Unbroken Athletic is on a mission to transform the fitness experience. We understand that we're not the right fit for everyone, and that's perfectly fine with us. For those who seek more than just a gym, we offer a welcoming space where you not only work out but also build mental resilience and connections with others who want to do the same. Our goal is to inspire and empower a way of life that's all about bouncing back from challenges, discovering our true potential, and growing together as a supportive community—way beyond what you might expect from a regular gym.
In short, our Mission is to help people become better humans.
The charter for our coaches can be summed up in a single sentence:
“My competency is determined solely by my efficacy.”
This means what determines how good you are is how good you are for your clients — your ability to deliver results.
We ask a lot of our coaches.
And we believe the act of coaching is deliberate, focused attention: looking at one person at a time, caring deeply about their hopes and challenges, and helping them progress step by step so they can discover their true potential.
The CrossFit coach is not a cheerleader or a character who is there to entertain. Instead, our coaches display true character through knowing and serving someone else with the goal of helping them achieve their goals
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
USAW sports Performance coach
CrossFit Olympic Lifting
I got a late start on my fitness. I played a lot of different sports growing up but never stuck with one. It wasn’t until after I got married that I realized out badly out of shape I was. With the help of my wife and proper nutrition, I was able to lose 70 lbs. During that journey, we found an online blog called CrossFit.com. I fell in love with the sport and weightlifting. I began learning as much as could from my coaches and the CrossFit journal. I researched and studied great lifters and coaches like Tommy Kono, Greg Everett, Mike Burgener, and Mark Rippetoe. In 2010 I was given an opportunity to co-own a Crossfit facility and it was there I started coaching group classes and weightlifting courses. I’ve helped coach athletes make it to the CrossFit central east regionals in 2011,2012, and 2013. Unbroken Athletic has been a dream that I’ve had to bring fitness to my community for over 8 years.
I never thought I needed a coach or a community to achieve fitness not because they were too expensive or hard to find but more of an ego issue. Nobody wants to feel dumb and being in that room with people that were way more advanced is intimidating. But the athletic community was welcoming and helped me to feel like I belonged. They didn't buy my self-doubt or weakness they held me to a higher level and pushed me to become better. Fear is the biggest thing that holds so many of us back, but if we lean in we often find that our biggest fears and challenges are the things that help unlock who we were created to be.
Coaching is not being your cheerleader, it's about moving you to a goal so that you can overcome your fear and find yourself. My purpose is to find weakness and exploit it and work to remove them. I have a passion to develop those that want to fail over and over in order to discover the best versions of themselves.
Owner / Coach
CrossFit Level 1 Certification
AFFA certified personal trainer
Certified Life Coach
I'm on a mission to inspire and empower others to become more, do more & live a life worthy of their calling. I have been an entrepreneur in the fitness industry for over 25 years and in the nutrition industry for 15 years. I have been able to successfully turn my passion for health and wellness into a growing career that supports my love for helping others become more. I started early in my career in the late 90s as a strength conditioning coach for gymnasts and cheerleaders where my sister and I started our own program at a local gym. In college, I became an AFFA-certified personal trainer where I started my first outdoor boot camp and in-home personal training business. In 2010, I got my CrossFit Level 1 Certification and my husband and I became co-owners of a CrossFit gym in Strongsville, OH for 4 years before leaving to focus on our growing online nutrition business. In 2016, people started joining us for workouts in our home garage gym. In less than 6 months, our little group grew out of our garage and we opened the first location of Unbroken in the old fire station in Olmsted Falls. When COVID hit in 2020, we were forced out of that space. That forced change ended up being a huge blessing, Unbroken 2.0 opened in the fall of 2020 in a beautiful 5,000 sqft facility in Berea. My husband and I just bought a horse ranch in Olmsted Township. Our two kids are homeschooled. Outside of the gym, we are learning how to take care of and ride horses, we love to travel, go camping, renovate houses and cheer for the Cleveland Browns.
When I was 18 months old I was involved in a lawn mower accident where the majority of my right foot was cut off, the doctors were able to reattach it and I've had multiple corrective surgeries over the years. Still, my right foot is 3 sizes smaller than my left, I'm missing a toe and the doctors said I would never walk normally or have a normal balance or be able to do normal physical activities like the other kids. Growing up, I was fortunate to have parents and coaches that never let me believe this was a disability or told me what I "couldn't" do. Because I was taught my foot was something special and made me stronger, that's what I did instead. The mind is so powerful, what you believe about things becomes your reality. I have spent the majority of my life learning how to elevate my thoughts.
