MP CrossFit Coaches

Fittest in OK 2013

Coach Jimmy “White Ape” Ellis – Owner/Head Coach

Jimmy started CrossFit March 29, 2007 with “Filthy Fifty”…yuck! But I have loved it ever since!! I am no stranger to fitness and competition. As a kid I played competitive soccer, baseball, placed in the State’s Presidential Fitness Challenge, and played football. In middle school into high school, my love turned to wrestling, gymnastics and cheerleading. I earned a full-ride scholarship to Trinity Valley Community College for cheerleading, where I was part of the 1996 National Championship team and the 1996 Olympics Opening Ceremonies team. While at TVCC, I delved in the world of amateur bodybuilding, following the teachings of the great Arnold “The Oak” Schwarzenegger. I then joined the Army in 1997, where I earned multiple awards, Drill Sergeant School Distinguished Honor Graduate and Master Fitness Trainer being two of my favs. I have run 2 full marathons, 4 halfs, and numerous 5 and 10k’s. In my 40’s I am still setting all-time personal records! God has directed my path, and I do believe it is the path of life-long fitness!

My mission for MP is to train individuals in faith, character, self-discipline, and physical fitness, in order to enhance their quality of life. I am fully committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle—daily spiritual improvement, a devotion to family, balanced nutrition, and regular exercise. I truly believe that a person, properly trained in these areas of life, will have a joyous and fulfilling life experience. I believe creating a positive change in one person can start a chain reaction allowing them to positively affect others around them.

I am devoted to aiding people in the never-ending quest of skill mastering, for unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. Your ability determines what you are capable of doing. Motivation is what determines what you do. But, it is your attitude that determines how well you do it. I can teach you how to maximize your abilities, increase your motivation, and how to have a positive attitude; but the next step belongs to you.

 

Certifications/Courses/Experience:

CrossFit Level II: October 2012-present

CrossFit Olympic Lifting: November 2013-present

USAW Coaches Level I: June 2012-present

CrossFit Endurance: December 2008-present

CrossFit Level I: May 2008-October 2012

Gymnastics & Cheerleading Coach: 1994-2010

Currently serving in the U.S. Army Reserves, since 1997

Former Drill Sergeant: 2001-2003

 

 

Coach Sarah Flynn – CrossFit Coach

Sarah’s interest in physical fitness began through sports such as gymnastics, cross country, and triathlons. As a graduate of the University of Wyoming, Sarah has always enjoyed outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, and backpacking. Sarah joined MP in July 2015 and has been a competitive CrossFitter since January 2016. She immediately fell in love with CrossFit’s dynamic movements, challenging pace, and measurable programming. The supportive community and competitive camaraderie that CrossFit naturally evokes when people come together for an intense WOD is unmatched. Away from the gym, Coach Sarah is a middle school math teacher, and wholeheartedly believes that a fit body means a fit mind. To facilitate her in bringing the sport of CrossFit to her students, Sarah became a CF-L1 trainer in January 2018 and a certified CF-Kids trainer in March 2018. When Sarah isn’t teaching, WOD’n, or coaching, she can be found hanging out with her family and friends. Sarah enjoys activities such as cooking, watching movies, hiking, shooting, golfing, traveling, and back-packing.

 

Certifications/Courses/Experience:

CrossFit Level I: January 2018-present

CrossFit Kids: May 2018-present

 

 

Coach Christian “Boy Wonder” Steichen – CrossFit Coach

Christian has been coaching CrossFit for more than 5 years. He is an undergraduate student at Oklahoma State University, where he is getting his Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science. Christian joined MP shortly after his parents in 2010. Decided he wanted a deeper understanding of CrossFit and the principles that guide the machine, so he earned his CF-L1 in 2013 at the age of 17. He was a nationally competing cross-country runner for Bishop Kelly, and has always sought out way to be a better athlete.

 

Certifications/Courses/Experience:

CrossFit Level II: June 2018-present

CrossFit Level I: June 2013-June 2018

 

 

Coach Becky Such – CrossFit Coach

Bio coming soon!

 

Certifications/Courses/Experience:

CrossFit Level I: October 2012-present

 

 

Coach Michael Such – Weightlifting Coach

Michael joined MP the summer of 2013. Before coming to MP, Michael was a four-year starter as the punter for The University of Tulsa from 2007-2010. He was National Punter of the week, Sports Illustrated Honorable Mention All-American, has the third longest punt in TU history, and numerous other individual and team awards. Michael has always had a passion for sports and competition. He wholeheartedly believes if you want to do well in ANY sport, you have to get in the gym and train properly.He is the primary coach for the “MP Iron Club”, where he specifically designs workouts for strength training and Olympic lifting, which will carry over to the CrossFit arena. Michael is married to Coach Becky Such with two kids, Ellie and CJ. He enjoys basketball, football, golf, shooting, fishing, and loves spending time with friends and family at the pool or beach.

 

Certifications/Courses/Experience:

USAW Coaches Level I: July 2018-present