meet our team.

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our owners:

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ANDY HENDEL

Andy is a 1983 graduate of NC State University where he was a walk-on who became an all-American linebacker for the Wolfpack. Andy went on to play professional football in the both the USFL and NFL. Andy’s hard work and never-quit positive attitude helped him to achieve all-pro honors as special teams leading tackler and short yardage specialist for the Miami Dolphins. Andy went on to coach strength and conditioning and defense for over 20 years at the high school and college levels.

For the last 2 years Andy has been a member of the CrossFit Headquarters Training Team. As a part of the team he has travelled the world training CrossFit trainers, and members of the US military, to deliver the CrossFit prescription. Andy loves the chance to positively affect people’s lives through the delivery of CrossFit.

“I have been a part of many strength and conditioning programs over the years, but none have produced the results that CrossFit has in both me and my clients. It is by far the best program for any goals you have established for yourself.”

Certifications:

Level 1 and level 2 Certified CrossFit Trainer

CrossFit 1 Olympic Lifting Certification

CrossFit Paleo/Zone level 1 Certification.

25 years of Strength and Conditioning Experience

Level 1 Track and Field Certified

20 years of football coaching experience in college and high school

1983 graduate of NC State University

Walk-on All-American for the NC State Wolfpack

Played professionally for Jacksonville receiving All-Pro honors and special teams leading tackler/short yardage goal line specialist for the Miami Dolphins

 
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CHUCK CALLIS

Chuck graduated from the Virginia Tech and immediately joined the Army as a graduate of the school’s ROTC program. After completing Ranger and Airborne training, Chuck spent the next 8 years as a commissioned officer, eventually transitioning into the business world. Chuck has always enjoyed all sports at various levels and served as a master fitness trainer in the highly challenging environment of the United States Infantry, but he has never experienced a fitness program with the ability to deliver results, maintain engagement over time, and prepare people so well for the rigors of life. He is excited to be a part of an effort to bring this program to a broader audience.

Certifications:

Level 1 CrossFit Trainer

Level 2 CrossFit Trainer

CrossFit Rowing Certified Trainer

US Army Master Fitness Trainer

 

our managers

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CORIANNE ZERBEY

Corianne grew up in Maynard, Massachusetts. She graduated from UNC Charlotte's Exercise Science program in 2015. She started CrossFit in 2011 the summer before she left for college. She then received her CrossFit Level 1 in 2013 and in 2017 earned her CrossFit Level 2. She has coached at Crossfit Reach, CrossFit Voltage and RCFC! She took on the role as Manager of Administration and Customer Relations here at Reebok CrossFit Charlotte Uptown in 2017.

"CrossFit totally changed my veiw of “working out”. At last I wasn’t running on a treadmill slaving away to burn calories, I was actually working toward performance goals. When I first started I couldn’t do 1 push-up and my main goal was to be able to do a pull-up. Now I can do both at ease! CrossFit has been just as much as a mental change as it has a physical change.

With my Exercise Science degree I knew I wanted to pursue a career with CrossFit has my focus. So far I have been a coach at CrossFit Reach, CrossFit Voltage and here at RCFC. I have been so lucky to call the owners of these gyms my mentors. I absolutely love this gym and the people who are a part of it. My goal is to keep helping people reach their goals through fitness and have fun at the same time!"

Certifications:

Level 1 CrossFit Trainer

Level 2 CrossFit Trainer

CrossFit Gymnastics

Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science, UNCC

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, 2015-2017

American Academy of Personal Training, Boston, MA

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EMILY DALY

As a lifelong athlete, Emily has always played many sports, including Division I collegiate soccer where she captained the Virginia Tech Women's Soccer Team. After college, she transitioned her passion for sport to CrossFit and has been an active member of the Charlotte CrossFit community for over six years. In 2015, Emily earned her CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate, allowing her to share her passion for fitness and help others achieve their individual health and fitness goals. Since then, she has earned her CrossFit Level 2 Trainer Certification and has continued to strengthen her personal coaching skills, earning her CrossFit Gymnastics and Kids Speciality Courses.

As a former school teacher and administrator, Emily has combined her passion for education and fitness into her current full time coaching leadership role at RCFC. She is passionate about helping others reach their goals by leveraging her experience and knowledge on health, fitness, and lifestyle. Emily is also a certified Sports and Exercise Nutrition Coach and works one-on-one with individuals teaching them about nutrition fundamentals, and coaching them to properly fuel their bodies to reach their health goals.

