MEET OUR COACHES & STAFF
Kayla is true Floridian, spending most of her years in Brandon and Tampa. She was always active; however, she fell in love with softball at an early age and played year-long throughout high school. While in high school, Kayla found a passion for strength training and even participated, and won, fitness/figure shows. She initially committed to play softball in college, but ultimately decided to pursue her degree, only, while studying at the University of South Florida.
During her time at USF, Kayla held many roles on the Campus Recreation team, including personal trainer, group exercise instructor, fitness manager and mentor. She became certified in general boot camp, pilates, cycling, and kickboxing. Kayla was awarded with Trainer of the Year twice during her four years at USF. Kayla graduated with a degree in Psychology from USF and became a Special Education Teacher for the School District of Hillsborough County. After graduating and beginning her career, Kayla found CrossFit in 2013.
Throughout her career as a Special Education Teacher, fitness and coaching always remained a top priority for Kayla. While teaching within the school district, Kayla became CrossFit Trainer and competitive Crossfitter. Kayla’s coaching experience spans over a decade; however, her favorite training style to coach is Crossfit!
Crossfit L-2 Trainer
NASM Personal Trainer
NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Precision Nutrition Level 1 – In Progress
Healthy Steps Nutrition
Assistant Manager of Services
Denise grew up in Georgia where she ran track in high school and was introduced to weight lifting by her dad. After graduating from The University of Georgia with a degree in Biology, she rediscovered her passion for lifting weights and competed in an NPC Physique Competition. After, she realized she enjoyed the Bodybuilding style training but not the restrictions that came with preparing for competition.
When she decided she wanted to push her fitness to the next level, she decided to check out the CrossFit gym where she always saw people running outside, throwing around all sorts of weight and having fun while doing it. She was hooked and eventually made her way over to CrossFit Sabal Park after moving to Florida to be closer to the beach and even warmer weather.
At CFSP, she competed in a few CrossFit competitions which ignited her passion for competing in Olympic Weightlifting. When she’s not in the back of the gym training with her team, you can find her working with Personal Training / Nutrition clients or taking care of day to day operations in the gym.
Outside of the gym, you can find her by the pool, listening to a sci-fi audiobook or watching sci-fi (nerd alert)!
NASM Personal Training Certification
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Ceritification
Healthy Steps Nutrition Certification
USAW Level 1 Certification
Assistant Manager of Memberships
Kathy grew up in Florida. As a child, she enjoyed softball and continued her passion for it in high school. She also played volleyball.
Kathy has always been a fan of fitness but finally found CrossFit in 2015. Her favorite part is how much it challenges her on so many levels. However, her favorite part is how it brings the community together!
CrossFit Level 1
Jen is a busy mom of two, a business woman, and a lover of all things fitness related. Oh, and pets too! Ever since middle school she has been involved in many sports. From track to gymnastics, to competitive cheer to weightlifting. Jenn searched high and low for something that encompassed all things functional and found just that in CrossFit in the summer of 2013.
Jenn become a CrossFit L1 Coach in October 2013 as she was hooked on the supportive community and the constantly changing workouts. She loves the transformation she has been able to make in her own life throuhgout the years, not just physically, but mentally as well. Jenn hopes that she can show other women like herself (& the guys too) how truly strong and beautiful they are inside and out. When Jenn walks in the door, you know it’s going to get real, but she always throws a smile your way to remind you that you’re in good hands.
When not handling her own business, you can find her at the gym getting her weightlifting on, coaching, or on the mats enjoying Brazilian Jiu-jitsu struggle snuggle life.
Olympic Weightlifiting Coach
Sara is a born and raised Floridian, originally from Orlando. In high school, she got into the sport of Weightlifting and soon after started competing in Olympic Weightlifting. She quickly fell in love with the sport and continued competing into her twenties. After a few years of competing, she began helping at her gym coaching youth athletes. It was then when she realized she loved coaching just a little more than competing! After getting her USAW Level 1 she began coaching for her team, Oly Concepts, and helped lead several athletes to State and National titles. Sara also spent time coaching CrossFit and USAW Level 1 certs. Her passion for the sport has allowed her to travel many places to spread the love of Weightlifting to all types of athletes. In 2015, Sara moved to Tampa to start her teaching career. She joined the Sabal Park family soon after and established Bay Area Weightlifting. Sara now currently coaches several USAW athletes out of CrossFit Sabal Park as well as a weekly Barbell class.
