The Dynamo Coaching Staff

 

ManserPixellatedJohn Manser (Owner / Head Coach)

Coach John has been ranked as high as the 147th best CrossFitter in the world in his age group and is top 5 in Georgia!  John comes from a long, active sports career including being a collegiate tennis player and professional tennis instructor. He was a  sponsored triathlete, Southeast regional champion volleyball player, learned to play ice/roller hockey when he was old enough to break a hip, an “all arms” rock climber unfortunately,  likes to cycle long distances and is now a competitive CrossFitter. John has a passion for listening to your needs and laying out a path to help you reach your goals. Having a background in playing/teaching across a multitude of sports requiring hand/eye, balance, strength, and power, John can help you meet your goals, whatever they might be.

Certifications: Level 2 CrossFit, Level 1 CrossFit, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Mobility, and CrossFit Endurance, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Anatomy, CrossFit Judges, and CPR/AED.

Programming:  John does has vast experience creating the daily workouts for the box and his techniques have been noticed by others, such as The Garage Games, where he lends his programming skills as well.

Favorite WoD:  “Nasty Girls”  (3 Rounds for time:  50 air squats, 7 Muscle-ups, and 10 Hanging Cleans @ 135#)

Why?  I had just gotten my first muscle-up three days before I decided to challenge the 21 necessary for this WoD.  It was slow, but I got through it and never once thought about quitting.  Also, this classic video, featuring some of the legends of CrossFit, is my favorite CrossFit vid.   If you don’t have time to watch the whole thing, go to minute 12:20 of the feed.  You’ll witness the heart of CrossFit through Eva’s struggles.

Least Favorite WoD:  “Fran” (For time:  21-15-9 of 95# Thrusters and Pull-ups).

Why?   She’s such a popular benchmark and I absolutely suck at her.  She always leaves me in a quivering mass.  This will change, however.

 

HartiganBrian Hartigan

When Coach Brian found CrossFit, he was overweight and overwhelmed. He had enjoyed a successful collegiate athletic career, culminating in DII National Championship in rugby. After school, he continued to play competitive rugby in Washington D.C. and Virginia. After retiring from rugby, he took up biking and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Unfortunately a significant injury (full distal biceps tear) put him on the shelf for over a year. His wife was pregnant with their second child and for every  pound of baby weight she gained, he gained two.

When it was time to get back to working out, he found that he had lost the discipline to make myself go to the gym. He was in his 30’s with 2 kids and a desk job. Having recently relocated, no one was expecting to see him in the gym so he had no accountability. He had fallen into the trap of believing that everything else in life was more important than his health.

He walked into Crossfit Dynamo in 2013 and hated the first workout in a way that he knew it was exactly what he needed. After the first week, he made a full year commitment and never looked back. In the first 18 months, he lost 70 pounds and took 14 inches off my waist. In addition to the weight loss, his diet, sleep, stress, and mobility improved; all of which paying dividends in his life outside of the box. He enjoyed coming to Dynamo as much for the workouts as he did for the people. Working out three days a week quickly turned into five days and eventually the community led me into some team competitions. From there the progression to coaching felt very natural.

Training/Certs: Crossfit Trainer – Level 1; USA Weightlifting Sport & Performance Coach; USA Rugby Coach – Level 100; NFHS member; SafeSport trained.

Favorite WOD: Karen

Why? She was programmed on my first day

Least Favorite WOD: None

Why? Every WOD is an opportunity to grow, if a movement makes you uncomfortable you should probably be doing it more often.

 

MeganMegan LaPlaca

Coach Megan found CrossFit when she was looking for a way to get back into exercise after the birth of her daughter in 2013.   She originally fell in love with fitness and strength training while training for Figure competitions but desired a more balanced approach to nutrition and lifestyle.  Taking the focus off just aesthetics, CrossFit provided the perfect mix of fun, intensity, accountability and confidence-building results!

Megan joined the CrossFit Dynamo community when her family moved to the area from Greenville, SC in 2015.    She completed the L1 Certificate Course in March 2017 mainly to expand her own knowledge, however the desire to share her passion of fitness/strength with people, especially women, soon led her to start coaching classes at CFD.  Seeing members conquer fears and accomplish goals is Megan’s favorite part of coaching.   She plans to pursue more certifications in the near future.

