Coaches/Staff

Huntleigh & Jarrod Dodson Me

Owners/Head Coach-Jarrod

Huntleigh and Jarrod have been happily married since 1998 and have lived in Chelsea since 2004. They have 2 children, Logan and Kayleigh.

Jarrod found CrossFit in 2009 and has been addicted ever since. He has been L1 certified since 2010. He has also had his CrossFit Olympic Lifting certification, CrossFit Gymnastic certification and his CrossFit Mobility certification since 2012. He has been a coach for his son’s baseball and football teams, as well as coaching strength and endurance for his daughter’s dance competition team. Huntleigh has a background in dance and Winterguard. Both are active Plexus Ambassadors and have a passion for helping people live healthier and happier lives.

Becoming owner of a CrossFit gym has been a longtime dream of Jarrod’s and luckily his wife is supportive of his dream. Together they’ve made a great team!

Favorite Benchmark WODs: Jarrod (Diane), Huntleigh (Grace)

Gene Lewis

Owner

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After 20 plus years of marketing management, both in the corporate world and as a consultant, where I’ve worked with such Fortune 500 companies as Tyson Foods, Flowers Bakeries and Sara Lee Corporation, I decided to pursue my love for fitness and join the ownership team at Crossfit Chelsea.  Always highly active, I hold a black belt in Taekwondo and enjoy competing in 5K events, mud runs and Crossfit competitions.  In addition, I’ve trained in karate, hapkido, and other self-defense techniques.

Not long after I joined CFC I fell in love with the people and culture here.  It’s a unique place, where everyone is challenged to do his or her best in a supportive and encouraging environment.  I look to combine my business experience and passion for fitness to contribute to achieving Crossfit Chelsea’s goal of being THE absolute best fitness resource to our members and an active participant in the community.

Bachelors and masters degrees in marketing from the University of Alabama.  Graduate level marketing certificate from eCornell, ACE certified personal trainer, CrossFit level one certification, TRX qualified instructor, AED/CPR and first aid certification

Favorite Benchmarks: Elizabeth

Favorite Exercise:  Thrusters (not really)

 

If you believe in yourself, have dedication and pride and never quit, you will be a winner.  The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.  –Paul “Bear” Bryant

Will “21” Davis

Owner/Coach

I’ve been playing sports since I could walk and love competition1 and pushing personal limits. Your body is capable of way more than you think, you just have to push past what your mind allows. Football was my main sport and baseball was something to do during the off season. I played through high school and was lucky enough to play college football for Birmingham Southern. I started to volunteer at the local fire department and enjoyed the fire service and enrolled in Recruit and EMT school.

Currently I am a Fire Fighter/EMT for Talladega Fire Department. I walked through the door at CrossFit Chelsea at the end of 2014 and haven’t looked back since. I became a coach about 6 months after I joined and love helping and coaching people to reach their goals.

Psalms 23:4 -Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle … VICTORIOUS.” -Vince Lombardi

John Phillips

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I’ve been married for seventeen years to my wife Lori. We have been blessed with three children Georgia, Lake and Stone and have resided in Chelsea for just over fifteen years. I served in the armed forces and completed a rotation in Iraq. I am a proud combat veteran. I have participated in CrossFit for two years and in the interest of better understanding of its dynamics, I pursued my L1 certification. Fortunately the certification has allowed me to assist and encourage others who have made a decision to improve their health and quality of life. My family and I spend time on Lake Martin and South Florida where we enjoy our favorite pastime, boating.

 

Anne McGavin

Coach

Anne has earned her way to The CrossFit Games Master’s Online Qualifier in 2016 and 2017! She loves dead lifting, squatting, and her family including her beloved pack of dogs! Anne is a long time member of our “Lab Rat” class and coaches classes throughout the day! Her passion for helping the members is easy to see in every class she leads!

 

 

Challise Shirley

Coach

Challise has been a CrossFitter in several cities! She started CrossFit in Auburn while attending school and them moved to the Capstone to finish her degree and now finds herself at CrossFit Chelsea where she coaches the 6:30pm classes on Monday and Wednesday. Challise has a gymnastic background and there’s a good chance you’ll find her swinging on the rig when you come in!

 

 

Candace Gary

 Coach

Candace started her fitness journey at a young age playing softball, basketball, and cheering. She started running in 2010 & was hooked. Competing in triathlons until she got pregnant with River in December 2012.  She kept running throughout her pregnancy and after she gave birth completed a full marathon. Becoming bored with running she wanted to try something new so a member at CFC talked her into giving it a shot. She walked into the gym about one week after a marathon thinking she was in shape and realized there were different kinds of fit!  Candace received her L1 and Nutrition Certification with Eat To Perform in August 2015 while pregnant with Rayne. Candace continued to CrossFit during the entire pregnancy per her doctor’s permission and over seeing until she was born September 29, 2016.  Her labor, delivery, and postpartum were a breeze after staying in such great shape and she can credit that all back to staying fit and being in tune with her body and listening.
As a full-time mom, she is here to help and motivate other moms and individuals that just need that extra push and help become motivated to take that next step toward a healthy lifestyle.  “I am living breathing proof you can do it.” -Candace

Matt Dunaway

Coach

Matt was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. His love for athletics began at a young age. He played football, baseball and track throughout high school.
Outside the gym, Matt is a member of the United States Air Force. His main vocation is working full time as a Cyber Systems Operations Manager.

He attended college at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama where he played baseball and graduated with a Bachelor of Management and Administration. He first encountered CrossFit while playing baseball for Auburn University and was immediately intrigued with the movements and methodology. He started his CrossFit journey in 2012 obtaining his CrossFit-L1 Certification, CrossFit-Gymnastics Certification and CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification.

Matt qualified and competed in the team division of the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Atlantic Regional, with a 6th place overall finish, and the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Atlantic Regional.

He qualified and competed in the 2016 Wodapalooza finishing 5th overall.

Favorite Benchmark WODs: FRAN

4 thoughts on “Coaches/Staff

  1. Classic bios. Jeff is way too wordy, cilantro is delicious, therefore you cannot be allergic and I read quickly and thought Jarrod was a certified Zumba instructor. You can imagine my disappointment when I realized he wasn’t. Cuz…

    I can’t imagine a better group of coaches, you guys are great.

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