We think the coaching at CrossFit Pella is “top notch.” We have a mix of medical professionals, former athletes and coaches, who all want to help our athletes reach their full potential inside and outside the CrossFit Pella box.
Dave Vanderhoff, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Mobility Certified
Dave is a 2001 graduate of Des Moines University (DMU)with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy and went on to complete his Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from DMU in 2006. He has previously worked in hospital settings concentrating on Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, and Ergonomics. Dave is also a Certified Athletic Trainer and has obtained the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification. It is the close relationship between functional movements and CrossFit that first interested Dave in starting the first (and the only) CrossFit in Marion County, Iowa in November of 2011. He is passionate about people moving well and uses his physical therapy education and experience to help others achieve their goals.
Les Fuller M.S., ATC, CrossFit Level 1 Certified
Les is a Certified Athletic Trainer with a degree in Athletic Training from Iowa State University and a Master’s degree from Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL in Sports and Athletic Administration. He worked as graduate assistant and strength coach for 10 different varsity sports while at Lynn. He moved to Pella in 1997 to work as a Clinical/Outreach Athletic Trainer and has worked in several capacities at Pella Corporation and is now in HR at PPI. Les has a passion to help people reach their fitness goals and loves to workout himself doing all kinds of activities. Les has been doing CrossFit since 2010 has seen more changes in his fitness levels than ever before. “I don’t see myself training any other way the rest of my life…CrossFit has brought back to my life the competitiveness of sport that I’ve missed since my school days have passed…and I’m never bored with doing the workouts or training members! CrossFit is so relevant to real life living that it prepares us for the unknown and unknowable throw at us each day as we live.”
Andi Vanderhoff, M.S., CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Mobility Certified, Olympic Lifting Certified
Andi started doing CrossFit at the suggestion of her husband (Dave) in Spring of 2010. She was skeptical at first, but has come to be passionate about CrossFit. She has a Master’s degree in Microbiology from South Dakota State University. This science and research background has given Andi a strong interest and appreciation for the role nutrition plays in performance of the human body. She loves to share her recipes, tips, and tools for helping the whole family eat well to feel well. She enjoys encouraging others and loves to see people reach goals they never thought possible and is passionate about changing people on the inside so they can transform the outside. Her favorite movements are burpees and pull-ups. Her least favorite movements are double unders. Little known fact: she doesn’t like Phil Collins music…and will not allow it to be played while she is working out or coaching.
Kara Schulte: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Kara found CrossFit in the fall of 2011. She currently holds a CrossFit Level 1 Certification. She graduated from Central College with an Exercise science/health promotion degree. “Discovering CrossFit has been one of the best things that has happened to me both physically and mentally. I wish I would’ve found this crazy addiction 10 years ago. CrossFit makes me feel strong, capable, and ALIVE! It appeals to my competitive nature, but I especially love the close-knit community that we’ve established.” Kara loves to see people accomplish their goals and become stronger, well-rounded athletes. As a coach, she wants to pass her excitement to other people and watch them discover their athletic potential and achieve goals they never thought possible. “CrossFit will change your life!
Dave Hopkins: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Dave is a recovering “husky jeans kid.” Dave hates being mediocre. Dave loves being awesome.
CrossFit provides opportunities to be mediocre less, and be awesome more.
Dave has been doing CrossFit for a while now. Dave has a beautiful wife and four super talented kids. In his free time Dave fights crime under the alias of “the freight train of justice.”
Chad Pierce: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Chad loves teaching the 8:30am class, he enjoys the constant chatter of the ladies.
He enjoys the fine things in life, like rainbows, unicorns and walks on the beach of Lake Red Rock with his puppy Calvin…and power cleans.
We are waiting on Chad to write a bio, until he does, he is stuck with this.
Dawn Lauman: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Jack Nicholson: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Jack works at Coline, performing a wide variety of duties for both Coline and Goalsetter. He has been employed there for over eight years. Both he and his wife Carma are very passionate about CrossFit and their young daughter is starting to show a lot of interest also. Jack says, “I have had an on, off relationship with physical fitness and training most of my life. I had never really found that thing that brought it all together until discovering CrossFit.” “I love the community of CrossFit, and how much everyone helps each other, not only with workouts, but anything you may need. Athletes of all levels can participate and feel good about it!”
His favorite WOD’S are the hero WOD’S, he loves how challenging they are, they give the opportunity to honor fallen heroes. Least favorite, anything with Thrusters!! Jack enjoys learning about nutrition, how it affects our performance physically and mentally and plans to further his education in the field of sports nutrition.