Motivated to Support You

Our trainers are the top of their class.
Fitness is not just a job – it’s our passion.

The Fortitude Way

Our responsibility code is the code of conduct for all of our trainers at all times.

Build Connections

Our trainers are the front-lines of our athlete-centered approach. They strive to meet new athletes and build meaningful relationships with all of our members to enhance our community and create a deeply supportive environment.

Facilitate Results

Our trainers will make personal recommendations within a programmed workout to help you choose the right scaling, movements, or weights toward your goals and personal success!

Set The Example

Actions speak just as loud as words for our trainers. Every trainer is expected to lead from the front when it comes to ongoing fitness education, customer service as a coach/trainer, and building community.

FOUNDER & CEO

Athan Schindler, MS, CSCS

U.S. Army Airborne Ranger
U.S. Army Master Fitness Trainer – Instructor
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
CrossFit Level 1 & 2

I stand for the possibility of optimal health, deep human connection, and self-actualization for all people in my life.

Learn more about my story here.

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge

Andy St. Germain

Next Level Founder + Head Coach
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1

Andy found CrossFit at Fortitude Strength and Conditioning when he first moved to Austin Texas from Northwest Indiana in 2013. After about a year of just training, Andy got his Level 1 Certification and began coaching in 2014. Andy has competed at Regionals the past 2 year (2017, 2018) with two 14th place finishes in the CrossFit Open those years. Before CrossFit Andy was heavily involved in the sport of wrestling. He wrestled at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting Indiana along with being a High School State Runner Up in 2017 and a Brute Adidas National Champion in 2016.

Coaching Strengths:
Develops unique and complex workout strategies
Enjoys coaching gymnastic skills progressions
Creates a fun atmosphere for training

Cody Skinner

Barbell Club Founder + Trainer
Certifications: USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach/Club Coach

Cody has 7 years involvement with CrossFit and 6 years competing in weightlifting. He has had the opportunity to train under and alongside multiple national and international champions and loves to learn new things that he can use to help his athletes.

Coaching Strengths:
Skilled in breaking down and teaching complex movements and skills
Prioritizes training goals and tailors programs for individual athletes
Builds confidence through strength and focus

Corrie Thompson

CrossFit Trainer
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1

Corrie began dancing when she was four years old. In high school, she was a member of a local ballet company and on the dance team at her high school. After high school, she struggled to find a fitness routine to replace dancing. She found treadmills, weight machines, and aerobics classes boring.  When Corrie discovered CrossFit in 2012, she found the community, coaching, variety, and intensity she was missing, and the nutrition knowledge and strength she has gained (e.g., she had never been able to do a pull up in her life before CrossFit) were an added bonus. Similar to dancing, there are always new combinations to learn and technique to improve upon in CrossFit.  Corrie has always been driven to help others, and earned her CrossFit L1 certificate in 2016 so she can share her love of CrossFit and help others on their road to fitness.

Coaching Strengths:
Encourages new athletes beyond what they think they are capable of
Keeps the class on schedule and ensures everyone understands the WOD
Motivates athletes through a workout

Elma Garcia

CrossFit Trainer + Operations Manager
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1

Elma discovered an enthusiasm for fitness after trying CrossFit in order to get in shape. Lacking an athletic background, and initially somewhat daunted by the difficult workouts, with time Elma soon began to embrace the challenge and the feeling of being pushed outside of her comfort zone. After four years of CrossFit, and having recognized the positive impact it had on her life, Elma decided to get her L1 so that she could be a part of inspiring fitness in others. Self-described as the ‘least athletic person she knows,’ Elma enjoys making CrossFit accessible to people at all levels of fitness and all skill levels. 

Coaching Strengths:
Unassuming leader, with a down-to-earth relatable style
Leads by setting the example
Inspires those around her to constantly strive for greatness

Juan Sebastian Parra

CrossFit Trainer
Certifications: CrossFit Level 2

Juan developed a passion for fitness at an early age. He played many sports growing up with a focus on soccer. He was a 3 year captain at Concordia University for Soccer. He achieved a CrossFit Level 1 in 2012, became a coach and has not looked back since. Currently focusing on fitness for longevity and continuously playing soccer at a competitive level. Juan’s mission in life is to help those who need a change in their health and fitness.

Coaching Strengths:
Skilled in breaking down and teaching complex movements and skills
Prioritizes training goals and tailors programs for individual athletes
Builds confidence through strength and focus

Lexi Grose

CrossFit Trainer
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1

Lexi’s love for fitness started at a young age through gymnastics. She was a gymnast from 5-13 years of age, but after moving out of state she stepped away from gymnastics to try a new sport. She tried soccer, volleyball, track, powerlifting, and competed on a swim team but none of them measured up to her love for gymnastics. Through high school she worked out at a traditional gym just to stay in shape, but really missed the team camaraderie and competitiveness of a sport. She was persuaded by a friend to try a CrossFit class in the fall of 2017 and instantly fell in love with the energy, attitude, and community that CrossFit embodies. She found a new team and a new sport to love! After a year of training at CrossFit Strive, she decided to pursue her level 1 certification so she could share her passion and love for CrossFit with others.

Coaching strengths: Builds strong relationships with each athlete, Creates a fun and focused training environment, Enjoys coaching a variety of different athletic levels and progressions

Cody Skinner

Barbell Club Founder + Operations Manager
Certifications: USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach/Club Coach

Cody has 7 years involvement with CrossFit and 6 years competing in weightlifting. He has had the opportunity to train under and alongside multiple national and international champions and loves to learn new things that he can use to help his athletes.

Coaching Strengths:
Skilled in breaking down and teaching complex movements and skills
Prioritizes training goals and tailors programs for individual athletes
Builds confidence through strength and focus

Lexi Grose

CrossFit Trainer
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1

Lexi’s love for fitness started at a young age through gymnastics. She was a gymnast from 5-13 years of age, but after moving out of state she stepped away from gymnastics to try a new sport. She tried soccer, volleyball, track, powerlifting, and competed on a swim team but none of them measured up to her love for gymnastics. Through high school she worked out at a traditional gym just to stay in shape, but really missed the team camaraderie and competitiveness of a sport. She was persuaded by a friend to try a CrossFit class in the fall of 2017 and instantly fell in love with the energy, attitude, and community that CrossFit embodies. She found a new team and a new sport to love! After a year of training at CrossFit Strive, she decided to pursue her level 1 certification so she could share her passion and love for CrossFit with others.

Coaching strengths: Builds strong relationships with each athlete, Creates a fun and focused training environment, Enjoys coaching a variety of different athletic levels and progressions

Kady Skinner

CrossFit Trainer
Certifications: NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Endurance, CrossFit Coach’s Prep Course, USA Weightlifting, Yoga Level 1

While in college, Kady taught step, circuit and yoga classes. After graduation, she started personal training and teaching yoga. It was then she found a local CrossFit boot camp and gave it a try. It was instant love. She started implementing the CrossFit methodology into her training sessions with her clients. She found a trainer of her own to help her get a better understanding of Olympic Weightlifting and gymnastics. After being involved in CrossFit for about a year she started her CrossFit Coaching career in 2012. Kady is an accomplished competitive CrossFit athlete with multiple podium finishes. Most notably, she was a competitor in the 2014 CrossFit Games South Central Regional.

Coaching Strengths:
Stellar class organization
Focuses on time management - getting adequate warm-up, WOD, and cool down into 60 minutes
Deep knowledge of CrossFit methodologies and scaling for athletes' abilities