1621 N. Kent Street, Ste. 100, Arlington, VA 22209 | info@crossfitrosslyn.com | (703) 465-8100

Our Coaches

We’re seriously experienced. All of our CrossFit coaches were career trainers first. This means we view your athletic performance, wellness and longevity as our lifelong business. And the fact that we’re devoted CrossFit athletes too, well, how could we not be? It’s one of the most amazing sports we’ve ever signed up for in our lives and want to share what we learn with you.

We keep it small. Bottom line: we believe in small group training. We have better teacher-to-student ratio than our competitors. So you get a better personalized workout, and people who know where you are, why you’ve come and how to get you to the next level of your personal performance.

We’re like family. We’re known as a pretty tight group. We cheer each other on, pump each other up and celebrate each other’s victories. (Of course, the healthy competition means we’re really family!)

Michael Lin

Owner
mlin@vervehealthandfitness.com

Michael Lin is the owner of CrossFit Rosslyn and Verve Health & Fitness. A personal trainer with over 15 years of experience, Michael is the lead programmer for CrossFit Rosslyn’s training program. He is dedicated to delivering a challenging set of workouts to the members. A former fitness expert for WebMD and fitness contributor for the Washington Post, Politico and Shape Magazine, Lin was picked as DC’s top trainers by Washington Life Magazine and Capitol File Magazine and most recently by Washingtonian Magazine.

Michael believes and lives the prophesy that proper fitness and a healthy mindset are the keys to a happier and fuller life. A consummate athlete, he fully embraces what he preaches, and enjoys playing tennis, golfing, surfing, snowboarding, and competing in triathlon races. He has competed in CrossFit Games Open annually with a best finish of 128th out of over 12,000 athletes worldwide in his age group division in 2014. He's also a SuperFit Competition (December 2014) Top 3 Finisher!

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Michael Lin

Michael Lin

Owner

Matt O'Connor

Head Trainer and CrossFit Coach
matto@vervehealthandfitness.com

Matt is the Head Trainer of CrossFit Rosslyn and Verve Health & Fitness. He is a former D-1 soccer player at Virginia Commonwealth University and has been a personal trainer since 2002. Will still finding time to play basketball and soccer in the area, Matt has since begun focusing on power-lifting and other strength-endurance exercises.

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Matt O'Connor

Matt O'Connor

Head Trainer and CrossFit Coach

Matt Lightfoot

CrossFit Coach, NASM CPT and USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
mattl@vervehealthandfitness.com

Health and Fitness has always been an important part of life for Matt Lightfoot. His active lifestyle even as a kid growing up in Alexandria, VA, made it apparent to his friends from a young age that he would someday work in the fitness industry. In high school, he played for Bishop O’Connell’s nationally ranked basketball team and also ran track and field where he specialized in the high jump.

After high school, Matt went on to study English at the University of Virginia. He wishes this entire bio could simply read “Wahoowa.” His experiences at the university helped shape his positive outlook on life and further cultivated his desire to improve the lives of others.

After working as a Congressional Liaison for the International Code Council and then for the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, Matt found his way back to his calling of personal training. This calling was realized after visiting Verve Health and Fitness for the first time in 2009. He says he witnessed Verve’s level of commitment to health and wellness, a profound knowledge of the human body exhibited by the trainers, upbeat personalities of staff and members alike, and it convinced him once and for all to become a personal trainer. He received his certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the results he delivers to clients speaks volumes about his dedication to the craft.

He also is a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, CF-L1 trainer at CrossFit Rosslyn, and spent two years as a part time strength coach for Georgetown University.

