Meet the CrossFit Coaches

Our Team

Get FFIT for life with us! Our talented coaches can’t wait to help you reach your goals safely and tangibly - so you get those noticeable results that are oh-so-motivating as you progress. With a combination of passion, compassion, and experience, these talented men and women will help you break through to the next level of success. Our Mission is to Glorify God by sharing our talents of quality leadership in optimal fitness, thus empowering individuals and instilling health and hope within our community.
  • Sylvia Darby

    Owner Sylvia Darby is passionate about LIFE! She wants to help people discover the multiple blessings of taking care of their own “temple” including benefits to the body, mind and spirit. “I’m trying to better myself each day, and from that experience guiding others to embrace the mindset and discipline needed to approach their own lives with that same attitude.”

    “What drives me to wake up every day is unconditional love for two little boys that have forever changed my life, and a solid commitment to a future with an amazing husband that has been beside me through the good, the bad and the often ugly of creating a business and family at the same time,” she says. “This 7,000-square-foot facility has been a labor of love and holds an incredibly dedicated and talented group of coaches as well as a community of amazing athletes, all of which I am beyond blessed to call my family.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
    • CrossFit Kids
    • NASM PT
    • Registered Nurse
  • Daniel Darby

    Owner Daniel D. Darby uses his engineering background to bring the perfect blend of CrossFit and personal training to Foundation F.I.T. “This has been an experience like no other,” he says. “Even with my 20 years of commercial and residential design, owning my own business and designing and building it has put me right where I want to be.”

    Daniel has been CrossFitting for eight years, and his passion is to become the best version of himself on a daily basis. His love for Christ is first and foremost, he says, and it starts every day when he wakes up at 4 a.m. with a strong cup of coffee. “I ask the Lord to guide me to lead the life he has set out for me and to be the husband and father I know I am capable of being. Next I ask Him to give me guidance to be a good leader and mentor to my fellow employees and athletes.”

    His favorite quote is “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” — Mother Teresa

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • AFPA Certified Personal Trainer
  • Jennifer Sahlberg

    General Manager

    Jennifer has 10 years CF experience and has a passion for sharing her knowledge of movement and fitness in general with others. She loves it when she is able to use her communication and instruction to help an athlete perform a particular movement with confidence and little hesitation. Her primary sport growing up was soccer, although she has experience in multiple different sports which has fostered her ability to be an incredible motivator and team player.
    “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Certifications:

    • CF-L1
    • USAW Sports Performance
  • Khara Chunn

    Director of CrossFit

    Coach Khara Chunn started playing fast pitch softball at age 4 and continued for the next 18 years, including being invited to try out for the 1996 Olympic team, receiving a scholarship to Indiana University in the Big Ten Conference, and graduating in 1999 finishing 3rd all-time in career stolen bases.

    For Khara, CrossFit is a family affair. Her uncle, Lance Schaefer, is a three-time Masters CrossFit Games participant, and her mother, Vicki Good, has qualified for the Masters Games the past two years. Khara didn’t discover her love for CrossFit until after graduating from college. She needed to fill that competitive void in her life, and CrossFit was the answer. “I was hooked after one session,” she says.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Level 2
    • CrossFit Gymnastics
    • CrossFit Mobility
  • Stacie Barclay

    Coach Stacie Barclay has been CrossFitting since 2010 and specializes in helping moms, moms-to-be, teens and beginners push past their boundaries in fitness. “A person is usually capable of far more than they would have pushed themselves to try on their own, and I love being the one to give a little encouragement to make it happen!” she says.

    Her fitness career began when she was teaching spin classes that happened to overlap bootcamp classes that Dan and Sylvia taught. “I went from being terrified of them (as my Spin class overlapped with their bootcamp, and I was in their territory), to falling in love with their vision of starting a CrossFit gym,” she says. “I was hooked after one class, and I haven’t looked back since!”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Level 2
    • CrossFit Kids
    • NETA CPT
  • Lauren Berczynski

    Coach Lauren Berczynski has been working as a personal trainer for eight years and has been an athlete all her life. Inspiration from her 7th grade basketball trainer got her where she is today. “He pushed my team to our max each and every day and never let us quit no matter the circumstance,” she says. “It was those moments where I wanted to quit and did not think I could get through the workout that felt so good. At the end of our basketball season, when my team out ran every team we played and made every shot we took, that I realized the importance of proper strength and conditioning training.”

