Coach Josh

I have had a passion for fitness and exercise since high school. I had been a chubby kid in elementary and middle school. I joined the tennis team in high school, and exercise and fitness became one of my passions. I started going to the local YMCA the day after I finished my senior year of varsity tennis in high school. After a few years, I got involved with physique and bodybuilding shows. I was making my own diet plans to do these shows, so I really got involved with nutrition and how macronutrients affect our bodies.


In March 2012, during my “cut” for my last bodybuilding show, my sister Kate talked me into going to a new CrossFit gym our friend had just opened. At that point I started implementing CrossFit a few times a week for cardio. I found I was excited to go to CrossFit, unlike the boredom I felt while being on a stair-master or running. 


It didn’t take long to get hooked. We both joined CrossFit Ignition in Flushing, MI. I will always be thankful for this gym and all the friends made there. The owner Matt, changed mine and Kate’s lives. His friendship, support and coaching  ultimately helped Kate and I develop the desire to want to do the same for others. 


The whole process of becoming a coach and gym owner started in 2013. I graduated from University of Michigan-Flint with bachelor's degrees in Marketing and Spanish in May. Not too long after, in June, Kate and I both lost our dad, Ken, to melanoma skin concern. While being only 22 years old, an event like this really puts life into perspective and makes you think hard about what you want to do.


A few months later, I decided to take a 3-week road trip out west just to explore. One random day, I went for a guided hike at Glacier National Park in Montana. It just so happened that one of the three other hikers worked for the CrossFit Seminar Staff in California. During that day, she asked if I had ever considered getting my Level 1 Crossfit certification. I said yes, then she asked “Then why haven’t you?” I had no answer. I thought about that for the rest of the trip and on the drive back home, asked Kate if she would do it with me. She said yes, so the very next month, we both got our level 1 CrossFit certification at Rogue Fitness in Ohio.


At that time, I was in graduate school for an MBA. But CrossFit had become my passion. I knew that I did not want to sit behind a desk all day. I wanted to make my career my passion. So in the beginning of 2014, Kate and I began searching for a place to open our own gym. We received an email about a warehouse that was available in Allendale. We drove from Flushing to Allendale in February of 2014 to look at it. It was perfect. We made the decision that we wanted to “build our Box” there.


We had zero clients, knew NO ONE in Allendale but we had a dream and the passion to build it. In March 2014, we both moved across the state and haven’t looked back since. 


I am so fortunate and thankful to be an owner and coach at CrossFit Allendale, while being able to have built such a wonderful place with my sister as my business partner.


We are so appreciative of the support we have always received from our members and the community. The people we have met since we opened have changed my life. I can’t wait to see our members and community continue to grow into the future.


Quick Questions

First Wod: 3 Rounds: 400m Run, 30 Wallballs, 20 AMSU, 1 Rope climb. 

Favorite Cheat Meal:  Anything that involves Pizza, burritos, wings and lots of ranch.

Favorite Musician: MGK, Mike Posner & NF.

Worst CrossFit Movements: HSPU and snatches

Favorite Sports Team: Detroit Lions

Favorite Tv Show: The Office, Criminal Minds and Breaking Bad

Favorite CrossFit Athlete: Mat Fraser

Goals for the future: Grow our community.


Coach Kate

As a kid, I was never into sports or exercise. Running the mile once a week in middle school would make me nervous because I was never athletic. The summer after my freshman year of high school, I started working out with a personal trainer, Paul. I have to say that Paul changed my life forever. He made me fall in love with exercise. He introduced me to CrossFit during my senior year of high school in 2012 and I loved it. I dragged Josh to the intro class with me and we never looked back. It was exactly what we needed, something where you always have room for improvement, that is fun, & allows you to meet people from all walks of life. CrossFit has not only made me fitter but has also given me another family. I love the community aspect of CrossFit. 


I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a B.S. in Exercise Science in 2016 and a Masters of Public Health with an emphasis in Health Promotion in 2019. I am also a ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and a CrossFit-Level 2 Trainer. Not only do I have a passion for fitness but I also have a passion for educating others on the importance of being active and living a healthy lifestyle. CrossFit has allowed me to change people’s lives and help them realize that they can do anything that they set their mind to. I am so grateful for all of the people who have walked through CFA’s doors and made it what is it today.




