Trainers

Matt Krakowski – Owner/Head Trainer

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Matt was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area. He attended St. Anne and De La Salle and was active in sports at both schools. After graduating high school he attended Western Michigan University and received a bachelors degree in Secondary Education. While in college he joined the Army ROTC and decided to join the Active Duty Army upon graduation.

When Matt graduated he moved to Ft. Benning, GA to begin his training as an Infantry Officer. He trained at Ft. Benning for a year then was stationed at Schofield Barracks on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Shortly after arriving in Hawaii he was sent to Iraq on his first combat tour. In 2009, about a year after he returned from his first tour in Iraq he was put in a new job where he had a boss that held a CrossFit Level 1 Certificate. His name was Mike Berdy and he is the man responsible for Matt falling in love with CrossFit. They did CrossFit workouts every morning and Matt started getting into great shape. Matt was soon sent off to Iraq for the second time and while he was there he continued doing CrossFit, but now he was doing it alone. He spent much of his free time studying fitness and nutrition and taught himself many of the exercises conducted in CrossFit workouts. At the end of that combat tour Matt was in great shape and has continued to do CrossFit to this day. In his free time he likes to spend time outdoors with his boxer Kai or ride his Harley.

Since 2007, Matt has trained hundreds of people with a wide variety of physical abilities. Whether it was helping a friend lose a few inches prior to a wedding or getting Soldiers physically prepared for combat, Matt has consistently produced tremendous results. He has increased the physical fitness test score of every Soldier he has trained and consulted with many others to develop plans resulting in them reaching their health and fitness goals. Matt has a proven track record of providing fast and effective results no matter what your desired outcome may be. Matt considers himself a lifelong student and never stops his professional development. If there is a new health and fitness book he can get his hands on he will always read it with an intense level of analysis to find out how he can take the strongest points and add them to his training methodology. He frequents training seminars to learn new methods of training and share ideas with fellow trainers.

Matt has been fortunate enough to train the Clinton Township SWAT team, the L’Anse Creuse North Varsity Football Team, Dakota High School Varsity Hockey Team as well as some Division I Collegiate Athletes and Professional Athletes.

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer Certificate
  • Catalyst Athletics Certified Weightlifting Coach
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
  • RKC Kettlebell Instructor
  • SFG Kettlebell Instructor
  • CrossFit Endurance Trainer Certificate
  • CrossFit Football Trainer Certificate
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer Certificate
  • Certified Eleiko Strength Coach
  • CPR/First Aid/AED Certified

Gina Harms – Kids CrossFit & Trainer

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Gina was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area. In High School she participated in Basketball and Track and Field, training year-round. Gina’s love for fitness was discovered during this time, when she was first exposed to proper weightlifting and speed training. After graduating high school, Gina attended Grand Valley State University, where she continued her athletic endeavors and training as a member of the Track and Field Team while earning a Bachelor degree in Social Work .

After graduating from college, Gina began a career in child welfare. Through this experience, Gina learned a lot about helping people to better their lives for themselves and their families, which continues to be a driving factor in her work as a Switch Trainer.

After college, Gina tried to stay fit with various forms of exercise, but lacked the results that she desired. Not only were her efforts not providing the physical results she was seeking, but they were not providing the stress relief that exercise had provided in the past. After years of frustration and giving birth to her son, Gina finally caved in and tried CrossFit. It was “love at first WOD” for Gina and she dedicated herself to learning as much as she could about the sport of CrossFit. In a few short months Gina was seeing better results, both physically and emotionally, than she had ever experienced. At that time, Gina decided to work towards becoming a trainer in order to help people become their “best self”. She brings a positive and encouraging presence to box and loves nothing more than to help others to achieve their goals.

As a mother, Gina understands the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. She has dedicated a great deal of time to learning about nutrition, the Paleo lifestyle, and the Zone Diet. Gina is always available to give input and advice regarding nutrition. She currently writes about healthy recipes on the Switch CrossFit blog on a weekly basis, so check it out if you are interested!

