Trainers

 Meet our Team:

Marq “Beast Mode” Taylor

Marq

Shogun CrossFit Affiliate Manager/Head Coach

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • International Sports Science Association (ISSA) Master Trainer

Marq began CrossFit in 2013 while stationed at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. Growing up, he competed in various sports such as football, ju-jitsu, baseball, and soccer. In high school he focused on cross country/track and field, specifically in the 800 meter run and pole vault. After joining the Air Force in 2006, Marq found a passion for nutrition, physical fitness, and pushing the human body to its limits. In 2010, he earned his personal trainer certification through ISSA and began to train others in the basics of fitness. One day, while debating with an old supervisor over bodybuilding vs. CrossFit, Marq was challenged to the WOD “Nancy” (5 rounds: 400m run & 15 overhead squats at 95lbs, for time), and after feeling a pain like never before, he was hooked. Marq dove in, learning the methodology, efficiency, and science behind CrossFit.  It was the first fitness program that incorporated everything to create the total athlete. He was captivated and quickly “drank the coolaid”.  Recently, in March on 2015, Marq earned his CrossFit Level 1 Certification and happily joined Shogun CrossFit trainer family.

Favorite WOD: Helen

Favorite Lift: Deadlift

 

Scott Bennett

Scott

Assistant Shogun CrossFit Affiliate Manager/Coach

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Scott began CrossFit in 2012 with Shogun CrossFit and immediately knew he was in it for the long haul.  Scott is a 4th degree black belt in karate and had been practicing and teaching for many years.  However, Scott felt like he was missing something since he was not building muscle or endurance.  Karate training is basically repetition, doing the same thing over and over week in and week out.  With CrossFit, there is so much variance in the training and no two weeks are ever the same. Scott fell in love with the practicality of the exercises and how they improved every aspect of his life. He became a trainer in April of 2015 with the purpose of wanting to give back to the box and fellow athletes.  Scott’s favorite part of CrossFit is that he is continually learning a new skill and improving the techniques already learned.

Favorite WOD: Karen

Favorite Lift: Split Jerk

Alleem “the Viking” Humber Jr.

SCF Coach

       •   CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
       •   CrossFit Olympic Weight Lifting Trainer
       •   2011 CrossFit Mid-Atlantic Regional Competitor

Bio: Alleem started CrossFit late 2006 at CrossFit Dover close to his base of 11 years.  A fierce competitor since a young age, Alleem was into many disciplines of martial arts.  Boxing and Taekwando kept him out of jail during his teens.  Then Haidong Gumdo and Jiu Jitsu kept his mind focused after joining the Air Force and constantly flying missions into the desert.  Entering every kind of “stand up fighting” tournament was his passion, till a knee injury took him out of the ring in fall of 2006.  Searching for something to fill his competitive nature long time friend George Dobbins introduced him to CrossFit and said, “Bro, every day is a fight here, and then the next day it gets fiercer!”.  Even after his surgery in 2007 the functional movement and ability to scale WoDs brought Alleem back from his injury so fast his surgeon was even amazed!  Now joined with Shogun CrossFit, Alleem has found his new passion, training others in whatever goals they may have or want to achieve.

Favorite WOD: Isabel and Annie

Favorite Lift: Deadlift

Lauren “Horse Legs” Strike

LaurenStrike

SCF Trainer

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Endurance Trainer

Bio: Lauren started CrossFit in 2011 at CrossFit Valdosta. After years of half marathons and marathons she had great endurance but realized her fitness was missing something important… strength!! A friend suggested she try CrossFit and the rest is history. When Lauren moved to Okinawa in 2012, she instantly fell in love with Shogun CrossFit and decided to become a Level 1 trainer. She attributes several top place mud run finishes to CrossFit. When Lauren isn’t galloping around the fitness center track she can be found coaching at the 1200 or 1730 WOD’s.

Favorite WOD: Kelly and Karen (Wallballs baby!!!)

