HERE’S WHAT SOFLA IS ALL ABOUT

 

We’re CrossFit SOFLA. Nice to meet you!

Have you ever asked yourself:

 

  • How do I stay motivated?

 

  • What should I eat?

 

  • Am I doing this movement right?

 

  • What workout should I do?

 

  • What’s the best way to get fit for my sport?

 

  • How do I get back to the shape I used to be in?

 

 

Or are you a member of a gym you’ve only visited twice in the last two months?

 

 

Well, you came to the right place! We’ve got the answers to finally get you where you want to go. We are here to help you shift your habits and improve your life! 

HERE’S THE THING

 

We believe motivated people who want to lose weight and get strong are just a few steps away from reaching their goals.  It’s just a matter of knowing the right way to exercise and eat, and having a group of workout partners who will push you to get better every day. Once you’re in the habit, it’s nothing but sunshine and smiles. 

 

How can you find the time to to sift through the BS and develop a perfect workout, have a great diet, and find the right workout partners when you have a full-time job, a family to take care of, or studying to do? 

 

Instead of digging through hundreds of books, blogs, research papers, and how-to videos, made by “experts”…

 

Come check out CrossFit SOFLA and let us sift and sort through all the best research to give you proven workouts and eating strategies that will help you get results without the hassle. 

 

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You’ll only get the best information we find, and you’ll be part of a group of tons of motivated people who are also living better through fitness.

 

Listen…We’re here to help people improve their lives. It’s that simple. It’s our calling and our passion. Our job is to give you the best possible experience; your job is show up. 

INTRODUCING CROSSFIT SOFLA

CrossFit SOFLA is a thriving and growing group of motivated people who want to lose weight, get strong, and feel amazing.

The goal of CrossFit SOFLA is to help you live a better life through fitness. We do this by focusing on your results, education, and building a strong community of people who will support you.



The Team at CrossFit SOFLA is a group of individuals on the pursuit of excellence. We are pursuing excellence in coaching, in training, in relationship building, in personal development, in education, and in all other parts of our lives. We are here to push you to your full potential, challenge you to get strong, dare you to fight your weaknesses, inspire you to believe in yourself, and motivate you to find the badass athlete that you have inside of you, because that’s what we believe in and that’s what we do best.

We can drastically improve your life. Actually, that’s our calling.

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ABOUT OUR COACHES

STEPHANIE THOMPSON

Head Coach, Founder

I’ve been in fitness since 2005. I’ve got a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a Master’s degree in Education from UF (Go Gators!). I married a United States Air Force gentleman who still makes me laugh ridiculously hard. I’ve got lots of certifications and am always getting more. I love to learn. I love to read. I started CrossFit in 2011 and never turned back. I believe that CrossFit is one of the best tools in the world to help people improve their lives. My purpose is to help people live a wonderful life; my tool is fitness. 

WHAT I LOVE

  • My Family
  • Coaching
  • Adventures
  • Animals
  • Peace
  • Gratitude

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • Naka Athletics Gymnastics Seminar
  • FuBarbell Olympic Weightlifting Seminar (Beginner and Advanced)
  • Currently studying my buns off for the CF L3

