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 and NASM CPT
mattl@vervehealthandfitness.com

Matt is a CF-L1 trainer at CrossFit Rosslyn and part time strength coach for Georgetown University. Health and Fitness has always been an important part of life for Lightfoot. He received his CPT certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the results he delivers to clients speaks volumes about his dedication to the craft.

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Matt Lightfoot

Matt Lightfoot

CrossFit Coach and NASM CPT

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 CrossFit Level 1 Coach and Front Desk Manager for Verve Health &amp; Fitness and CrossFit Rosslyn. Soon after joining the Verve and CFR crew in 2013, she took her first CrossFit class with the WOD being the dreaded <i>‘Filthy Fifty’</i>. From then on she was hooked.

What Brittany enjoys most about teaching CrossFit is the rich community aspect that comes along with the sport. 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 connect with others who enjoy CrossFit as much as she does!

Outside of coaching at CFR (and deadlifting crazy weight!), Brittany also enjoys photography, web, and graphic design. <i>Another fun fact:</i> Throughout her junior and high school years, she was a color guard for the McCollough Royal Knights of Washington, DC.

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Brittany Garner

Brittany Garner

CrossFit Coach and Office Manager

Tim Cossey

CrossFit Coach
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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

Hannah Gallagher

Yoga Instructor

Hannah is tremendously appreciative to serve as a yoga teacher. Exposed to hatha yoga and meditation from a young age, Hannah completed her 200-hour vinyasa training at Yoga District in October 2013; she is additionally certified as a Childlight Yoga Baby & Toddler Instructor.

Hannah practices tantra, the yoga of dynamism, and the ancient art of Ayruveda, “yoga science.” Hannah teaches balanced and playful vinyasa sequences that are accessible and challenging to all levels. She advocates physical exploration with benevolence; her classes encourage practitioners to cultivate mindfulness of body thru breath and movement.

Both on the mat and off, Hannah empowers her students to be their most authentic selves. She believes this practice awakens us to fully embrace the divine in every living experience.

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Hannah Gallagher

Hannah Gallagher

Yoga Instructor