Meet our Team of Coaches
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Physical strength and conditioning has always been a passion for Jeremy Stecker. During high school and college Jeremy focused on course work in sport and conditioning while earning a degree in business management. Jeremy has independently read and studied the literature of strength and conditioning techniques.
Jeremy Stecker opened Eugene Crossfit in 2007. His Crossfit Certifications include (but not limited to): Level I Certification, Level II Attendee, Gymnastics Certification, Coaches Preparation Course, Crossfit Kids Certification, Crossfit Nutrition Certification, Olympic Lifting Certification, and Crossfit Endurance Certification.
Before opening Eugene Crossfit, Jeremy directed his passion for fitness in coaching friends and family at no cost for 12 months. He spent hours pouring over information and brainstorming ways he could help his friends and family become strong and fit. During this time he realized that helping others get fit was how his life’s passion and professional work would come together.
Jeremy has done in depth studies of Crossfit theory, philosophy and unique strategy for fitness. As of September 2012 he has been coaching Crossfit for 5 years. Jeremy Stecker has been coaching Crossfit longer than anyone in the Eugene/Springfield area.
Daren Kromarek has found great success with the CrossFit program. He has spent most of his life in one sport or another. At a young age his father who was a Judo practitioner had him doing somersaults, headstands, jumping rope and competing in Judo competition. Daren went on to compete in Wrestling, soccer and basketball. He played all the sports that were offered in Juneau Alaska where he grew up. Most recently he is enjoying racquetball and running as his main sports outside of CrossFit.
In Feb of 09, Daren was looking for new ways to improve his current strength and conditioning program and found CrossFit. After a short time, the owner of Eugene CrossFit asked if he’d like be in the apprenticeship program and Daren started his pursuit of coaching CrossFit.
Daren was hired as a full time Coach at Eugene CrossFit in January of 2010. He coaches athletes 5-6 days a week up to 6 hours a day. He loves that he gets to help people realize and surpass their fitness and life goals with proper nutrition and exercise using CrossFit methodology. He has fun, is approachable and super nice!
Daren’s CrossFit certifications include CrossFit level 1, CrossFit Endurance, CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting, CrossFit Mobility, and Goal Setting. Daren has also been on the Eugene CrossFit team and competed at the Northwest Regional two years in a row.
Jen Blackburn took up running after her first child was born in 1998. After running her third half marathon in 2008 Jen was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her shin and found out that her blood pressure was dangerously high. While the stress fracture healed, the lack of exercise and a poor diet led to significant weight gain. In October 2009 Jen met Jeremy Stecker and decided to give CrossFit a try. The crazy fun workouts were a welcome change to running the same routes over and over and the encouragement and support of the ECF Community was amazing. Jen’s blood pressure meds were cut in half within the first two months of CrossFit. Fast forward to 2013. Jen has lost over 25 pounds, and is no longer in need of the medications that were once a necessity. Jen realized that at 41 years of age she was stronger, happier & healthier than she was twenty years prior…and she wanted others to realize that the same could be true for them.
Jen is now certified as a CrossFit Level I Trainer, a CrossFit Goal Setting Trainer and CrossFit Olympic Lifting. In addition, she completed the Whole30 Challenge and participated in the Whole 9 Foundations of Nutrition Workshop.
“My passion is to encourage people through their CrossFit journey. To help them realize they CAN do hard things, they CAN lift heavy stuff, they WILL get stronger and more fit every time they come to CrossFit. The fun we have and the huge community of friends we make is just a bonus!”.
Holly Arrow joined Eugene Crossfit in November 2010. A dancer and martial artist in her teens, twenties, and thirties, Holly had become injury prone in her fifties: she threw out her back jogging and pulled muscles doing everyday activities like gardening. She started Crossfit to get fitter and to strengthen her bones, which were becoming fragile.
In 2011, Holly competed in her first Crossfit Open and got hooked. Coach Daren coached her all the way to the Crossfit Games (Masters Division) in 2012, 2013, and 2014. She also competes in Olympic Weightlifting and will be going to the National Masters competition in 2015. Thanks to Crossfit, she now has the bone density of a thirty-something.