JOSH THOMPSON

Coach & Co Founder

My fitness journey started at the age of 18 when I decided to enlist in the Air Force Reserve. I knew right away that I wasn’t in shape at all. This was magnified at basic training where I struggled physically. After basic training, I enrolled in school and started the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Florida with plans of becoming an Air Force Officer. Throughout my time in the reserves and in the ROTC program I struggled greatly to pass the Air Force PT test. I always passed but it was a close call every time. About a year after I graduated college (2010) I was introduced to CrossFit for the first time. A few of the people in my unit were really into CrossFit and after some coaxing, my buddy Mike finally convinced me to join him at the base gym and do CrossFit.com workouts. This is the point that I was forced to confront exactly how out of shape I was. After guessing at most of the movements for a few months I decided to join a local affiliate and learn how to actually do the movements correctly. I struggled mentally and physically. Physically I was overweight and very, very weak. Mentally I struggled with staying consistent with something that I wasn’t naturally good at and having to face different weaknesses every time I walked into the gym. After about 6 months I started to notice improvement, and it clicked to me that I wanted to devote my time and energy to this so I could have the opportunity to coach and help people overcome the same obstacles. In 2011, when Stephanie started doing CrossFit with me, is when we decided that we were going to put ourselves on a path to coach CrossFit professionally. My job in the Air Force dictated that I travel a lot which was beneficial in giving me the opportunity to see many other gyms all over the world and learn from a wide range of sources. This has greatly helped us prepare to open CrossFit SOFLA and be successful.

I love CrossFit and I love that it gives me the ability to help people reach their full potential. I am motivated and excited on a daily basis to do what I do.

 

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • USAW Level 1 Sport Performance Certification
  • Naka Athletics Gymnastics Seminar
  • FuBarbell Olympic Weightlifting Seminar

Core Stability Overhead

KAITLYN BAKER

Coach

WHAT I LOVE

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit Level 1

DEVEN CHRISTOPHER

Coach

At 20, I earned a BS in Studio Art from Florida State University (thankfully Josh & Stephanie still consented to hire me) and married my best friend. My first job as a graphic designer, logging countless hours in a chair in front of my computer, drove me to run on my lunch breaks. This led to running marathons. Distance seemed to suit me, even distance swimming. I worked in graphic design for 20 years (the last 10 as a small business owner). Now, I get to coach cool kids (with my own baby girls!) while pursuing a graduate degree in neuropsychology. Outside of CrossFit SOFLA, you can probably find me with my nose in a book.

WHAT I LOVE

  • My Family
  • Grace
  • Books
  • Brains
  • Lincoln
  • Patti Smith
  • Caravaggio

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Kids
  • ACE Personal Trainer Certification
 

VINNY PASCHOALINI

Coach

I was born and raised in Brazil. When I turned 14, I started to become very active, going fishing with my dad, climbing trees, racing through the jungle at my dad’s farm, running hills with my friends, playing volleyball, horseback riding, jumping waterfalls. I loved (and still love) crazy adventures. A few years back, for various reasons, I stopped all those things I loved. It seemed as though my energy was always drained. All I seemed to do anymore was go to work, eat, and watch tv. I always found an excuse to stay home and do nothing. Then Amanda, my dear friend, introduced me to CrossFit. I reluctantly went to my first CrossFit class, but that one class was all I needed. I was hooked. The movements were just so interesting, AND the class had gymnastics components which I always loved. From that day forward, I knew that CrossFit was exactly what I needed. It was as though I became a kid again. Life became an adventure again. I decided to pursue CrossFit as a coach and took my CrossFit Level One. I began a whole new career path. I now have my SOFLA family and I get to coach awesome people to their fullest potential every day. My big goal is to be part of the CrossFit HQ coaching staff.

WHAT I LOVE

  • My Family
  • Fishing
  • Adventures
  • Fishing
  • Church
  • Fishing
  • CrossFit
  • Coaching
  • SOFLA

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
 

OLIVIA BIVENS

Coach

My CrossFit journey started in 2014 , sweating out my first ever winter season up in Williamsburg, Virginia, where I attended VCU to earn my BS in Chemistry. I’ve been obsessed with this sport ever since. I love coaching, and teaming up with my athletes to accomplish amazing things in and out of the box. I’ve been a dancer all my life, and attended a dance academy for much of my schooling. In my free time I do boring stuff like read books and do puzzles. You can pretty much always find me on my yoga mat, or on an adventure with my hubby.

WHAT I LOVE

  • Traveling
  • Sushi
  • Fishing
  • Dogs
  • Dancing
  • Books
  • Yoga

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit Level 1