About

COACHES



Chad Southwick – Owner, Coach

Chad has been involved in CrossFit since 2011 when he and his wife Karen entered Albany CrossFit for the first time. It was love at first WOD, and Chad quickly began learning and growing as an athlete and leader within the community. He received his CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certificate in 2012 and has held a coaching position ever since. Chad earned his CrossFit Level 2 Trainer certificate in 2017. Chad has also completed the CrossFit Gymnastics, Powermonkey Gymnastics, and CrossFit Mobility courses.


Chad



Karen Southwick – Owner, Coach

Karen joined CrossFit in 2011 with Chad, after completing her first full marathon in Newport, Rhode Island that fall. Like Chad, Karen quickly grew a love and appreciation for all the teachings CrossFit had to offer, and especially enjoyed the continued challenge of working towards new skills and proficiencies. Karen received her CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certificate in 2013 as her and Chad opened their first CrossFit gym, CrossFit Aevitas in Guilderland, NY. Karen went on to earn her CrossFit Kids certification in 2018, and her CrossFit Level 2 Trainer certificate in 2018. Karen has completed the CrossFit Gymnastics and CrossFit Mobility courses as well.


Karen



Samuel Axten – 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 CrossFit movements by studying videos. He received his CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certificate in 2013 and has held a coaching position ever since. Forever learning, he recently earned his CrossFit Level 2 Trainer and Certified CrossFit Trainer (CF-L3) certificates, making him one of the most credentialed coaches in the Capital Region!
In addition to his passion for CrossFit, Sam is also the resident Olympic Weightlifting Coach of CrossFit Round Lake’s barbell club; Round Lake 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. In 2018, he earned the ranks of a Level 2 Advanced Sports Performance Coach from USA Weightlifting.
Sam attended the Center for Natural Wellness, where he earned his License of Massage Therapy. He uses a holistic approach in the recovery methods we incorporate into our training protocols. To round out his long list of credentials, Sam is also a CrossFit KettleBell Coach. With a focused attention to detail and a deep understanding of the human body, you’re always in good hands with Coach Axten.

CRL Headshot Sam


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 runner, a certified CrossFit Pose Running Coach, a certified Spin Instructor, a CrossFit KettleBell Coach, as well as a CrossFit Masters athlete. He also holds an active CrossFit Scaling Course certificate.

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 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!”


Pick


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, Spartan SGX, and Mobility class.  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, Spartan SGX, and Mobility class add-ons can be purchased on a per class basis. This membership auto renews monthly and is billed on the 1st of the month. Buy now.


Spartan SGX - $175

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 3 months from date of purchase. This membership does not auto renew. Buy now.


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, Spartan SGX, and Mobility 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. CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting, Spartan SGX, and Mobility class add-ons can be purchased on a per class basis. This membership auto renews monthly and is billed on the 1st of the month. Buy now.


Single Class - $20

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 should register for class in advance. Buy now.


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?

Here at CRL, we aim to take something that’s fun and use it to improve people’s health and fitness. What we 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.