CrossFit Level 1
USAW Level Sports Performance Coach
USAW Club Coach
Justin’s career in athletics began early and progressed fast. He broke and held every track & field sprint record at his high school until May of 2014 when this 400 meter record finally fell after 21 years. After high school he attended the University of Tennessee where he continued his career in Track & Field and earned a B.S. and M.S. in education. He was a member of the 1996 SEC Championship team and was a 3 time All SEC Selection.
While at Tennessee, Justin’s became fascinated with Olympic lifting and its relation to sports performance. Tennessee provided him an opportunity to work under some of the best strength and condition coaches in the NCAA. After college, Justin started coaching and found great success in the areas of speed development and Olympic lifting. He has personally developed and coached athletes who have competed at the USAW Youth National Championships, USAW Jr. National Championships, USAW American Open and have represented the United States in international competition at the 15U Pan American Championships. He has coached youth camps at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs where he work under the United States Olympic Weightlifting Coach Zygmunt Smalcerz.
Justin has been involved with CrossFit since 2010. He recalls not even wanting to go to his first CrossFit class… he also remembers leaving that class saying that he would do whatever it took to keep going. He quickly found himself wrapped up in the atmosphere of family and team work. He fell in love with the fact that it didn’t matter if you were first or last, you were equal and in it together; that is what drove him to open CrossFit 941. Justin now embraces the chance of combing his athletic and coaching experience into the development of each and every member of the CrossFit 941 family.
USAW International Coach
Coach Lansky is well known in the Olympic Weightlifting community. He has been a coach and student of the sport since 1984. He coached internationally for USAW from 2002-2008, serving as an official coach at Jr. Worlds, Pan American Championships, World University Championships, and World Cup (USA vs AUS). He has also personally developed and coached several athletes at the World Championships and Pan Am Games.
Coach Lansky worked at Booker HS, Venice HS and college Eckerd College as a strength and conditioning coach for football, wrestling, soccer and rugby. He coached Defensive Line and served as the Football Strength and Conditioning Coach at a private Christian School in Lakeland, Florida. He is currently the Head Weightlifting Coach and Football Strength and Conditioning Coach at Manatee High School.
In addition to being the Executive Director and Head Coach of Team Florida Gulf Coast, Rich also owns and operates a sports consulting and management company, RCL Sports Performance Services, which handles facility management for sport centers, schools and teams as well as educational offerings for coaches, trainers and athletes. He brings a wealth of knowledge to our family of coaches and members.
CrossFit Level 1 Certified
Before discovering CrossFit, Riley was a gymnast for 14 years. She had a knack for power and body control that led her to specialize in the tumbling aspects. Riley began coaching gymnastics at the age of 14.
After her gymnastics chapter closed, her weightlifting and CrossFit chapter opened. Riley began as a weightlifter and was then exposed to the “cousin sport” of CrossFit. Riley kept her head in the lifting in the beginning, excelling quickly through national ranks. After her first year in Olympic Weightlifting, Riley had represented Team USA at the 15U Pan American Games and had unofficially broken the 14-15 year-old 58kg weight class American Record. She went on to become a national champion the next year, winning gold in the snatch, clean and jerk, and total along with receiving two invitations to travel to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Riley has been at CrossFit 941 since before it opened. She has a love-hate relationship with sport. The love comes from always being able to improve and do something different. Everyone roots each other on when they need it. The hate comes from the ever-evolving difficulty. It never gets easier – you just get better. Riley is able to combine her experiences with gymnastics and weightlifting to help progress herself and others in CrossFit. Riley believes that community, goal-achieving, and challenge is what makes CrossFit what it is.
CrossFit Level 1
Mandy didn’t know it at the time, but she started preparing for CrossFit as a child when she was introduced to gymnastics at just three years old. A few years later, her parents opened Tri-Star Gymnastics. She spent every day at their facility learning what it takes to be physically and mentally strong.
She continued with gymnastics until an ankle injury caused her to take some time off. She worked on various disciplines from running and triathlons to interval training and Yoga. She decided to give CrossFit a try and was immediately hooked. Her previous gymnastics experience gave her a head start with the movements, especially the bar work, and she immediately felt at home with her training. She also realized that her previous injury taught her to balance the art of progressive training with longevity and physical limitation.
She embraces the idea that CrossFit will expose strengths as well as weaknesses and there will always be something to work on. Her favorite thing, however, is cheering on her 941 community. Watching the members come in, work hard and see progress is why she comes back every day.