We are professional, patient, educated coaches helping everyday folks reach fitness levels they never thought possible.  We are dedicated to delivering the results of a world class strength and conditioning facility.  Our coaches are not drill sergeants with a stopwatch and whistle.  We are technically trained and want nothing more than to get you real results.


“I earned my Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 2007.  Throughout high school and college, I dabbled in basketball, tennis, and ultimate frisbee.  A friend introduced Crossfit to me in 2008 and I immediately realized that this fitness program had the potential to deliver results for people of all ages and abilities.  I believe that the beauty of CrossFit lies in the ability to properly scale each workout no matter the strength/condition of the athlete.  
I believe that mental and physical capacities developed by CrossFit transcend the walls of the gym.  I take great pride in unlocking the potential of other athletes and witnessing the transformations others undergo when they combine true work ethic, intelligent training, and the support of a positive community.”

Certifications & Experience

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified (2009, 2015, 2019)
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Certified Coach
  • CPR, American Heart Association
  • CrossFit Coach since 2009
  • USA Weightlifting Local Referee
  • Wilkes Olympic Weightlifting Seminar (by Weightlifting coach Chris Wilkes)
  • “Ma Strength” Olympic Weightlifting Seminar (by Weightlifting coach Ma JianPing)
  • Beastskills Gymnastics Seminar (by Gymnast/Acrobat Jim Bathurst)
  • CrossFit Games Regionals Individual Athlete 2013 – 22nd place (Coach)
  • CrossFit Games Regionals Individual Athlete 2014 – 14th place (Coach)
  • CrossFit Games Regionals Individual Athlete 2015 – 15th place (Coach)
  • Founder – Triangle Invitational annual competition
  • Director of Operations for Triangle Invitational (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)


Kristen graduated from Salve Regina University with bachelor’s degrees in Medical Technology and Microbiology. Hailing from MA, she comes with a passion for CrossFit as a means to a happier, healthier life for herself and for others. Being introduced to CrossFit in October 2010 reignited a competitive drive she once had as a dancer and soccer player.  Kristen competed in the 2012 CrossFit Games Open and placed 68th in the Mid-Atlantic region.  In 2013, Kris qualified as an individual in the Mid-Atlantic, finishing 31st overall in the Open.  She went on to finish 22nd in the Mid-Atlantic Region at the Regional competition.

As a coach, she hopes to guide athletes to be able to move and feel more confident both in and out of the box.

“I am excited to learn and work with individuals to teach and help them to expect more from their bodies and lives. Being a huge advocate for wellness through diet and exercise, I  am consistently inspired by the spirit and innate drive our athletes have in seeking strength and fitness.”

“First timer: Kristen Hestand”


  • CrossFit Level 2 Certified (2016)
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified (2012)
  • CrossFit Endurance Certified
  • CPR/AED Certified
  • CrossFit Kids Certified

Athletic Achievements

  • 43rd place – 2015 CrossFit Games Open Mid-Atlantic Region (Individual)
  • 1st place – 2015 “Cupids Revenge” (Greensboro, NC) (Rx team)
  • 7th place – 2015 “War of the WODs” (Greensboro, NC) (Rx-Coed Team)
  • 1st place – 2013 “SuperFit in the Valley” (Charlottesville, VA) – (Rx coed team)
  • 2nd place – 2012 Integrity’s Revenge (Rx F/F Team)
  • 3rd place – 2012 War of the WODs (Rx – Individual Female)
  • 68th place – 2012 CrossFit Games Open Mid-Atlantic Region (Individual Female)
  • 1st place – 2013 “Integrity’s Revenge” (Individual Female)
  • 3rd place – 2013 “Triangle Invitational” (Team)
  • 31st place – 2013 CrossFit Games Open Mid-Atlantic Region (Individual Female)
  • 22nd place- 2013 CrossFit Games Regionals Mid-Atlantic Region (Individual Female)


Roger OHS

” I earned my Bachelor of Science in Business Management in 2004 and my MBA in 2007, both from Appalachian State University.  I am a native to North Carolina and have always been passionate about physical activity and have participated in a wide variety of sports.  Seeing the Crossfit Games on ESPN sparked an interest that led me to Crossfit RTP.  I really enjoy the constant variety of movements/skills, community, and camaraderie that CrossFit RTP offers.  As a coach, I enjoy helping people achieve their goals and seeing them smile when they learn a new skill, hit a PR or achieve something they didn’t consider possible.  I want to help foster a friendly, safe, and competitive class environment within the RTP community that fully supports our athletes in achieving their goals.”