When she’s not at the box, Megan works in procurement for the hotel industry.  She and her husband love to travel and have lived in both Dubai, UAE and Paris, France.   Megan’s other passions include being with her daughter, Clemson Football, the beach, and….pizza!

Certifications:  CrossFit L1 Trainer, CPR/AED

 

Favorite WOD:  Here WOD “McGhee”   (30’ AMRAP  5 Deadlifts 275/185#, 13 Push-Ups, 9 Box Jumps)

Why?  I love a long grinder where I can find a pace and just do work.  Plus, deadlifts.

Least Favorite WOD:  “Fran” (21-15-9 Pull-ups  Thrusters 95/65#)

Why?  It just hurts so much!

 

MissyMissy Mayger

Coach Missy has always had a love for fitness and being active.  As an elementary student she set a school record for the 400m run which stayed unbroken into her adult years.  She took her love for running and used it as a way to stay fit through out her life.  In her late twenties, she moved from Pennsylvania to Georgia and was introduced to racing.  At the age of 25 she ran her first 5k and she was hooked, the competitive feel around her seemed to enable her to run much stronger and faster.  Two years later she was challenged to a triathlon, after a grueling two hours on the race course, she crossed the finish line and found a new level of competition that involved pushing her body further than her mind thought was possible.  Since then she has participated in close to 65 triathlons ranging from sprint to full Iron Man distance, placing in her age group over 30 times.  Her love for endurance sports also lead to ultra trail marathon running.  After running her first 50-mile trail race in December 2011 she was looking for the next challenge.  In January of 2012 she tried CrossFit for the first time and in only a 10-minute workout she once again experienced pushing her body past her mind screaming, “STOP” and in a competitive environment.   This was it; this was the next step in fulfilling her athletic and fitness goals.  She also realized that having a balanced training routine was key to becoming a better all around athlete.  Missy was certified as a CFL1 coach in April 2012,her Crossfit Endurance certification in May 2013 and Crossfit Level 2 Certification in March 2017. She has also spent countless hours in Olympic Lifting seminars and one on one sessions to better both her skills as well as her coaching abilities at those movements.  She continues to race competitively and attributes her consistent age group placing to her crossfit training.  Missy has a passion for fitness and loves to work with others to help them achieve their fitness/athletic goals at every level.

Certifications: Crossfit Level 1, Crossfit Level 2, Crossfit Endurance, Outlaw Olympic Lifting Program

Favorite WOD: Lumberjack 20.

Why: I love any and every Hero workout because I feel as though in some small way I can honor their ultimate sacrifice and thank their family.  Physically, I love long chippers and I love running, this has both!!!

Least Favorite WOD:  It’s between Grace and Fran, but I’d probably go with Grace.

Why:  I am not a fan of anything that’s an all out sprint, but 30 cleans and jerks as fast as I can proves to be a booger for my shoulders!

 

Coach MattMcK

Coach Matt with Paleo Guru and Movement Founder, Robb Wolf!

Matt McKinney

Coach Matt found Crossfit in 2012 when he was looking for something different than the mundane globo-gym routines.  He quickly knew he had found the key to regain his health and fitness.  Matt also discovered the Paleo way of eating, and embraced those concepts.  He has become our ‘go-to’ person for all things Paleo.

Eventually, Matt would convince his wife to start attending, and Denise has been a regular ever since.  You may see his kids, Ethan and Emma, WODing here on a regular basis as well.

Matt never intended to become a coach, but the bug hit him when he found himself drawn to helping others achieve what he had since starting here.  He has been coaching here at Dynamo since January 2014.  He plans to gain additional certifications in the near future to further develop his skills as a coach.

His passion lies in helping the unhealthy begin their journey toward optimal health through exercise and nutrition.  During the day, Matt works for a diabetes technology company that makes continuous glucose monitors.  He also acts our on-staff Paleo nutrition coach.  Ask him anything!

Certifications:  Crossfit Level 1 Trainer, CPR/AED

Favorite WOD:  Bear Complex

Why? Soul-Sucking Primal Barbell Movements that utilize EVERYTHING you have.  What’s NOT to love?

