Jay “The Hoff” Hanewinkel
Co-owner of CrossFit StPete Strength & Conditioning, 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 over 15 years experience in fitness 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 Tampa.
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
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 four years, Jon plays a significant role in developing the training programs for the Members. Jon is also involved in the professional education of our Trainers, helping to integrate programming and coaching techniques to ensure Members get the best possible Trainers.
Despite his tough-as-nails attitude, Jon is a devote of the finer tings 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
Tamara “Rizzo” Bagby
Tamara (aka “Rizzo”) is CrossFit StPete’s General Manager and has been CrossFitting for nearly six years, all with CFSP.
Tamara has had great personal success with CrossFit, losing a significant amount of weight and body fat. Coming from being a mostly sedentary person and weighing over 240lbs, she has entirely changed her life through exercise and nutrition and lost over 95lbs. Tamara now prides herself on her ability to compete with other CrossFit athletes and regularly competes and places in local CrossFit competitions as well as perusing her career in law enforcement. In 2012, Tamara was one of two of our Trainers to set several Florida State Powerlifting records in her weight class for deadlift, back squat and bench press.
Tamara is USAW Level 1, CrossFit Level 1 certified, O-Lift certified, and Mobility certified.
Jessica “G. I. Jane” Wheeler
Jess has been hitting the workouts (WODs) for over six years and making great gains while raising a two year old and expecting another baby soon. Motivated by her experiences with 5k and duathlon’s, Jess began looking to CrossFit to not only improve her long distance performance, but to improve her over-all fitness. Jess works hard to make CrossFit StPete the perfect environment for Trainers and Members while continuing to knock out her ever-expanding goals of big lifts and fast WOD times as part of her pregnancy workout plan.
In her spare time as a local canal-raft captain, Jess spends endless hours under the sweltering Florida sun chasing after her slacker husband and tornado-like two year old.
Jess is CrossFit Certified Level 1, Defense, Gymnastics, and Mobility.
Meghan “Booger” Dorman
Meghan is our CrossFit Kids Coach and a very active mother of two. From an early age, Meghan was involved in fitness— gymnastics, dance, soccer, swimming, cheerleading. Once in college, she moved on to running and entering races, and lifting weights at the gym. As her knowledge and experience have grown, Meghan has become a Champion of Kid’s health, nutrition, and fitness and believes that CrossFit is the most effective way to achieve outstanding fitness on our Kids.
Not only an ardent Champion of children’s health and nutrition, Meghan is committed to keeping the World safe from potential Sudden Ice Cream Krappyness and/or Yuckiness (SUCKY). Always ready to prevent the spread of SUCKY, Meghan has selflessly made it her never-ending mission to consume or otherwise make disappear all potentially harmful ice cream. She’s a Saint.
Meghan holds certifications for CrossFit Level 1, Kids, Defense, and Gymnastics
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 is a trainer of bodies and young minds who has been CrossFitting at CrossFit StPete Strength & Conditioning for over two years. As one of our incredible part-time Trainers, Lina manages to keep her competitive nature charged up by working out every day with Members before putting on her “Trainer” shirt and leading Members 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.
Building on his experience as a former active duty, and now US Air Force Reserve NCO, Jake’s focus as a Trainer is to learn as much as he coaches. As a result, not only has Jake built an incredible rapport with Members, but his skills as a Trainer grow on a daily basis and it shows in our Member’s achievements.
When Jake isn’t Training with new Members, he’s working hard on improving his own strength and conditioning through our Advanced program. In his free time, Jake enjoys eating. Lots and lots of eating.