Our head coaches and co-owners Derek Hutchison and Jonathan Burns have more experience and have been coaching CrossFit longer than anyone in North Idaho. Combined, they have over a decade of CrossFit coaching experience and double that coaching other athletes. Though they may look alike, their distinct athletic backgrounds and interests combine to offer our athletes broad, expert coaching simply not found at any other gym. Jonathan and Derek carefully plan every day at CrossFit Coeur d’Alene. They respect the fact that our athletes work hard to achieve their goals, and each one-hour session is prepared accordingly.
While 4 years as a Recon Marine brought Derek some great skills, it was time spent as an instructor to aspiring Recon Marines that created a desire to teach what he had learned to others. Derek has been coaching CrossFit since 2007 and has a great desire to learn about and teach all aspects of strength, gymnastics, nutrition, programming and recovery. Derek also starred in and won the 4th season of the online military based reality show “Maximum Warrior.” He is a CrossFit Certified Trainer and USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach and has acquired numerous certifications as well as attended many seminars which include the CrossFit Weightlifting Certification, CrossFit Endurance Certification, CrossFit Movement and Mobility Certification and CrossFit Gymnastics Certification. Derek is currently pursuing his B.S. in Exercise Science at American Military University.
Prior to coming to CrossFit, Jonathan was a rower: first as a scholarship athlete from the University of Washington, later becoming a National Champion and representing the United States in international competition. Jonathan’s background in elite sports not only provided him an avenue to test the limits of his body, it also sparked an interest in human performance that continues to this day. Jonathan has been coaching since 2004 and considers himself a student of human exercise physiology. As such, he quickly realized that CrossFit’s broad, general, inclusive methods are ideal for all athletes, from the everyday to the elite. In addition to being a CrossFit Certified Trainer, Jonathan has attended the CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Certification, CrossFit Endurance Certification, CrossFit Movement and Mobility Certification and CrossFit Gymnastics Certification. Like Derek, he has and will continue to further his knowledge by any means possible.
Our Head Coaches are some of the most experienced around- coaching CrossFit isn’t only their passion, it’s their full time job. These coaches have shown their proficiency in leading a CrossFit class, working with abilities ranging from beginner to advanced athlete. If a member has a question regarding training, nutrition, or recovery, these guys are the experts to talk to.
When I stumbled upon CrossFit in 2012 I new I had found something special. Up until that point I was no stranger to “working out.” decades of playing sports not only gave me a platform to compete on the field, but also gifted me countless hours preparing in the weight room. When my baseball career was over and the cleats had been hung up for good, I realized how much I missed the taste for competition. As hard as I tried, this itch just wasn’t being scratched at my neighborhood “globo” gym. No matter how hard I tried, my routine of 1 mile on the treadmill, an hour or so of weights, and a cool down stretch session had ran its inevitable course. After breaking up with my final spin class and bicep curl, I was introduced to someone new, her name was FRAN. CrossFit to me is competition, and competition is why I love it. But allow me to define what I mean by competition. You see, yelling “DONE” first or occasionally snatching five pounds more than your friend is great, but they are not what I refer to. The competition that I have found to be most satisfying at CorssFit Coeur d’Alene is that with myself. Each and every day I find myself being challenged to make a decision, to quit or keep going. To drop the weight or challenge it. To fear the pain or become very acquainted. I think all of us have challenges and obstacles in life, I know for me they all became a little more manageable after 21-15-9.
Meagan’s 8 years as a sprinter has helped her develop immensely as a coach and athlete. Her interest in sports, fitness and the biomechanics of the human body, led her to get a degree in Sports Science and is always interested in learning new things about exercise and nutrition. She loves to try new sports and explore different areas of fitness. She is CrossFit Certified and has been coaching athletes in track and field and CrossFit since 2008. She is currently looking into furthering her education in the Health Sciences field.
We are lucky to have an amazing crew of Assistant Coaches. These are athletes that have been with us for some time and have decided to take their CrossFit education a step further. These guys help out by subbing for our head coaches when needed.
After spending the better part of her life as an elite soccer athlete as well as being active in winter sports, tennis and swimming, Camille found herself in the worst shape of her life after four years of poor nutrition knowledge and lack of exercise in college. After college, her health further deteriorated with her hectic cross-country traveling career. With over three years at CrossFit CDA, today, Camille is a stronger athlete than ever before and preaches the importance of nutrition knowledge, exercise and stress management. Camille is now a permanent CDA resident and a Certified CrossFit Trainer. After experiencing over two dozen CrossFit gyms nationwide from her travels, she brings an array of knowledge and experience from each gym.