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Matt Lightfoot

Matt Lightfoot

CrossFit Coach, NASM CPT and USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach

Anson Paul

CrossFit Coach and ACSM CPT
ansonp@vervehealthandfitness.com
Anson comes to the Verve/CrossFit Rosslyn family with great experience in exercise and training.  Anson’s accomplishments include certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), experience in exercise programming for sport-specific strength and conditioning, and organizing exercise programs for and giving back to our youth.  Anson has assisted clients in achieving, and even exceeding, their fitness and wellness goals through effective programs and motivation.  Anson believes in a holistic approach to health and wellness by targeting cardiovascular and strength training on a regular basis, while coaching on healthy choices in nutrition. Believing in continuous improvement, Anson continues his education and hones his skills with coursework through the Montgomery County Community College and the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
"I prefer multidimensional and constantly varied performance training programs such as CrossFit for my workouts. The at times unpredictable nature of the training regimen forces me to work on my weaknesses and prepare for the unknown. I find that this mentality often transfers to other areas of my life. "- Anson
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Anson Paul

Anson Paul

CrossFit Coach and ACSM CPT

Brittany Garner

CrossFit Coach and Office Manager
bg@vervehealthandfitness.com

Brittany Garner is a Personal CF L1 Trainer and the Office Manager for Verve Health & Fitness and CrossFit Rosslyn. Soon after joining the Verve and the CFR crew in 2013, she took her first CrossFit class with the WOD being the dreaded ‘Filthy Fifty’. From then on she was hooked.

What Brittany enjoys most about teaching CrossFit (and personal training in general) is the rich community aspect that comes along with the coaching fitness. Whether it’s cheering on a fellow crossfitter through a grueling workout or participating as a judge at local CrossFit/fitness competitions, she finds ways to connect with others who enjoy CrossFit as much as she does!

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Brittany Garner

Brittany Garner

CrossFit Coach and Office Manager

Tim Cossey

CrossFit Coach
timc@vervehealthandfitness.com

Tim was born and raised in London, England before moving to the United States at the age of 15. He was always very active as a child and enjoyed competing in any sport that he could think of. His main sport that he loved and excelled at was Track & Field. While growing up with a love of sports and anything fitness, he wanted to continue that trend into his adulthood to help others reach their fitness goals. He has been teaching classes and training clients in the DC area since now since 2014.

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Tim Cossey

Tim Cossey

CrossFit Coach

Victor Nguyen

CrossFit Coach and ACSM CPT

I grew up in the Rockville, MD area always playing sports as a child. In high school, I played football my junior and senior year. I also joined the Navy Junior ROTC program and decided to follow that route into college. I was accepted into Penn State to study Kinesiology and enrolled into Army ROTC, where I would eventually receive a 3-year scholarship after attending basic training during the summer between my freshman and sophomore year. I continued to be passionate about Kinesiology and pursued a career in personal training, as well as training athletes. Following my junior year, I earned my Certified Personal Trainer certification through the American College of Sports Medicine.

I started doing CrossFit my senior year through an internship. It also led me to start teaching as well. Upon graduation, I was offered a position to coach full time as well as personal train, so I pursued my CF L1 certification. While coaching at the gym, I continued to further my education and later earned my Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification- which helped me earn an internship with Penn State Strength and Conditioning. I worked with several teams, including: field hockey, rugby, swim and dive, softball, baseball, and men's soccer. This experience broadened my knowledge of the field and helped develop my coaching as well.

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Victor Nguyen

Victor Nguyen

CrossFit Coach and ACSM CPT

Christina Popescu

Yoga Instructor

Christina Popescu is an E-RYT 200 (experienced registered yoga teacher) with Yoga Alliance and is certified in mat Pilates through Power Pilates of New York.  After graduating from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (2001), she returned to her hometown of Cherry Hill, NJ to work with children with autism and other developmental disabilities.  She often found stress release at the gym where she took her first yoga and mat Pilates classes. Christina relocated to the DC area in 2002 and found work at a healthcare-focused professional membership association. On a whim, she enrolled in a yoga teacher training program at DC Yoga in 2007 and earned her mat Pilates certification a year later.  After a 10 year career in the association and non-profit sector, she decided to take her love of teaching yoga and Pilates full time.