  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified (2014)
  • American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED certified

Athletic Achievements

  • 1st place – 2015 “Cupids Revenge” (Greensboro, NC) (Rx team)
  • 7th place – 2015 “War of the WODs” (Greensboro, NC) (Rx-Coed Team)
  • 3rd place – 2014 “War of the WODs” (Greensboro, NC) (Rx-Coed Team)
  • 3rd place – 2013 “Triangle Invitational” (Rx Team)


“I am a lifelong athlete and all around fitness enthusiast. At a young age she was a gymnast then transitioned to competitive swimming. I started doing CrossFit for triathlon cross-training.  I quickly fell in love with the sport and everything that comes with being part of a CrossFit gym, especially the camaraderie, community and the ability to compete alongside other great athletes. CrossFit matches well with my passions. I am currently training to be a health care professional and find that CrossFit complements my lifelong goal of enabling others to live happy, healthy lives.”


  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified (2013)
  • “Ma Strength” Olympic Weightlifting Seminar (by Weightlifting coach Ma JianPing)

Athletic Achievements

  • 22nd place – 2016 CrossFit Games Atlantic Super-Regional (Individual)
  • 26th place – 2016 CrossFit Games Open Mid-Atlantic Region (Individual)
  • 1st place SuperFit Richmond 2015 (Rx team)
  • 15th place – 2015 CrossFit Games Atlantic Super-Regional (Individual)
  • 11th place – 2015 CrossFit Games Open Mid-Atlantic Region (Individual)
  • 1st place – 2015 “War of the WODs” (Greensboro, NC) (Rx Coed team)
  • 14th place – 2014 CrossFit Games Regional Competition Mid-Atlantic Region (Individual)
  • 57th place – 2014 CrossFit Games Open Mid-Atlantic Region (Individual)
  • 3rd place – 2014 “War of the WODs” (Greensboro, NC)  (Rx Coed team)
  • 3rd place – 2014 “Triangle Invitational” (Durham, NC) – (Rx team)
  • 154th place – 2013 CrossFit Games Open Mid-Atlantic Region (Individual)
  • 1st place – 2013 “SuperFit in the Valley” (Charlottesville, VA) – (Rx coed team)
  • 2nd place – 2013 “SuperFit Games Raleigh” (Raleigh, NC)  (Rx coed team)
  • 2nd place – 2013 “Capitol City Clash” (Raleigh, NC)  (individual)



“I graduated from Colby College in 2010, where I studied economics and played Lacrosse.  Growing up I was an all season “sports” kid.  I played football, swam competitively, snowboarded, cycled, and surfed. Soon after moving to the south, I stumbled across the Crossfit Games on ESPN and decided to try a community class.  Both the strong community and competitive elements reminded me of team sports.  Crossfit got me in the happiest, healthiest shape of my life and I became a coach to help others find their fittest self.   My career has allowed me to drop in at boxes around the world which has been great exposure to different methodologies and coaching styles.  I believe this has helped me develop into a better athlete and coach.”

Certifications & Experience

  • Crossfit Level 1 (2013)
  • CPR/AED – American Red Cross
  • Crossfit Coach since 2013
  • Crossfit Competition Seminar with Matt Chan, Chris Spealler & Eric O’Connor
  • Freestyle Connection Gymnastics Seminar with Carl Paoli
  • Olympic Weightlifting Seminar with Dmitry Klokov, Ilya Ilyin & Vasiliy Polovnikov
  • Olympic Weightlifting Seminar with Caleb Ward

Athletic Achievements

  • 2015 Athletic Lab Summer Open Weightlifting Meet – 4rd Place (85 kg class)
  • 2015 Kill Cliff Cupid’s Revenge – 1st Place (Rx Team)
  • 2014 Athletic Lab Summer Open Weightlifting Meet – 1st Place (85 kg class)


“I have been coaching CrossFit since 2012, and I began coaching because I believe health, fitness, positivity, and community can change lives. I have been following CrossFit programming for years and am as excited about its challenges today as I was when I first started.  I’m passionate about coaching and practicing CrossFit and is constantly trying to improve myself in both. I believe positive results are the product of hard work, dedication, and smart programming, and I love coaching all types of people, from former college athletes to those brand new to exercising.”

