our WORLD CLASS COACHES

Industrial Athletics is proud to employ some of the most experienced and talented CrossFit coaches in Pittsburgh. These are regular, down-to-Earth folks (not meatheads) who just happen to be incredibly good at getting people into the best shape of their lives.

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Matthew Becker

Owner

Owner and Head Coach Matthew Becker says he’s a stickler for proper scaling and form. “Mechanics come before anything, and I won’t allow someone to continue to put himself/herself in a dangerous position,” he said.

Matthew is fanatical about the way CrossFit impacts the lives of members both mentally and physically, inside and outside the gym. And he should know, since he’s been CrossFitting for 10 years. Industrial Athletics is actually the second box Matthew has run. The first was a friend’s, and he thought “If I’m running his box, I may as well open my own.” And so Industrial Athletics was born.

CERTIFICATIONS:

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Football Trainer
CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
USAW Sports Performance Coach
Precision Nutrition Level 1

Jennifer Griener

Head Coach

Head Coach Jennifer Griener is passionate about helping people, especially women, find the athlete they didn’t know they were. Jennifer has been CrossFitting since Industrial Athletics opened in 2013 and decided to become a coach when she got burned out on her stressful corporate job. “CrossFit is my passion, and I wanted to share my love and knowledge with others,” she says. “When the head coach position opened at Industrial Athletics, I jumped at the chance to make coaching my career.”

Her favorite thing about coaching is watching a member transform right in front of her eyes. Plus, “Being a part of this community and the energy the members bring to the box keeps me excited to come in every day,” she says.

CERTIFICATIONS:

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer

Garrett “G-Force” Carson

OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING COACH

Olympic Lifting Coach Garrett “G-Force” Carson had never touched a barbell in his life until he learned how to split jerk in his first CrossFit class. “I instantly fell in love with the sport of weightlifting,” he says. “When the opportunity to become a certified USAW coach was presented, I couldn’t say no. It’s a way to help further myself as a weightlifter but, more importantly, help others discover and grow in the sport as well.”

Garrett says he learns so much about himself when he is coaching his members. The drive required to push himself and his clients to be better has carried over into all other aspects of his life. “It’s helped me reach things I never thought were possible,” he says. “I hope I can help spread that passion and help others grow as well.”

CERTIFICATIONS:

USAW Sports Performance Coach

Richard Withee

Coach

Richard starting coaching because he wanted to help others succeed in their fitness goals. He thrives off of watching others put in hard work and seeing the results. Richard's fitness journey began because he had reached a plateau with dieting. He needed to change something in his life if he was going to see more success. The functional movements and group atmosphere of CrossFit really spoke to his work ethic. It is so much easier to get through workouts when you are surrounded by like minded individuals trying to attain similar goals.

Richard says the high he gets at the end of a 20 minute workout is like nothing else. "I also love tracking my workouts," he says. Richard thinks tracking progress is an important part of continued success. "When you can actually see your improvements, it makes it that much sweeter."

Rachel Welch

Coach

Rachel says the best part of coaching at Industrial Athletics is the Community. "The Community that we've built is amazing," she says. She loves connecting with members and helping them reach their fitness goals.

Rachel has been into fitness and the gym her entire life. She went to college for Exercise, started competing in bodybuilding, and eventually found CrossFit. Rachel says her favorite part of CrossFit is that every day is different. "I love that everyday I know I'm going to do something different that challenges me, " she says, "I never walk out of the gym bored."

Leslie McPherson

Coach

Leslie is passionate about health and wellness. She says the best part of coaching is, "getting to interact with so many different people while being a part of their health journey." At Industrial Athletics, Leslie helps others not only with their fitness, but also as one of our nutrition coaches.

"Fitness has always been such a big part of my life," she says. She was plateauing in her fitness journey and wanted to find a new way to get in the best shape of her life. She found CrossFit. Now, her mission is to help others learn to express themselves through health and wellness like she does.

Carri Stec

Coach

From running road races, to gym workouts, to playing sports, Carri has always had a passion for fitness. When she started to develop some unusual health concerns, Carri decided to take control of her life to improve her mental and physical health. She wanted to become the best version of herself and fitness helped her achieve that.

Carri started CrossFit to learn barbell lifts and to get her first pullup. She wanted something that would make her stronger and challenge her continuously. "What I didn't expect was the mental toughness I would discover and the supportive community that has grown into a family," she says. Whether it's getting through a workout, attempting a heavier weight, or triyng a new gymnastics movement, the best part of coaching for Carri is showing you that it's all possible.

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Our members’ success is our success. Here are some of the achievements we’ve celebrated with our CrossFit family here at Industrial Athletics. We love to see our members crush their goals!

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