Ashley Bannan

Owner, Group Class Coach, FREE Intro to crossfit Class coach, Intro to the Barbell Class Coach, Private Lessons / Personal Training

* Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

CrossFit has had a profound impact on my own personal life. Throughout the years of trying many different styles of working out I stumbled upon CrossFit. I immediately fell in love with the sport and most importantly, the community! 

My passion for CrossFit grew more and more each day. I hungered to learn more, set new goals, help others with their goals and before I knew it found myself quickly in a coaching position. It ignited my drive to help people and watch them grow not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well. 

Being apart of CrossFit Abbellire has changed my life for the better. It is the greatest community I know. When presented the opportunity to step into the ownership position of CrossFit Abbellire there was no hesitation! My #1 goal in life is to serve others and to serve others well.

When stepping into our facility my hope is that you feel a different kind of vibe. One that is welcoming. One that makes you feel alive. One that creates a desire for you to become better, learn, grow, create goals you never thought possible. Our staff here wants nothing more then to see you succeed. All are truly welcomed into the CrossFit Abbellire Family.

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia mccartney

owner, Group Class Coach, FREE Intro to crossfit Class coach, Intro to the Barbell Class Coach, Private Lessons / Personal Training

Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Certified CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Kids Certified Coach
Spot the Flaw Training
Scaling Training
Spartan World Championship Qualifier 2015
US Strongman National Qualifier 2018

 

I have always had a love for fitness. After I found a local CrossFit box back in 2013 I was instantly hooked. I fell in love with the diversity, intensity and community that was there.

I crossfitted for several years across many boxes and have worked alongside many amazing athletes and coaches. My passion and love for the sport drove me to become a trainer. I love coaching people of all levels from the newbie to the season athlete. My favorite part of being a coach is watching each member grow physically, mentally and emotionally. I am humbled and amazed on a daily basis at how many lives have been improved by CrossFit.

So a little about me... I grew up in the heart of Norristown graduated from “The High” and went on to receive my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Gwynedd Mercy University. However, my forever passion was to own a gym. So when Ashley and Jeff came to my husband and me to become partners I felt like my dreams have come true.

My husband and I have five awesome kids we love to do anything outside, especially OCR races and oddball competitions / challenges. I also have two great (appropriately named) dogs Grace and Murph.

I will always strive to provide the best facility and experience at our CrossFit box! I want everyone to have the opportunity to feel the same way I did (and still do) when I first started. If you have any questions or if you are not sure if it is for you please come talk to me (Call, Text or Email).


jeff bannan

owner, Group Class Coach, FREE Intro to crossfit Class coach, Intro to the Barbell Class Coach, Private Lessons / Personal Training

*Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

I spent most of my former athletic life in the Cheerleading space, having cheered for 4 years at the University of Kentucky and a year for the (at the time) World Champion Baltimore Ravens, functional fitness has been a part of my life far longer than I realized.

I’ve been coaching for nearly 20 years beginning in the late 90s working with Middle and High School teams in the cheer space and have also had the opportunity to coach many athletes who have gone on to become either World Champions or Collegiate National Champs with programs such as; Top Gun, U of Louisville, U of Wilmington, U of Kentucky.

Shortly after Ashley (my wife) discovered CrossFit, I was brought in and got hooked.  Not long after she started coaching, I realized how much of a natural fit it would be for me to be able to use the coaching skills I had learned in prior years with younger athletes and apply them to working with adults on their health and wellness.  I continue to coach high-level gymnastics tumbling and cheerleading but now greatly enjoy coaching adults knowing how much CrossFit will impact their lives in a positive way just like it has for myself and my family.  

Most importantly & the reason I coach is that I know I can help to instill the Growth Mindset into the athletes that will serve them many years ahead and to teach that dedication and hard work over time with a specific focused goal in mind will take you further than you ever dreamed possible!


Thomas keene

group Class coach, olympic Lifting Coach

Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
USAW Level 1 - Sports Performance Coach

Since I can remember I’ve always been involved in some sort of athletic activity whether it be Sports, Exercising or as Volunteer Fireman with Perkiomen Township Fire Company. Over the years I have tried many different realms of exercise trying to find what suited my fitness level and mental focus. It wasn’t until I found CrossFit in December of 2016 that I knew that I found the perfect mixture of both.

 After many years of plateauing in my workout regimen and finding myself wandering around the gym rather than putting in work did I realize it was time for a change. I sat next to a co-worker for nearly 6 months who was involved in CrossFit and listened day in and day out about his passion for it and how it changed his life. I finally made the decision to attend an intro class here at Abbellire after a close friend had done the same and immediately fell in love. So I walked into my intro class anxious and nervous for what was ahead but left after the workout determined and hooked on what turned out to be a life changing moment.

Since my start in CrossFit my love for the sport and community has done nothing but grown stronger. I walk into the Gym every day and am immediately greeted by my ever growing list of friends and amazing people. This is the only sport where someone lays out every inch of energy they have to finish a workout but still find more to come over and root on the last athlete standing to finish a workout. You cannot say enough about our Community and Foundation that CrossFit is built on.

So I talked to Jeff and Ashley about becoming a coach and here we are today, I now get to look into those anxious eyes walking into the gym and help guide them through this amazing sport. Through continued learning and research I hope to be able to Coach others to achieve their fitness goals and aspirations on the way to a happier, healthier life.

I want to inspire people, I want somebody to look at me and say “Because of you I didn’t give up.”


don kinsey

group class coach

Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

The founder of CrossFit, Coach Greg Glassman once said, “Other gyms use machines… CrossFit builds them”. I heard that quote for the first time and I was intrigued. What 20 something year old guy wouldn’t want to be referred to as a “machine”. Soon after I got my start into the sport. I can honestly say that I had no idea how much of an impact CrossFit would have on my life.

