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Nikki Warnek – Head Coach & Owner

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Nikki has been a sports and fitness fanatic for as long as she can remember. Growing up her favorite sports were gymnastics, soccer, and lacrosse. After college she took up long distance running and completed several full and half marathons. In May 2009, Nikki attended her first CrossFit class at the recommendation of a coworker. Within weeks, Nikki knew she had stumbled into something life changing! She was getting stronger and leaner every day. She loved learning new skills and pushing her body to new limits. Eager to share her newfound passion with others, Nikki obtained her Level 1 CrossFit Trainer certification in October 2009. In July 2011, John and Nikki opened up Iron Cross Athletics, and the rest is history!

Nikki trained with CrossFit through 2 pregnancies and has coached many women through this exciting phase of their lives. Nikki credits CrossFit with helping her (and fellow momma athletes) stay strong through pregnancy, labor/delivery, and the postpartum period.  Now, with both kids out of diapers, Nikki is setting new “personal records” (PRs) – running faster and lifting more than ever!

In the distant past, Nikki competed locally, regionally, and even internationally. But today, her goals are simply to stay fit and live life to the fullest.  As a coach, Nikki aspires to help each member unlock their true physical potential and discover the JOY of working out!

Click HERE to see Nikki demo the CrossFit.com workout of the day on 9/11/12.

Certifications and Degrees:

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified FMS Professional, Level 1
  • CPR/AED and First Aid
  • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, Villanova University, December 2009
  • Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, Villanova University, May 2004

Certificates of Attendance

  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer, 2010
  • CrossFit Coaches’ Prep, 2010
  • Concept 2 Rowing, 2011
  • CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer, 2011
  • Attitude Nation Olympic Lifting Seminar, 2012
  • CrossFit Movement & Mobility Trainer, 2013
  • StrongFirst Kettlebell Course, 2015
  • Functional Movement Systems, Level 1 Seminar, 2016

Competition Highlights:

  • 2012 Mid-Atlantic Regional, 18th place finish, Individual
  • 2011 Mid-Atlantic Regional, 8th place finish, CFKoP team
  • 2010 Central East Regional, 5th place finish, CFKoP team
  • 2010 CrossFit Games, 58th place finish, CFKoP team

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