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Shelly Christo

Owner/Head Coach

Crossfit Level 1 Coach
USA Weightlifting Level 2 Advanced Coach

My love for CrossFit began in 2013. I showed up to a local competition to support a friend of mine who was competing. Walking in, I was very impressed with the performances of all the men who were currently in the middle of their workout heat. They were strong, moving large amounts of weight, etc. It was impressive. But then I made my way to the women’s side. A heat was currently running for the ladies RX division, and I was stopped in my tracks. All I could see were these beautiful, strong women. They were doing pull ups, lifting weights, doing pistols ( one legged squats). I had never seen anything like it before. At that moment I fell in love with CrossFit. I joined a CrossFit box on the 1st of the following month, knowing I wanted to be a competitor. During my first year of training I ended up steering towards Olympic Weightlifting and went for my USA Weightlifting Level 1; and that is when my coaching career began. I am now a CrossFit Level 1 Coach, and a USA Weightlifting Level 2 Advanced Coach. My career is my passion, and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else!

What I love most about CrossFit is the change I see in people once they realize that they can achieve far more than they ever thought. I love when a person walks into my gym saying “I’ve never worked out a day in my life, and I don’t know if I can do this, but I’m here.”—and then they realize that they CAN, and are capable of anything they set their minds to do! I love the way a person’s face lights up when they say, “I just did that!” Nothing beats that look… nothing!

Kari Pulsipher

Crossfit Level 1 Coach

I have always done some sort of physical activity, I was in gymnastics as a little girl, and then played soccer in high school. I have always used exercise as a stress reliever and a way to keep weight off. I have always had a driven and motivated personality, I am a licensed cosmetologist, a Registered Nurse, and most important I am a wife and a mother of 2. I am very fortunate to have such a supportive husband that supports and encourages me to continue CrossFit. I started CrossFit in 2013 and have been a coach since 2017. CrossFit has given me the opportunity to show my children (especially my daughter) that it is okay to be strong. CrossFit brings me back everyday because it challenges me, it shows me how much I have improved and the things I need to work on.

Why I chose CrossFit: I started CrossFit as a way to lose weight, but after I started I realized what CrossFit was and I fell in love. I was constantly improving my movements and weights, CrossFit has helped me accept my body and be proud of it too.

Favorite WOD
“Annie, Grace, and Fran”

Kyle Knudsen

Crossfit Level 1 Coach

I started my Crossfit journey 4 years and 100lbs ago. I had always heard of Crossfit but always thought I was too out of shape or too old to get started with something like that. I had been a linebacker in my youth and figured if I just could get myself back there then I would be good. So after struggling unsuccessfully for nearly a year to get myself in shape I decided to throw caution to the wind and tryout a local box. I have never made a better decision in my life. Not only have I lost that weight and transformed my body but I have made countless friends, including my future wife and two of my groomsman.

My current focus is on strength training with a particular focus on the olympic lifts. I compete locally and have even managed to podium a couple times. My real passion, however, is coaching. Seeing my athletes grow both in ability and confidence is one of the greatest joys in my life!

James Bastick

Crossfit Level 1 Coach

I have spent the last 18 years active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard as an aviation maintenance technician and am currently stationed at CG air station Clearwater. As a strong advocate of personal health and wellbeing my personal interests focus on exercise and nutrition. I am a longtime member of CFPH, becoming part of this amazing CF family in 2013. I enjoy CrossFit for many reasons, physically and mentally; it is also an excellent outlet to expend my energy and competitiveness. As a coach I am always looking to challenge members and myself to do better each and every day.

Michael “Mirc” Mircovich

Crossfit Level 1 Coach

My name is Michael Mircovich but my friends call me Mirc. I’ve lived here in Palm Harbor since I was about one. I served in the U.S Army as an Infantryman for a little over two years before I, unfortunately, had to be separated for medical reasons. Before that I had been doing CrossFit for about 3 years, and in 2015 I received my Crossfit Level 1.

My goals as an athlete are to progress and be better than I was the day before. As a coach I hope to provide the best atmosphere and knowledge to assist each person in reaching their goals!