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      Brittany Chestnut: Regional Crossfit Athlete / Coach

      Brittany Chestnut: Regional Crossfit Athlete / Coach

      Brittany Chestnut, crossfit athlete

      “The thing you feed the longest is the strongest. This saying goes hand-in-hand with what I believe about performance nutrition. Health and wellness shouldn’t be about the perceptions built by the best marketed. I use American GAINZ protein because it is healthy and you can feel it.”
      — Brittany Chestnut

      Brittany has always been a versatile athlete; throughout her years she has excelled in swimming, track, volleyball, cross-country, and softball. When she achieved her first goal of becoming a collegiate athlete, she took softball as her main focus. During her student athlete career, Brittany earned a BA in Exercise Science. It wasn’t until after college that Crossfit sparked her interest. Calling Brittany “a natural” is an understatement: Not even a year in, Brittany qualified as a regional athlete in 2014, where she ultimately placed 7th in the North West region.

      Following her first performance at the 2014 Regional, Brittany was blessed to give birth to her first child in 2015, marking a year of growth in a way wholly outside of fitness. Despite the challenges of pregnancy and being a new mother to a now 9-month-old boy, Brittany has never ceased to develop her fitness, as she has continued to work out the entire time. Now well into the 2016 season, Brittany is excited and looks forward to competing in the Crossfit Open as part of the South Central Region.

      When Brittany is not being a full-time mother or training, she uses her education and athletic experience to coach Olympic weightlifting. Like so many of the athletes we support, Brittany thrives off of the success of others.

      “At American GAINZ Nutrition we are thrilled to support Brittany as she takes on the Open this year and continues to grow and inspire as a mother, athlete and coach.”
      — American GAINZ Nutrition

       

      Sarah Herse - L1 Crossfit coach, competitive powerlifter, and a lover of all things fitness!

      Sarah Herse - L1 Crossfit coach, competitive powerlifter, and a lover of all things fitness!

      Sarah Herse - L1 Crossfit coach, competitive powerlifter for American GAINZ

      We welcome to the American Gainz family Sarah Herse!!! Sarah caught the attention of American GAINZ Nutrition as she seemed to literally be everywhere we were. Emerging in all areas of health and fitness, it wasn’t long until we recognized the alignment of her values with ours, and had to send her the invite. We are stoked to support her!!

      Sarah’s journey with exercising-for-time started in 2014 when she discovered Crossfit while vacationing in Belize. With a background in dance and gymnastics, the Crossfit skills involving timing, mobility, and grace easily fell within Sarah’s wheelhouse. At this time in Sarah’s professional life, she was leveraging her MBA from Cornell University and working as a management consultant.

      It was in 2017 when the decision was made by Sarah to walk away from the corporate lifestyle and pursue happiness full time. If you ever get the opportunity to meet Sarah, you will quickly understand how she defines “happiness.” Happiness happens with a barbell and maybe some yoga pants; everything fitness in between is simply bonus.

      Since the step change in career, Sarah fills her passion for mentoring and teaching others by coaching multiple disciplines around strength and conditioning in the Houston area. She also works on the finer details of athletes as a personal trainer. By not being tied down to any particular style of fitness, Sarah’s focus remains dynamic, tailoring a regimen based on desired goals, everything from 50 lbs increase on a deadlift to looking and feeling sexy teaching a booty class.

      As a competitor, Sarah trains daily. By being fluent in Crossfit, Powerlifiting, and Olympic weightlifting, Sarah continues to constantly learn and add to her library to teach from. She recently earned an achievement as a 57 kg powerlifter with USAPL, when Sarah qualified for the 2017 Nationals.

      In the years to come, Sara wishes for continued growth in the world of fitness and to ultimately incorporate her business background to expose even more people to the amazing aspects of feeling great every day!

       

      Carrie Sabo: CrossFit Athlete / CrossFit Gym Owner and Head Coach / National Qualified Olympic Weightlifter / Certified Personal Trainer

      Carrie Sabo: CrossFit Athlete / CrossFit Gym Owner and Head Coach / National Qualified Olympic Weightlifter / Certified Personal Trainer

      Carrie Sabo: 	CrossFit Athlete,  CrossFit Gym Owner and Head Coach,  National Qualified Olympic Weightlifter,  Certified Personal Trainer

      “I spend countless hours in the gym between coaching and training. Recovery plays a huge factor in my performance. American GAINZ post-workout protein is clean and easy on my sensitive stomach. I am so glad to have found a product that I can trust for myself and also for my athletes and clients.”
      —Carrie Sabo

      Sports and physical activities have played a huge role in Carrie's life. Growing up, she excelled at many different sports including figure skating, basketball, soccer, and competitive track and field, specializing as a pole-vaulter. After high school, Carrie began regular weight training with the hopes to compete in figure competitions when she discovered CrossFit.

      Carrie has been training and competing in CrossFit for almost four years and USAW Olympic Weightlifting for almost one year. She became a certified personal trainer in summer of 2014 and received her CrossFit Level 1 in spring of 2014. She and her boyfriend Michael opened their CrossFit box—Man Made CrossFit—in fall of 2014.