Certifications & Experience

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Weightlifting
  • USAW Level 1 Sport Performance Coach
  • The Outlaw Way Training Camp

Athletic Achievements

  • 2015 American Open Qualifier (94kg)


“I became a CrossFit disciple in June of 2010 when I realized a lot of endurance exercise wasn’t helping me “lean out” or making me strong and I really wanted muscles! What’s the point of being able to bike 60 miles if you struggle to lift the bike onto the rack? It was a real “Ah-Ha!” moment when I realized I could bike longer and faster when I stopped training long distances and started getting stronger through high intensity interval and weight training.
Initially my fitness motivation was aesthetic, but after 6 years of CrossFit and creeping to the other side of “mid 30’s,” active longevity became my fitness goal. CrossFit is mental strength and conditioning as much as it is physical. I specifically urge women to get involved with this programming and culture, as it actively resists societal messages of passivity and weakness, and encourages woman to assert themselves and take up some space in this world. Nothing has been more formative for me and I coach for the opportunity to share this with everyone, no matter their fitness goals or stage in life.”


  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified (2016)


“I graduated from the University of Toledo in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. Growing up I’ve always been involved with competitive sports (Junior Olympic volleyball, basketball, softball) and fitness in general. I have always been interested in weightlifting, so once I was out of college, CrossFit just made sense for me. I love the supportive community as well as being able to bring my children to the gym and teaching them that being strong and healthy is a way of life.”

Certifications & Experience

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified (2016)
  • AFAA Personal Trainer Certification (2016)
  • AFAA Indoor Cycling Instructor (2009)
  • American Red Cross Adult/Infant CPR/AED certified
  • CrossFit Kids Certified

Athletic Achievements

  • 4th place – 2017 HWY 55 Throwdown (Scaled Team)
  • 6th place – 2016 “Triangle Invitational” (Scaled Team)
  • 4th place – 2016 “Girls Gone RX”
  • 4th place – 2015 “Team SuperFit”
  • 3 Half Marathons (2010, 2010, 2014)


“I am a North Carolina native and graduated from East Carolina University where I studied Mechanical Engineering Technology and played Baseball. I spent my entire childhood as a year-round athlete between baseball, soccer and basketball.  As the youngest of 4 children, I was always passionate about keeping up with my older siblings who were involved in a variety of sports and outdoor activities. During college, our trainers implemented interval training with some other movements used by CrossFit.  After graduating, I spent most of my time running or lifting in “Globo” gyms but longed to get involved in something more exciting again. As an athlete, what I love most is the ability to become well-rounded in my lifting, gymnastics, endurance and mobility through all of the constantly-varied movements CrossFit has to offer.  As a coach, I am inspired by watching athletes achieve a new skill and then seeing their excitement and smile on their faces. “

Certifications & Experience

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified (2019)


“I started crossfit February 2013. Before that I was literally running in circles training for a few half marathons, and the way I was doing it running felt punishing and lonely. Crossfit has become a lifestyle that has challenged me mentally, emotionally, and physically. Exercise teaches us that we can tolerate discomfort and pain, and there is a lot of healing in that. As a coach, I appreciate the risk people take in just showing up and doing something they never thought they could do or wanted to do. I hope crossfit will give you an opportunity to play more and to know thyself more. And one of my mottos is “never miss a Monday”.”


  • Crossfit Level 1 Certified (2016)
  • CPR/AED – American Red Cross


“I graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in Game Design and Development and a BS in Psychology in 2014. When I moved to North Carolina in 2014, I began CrossFit to improve my overall strength for rock climbing. I don’t know what I was expecting when I began, but I didn’t know it would become such a large part of my life.  I’m a very “be your best you” type of person. In CrossFit, I love that, alongisde coaches and co-athletes, I can push myself to new heights and come out feeling refreshed. Everyday as a coach, my athletes give me the chance to think about things differently and learn. In return, I motivate them to be more than what they think is their best and share in that experience with them. It’s not just about coming in and being fit. It’s about building someone you want to be, physically and mentally. The effort and mindset you invest return, and I love being a part of that as an athlete and as a coach.

  • Crossfit Level 1 Certified (2019)
  • CPR/AED – American Red Cross


“I graduated from University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) with a Bachelors in Computer Science and Mathematics and a minor in Business. I moved to North Carolina in 2016 and joined CrossFitRTP as a way to meet new people and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Historically, I struggled with motivation and commitment when it came to physical activity, but have since found that the CrossFitRTP community has helped me overcome both. I hope to give back to the community and help others who may be intimidated feel comfortable and safe as we strive for a better quality of life. Transformation is never easy, but working with a community that is striving for similar goals makes it that much easier to show up and put in the work. I look forward to working alongside you!”

Certifications & Experience

  • Crossfit Level 1 Certified (2019)