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate
  • CrossFit Kids Trainer Certificate
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer Certificate
  • CPR/First Aid/AED Certified

Joe Sellers – Barbell Club

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Joe discovered CrossFit through the Internet, much like everyone else in this age of technology. As exciting as CrossFit looked, Joe was convinced that he would never be ready to take it on… or so he thought.

One fateful day, while sitting at work surfing the web, Joe’s employer told him about Switch CrossFit. Switch CrossFit was a new and exciting gym opening up right near him and Joe decided to attend the grand opening. Upon his arrival, Joe met with a young, fit looking warrior named Matt, the owner of Switch CrossFit. Matt, in all of his glory and shiny bald head, had such a convincing and upbeat attitude about his new pride and joy, that it finally convinced Joe to the pull the trigger and sign up at Switch CrossFit. The results Joe had obtained through Switch CrossFit were enough to keep him going and would crush any doubt he had prior to signing up.

As time went on, Matt invited Joe to start assisting the trainers of Switch CrossFit. Not much time would pass before realizing that coaching these members would be a newfound passion for him.

Joe has since focused his own training on Olympic Weightlifting and finds great joy in helping the members with their own lifting technique. Joe welcomes anyone seeking help in the grueling, underrated sport and will always take great joy in making members better than they were yesterday.

Certifications

  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
  • CPR/AED

Scott Turner – Barbell Club

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Scott grew up in the metro Detroit area and attended Hazel Park High School where he ran Cross Country and Track. He went on to run Cross Country at Oakland Community College and Oakland University. After graduation in 1999 Scott attended the Oakland Police Academy.

Scott found CrossFit in 2008, while working as a Police Officer, through a police website. He soon began following the workouts at CrossFit.com and doing them at a local gym. Unhappy with the typical gym environment, Scott joined one of the first CrossFit Gyms in the Metro Detroit area. After doing CrossFit for two years he decided he wanted to take his passion for it further so he attended the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course. From that point forward he was a trainer at another local CrossFit Gym where he greatly expanded his knowledge and experience. Scott’s experience as a CrossFit trainer includes programming workouts, coaching and leading classes. He also trained a female athlete who made it to two CrossFit Central East Regional Competitions and coached a team to the Team CrossFit Central East Regional Competition.

Scott has developed a passion for Olympic Weightlifting and has focused much of his training to this sport. He has competed in many local and state meets with the intention of continuing his career as a competitive weightlifter.

When not working out or watching weightlifting videos, Scott enjoys training his wife, Sarah, in CrossFit out of their home and spending time with his daughter Ava and son Max.

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
  • Certified Eleiko Strength Coach
  • 3 Day Outlaw Way Training Camp
  • CPR/Medical First Responder/AED

Mike Novak – Trainer

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Mike Novak was born and raised in Metro Detroit. He played basketball, football, and wrestling throughout high school. While going back to college to finish his secondary education degree he became a certified personal trainer. After working as a personal trainer he realized that is where his passion was. He finished his education degree but decided to pursue his passion for fitness full time. He loved helping people obtain their fitness goals and establishing plans to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

While he was great at motivating others, he found it difficult to get the intense workouts he craved without spending hours at a gym. With a wife and 4 kids, he was looking for a fitness program that would let him be competitive, intense and social without giving up too much family time.

He looked into CrossFit and instantly fell in love with all aspects of the program from the community atmosphere to the people and the competition. Mike wanted to take his love for CrossFit a step further by becoming a CrossFit Level One Coach. He has become so committed to CrossFit that he believes it to be the best workout for everyone looking to improve their heath and fitness. Mike encourages all of his current clients to convert to the CrossFit style of workouts.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys coaching youth sports, attending his children’s sports and gymnastics activities, playing basketball and outdoor physical activities, CrossFit competitions, family time and volunteering with the youth at his church.

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer Certificate
  • ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer
  • CPR/First Aid/AED Certified

Reanna Golab – Trainer & Massage Therapist

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Reanna attended Armada High School where she played volleyball and softball.  After high school she attended Oakland University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  In addition, she attended Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences in 2008 and earned her license as a Medical Massage Therapist.