Holly particularly enjoys coaching Masters-age athletes and beginners. She loves helping people learn new skills and become stronger and fitter regardless of age or physical challenges.
Holly is certified as a CrossFit Level I Trainer. She has also participated in two Vanquish Olympic Weightlifting Clinics and the Outlaw Way Science & Precision Series.
Born and raised in Northern New Jersey, Coach TJ constantly played and competed in sports (basketball, lacrosse, football, swimming). While there he was also head coach of a swim team for 3 years and snowboard coach for 5 years. Coach TJ moved to Oregon in 2012 for school (U of O), joined Eugene CrossFit in October 2012 and found that CrossFit made him a better snowboarder- balance, strength, stamina. He received his L1 certification in February 2014. He also attended the Outlaw Olympic Lifting Camp where he learned the “outlaw way.” Coach TJ says, “I love CrossFit because of its fundamental ideas and movements and how they can change someone’s life. I fractured my L5 vertebrate in high school and had pain constantly until I found CrossFit and strengthened not only my core and back but my entire body. Now I live pain free.”
Coach Jess has been lifting for 9 years and coaching
(seriously) for about 4. She learned from a coach who has been doing it for about 50 years. She is also a licensed massage therapist, so she has a
really extensive knowledge of how the body works. She is also a certified health coach, with her focus on nutrition for athletes and
healthy living. She personally have been lifting at a national level for the past 6 years, 4 Nationals, 4 American Opens, placing as high
as 2nd in snatch, 3rd overall. She’s been state champion in her weight category 7 out of 8 years, this year they grouped the women
together and she placed 1st overall. She coaches athletes for and at meets (she has a couple who will hopefully make it to the American
open this year), in addition to those who just want to do the sport for fun or exercise.
I was born and raised in Kuwait. I came to the US in 2009 for school. Lived in Chicago in 2009 and then moved to Eugene in fall 2010. I went to the University of Oregon and studied Accounting and Finance. Played soccer in high school. I joined Eugene Crossfit in June 2011 and loved it ever since. Got my L-1 in June 2012 then got my powerlifting and gymnastics certificates. I love coaching, especially powerlifts and gymnastics movements. Did some crossfit competitions in Oregon, UO powerlifting challenge in 2013, 2014, 2015 (second, second, first place). I wouldn’t have done it without the help and support I got in Eugene Crossfit.
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While our Group Coaching program is designed to meet the needs of our large and varied community, when it comes to achieving specific goals, nothing beats private coaching. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, increase strength, improve technique, prepare for an event, or just prefer a more personal setting, an individually designed program equates to faster results.
Private Coaching is an amazingly effective and efficient way to achieve your individual fitness goals. Your coach will work with you to identify and clarify your fitness goals, assess your movement, and design a program specifically targeted at improving your deficiencies and optimizing your strengths, thereby enabling you to achieve your goals as quickly as possible.
Your private coaching experience will be tailored to your specific needs, and will include:
- Mobility exercises to improve and restore joint range of motion
- Skill-based warm-up to prepare for specific movement patterning
- Strength and conditioning exercises chosen to specifically achieve your goal
- Post-workout recovery techniques
- Nutritional guidance
- Health, wellness, and lifestyle support
Private coaching is recommended if you have been sedentary for a long period of time, are training for a specific sport or event, have significant health limitations, or just prefer the additional attention and accountability.
One-on-One or with One or Two Others?
To best suit the needs of our members, we offer private coaching with personalized program design in both one-on-one and small group settings.
One-on-one coaching is a phenomenal way to receive the undivided attention of one of our expert coaches, but if it doesn’t fit into your budget, we encourage you to consider our small group coaching option.
What are the benefits of small-group coaching?
- More bang for your buck – Small group coaching is about half the price of an average personal training session, but you still get a program designed specifically for your needs. That means you can train with your coach more frequently for the same investment, or train the same amount of time for close to half the price.
- Train with a friend or meet a new friend – If you have a training partner already, great! If not, we will partner you with another individual who has a similar desire to achieve their fitness goals. Both of you will benefit from the support of training with a partner.