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About Us

Just about everybody is looking for that special "Magic Pill" to burn fat and to get heatlhy and fit....

Well, we believe that something worth having is worth working for. We believe that being healthy and fit is a lifestyle and we assist our members in living that lifestyle with our "Magic Pill". Our "Magic Pill" is: commitment, consistency, community, variety, and intensity, in a safe, fun and comfortable, non-intimidating atmosphere where goals are encouraged and supported. The other part of that magic pill is, of course, healthy nutrition. We make a huge effort to educate our members in the big, confusing world of proper nutrition as that is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle.

CAUTION: Side effects of our "Magic Pill" may include...

...better functional movement, strength, flexibility and mobility, better balance and coordination, cardio endurance, more energy and stamina, feelings of happiness and self confidence, a toned and hard body, clear and healthy skin, a feeling that you can accomplish anything.

CAUTION: This "Magic Pill" is highly addictive

 

 


Our Coaches

Chris Fournie

Chris is owner and head coach of CrossFit Elk River. Leading by example with honesty and integrity are key traits he lives by. He has had a 37 year journey of training and helping others lead happier, safer and healthier lives. His considerable experience has helped him create a vibrant CrossFit community where all are accepted, treated with respect and encouraged to reach their goals, whatever they may be.

His experience includes:

  • 6 years of full time CrossFit coaching
  • 20 years as an Gym Owner, coaching, training leaders and conducting classes in Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Russian Kettlebells and CrossFit
  • Created and implemented a highly successful fitness/weight loss program for 12 years
  • Numerous seminars on nutrition as it relates to fitness an d weight loss
  • Private instruction and coaching including Professional athletes
  • Helping people continue their training while working through injuries and other issues
  • Martial Arts instructor for 35 years
  • Conducted numerous Personal Safety, Child Safety and Women’s Self Defense seminars as well as Firearm instruction
  • Executive Protection/Bodyguard
  • Private Investigator

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 2 Certificate
  • Level 2 Russian Kettlebells
  • Black Belts in Karate/Kickboxing and Arnis
  • Many certifications over time relating to fitness, nutrition, coaching, personal safety, weapons defense and martial arts
  • Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor (Canada)
  • American Council on Martial Arts
  • KidSafe

 

 

Chris Fournie - Crossfit Coach

Stephanie Domchick

I joined Crossfit Elk River in the fall of 2014 and received my CF-L1 in March of 2016. Crossfit has truly changed my life; it’s given me so much confidence inside AND outside of the gym and I’ve met some of the most amazing friends within the CF community. I played sports all through HS but never really had a competitive bone in my body and I’d certainly never done any type of Olympic Lifting before I decided to try Crossfit for the first time in the fall of 2013 in Ohio (where I was born & raised). I truly enjoy the challenge of Olympic Lifting and the satisfaction of learning new movements and technical skills. But I most enjoy working with our members and showing them, they ARE capable of reaching their fitness goals, that they ARE athletes, and helping them build that self-confidence in themselves that Crossfit has also given to me. I love the competitive spirit Crossfit has brought out in me and enjoy doing local competitions with my teammates and cheering on my fellow CFER Athletes at their competitions.

Certifications:

  • CF L1
  • CF Gymnastics

What’s Playing on Pandora while I Coach:

  • Beastie Boys
  • Rob Bailey & the Hustle Standard
  • Missy Elliott

 

 

Stephanie Domchick - Crossfit Coach

Julie Laramie

In 2016 I was working on finishing up my Master’s degree, working three jobs, and realized how out of shape I was. I also needed an outlet to relieve some stress. This is when I began my search for something in fitness that was a good fit for me. I found Crossfit Elk River, and my life was forever changed. Never in a million years did I think I would have any interest in participating in group fitness, nor want to lead others in it. I was certainly wrong! Starting Crossfit was the best decision I could have made; I absolutely love it. I appreciate the variability in the training and functional applicability of it. The challenge of always trying to perfect a skill or conquer a new one continues to drive me. Crossfit gives me the ability to excel in other areas of my active life. Additionally, I have met so many wonderful people through the sport. In January 2018 I obtained my CF-L1 certification and began coaching classes. The experience thus far has been beyond rewarding; I strive to help members reach their goals both in and outside of the gym. Success is defined in so many different ways by each individual person, and facilitating one’s journey towards it is gratifying.

Certifications:

  • CF L1
  • CF Gymnastics

What’s Playing on Pandora while I Coach:

  • Dubstep Strength Training Radio (this would be on 100% of the time if anyone actually let me play it ever)
  • Rap Strength Training Radio
  • Hard Rock Strength Training Radio

 

 

Stephanie Domchick - Crossfit Coach

Amy Kopec

My weight was at an all-time high and my happiness at an all-time low. My workouts at home just weren’t cutting it. I consulted with Chris about joining CrossFit Elk River boot camp in Jan. 2016. I knew very little about CrossFit. I never pursued athletic sports in high school and certainly never lifted a barbell before! My insecurities and intimidations were put at ease with everyone making me feel welcomed, supported & motivated. It wasn’t long until I discovered how much I LOVED LIFTING and LOVED CROSSFIT! Not only has CrossFit helped me improve my physical and mental well-being, but it taught me how to enjoy life by pursuing other recreational activities I never would have considered had it not been for the motivating members at our gym!

There’s an inspirational quote I’m rather fond of that goes, “The things you’re passionate about are not things, they are your calling.” In the summer of 2018 I felt the calling and became a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. I am blessed with the opportunity to now give back to my gym by coaching our members towards their own personal goals. What I appreciate most about CrossFIt is the variability. ANYONE can do it regardless of age, body type or experience. EVERYTHING can be modified to your ability to achieve results. It’s the greatest thrill to see a member achieve what they once considered to be impossible!

Favorite CF Modalities: Double-Unders, Power Cleans, Pull-Ups…I could go on, but I’ll stop there.

Least Favorite CF Modalities: Anything involving jumping combined with burpees; Burpee Box Jump Overs, Lateral Barbell Burpees, Barbell Facing Burpees…You get the idea.

Favorite WOD: Dirty Thirty, “Annie”.

Favorite WOD Music: AC/DC, Aerosmith, Gun’s N’ Roses. Basically, any of the old-school hard rock bands. (I’m showing my age now, aren’t I?)

Hobbies: Mountain Biking, Kayaking, Hiking, DIY projects, Crochet.

My mission as a coach: To offer the knowledge, skills, and support needed to develop a healthy, nutritional foundation. To ignite each person’s physical fitness & cultivate a positive mental wellbeing by directing challenging, safe, functional workouts and fostering lifelong wellness.

What would you say to someone interested in trying CrossFit Elk River? Your body can withstand almost anything, it’s your mind you have to convince. Therefore, if it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. CrossFit Elk River will challenge & change you in ways you never imagined! It’ll be the best decision you’ll ever make!

 

 

Stephanie Domchick - Crossfit Coach