Our Coaches

CrossFit Boone has several coaches that are dedicated to improving lives using the principals of CrossFit. They’ll be there to help during warm-up and each part of the WOD. They’ll also monitor each workout, making sure everyone is performing the exercises with proper form.


Greg Cox

Head Fitness Instructor, Head CrossFit Coach

Greg has had a love of sports and training since childhood.  He began with football but over time his interests expanded to include everything from power lifting and cycling to sprint triathlons and longer distance events (a couple Half Ironmans completed.) Greg holds both a B.S and an M.S. in Exercise Science and is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).  With 13 years of personal training and 4 years of teaching under his belt, Greg has had the opportunity to observe plenty of exercise and fitness routines and trends…and still, he’s never seen anything that compares to CrossFit.   

 “Once I started learning about CrossFit’s approach to training I was hooked. It’s well-rounded, intense and offers a broad range of challenges guaranteed to keep people interested, excited and seeing serious results…the kind of results I promise you cannot be achieved by being a slave to the treadmill and weight machines alone.” 

A certified CrossFit Level One coach, Greg also holds CrossFit certifications in Olympic Lifting and Mobility. He’ll do all he can to help you reach your goals and provide you with the support, knowledge and focus to achieve your fitness goals.  He promises that with CrossFit, boredom is an impossibility.  Do it!

Jay Johnson

Wellness Center Instructor & CrossFit Coach

Jay grew up a football guy…eventually finding himself a starter for the University of Florida football team, acquiring his B.S. and M.S. there, and counting himself among the university’s Strength & Conditioning staff along the way.

After a successful career with the world’s largest management consulting firm (and then as an entrepreneur himself), Jay and his family settled in Boone in 2008 where he has played many roles with the Wellness Center team: member, volunteer and instructor among them. He has learned (the hard way) how challenging but important it is to integrate work and fitness. After years of prioritizing work and other activities over fitness, Jay found himself overweight, out-of-shape and unhealthy. Six years ago he made a commitment to rearranging these priorities with overall health and wellness at the top.  Enter Crossfit.  Jay has developed a great appreciation for CrossFit because of how it addresses the needs most of us have: well-rounded fitness, orthopedic durability, functional work capacity, overcoming the limitations of injuries and improving athletic performance.

Jay enjoys coaching and encouraging others and is glad to be part of the team bringing CrossFit to the High Country through ARHS. In addition to completing his certification as a CrossFit Level 1 Coach, Jay is a member of the NSCA and has received further CrossFit certifications in Kettlebell Instruction, Movement & Mobility and Olympic Weightlifting.

Sarah Bauler

CrossFit Coach

Sarah began Crossfit around 5 years ago, after returning from Ethiopia where she worked for 4 years as Samaritan’s Purse’s Health Technical Advisor. She instantly fell in love with the weightlifting and gymnastics aspects of Crossfit and its high intensity WODs. She was also impressed by how quickly her level of fitness improved, especially in measurable increased strength.

Last year, Sarah completed her Crossfit Level 1 Certification. As a trainer, she is especially motivated by helping athletes learn new skills and building community. Sarah also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Global Health. She has 20 years of global health experience living and working in 17 developing countries, primarily in Africa and Asia. She focuses primarily in the area of social and behavior change, which is also a key component of Crossfit. She and her husband, James, have 3 children – Noah (10), Grace (8) and Levi (3). 


Kendall Connor

Wellness Center Instructor, CrossFit Coach & CrossFit Kids Coach

Kendall Conner, CF-L1, ACSM CPT is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a BS in Exercise Science and a minor in Health Promotion. She is ACSM CPT certified and has earned her CrossFit L1.

Kendall enjoys the classes at CrossFit Boone, and has recently begun competing in area Crossfit competitions. As a personal trainer, she enjoys helping people achieve their goals and expand their fitness possibilities. In her free time, Kendall enjoys fly fishing, hiking, and taking her puppy to the Greenway.

Kaley Connor
RN-BSN, CrossFit-L1, CrossFit Kids, USA Weightlifting L1

CrossFit Coach & CrossFit Kids Coach

As a registered nurse, Kaley has always had an avid interest in health. From nutrition education for diabetic students to developing fitness classes for at risk teens as a school nurse, she enjoys assisting others obtain a healthy lifestyle. Having had four children and in her mid 40’s, Kaley found that her usual exercise regimen just wasn’t producing the same results. CrossFit became the missing link! “After almost 21/2 years at CrossFit Boone, I can honestly say that my endurance and overall strength is greater now than in my 20’s and 30’s. I love the variance that CrossFit offers. I’m never bored and truly feel challenged with each workout.” In addition to CrossFit, Kaley enjoys fly-fishing, biking, running and horseback riding. She recently participated in her first CrossFit competition with two of her children (Kendall and Reed). She feels the biggest obstacle of CrossFit is just walking through the door. “Come try it…its adaptable for everyone and you will definitely see results!”








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