USAW Level 2
Brittany is a born and raised Floridian, having grown up right here in Tampa. She grew up playing many different sports from basketball, soccer, running track as a sprinter, pole-vaulting, and volleyball. She fell in love with volleyball and played throughout High School. Brittany received her undergrad in Finance from University of South Florida and went on to obtain her master’s in management working full-time through University of Phoenix online.
After a rough road of addiction, Brittany got sober in May of 2016. Throughout her addiction her health and wellness deteriorated and while her whole life she’d been an athlete addiction robbed her of her passion for fitness. After Brittany got sober she was on a promising career path in corporate America but knew something was missing. Her passion for fitness was still there.
Brittany was introduced to CrossFit in 2016 and fell in love with the sport. She now combines her passion for helping others and fitness, running the Tampa chapter for a nation non-profit called The Phoenix. She coaches and trains at her local box, CrossFit Sabal Park. Brittany embraces every day, she works within our community, helps others to achieve their health and wellness goals, and strives to be better than she was the day before.
CrossFit Level 1
Precision Nutrition Certification
ACE Personal Training Certification
Ryan grew up in Fort Myers, FL and played sports throughout his childhood like baseball and football, but ultimately ended his time in High School as a competitive cheerleader where he won multiple national championships. He had a scholarship to cheer in college but instead chose to join the Air Force in 2002, which he remained in until 2016. Ryan first started CrossFit after receiving a groupon to try out a local gym as a gift. The moment he walked out of that first class Ryan knew that he had found his new fitness obsession.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Cheveon was first introduced to CrossFit in 2013 while searching for an exercise program in Norfolk Virginia. With an athletic background in cheerleading, volleyball and swimming she was looking for a ‘team like’ environment to reconnect with her inner competitor. She and her wife stumbled upon a local affiliate and it was love at first sweat. Not only because the programming was challenging but because the members and staff were so welcoming. The camaraderie was like nothing they had experienced in a gym setting before. After 5 years of Crossfit Cheveon decided that not only did she want to continue to improve her own skills but she also wanted to help others grow and improve in their fitness journey. This prompted her to get her Crossfit Level 1 Coaching Certificate, eventually specializing in gymnastics with her Crossfit Gymnastics Certificate as well. After almost 8 years of Crossfit she finds herself still being challenged and improving everyday. More importantly helping others break through their individual glass ceilings is what keeps her in love with the Sport of Fitness.
Crossfit Level 1 Certification Course
Crossfit Gymnastics Level 1 Certification Course
Tony was born and raised in California and moved to Oregon at 16. Tony has an AAS in Computer Technology from Heald College in Portland. Tony served 15 years in the US Army in the Information Technology field. It was through the Army that he found a passion for fitness.
Tony is transitioning out of the military due to back and head injuries he sustained during his time in service. But, he refuses to let that slow him down! Tony was first introduced to CrossFit in 2019 when he began participating with The Phoenix Sober Active Community.
As a person in recovery, his passion is helping others find the healing power of fitness to overcome mental health issues and addiction.
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Eric grew up in Florida and played various sports growing up, like soccer and lacrosse. Upon graduation of High School, he joined the Army where he served in the prestigious 75th Ranger Regiment. During his time in the service, he found CrossFit and used it to enhance his fitness for further success.
After getting out in 2018 he went on to get a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from Florida State University and is currently attending Nova Southeastern University for his Doctor of Physical Therapy. Along with CrossFit and Weightlifting, Eric is an avid runner and has run two marathons, one in 3:20, and three ultramarathons varying in length from 30 to 46 miles.
CrossFit L-1 Trainer