First Wod: something with 400 m run, hrpu, deadlifts and kbs and I about died


Favorite Cheat Meal:  Mexican food


Favorite Musician: Michael Jackson, Demi Lovato, Big Sean, Ariana Grande, Mike Posner, MGK


Worst CrossFit Movements: Pull-ups, T2B, HSPU


Favorite Tv Show: The Office, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Real Housewives anything, any 90 Day FiancĂ© spin-off 


Favorite CrossFit Athlete: Brent Fikowski, Chandler Smith, Lauren Fisher, Noah Ohlsen


Coach Kelsey

I had played softball my entire life and was lucky enough to get to play at Grand Valley State University. The many years of throwing a ball caused chronic pain in my shoulder that required rehab to help lessen the pain, but nothing seemed to help. I had a teammate who told me about CFA and Crossfit which helped her with an arm injury she had, so I decided to join her. Ever since I walked through CFA’s door, I have been hooked! My shoulder pain has lessened and been easier to manage, as well as I have never felt stronger because of Crossfit. Now that I am retired from softball, Crossfit has given me that competition and community that I miss. 


I graduated from Grand Valley with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and am a ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. I moved around a bit after I graduated from GVSU, but since moving back, I was able to become a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer and coach at CFA thanks to Josh and Kate. I am grateful to have such a fun job and get to pass on my love for Crossfit and fitness to others.

Quick Questions


First WOD: A birthday WOD for Kate. It was like a 20 min AMRAP with 100 Wall Balls, 75 Burpees, 50 reps of something and 25 reps of something else. It was rough!


Favorite Cheat Meal: It’s not really a meal, but I can’t say no to ice cream


Favorite Musician: I love all types of music! Who I choose to listen to on repeat depends on my mood


Worst Crossfit Movements: Thrusters and Wall Balls


Favorite Sports Team: Chicago Blackhawks


Favorite TV Show: Friends, Big Bang Theory, and the DC superhero shows on the CW


Favorite Crossfit Athlete: Katrin Davidsdottir and Kara Saunders

Goals for the Future: Stay Fit!

Coach Dave

In my youth I played a lot of sports - soccer, baseball, basketball, and even earned my black belt in Shorin-ryu Shorinkan karate. After high school, sports stopped. I enjoyed a lot of food and drank lots which lead to a multitude of health issues.


After having kids, sports entered back into my life. I started coaching AYSO soccer and baseball for my boy’s teams and had a lot of fun doing it. When my oldest son decided to get into the Scouts BSA, I joined him and his younger brother and became the Scoutmaster for their troop - 292 in Grandville. As Scoutmaster, I had the opportunity to teach young men and women about outdoor life, lifelong skills, and worked with those kids to keep them active through swimming, running, biking, and hiking.


In 2014 I joined the BizStream team. After a year and a half of constantly asking, “when are you going to go to CrossFit?”, the CrossFit fanatics at BizStream finally convinced me to go. On June 6, 2016, a handful of the BizStream team went together to CFA to start our journey in fitness and do a bit of team building. Fast forward to 2021, I’ve lost 40+ lbs, finally landed my 1st bar muscle-up, can walk 25’ on my hands, earned my CF-OL1, switched to a vegan diet, and started coaching at CFA. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to coach, teach others, and continue to help foster the amazing community that Josh and Kate have built at CFA.



First WOD: Honestly, I don’t recall the WOD, but what I do remember is that there were burpees. I had never done them before and clearly remember lying on the floor thinking, “What have I gotten myself into? I have to come back tomorrow?”


Favorite Cheat Meal: Vegan Pizza from Fratelli’s.


Favorite Music: It really depends on my mood. I lean towards 90’s and early 2000’s rap, but lately, it’s been rock for workouts.


Worst Crossfit Movements: Running. Assault Bike. Rowing.


Favorite Sports Team: Pittsburg Steelers


Favorite TV Shows: The Mandalorian, Startup, The Good Fight

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Allendale, MI 49424