Least Favorite WOD:  Jerry  (1 mile run, 2000m row, 1 mile run)

Why? Because Running AND Rowing.  That’s why.
Eric

Eric Urczyk

Coach Eric lives in Cumming, GA with his wife and son.  Eric has always been into fitness and sports from his early childhood years.  Eric played football and baseball at Milton high school and then went onto Auburn University, where he graduated in 2001.

Eric started doing the normal gym circuit like we’ve all done but over time felt he wanted and needed something more.  He’d heard the chatter about Crossfit and thought he’d give it a try!  That’s when, in 2016, he stumbled onto Crossfit.  He feels it’s the perfect blend of a team like sport, combined with skill and fitness.  Crossfit has become more than just a way of staying healthy, and it’s more than just a hobby, it’s a genuine passion and “the box” has become an extended family.  Because of ongoing benefits he gets from Crossfit, personally, mentally and physically he wanted to take his passion to the next level and share it with others so Eric became a CrossFit Level 1 coach in 2017 and since has joined Dynamo’s staff.

Certifications: Crossfit Level 1

Favorite WOD: Isabel

Why? Really any WOD with a barbell I enjoy

Least Favorite WOD: G.I. Jane

Why? Burpees.

 

DrewDrew Wansley

Coach Drew discovered CrossFit in the fall of 2013 after a friend had mentioned it at lunch as one of the most effective methods of getting fit.  Drew had been moderately active, jogging (he’s run the Peachtree Road Race every year since 1990) and weightlifting 4-5 times a week, but there wasn’t any enjoyment in it anymore or any signs of improvement.  He decided to give CrossFit a try and was completely hooked after only a couple of workouts.  Since that fateful week in November he’s been an avid participant, averaging between 4 and 5 workouts a week.

One of the best parts of CrossFit to Drew is the community and encouraging others.  He finds that helping someone do something they think they couldn’t do, or encouraging them to push themselves a little further than they thought they could go is one a very satisfying feeling.  After having been involved for a few years he took the next step and got his L1 Trainer Certificate so he could hopefully help others get hooked on the health, fitness and fun that is CrossFit.

Certifications: Crossfit Level 1

Favorite WOD – Deck of Cards or Twelve Days of CrossFit…

Why – I like the variety of movements and the way they are structured.  The combo of gymnastic and lighter weight movements make it one I can Rx and feel like I am still finishing in the target time range.

Least Favorite WOD – Eva and/or Kelly

Why – Long, hard slogs with mostly movements from which I do not take a lot of joy

 

TimWarnerTim Warner

Coach Tim started Crossfit back in 2014 after losing about 65 pounds and needing to find something that would help him build some Muscle tone and keep him “plugged in”. He ran Cross Country in his senior year of high school but wasn’t very good. Other than that, he spent most of my teen and adult years overweight and with poor eating habits. He never really played any other sports in school or as an adult. He tried traditional gyms maybe 3 or 4 times, but he didn’t  think he ever lasted more than 6 months before getting bored and losing interest. What appealed to him about Crossfit from day one was the amazing sense of community and camaraderie. No matter how sore he was or how tired he felt he wanted to go back. Having no athletic background, he struggled more than most to learn the movements, but hungered to figure it out and be his best that day. After 2 years of growing and learning about his body and my nutrition, he realized it was important to share this knowledge and passion with others and decided to get his L1 so he could coach and help others experience the life change that he experienced, in this fun, caring environment. After 2-1/2, years his wife decided to try it out and fell in love for the same reasons he did. They now get to grow and learn together which he loves.

Certifications: Crossfit Level 1

He doesn’t really have a favorite wod, but loves the fact that although there are so many people from so many places and backgrounds, we come together and become like family.

Least favorite WoDs:  Annie and Fran.

KellyHandstandKelly Wiggins

Coach Kelly was extremely active as a kid, played sports of all kinds – Soccer, Swim Team, Intermural Basketball, Volleyball and Tennis, Sprinter, earned the Presidential Physical Fitness Award for three consecutive years, the sport of fitness was her life before CrossFit was even conceived. Then life set in and the playing stopped, until she found CrossFit in 2011. So now as a grown adult, she get to play again and is in the best physical condition she has ever been in her life.

