The Coaching Staff
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.
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.
Shelby is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology and has a passion for helping people learn to move well and move often. After signing up and training for her first obstacle course race in college, she was hooked into the CrossFit style of training, and she has not stopped training since. While getting her Masters, Shelby worked as a Personal Trainer and Group Trainer, coaching bootcamp and strength classes. As a Personal Trainer, she has learned that it is possible to find a training style that works for everyone, with the goal in mind to always continue moving forward and making progress, no matter the pace. She has a lot of experience with older populations as well, spending time in both Cardiac Rehabilitation and Pulmonary Rehabilitation during her graduate studies, as well as training classes in an older population fitness center at the University of Georgia. Obstacle course racing is a large part of why Shelby continues to train in functional fitness, which is why CrossFit has continued to be her preferred training style. With constantly varying movements, a variation in length of workouts, loads, and volume, it is perfect for training for the unknown in racing. Shelby is a part of the 2017 Team MudGear Obstacle Course Racing Team as one of their sponsored athletes, and is a member of MIT Tough Team USA Obstacle Racing Team. She loves to train athletes for racing, and continues to encourage others to run races with her! Certifications
Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, CrossFit Level-1 Trainer, USA Powerlifting Club Coach.
Favorite WoD: “Murph” (1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats, 1-mile run for time)
Why? If it’s anything “endurance” in CrossFit, I enjoy it because most people don’t! The grind is something I’m a big fan of. I can always tell myself to keep moving, even if it’s slow. Plus, any hero workout is one that I enjoy doing, because it feels bigger than just any workout. It’s done for someone’s honor!
Least Favorite WoD: “Fran” (21 – 15 – 9 Thrusters 95/65 and Pull-ups)
Why? Because thrusters, that’s why. I also hate anything with an assault bike….
I 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 my life before CrossFit was even conceived. Then life set in and the playing stopped, until I found CrossFit a year ago. So now as a grown adult I get to play again and I am in the best physical condition I have ever been in my life.
In 2010 I was diagnosed with arthritis in my lower back and needed to find something that would help keep my hips loose to relieve the strain on my lower back. I got into road cycling, I took to it like a duck to water. I always wanted to increase my endurance ability but like a duck that is also how I run, so endurance running never interested me. After a year of cycling 150 miles a week on average, a friend introduce me to CrossFit. I quickly found out my silo approach to fitness was not as great as I thought. I had no core strength when I walked into the CrossFit box. Strength is vital for someone like me 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. A year later I can say I have an all-around fitness and strength that helps me every single day in ways I never would have imagined.
I still co-lead a charity cycling team which trains cyclist of all abilities. Our winter training is proven to take a novice cyclist never doing more than 60 miles to being able to comfortably manage distances of 125 miles in a day. We put in over 1025 miles during the winter months when most are off the bikes, and put in close to or over 100 miles a week on average during the riding season. I continue to blend cycling with CrossFit to have the best overall physical results possible.
I want to become a CrossFit trainer so I can help others unleash their inner potential that they don’t even know is there just waiting to be released.
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Mobility, CrossFit Kettlebell
Favorite WoD: “Mr. Joshua” (Five rounds for time of: Run 400 meters, 30 Glute-ham sit-ups, 175 pound Deadlift, 15 reps)
Why? Even though it has running it, it also has GHDs and 175# DL so great overall workout … and I can RX it!
Least Favorite WoD: My 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 I get blamed for her. 🙂
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.
Coach Karl “Fuzzy” Funderburg has always maintained an active lifestyle but as he was getting older he began looking for better ways to stay healthy and fit. He discovered CrossFit in 2012 and was immediately hooked. His passion for CrossFit soon spread to his family when his wife and daughters began to do CrossFit. Coach Karl feels so strongly about CrossFit as a FUN and safe way to build fitness and a healthy lifestyle that he wants to help others experience it. He pursued getting certified as a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer and CrossFit Kids Trainer. 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 Kids program at CFD and is also the southeast director for The Garage Games Junior Championship youth and teen CrossFit competition. He loves children and enjoys helping them realize their potential. For fun, Karl likes to compete in CrossFit competitions, 5K/10K races and obstacle races such as the Warrior Dash.
Certifications: CrossFit Kids, CrossFit L1, CrossFit Olympic Lifting
Favorite WoD? The Chief. I love Olympic lifting and I am a former Navy Chief!
Least Favorite WoD? Anything with a lot of jump roping. I am still working on double-unders and doing 3 times as many singles is just mean!
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!