About

COACHES


Melissa Manzer – Co-owner & Coach

Melissa brings with her a lifetime of athlete and coaching experience. She played Division I collegiate basketball at Siena College and continued on to play professionally overseas in Denmark. Since then, she has become a Certified Holistic Health Coach, a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, a NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist, a NASE Certified Speed Specialist, and a Spartan SGX Coach. She also has her Master’s degree in Exercise Science, with a concentration in Injury Prevention and Performance Enhancement.

You may have seen her compete on NBC’s 2016 Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge, the world’s toughest obstacle course race. She arrived back home inspired, and now she teaches Spartan SGX classes at CrossFit Round Lake for all of you active lifestyle enthusiasts who like to run and play outdoors!

Always up for the challenge, Coach Manzer loves setting goals to keep herself motivated. She is very passionate about the role she plays in changing people’s lives through diet and fitness.  Melissa’s motto: “If it’s both terrifying and amazing, then you should definitely pursue it!”


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Samuel Axten – Co-owner & Coach

Sam has been involved in the CrossFit community since 2006. His journey began in a garage, where he and his older brother worked out and taught themselves the fundamental movements by watching videos. He received his CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certificate in 2013 and has held a coaching position ever since.

In addition to his passion for CrossFit, Sam is also the resident Olympic Weightlifting coach of CrossFit Round Lake’s barbell club; Tech Valley Weightlifting. He works with athletes of all ability levels, ranging from individuals who are looking to get strong, all the way up to dedicated athletes who compete on the National stage.

Sam attended the Center for Natural Wellness, where he obtained his License of Massage Therapy. He uses a holistic approach in the recovery methods he incorporates into our training protocols. With a focused attention to detail and a deep understanding of the human body, you’re always in good hands with Coach Axten.


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Mike Pickering – Coach

Mike joined the Round Lake team in 2016 after completing his CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certification. Between his five children and a long list of hobbies, Coach Pick is a busy and motivated man. He is an Ironman Triathlete, a Spartan Race adventurer, a certified Spin Instructor, as well as a CrossFit Masters athlete.

Mike served for 15 years in the U.S. Army as an Armor Officer. He was deployed to Iraq from 2004-2005, and in 2011, he spent 100 days in New York City at Ground Zero after the the 9/11 attacks. A proud Veteran, he is an avid supporter of the Memorial Day Murph event, which is held every year at CrossFit Round Lake.

Coach Pick currently holds the Director of EH&S position at North American Industrial Services. Coach Pick’s motto: “Keep moving forward!”


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MEMBERSHIPS


To decide which membership is the right one for you, just click on the (+) sign next to each option to expand the details.

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Launch Program + First Month - $155

The Launch Program is a separately scheduled course that enables our coaches to introduce beginners to the functional movements of CrossFit. In a small, personal group setting, we will teach you everything you’ll need to know in order to join our regularly scheduled classes. This membership is for new members only and does not auto renew. Sign up for our next Launch Program Course directly from the “Launch Program” page.


Elite - $145

The Elite membership gives the member access to unlimited CrossFit classes and Open Gym times, as well as our specialty classes; Olympic Weightlifting and Spartan SGX.  This membership auto renews on a monthly basis and is billed on the 1st of the month. Buy now.


CrossFit - $125

The CrossFit membership gives the member access to unlimited CrossFit classes and Open Gym times. Olympic Weightlifting and Spartan SGX class add-ons can be purchased on a per class basis. This membership auto renews on a monthly basis and is billed on the 1st of the month. Buy now.


Spartan SGX - $115

The Spartan SGX membership gives the member access to 10 Spartan SGX classes at a time. It acts like a punch card and it can be repurchased an unlimited number of times. All classes must be used within 6 months from date of purchase. This membership does not auto renew. Call to purchase.


9 for $95

This membership acts like a punch card, but auto renews for convenience. Good for CrossFit and Open Gym, you’ll get nine classes per month, used however you see fit. Olympic Weightlifting and Spartan SGX class add-ons can be purchased on a per class basis. Any classes not used one month do not carry over to the following month. Members will begin each month with nine classes to use. This membership auto renews on a monthly basis and is billed on the 1st of the month. Buy now.


Open Gym - $80

For those of you who follow a competitors’ program and just need the space to train comfortably and on your own crazy schedule, this one’s for you! The Open Gym membership gives members access to all open gym times; and yes, this includes the basketball court! Pick-up anyone? CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting, and Spartan SGX class add-ons can be purchased on a per class basis. This membership auto renews on a monthly basis and is billed on the 1st of the month. Buy now.


Single Class - $12

Whether you’re dropping-in from out of town or purchasing a class add-on, a single class purchase can be made at any time via cash or credit card. This single purchase does not auto renew. Drop-ins can settle payment upon arrival.


CrossFit Coaches – Free Drop-Ins!

That’s right. For all of you coaches who dedicate your time to improving the health and fitness of others, this perk is for you. CFL1 or higher. No proof necessary; we’ll take your word for it.


METHOD & VISION


The CrossFit Round Lake Foundation

When it comes to your health, it’s not so much the what?  or the where?  that’s important, it’s the who that really matters. Who are you going to trust with your well-being?

Sam and Melissa joined forces to take something that’s fun and use it to improve people’s health and fitness. What they have found, however, is that people come in expecting ordinary results and end up leaving with extraordinary success. The secret behind it all is actually quite simple:  Our members and coaches thrive off one another. Just as the systems of our bodies work together, the same interdependency breathes life into our community.

Beyond our coaches is a community of people who are motivated for similar reasons. This group fosters an atmosphere of devotion to one another and commitment to personal goals that supports everyone through continued success.