We Live To Help Train You
Contender CrossFit is not your ordinary gym…..We don’t charge memberships, we create relationships, We don’t take attendance, we expect commitment, we don’t use machines, we build them. We believe the pursuit of fitness is achieved through quality programming, coaching and community.
Ervin is an Owner, Head Coach, and Nutrition Consultant at Contender CrossFit. Prior to opening the box, Ervin spent over a decade in the military. It’s where he learned the importance of fitness on and off the battlefield. Later, he was eager to find a new challenge, so he started researching CrossFit.
- CrossFit Endurance
- CrossFit Level 1
- OPEX Level 1
- USA Weightlifting
Christina is an Owner and Coach at Contender CrossFit. She’s also an award-winning gymnast, former cheerleader, and track and field star. Before joining CrossFit, Christina was a Les Mills Bodypump instructor with the goal of opening her own facility.
- CrossFit Level 1
- USA Weightlifting
When it comes to athletics, Coach Brittany has done a little bit of everything. She played Division I basketball at Texas A&M University for four years.
- CrossFit Level 1
- NREMT/TDSH Licensed Paramedic
- ProBoard/TCFP Hazmat Awareness & Operations
- ProBoard Confined Rescue 1 & 2
- TCFP/IFSAC Firefighter 1 & 2
Coach Alexis is a wife, mom, daughter, teacher, and fitness professional. Her road to CrossFit began with a desire to meet new people.
After relocating to another city, she got a membership and decided to transform her body and her circumstances. “I loved the workouts, learning new things, and meeting tons of people. Within a year, I obtained my certification and started coaching a CrossFit boot camp. The best part of coaching is getting to know our members. I enjoy doing life with such cool people. CrossFit is more than a workout, it keeps me focused, challenged, and sane.
- CrossFit L1
- Texas 4-8 Generalist Teaching Certificate
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Texas A&M
Jessica had always been active and loved the spirit of competition. She has a background in Competitive Cheerleading and Gymnastics.
“I personally love to see our members progress and the joy that comes to them when they accomplish something they thought was impossible. I am grateful to have found and being able to coach such an amazing community”
- CrossFit L1
Yasminda always had a love for fitness and body movement ever since she was young. She dabbled in different areas of dance to include High School Dance Team, Folklorico and Middle Eastern Dance where she spent over decade in.
Though she always kept moving a little her day job was working in an office and for the most part kept her pretty sedentary working on a computer for over 8 hours a day. She knew a change needed to happen and with the help/guidance of a Coach/ Friend she began working out at Contender CrossFit without realizing the affect this would greatly have not only her fitness but her entire life. Seeing the transformation that occurred in not only her life but many of her friends she knew that she needed to learn more resulting in leaving her job in Corporate America to pursue a career in fitness.
Prior to coming to Contender I rarely touched a weight and if I did it was never over 10 pounds. I then found this group of amazing, strong woman and men whom not only encouraged me but helped me reach depths of my own strength that I never thought possible. Realizing how strong and uplifting women (and men) can be I wanted to be on the other end of that helping those whom couldn’t see their own true potential and wanted to dedicate my life to helping others find themselves through fitness as I did.
- CrossFit L1
- Precision Nutrition L1
- Birthfit Coach
- OPEX CCP L1-Student
I am currently enrolled for spring 2019 at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. It is my aim to gain two graduate level degrees at the master’s level.
Dual degree programs will include a focus in Business with an emphasis in General Management and a minor in Marketing as well as an additional master’s in Kinesiology Exercise Science.
I have had an extensive background in baseball that began at the age of 5 with continued dedicated training throughout my youth. This athletic path led me to play at the college level at Navarro Junior College where I played as an undergraduate student. I then decided to test my strength as a player by trying out professionally for the Tampa Bay Rays. In addition to this, I started practicing martial arts in 2011 and competed occasionally in boxing and MMA. In 2012, I maintained a focus on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and am currently training and competing. Through my training, I also found my love for CrossFit and have been competing for 2 years.
Further, from the perspective of a life coach, my philosophy is to bring out the best in every client regardless of initial ability or skill level. Everyone can be exactly who they want to be with dedication and proper training.
- Bachelor’s Degree Kinesiology Exercise Science – Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Erin was an athlete all through grade school; she played school and club volleyball, as well as dabbled in basketball and track. When in college volleyball fell through, she started searching for a new love for fitness.
Jacob was an athlete in high school participated in football, track, wrestling. He started CrossFit in 2014 when Contender CrossFit opened up and has been a member since and now a coach!
Mandi started her CrossFit journey just wanting to get back in shape. Working in a machine shop requires a lot of heavy lifting and she found herself struggling on some days.
Joining CrossFit not only improved her health, but it’s made her stronger and use proper lifting for her day to day task. It was exactly what she was looking for to help reach her fitness goals. She feels what really drew her in was the community. “There’s always so much positive energy and encouragement every day. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed helping others with things they have difficulty with which is what lead me to wanting to be a Coach. I love meeting new people and hearing their fitness goals. As a Coach, you get to be more involved and a part of that positive influence that helps members along their journeys and it’s so exciting seeing the transformations happen.
Arica has always had a love for being active, in high school she ran track, cross country and was the first female wrestler in her school district.
“I love helping others in the gym and out, at night I trade in my gym clothes for scrubs. As a Nurse, “others” matter, helping others become healthy and stay healthy for longevity of life is important to me, I believe exercise and quality nutrition are key in obtaining a healthy lifestyle and will lead to a better quality of life! I’ve been with Contender since 2014, the gym is my family and I love our community, I’m excited to work with y’all, I can’t wait to see you reach your goals!”
As a mother of young children, Coach Jessica found it difficult to fit in time to exercise or had to find activities that she could do with little ones in tow. Running with a jogging stroller was exercise, but she wanted something more.
In 2016, once her children were both in school, she decided to try a class at the local CrossFit gym that was just a 2 minute walk from her house. Her love of CrossFit began at that gym in Montreal and has continued to grow at Contender CrossFit. Not only does she appreciate the improvement in her health, strength, and fitness but she loves the sense of community and camaraderie that is so strong at Contender and in the CrossFit community. It has changed her life!
Jessica has had some truly inspiring and awesome trainers in her time doing CrossFit and has experienced firsthand the positive effect they have on those they work with. When faced with the decision of going back to work as an elementary school teacher or pursuing another path, Jessica wondered if there was any possibility that she could turn her love of CrossFit into a career. With encouragement from her family and coaches she completed her CFL1 in March 2019.
Julia is a mom, wife, coffee squad member, islander, and blue wolf. She completed her L1 in September 2019 and has been doing CrossFit since 2009. She was a member of the CrossFit Games South Central media team in 2011 and 2012 and the NorCal media team in 2013. Julia has a Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Science from Texas State University. She is a defensive tactics instructor for my agency.
Jason is a strength and performance coach from Jacksonville, FL. He grew up as a multi-sport athlete, which ultimately led to a 3-year collegiate baseball career.
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
- USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
- Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach
Cory started CrossFit 6 years ago, when his dad invited him to a class. “I did one workout with him and never looked back. We have been training together ever since. Once I started I knew that I wanted to coach, I’ve been fortunate enough to have spent the last 5 years sharing my passion for fitness with others through coaching Crossfit and Olympic Weightlifting.”
- CrossFit Level 1 and 2
- USAW Sports Performance Coach
- Multi-Athlete Youth National Weightlifting Coach
- Aerobic Capacity Certified
- 5 Years Coaching Experience
- 2x Regional Team Athlete
- 3x Granite Games Team Athlete
- CanWest Games Elite Individual Athlete