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Meet Our Staff

  • Foster Ridpath, Coach/Owner
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    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
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    Rene first started with CrossFit back in 2010. His journey through fitness has led him from classic body building routines to his eventual exploration of the CrossFit “box”. "After my first nauseating CrossFit workout, I knew I had discovered something great. Little did I know the profound effect it would have on my life. A couple years later I continue to discover new things about this sport that keep me engaged everyday!”

    Outside of his fitness realm Rene is a actively involved eating donuts, cookies, and making lots of coffee.
  • Chris Shelor, Coach
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    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, Coach
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    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.
  • Michael Dylan, Coach
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    My journey with CrossFit began in 2012 at Virginia Tech's McComas gym. While I was doing the typical gym routine, I noticed some guy doing movements I had never even seen before and working way harder than me. I asked him what he was doing and he told me about CrossFit and promptly invited me to join him. The next day I did my first WOD (workout of the day) with this guy. I nearly collapsed from exhaustion, but I was sold. In a short 15 minute workout two things happened: I challenged myself more than I ever had and became friends with this guy I had just met (his name was Mikey).

    That's what I love about CrossFit, it always provides an opportunity to challenge yourself and it unites people under a common goal.

    After graduating from Virginia Tech in 2013 I joined the CrossFit Radford community, got my CrossFit Level 1 coaching certification in September 2014, and started interning here in January 2015. I hope you'll come check out CrossFit Radford so we can work hard and reach our goals together!
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Meet Our Staff

Foster Ridpath, Coach/Owner

Rene Vega, Head Coach

Chris Shelor, Coach

James Chilton, Coach

Michael Dylan, Coach
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