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!
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.
Ashley started her athletic journey in middle and high school with track and field. She found a passion for 100-meter hurdles and enjoyed the fast-paced nature of the event. There was always a thrill involved in skillfully leaping over an object while sprinting with her competitors to the finish.
After high school she attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she pursued her degree in Mechanical Engineering. While in school, she supplemented her income packing parachutes on the weekends to fund her love of skydiving. She also competed with her team in formation skydiving. This helped fill the competitive void from when she left track and field. After many years of jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, she decided it was time to leave skydiving while happy and healthy.
Noticing there was still a void that needed to be filled, a friend introduced her to CrossFit. She was hooked by the very first class. It was everything she was searching for. CrossFit offered the fast and intense experience she craved. Plus, she loved how she could track and trace her improvements against her past performance.
After a move to Hawaii, Ashley continued to CrossFit but wanted to help others find the passion that she found. Believing that functional fitness is a lifestyle that can completely change lives for the better, she pursued coaching and has dedicated all her time and efforts into becoming the best coach she can possibly be. Helping members and clients achieve more than what they thought possible is what drives her day to day.
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.
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!).
Brad has a long history in athletics starting with being a four year starter in both soccer and baseball at Bishop DuBourg high school in South St. Louis. From there, he went on to be a collegiate athlete at Webster University where he was a starting goalkeeper. It was at Webster that he received his bachelor’s degree in Marketing, and is currently a thesis paper away from completing his Master’s Degree in Public Relations.
After college, Brad spent the next ten years focusing on his music career. He spent much of this time traveling and playing music with his longtime band, The Disappeared. Since 2006, the band has released four records and played hundreds of shows. While the band still plays a handful of dates each year, they are not as active as they once were.
Brad found CrossFit in 2010 after returning home from a trip to Hawaii. The surfing, and soreness that ensued, made him realize that he wasn’t quite as fit as he thought he was. He found CrossFit South City and was immediately obsessed. He would be a member and coach at the gym for nearly seven years. During this time, he found a renewed sense of competition and has competed in numerous regional events, including placing third at HOA in 2011.
It was through CrossFit that Brad found his inspiration to become a firefighter and paramedic. He spent his first years in the fire service at The City of St. Charles Fire Department. He now proudly serves and protects the citizens of Xtra Mile’s community as a Firefighter/Paramedic for the Fenton Fire District.
Coach Tim’s journey to a healthier way of living began back in 2012. He was overweight, a heavy smoker, and generally didn’t make conscious choices with regards to his health. The single most powerful decision he made was to quit smoking cigarettes.
He turned his health around by making a series of better choices. First by quitting smoking, then becoming physically active, and finally tightening up his diet. During this time, Tim discovered Krav Maga, an Israeli martial art used for self-defense and immediately became hooked by the fast-paced and intense way they trained. Eventually, he became a certified instructor. In time, he found his way to Muay Thai Kickboxing, and that became his primary training modality.
CrossFit has always been something that interested Tim, so he decided to pursue his level one certification. He obtained his CF-L1 and began training people one on one but wanted to expand to the group setting. Once he began interning at CFXM, he knew he’d found his way into a great facility!
Coach Tim loves meeting new athletes, experienced athletes, working with other coaches, and everything in between! One thing he always missed from his days kickboxing was the very close-knit feeling that comes when people sweat, bleed, and train together. He has been able to find another close-knit home with the Xtra Mile family, and he can’t wait to be a part of this community for a long time to come!
Devin’s athletic career began in elementary school when he found the sport of wrestling. He continued wrestling and playing various other sports, including football and volleyball, throughout high school. After a career-ending head injury from wrestling his senior year, he started going to the local commercial gym to stay in shape.
In 2012, he graduated high school and went on to Lindenwood University to study Exercise Science and pursue his passion in health and athletics. While at Lindenwood, he was recruited to the Olympic Weightlifting team where he found his love for competitive weightlifting.
Devin began his journey towards coaching when he started shadowing the head coach of Lindenwood his freshman year. Shortly after, he became an assistant coach for Lindenwood’s weightlifting team. While at Lindenwood, Devin was a part of helping his team win four national championships, along with individually placing multiple times on a national stage.
In 2016, Devin began coaching Olympic Weightlifting classes at St. Peters CrossFit where he noticed how positive and hardworking the community was and quickly realized his passion for coaching in a CrossFit setting.
In 2017, Devin graduated from Lindenwood University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in Nutrition. Devin also has received his Certified Personal Trainer certification from the American College of Sports Medicine. He also plans to continue his career as a competitive Weightlifter while learning and growing to become the best coach he can be to help people reach their goals.
Nathan has been involved in sports his whole life, including playing football, soccer, basketball and baseball. After high school, he continued to play college football at Western Illinois University.
He graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Nutrition. He received his Masters of Science degree in Kinesiology with a focus in Wellness and Fitness Administration and Sports Psychology the spring of 2018.
After playing college football ended, Nathan still had a competitive mindset, so he decided to take on CrossFit. He fell in love with the sport as an athlete and with the idea of helping others through coaching CrossFit.
His current focus is on sharing knowledge, teaching technique, and building relationships with staff and members. Nathan’s goal is to help athletes become the best version of themselves by pushing them to new levels. He plans on getting his CrossFit Level 1 certification this summer.
Outside of CrossFit, Nathan enjoys taking his dog on hikes, reading, fishing and catching up on Netflix. He is also a food junkie and is addicted to coffee.