Favorite Lift: Squat Clean

 

Heidi “Handstand” Wolfe

SCF Trainer

  •       CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  •       European Individual Competitor 2010
  •       CrossFit Endurance Trainer
  •       CrossFit Kettle Bell Trainer
  •       CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
  •       CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

Bio: Heidi has a strong instructional and athletic background earning her Masters of Education from Michigan State and completing a 17 year gymnastics career as a Division 1 collegiate gymnast. In 2008, after having her second baby and needing a workout that was quick and efficient, her husband encouraged her to try CrossFit. Heidi spent the next few years hitting WODs at a globo gym and the base fitness center. While in England, a Health and Wellness Center trainer suggested she compete in the 2010 Games Sectionals. Heidi followed the advice, and placed second. She went on to compete at the 2010 European Regionals in Halmstald, Sweden. Later that year, Heidi received her Level 1 Certification at CrossFit Central London. She has gone on to further her CrossFit education by obtaining other certifications to include CF-L2.

Favorite WOD: Fran

Favorite Lift: Deadlift

Cindy Newberry

Cindy

SCF Trainer 

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Cindy was introduced to Crossfit during her internship at Wright-Patterson AFB in 2010 and has been in love with it ever since! Upon arriving to Okinawa in 2014, she immediately connected with Shogun CrossFit and fell in love with the unique community of Shoguns and the enthusiasm of all the volunteer trainers.  With being active duty Air Force, a wife, and a mom of two rowdy boys, Crossfit has not only provided an efficient way to work out, but a way to challenge herself both mentally and physically.

Favorite WOD: Anything with power cleans or deadlifts

Favorite Lift: Deadlift

Dennis Cooke

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SCF Coach
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Name a sport and Dennis has played it. Dennis grew up in PA and played competitive golf at Haverford High School and Delaware County Community College; where he allegedly carded a 3rd place finish in the PCAA State Championship (the internet doesn’t go back that far J). Dennis credits his appreciation for proper mechanics to his history with golf. Dennis’ other physical accomplishments include a yellow belt (one above white) in Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu, a 2-week stint as an amateur parkourist, and 8 months as Jimmy John’s fastest known bicycle delivery boy (again, pre-internet proof). Dennis enlisted in the Air Force in 2009 and took up a passion for endurance training as means to stay fit-to-fight. In 4 years’ time Dennis completed 5 marathons and 3 Half-Ironmans (feel free to google that claim). In pursuit of the perfect endurance training program, Dennis found that high-intensity, CrossFit workouts were much more efficient, well-rounded, and fun than the typical long-slow-distance volume training familiar to most endurance programs. Upon arrival to Kadena in October 2015, Dennis committed himself to full-time CrossFit training and is hitting PRs almost daily; to include losing 30 pounds! Dennis received his L1 Trainer cert in 2015, as he simply cannot help being that guy who gives unsolicited advice (“the L1 gives me street cred”). Truthfully, Dennis loves all sport and human movement and takes joy in sharing that passion with anyone and everyone.
Favorite WOD: “Amanda looks pretty awesome.” #goals
Favorite Lift: Snatch

 Pat Shanks

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SCF Coach
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Bio: Hola! Pat began Crossfit in late 2008 after overhearing a fellow classmate mention a CRAZY workout program. After attempting the WODs (Workout of the Day) from Crossfit.com, Pat was hooked (and physically wrecked) because it made him feel like an athlete again and it was actually fun! From a young age, Pat always aspired to be a triathlete & Ironman when he grew up because he loved running and putting his body through the wringer. But after a massive knee injury in college, his goals fell by the wayside and running was no longer an option. Multiple knee surgeries have definitely slowed Pat down, but he can still be found coaching or “sandbagging” at the 1730 class. As an avid fan of the sport of Crossfit, in 2012 he and his dad went to LA to watch the best complete in the Crossfit Games: Froning, Thorisdottir, and Shogun Crossfit all representing, and getting to meet many of his favorite athletes along the way. In 2016, Pat placed 64,218th in his first Crossfit Open. nbd.
Favorite WOD: Nicole (Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of: 400 meter run, Max rep Pull-ups). Or anything workout w/ Pull-ups.
Favorite Lift: Power Clean

Additional Coaches: (Awaiting Updates)

Stephen Green

Kunle Thomas

Paige Kennel

Kisente Fung

Preston Neumann

Michael Rice

 

Interested in becoming part of the Shogun CrossFit Team? Be a volunteer Trainer!  Contact one of our coaches and they will get you on the right path.

 

 

 

 

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