Throughout her life she struggled in finding her true calling in the fitness world.  She tried traditional weight training, spent ridiculous amounts of time on cardio machines, did long distance running and even did a bodybuilding competition.  A friend of hers told her to come try CrossFit as a way to fit in some cross-training while training for the Crim 10-miler.  The problem with this was the fact that Reanna fell in love with CrossFit and wanted only to spend time at the gym!  No longer was fitness just a way to “look good” or lose weight.  CrossFit had introduced her to a world of camaraderie, the feeling of self-empowerment and finally a love of fitness.

After finding out her gym was looking for a female trainer, she decided to go for her CrossFit Level 1 Certificate.  With the help of the other trainers, she was able to grow as a trainer and gain a new respect for herself.  Since earning her L1 in December 2012, Reanna has also earned her Crossfit Endurance Certificate, which she has been able to successfully implement at the past gyms she has worked at.  Recently, Reanna completed a Sports Nutrition course through ISSA in an effort to learn the science of nutrition to aid her athletes in their fitness goals.  She is excited to bring together rehab, fitness, and nutrition to provide her athletes with the full pyramid of fitness.

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate
  • CrossFit Endurance Trainer Certificate
  • CrossFit Mobility Trainer Certificate
  • ISSA Sports Nutrition

 

Justin Bogedin – Trainer

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Justin was born and raised in the metro Detroit area. He was super competitive growing up playing many sports as a kid including Ice Hockey, Football, Golf, Swimming and Basketball . Eventually he struggled with weight problems and found himself in the usual globo gym and missing something. A family member told him about CrossFit and after coming in for a free workout at Switch CrossFit, he fell in love. After losing in a workout to someone over double his age he knew Switch CrossFit could help him reach his goals. The gym was over welcoming to him and he slowly was able to catch on to the movements quick.

After many hours in the gym he new what he wanted to do and that was to coach and see people get better everyday. He attended the CrossFit level 1 Trainer Course and passed the Switch CrossFit trainer test along with doing a handful of Olympic Weightlifting meets and CrossFit competitions. He’s a hopeful for 2017 University Olympic Weightlifting National Championships but still loves to CrossFit. He’s currently studying Movement science/ kinesiology at Macomb Community College.

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate

 

Stefania Hutchins – SwitchFit, Bootcamp & Yoga

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Stefania Hutchins grew up in Clinton Township and attended Chippewa Valley High School where she was a cheerleader for basketball and football. It was through cheerleading that she developed her love for fitness. She started running and lifting weights to improve her strength and endurance. After high school graduation, Stefania attended Oakland University. She began taking group fitness classes at a local gym, fell in love with the energy of a group, earned her own group fitness certification, and has been teaching classes ever since.

Stefania has taught many different formats of fitness classes and all different levels of participants, including step aerobics, strength and conditioning, kickboxing, Zumba, indoor cycling, HIIT, bootcamp and yoga. She loves to motivate, inspire and help others achieve their fitness goals. Stefania started CrossFit in 2014 and has been amazed at the positive changes in her strength and athleticism. As an avid runner, CrossFit has even helped her shave one full minute off her half-marathon/marathon pace, and she will complete her third marathon this year. She loves the spirit of community and level of coaching that Switch CrossFit offers. Stefania also enjoys participating in GORUCK events and any event that challenges the body and mind…. and involves mud.

Along with teaching fitness classes, Stefania is a full-time 6th grade teacher and a mom to two mighty girls. She is also a Girl Scout Troop Leader and a coach for Destination Imagination.

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
  • AFAA Group Fitness
  • AFAA Personal Training
  • Zumba
  • R.I.P.P.E.D
  • YogaFit Level 1
  • CPR/AED

Shelly Rood – Personal Training

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It took Shelly a while to realize her goal of working full-time in the Fitness Industry, despite having a lifelong passion for human drive. She grew up competing in gymnastics with grips & chalk embedded in her hands since before she could walk. When she watched tv, it was fitness gear infomercials and as she grew older, NBC’s The Biggest Loser quickly became appointment television. An active lifestyle and strong upbringing resulted in Shelly joining the U.S. Army while finishing her Bachelor’s Degree at WMU. She elected to remain on reserve status and served Military Intelligence.

