CrossFit Xtra Mile’s mission is to provide a supportive community where people of all ages and physical abilities can come together to improve their physical fitness, challenge their individual status quo, and identify and cultivate individual traits and characteristics that will help achieve greater feelings of fulfillment in their personal, professional and spiritual lives.
Corey has been involved in athletics his entire life, playing baseball and soccer growing up and then continuing to play baseball into college. In 2007, after his college baseball career ended, Corey became a coach and personal trainer for a local baseball and fastpitch academy. It was there where he began working with young athletes to reach their physical and personal goals. In 2008, Corey tried CrossFit for the first time with his former high school baseball coach, Brandon Jackson. He was hooked immediately! Corey found that CrossFit was the first training program that not only challenged his physical ability, but was also fun at the same time. As he learned more about CrossFit, he decided that it would be the best training program that he could offer to his young athletes; so, in 2009, Corey became CrossFit Level I certified and moved Xtra Mile Training from the academy to a local CrossFit gym.
Along with loving CrossFit for what it could do for himself and his athletes, Corey also found to really enjoy taking part in competitions. He competed in many local competitions early on in his CrossFit career. The highlight of his time competing was making it to the CrossFit Games – Regionals in Denver, Colorado and qualifying for the CrossFit Games in Carson, California in the summer of 2010.
In December 2010, Corey graduated from the University of Missouri St. Louis with an Interdisciplinary Studies Degree with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology and Business. It was at that time, he knew he wanted to continue to work with athletes of all ages to help them change their lives for the better.
In the summer of 2011, Corey began exploring the idea of opening his own facility in order to provide the best training facility for all of his athletes. After many months of hard work, CrossFit Xtra Mile opened on January, 9 2012. Since that day, Corey has stayed focused and never lost the desire to help people reach their goals. Corey gets enjoyment out of pushing people to be the best they can be and watching those people do things they never thought possible.
Since Corey began training athletes in 2007, he has helped over 30 young athletes achieve their goal of becoming college athletes. He has also helped many people of all ages reach their goal of weight loss, gaining strength, or just becoming more active and fit.
Along with owning CrossFit Xtra Mile and CrossFit Xtra Mile–Central, Corey has also been the Head Judge and a key component in one of the largest CrossFit competitions in the Midwest, Heat of America Affiliate Competition, for the last 6 years.
Corey strongly believes that through CrossFit and the amazing community at CrossFit Xtra Mile that anything is possible. The human body can do amazing things if given the tools to do so and Corey looks forward to helping many more people over the years utilize those tools to reach their goals. One of Corey’s favorite quotes is, “A hard worker will eventually succeed,” and Corey strongly believes that!
Austin started CrossFit in 2012 –after being dragged into the gym by Coach Danielle! With zero background in any fitness avenue, he patiently learned the technique while quickly falling in love with the methodology. CrossFit became his passion, so he turned his full attention to becoming the best coach possible.
Austin’s coaching opportunities began at CrossFit Springfield, where he originally found CrossFit. After some time, he opened CrossFit Rolla. Later, he sold this affiliate and moved to Overland Park, Kansas, to become a Lead Coach and Manager of another gym. Eventually, he moved back to Springfield, where he has spent the last two years coaching. He now plans to bring that passion and wealth of experiences to the CrossFit Xtra Mile family of gyms.
Austin’s main objective in coaching is to help everyone understand the importance of making healthy choices in their lives. He believes that CrossFit is for everyone, and if athletes are willing to be patient in the process, listen to what coaches are saying, and give their best each time they walk into the gym, the possibilities are endless!
Growing up Rachel was a multi-sport athlete year round until college. Playing volleyball, softball, and soccer competitively, she always knew athletics was where she was meant to be. Starting her sophomore year of High School, she started body building for fun with a buddy and has never looked backed. Following graduation from Edwardsville High School, Rachel continued her education at Southeast Missouri State University where she played Division I Soccer and received a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management, minor in Business Administration and her MA in Higher Education Administration. After a devastating medical injury in college she was no longer allowed to step on the field but knew she had to find something to be competitive in. In 2012 Rachel walked into her first CrossFit Affiliate, scared like everyone else, but immediately fell in love (OCD: Obsessive CrossFit Disorder). A year after starting CrossFit and two shoulder surgeries later, she wanted to take her journey further so she began studying nutrition and training for competitions, taking it one step at a time. As a CF athlete she has not fully filled her dreams yet, but her focus now is to educate and coach others while sharing my passion for CrossFit. Rachel’s goal as a trainer/coach is to encourage, motivate, teach, and lead fellow CrossFit athletes to success in their own journeys. She wants to dig into those places that many athletes or members do not think they can go but as a coach she knows they can.
