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Sam Lusk – Owner / Head Coach

Classes – CrossFit / Engine / Olympic Lifting / Competitors’ Club

Accreditation – CrossFit Coach Level 1 & 2

Samantha Lusk is a Los Angeles based Level 2 CrossFit coach, personal trainer and owner of Strange CrossFit. Born and raised in north Texas, Samantha’s athletic career started on her high school swim team (competing in the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 100m backstroke) receiving the MVP award her sophomore, junior and senior year. Samantha was then recruited to University of Texas Division One Women’s Rowing Team. Coached by Olympic gold medalist Carie Graves, Samantha’s team won the Big 12 Championships 4 years in a row (2002-2006) and her boat competed in the NCAA National Championships in 2002 and 2003. After graduating from college in 2006, Samantha traveled to Los Angeles and continued her athletic career by participating in various sprint triathlons and running the 2010 LA Marathon.

Samantha’s CrossFit journey started in 2013 it took her fitness to a level that previously she would have not thought possible. Departing from her career in film, Lusk decided to fully immerse herself in the world of fitness. Now a full time CrossFit trainer, competitor and box owner, it is Samantha’s desire to share her passion for CrossFit with all her clients and push them to achieve goals they would never have otherwise attempted. In 2018 she qualified in the Elite women's team division for the acclaimed Wodapalooza fitness festival in Miami, FL. In April of 2018, Samantha and business partner Shane Wilson opened Strange CrossFit in North Hollywood, CA. Samantha's competitive goals are to qualify for the Masters 35-39 division in the Reebok CrossFit Games, as well as qualifying a team to the West Regional.

 
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Jacob Buckenmyer

Classes
CrossFit / Strongman

Accreditation – CrossFit Coach Level 1

Jacob started his fitness journey as a high school athlete, where he was an all state swimmer for four years. Later, in college, he discovered CrossFit as a way to stay fit and look good for the camera. What he didn’t know, was that he’d fall in love with the sport for so many other reasons and has never looked back since. Within his first year of CrossFit, he decided he wanted to help others find this passion too and became a coach. He has since had the opportunity to coach at a handful of boxes, both in Missouri and California and still loves helping other people achieve their goals on their journey to health and become better athletes.

 
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Nicolette Nassif

Classes
CrossFit / Powerlifting

Accreditation - CrossFit Coach Level 1 / Aerobic Capacity Ambassador

Nicolette Nassif was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley where she took on playing sports at a young age. Taking on the love for Basketball and Softball, Nicolette competed at the collegiate level for both sports while getting her bachelor’s degree in Communication. 

Nicolette was introduced to the sport of Crossfit in 2014 and immediately fell in love and knew there was no turning back. In February 2018, Nicolette made a huge change in her career path and decided to become a full time Coach and Athlete in the Sport of Crossfit and get out of Production completely. Her passion for Crossfit and love for fitness is shared through her energetic personality by conveying how to live and pursue a loving and healthy lifestyle through her classes and by example. Nicolette is working towards her goal to compete at the West Coast Crossfit Regionals as an individual as well as going with a team.

 
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Amanda Counts

Classes
Flex RX

Accreditation
MobilityWOD: Mobility and Movement / Flexologist—Stretchlab / CrossFit Level 1 / USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach 

I've been an athlete since I was 3.5 years old. It all started with soccer and dance but I truly fell in love with the game of basketball. Injuries cut my career short but finding myself bored, I became very interested in CrossFit. Everything technique caught my interest so now you’ll find me on competition platforms for Olympic weightlifting! Since becoming a stretch therapist my main focus the last couple years has been learning all I can to prevent and/or heal and strengthen injuries. 

Fun facts : Ball is life : in junior high, at 12 I helped the team a year older than me become undefeated conference champions with a 22-0 record! The next year in 2003 i scored 36 points (my first game back from my first knee surgery) breaking the all time scoring record for males and females. 15 years and counting I still hold the record! 

 
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Chris Piñedo

Classes
CrossFit / Gymnastics / Powerlifting / Strongman

Accreditation
CrossFit Level 2 / CrossFit Endurance / CrossFit Weightlifting 

Chris has been an instructor and a coach since he was 18. He’s taught all types of movement, close to a decade of instructing gymnastics, and over 15 years competing as a professional Bboy, or break-dancer. He’s taught workshops, given lectures, and judged all over the world, gathering insights and experience about movement in peak expression. Continuing to be a student of the game, Chris his worked under Movement Specialists for gymnastics, gained extensive Endurance knowledge from an engine guru, and acquired an eye for weightlifting from prolific Olympic lifting coaches.

You can’t draw a box around Chris. He develops individual athletes, creates movement, dances, runs, jumps, and lifts heavy weights, but his passion is coaching. Chris will tell you, “I think that the ability to express one’s self through art, movement, and human performance is a firm step on the road to self-discovery. What are we capable of, what is our full potential. Answering the question of what is possible, that’s what drives me as a coach. My job isn’t to make you believe that you can do anything, it is to show you how.”