owner & coach
I've always loved anything that challenged me physically and mentally at the same time. As I got older, I found my way into competitive sports - swimming, tennis, rowing, running. Once I graduated college, I missed the competitive aspect. Finding CrossFit changed that. It is so reminiscent of team sports, where everyone is rooting for you, cheering you on to the end. I love helping people who come here and find inner strength they didn't know they had. When I'm not at HCCF, I can be found hanging out with my son Slater and husband Brandan or in the kitchen crafting recipes for my food blog, Paleo Scaleo.
CF-L1, CF-L2, CF-Kids, CF Gymnastics
I've dabbled in fitness since middle school, competing in sports like soccer, track, and cross-country. While in college at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, I was introduced to calisthenics as part of the rigorous physical training requirements (hello, burpees!), along with a range of other sports to fulfill the 3-season sport requirement: sailing, fencing, marathons, volleyball, rugby, backpacking, rock climbing, tennis, racquetball, golf, and scuba. Jessica introduced me to CrossFit in 2013, and after reluctantly trying it, I became hooked. I used CrossFit as a way to stay fit and focus my mind after long days as a full-time engineer and part-time Ph.D. student. The sheer efficiency of results from CrossFit speaks to my engineer brain and fits my busy schedule.
When I'm not at HCCF, you'll find me working as a research engineer, smoking meat, or wrangling weeds and bees with wife Jess, and son Slater at Buried Tractor Farm.
I grew up in south Alabama playing multiple sports. After high school, I went on to play football at Huntingdon College. Once I graduated, I missed the competitive side of sports. I found CrossFit back in my hometown of Andalusia, AL and was hooked. I completed my L1 in May 2017 and started coaching the following fall. I’m passionate about helping people move better in the box and in life. CrossFit allows me to stay in shape, compete with friends, and help others accomplish things they never thought possible. When I'm not at HCCF, I can be found either reading something or trying to learn something new.
I recently graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelors degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. (Roll Tigers!) I have been doing CrossFit for a little over two years, and I’m very passionate about fitness and improving people’s quality of life. In addition to coaching, I work at MUSC as a program assistant for the Stroke Rehabilitation Research Center. My future goal is to attend MUSC to get my Doctorate in Physical Therapy and focus on rehabilitation of active military and veterans. Both my father and grandfather were in the Navy, and growing up in a military family you learn to appreciate and understand the sacrifice and courage it takes to protect and serve. I hope that with the knowledge I will receive from MUSC, I can positively impact the lives of those who have served, just as they have impacted mine.
I love the amazing community aspect of CrossFit. Everyone pushes and encourages each other, and there’s just nothing like it. The workouts challenged me and I realized I wanted to be up there coaching and helping others achieve their goals. I love working with all kinds of people and helping them get to where they want to be. Seeing people progress in their confidence, mental strength, and physical fitness is a passion of mine. I’m currently working on my BA in Psychology with the goal of getting a PhD in Counseling.
When I'm not coaching, I enjoy spending time with friends & family, playing the ukulele, & watching the Office.
From playing sports at a young age and turning to soccer and lacrosse in high school, I always loved having an athletic outlet. When I was introduced to CrossFit in order to supplement my athletic performance, I was quickly hooked and it transitioned to my main focus. After obtaining my L1, I sought to help improve other's lives through fitness, which influenced my own future career path. I am currently studying exercise science with the hopes of continuing on to physician's assistant school. The best part of CrossFit it how it can be applied to any and all aspects of life with universal scalability. I hope to help others achieve this type of fitness that they can carry with them wherever they go.
Jamie Johnson, RD
Jamie Johnson is a registered dietitian nutritionist, certified health coach and Charleston native who has a passion for using her evidence-based and holistic education to help others reach their health goals with nutrition. She has completed over 1200 hours of supervised practice in clinical and community nutrition through Lenoir Rhyne University and earned a certificate in holistic health coaching through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC.
When not educating about food, making food, or taking pictures of food, Jamie enjoys traveling to new places and beautiful days on the boat, beach or in the country with her husband. She loves healthy cooking and sharing her nutrition knowledge with others. Follow her blog at Ingraining Nutrition or on Instagram @ingrainingnutrition for healthy recipes that are easy to make at home!
Noel Poff is a longtime health and fitness professional, specializing in blending functional fitness with his current bodywork practice, Lowcountry Rolfing. Growing up along the southeast coastline helped provide a place for Noel to explore the intimate relationship health has with how people move and grow within an ever changing environment. Sharing with others his experiences in this exploration has become both his passion and profession.
He has been a certified yoga instructor since 2013 with training backgrounds in Baptiste Power Yoga and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy which enables him to deliver a wide spectrum of practices. Spending time working as a certified personal trainer, a strength and conditioning coach, and as a massage therapist Noel also understands the needs of athletes in the gym and many of his practices are based on working with common limitations and injuries seen on the training floor.
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