Rachel believes there is an athlete inside of everyone, no matter your shape, size or background. Sometimes a little guidance and encouragement is all that is needed. CrossFit can be very intimidating and tough at times, but so can life. CrossFit is about the community and relationships you make while dying together, a bond that is unlike any other. With consistency and downright hard work success happens, fitness happens. Rachel challenges you to take a leap of faith and walk into a CrossFit affiliate with an open mind and your body will thank you later.
Tina was one of the very first new members to CrossFit Xtra Mile when it opened in January of 2012. She came to be a part of this family much like everyone does…through an introduction workout then On-Ramps! She loves this sport and believes in it so much that a few years later she sought and received her Level 1 Certification.
Tina is from southwest Missouri. raised on a 1,000 acre cattle farm. She feels the work ethic and integrity instilled so deeply in her as a child is priceless to her today, and it drives how she approaches everything that she does.
She has been involved in sports since the age of 8. While Tina is an average athlete, she has been truly blessed to be able to participate at the Jr Olympic and Collegiate level. Tina has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Sports Medicine and Education. Prior to her move to St Louis, she was a Certified Athletic Trainer and Clinician working for Midwest Sports Medicine Center in Springfield, MO.
As a coach, Tina is dedicated to not only getting you to move well, but getting you to move properly. She feels knowledge is power and she committed to helping you understand movement and how to address mobility issues that might be getting in the way!
Tina believes CrossFit is more an odyssey than a journey. In her humble opinion, the gateway to success in this sport is a relentless commitment to fundamentals and avoiding the novice’s curse.
She is steadfastly committed to the basics. Tina believes that without a strong and proper foundation one cannot build on consistency. Without consistency, it is difficult to achieve intensity. It is through intensity that we get results!
Tina says, “She is honored to be part of an amazing coaching staff. The community here at Xtra Mile is unparalleled and truly magical.”
Melissa started CrossFit in 2009, about six months after her daughter, Zoey, was born. After she fell in love with the sport, she got certified to coach in 2012 and started coaching out of her garage in Washington, MO. Eventually, she moved those classes to a local gym. Now, Melissa and her family live in West County, and she is coaching, offering body-recomposition services, and handling member relations for the CrossFit Xtra Mile family of gyms. When Melissa first started, she could never imagine being a coach, but she loves it. Coaching is a great fit for her since she was a high school English teacher for years. She has also belonged to CrossFit Xtra Mile since it opened, following Corey from their old gym when he opened because she admired his passion for CrossFit and his attention to doing things the right way and offering an excellent fitness experience for each athlete.
Melissa loves CrossFit because of how it fits each individual and is always changing. It is accessible to EVERY athlete and adaptable to fit each person right where they are, while also growing with them. She also loves the challenge of learning new things and constantly getting better every day. Not to mention, she is super competitive. She loves competing against herself on a daily basis but also doing individual and team competitions. Another aspect Melissa enjoys is getting to know all the wonderful people in the gym and watching them make changes in their lives. She feels there is nothing more gratifying than seeing someone’s physique and outlook change over weeks and months. Melissa feels teaching is in her blood, and she loves to coach.
Kevin has been in athletics his entire life playing football, basketball, and baseball from elementary school all the way through high school. Even though being drafted to the MLB right out of high school, he decided to go to Ball State University to play football on a full athletic scholarship. After his college football career ended, he stayed with the program as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for two years. After a few years of training like a bodybuilder, Kevin got bored with the training, found CrossFit and instantly fell in love with the competition and focus on movement.
