by staying active and doing common workouts on a regular basis. However, when he walked into his first CrossFit class in April 2013 he was quickly humbled and challenged. Thinking he was “fit” and could handle anything with relative ease, he found a new dimension of fitness he had yet to discover.  Now in his 40’s he is able to move better and have as much energy as he did 15 years ago. Blessed with some great coaches along his journey, he has cultivated a passion for fitness and the community it creates. As a result, he hopes to be a light to others, as his coaches were for him by teaching and showing others how push themselves through safe functional movement, proper nutrition, and attainable goal setting.
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Donny Lavrenz
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Coach Donny’s CrossFit experience started in 2008 when his high school gym teacher programmed CrossFit WODs in his strength and conditioning class. From that day forward, Donny, and his teacher would share thoughts on the “main site” posts and stories of workouts. In 2011 Donny completed the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer course as well as Running and Endurance Specialization. He put that methodology to the test later in 2011 by completing a marathon.

As someone who loves to learn new things, Donny is a big fan of the last sentence in Greg Glassman’s World-Class Fitness in 100 Words: “Regularly learn and play new sports.” His interests include soccer, volleyball, tennis, alpine skiing, water skiing, cross country skiing, running, hiking, Olympic lifting, hunting, fishing, and more. He is extremely excited to share his experience and help everyone at the gym improve their fitness and more importantly quality of life.

 

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Ryan Atkins
Olympic Weightlifting Coach
Coach Ryan has been involved in athletics and training since childhood. He started playing traditional sports like baseball and basketball until he discovered his passion for martial arts when he was 12 years old. He studied Tae Kwon Do and Karate throughout his teenage years, gaining a black belt in the latter by the time he was 18. During his days at UW-Madison he would study other arts: Aikido, Kendo and Ninjitsu, but his passion was reignited when he was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai.
After graduating, he would later study western boxing and wrestling. In 1997, he competed in his first UFC-style competition and took his division, winning three fights in the same day. Ryan had his last fight in 2001 and maintained a winning record during those years. Knee problems later hindered his efforts to reenter the sport. In 2002, a friend suggested he turn to Olympic Weightlifting to stay in shape. A cursory internet search on the subject led him to CrossFit and he was soon hooked, both to the workouts and to the web community. Since 2013, he’s focused his athletic endeavors towards the realm of weightlifting, recently competing in the 2015 Pan Am Masters in June.
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Shellie Spielmann
Yoga Instructor
Shellie is a yoga teacher and Thai yoga massage practitioner. She has been a student of yoga for the past 13 years, and leading others through the journey of their own practice for the past 4, in addition to Thai yoga massage which she has been practicing for the last 5 years. She teaches a very authentic style of yoga, where the focus is not only on the body, but the mind and spirit as well. Through her classes she enjoys leading others through a series of stretching, twisting and teaching others what their body can do. You need not worry about not being flexible or having good balance! These are the gifts that come with doing yoga regularly in addition to aiding recovery from a physical workout.