Off the mat, Christina is an avid runner.  Never an athletic child, she was often one of the last students picked for a team in gym class during grade school. After seeing her father and other family members deal with the daily maintenance of diabetes self-care, she began running in her late teens to help get in shape, build self-confidence, and most importantly, start a healthy lifestyle.

When not at Verve, Christina is a Senior Instructor at Yoga District yoga studio in DC and is also a part-time faculty member at George Washington University Department of Exercise Science.

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Christina Popescu

Christina Popescu

Yoga Instructor

Jamie Jansen

CrossFit Coach

Jamie is a CrossFit Level 1 coach working part-time at CrossFit Rosslyn. Fitness has always been very important to Jamie as she played competitive softball from ages 5-18 and continued to play throughout college at a D3 school in Newport News, VA. Jamie was first introduced to CrossFit in 2013 and has loved it ever since, with Jackie being her first ever RX workout, and still her favorite.

In addition to fitness, Jamie is also very passionate about nutrition. So much so, that she completed her Master of Public Health: Nutrition degree in May of 2016. Jamie also regularly assists in teaching CPR/First-Aid/AED classes and is in the process of becoming an instructor of the course. Additionally, Jamie loves helping others and is a Master Food Volunteer for the Virginia Cooperative Extension and a Nutrition Educator for Cooking Matters.

Jamie LOVES being a CrossFit coach and nutrition educator, as she believes exercise and nutrition go hand in hand.

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Jamie Jansen

Jamie Jansen

CrossFit Coach

Shari Carlos

Yoga Instructor

As a former gymnast, dancer and cheerleader, Shari finds the best workouts to be the ones where she combines strength, grace and flexibility all while dripping in sweat. She discovered yoga in college which she incorporated into her fitness routine as a cheerleader. She began taking her yoga practice seriously in 2013 after experiencing several years of work-related stress, anxiety and other health issues. Yoga has taught her to incorporate balance, flexibility, and the focus on breath off the mat into her personal and professional life, and is passionate about sharing these skills with her students. Shari is 200-hr certified through the Yoga Alliance and is trained through Village Yoga in Merrifield, Virginia. She is a vinyasa practitioner with interests in acroyoga and power yoga. She has a Masters of Health Administration from George Mason University and a B.S. from James Madison University.

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Shari Carlos

Shari Carlos

Yoga Instructor

Carlos Speed

Raised by a mother who meditated faithfully every morning Carlos began practicing meditation in 2005 after experiencing intense episodes of anxiety on a near daily basis. Raised by a father and brothers who all shared an intense passion for both playing and watching sports Carlos has always naturally incorporated a daily form of fitness in his life since the age of five. Prior to discovering yoga he competed in track, basketball and Tae Kwon Do. As a yoga teacher Carlos finds a way to blend both backgrounds by bringing both a meditative presence and a strong fitness regimen to each of his yoga classes all while still maintaining a playful spirit.

Carlos received his 200-hour yoga teacher training at Yoga District during the summer of 2014 and began teaching both meditation and yoga at Yoga District for the next two years. He has enjoyed a career in business that has spanned across multiple industries serving in roles in product management, sales and ultimately entrepreneurship. As a teacher Carlos has taught dozens of studio yoga classes, private sessions and even outreach classes, but his greatest passion is serving the business community as a yoga and guided meditation instructor. In addition to teaching several corporate yoga classes each week he also teaches on the topic of Leadership Energy for today’s businesswoman and offers private sessions for helping clients access their Leadership Energy.

Carlos has studied Energy Medicine Yoga, Vinyasa & Power Flow, Dharma Yoga and Tai Chi. As a teacher he draws from these practices to help his clients enhance productivity and performance.

Carlos is a husband and father of two sons. He is also a singer who has sung both the national anthem and God Bless America at Washington Nationals games. In his spare time he loves to both watch and play sports. Most of this time is spent supporting the budding baseball career of his 11-year-old son.

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Carlos Speed

Carlos Speed