In 2012 Shelly pursued a personal goal of becoming a Personal Coach & Trainer while training to compete in Body Building. She quickly found a deep level of joy through inspiring & motivating others. This may sound odd, but she didn’t know that she could make a living just by being herself. Once she realized that, her client roster quickly capped out at 50+ and her deep desire to reach more led to her becoming the Director of Fitness at Pivotal Fitness (Charleston, SC) and various other management and consulting opportunities. She has provided long-term professional business strategy guidance and counseling to five southeastern fitness facilities and is excited to now be working with Switch CrossFit. 
True health and happiness will always win out over car-dealership-style gym sales. It’s her mission to connect (truly connect) with and encourage as many people as possible, individuals and gym owners alike. CrossFit raises the bar in the Fitness Industry and challenges Trainers & Coaches to further their education, which leads to a higher quality of life… for not only the Athletes but the Coaches and the entire Community. #MissAmbitous is Shelly’s personal lifestyle brand. It was created as a professional outlet to provides guidance and resources to Clients and Fitness Professionals alike on three main areas: fitness, food and faith.

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • TRX Certified Trainer
  • FFIT Nutrition Coach
  • CPR/AED

 

Allan Moltmaker – Sports Therapy Massage Therapist

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Allan was born and raised in the Mount Clemens area. Although not really active in sports as a child he was always been interested in keeping his body healthy. In 1987 he began flight training, which has led to a long career in aviation.

After partially rupturing his Achilles tendon several years ago Allan became interested in rehab medicine. Massage Therapy became the best way for him to start helping people out. A 2012 graduate of Irene’s Massage Institute Allan quickly became interested in Orthopedic and Sports massage. Helping people help themselves has become his passion. In addition to performing private massages, Allan also is an Assistant Instructor teaching Anatomy at Irene’s as well. He uses a variety of massage techniques to help you help yourself. Orthopedic and Sports Massage, Muscle Energy Techniques and Structural Alignment help Allan keep you performing at your best.

Allan’s CrossFit story began after reading about the first CrossFit Games. In 2007 Allan began a love/hate relationship with CrossFit. He has been using CrossFit and CrossFit Endurance in his workouts since 2008. You can view Allan’s personal website at www.reflexmanualtherapy.com.

Certifications

  • LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist)
  • COMS (Certified Orthopedic Massage Specialist)
  • CST1 (Cranial-Sacral Therapist 1)
  • Reiki Master
  • M1 Muscle Energy Techniques for Pelvis & Lumbar Spine Alignment
  • PRI Myokinematic Restoration
  • PRI Postural Respiration

 

Kai & Koa Krakowski – Dog WOD Trainers

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Kai was born in a small town near Jackson, MS and 8 weeks later he was united with his best friend and father, Matt. As a very smart puppy, Kai learned how to be a very obedient and disciplined dog in no time. He didn’t let that stop him from having fun though. Any chance Kai got to play with other dogs, humans or frisbees he jumped on it. Once Kai was old enough he started going on runs with Matt and he immediately loved the exercise. He and Matt would often go on 3-4 mile runs, typically consisting of Kai pulling for the first 80% of the run and Matt pulling for the last 20% of the run. In addition to running, Kai likes to strengthen his legs by doing long walks with his backpack. At the time of this writing Kai is able to walk a couple miles with 15lbs on his back.

Kai’s interests include playing with his toys, chewing on bones, digging holes in the yard, sleeping, licking Matt in his face, riding in the truck, playing frisbee, running and playing with other dogs and people, chasing cats and eating. Kai began leading Dog WODs ever since Switch CrossFit opened and he has loved it ever since. He is currently in negotiation with Greg Glassman to establish a CrossFit Dog Trainer Seminar.

Certifications

    • All Immunizations
    • Neutered
    • Flea, tick and heartworm free