Our Staff

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Michelle Benedict
Owner/Head Coach
CF-L1, CF-L2, USAW Club, CF-Kettlebell, CF-Gymnastics, CF-Kids,
CF-USAW, Pose Running, Catalyst Athletics, National Health Coach

Michelle received her degree in Exercise Physiology from BYU and was a collegiate athlete who specialized in strength and conditioning and the treatment of sports related injuries. She excels in Olympic Weightlifting and CrossFit methodology. She travelled the nation and world with the CrossFit USA Weightlifting and Gymnastics teams. She was the founder and visionary of CrossFit Fort Bragg. Michelle loves to work with all athletes from beginners to games level. 

She competed in the 2009 & 2010 CrossFit Reebok Games. Michelle, placed 6th in 2012 CrossFit Reebok Mid Atlantic Regionals. She also assisted her team in the 2013 CrossFit Regionals while she was 6.5 months pregnant.

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Brandy Smith
Coach

Brandy graduated from the University of Mount Olive with a B.S. in Exercise Science. She was a scholarship basketball player for the Trojans and stayed on as the Assistant Women's Basketball Coach for 2 years after graduation. She took the next step as the Head Women's Basketball Coach at her alma mater, Goldsboro High, for 5 years. Another 5 year stint at Corinth Holders High led Brandy to accept the Head Coach position at William Peace University. 

Brandy brings more than a decade of coaching experience from multiple levels and has been a valuable part of the CFK Family for more than 6 years. 

You can usually find Brandy at the evening classes Monday-Friday and Saturday morning.

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Shane Norris
CF-L1, CF-Running Trainer

Shane graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a degree in Communication. While there he competed in Div. I Track and Field as an All-Conference hurdler. After college he explored different styles of training before landing on CrossFit in 2018. The balance of community, competition, Olympic lifts, and focus on full-body health drew him to the sport.

Shane earned his CF-L1 in 2020 after spending much of the pandemic coaching and programming for his wife and friends opened his eyes to the joys of helping others succeed.

He is an avid technician of running form and enjoys helping to pass on his more than a decade of sprinting and running experience with others. 

Shane has been part of the CFK Family for nearly a year and aides in marketing and promotional duties for the box.

You can often find Shane at the 6am or Noon classes Monday through Friday, as well as Saturday mornings.

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Cristian Murrietta
USAW Coach

Cristian is originally from Sacramento, California and found his way to North Carolina after being stationed at Fort Bragg during his time in the Army. As a soldier Cristian had the opportunity to attend multiple military course’s including the United States Army Airborne School, Special Forces Assessment and Selection, and Psychological Operations Assessment and Selection and many others.

During his time at Fort Bragg Cristian coached at CrossFit Ferus in Fayetteville where he instructed and competed with athletes from all levels. Prior to moving to North Carolina, Cristian was a strength and conditioning coach for 3 years at a California gym where he specialized in youth sports strength and conditioning, as well as competitive Olympic weightlifting. Cristian has over 5 years of coaching experience with athletes of all levels and strives to positively impact others daily.

You can often find Cristian at the 6am and evening classes as well as Saturday mornings.

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Parker Haake
CF-L1, USAW Coach

Parker comes to us from Asheville where he was a multi-sport athlete; football, wrestling, track, and basketball. Parker received his degree in History Education at Appalachian State University in 2015. After graduation he returned to Asheville where he earned his CF-L1 and USAW certification. He began his career teaching and coaching football at North Henderson High while coaching at Summit CrossFit.

Currently, Parker lives in Raleigh and teaches at Bunn High where he's a Football Coach, Strength & Conditioning Programmer, and the Head Wrestling Coach.

Parker has been part of the CFK Family for more than 5 years. He brings a multitude of experience in multiple fitness methodologies, though he specializes in Olympic weight lifting and athlete development. Parker enjoys the competitive side of CrossFit and the level of intensity and bond it brings.

 

You will most likely find him at the evening classes Monday-Friday. 
 

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Denny Hernandez
Associate Coach

Bio coming soon.

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