Head Coach and owner Christie neighbors: CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Kids

CrossFit has changed Coach Christie’s life in such a positive way.  Prior to CrossFit, Coach Christie was a teacher for 7 years and she worked at a gym as a group fitness instructor for 5.  She has always had a passion for teaching and fitness; now she gets to combine the two.

Coach Christie has been coaching CrossFit for a little over 6 years.  During that time, she has competed as a scaled and RX athlete in many competitions ranging from the three day Christmas Classic in the Quad Cities, to the Cold Steel Classic in Oswego, to the Steelmen Throwdown in Joliet.  Growing up a dancer, a cheerleader, and a teacher, her focus is on community, team, and support for all members.  She looks forward to helping each and every member make gains and reach both their short term and long term fitness goals.  Show up + Put in Work = Gains

Favorite CrossFit quote:
CrossFit – The only sport where the loudest cheers are for the last to finish.

Coach and owner Jason neighbors: CrossFit Level 1

Coach Jason has been a competitive athlete for most of his adult life!  In high school, he competed in track and football.  After high school he got into rodeo and spent a year as a bull rider.  Then he got into endurance races.  Coach Jason has run several marathons, half marathons, spartan races, and other mud runs.  He has played seven years of sand volleyball and has also spent three seasons playing men's Division 3 rugby.  It has been almost five years since he started his CrossFit journey, and he is sorry he didn't find it sooner!

We will all struggle.  Coach Jason sustained injuries to both his shoulders playing rugby.  When he first started CrossFit, he could barely squat with the PVC pipe over his head.  With the help of the coaches, he grew stronger and stronger every day.  We all have to start somewhere.  The hardest part is starting.  Come on in, and we can get you where you want to be.


Coach Kyle Barrett: CrossFit Level 1

Coach Kyle grew up playing several difference sports and had a very active lifestyle. In high school he started lifting weights and continued his fitness journey throughout his time in the military. He started doing CrossFit after his time in the service. He's been doing CrossFit for three years and couldn't imagine doing anything else within the fitness industry.

Coach Anna Sears: CrossFit Level 1

Coach Anna loves being an athlete. She has played on many different teams since she was young - organized and backyard sports. She played basketball at the college level. She started CrossFit on her birthday a few years ago and can't think of a better present to keep enjoying for the rest of her life.

Coach dave Thamm: CrossFit Level 1

Coach Dave was born with a rhythm in his head and a melody in his heart. From a very young age he loved listening to music so much that he started playing music of his own. This is why he is always tapping! It wasn't until his mid-20s that he starting finding enjoyment in physical activities. As time went on, his interest was crafted into a passion that continues to grow. He discovered CrossFit a few years ago and has been hooked ever since his first OnRamp class.

Coach Vivianna Barcena (Coach Vee): CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Kids

Coach Vee has been involved with sports her whole life. Started with soccer and then went into cheerleading, softball, volleyball, and even football. She found herself with a undesirable commercial gym routine before she came across CrossFit in 2017 and found her place. She is the oldest of 8 awesome siblings in her family. After receiving her CF-L1 she immediately went for her CrossFit Kids Certification. Being able to help others, including kids, is what fuels Vee’s passion for fitness. 

Coach Estefania Demarchi (Coach E): CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Level 2

Coach E was introduced to CrossFit back in February 2017. Little did she know CrossFit would change her life forever. Now as a coach she has fallen in love with the idea of not only helping others in achieving goals, but seeing the process unfold before her eyes. The opportunity to be able to assist those wanting to reach their full potential and overcome obstacles they never thought they would see the other side of is the reason she is a coach today.

Coach Olivia Dau (Coach Liv): CrossFit Level 1

Coach Liv has been an athlete for as long as she can remember, playing in multiple softball leagues at once so she was always on the move. After starting college and finishing her softball career, she had a lot of trouble finding something that would keep her going. She found CrossFit 2 years ago, and the motivation and exciting environment of working out with others came right back. She loves being at the box because there is always something to learn and get better at and there is nothing better than the feeling of finishing a tough workout.

Coach Alex : CrossFit Level 1, Olympic Lifting Coach

Coach Alex started Crossfit in October of 2016, after shifting his focus from becoming an orchestral musician to becoming an athlete. His level of dedication and attention to detail earned him a chance to coach the OLY Program at CrossFit Mokena, where he found his passion for coaching. Since then, Coach Alex has coached two subsequent OLY Programs at CFMokena and continues to enjoy the benefits of helping others reach their goals.


 Final thought from the owners: 

We are a very active couple.  We have run half and full marathons together, ran and biked our way through Muddy Buddies, climbed over obstacles in Warrior Dashes, and destroyed our bodies at Spartan Races.  We compete together on teams at competitions and support one another through all endeavors.  We are ALWAYS looking for more people to participate in these fun events!  The more the merrier! 

Beach WOD in Michigan

Beach WOD in Michigan

Contact us to set up your two FREE trial classes and get started in our OnRamp Program:

Owner and Coach: Christie Neighbors

Phone: 815-690-7745

Email: cfmokena@gmail.com

Address: 8421 W. 191st St., Mokena, IL 60448

The OnRamp Program consists of 3 classes in which new members learn the basic foundational movements of CrossFit and experience three different WODs (Workout Of the Day).