In my youth, I swam competitively and played various other sports for fun. It wasn't uncommon to be playing hockey one day and tennis the next. I enjoyed the variation and the different skill sets each activity required. I stayed active into my adulthood and found myself working out 4 to 5 times a week. It was enjoyable but after trying my first CrossFit WOD I was hooked and knew I wouldn’t go back to a traditional gym. The structure of the workouts pushed me and kept things from getting mundane. All the different training methods kept me wanting to improve on skills that I hadn’t really had any exposure to prior. That desire to learn such things as Olympic lifting and gymnastics really helped me to learn the proper mechanics of the movements. As I gained more knowledge, I slowly started to give pointers to others and this eventually led to a desire to coach. When the opportunity to become a coach arose, I jumped at the opportunity.

Coaches can have a profound impact on people’s lives. It’s my goal to be a positive influence for those I’m fortunate to teach. I hope that my love for the sport is shown in my coaching and is passed on to others. CrossFit has helped me with mental toughness, shown me I can accomplish things that I never could’ve imagined, and has helped me build relationships that are second to none. The physical improvements are an added bonus! If you spend time with the Abbellire Family you will soon realize that it’s a group of people who greet you with a smile, treat you with respect, and praise every milestone you reach. The community aspect is the best part of CrossFit and it is proven here at CrossFit Abbellire. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to work with such great coaches and athletes here. So come on in, set some goals and we will help you reach them!


 

Melissa McKechnie

Abbellire Kids Fit Coach & Abbellire Nutrition Challenge Coach

*Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

I have been doing CrossFit for two years at CrossFit Abbellire.

I didn't truly fall in love with working out until my twenties when I discovered fun group classes like kickboxing and dance. Growing up I was always intimidated by group sports because of bad experiences with mean kids in gym class. Because of that fear, I wasn't an active child/teen. I also had tried lots of diets growing up, but always found it frustrating how many are just quick fixes or how some contradict each other.

I joined CrossFit Abbellire 8 months after having my first daughter. I gained way too much weight during pregnancy on top of starting out overweight. I remember having to wear my husbands T-shirts the first couple months of CrossFit because none of my workout clothes fit; but I was determined! I was fortunate there was a nutrition challenge starting up within my first month as well. Between my motivation for change, the fun & challenging workouts, the information & support given in the nutrition challenge, and the amazing community of coaches and peers, I was able to lose 55 pounds in 9 months... I was the fittest and healthiest that I have ever been! I then got pregnant with my second daughter, but this time I kept up with the workouts and nutrition. It made such a difference in how I felt and how I was able to "bounce" back afterwards. 

CrossFit is like nothing I've ever experienced before... and I owe my success to the amazing atmosphere. The second you walk in the door, people are so welcoming. Then, during the workouts the coaches and members are so encouraging. There have been times when I would be doubting myself or finishing last but during those times there were people there cheering me on and encouraging me to keep going. THIS is what I was missing growing up. THIS is the atmosphere needed in kid's lives today.

I have been working with kids my whole life. I started as a mother's helper, then a babysitter, a daycare worker, a nanny, a third grade teacher and now a Pre-K teacher & mom of two. I love teaching kids and I love CrossFit, and I'm glad I can lead the kids program here at CrossFit Abbellire. I want to give kids a place where they can have a positive atmosphere when working out. My goal is for kids to have fun and enjoy this active lifestyle to set them up for a healthy future!

I also love leading the nutrition challenge that we have about three times a year. I have such a passion for eating clean and I want to help others succeed in their own health journeys. Our clean eating program just involves real food and it just makes sense.

I'm so glad I have found this community and my goal is to help others enjoy it too!


Nina Miller

group Class coach 

Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
 

I have always been someone who enjoyed playing sports and working out for as long as I can remember.  After high school, I was fortunate enough to play lacrosse at Temple University.  My experience playing a college sport led me to making fitness and wellness a vital part of my life.  After college, I began to work in my alma mater’s school district as an elementary school speech therapist and become the assistant coach of their lacrosse team. 

My job has always been very rewarding, and something I enjoy going to every day, although one of my true passions has also always been fitness.   In my free time after college, I always spent time trying different types of gyms, spinning, running on the track, working out with family and friends, and trying anything to continue my fitness journey. In 2014, I stumbled across my first CrossFit gym- Abbellire.   Ever since, I was absolutely hooked.  I loved the way every workout challenged me, all the different complex movements to learn, and most importantly the wonderful community of friends that now feel like family I have met along the way. Unfortunately my husband and I moved after being a member for quite some time at Abbellire, and I had to venture out to other Crossfit gyms.  I worked out at a few other Crossfit gyms, and then as time went on, I decided to take the next step to become a Crossfit coach. I knew this was something I not only wanted to do as my daily workout routine, but also find an avenue to help others  to achieve their fitness/wellness goals and improve others’ lives just like Crossfit did for me. 

Along the way I never forgot about my first Crossfit gym (Abbellire), because this place has always held such a special place in my heart.  Any chance I had, I would drop in for a class, and I was always welcomed back with open arms.  So….April 2018, I was able to come back to Abbellire as a member and was given the opportunity to come on to this awesome coaching staff.  I could not have been more lucky and happy J  I look forward to helping each one of you meet your fitness goals, working out beside you, and continuing to make more lifelong friends within this community.


Mike mccartney

owner, olympic Lifting Coach, Private Lessons / Personal Training

USAW Level 1 - Sports Performance Coach
USAW Level 2 - Advanced Sports Performance Coach
US Strongman National Qualifier 2018

Bio coming soon....