The coaches at Whole Strength CrossFit come from diverse athletic backgrounds and experience, but they all have one thing in common, they care. Their passion and commitment to helping you achieve your personal fitness goals is what separates us from other gyms. We know every member and their fitness goals, and strive to provide the training, education, support and motivation to meet these goals. As a coaching staff, we are committed to pursuing excellence and pushing you to thrive, not just survive. We are invested in taking care of you and take pride in helping you to enjoy life. We are in the business of getting you prepared for any obstacle or task life may throw at you.

Our programming relies on complex, multi-joint movements that require and develop coordination. Basically, we teach people how to move correctly. Therefore, a trainer’s technical competence, having a good “coach’s eye” for recognizing and correcting movement faults, is very important. We take great pride in the technical competence of our trainers.

  • Ryan Stemper Owner/Coach

    I love helping people move better, eat better and think better. I love human movement. I have been crossfitting since 2011 and love it. I haven’t always been a “fitness guy”. After seeing my mom go through cancer and my dad go through heart disease I realized I needed to do something different. I had a brand new son and wanted to make some changes in my life. After going through several fitness videos, I found Crossfit and never turned back. Seeing the changes in my life and in my family’s life, I felt the call to help others on this same journey. The desire to help people get fit has grown into also seeing people excel in performance. I love helping our members move better, get stronger, and excel in whatever life throws their way.

    Favorite WOD: Helen

    Dreaded WOD: anything with thrusters!!

  • Michelle Stemper Owner/Coach

    “She came, she saw, she lifted” I like to keep it simple! Having been a serious athlete from a young age I have always had a strong work ethic. But like many student athletes I lost some of my passion when adulthood and all the complexities of life came along. 6 years ago my passion for health and fitness was awakened when I became pregnant with my first son. I needed to make some changes in my life and that was a huge inspiration for me. After starting to eat better, I realized that I wanted to get back into athletics. That’s where CrossFit comes in. CrossFit gave me the fitness, community, and competition I was looking for. Realizing that I wanted to help others to be the best they could be, CrossFit gave me an opportunity to be the coach and trainer that I felt called to be. I continue in my passion for individual athletic performance but my most serious passion is helping our member and athletes to be ready for whatever sport or life throws at them.

  • Meagan Pavol Coach

    Words can hardly express how much I love this challenging sport of mental and physical fitness. Although I grew up lifting weights at the gym and dancing, I hated playing sports and couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. However, Crossfit has completely changed my perception of what actually makes an athlete and I have realized that anyone can become one with the proper training.

    From early on, I had a strong desire to empower people with the knowledge and skills they need to better their quality of life and change the direction of their family history. So, in college I pursued a degree in exercise science and nutrition. I loved the material I was learning but wasn’t satisfied with the traditional career options; then I joined Crossfit in November 2015 and found my niché. I have grown exponentially in my skill since joining Whole Strength and I thrive off the community and competition. The best part has been that my husband and I have found something active to do together, something that we can push each other in and get excited about. I am passionate about our members finding similar victories and helping them achieve feats they once thought impossible. I look forward to helping ignite a flame in our member’s hearts to become a better version of themselves, and to spread that contagious energy to others in their spheres.

  • Ben Bayless Coach

    “I love CrossFit because it presents a new mental, physical and athletic challenge every day! Growing up I was active and I loved to compete. I participated in sports all year long, and I would find any excuse to move around outside. However, through college, my activity level went down and I was making poor choices with my nutrition. During my last year of school, I cleaned up my diet and got active again. I was moving and felt so much better! After experiencing the joy of investing in my own fitness, I discovered a passion for helping others do the same. Shortly after I earned a Personal Training Certification, a good friend of mine introduced me to CrossFit. I decided to check it out and was hooked immediately. After some time working out at Whole Strength, I knew that CrossFit was the platform that I would use to encourage others to move well and feel better!”

  • John Netti Coach

    My personal fitness journey started in 2013 during the “garage days” of Whole Strength. I was unhappy with the way I looked and felt and my main goal was to “look better naked”; something I had a tendency to openly proclaim while writhing on the floor after a workout. What CrossFit and fitness mean to me since then has dramatically changed. Going to the gym every day for me is about getting my mind ready for the day, surrounding myself with a diverse group of friends and having an outlet to better myself. When I started, I had never considered myself an athlete. It wasn’t until I started reading more about how an athlete’s mindset can apply to everyone, from all walks of life, that my perspective changed. Becoming a coach was a natural progression in my own fitness journey. I have always had a passion for helping people find solutions to problems. Having seen what fitness has done in my own life, I wanted to help others along that journey. Everyone’s reason for being at Whole Strength is different but we all share the common language of fitness. My desire is to help foster that conversation.

  • Nick Desalvatore Coach

    I love CrossFit because of the new challenges that are presented each day. Growing up I was involved in a high level of soccer. From there I went on to college, got my degree, finished my collegiate career, and went on to play in a semi-professional developmental league. During my time in athletics, every day was different in the challenges that were presented on and off the field. When I got out of playing I really started to pursue my passion of helping people pursue their goals of improving their health. I was looking for a style of training that matched up to what I was familiar with as well as my beliefs. That lead me to the CrossFit community. It was a natural attraction because you are always presented with new obstacles and I love helping people tackle those obstacles inside and outside of the gym. The CrossFit community is unlike many fitness programs because everyone is helping each other better themselves and the supportive environment makes it feel like a team effort with every workout. I am proud to be a part of this community.