Coaches

JASON ANDERSON

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CO-OWNER/FOUNDER/HEAD COACH

Favorite WOD: Anything with Olympic Lifting, Rope Climbs, and Box jumps love them!

Least favorite WOD: Kalsu, hands down. It’s one of the few WODs that I’ve turned in a did-not-finish on…I hit it a year later on the anniversary and knocked it out sub 30 min.

Time crossfitting: Since 2008.  Six months solo in the backyard of my parents house. The rest is history…

What is Crossfit?: The best way to workout period. We do what works because it works and no other reason. It has engulfed every fiber of my soul. It brings more mental change than you would even think.
Workout music of choice: All over the map. Metal, old school hip hop, techno, dance…you name it.

Qualifications/Certs:
Crossfit LVL1 & LVL2 Trainer
CrossFit Nutrition
CrossFit Olympic Lifting
CrossFit Football
CrossFit Endurance
CrossFit Gymnastics
USAW Sport Performance Coach
ZUU Level 1 Trainer
Ankorr Level 1 Trainer

Accomplishments:

  • Competed in Dirty South Regionals Apr’09. Dirty South Sectionals  Mar’10. Came in 33rd out of 98 male competitors . Proudly achieved 2nd place winner  at “Swamp Monster” competition in Aug ’10 and has done numerous others like “Fight Gone Bad”, “Iron Curtain” & “Tough Mudder”.
  • Soul Weightlifting MIA Classic 2011 – 2nd place winner
  • Soul Weightlifting MIA 2 Classic 2012 – 1st place winner in 94kg weight class.
  • Trained with London Olympic Games 2012 Weightlifting Athlete Holley Mangold.
  • Has coached and trained with 3rd place winner of the CrossFit Games 2012 Talayna Fortunato.
  • Lululemon Ambassador 2012
  • Soul Weightlifting MIA Classic Dec 2012 – 4th place winner overall.
  • Current coach of USAW Youth National Weightlifting Silver Medalist Bradon Luedke.
  • Soul Weightlifting MIA Classic June 2013
  • RAID Games 2013
  • Dec 2013 – Attended OPT (Optimum Performance Training) Athlete Camp lectured by  Owner/Director of OPT and winner of the CrossFit Games 2007 James FitzGerald.
  • Ice Monster Feb 2014
  • Equipment Director at FN Thunderdome Competition – June 2014
  • Team competitor Box Battles – Oct 2014
    Iron Curtain Competition – Oct 2014
  • Ice Monster Competition – Feb 2015
  • Equipment Director at FN Thunderdome Competition – June 2015
  • Iron Curtain Competition – Dec 2015
  • Equipment Director at FN Thunderdome Competition – June 2016
  • Equipment Director at G.R.I.D. Competition in Ft Myers, FL – Aug 2016
  • Head Organizer at USAW Winter Open Competition. CrossFit Blaze – Jan 2017

SOPHIE HEWSON

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COACH

Qualifications/Certs:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Gymnastics

Accomplishments:
1st place winner of Box Battle Competition 2013 – Scaled Women’s division
Female RX Competitor at FN Thunderdome Competition – June 2014
Team competitor Box Battles – Oct 2014

Sophie earned her level 1 in 2013 after crossfitting for over two years! She loves fitness, nutrition, and the social community CrossFit creates. She is a dedicated athlete who loves to compete in all sorts of settings.

MELVIN JENSEN

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COACH

Qualifications:

Personal Training
USAW Level 1

Accomplishments:

Melvin studied kinesiology for two years at Mississippi State University. He has worked as a Personal Trainer for the past 5 years as well as managed a corporate gym. As a trainer he worked with people of all ages. From collegiate and professional athletes to 70 year old grandmothers just wanting energy to keep up with the grandkids. He’s helped people achieve goals from losing 100lbs to adding 100lbs to their back squat.
Three years ago he got involved in Olympic Lifting as a satellite athlete from a coach at LSU-Shreveport. That gave him the opportunity to meet Kendrick Farris and Kyle Pierce. He got certified to coach olympic lifts in Aug 2014 and subsequently started volunteering with his local weightlifting club in Jackson, MS. He helped run practices with MS Barbell, coached lifters, recruited athletes for the program, and competed as part of their club.
Melvin relocated to Florida in 2016 to be closer to family.

JULIE RAVENEL

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COACH

Qualifications:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Kids
ZUU Level 1 Trainer
Ankorr Level 1 Trainer

Accomplishments:
5th place winner of Box Battle Competition 2013 – Masters division
Athlete Assistant at FN Thunderdome Competition – June 2014
Masters competitor Box Battles – Oct 2014

LAUREN GIBSON

Lauren
YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Qualifications:
B.S Biology with Exercise Phys. Concentration – Florida Southern College
Certified 200 Hr Yoga Teacher
Collegiate athlete.

She currently competes in 5ks. Adventure races, Sprint Tris and any other adventures she can find.

ANA ROE

Ana Steinbaugh
COACH

Qualifications:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Accomplishments:
Blaze Throwdown – April 2014
FN Thunderdome Team Competitor – June 2014 & 2015

LIZ ANDERSON

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CROSSFIT BLAZE CO-OWNER/FINANCIAL MANAGER

Liz has been active her whole life in many fitness and business ventures. From teaching PE to kindergartners, owning a Production Company to dancing in a hip hop crew. She holds several acreditations with AFAA which include Group Fitness & Step. She feels very lucky to have survived aggressive breast cancer and loves giving back by helping others with health and fitness.

TIM ANDERSON

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CO-OWNER CrossFit Blaze, LLC
OWNER Unique Excavators, LLC

Qualifications/Certs:
CrossFit  LVL 1 Trainer
CrossFit Endurance
CrossFit Kids
In-House Photographer ~ www.papiratzziphotography.com

Tim has coached many youth soccer teams and holds several licenses from the “Florida Youth Soccer Association”.

 

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