CrossFit Trainers

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.”


Dawn Lauman: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer


Dawn is a licensed massage therapist and has her B.A. in Exercise Science, which makes her understand the proper movements of our athletes as well as the importance to mobility. The competitve nature of CrossFit fuels this former collegiate athlete. Her favorite CrossFit WODs and movements are: Fight Gone Bad, deadlifts, wallballs and her least favorite – burpees. She was first drawn to CF by theworkouts and she loves CR, because it is empowering.  ”I love being healthy role models for our kids.  I love learning new skills and completing tough workouts I never imagined I would do. The CrossFit Pella community is amazing.  I feel encouraged every day to become a better athlete, better coach, and a better person.” Random facts- I have four future CrossFit athletes, I have finished 5 half marathons, I scored a hole-in-one on a golf course in Kentucky!


Bryan Llewellyn: CrossFit Level 1 trainer

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Bryan is a 2006 graduate of Simpson College with a degree in Business Management. He currently lives in Pella with his wife, Robin, and daughter, Lilly. They are expecting a second child in November! Bryan has been a Sheriff’s Deputy for the past five years and is currently with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. As a former collegiate wrestler, Bryan enjoys the intensity and individualized effort that CrossFit requires. He found CrossFit about 3 years ago and simply can’t get enough. Becoming a CossFit certified trainer has always been on his to-do list; he understands the link between the demands of law enforcement and the broad, general, and inclusive fitness that CrossFit training provides. Bryan looks forward to helping others reach their individual goals. He truly enjoys the friendly competitive nature the WODs bring out in everybody, but believes the best part will always be the community and family feel of the Box.