      Carrie finished top 50 in the South Central Region the past two years (38th in 2015 and 46th in 2016) and qualified for the 2016 USAW American Open at her very first sanctioned weightlifting meet. Carrie not only has a passion for training at a competitive level in both CrossFit and Weightlifting, but an even bigger passion for coaching and helping others reach an elite level of fitness.

      “We are beyond proud to support Carrie’s passion for health, wellness, and nutrition, which makes her the perfect addition to the American GAINZ Athlete Family. Her energy is contagious as a coach and resonates throughout the extremely sought-after culture established by all the members at Man Made CrossFit!!!”
      —American Gainz Nutrition

      Jordan Weichers: Olympic Weightlifter / Head Crossfit Coach

      Jordan Weichers: Olympic Weightlifter / Head Crossfit Coach

      Jordan Weichers: Crossfit Athlete, Coach, and Weightlifter

      “As I’ve become more health conscious around nutrition, choosing a recovery protein that I can trust is extremely important to me.  American GAINZ Recovery protein works, is clean, and you can actually feel the difference. It's 100% aligned with USADA standards and traceable from farm to shaker. Love this product. Go USA!!!”

      —Jordan Weichers 

      Meet Jordan Weichers, one of our first athletes to measure success in terms of kilos, rather than pounds. She is a 22-year-old weightlifter and head coach at Crossfit H-town (Houston, Texas) competing in the 58kg weight class with current personal record lifts @ 84kg Snatch and 111kg Clean & Jerk.

      Jordan started competing competitively in the sport of weightlifting in the spring of 2015 and found immediate success in the sport. She is currently ranked 3rd in the USA in the 58kg weight class and 15th overall in all weight classes. Prior to weightlifting, Jordan was an alternate on CrossFit Kilo’s 2014 and 2015 CrossFit Games Team while earning an Exercise Science Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Although she found great success in CrossFit, her passion for weightlifting has certainly become her main focus. In March 2016, Jordan achieved the opportunity to become a member of California Strength’s Weightlifting team!!!

      Some of Jordan’s accomplishments are as follows:
      • Senior Olympic Trials February 2016: 
        83kg Snatch and 105kg Clean and Jerk. Finished first in the 58kg weight class and 3rd overall in all weight classes
      • American Open December 2015: 
        3rd in Clean and Jerk (105kg) and 5th Overall (182kg) in the 58kg weight class
      • Nationals August 2015: 
        6th in Clean and Jerk (100kg) and 17th Overall (170kg) in the 63kg weight class
      • Weightlifting Regionals May 2015: 
        3rd in Clean and Jerk (96kg) and 3rd Overall (164kg) in the 63kg weight class
      “We are extremely excited to have Jordan as a part of the American Gainz Team!  Being an Olympic weightlifter, Jordan understands the importance of utilizing a protein that doesn’t expose her to unnecessary calories or fillers as making weight is a critical piece in the world of Olympic lifting.  As a rising star in weightlifting, we support Jordan in all her future successes as a lifter and coach -- love the energy and patriotism, keep it up!!!”
      —American GAINZ Nutrition

      Stephano Tsaganis: Crossfit Regional Athlete / Medical Industry

      Stephano Tsaganis: Crossfit Regional Athlete / Medical Industry

      Stephano Tsaganis, Crossfit Regional Athlete

      Photo Credit: Andrea Creppel

      “American GAINZ Recovery Protein is a must-have product, being able to train and compete successfully—and more importantly stay injury free at 29 years of age—is worth its weight in gold.”
      —Stephano Tsaganis

      Like many successful Crossfitters, Stephano’s athletic career started as a child playing soccer, baseball, and football. His passion for football landed Stephano the opportunity to play college ball as a cornerback at an NAIA school in Fremont, Nebraska. After a short time in Nebraska, Stephano found himself back in Texas where he then began to focus on the bigger picture of academic success, maintaining his competitive edge only by playing flag football.

      After graduation, Stephano built up his engine by training mostly as an endurance athlete either running distance (Marathon PB 3:48) or biking the MS150. It was about this time during 2012 when Stephano was introduced to Crossfit by means of a friend competing in the 2012 open. Talked into trying 12.5 (horrible ladder of c2b and thrusters) by the local coaches at the box, Stephano left the box with the highest score and “Fran cough.” This was the event that hooked Stephano into the Crossfit community.

      It wasn’t long before Stephano’s fitness goals included earning an invite to the Crossfit regional competition. In 2013 shortly after committing to Crossfit training, Stephano qualified for the South Central Regional. The rest is history. Stephano’s most notable finishes include:

      • 2013: Finished 21st in the Open and 19th at Regionals
      • 2014: Finished 5th in the Open and 11th at Regionals
      • 2015: Finished 10th in the Open and 33rd at Regionals
      • 2016: TBD

      When Stephano is not training, he is working full time advancing his career in the medical industry as a medical device sales representative. Although a very stressful field that requires undivided commitment, Stephano has his priorities in order with his family (including girlfriend & dog) being at the top of the list. Training has since become more of a “get away,” enjoyed now more than ever.

      “At American GAINZ we are proud to support such an amazing athlete and professional. Crossfit has become such a specialist full-time gig for those who wish to compete at the Regional & Games levels, so we definitely find it refreshing when we can work with athletes who represent the majority of people: training with full time jobs and families. Keep up the great work, Stephano!”
      —American GAINZ Nutrition