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      Janet Black: Games Veteran / Special Education Teacher

      Janet Black: Games Veteran / Special Education Teacher

      Janet Black: Games Veteran and Special Education Teacher

      Photo Credit: Freddy Hinojosa

      “I am extremely excited to be a part of the American GAINZ Team! Over the years I have become more aware of what products I put in my body and I am grateful to have found a quality protein that works for me.”
      —Janet Black

      Meet Janet Black: A full-time Special Education teacher, mother, wife, and Crossfit powerhouse who currently holds the title of “2015 Reebok Crossfit Games Champion” (40-44 Masters Division).

      As a youth, Janet’s passion was around playing the game of soccer. This passion later grew into a love for coaching and developing others in the sport. While a soccer coach at SMU (Southern Methodist University) in Dallas, Janet’s ambition of taking her personal fitness training to the next level became a reality with the introduction to Crossfit. The rest is history.

      Janet has qualified for Regionals (South Central) every year since she participated in her first Open 6 years ago with her best finish in 2012 where she earned a 1st place victory. Since then, Janet has managed to achieve several athletic feats including:

      • 2015 - Reebok CrossFit Games Champion (40-44)
      • 2014 - Reebok CrossFit Games – 7th place finish (40-44)
      • 2013 - Reebok CrossFit Games – team participant

      In 2014 & 2015, Janet successfully competed for the D.C. Brawlers (NGPL) as their “40 + female athlete” supporting the team to earn back-to-back Grid Championships.

      “We are honored to support such a strong woman and athlete. Janet is a true inspiration and role model for so many, dedicating her life to the betterment of others. We are thrilled to have her on the AGN Team.”
      —American GAINZ Nutrition

      Marco Coppola / Crossfit Overtake Head Coach & Owner / Crossfit - Level 1, Strongman, and Movement & Mobility Certified

      Marco Coppola / Crossfit Overtake Head Coach & Owner / Crossfit - Level 1, Strongman, and Movement & Mobility Certified

      Marco Coppola, Crossfit Overtake Head Coach & Owner, Strongman, for American GAINZ Nutrition

      “I’m excited to support a local business, and American GAINZ has made it easy. With the mission of transparency and integrity sourcing all ingredients from the U.S. of A., what’s not to like?” 
      —Marco Coppola

      Meet Marco Coppola: Head coach & Owner of Crossfit Overtake, nationally ranked top 10 weightlifter (105 kg), NGPL Grid athlete (Miami Surge) as well as the powerhouse element on the South Regional 2016 Team Champions, #TeamDensity.

      Born and raised in Texas, hailing from North Houston, Marco grew up playing multiple sports which ultimately lead to a 17-year career playing football. Starting at just 6 years of age and finishing as a professional playing at the highest levels, Marco developed a solid skillset he now calls upon moving heavy weight—and moving it fast—in the sport of Crossfit.

      With a formal degree in Exercise Sport Science, head coach Marco understands the value of education & experience when cultivating a close knit, family-oriented box. Just a few accolades that lend to his leadership & coaching abilities:

      • 2013 American Open, Dallas TX. 8th place, 94kg.
      • 2013 Crossfit Regional Team, South Central Region. 6th place.
      • 2014 American Open, Washington DC. 7th place, 105kg.
      • 2014 Crossfit Regional Athlete, South Central Region.
      • 2014 Grid Athlete, NGPL Miami Surge. Semifinalist.
      • CrossFit Games Regional athlete 2013-2015
      • National Level qualified Weightlifter 2013-present
      • NPGL - Grid athlete for Miami Surge 2014 & 2015(Won Best Barbell Mover)
      • 2016 South Regional Team Champions #TeamDensity 

      Although fitness means a lot to Marco, he cherishes nothing more than time spent with his family, consisting of 2 English Bulldogs and beloved wife. Extremely humble in his successes at such a young age, Marco acknowledges and is thankful of everything God has blessed him with.

      “We at American GAINZ Nutrition are proud to welcome such hard working and dedicated professional to our roster of AGN athletes. We look forward to supporting Marco and his ambitions to further develop the community and program he’s built over the last several few years in Spring, Texas.” 
      —American GAINZ Nutrition

       

      Teresa Trojanowski: 2017 Crossfit Games Masters Athlete, Crossfit Central Houston Owner

      Teresa Trojanowski: 2017 Crossfit Games Masters Athlete, Crossfit Central Houston Owner

      Teresa Trojanowski, athlete for American GAINZ

      We are proud to announce Teresa Trojanowski of Crossfit Central Houston joining the American GAINZ athlete family. As a Regional Athlete Veteran since 2011, Teresa has gained immense popularity as a Houston favorite athlete representing Crossfit Central Houston, a box grounded by a welcoming, family-like culture.

      Growing up strong, Teresa started her athletic career at a young age. At the age of 3 up until her teens, she developed as a gymnast. Then from basketball in middle school to track & field in high school, Teresa ultimately landed at Rice University in Houston, where she continued her Track & Field aspirations as a member of a 5-time WAC Conference championship team. Starting out as a Jill of all trades and competing as a heptathlete with noticeable talent in the hammer throw, it became evident that strength and explosiveness were in Teresa’s wheelhouse. Teresa went on to achieving a school record in the hammer throw.

