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C.J. Martin is a Level 2 CrossFit instructor, USAW Club Coach and former member of the CrossFit HQ training team. C.J. began coaching because he passionately believes in the life-changing benefits of functional fitness.His goal as a fitness coach is to inspire individuals to make long-term lifestyle changes, and he has found that CrossFit’s scalable intensity and commitment to functional movement makes it the perfect program for individuals of all ages and abilities.
C.J. believes that the psychology of sport and fitness training plays a vital role in the success of any program. He fosters a positive training environment to help clients overcome self-doubt or perceived limitations to achieve their full potential.
C.J. also specializes in helping athletes prepare for the CrossFit Games, coaching both teams and individuals at Invictus as well as athletes across the United States and United Kingdom through online coaching and program design.
C.J. enjoyed five years as a successful litigator at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP before dedicating his full attention to helping others achieve their fitness goals. His practice focused on securities fraud and complex commercial litigation.
He is also co-founder of Kids Helping Kids, a non-profit organization that has raised nearly $4 million for neo-natal intensive care and pediatric units throughout Oregon, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of San Diego Youth Services.
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Michele is a USAW Club Coach and holds a number of CrossFit Certifications and is working on her OPT Coaching Certification Program. She has also traveled with the CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification team teaching other coaches and athletes the Olympic Lifts.Michele earned a B.A. in Sociology from California State University, San Marcos, and spent much of her time there focusing on the study of youth gangs and foodways. The combination of her formal education in the cultural, social, and economic practices relating to the production and consumption of food and her experience as the owner of M Good Meals, a Paleo-friendly catering service, has helped her emphasize the importance of nutrition with her clients and work with them on healthy and creative meal planning and preparation ideas.
Michele is a lifelong athlete who played soccer at the collegiate level, was a competitive swimmer, and has competed a number of times as both an individual and on the Invictus team at the CrossFit Games. She recognizes the benefits a varied strength and conditioning program provides to both competitive athletes as well as everyday people looking to improve overall health and mental toughness. Her goal is to connect with each person she trains in a way that motivates and excites them to perform at their highest level.
Before pursuing a career in health and fitness, Michele spent five years as a Marketing & Development Officer for a non-profit agency.
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Nichole holds a number of CrossFit coaching certifications, including participating in the OPT CCP Certification Program. She has been a part of the CrossFit community since it’s beginning and was one of the original CrossFit Kids. After earning her Bachelors of Science in Health Studies: Physical Activity & Exercise at Portland State University, she returned to the San Diego area and began working with a Charter School through Invictus. Nichole now spends her time working as one of the Director of Operations at Invictus, helping manage and coach. Nichole is an accomplished fitness professional with experience in managing and leading group, individual, and youth fitness programs. She has the uncanny ability to motivate diverse groups and to implement healthy and productive changes. Nichole won 3rd place in the inaugural CrossFit Games in 2007 and has helped lead Team Invictus to the CrossFit Games for the past 4 years.
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Nuno is a head coach for CrossFit Endurance and CFHQ. Traveling the world to train other coaches proper running and endurance training technique, nutrition, injury prevention and program design.
Nuno was a NCAA Division 1 Track and Field athlete at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, competing in the 200M and 400M sprints. He began competing in triathlons in 2006, completing a 1/2 Ironman, numerous sprint distance races, and a few Olympic distance triathlons.
Nuno has coached CrossFit, running and triathlon programs full-time since 2008, and founded Invictus Endurance (previously San Diego Anaerobic Endurance). He is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and passion for running and fitness to anyone interested in living a healthier, happier life.
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Shane has been coaching and competing in CrossFit since 2009. Before that he rowed for four years at the University of San Diego where he helped lead his team to the IRA national championships in 2009. He has a broad base of athletic endeavors including slalom alpine skiing, baseball, track, and football that he developed while growing up in Minnesota.
He is a head coach for the CrossFit Rowing Seminar Staff, founded the Invictus Rowing Club, opened his own rowing facility, ROW Studios in Houston in May, has been a contributor for several fitness publications including The CrossFit Journal, Competitor Magazine, & The Box Magazine. He has been to the CrossFit Games 4 times as a competing member of team Invictus and with that team won the CrossFit SoCal Regionals 3 years in a row from 2011 – 2013.
He’s ACE GFI, CrossFit Level 1, and First-Aid CPR certified and holds his CrossFit Rowing and CrossFit Kettlebell certificates. He’s currently studying to earn his Precision Nutrition certification. Amongst these, he also loves understanding and studying mobility as a way to keep the body healthy while asking it to perform in new and challenging ways.
He passionately works with clients to help them reach their goals, relying heavily on the mindset component to allow clients the mind-body connection that will drive them to their own success.
Cody Burgener is a CrossFit Level 1 certified trainer and head coach of the Invictus Olympic Weightlifting program.
Born into a family of outstanding Olympic weightlifters and coaches, Cody has been competing in Olympic weightlifting since the age of five, and has been instructing the lifts since he was 15 years old. In addition to coaching at Invictus, Cody now travels the world instructing athletes and certifying coaches through the CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Certification course.
Cody earned his Bachelors in Exercise Science from the University of Sioux Falls, where he was a four-year starter for the USF baseball program. Cody attributes his athletic success to years of smart training in the Olympic lifts and CrossFit strength and conditioning. As a coach, Cody is determined to help athletes learn from his experience and give them a similar upper-hand over their competition.
Cody is passionate about helping and motivating people to be the best they can be. He finds nothing more rewarding than helping others reach their goals, achieve new personal records and successfully overcome obstacles that once appeared insurmountable.
