I have an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and an MBA in Counseling and Human Development. I was a four sport athlete in high school and played Division 1 baseball at Radford University. Athletics and training have always been my passion and I have been able to work in the fitness field for the past 10 years. I now hope to improve the local community and the college’s wellbeing by starting CrossFit Radford. CrossFit is my persona in a nutshell and I hope to help strengthen people physically and mentally in a sporting atmosphere. I am a certified CrossFit coach, USA Weightlifting coach, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Kettlebell, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Mobility, and a certified TRX trainer. I was introduced to CrossFit in 2010 and over the past few years it has become how I spend most of my free time - reading, watching, and doing. I love the hopper mentality - never knowing what the WOD (Workout of the Day) will be and the sweaty palms & body that go with it! I look forward to assisting you with your health and fitness goals. We are forging elite fitness.
Rene Vega, Head Coach
Currently finishing up a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, Rene first started with CrossFit 3 years ago. His journey through fitness has led him from an avid lover of all "globo" gyms to his eventual exploration of the box. Outside of his fitness realm, Rene is a actively involved in spreading education to improvised communities, with the Non-Profit Students Helping Honduras. "I first discovered Crossfit after coming back from a service trip to Honduras. I was helping my team dig the foundation for a house, when after five minutes I was exhausted. Returning back to the states, I knew there had to be a better way to prepare for life, then came CrossFit. After my first nauseating WOD, I knew I had discovered something great, not knowing it would completely change my life. Fast forward 4 years, and I have completed my Level 1, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Gymnastics, participated in several competitions, as well as begun my coaching career. Along the way, I have met fantastic individuals that have pushed my drive, and goals to new heights."
Chris Shelor, Coach
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise, Sport, and Health Education from Radford University. Also, holds his Master’s degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sports Management. He is a Certified CrossFit Level 1 Coach and USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sport Performance Coach.
Chris has been part of many strength and conditioning programs, but none have produced the results that CrossFit has. He was introduced to CrossFit in 2011 through CrossFit Football and was immediately hooked. He enjoys everyday he can come into the gym and witness athlete’s progress.
James Chilton, Intern
I am a student at Radford University and will be graduating with a B.S. in Sports Medicine in May 2014 and have been certified as a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sport Performance Coach. I developed a passion for fitness after an ankle injury in high school lacrosse. During two years of surgeries and rehabilitation, I developed an appreciation for the role fitness and therapy can have in restoring function to the body. The CrossFit communities’ supportive environment and high intensity challenge me physically and mentally. As a member of the CrossFit Radford community, I look forward to supporting others as they pursue elite fitness.