After college and working for the Ball State football program, he moved to Arizona and helped run/build up a CrossFit gym. Kevin was also very active in local competitions and qualified for the CrossFit Regionals in 2013. During that time of coaching, he fell in love with assessing movement and helping people improve their health by improving their strength and movement. Through his belief that movement is medicine, Kevin decided to continue his education to receive a Doctorate of Chiropractic at Logan University in Chesterfield, MO where he will graduate in April 2019.
Chris’ athletic career began with high school wrestling. After graduating, he gravitated toward many sports and activities, including raquetball, mountain biking, and backpacking. Looking for a greater level of fitness, he began a series of functional fitness programs, eventually finding CrossFit in 2007.
He started in his basement, following the mainsite programming, but eventually joined CrossFit Valley Park in 2010, where he met Corey Lewis. In a desire to deepen his knowledge of CrossFit as a whole, he became CrossFit Level 1 certified. When Corey opened CrossFit Xtra Mile in 2012, Chris came along with him and has been coaching at Xtra Mile when work allows. His first love is the weight lifting part of CrossFit, and you will find him offering Olympic Lifting classes two to three times a month.
Danielle found CrossFit in late 2011 after a friend talked her into trying the beginner class at CrossFit Springfield in Springfield, MO. Little did she know that 60 min introductory class would change her entire life. She went back the next day and never looked back.
She fell in love with CrossFit instantly. Before starting CrossFit, she didn’t think girls could do pull-ups or lift weights in the gym. Danielle immediately became infatuated with the variety of the classes, the coaching, and most importantly, the community. Danielle was never the most athletic, coordinated, or talented growing up, but the CrossFit community gave her the opportunity to work on those things without worrying what people thought.
After a few years of CrossFit, Danielle began coaching full time and knew there was no other career for her. In 2015, she started to explore nutrition more deeply. She knew that just working out wasn’t enough anymore. She began to dial in her nutrition and noticed changes in her sleep, her skin, her mood, her performance, just about everything. Much like when she discovered CrossFit, she began to study as much as she could, eventually becoming Precision Nutrition Certified.
Whether it’s helping someone get their first box jump, or refining their nutrition, Danielle truly believes that there is nothing more gratifying than helping someone become healthier, stronger, and more confident. She is eternally grateful to the CrossFit community for the opportunity to help motivate people to change their lives for the better every day.
Andrew’s athletic career began playing baseball and basketball as a kid. He then played water polo in high school. Currently, he enjoys playing sports when he is not working full-time in the carpentry field. He enjoys playing in sand volleyball tournaments on the weekends and in a softball league during the summer.
His love for athletics and fitness has almost always included working out in a gym. A few years ago, he became bored of the regular gym. Only lifting weights and repeating a series of workouts every week just wasn’t engaging or helping him reach his goals. On the quest to find something more fun, dynamic, and even competitive, he turned the CrossFit in January 2016.
Since then, Andrew has developed a passion for CrossFit. From the beginning, Andrew has focused on overcoming physical limitations and learning proper technique. His learning process has helped him develop a passion for helping others learning and progress as well, along with having fun. He also enjoys the competitive side of CrossFit, competing regularly in competitions around the state.
Peter started working out at Crossfit Xtra Mile at the age of 25. He had never worked out regularly before and was a little nervous but realized he needed a change. Peter started attending XM regularly and hasn’t looked back.
He believes he has found a family at CrossFit Xtra Mile. Crossfit Xtra Mile is not your typical gym – it’s a community of good people who honestly want the best for each other. He explains further: “Life can be challenging, heartbreaking, and hard – the kinship and workouts I’ve experienced at the gym have been significant and beneficial beyond anything that I could have ever expected. I am forever thankful and changed because of this place.”
While at Xtra Mile, Peter has transformed both mentally and physically, in part due to the coaches at CrossFit Xtra Mile. Peter realized in 2016 that he wanted to help others the way his coaches have helped him. He will be receiving his Level 1 Certification in September 2017 and is currently shadowing and co-coaching classes.
Outside of the gym, Peter works in marketing and is a baker and wedding cake designer. He has a passion for both food and fitness and finding a healthy way for them to co-exist (He still enjoys a slice or two of cake every once in awhile!).