“I’ve been coaching at RCFC for almost three years now, and it has truly become a home to me. The community, the people, and the culture are unlike any other. I wake up excited every morning knowing that I get to be around so many amazing people working hard to reach their health and fitness goals. I get so much fulfillment and enjoyment from being a small part of that.”


Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certification

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer Certification

CrossFit Gymnastics

CrossFit Kids

Division 1 Collegiate Varsity Soccer Player (Virginia Tech University)

Master of Education (Johns Hopkins University)

 

our coaches!

 

GREG CLEWIS

Coach Clewis has over 33 years of service and professional experience as a teacher and coach. In his time at Myers Park High School he served as head baseball coach, head swim coach, assistant football coach and Athletic Director, retiring in March 2011. During his tenure at Myers Park won the prestigious Wells Fargo Cup (most outstanding overall athletic program in NC) three times and aided in the school being name an NCHSAA Exemplary School. He received a Superintendent's Accommodation for his leadership in athletics, was recognized by the NCHSAA and the NCADA for his years of service and was inducted into the NCADA Hall of Fame in 2016 and is a NCHSAA HOF nominee. He also coached American Legion baseball for 13 years winning four area titles. Other achievements include: M.S. Degree in Athletic Administration, Water Safety Instructor, Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) and an NIAAA Coaches Certification.

Coach Clewis began his Crossfit journey in 2010 and has been coaching since November 2012. He competed in the 2011, 2015 and 2016 CrossFit Games, and finished in the top 15 (Master's division) at the 2015 Games. His goal is to see membership achieve their personal fitness goals in a safe, competitive teaching environment.

Greg lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife Susan. They have a daughter (Amy), son (Will) and two grandchildren, Damen and Evenlyn.

Certifications:

Level 1 CrossFit Trainer

Level 2 CrossFit Trainer

CrossFit Kids

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COREY BENFIELD

"My life journey has been an adventure. Ever since I was a little kid, I have been in a gym atmosphere. I grew up in a small town of North Carolina going to my uncles gym for athletic training. From that point I fell in love with fitness. My love for fitness and sports carried over into college where I played football and baseball. I played one year at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC and finished out my undergrad at Western Carolina University. From there I began to fall in love with the sport of fitness more and more. Crossfit became a routine, a lifestyle. I took my talents in baseball overseas where I played in the professional league in Bulgaria. When I was there I continued crossfit and actually coaching our baseball team in crossfit. When I got back to the States, I got my Crossfit Level 1 and started my coaching career at Crossfit Charlotte then moved to RCFC to coach the morning classes. Coaching is one of my favorite things because it gives me a chance to see people move better firsthand. I love making people feel like they are number 1, I love making people smile and having them have the best hour of their day with me. This is my dream to coach people who want to get better! I have now received my Crossfit Level 2 and Crossfit kids and I am excited to see myself further in my coaching career in Crossfit!"

Certifications:

Level 1 CrossFit Trainer

Level 2 CrossFit Trainer

CrossFit Kids

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MELISSA HILL

"I am from NC, have an educational background in medicine, and work as an EMT and Certified Surgical Technologist. I have been a part of the coaching staff at RCFC for the last 3 years.

I started CrossFit in 2012, unknowingly, with a personal trainer. I had switched work locations, no longer had the motivation of my workout buddies and didn’t know what to do with myself in the gym. I was very lucky to get the person trainer that I did, as she so happened to be a CrossFit coach. After some time, I decided I wanted to become a coach and help spread the greatness. I earned my Level I Training Certificate in 2013 and have since then obtained my Level II, among others, while coaching at local boxes, to include Reebok CrossFit Uptown.

I love CrossFit for the community it creates and because anyone and everyone can benefit from it- both physically and mentally. Teaching proper technique and training functional movement enables our members to be healthy and strong throughout their lives. My favorite part of being a coach is seeing an athlete accomplish something they have been working hard for in the gym and then seeing it positively affect them in other facets of their lives, whether it is physical or mental."

Certifications:

Level 1 CrossFit Trainer

Level 2 CrossFit Trainer

CrossFit Kids

USWA Sports Performance Coach

LWC Referee

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NICK KRECKER

Always competitive, Nick has played a number of sports throughout his years. He started off by playing soccer as a youth, all the way up to middle school where he got the urge to play football. He also participated in track and basketball before going to Alfred State college to play 2 years of Junior college football. He then had the opportunity to play in an amateur football league in Western NY.

Nick has Crossfiting for a little of 5 year and has participated in a number of competitions!

Certifications:

Level 1 CrossFit Trainer