In 2010, she was diagnosed with arthritis in her lower back and needed to find something that would help keep her hips loose to relieve the strain on her lower back. She got into road cycling and took to it like a duck to water.  She always wanted to increase her endurance ability but like a duck that is also how she runs, so endurance running never interested her. After a year of cycling 150 miles a week on average, a friend introduce her to CrossFit. She quickly found out her silo approach to fitness was not as great as she thought.  She had no core strength when she walked into the CrossFit box. Strength is vital for someone like her with arthritis who needs those muscles to protect their joints and bones, not to mention the constant varied functional movements that keep the joints fluid. Years later, she can say she has all-around fitness and strength that helps her every single day in ways she never would have imagined.

She wanted to become a CrossFit trainer so she can help others unleash their inner potential that they don’t even know is there just waiting to be released.

Certifications: CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Mobility, CrossFit Kettlebell, CPR/AED

Favorite WoD:  Isabel (30 snatches for time)

Why?  Who doesn’t like taking a 95# barbell from the ground to overhead 30 times? 😉

Least Favorite WoD:  Her namesake WoD, “Kelly” (Five rounds for time of: Run 400 meters, 30 Box jumps, 20 inch box, 30 Wall ball shots, 14 pound ball)

Why?   With so much intensive work on your legs in all three movements, the rounds just drag out and leave you devastated by the end.  Not to mention the fact that she get blamed for her.  🙂

 

Karl coach bio pic

Karl Funderburg

Coach Karl “Fuzzy” Funderburg has always maintained an active lifestyle.  As a Navy Reservist for 26 years, staying fit has always been a priority for him.  He discovered CrossFit in 2012 and is one of the original members of CrossFit Dynamo.  Coach Karl loved crossfit so much that he wanted to help others experience the benefits and FUN while building a healthy lifestyle.  He got his CrossFit Level 1 in 2013 and shortly thereafter his CrossFit Kids Trainer certificate.  He has taken additional training from Jeff and Mikki Martin, the founders of the CrossFit Kids program.  In 2013 he began coaching CrossFit Kids classes at CrossFit Dynamo (CFD).  Today he manages the Dynamo Teens program at CFD.  Coach began competing in crossfit competitions and is now a Masters athlete.  Through competitions, he became affiliated with The Garage Games where he is now the Director of Operations and is responsible for all youth and teen competitions.  He has worked with several charitable organizations to help bring crossfit to underprivileged youth.  He loves children and enjoys helping them realize their potential.  For fun, Karl likes to hike in the mountains, ride his bicycle and compete in CrossFit competitions and obstacle races such as the Warrior Dash.

 

Certifications:  CrossFit L2, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CPR/AED

Favorite WoD?  The Chief.  I love Olympic lifting and I was a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy!

Least Favorite WoD?  Anything with a whole lot of jump roping!

Coach Kyla with her kids

Coach Kyla with her kids

Kyla McDonough

Coach Kyla is a mother to three young boys with a passion for Crossfit.   She has a background in competitive swimming where she was a longtime athlete and coach.  After starting a family, Kyla was looking for a new fitness challenge and decided to join Crossfit Dynamo.  She fell in love with the intensity of the work outs, the focus on technique, and the opportunities to gain strength.  As she became more dedicated to Crossfit, she observed that her children were noticing the difference in their mother’s confidence, strength, and endurance.  Her sons would ask questions about the work outs and ponder what food choices would make them stronger.  This prompted Kyla to bring her extensive coaching experience and passion for Crossfit to the Dynamo Kids’ Program.  Kyla has coached summer league swimming for ages 4-18 for 4 years, has head coached at the high school level for another 5 years. She has also taught private lessons for ages 2 through adult.  The skills that children learn in the program will allow them to move a in functional and safe way both inside the box and in their other athletic endeavors. Kyla feels that it’s never too early to start emphasizing the importance of healthy habits in your children.  By doing so you’re giving them the lifelong gift of good health.

Certifications:  CrossFit Kids, CrossFit L1

Favorite WoD?  Hero WOD “White” because it honors a fallen female soldier, Army First Lieutenant Ashley White.  The wod itself doesn’t contain many of my favorite movements, but it is a very long wod that gave me time to reflect on the sacrifice of a young woman.

Least Favorite WoD?   Kelly…running, wall balls, and lots of them!  Enough said!