Why CrossFit? Why Land Warrior CrossFit?

Meet Our Team

Laura Eisenhaure

Coach

Laura has been active and involved in the fitness world pretty much her whole life and found CrossFit in 2013. Starting at a young age she did kid fitness classes and gymnastics, to which she discovered her passion! Helping people get fit! At the age of 18, she got certified to teach group exercise and went to college for applied exercise science. During this time she maintained her group exercise instruction, but expanded to personal training. After graduating, Laura had worked at a commercial gym, managed a corporate fitness center, and, (what she currently does) trains clients out of her house and runs outdoor bootcamps during the warm weather months. She is a busy mom of 3, but makes sure to find the time to get her CrossFit in! After many years of step aerobics, kickboxing, weight training, spinning, she reached boredom in her routine and lack of motivation. CrossFit entered her life at the perfect moment! Laura has never been bored since!

CREDENTIALS:
AFAA Primary Certification – 1998
NSCA-CPT – 2000
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2014
American Red Cross CPR/AED – 2017
CrossFit Judges Course- 2018

Dave Flint

“FLINT”
Coach/Owner

Dave began CrossFit in 2011 and instantly was hooked. He loved the idea that CrossFit can be challenging to everyone, yet anyone can do it. Dave knows that CrossFit is all about pushing yourself to your absolute limits, which is something he thrives at. He began coaching about 6 months after starting because he wanted to help other people see just how hard they could push themselves and teach them to be successful while doing it.

Dave has served in the military for 10 years and deployed to Afghanistan from 2005-2007 with the BCO 1-102nd Infantry. He is an active member to the Connecticut Civil Support Team with the Army National Guard. CrossFit helps Dave stay in the shape he needs to be to perform his job and he is able to teach other team members how to do so as well.

CREDENTIALS:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer- 2012
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer – 2014
Kettebell Instructor Course – 2014
American Red Cross CPR/AED – 2017
CrossFit Judges Course – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Dave Graham

Coach

CREDENTIALS:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2017

Katrina LaClair

Coach

Growing up, Katrina was a competitive dancer and acrobat, ranking regionally and nationally with such awards as Dancer of the Year and Miss Acrobat of the United States. After high school she continued to dance professionally, traveling around the country and abroad with companies including Six Flags, Busch Gardens and Norwegian Cruise Line. After deciding to become a dance teacher/choreographer, she also started attending school and competing in Figure competitions which was a great outlet for her competitive personality. It was nice for the time but she was always left feeling like she needed more. CrossFit basically fell into her lap shortly after. She stumbled across an opportunity to become a coach at a new box opening the next town over from where she lived. Being that she was an Exercise Science major in school, it was an obvious choice to make. She had never done CrossFit so she signed up for a 3 class trial at Land Warrior when the box was still on Industrial Road in Windsor Locks. She was solo in her first class and was able to be one on one with the coach and take it slow. The second class however, she had to do a Hero WOD with a partner (Tio), that included 300 pull ups. 46 minutes later, her hands were ripped and bleeding, her chest and quads fatigued, she was soaked in sweat from head to toe and the best part was the support from people she had never met! That very night, she signed up for her CF-L1, she was hooked! The rest is history and she loves it more and more with every training session, every class she coaches and every event she attends.

CREDENTIALS:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer - 2013
CrossFit Kids - 2013
CrossFit Gymnastics - 2014
American Red Cross CPR/AED – 2017

Jaclyn Marino

SHRED Coach

Angela Oddo

Coach

CREDENTIALS:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2018

Stacey Pettit

Coach

Stacey joined the Land Warrior coaching team in May of 2015. She’s been participating in CrossFit since May 2012. Before CrossFit she was just a regular gym member. Once she discovered CrossFit she knew there was no going back. Stacey loves seeing new people discover the sport and do something that they never thought they could do. She feels that watching members accomplish a goal off their list makes it all so rewarding. Outside of the gym you can find her being an amazing hairdresser in Windsor Locks.

CREDENTIALS:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2014
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer - 2018
USAW Sports Performance Coach – 2014
American Red Cross CPR/AED - 2017
CrossFit Judges Course – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018


Kevin Salters

Coach/Operations Manager

Kevin was introduced to CrossFit after completing about a year of boot camp style training with Coach Laura. Kevin and his wife Stacey were attending Coach Laura’s outdoor boot camp and training once a week. Laura stated to him, “Kevin, I think you should try CrossFit, you need more than just once a week training.” Kevin took Laura up on her offer by attending his first Land Warrior class in 2013 and has never looked back.
He was an active soccer coach for 8 years with the Suffield Soccer Club and holds his National Level E license. Kevin was extremely passionate about the training and growth of his teams and very fortunate to be able to watch both his sons and his daughter win numerous state titles. Kevin started getting involved in the coaching roll as he helped the Suffield LAX and football teams train during the off season. It was only natural for Kevin to continue coaching in his new arena, CrossFit. Kevin received his L1 in March of 2016 and has wasted no time in offering his new found knowledge here at Land Warrior. Kevin really enjoys working with new members and helping them feel as comfortable as they can. Kevin states, “I remember my first day and I was extremely nervous to walk through that door! I really want every single athlete, despite their age and physical ability, to feel comfortable and have the opportunity to feel the love and support that our Land Warrior family offers!” It is not uncommon to see Kevin attending many different class times with “first timers” to help make their first CrossFit experience as positive as possible.

