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Nikki Warnek – Head Coach & Owner

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For as long as she can remember, Nikki has loved all things sports and fitness. Growing up she played soccer and competed in gymnastics. In high school she captained varsity soccer and lacrosse teams. After college she immersed herself in long distance running, completing 3 full marathons and several half marathons. In 2009, a coworker told Nikki about CrossFit. He promised it would reinvigorate her workouts and take her fitness to a whole new level. Always eager to try something new, Nikki attended her first CrossFit class in May 2009.

Within months of starting CrossFit, Nikki knew she had stumbled into something life changing. Not only did she feel great and look great, SHE FELT LIKE AN ATHLETE AGAIN!! Nikki looked forward to her  workouts each day, knowing they’d kick her butt and give her a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.  Eager to share her new found love of CrossFit, Nikki obtained her Level 1 certification in October 2009, and started coaching at her local affiliate. In July 2011, John and Nikki opened up Iron Cross Athletics, and the rest is history!

Nikki has competed at a local, regional, and international level. Highlights include the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Regionals, where she competed individually for an 18th place finish, and the 2010 CrossFit Games, where she was a member of the CrossFit KOP team. Nikki’s goal as a coach is 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, February 2010
  • CrossFit Coaches’ Prep, September 2010
  • Concept 2 Rowing, February 2011
  • CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer, July 2011
  • Attitude Nation Olympic Lifting Seminar, August 2012
  • CrossFit Movement & Mobility Trainer, March 2013
  • StrongFirst Kettlebell Course, February 2015

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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