Nick Hawkes has been a Crossfit level 2 certified coach since 2008 and been a Crossfit advocate since 2005. Nick holds numerous specialty certifications, including participating in the OPT ccp coaching curriculum. Nick was one of Invictus’s founding coaches but took a 3 year hiatus to own and operate his own successful affiliate in Jacksonville Fl. He finally got tired of the heat and humidity and decided to move back to America’s finest city and rejoin Invictus’ incredible coaching staff and community. Nick is also a huge supporter of utilizing fitness outside the gym and regularly participates in mixed martial arts, hiking and just about anything else that sounds like fun.
Lindsey Johnson holds multiple CrossFit Certifications and comes to us from Reebok CrossFit ONE in Canton, MA, where she worked as the Director of Operations and coach at Reebok World Headquarters for the last two years. She has enjoyed many diverse experiences within the CrossFit community including international travel to assist in training coaches and developing the community overseas. She has vast experience in managing and leading large groups as well as youth programs. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education in 2005, Lindsey found CrossFit while working as a trainer in San Diego. She immediately fell in love with the program due to the undeniable results and great community. In her words, “I could get a better workout in less time… and I enjoy doing it!” Lindsey has also competed in the CrossFit Regional Qualifiers as a member of a team since 2009.
Heather Hippensteel is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and new to the Invictus staff. She has been an athlete since birth with experience in a variety of sports including gymnastics, track & field, field hockey, soccer, and snowboarding. She was a member of the NCAA Division 1 team for four years at USD. After graduating in 2012 from USD with a degree in Accounting, she started a job with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Six months in the corporate world was enough for her to realize that she wanted to pursue her passion for fitness on a greater level. She left the desk job and it was the best decision she ever made, allowing her to start working at Invictus and train and compete with the team! Heather is a member of team Invictus and helped the team to a first place finish at the 2013 SoCal Regional. Her passion for competition, fitness, and helping others lead healthy lives is transparent and she loves inspiring others to be the best that they can be.
Zach is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and holds a certificate for the CrossFit Olympic Lifting Trainer Course. As a competitive cross-country runner and swimmer in high-school, Zach found CrossFit in 2009 as a means to continue his competitive spirit and take his fitness to the next level before enlisting in the Navy. While in the Navy, Zach was a Command Fitness Leader and a Search and Rescue Swimmer with a total of 37 saves within 3 years. Upon being honorably discharged from the Navy, Zach decided to dive head first into the Sea Of Green and follow his passion of becoming a Coach. Zach is currently a Kinesiology major (the scientific study of human movement) transferring to San Diego State University.
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George is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, CrossFit Level 1 certified coach, and is working on his OPT Coaching Certificate Program.George has a passion for helping others develop and achieve their goals and believes the most rewarding avenue to make this happen is through health and fitness.
As a strength and conditioning professional, George has a diverse background. He has worked with youth athletes, developed high school physical education programs, coached individuals and small groups, and trained Marines for combat–an arduous task requiring not only physical but mental preparedness as well. Working with clients ranging from housewives to Navy SEALs, he has created and implemented strategies yielding RESULTS.
Whether you are looking for improved athletic ability, enhanced fitness, or to change your body composition, George will get you there.
George earned a Bachelors of Science in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy. He proudly served seven years as a Marine Intelligence Officer before dedicating his attention to helping people improve their lives through health and fitness.
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Jen is the Director of Marketing and Member Services at Invictus. She can be found in the office at various times of the day and night visiting with potential members as well providing services to new and current members to make sure their experience is the best ever! She is also in charge of creating and organizing community events, merchandise, and many other administrative tasks too numerous to list.Jen’s previous position of Marketing Manager at Costco helped prepare her to ensure Invictus is well represented in the community and well stocked in green gear and community spirit.
Jaimie Bougie decided to leave the stressful environment of the corporate world to fully submerge herself into helping the Invictus community in any way she can – and it was the best life decision she ever made. She is a master of gathering and dispersing information and she is constantly looking for ways to help us improve for all of the members of our community – near and far. Jaimie makes sure our members are well informed via our blog, Facebook and Twitter of events, fellow member successes, and cool stories – among other things.
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Jim “Pops” brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his position as Chief Operating Officer of Invictus. He spent fifteen years in the Transportation Industry managing five different facilities in California; twenty-five years in the Luxury Motorhome Industry, including retail and wholesale sales, heading a field office, and as VP of Sales. Most of his time in his previous jobs was spent working with people and numbers–understanding forecasting, budgeting, pricing, marketing, and sales. He now puts this knowledge to use at Invictus, doing all of those things, and more.Pops retired and took a fun job to pass the time in the Education Department at SeaWorld, using his sales and communication skills in teaching adults and children how they can impact our planet and protect the oceans and it’s creatures. Not only is he a wealth of knowledge on operations, but also on sea life–he is especially fond of sharks.
Pops was drafted by CJ (his son) to help at Invictus with some administrative tasks that he couldn’t do between the 25th an 28th hour of his day. This quickly became a bigger job than just part-time help and he resigned from SeaWorld to formally retire and play at Invictus.
Pops’ goal is to support the Invictus dream by building and maintaining an administrative support system for the business, allowing the staff to focus on the mission of delivering excellence in fitness coaching. Pops is the go-to man and can answer any of your questions on available programs, billing, and more.
Courtney Johnson takes care of most of the behind the scenes administrative work at Invictus. She is also in charge of all merchandise sold at Invictus. Her journey with Invictus began when it was still just a dream. She has been a part of Invictus unofficially since day one, helping to tear down rafters and structures before we even opened, as well as played an integral role in all special events at Invictus. Perhaps her most important job is helping to keep CJ sane. She came on board at Invictus officially in June of 2012, doing administrative work and manning the front desk. With a new baby you won’t see her face at the front desk as much, but she’s still there behind the scenes. Courtney is originally from Rhode Island, and has a B.A. from Arizona State University.