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 + CrossFit Trainer
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

Jayci Cormier

CrossFit Trainer
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, Olympic Weightlifting, Gymnastics, Strongman, Life Coaching, and Behavior Change

Jayci has over 10 years of experience in all things CrossFit. She has extensive experience coaching, has worked with Crossfit HQ in Gymnastics and Strongman programs, has experience with owning and operating affiliates, and was previously a Regionals competitor. She is currently in her last semester of prerequisites for the Masters in Nursing Program at UT and aspires to own a telemedicine advanced nursing practice to improve access to affordable care.

Nate Fox

CrossFit Trainer + Sales Manager
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1

Nate was a multi-sport competitive athlete and coach through high school and college. Nate coached swimming and rowing and trained as a Division 1 and elite level rower at the University of Pennsylvania. Recently, Nate has translated his deep experience in sales and marketing to support Fortitude’s growing membership.

Coaching Strengths:
Adaptable to individuals strengths and weaknesses (thanks to wide range of coaching; methodologies (swimming, rowing, CrossFit))
Builds trust quickly resulting in comfortable relationships between the athlete and the gym
Understands how the science of training is ever-changing, and strives to keep learning

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

Jeanette Olivas

CrossFit Trainer
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Jeanette’s interest in fitness and wellness began in high school when she joined the swim team. Her love for the water and swimming led her to pursue employment as a lifeguard for the University of Texas as well as a swim instructor at the YMCA. There she taught lessons to all age groups from infants to adults who were just being introduced to the water. Four years ago, Jeanette found herself bored with her workout routine. A friend suggested she try CrossFit. After four years of CrossFitting with Fortitude, Jeanette decided to return to fitness education and obtained her CrossFit L-1 Certificate.

Coaching Strengths:
Experience working with people from a broad range of ages and backgrounds, especially in the areas of fitness and nutrition
Patient and encouraging approach to coaching
Committed to education and continuous improvement

Jen Patterson

CrossFit Trainer
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Flexibility, Eat to Perform 

Jen was a gymnast from the age of about 6 to 14. Jen went on to do track in high school and found CrossFit after the birth of her son when she was on the search for something to help her weight after her pregnancy. The skills of the barbell lifts really drew her in and the community aspect kept her coming back. Jen still loves handstand walks and other Crossfit gymnastics movements and enjoys helping people hone in on those skills. Watching athletes gain not only strength and confidence, but rekindling some childhood joys through physical fitness, is one of Jen’s favorite parts of being Crossfit coach.

Coaching Strengths:
Sharpens people's strengths
Focuses on improving form bit by bit every time
Frames thoughts so confidence grows

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

Juan Sebastian Parra

Owner + Operations Manager
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

Ashley Paige Stewart

CrossFit Trainer
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Ashley has been involved in fitness since 2014 and has experience in running, CrossFit, self-care, and general mobility. She also has a tremendous passion for outdoor activities such as camping and obstacle course racing. When not at the gym, Ashley can be found writing fitness-related articles, reading her latest self-improvement book, or listening to Ben Bergeron’s podcasts on YouTube.

Coaching Strengths:
Experience working with people from a broad range of ages and backgrounds
Patient and encouraging approach to coaching
Committed to education and continuous improvement