About Us

About Us

Owners Lisa and Jerome Shear

We were high school sweethearts and married in 2004. We have 3 active kids, Jordyn (14), Brayden (11) and Henryk (8). We have been Elk River residents since 2005 and love the community. While we both have day jobs, our real passion is for the legacy and community that Chris has built here. Chris Fournie started CFER in April of 2014. January of 2020, we started the journey of taking over the gym when Chris retired. It was a dream we hadn't even realized we had, and we have been overwhelmed by the love and support we have received from both current and new members from the beginning. Our hope is to be able to continue to provide an amazing CrossFit experience for our members, and eventually add a CrossFit kids course as well as strength training for off-season high school and middle school athletes in our community.


Jerry and Lisa Shear

 

 

New Owners - Lisa and Jerome Shear

Our Team

Our Team
Our Team

Jerome Shear

I joined CrossFit Elk River in August 2017. Lisa had joined a few months prior and loved it so much that I had to get in on the action. I quickly found my crew at the 6 am class and even turned Lisa into a reluctant morning CrossFitter too. I have always had a passion for sports and fitness and even started my college career with plans to be an athletic trainer. I eventually switched gears and went into corrections and my day job since 2001 has been in youth and adult corrections. I got my L1 trainer's certificate in November 2019 and began coaching at CrossFit Elk River. That is what I call my fun job and I love helping people with their health and fitness journeys.

Certifications:

  • CrossFit L1
  • CrossFit Dumbbell
  • CrossFit 2021 Judge

 

 

Jerome Shear - Crossfit Coach

Lisa Shear

I joined CrossFit Elk River in May 2017. I quickly fell in love with the sport and found that the community and constantly changing workouts were the perfect combination to keep me motivated and coming back for more! Jerry joined me a few months later and we knew pretty quickly that this would be a permanent part of our life. The friendships and relationships we have built are a big part of our lives. When the opportunity to take over the business was presented, we were very excited about this new adventure. I handle most of the back office business operations for now and received my CF-L1 in the spring of 2021.

Certifications:

  • CrossFit L1

 

 

Lisa Shear - Owner


Stephanie Domchick

I started CrossFit back in 2013 in Ohio and received my CF-L1 shortly after moving to Minnesota and joining CrossFit Elk River. CrossFit, Olympic Lifting, and the community we are fortunate to have at CFER have truly changed my life. I played sports in HS, didn't do much for athleticism in college and only very reluctantly decided to give CrossFit a try several years later, but quickly fell in love with the style of training. I'd never done any Olympic Weightlifting or gymnastic style work before, but truly enjoyed learning new movements and technical skills (and am still learning new things today!).

I feel very fortunate to be able to work with our members and show them, they CAN reach their health & fitness goals, they ARE athletes, and to help them build that self-confidence in themselves that CrossFit has also given to me.

Certifications:

  • CrossFit L1
  • CrossFit L2
  • USA Weightlifting L1
  • CrossFit 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:

  • CrossFit L1
  • CrossFit 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

 

 

Julie Laramie - Crossfit Coach


Dylan Mortensen

I got into Olympic Weightlifting in High School as a means to train for football. After a roughly 8 year hiatus, the flame was rekindled through CrossFit. I enjoy the competitive aspects of it, but what keeps me coming back day in and day out is the community, and the constant learning and evolving that accompanies the sport. Outside of CrossFit I enjoy the outdoors, eating, crafts and mullets.

Certifications:

  • USA Weightlifting L1

 

 

Dylan Mortensen - Olympic Weightlifting Coach