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.

  • 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.

  • Liz Aldrich Coach

    I grew up playing softball, volleyball and basketball and have always been competitive by nature. I loved having a community and being a part of a team because of the relationships that came with them. When I found Crossfit in 2016, I knew I had come across something that I would absolutely love. I found a community of like-minded people who are working to reach their goals and better themselves day in and day out! There is truly nothing better than watching someone achieve something they thought they could not do. It brings me so much joy! As a full-time social worker working with at risk children and youth in foster care, my heart and passion lies within being a positive role model to kids and helping them navigate this thing called life. As a Crossfit Kids coach, I have the opportunity to do that exact same thing while pairing fitness with fun and help the next generation grow to be strong, confident leaders!

  • Kayce Grossman COACH

    Before CrossFit, I grew up self-conscious of my size and strength, and spent many years believing the lie that if I could get bigger and stronger I would be more significant somehow, or I would possess something others would desire about me. And though my original motivations for starting Crossfit were to solve these self-conscious beliefs, I, in turn, found something I did not expect. What I found was the daily practice of pushing myself mentally through a variety of challenges.

    To this day I am able to push myself through most workouts from having practiced overcoming my body and any physical challenges with my mind first. I see the repercussions of this mental practice throughout the rest of my life on a daily basis, and I have also become increasingly confident in myself day to day because Crossfit has given me the opportunity to test how much I can take – while practicing mentally and physically pushing myself further and further.

    Like so many others, I desire to know if I have what it takes to face life’s unknown obstacles. Crossfit simply gives me the opportunity to practice. I Crossfit today because I found a confidence in myself here that I didn’t know I had in me, and that confidence is more valuable than my physical appearance. And I coach Crossfit so that I can motivate and encourage other individuals like me to find out what they are truly made of deep down, so that we can grow stronger together from the inside out.

  • Jenny Lutkins COACH

    It seems like I’ve always wanted to take part in things that weren’t “normal” or “for girls.” In the 90s, I had one side of my hair shaved like Mike Patton from Faith No More. (For you youngins, check them out, they stand the test of time). Fast forward to picking a career, and I wanted to be a fighter pilot. I actually started the process to get into the Naval Academy until the Gulf War started and I realized that while flying jets would be cool, I could never bomb anyone. I settled on music recording, and that’s what brought me (and every other Yankee) to Nashville.

    What does this have to do with CrossFit or coaching or anything for that matter? Well, I feel like the high intensity, constantly varied, functional fitness world is just different enough from conventional fitness that it was perfect for me. I struggled with weight gain and depression after having my son in 2005, and after feeling like I was at the end of my rope, I was called to wrap my feet around that rope and climb back up to health and joy. I started training with a personal trainer, and after losing 75 pounds, I had only just begun falling in love with the human body. I was introduced to CrossFit in 2011, and earned my personal training certification from ISSA, and decided that I would like to help others find themselves through fitness. Being the “rogue” that I have always been, I also pursued my certification from USA Weightlifting. I loved the snatch and clean and jerk when we did them in CrossFit, and felt like it would be a great addition to the workouts I could program for clients. I then learned that people compete in Weightlifting, and all bets were off. In 2013, I competed in a local competition and have been hooked ever since. I have six years experience coaching CrossFit and Weightlifting, and I have definitely found what I want to do for the rest of my life!