MEET THE CREW

 

Jason Struck

Jason Struck

Owner / Coach

 

Jason opened Full Circle in 2008, has a BS in Exercise Physiology from VCU, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the NSCA, and has been CrossFit certified since 2008. Learn more about Jason.

 

 

Megan Edwards, MPH

Megan Edwards, MPH

Coach

Megan joined Full Circle in early 2012 and began coaching endurance classes in 2015. A former college soccer and track athlete, she is passionate about teaching people to run better and faster. Learn more about Megan.

Kevin Kvasnicka

Kevin Kvasnicka

Coach

Kevin is a graduate of Randolph Macon College, where he played football as a student athlete. As an assistant coach at Full Circle he has lead Fundamentals, Level 1, Level 2, and Barbell S&P classes.

Drew Culver

Drew Culver

Coach

Drew has been training with Full Circle since 2011. He’s passionate about strength and power, having competed in Strongman and CrossFit. He’s helped to coach all classes, with an emphasis on barbell and our Level 1 classes.

 

Matt Bahen

Matt Bahen

Owner / Coach

 

With almost 20 years of experience in sports and physical conditioning, Matt is a CrossFit Endurance Level 1 Certificated coach and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Learn more about Matt.

 

 

Rachel Burgess

Rachel Burgess

Coach

Rachel joined Full Circle in 2013 when she was looking to mix things up. She began coaching endurance classes in 2015 and helped Coach Matt start the first Full Circle Endurance training team. Learn more about Rachel.

Mike Ricketts

Mike Ricketts

Coach

Mike recently completed his BS in Exercise Science at VCU and hold the prestigious CSCS certification from the NSCA. He’s spent hundreds of hours interning at university weight rooms in Richmond.

Lindsay Culver

Lindsay Culver

Coach

Lindsay is a RN, BSN practicing at VCU’s ER. She began training at Full Circle in 2011, and has since competed in Strongman and CrossFit. Lindsay has a keen interest in helping women reach their full potential.

James Boatwright

James Boatwright

Owner / Coach

 

James currently holds a HKC certification for kettlebells, and has worked with everyone from eighty-year-old men and women directly out of physical therapy, to collegiate athletes and fighters. Learn more about James.

 

 

Greg Bradshaw

Greg Bradshaw

Coach

Greg is an L1 CrossFit instructor and USA Weightlifting L1 Sports Performance Coach. Greg has been involved in CrossFit since 2012 and has a special interest in the advancement of all athletes. Learn more about Greg.

Paul Morris

Paul Morris

Coach

Paul has been training with Full Circle since 2009, starting his CrossFit career at the tender age of only 42. Since joining the family, he’s made consistency his benchmark. Paul typically coaches during our Sunday open gym.

Madeline Parrish

Madeline Parrish

Movement Specialist

Madeline is our resident mobility, posture, and movement specialist and consults with us regarding functional movement screening and delivering her “Stretch to Win” treatment of fascial stretching.

 

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The Floating Experience

By Coach Jason Struck I’ll be honest. The big thing that got me to try floating was my long-standing relationship with Dr. David Berv, co-owner of the Float Zone, and his generous offer to let me try it for free. You see, he’s been my chiropractor, acupuncturist and business colleague for several years. He treats me and my wife, and we’ve been going to his practice on and off for about 5 years. So, when he asked, though I was a little skeptical, I immediately agreed. While I may have been skeptical, I was also curious and I really wanted to at least try it out. But I also wanted to do my research. When I Googled the benefits of Epsom salt baths or magnesium salt baths, here’s what I mostly got: http://wellnessmama.com/4513/magnesium-salt-baths/ https://www.seasalt.com/salt-101/epsom-salt-uses-benefits http://www.care2.com/greenliving/health-benefits-of-epsom-salt-baths.html http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/epsom-salt-bath-necessity-for-health/ If you are anything like me, you may have noticed the number of times “essential oils,” “detoxify,” and “lavender” appeared in these “articles.” So, while they were all VERY supportive, they offered basically nothing in the way of concrete evidence that magnesium sulfate has a direct benefit on our bodies. It’s just a bunch of hippie ladies running their mouths. And that’s the thing about Epsom salt baths: they’ve been popular (and in other forms under other names around the world) for centuries, but they basically amount to an “old wives tale” or “home remedy.” This was one of the most concrete supports I found, and all it really concludes is that it has some therapeutic effects on the skin. And that was the only one I did find in my brief search of peer-reviewed journal... read more

The Journey to Becoming a CrossFitter

By Ryan Burns It all starts one day when you’re doing your usual evening routine. You realize that something needs to change in your life. You invest in one of those trendy home workout programs. But, working out at home mostly doesn’t end well. So, one day you see a Groupon for a CrossFit gym. You sign up and tell a friend. He/She explains that if you do CrossFit your kidneys will explode. You ignore your friend. You show up for your intro class. The coaches tells you that they’re gonna show you how to clean and jerk. After that, they say they’ll work on your snatch. You complete your intro classes and get to start participating in the regular WODs. Then you actually do your first real WOD. While it isn’t always easy, you keep showing up and working hard. Now that you’re working out more, you notice your appetite is increasing. You learn about macros. Your deadlift is getting pretty heavy and you’re feeling good. Then you see someone snatch it. You get your first CrossFit injury. (Probably from trying to snatch your deadlift.) You get better. You get back in the gym. You set new PRs. And then, finally, your big day arrives… Your crush a WOD you get your name on the whiteboard.   Ryan started his journey to being a CrossFitter at CrossFit Full Circle 2 years ago. When not writing here, he blogs at... read more

Why are CrossFit Fundamentals Important?

By Coach James Boatwright Why are fundamentals important? Because this shit is difficult. And no one joined CrossFit because they heard that it was easy. So, now that we’ve established that, let’s break down WHY it’s so important to have solid fundamentals when you approach your training at CrossFit Full Circle. First, and most importantly, injury prevention (to keep you from f*****g yourself up); second is effectiveness and efficiency of training; third is progression; and finally, sustainability. In this article, when I’m referring to Fundamentals, I am shamelessly self-promoting the program that I teach. Not just because I am an absolute joy to be around, and an endless source of wisdom (just ask my wife), but because I believe the program we have designed is the best way to introduce someone to CrossFit training at Full Circle and give them the tools and knowledge to be successful there. This works for both new students and folks who have been with us for a while but might need a little more focus on the fundamentals than might necessarily be provided in L1 and L2 classes. For those who aren’t in the know, a quick introduction. The Fundamentals Program is something Jason, Matt, and myself put together and have constantly refined to give our students the best on ramp into standard classes possible. It currently consists of 12 classes, three per week, spread out across four weeks, that cover the core movements performed at CrossFit Full Circle. The exercises range in complexity from a standard lunge all the way to the Olympic Snatch, with A LOT of material in between, along with lectures on nutrition, dietary planning,... read more