Sharing what I have learned on the journey to becoming the best version of myself with others is what drives me. My favorite thing is that the journey never ends. There is always room to improve, and new things to learn and share. I love knowing that all the adversity I have walked through in my life can be used for good. My biggest passion is helping others change their mindset, especially women about being strong, eating food to fuel their goals, speaking up for themselves, setting big wild goals, believing that they are good enough, and taking up space. I'm a huge believer that true change starts and lasts only by changing our thoughts. That's what I love coaching people through
Started weight training in the 10th grade and never stopped. In the 2010s, I started running 5k’s to half marathons and participating in Obstacle Course Races. Then in 2016, I started my relationship with CrossFit. In November of 2021, I found Unbroken seeking the ability to coach and I have been doing so and loving it since March 2022. Growing up I was involved with music more than athletics but I was always involved in rec league basketball and little league. In college, you could say my sport was dance. And now that I’m a father to a 3-year-old princess, nothing makes me happier than playing with her and teaching her the life lessons of being physically active
I would say I’m at a turning point right now in my athletic career. Joining CrossFit was a game changer not just in terms of lifting heavier, learning new skills, and moving with more intensity, but also in focusing on my mobility. CrossFit does a great job of identifying an athlete's weaknesses and over the last several months I have put my dreams of becoming an advanced athlete on hold to become a more mobile one. It’s as we do in the shadows that keep up strong and Unbroken in the spotlight. Trust me. I’m also doing this to make sure I can move home with my wife and toddler.
I love to teach, hence I love to coach. While I almost have 1 full year of CrossFit coaching experience, I also have been a teacher for 14 years. I enjoy teaching a variety of individuals who are different on every spectrum and waiting for those “lightbulbs” to go off. I’m very patient and supportive and I always expect the best out of my students and my athletes. People are always stronger than they think they are and I love making them realize that. I guarantee you I’m not your normal coach and you will be better than you were yesterday with my support. As long as athletes are consistent and disciplined, everyone wins at Unbroken.
Meet Coach Adam: a seasoned professional who delved into maintenance work at the young age of 12. With a rich background in coaching, he's been a force in Olympic lifting and CrossFit for 7 years. Adam is gearing up to become certified in HVAC this summer, further expanding his expertise.
A competitor in CrossFit and lifting for 9 years, Adam's life experiences are rooted in embracing failure as a stepping stone to growth. His philosophy centers on navigating the lows of CrossFit, understanding that setbacks are opportunities to learn and not reasons to be discouraged. Having overcome setbacks and injuries, Adam has emerged stronger, reaching numerous highs, including multiple victories in both CrossFit and lifting competitions.
"I want to be a coach because there is nothing better than seeing and guiding someone to hit new milestones that they thought were impossible in their fitness career. I love to be a part of helping people become the version of themselves they want to be. Being a coach is also rewarding in helping people become comfortable and welcomed when they come in feeling shy or scared in CrossFit," shares Adam, reflecting on his motivation.
Reflecting on his journey, Adam adds, "I've had the opportunity to train at a high level for CrossFit, aiming for the top. Although I didn't quite reach that pinnacle, I transformed into something I once deemed impossible. My extensive experience, witnessing the highs and lows of CrossFit, positions me as the ideal coach to guide others through this incredible journey."
Meet Coach Carrie: a dedicated US Navy Veteran with a 9-year military police officer background, currently pursuing a Master’s in Recreational Therapy at the University of Toledo and contributing as a government employee at DFAS.
Certified with Crossfit L1 and Kids Crossfit, Carrie's expertise extends to judging at prestigious events such as Wodapalooza and the Granite Games, evaluating athletes across all levels from scaled to elite.
Beyond her professional and fitness achievements, Carrie passionately serves as the president of the local FYR Unbroken (Forging Youth Resilience) non-profit chapter, embodying a deep commitment to community and resilience.
Coaching means a lot to Carrie as well. "It is an honor to be called 'Coach,' and it's something that I do not take for granted. Watching an athlete learn a skill that you taught them is what makes the sauce of life soooo good! Watching their face light up with pure joy is literally the best thing ever!"
Adding a personal touch, Carrie reflects on her journey, "Like so many of us, I want to be the best version of myself. There have been times where I needed someone to push me along, and there have been times where I am the pusher! I feel that being active and having optimism is the key to being the best YOU! Sometimes in life, it can be really hard to put a smile on and really mean it. Positivity is contagious and it can spread really far and wide if you let it! I have people in my life that bring the light to me when all I see is darkness. Because of that, my goal every day is to see the light and hold it as a beacon for others to see."