Passionate Coaches

About Us

These fabulous coaches want nothing more than to see your face when you feel the empowerment that comes from being in great shape! Our trainers have all the knowledge, experience, and insight to get you past your self-imposed limitations and into your personal success zone. They’ll all tell you the same thing: there is NOTHING better than seeing someone they trained hit their goals.

  • Carl Penney

    General Manager and Head Coach

    Carl Penney says “I love that I get to coach such a hardworking and fun group of people. Not only are our members putting in tons of effort to reach their goals, but we have a lot of fun on the way.”

    Carl spend 10 years playing competitive roller hockey and skateboarding before turning his attention to weight training and eventually CrossFit. Today he specializes in Olympic weightlifting and helping people reach their goals. “I always knew my purpose was to help others,” he says. “I realized that running a successful gym broadens the impact I can make to more people as clients but also provides greater opportunities for coaches wanting to make their impact.”

    His favorite quote is “Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • Bachelors in Exercise Science
    • Opex Level 1 CCP
    • USA Weightlifting Level 2 National Coach
  • Jimmy Kelly

    Coach

    Jimmy Kelly has been CrossFitting for four years and specializes in applying functional fitness to everyday life. He loves helping his members achieve feats they never thought possible. Jimmy played baseball at Palm Beach Atlantic University, but after he graduated, he missed the competitive atmosphere. He found it again in CrossFit and became fascinated by the sport. His favorite quote is “Fitness is 30% exercise, 70% nutrition, and 100% dedication!”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
  • Erica Walters

    Coach

    Erica Walters treasures her ability to get to know her members and help them reach their goals. A lifelong multi-sport athlete, Erica earned a Defensive Player of the Year award, played on a National Championship-winning team, and was offered multiple basketball and softball scholarships out of high school. “I’m also amazing at dodge ball,” she says. “Volleyball and badminton, you probably are no competition for me as well.”

    You’ll know which classes she’s teaching because you’ll hear EDM, hardcore rap, and reggae blasting from them. In addition to CrossFit, Erica says she’s passionate about traveling, living among other cultures, different styles of exercise, taking proper care of your body, all types of food, Duke Basketball, and Mike Krzyzewski.

    Certifications:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science
    • American Council on Exercise (ACE)
    • International Sports Science Association (ISSA)
    • CrossFit Level 1
    • First Aid
    • CPR
    • Teaching Certification K-12
  • Katie Wentz

    Fit Kids Coach

    Katie Wentz is passionate about teaching kids how to be physically active while having fun. “I believe that it is important for everyone to be the best that they can be when it comes to their health and fitness,” she says.

    The thing she loves most about coaching kids is watching them develop their athletic skills and strength. “Children are quick to learn when it comes to new movements,” she says. “I enjoy getting to teach them at young ages how to do these movements properly and have fun while doing so.”

    Katie is also a champion pole vaulter and is part of The Palm Beach Weight Lifting Club at CrossFit El Cid.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • Brand X Method Basic Kids Course Certification
  • Noah Johnson

    Coach

    Noah Johnson says the thing he loves most about coaching is the personal relationships between the members and staff at El Cid that “makes us who we are – The El Cid CrossFit Family!”

    Noah is ALMOST done with his bachelor’s degree in Human Sport and Performance from Palm Beach Atlantic University – he graduates in May 2017. He’s always been into fitness, starting his journey “in the stereotypical globo-gym wearing string tanks tops and carrying around a gallon of water.” He got tired of the same old thing and found CrossFit – which was an immediate addiction.

    Noah is an easy going guy with a great sense of humor. He also likes pina coladas and getting caught in the rain.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1

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