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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Grant Smith
CF-L1

Grant is an 11-year veteran of the U.S. Navy who spent his career as a pilot operating in locations around the world. 

He began CrossFit in 2013 and feel in love with the daily challenge and camaraderie. From his work as a flight instructor he realized his love for teaching and decided to get his CF-L1 upon leaving the Navy in 2017.

Grant understands the power of CrossFit to positively impact lives and enjoys the opportunity to share that with others.

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Brandy Smith
CF-L1

Bio coming soon.

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Shane Norris
CF-L1, CF-Running Trainer

Shane graduated from Coastal Carolina University where 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. 

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Donavynn Trumps
Associate Coach

The youngest member of our team, Donavynn more than makes up for his age with passion and heart. In his first full year of CrossFit, he finished just outside of the Age Group Qualifier. Donavynn loves all things CrossFit and fitness related and has dedicated himself to excelling at the sport- with plans to make it to the Games. 

As he trained, he began associate coaching and enjoys helping others discover the passion and drive he finds in CrossFit. He's currently pursuing his CF-L1 and aims to be a certified trainer by Mid-2021.

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Parker Haake
CF-L1

Bio coming soon.

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Denny Hernandez
Associate Coach

Bio coming soon.

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