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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.

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MEET OUR COACHES

Ervin Martinez
Ervin Martinez Owner | Head Coach

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.

After a year of training, Ervin quickly realized what he wanted to do the rest of his professional career. As a coach, Ervin aims to help athletes tap into their full physical potential. In order to achieve maximum results, you must align your body and mind. “I love studying the psychological aspect of fitness and nutrition. Creating programs that truly deliver is the ultimate reward.”
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • OPEX Level 1
  • USA Weightlifting
David Harris
David HarrisOwner | CrossFit Coach

Coming soon!

Christina Harris
Christina HarrisOwner | CrossFit Coach

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.

When she acquired Contender, she decided to harness her passion for fitness and health by also coaching. “I want to inspire athletes to reach the next level of what THEY are passionate about; whether it is to gain strength, obtain better mobility, get off medication, or just look good naked. I want to motivate women to move beyond societal pressures of what is ‘beautiful.’ I believe you can find your own beauty through strength.”
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • USA Weightlifting
Brittany Fowler
Brittany FowlerCrossFit Coach

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.

She also helped them earn a NIT bid and was inducted into the TAMUCC Hall of Honor (2016). Brittany went on to serve in the Army where she was named Company Soldier of the Year (2007) and won JTF-71 Battalion Soldier of the Year through APFT. Brittany got her first taste of CrossFit via Community WODs with the original Contender CrossFit crew. She was immediately hooked and wanted to train and learn as much as possible. It drove her to earn her Level 1 certificate and officially begin coaching. “I truly believe people make their own happiness. If you aren’t happy, change your life. If you don’t know how to change it, I’m always willing to listen and give advice.”
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • NREMT/TDSH Licensed Paramedic
  • ProBoard/TCFP Hazmat Awareness & Operations
  • ProBoard Confined Rescue 1 & 2
  • TCFP/IFSAC Firefighter 1 & 2
Alexis Newton
Alexis NewtonCrossFit Coach

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
Brody Newton
Brody NewtonCrossFit Coach

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Adrian Garza
Adrian GarzaCrossFit Coach

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Jessica De La Garza
Jessica De La GarzaCrossFit Coach

Jessica had always been active and loved the spirit of competition. She has a background in Competitive Cheerleading and Gymnastics.

She started CrossFit in 2011in Austin, TX and immediately was drawn to the competitive, challenging workouts and the great community. She came to Contender in 2014 after moving back to Corpus Christi and has never looked back. She loves be able to offer her knowledge and motivation to members through her coaching skills.

“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
Trevor Harvey
Trevor HarveyCrossFit Coach

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Aaron Mendiola
Aaron MendiolaCrossFit Coach

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Yasminda Rector
Yasminda RectorCrossFit Coach

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
Teddy Arellano III
Teddy Arellano IIICrossFit Coach

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.

Education Background: 
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.

Athletic Background:
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.

My Vision:
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
Lucas Tower
Lucas TowerCrossFit Coach

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Erin Bowers
Erin BowersFront Desk Clerk

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.

She found CrossFit in March of 2015 and found her competitive edge again. She Meanwhile, she works our front desk and loves being the smiling face goals. Plans to get her coaching certificate after completing school. loves challenging herself while encouraging others to achieve their you see when you come through the door!
Jacob Olmeda
Jacob OlmedaCrossFit Coach

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!

He always had a passion for competing and staying fit, CrossFit was a way to do both! He now aspires to help others achieve their fitness and health goals!

  • CrossFit Level 1
Mandi Boscamp
Mandi BoscampCrossFit 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.

  • CrossFit Level 1
Andrew Arias
Andrew AriasCrossFit Coach

Andrew was first introduced to CrossFit back in the summer of 2012 and with no prior fitness experience, it was quite the eye-opener, to say the least.

Since then, the importance of leading a healthier lifestyle has become common in his home.

So after several years of being consistently involved in the CrossFit community, he felt it was time to expand his knowledge on training other people the disciplines of CrossFit. Andrew received his CFL1 in October of 2018 and in January of 2019 received his CrossFit Gymnastics certification. Andrew’s goal is to help everyone on becoming healthier individuals, both physically and mentally.

It takes a lot of discipline to walk in here 3-6 times a week doing what we do and I love seeing folks own that discipline.

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
Arica Martinez
Arica MartinezCrossFit Coach

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.

After moving to Texas she tried different ways to stay active, running, globo gym workouts, boot camps and was eventually introduced to CrossFit through her cousin who owned her own gym.   She fell in love instantly and never went back to any other type of exercise.

“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!”

  • CrossFit Level 1
Kimberly Cirilo
Kimberly CiriloCrossFit Coach

Kimberly loves fitness and working out! In 2013 she was introduced to CrossFit.

She instantly fell in love seeing the positive community it had.

“I love being pushed mentally and physically. I also love obstacle course racing and have been doing them since 2014. I love helping push people to be better, do what they never imagined possible, and feel great about themselves. I love making fitness fun!”

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Strongman

Achieve Your Fitness Goals

Flexible membership packages to suit all levels of training to help achieve your fitness goals

REQUEST FREE TRIAL