CREDENTIALS:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2016
CrossFit Scaling Course – 2016
American Red Cross CPR/AED - 2017
CrossFit Judges Course – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018


Zachary Salters

Coach

Coach Zach started with us back in the winter of 2013 as an athlete in our “pre-season sports program”. At the time, Zach was captain of the Suffield High School LAX team, as well as a defender for the school’s soccer team. Quickly he learned that the physical training offered during all his youth sports programs had met their match!
It did not take long for Zach to fall in love with the process of Crossfit and being naturally athletic, Coach Zach excelled quickly. Zach soon learned that Crossfit was much more than just a group of chalk clapping, sweat dripping twenty-something year olds trying to get buff, instead there was a powerful community involved that is behind you every step of the way. Zach loves to completely understand any process through trial and error, as well as research, and Zach did just that. He read all he could, studied the Crossfit philosophy, and was impressed with the proven, scientific methods and their results.
Coach Zach is a student at Springfield College and is majoring to become a Physician Assistant in the orthopedic field. His studies in the medical field only multiply his understanding of the human body, how it relates to both the physical movements, as well as understanding how nutrition plays an important role in this process.
Coach Zach typically coaches in the evening and when he is not coaching, he attends evening classes. He is always ready to offer advice at any time and will gladly help you with your fitness before he helps his own. We are very proud and fortunate to have been able to watch Zach enter our community as high school athlete, transform into an amazing Crossfit athlete, and now help others learn what he has learned along his journey.

CREDENTIALS:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2016
American Red Cross CPR/AED - 2017
CrossFit Judges Course – 2016, 2017, 2018


Brady Schoner

Coach

Brady began CrossFit in Land Warrior’s “pre-season sports program” back in 2012 to prepare himself for Suffield High School’s lacrosse and football seasons. What began as simply an exercise routine to stay in shape, evolved into a passion. Besides the physical improvements CrossFit offers, Brady enjoys the community that CrossFit creates and the attitude that everyone is welcomed regardless of their fitness level.

Brady graduated from Roger Williams University in ’17 with a degree in mechanical engineering, but was sure to drop in to LWCF when he visited home. Today, he works for Morris Group, Inc. as an Additive Product Engineer helping to distribute metal 3D printers to customers all over the nation. When not working, he can be found either participating in the evening classes or coaching them.


CREDENTIALS:
American Red Cross CPR/AED – 2017
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2017

Nolan Thompson

Coach

Nolan’s story begins just like CrossFit itself, in the garage. With nothing but a barbell and a concrete floor to answer to, his introduction to high intensity cross functional movement was rudimentary at best. What stood out above it all, besides discovering odd rep schemes like 21-15-9, was the feeling of triumphant endurance, conquering seemingly impossible workouts. It was empowering. For a kid who in 2011 could not do a single pull up, it kicked off a relentless endeavor in mastering himself and his health.

Today, Nolan has come a long way from those early days and brings a similar relentless passion for his athletes as a trainer. His coaching philosophy revolves around a foundation of self mastery, both physical and mental. From the complications of fundamental gymnastics to a general sense of mindfulness. For reasons near and dear to him he has a specialty certification in CrossFit SPEAR Self Defense and has had the opportunity to train with SPEAR System founder, Tony Blauer.

Nolan believes in putting purpose to his fitness and does so by participating in the “sport of adventure” traveling the world. Like so many, CrossFit has changed his life, inspiring him to become a resource to all those around him in discovering their incredible potential.

CREDENTIALS:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2017
CrossFit Spear – 2017
American Red Cross CPR/AED - 2017
CrossFit Judges Course – 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

David Tripp

“TRIPP”
Coach/Owner

Dave found CrossFit in 2012 and while looking to spread the knowledge, inspiration and CrossFit methodology, opened Land Warrior CrossFit in November of that year. His goal was to create a place where every person is respected as an athlete and inspired to work hard. Shortly after opening the doors at Land Warrior Dave was called up for his second deployment with the Connecticut Army National Guard to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. He quickly found himself amongst fellow CrossFitters and was part of the all volunteer coaching staff at CrossFit Arifjan. He was able share and spread his knowledge and enthusiasm with hundreds of soldiers and fellow Crossfitters during his free time over the 9 month deployment. Much has evolved at LWCF over the course of 5 years but Dave remains steadfast in his belief that "THIS PLACE WILL CHANGE YOU, IF YOU LET IT."

CREDENTIALS:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2012
CrossFit Kettlebell – 2012
USAW Sports Performance Coach – 2014
CrossFit Coach’s Prep Course (L2) – 2014
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting – 2014
CrossFit Games Scoring Team – 2014, 2015
American Red Cross CPR/AED – 2017
CrossFit Scaling Course – 2016
CrossFit Judges Course – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Sue Tripp

Coach

Sue began her CrossFit journey in August of 2013. To say it’s changed her life is an understatement, and being able to help others grow in their journey is the number one reason she got her L1 in 2016. She enjoys the methodology of CrossFit, the idea of general physical preparedness and being able to coach future generations to a healthier way of living.

CREDENTIALS:
American Red Cross CPR/AED – 2017
CrossFit Games Scoring Team – 2015
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2016
CrossFit Scaling Course – 2016
CrossFit Kids Trainer – 2016
CrossFit Anatomy Course - 2016
CrossFit Spot the Flaw Course - 2017
CrossFit Rowing (Water and Erg) – 2017
USAW Sports Performance Coach – 2017
CrossFit Judges Course – 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
CrossFit Running Course - 2018
CrossFit Lesson Planning Course - 2018