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Peter BekkePeter Bekke, Head Coach

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

What’s your favorite WOD and why?
I like chipper-style workouts like the Filthy 50 because they are brutal, but keep you moving. It’s nice to be able to grind through the rough part of a WOD, knowing that once it’s done you don’t have to come back to it.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment in CrossFit?
My greatest accomplishment has been teaching people movements that at first, seem out of reach to anyone but professional athletes. Watching people become stronger and more self-confident at complicated elements is a really rewarding experience.

What’s your biggest athletic goal in the gym?
I would like to continue making progress on the Olympic lifts. Spending time training on them is invaluable because the technique and power you gain from doing them transfers so well to other movements that we practice in the gym.

How about outside of the gym?
I just bought a house, so I’m going to be plenty busy with the countless projects that are sure to come from that. Otherwise, I’d like to spend a little more time working on creative projects. I have worked in the past on font and t-shirt design, and would like to continue to find time to make that happen in the future.

How many times have you barfed since starting CrossFit?
Thankfully, zero. So far.

What do you do on your rest days?
Bike, eat, take naps, doodle.

Kayser Dixon

Hometown: Born in NYC and raised on the mean streets of Bedford, New York.

What’s your favorite WOD and why? 
“Fight Gone Bad” because it absolutely wrecks me. When it’s over I go into an unresponsive stupor for about a half an hour. When the fire breathing subsides I experience a euphoric sense of accomplishment, which keeps me chasing the dragon.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment in CrossFit? 
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Before CrossFit I was seventy-five pounds overweight, largely due to a steady diet of pizza, White Russians and inactivity. I had acid reflux, my blood pressure was high, and my waist was 6 inches larger than it is now. CrossFit remedied all that, and I no longer have to wear a t-shirt in the pool.

What’s your biggest athletic goal in the gym? 
I would like to do 400 unbroken double unders and it would be rad to throw a standing backflip.

How about outside of the gym? 
Sometime soon I’d like to own a large piece of property where I can chop my own wood, build an outdoor hockey rink, play with fast motorized toys and host epic holiday parties.

How many times have you barfed since starting CrossFit? 
Once. But I dry heave all the time.

What do you do on your rest days? 
Hangout with friends, play outside and daydream.

joe_coachJoe Wells

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

What’s your favorite WOD and why?
Linda (10-9-8-7-6-5 etc body-weight bench press, 1.5 bw deadlift and .75 bw squat clean) or Fran (21-15-9 thruster and pullup) is my favorite. Linda and Fran are old school ass kickers;  the quintessential CrossFit girl WODs that makes you dry heave and/or puke at least once.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment in CrossFit?
Through CrossFit I have been able to get rid of almost all the nerve pain going down my left leg, which has been an absolute blessing.

What’s your biggest athletic goal in the gym?
Always working toward getting stronger and more fit.  Right now improving the overhead portions of the Olympic lifts has been my main focus.

How about outside of the gym?
I would really like to buy land in the next couple of years.

How many times have you barfed since starting CrossFit?
All the time.

What do you do on your rest days?
Sit angrily in a corner and think about working out.


Ashley Hall

Hometown: St. Cloud, Minnesota

What’s your favorite WOD and why? 
I don’t have a favorite WOD. Any workout with handstands would tickle my pickle if I had a pickle.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment in CrossFit? 
My greatest accomplishment so far has probably been the progress I’ve made with pull-ups and push-ups. Before joining the gym I couldn’t do 1 pull-up and now I can do over 20! Also when I first started I could only do 5 strict push-ups. Last week I did 3 sets of 12 push-ups with a 15 Lb plate on my back that. was. AWESOME!

What’s your biggest athletic goal in the gym? 
One of my goals is to provide an awesome coaching experience for clients. I love seeing people reach new goals and gain new skills that they never thought possible. I would also like to be more consistent with double-unders and be able to do muscle-ups like a BAMF.

How about outside of the gym? 
Get a full in gymnastics as well as a standing tuck. To do a rewind in cheerleading. Have a CD release party to release my latest CD, “Meet Miss MinneSNOta…Not Your Typical Beauty Queen.” Start promoting and touring the CD as well.

How many times have you barfed since starting CrossFit? 
In my mouth? or ones that made it out? ….In my mouth, a couple. The latter, NEVER.

What do you do on your rest days? 
I play soccer on a recreational soccer league,  Bikram yoga, disc golf, sing, play guitar, practice in a country band, dance, cheerlead, swim… pretty much anything except golf.


Brock Harling

Hometown: Bovey, MN

What’s your favorite WOD and why? 
Grace. 30 Clean & Jerks for time. It is a short workout where you can go max effort throughout. 

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment in CrossFit? 
As a coach I find it most rewarding knowing that I can make a difference in athletes around the gym. By helping them improve on different skills they are working on, getting past mental barriers that are holding them back or simply encouraging them to keep moving throughout a workout.

What’s your biggest athletic goal in the gym? 
I would like to compete in the CrossFit Regionals

How about outside of the gym? 
Outside the gym I enjoy spending time with my wife (Shannon) and two dogs (Motley- Black Lab) (Tally- Flat-Coat Retriever/Shepard mix). In the next few years we would like to own a house, have a family and start our own successful business venture. Shannon and I enjoy traveling and would like to see the world. 


How many times have you barfed since starting CrossFit? 
Two and a half times. On my 2nd day of class and more recently when I decided to eat a full meal 5 minutes before coming to class. Lesson learned. “Murph” 2014 – on the 2nd mile, but I swallowed it.

What do you do on your rest days? 
Try to do something active. I play in hockey and softball leagues throughout the year, and enjoy golfing in the summer. Biking, yoga, rock climbing, and anything that involves competition. My favorite activity of all is ice fishing.