      Like so many of the athletes we support, Teresa’s education backs up her passion for health and wellness. During her time at Rice University, she earned a BA in Health Science and Management as well as Masters in education. After graduation Teresa began to hydrate her love for teaching others as a full-time middle school math teacher. Introduced to Crossfit in 2010, it wasn’t long before Teresa was competing at the Regional level as a team member in 2011. Shortly after in 2012, a joint decision was made to invest in her passion and open a Crossfit box with her husband Philip, pairing both her love for teaching others with her background in health sciences.

      Over the course of the next several years to date, Teresa and Philip have built something special; fostering an environment of support & comradery, Crossfit Central Houston stands as the epitome of a welcoming family culture bolstered by amazing people. As a Level 2 Trainer, Teresa is also Crossfit Weightlifting certified, Crossfit Kids certified, and Crossfit Mobility & Movement certified.

      Teresa has since competed in the Crossfit Open annually, establishing herself as an individual regional athlete veteran, competing at the 2013, 2014, 2016, & 2017 Regional event. In 2017 Teresa qualified and will compete as a Masters Athlete at the Crossfit Games in Madison.  We at American GAINZ are confident Teresa's success streak continues to build momentum into the years to come!!! 

      “When we finally met Teresa it was obvious she was one of us: super passionate about nutrition & fitness and extremely devoted to the Crossfit community. We are proud and honored to have Teresa on our side. Best of luck this 2017 Season!!!”
      —American Gainz Nutrition

      Hannah Richards: Crossfit Regional Athlete / NPGL Miami Surge

      Hannah Richards: Crossfit Regional Athlete / NPGL Miami Surge

      Hannah Richards: Crossfit Regional Athlete and NPGL Miami Surge

      Photo Credit: Antionio Pandolfo

      "I do appreciate the opportunity to support everything American Gainz stands for. Tactical Recovery truly marks an industry step change in performance when focused on a lean, clean, and traceable recovery protein."

      —Hannah Richards

      Hannah is a former gymnast of 18+ years and has coached gymnastics for more than 10 years. Ever since high school, Hannah has pushed herself in the sport of fitness. In track and field, Hannah specialized in jumps, sprints, and hurdles, winning a State Championship in pole vaulting in 2003, which ultimately earned her a place on the University of Florida Track Team. Go Gators!

      Hannah started CrossFit in October of 2011 and was level 1 certified by February the following year. She immediately became recognized in local competitions and then went on to qualify for the 2014 Southeast Regional where she shared the leader board rankings with the likes of Emily Bridgers, Talayna Fortunado, and Lauren Brooks, placing 4th overall.

      In 2015, Hannah continued her efforts in competing at the Crossfit regional and also joined the NPGL (National Pro Grid League) competing for the Miami Surge as a gymnastics specialist.

      American GAINZ Nutrition is proud to support Hannah Richards as an incredible coach, athlete, and patriot. If ever the opportunity presents itself, we encourage you meet Hannah at one of her Wod-Freak Seminars where she delivers an impressive combination of instruction and demonstration.

      "The best part about supporting an athlete such as Hannah—she is solely driven by the impact she has the ability to create towards changing the lives of all the athletes she supports, coaches, and trains with wherever she is.”

      —American Gainz Nutrition

      Jared Astle: Crossfit Regional Athlete / Navy Veteran / Black Magic Training Owner

      Jared Astle: Crossfit Regional Athlete / Navy Veteran / Black Magic Training Owner

      “You will immediately taste and feel the difference, Tactical Recovery is the leanest and cleanest hands down the best post workout recovery protein in the industry”
      —Jared Astle


      Jared served in the US Navy for 6 years as an Aviation Rescue Swimmer and Crew-chief on an MH-60S. During this time he had completed four deployments spanning the breadth of the Middle East while performing a multitude of duties.

      Jared AstleAlways focused on health and fitness, Jared did “dabble” in a few Crossfit-type workouts while in the Navy—knowing Jared, this probably meant sub 3 fran & sub 2 grace—but it wasn’t until late 2013, during his final deployment, that Jared truly committed to the sport of fitness and began Crossfit.

      Post military and back in Houston soon after just starting Crossfit, Jared worked his way to qualifying as an individual in the 2014 Crossfit South Central Regional, where he placed 8th with the likes of Mike McGoldrick and Roy Gamboa.

      In 2015, Jared competed at Regionals as the top male athlete to finish the open on Team Eado, the box most notably known for games veteran athlete Jenn Jones who has since become Jenn Astle as Jared fell in love and swooped her up.  Currently Jared trains with Jenn as part of Contender Crossfit's Regional Team with their eyes at the 2017 Games in Madison. 

      Continuing to support the Crossfit community, Jenn & Jared are the proud creators behind the proven Black Magic Training (BMT) Crossfit Athlete programming. Their recent success programming for Bethany Branham as she won the South Central 2017 Crossfit Open has the Crossfit community at full attention and excited for whats to come.        

      Jared Astle, American GAINZ athlete

      Jared doesn’t just serve the Crossfit community; Along with this passion, Jared is a devout Christian and owner of Christian-based apparel company Fire Within based on the scripture from Jeremiah 20:9.

      “But if I say, 'I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,' his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.”


      “Jared truly embodies the core of the American Gainz brand. As a US Navy veteran and now serving the city of Houston as a firefighter it’s not hard to see that Jared’s heart is with helping others. His intensity as an athlete and coach continues to inspire the Crossfit community and we are proud to sponsor Jared Astle as an American GAINZ Athlete.”

      —American Gainz Nutrition