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Kelly Demers

Coach CrossFit L-2

Tick, tock, 5AM…. Ring!!! (Insert the most ear-piercing alarm buzzer known on the planet!) You guessed it, it’s go-time. While I don’t necessarily coach classes at 5AM, it’s the behind-the-scenes-not-so-glamourous side of owning a gym, a nutrition coaching business, and assisting corporate clients with employee wellness that necessitate an early wake time… and I couldn’t be happier about it. I am passionate about helping others live a healthier life.

My health experience includes 25 years in the health insurance industry, several coaching and fitness certifications, and a nutrition coaching certification. In my experience, I had the opportunity to work with many clients, employees, and employers and saw first-hand the need for quality wellness programs. The desire for wellness is there but the knowledge on how to implement an effective program that builds in accountability isn’t up to par. We’ve been able to partner with our clients to show them a better way to infuse a culture of wellness into their lives.

Working with people to improve their total well-being is my biggest motivator. It started after my own trials and tribulations with being overweight, disordered eating, and leading an inactive and unhealthy lifestyle. Man… have I been THERE. The journey to a healthier lifestyle, gaining mental clarity, and living a life with purpose took some time but slowly the evolution happened and I haven’t looked back. Changing my habits (one small habit at a time) led to me to eating better and exercising to becoming a multi-marathon runner. I discovered CrossFit after the running took its toll on my joints. Eventually, I became a member at a CrossFit gym which manifested into earning my CrossFit L1, then my L2 Coaching certification, and then buying the gym in which I was a member.

Based on my own experiences, my biggest takeaways are don’t wait to start improving your health and small habits matter. Small habits compound over time and can have a dramatic effect on your life. Don’t wait to get started… start taking baby steps now because it will lead to successes later. I believe our own gratitude keeps us grounded for all the good things we have in life, but sometimes people neglect to remember or celebrate the positives. Take the time to celebrate the little things in life such as small accomplishments, family time, laughter, a walk, or a cup of coffee with a good friend. All of it contributes to your total well-being.

If you made it this far in my story, know that I’m wishing you all kinds of happiness, health, and success in your wellness journey.

Nik Patrick

Coach CrossFit L2

I grew up in the semi small town of Ironwood, Michigan, on the very west end of the Upper Peninsula. I was raised by parents who have (and continue to be) very supportive. As far back as I can remember, sports and being active have been a driving force in my life. In high school, it was every sport of every season. Post high school, it was collegiate basketball. The values, character traits, and friendships forged from competitive sports propelled me to be where I am today.

My post college career didn’t start in the fitness field, instead it started…back at college. I started working at a local college with an 8-4 office job and was on the coaching staff for the men’s basketball team. While I felt right at home coaching basketball, far too often I would wake up in the morning wishing the next 8 hours away…day after day. It was not a life full of potential and fulfilling moments. We should be excited when the alarm goes off each morning, right?

The turning point came when my best friend introduced me to CrossFit sometime in 2012. I remember asking him, “What are we going to do after we do this workout?” He laughed, knowing there wouldn’t need to be “something else” afterwards. Like most peoples’ first CrossFit workout, I was crushed. Muscles on fire, covered in sweat…and hooked. For the first time in months I felt alive. The same way that all my years of competitive sports had made me feel.

I live by idea that we are either evolving and improving or we are falling behind. The same does not exist. With this in mind, I started to study human movement, CrossFit, nutrition, mobility, aspects of physical therapy, mindset…anything I could to better myself. The only limits we have are the ones we create, right? So why not go for it? With a new passion for life after sports, I decided to take a run at coaching full time so that I could help as many people as possible who might benefit from the same new lease on life that I received.

I moved to Green Bay in the fall of 2014. I am a NASM certified personal trainer, CrossFit L2 trainer, and have certifications in Movement and Mobility and well as CrossFit Gymnastics.

I wake up excited every morning knowing that I’ll have a lot of opportunities to make someone’s day better or that if I do my job, I’ll make a lasting positive impact on everyone that I get to work with. My hope is that one day, I’ll get to work with you, too.

Jake Spielbauer

Coach CrossFit L1

Hometown: Green Bay, WI

Favorite Workout: Chippers

Favorite cheat meal: Lettuce

Matt Miller

Coach CrossFit L1

Hometown: Green Bay, WI

Favorite Workout: I like workouts with a mix of strength and gymnastic components.

Favorite part about coaching: My favorite part about coaching is forming a relationship with each athlete and being a part of their journey. It is exciting, and an honor, to help them reach a goal that they never thought they could reach.

Best piece of coaching advice for new CrossFitters: Take a deep breath, relax and have fun. It’s a whole new world with new movements and a language all its own that can be overwhelming. Realize we have all been there and you never will have to go at it alone.

Favorite cheat meal: Pizza, hands down. Though chicken wings washed down by a beautifully constructed burger is a close second.

What is the best part about being part ofTrue North Performance? Community! Prior to CrossFit I would go to the “normal” gyms with all the dumbbells and treadmills and do my workout and leave. I would never have any fun nor did I get to know a single person. That is completely the opposite atTrue North Performance. Yes, the workouts can be challenging, but it is the athlete to the left and right of you that pushes you to get that extra rep or finish a few seconds quicker than you thought was ever possible. It is the community that keeps you coming back for more.

Tammy Marshall

Coach CrossFit L-1

I am, or try to be, a pretty open, authentic book. I am a transplant to Green Bay, not very far though. I was raised on a hobby farm by my dad in Pipe, WI, and had two siblings. My family grew and I now have 4 siblings total. So busy is a pretty normal part of my life, and I believe this has made me pretty adaptable. I was a typical student, but have a hard work ethic and a hunger to learn new things; almost anything.

Now, I have been blessed with four children and married to my best friend, and have been for the past 9.5 years. I am a Nurse Practitioner in plastic surgery, and outside of my God and my family, surgery is the part that I have striven to do since I was 10; I love (almost) everything about it. Now I am living my dream and trying to be a better version of myself every day.

Trying to be a better version coupled with my desire to learn and help others, I had taken on becoming a CrossFit coach. Being educated in family practice, I see every day how the healthcare system, although based on the goal to help others, is in large part failing our patients. I tell my patients when talking about health, whether plastic, reconstructive or overall, that if I could prescribe them two miracle drugs, it would be nutrition and exercise. Unfortunately, as providers, we are relatively untrained in both areas.

I have been doing CrossFit for the past three years, and no where in my life have I ever had a more convincing, motivating, and occasionally humbling exercise regimen. This was the fulfillment, for me, of the prescription I was longing for to make me a better, healthier version of myself for both me, and my family; so I can be a good role model for my kids, and for as many years of the best quality of life I can possibly have. There is always room for improvement, always room for fun, and the people at True North have been wonderful and supportive. I could not have asked for a better group of people to do life with, even if it is only a few hours a week. I am most excited to share the keys to improved quality of life, health, and happiness, to others as they embark on their unique journey of making them the best version of themselves.

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