Jay “The Hoff” Hanewinkel

Co-owner of CrossFit StPete, Jay was a Captain in the United States Army and spent 15 months in Iraq working counter-terrorism with Special Operations Forces prior to opening the gym.

Jay has nearly 20 years experience in fitness training and coaching along with a wide range of training and knowledge in other combative and fitness training. Jay currently competes in no-gi Brazilian Jiu-jitsu tournaments and trains in jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and Muay Thai kickboxing at Gracie St. Pete.

 Jay is also an accomplished zombie hunter, video game aficionado, household appliance repairman, and has an indescribable love for all things “kitten”.

Jay’s certifications include USAW Level 1, CrossFit Level 1, Barbell, Defense, and Gymnastics certifications.


Jon “Jonny Peanuts” Fultz

Co-owner of CrossFit StPete, Jon is a former Army Ranger and firefighter who has leveraged that drive and dedication into a career as a Coach and Trainer.

Having been with CrossFit StPete Strength & Conditioning for over five years, Jon plays a significant role in developing the training programs for the Members. Jon is also involved in the professional education of our Coaches, helping to integrate programming and coaching techniques to ensure Members get the best possible Coaches.

Despite his tough-as-nails attitude, Jon is a devote of the finer things in life. Jon’s personal life is devoted to the peanut. It’s not unusual to find Jon extolling the many virtues of peanuts, working on his peanut-shaped house, or fashioning (yet) another outfit solely from peanut husks.

Jon is USAW Level 1, CrossFit Level 1, and Defense certified


HOPEHope Fultz

I played girls varsity soccer team for my entire high school years and was boys varsity basketball team assistance manager. Sports and fitness have always been my passion and love ever since I was little. A few years after college, I started pursuing a career in fitness. I was a Master Personal Trainer at a big globo gym for awhile, and fell in love with CrossFit about 3 years ago.

No matter how early I get up each morning and how long the day lasts, seeing our athletes improving with their strength and skills, being able to help our members, and seeing the big smiles on their faces is the best and most precious feeling.

Outside of the gym, I’m a mother of two pups, painter/illustrator, and a crazy fan of  football and hockey.

I am Level 1 Olympic Weightlifting Coach, NASM Personal training, AAAI certified.

KELLY2Kelly Kahle

I am a part time trainer and have been doing Crossfit a little over three years now. I started coaching in October of 2013 and have loved it ever since.  My favorite part of coaching is helping others realize their full potential and pushing them past what they think is possible.

When I’m not teaching or working out, I am a full time fire fighter/EMT for the city of St Petersburg. I am also a licensed massage therapist (not practicing at the moment) and an active member of the physical fitness committee at St Pete Fire and Rescue, helping fellow fire fighters get into shape and teaching them how to be healthier individuals. I enjoy fishing, playing with my dog, cooking, and being a newlywed.

I am so thankful I found Crossfit St Pete. They are a wonderful group of individuals and have accepted me into the family with open arms.

Feel free to ask me anything!  I am always willing to help, and just remember, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!


 Mike “Sully” Sullivan

-Father of Liam The Awesome!
-3rd generation Navy Veteran ( Desert Shield )
-Former Professional ‘Rassler
-Firefighter/EMT for St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue
-Wellness and fitness coordinator for SPFR and lead fitness trainer
-Fitness and Fire instructor at SPC FIRE ACADEMY
-In and around gyms since age 18
-Self-confessed nerd (comics, movies, video games)

I love the term CrossFit but hate that people brand me “one of those Crossfit people”, because I think that CFSP does so much more than just the “typical” CrossFit program that garners so much criticism from the general public…the thing that really drew me to CrossFit was the competition and comradery that helps to keep people from just going through the motions and consistently achieving attainable goals…I also believe that a great Heavy Metal soundtrack is the key to a new PR!!!

Favorite quote: “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived-this is to have succeeded” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Lina Bracht

Lina is a trainer of young bodies and minds who has been CrossFitting  for over four years. As one of our incredible part-time Coaches, Lina manages to keep her competitive nature charged up by working out every day with Members before putting on her “Trainer” shirt and leading CrossFit Kids to new gains.

When she isn’t building muscle in the gym she’s building our future as a gym teacher. Sharing the benefits of fitness and nutrition with children and families is her ultimate goal. She is currently working towards a master’s degree in public health education.