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CrossFit Boone has several coaches that are dedicated to improving lives using the principals of CrossFit. They’ll be there to help during warm-up and each part of the WOD. They’ll also monitor each workout, making sure everyone is performing the exercises with proper form.
Greg Cox

Greg Cox

Fitness Manager, Head CrossFit Coach

Greg has had a love of sports and training since childhood.  He began with football but over time his interests expanded to include everything from power lifting and cycling to sprint triathlons and longer distance events (a couple Half Ironmans completed.) Greg holds both a B.S and an M.S. in Exercise Science and is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).  With 13 years of personal training and 4 years of teaching under his belt, Greg has had the opportunity to observe plenty of exercise and fitness routines and trends…and still, he’s never seen anything that compares to CrossFit.

“Once I started learning about CrossFit’s approach to training I was hooked. It’s well-rounded, intense and offers a broad range of challenges guaranteed to keep people interested, excited and seeing serious results…the kind of results I promise you cannot be achieved by being a slave to the treadmill and weight machines alone.”

A certified CrossFit Level One coach, Greg also holds CrossFit certifications in Olympic Lifting and Mobility. He’ll do all he can to help you reach your goals and provide you with the support, knowledge and focus to achieve your fitness goals.  He promises that with CrossFit, boredom is an impossibility.  Do it!

Jay Johnson

Jay Johnson

Wellness Center Instruction & Crossfit Coach

Jay grew up a football guy…eventually finding himself a starter for the University of Florida football team, acquiring his B.S. and M.S. there, and counting himself among the university’s Strength & Conditioning staff along the way.

After a successful career with the world’s largest management consulting firm (and then as an entrepreneur himself), Jay and his family settled in Boone in 2008 where he has played many roles with the Wellness Center team: member, volunteer and instructor among them. He has learned (the hard way) how challenging but important it is to integrate work and fitness. After years of prioritizing work and other activities over fitness, Jay found himself overweight, out-of-shape and unhealthy. Six years ago he made a commitment to rearranging these priorities with overall health and wellness at the top. Enter Crossfit. Jay has developed a great appreciation for CrossFit because of how it addresses the needs most of us have: well-rounded fitness, orthopedic durability, functional work capacity, overcoming the limitations of injuries and improving athletic performance.

Jay enjoys coaching and encouraging others and is glad to be part of the team bringing CrossFit to the High Country through ARHS. In addition to completing his certification as a CrossFit Level 1 Coach, Jay is a member of the NSCA and has received further CrossFit certifications in Kettlebell Instruction, Movement & Mobility and Olympic Weightlifting.

Sarah Bauler

Sarah Bauler

Crossfit Coach

Sarah began Crossfit around 5 years ago, after returning from Ethiopia where she worked for 4 years as Samaritan’s Purse’s Health Technical Advisor. She instantly fell in love with the weightlifting and gymnastics aspects of Crossfit and its high intensity WODs. She was also impressed by how quickly her level of fitness improved, especially in measurable increased strength.

Last year, Sarah completed her Crossfit Level 1 Certification. As a trainer, she is especially motivated by helping athletes learn new skills and building community. Sarah also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Global Health. She has 20 years of global health experience living and working in 17 developing countries, primarily in Africa and Asia. She focuses primarily in the area of social and behavior change, which is also a key component of Crossfit. She and her husband, James, have 3 children – Noah (10), Grace (8) and Levi (3).

Tiffany Norman

Tiffany Norman

Crossfit Coach

Tiffany Norman is a graduate from Greensboro College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. She holds certifications in American College of Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Training (ACSM-CPT), Spin and received her certificate as Crossfit Level 1 Coach.  She has been working in the fitness industry since 2006 and joined the Wellness Center in 2009.  Her experience includes working with high school and collegiate athletes, specifically volleyball, Thrive program, specifically cancer wellness and cardiovascular health and elderly population.  One of her greatest achievements is being part of getting the Thrive Cancer cohort started and seeing the success of that program and their survivors.

When she’s not training or coaching, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids, weightlifting, sewing and crafting

Abby Wilkerson MS, CF-L1

Abby Wilkerson MS, CF-L1

CrossFit Coach & Wellness Center Fitness Instructor

Abby Wilkerson has 8 years of experience working in the fitness industry and joined the Wellness Center in January 2018 when she moved here from Leland, NC. She attended East Carolina University where she received her Master of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology. She taught Kinesiology at ECU and was a CrossFit gym owner before moving to the Boone area. Abby enjoys helping people reach their fitness goals and educating people on how to lead a healthy lifestyle. She specializes in weight training, Olympic weightlifting, and cardiovascular conditioning. In her spare time Abby enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and weightlifting.
Joe Taylor BS, CF-L1

Joe Taylor BS, CF-L1

CrossFit Coach

Joe was first exposed to CrossFit when he saw the CrossFit Games being aired on ESPN in 2016. He decided he wanted to give it a try in 2017 after stepping away from his college baseball career and he has been hooked ever since. He had little to no experience with CrossFit but needed a way to stay active and fuel his competitive nature. He loved learning and working hard at mastering new skills and the variation that the CrossFit methodology offers. After a year and a half of doing CrossFit, he completed his CrossFit Level 1 Course in September of 2018. He has background experience with coaching youth and high school baseball and hockey, the two sports he grew up playing in Minnesota. 

 In 2019, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning. Joe loves helping people realize that they are capable of doing much more than they think they are able to do, which is why he found a passion for coaching. 

 When he’s not in the gym, Joe loves to compete in CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting competitions, hike, snowboard, and travel.