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Meet Katie Lupo and John Weeks. They came together as co-owners of CrossFit Bethesda in 2017 when they merged their gyms – CrossFit Bethesda and Tough Temple CrossFit. Both have a passion for helping people grow as athletes and individuals while pushing their bodies a little beyond their comfort levels. They strive to help you find a love of fitness and a commitment to yourself that leads to long term health, wellness, and living your best life.

Katie grew up playing sports and her youth athleticism was hindered when she nearly lost her life in a car accident at 16. Doctors told her one of the main reasons she survived was because she was in such good physical shape. Unable to play team sports anymore, she started to swim, bike, and run.

She competed in triathlons of all distances, from spints to Ironmans. When she tried CrossFit for the first time, she had recently finished a cross country bike trip and was humbled by the barbell and box jumps (ask her about it!). She loves to share her passion for fitness with everyone at her Box while training for life, as she says, and perhaps her next competition.

John found CrossFit while cross training for MMA. But it wasn’t until he was sidelined with a serious back injury that he truly appreciated the potential that CrossFit offered. He has since used functional movement to rehab himself and trains clients of all ages to find their personal expression through fitness. He serves as head coach of Tough Temple Barbell Club, and especially focuses on training youth lifters in Olympic style weightlifting.

Founders of CrossFit Bethesda
Katie Lupo & John Weeks

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Katie Lupo

WHAT YEAR DID YOU START CROSSFIT?
2011

WHY DID YOU GET INTO FITNESS (AND CROSSFIT)?
I was always a runner and I got into cycling and triathlons. After a few years of triathlon racing, I was ready for a change to prevent any over-use injuries. Feeling fit, I stumbled into CrossFit and was humbled when I could barely lift a bar and couldn’t jump on a 12 inch box. I started foundations, joined a gym, and haven’t stopped since!

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TRAINER?
I have found there is nothing more important in life than being ready and able to handle any fortune or misfortune that life throws at you. Through my years of training, coaching, and teaching, I believe that CrossFit does the best job at helping individuals prepare themselves for anything. Working as a trainer allows me to coach others, prepare for the unknown, and gain independence through strength.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT?
Overhead Squats

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?
Ice cream

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SUPERHERO?
Wonder Women

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Chris Woods

WHAT YEAR DID YOU START CROSSFIT?
2006

WHY DID YOU GET INTO FITNESS (AND CROSSFIT)?
I played baseball and other sports when I was younger. After I got out of school, I needed something to fill the void. In my early twenties, I started to become a big gym rat. I would get up in the morning, go for a run before breakfast, then hit the gym for a couple hours before or after work. I became a training nerd, learning everything I could to improve my workouts. In late 2006, around the same time I started working in the fitness industry, one of the trainers at my gym turned me onto the old CrossFit main page. What I found was very similar to the direction I had already been moving with my own training, so it seemed a perfect fit.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TRAINER?
I would love to be able to say that being a fitness professional is something that I always wanted to do, and spent years working toward, but I really just fell into it. After spending most of my twenties in sales and restaurants, I was trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life, because the direction I was going just didn’t seem to be working for me. At that point, fitness had become the main constant in my life, so I decided to follow that. Before I knew it, I had started teaching conditioning classes at a martial arts school and got my first personal training certification. When I was introduced to CrossFit, I started to bring some of the same concepts into my classes and PT sessions. When the first CrossFit affiliate in the Baltimore area opened its doors, in 2007, I was one of their first members, and I started teaching classes for them shortly thereafter. The rest is history.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT?
I don’t really have a favorite movement. Movements are just tools used to accomplish a goal. My favorite movement is that one best suited to creating the adaptation I’m trying to stimulate.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?
Ben and Jerry’s Chubby Hubby

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SUPERHERO AND WHY?
It’s the easy answer, but I’ve always been a big Batman fan. He doesn’t have any special abilities, just intellect and work ethic (a few billion dollars doesn’t hurt either), and he holds his own in an arena with beings of incredible power. That’s pretty awesome.

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Yavor Pernev

WHAT YEAR DID YOU START CROSSFIT?
2014

WHY DID YOU GET INTO FITNESS (AND CROSSFIT)?
I can’t really remember a time that i have not been into fitness and sports. After trying everything from swimming to soccer I found my passion in Muay Thai at the age of 13. I did that pretty much until a started CrossFit. The reason for starting CF can be narrowed down to “Snowboard on a black diamond when i am 70”

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TRAINER?
I have always enjoyed helping people to be healthier and happier. Starting at the age of 15 i was teaching martial arts, when I decided to change my life path onto coaching it seemed like a natural decision.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT?
It has to be the Turkish Get up.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?
Pizza is def my go to cheat.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SUPERHERO AND WHY?
uh-oh, no such …they are all cool, but can’t name a fav one