John is one-of-a-kind, ferrr sher! He is the brains, muscle and wit behind DEA. When he’s not turning ordinary East Carolinians into certified badasses, he’s also a professional one-handed dead-lifter and talented photographer (aka marvelous ability to capture your worst constipation face on camera). I also have to mention that he has mad photoshopping skills that can make even the most modest gym members look like they’re Zoolander sporting a one-size-too-small singlet. He uses sound effects to emphasize his point during weight-lift demonstrations or to motivate you to move faster. It usually sounds something similar to “what the fox says.” If he’s not writing entertaining musings for the blog, he’s probably practicing what he preaches by training his nose hairs off in hopes of a spot at next year’s Crossfit Games.
In all seriousness, he’s a coach with world-class programming skills that produces remarkable results in his athletes. He’s a fantastic teacher who knows his stuff, has more patience than the average bear, and cares deeply about the success of his clients. He’s the kind of guy you think is kinda weird at first but then becomes more lovable by the day.
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Erika has been involved in athletics since childhood and spent the majority of her free time in High School playing Club and Varsity volleyball. She rowed Collegiate Crew for 2 years at Susquehanna University, prior to transferring to Rutgers University to finish out her degree. While living in New Jersey she taught group fitness (Body Combat, Powerstrike Impact and Body Jam) at the local health club and received her Level 3 Blue Belt in Mixed Martial Arts until her and her husband were relocated to North Carolina where she found and began training CrossFit. Erika has been a part of the DEA family since July 2012. She began personal programming with John in November 2013 in order to focus on her competitive ambitions. She has competed in several team events including the Legacy Series Genesis and Sandstorm competitions as well as Integrity’s Revenge along with other local competitions in 2013. Erika’s future goals are to increase her training levels and continue working towards competing at the highest levels she can attain.
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Emily graduated from Kunga Yoga School’s 200 Hour Yoga and Lifestyle Teacher Training at the Wilmington Yoga Center in December 2014. She teaches a slow, basic flow with an emphasis on meditation and restorative postures. In her free time, Emily practices law and raises Archie and Luna.
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