    Earning her degree in Community Health and Exercise Physiology and certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine began her passion to train any type of person seeking any type of fitness level. “Sometimes the little push you need is having someone there who believes in you and is always proud of you,” she says. “I will always be that person for anyone who needs it.”

    Certifications:

    • National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
    • Ohio University, B.S.P.Ex.
  • Alicia Bittle

    Coach

    Coach Alicia Bittle attended Rice University with a scholarship in pole vaulting, however, she has been in athletics her entire life.” I started soccer and t-ball when I was 4, summer track and field when I was in 5th grade. Basketball, Volleyball and Track and Field from Middle School through freshman year. Sophomore year I finally focused on just Track and Field, specifically Pole Vault.” This experience drives her to help youth discover their potential while training with her with and use it to create a competitive edge. She also has a passion for the importance of balance in athletics which lead her to seek out education and experience in yoga. Now holding an extensive certification, she uses this practice to bring balance to intense athletic training as well as restorative healing to all that seek it.

    Her favorite quote- “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”

    ― Maya Angelou

    Certifications:

    • BA: Kinesiology/Rice University, Pole Vault
    • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
    • Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance
  • Ryan Cromer

    Coach Ryan Cromer has been CrossFitting an astounding 11 years and specializes in Olympic weightlifting. “I love being physically fit and knowing that it makes me a much better person overall,” he says. “Fitness has so many scientifically proven benefits, from physical health to emotional well-being, and it is an integral part of my life.”

    Growing up, Ryan played rec league sports and became a “gym rat” in college, but “I had no significant accomplishments to speak of other than being awesome,” he says. But once he found CrossFit, he was hooked. Ryan also plays the cello, has three boys and a beautiful wife, and loves chocolate, peanut butter, and good beer.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Weightlifting
    • Law Enforcement Physical Fitness Training Coordinator
  • Liz Dworkin

    Coach Liz Dworkin discovered her passion for fitness in late high school and early college. “I never knew I wanted to be working in the fitness industry until I was sitting in my cubicle, staring outside at the window, wondering why I disliked my job,” she says. “Each day after work, I would go to the gym for my escape, my happy place. Every day I would ask myself how I was supposed to enjoy my life in such an unhappy environment.”

    She took the risk of leaving her full-time marketing job to pursue her dream of helping others as a personal trainer. “Looking back on it now, it was the best decision I ever made! I have been in the fitness industry for over four years, and I’m loving every minute of it.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • National Academy of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer
    • ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist
  • Elliott Dye

    Coach

    Elliott, a native to Mt. Pleasant, has passion for strength and conditioning, surfing, boating, and fishing. Coming with experience from the Strength and Conditioning department at the University of South Carolina he is driven to bring results in strength, athletic performance, and physique transformation with the individuals he trains. He has experienced first hand on how a plan, hard work, and accountability can bring about life changing physical and mental changes in an individual. His natural competitive nature led him to surfing, body building, powerlifting, and baseball, thus building a wide variety of knowledge for him to share in these areas.
    His Favorite book, The Man in the Arena, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.

    Certifications:

    • B.S. Exercise Science
    • NSCA CPT
  • Heyward Murray

    Coach

    Coach Heyward Murray has 13 years’ experience in soccer and an education background in teaching. She uses this passion and skill set to not only empower the next generation with the tools they need for optimal health, but she uses her specific teaching experience to effectively communicate and provide accountability to her clients on what is needed to set and reach goals. “I realized my passion for health and fitness was more than just something I wanted to do for myself, I wanted to help people appreciate their bodies for what they can do”.  Heyward can speak personally about the confidence that strength and general fitness can bring. She feels blessed that God has given her all the tools she needs to inspire and educate others to lead healthier lives one day at a time.

    Favorite quote- “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” John F. Kennedy

    Certifications:

    • WITS Certified Personal Trainer
    • Certified Kids Yoga Instructor

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