Evan is a CrossFit Level 2 trainer and NESTA Certified Personal Trainer. He is a veteran of the United States Army and served 6 years as a Combat Medic. He was introduced to CrossFit in 2005 while in the Army and realized the application of fitness for combat and life required conditioning more diverse than just running and lifting weights. Evan views all of life as potential training exercises, and understanding this, Evan seeks to advance North Louisiana's understanding and expression of movement to a degree of virtuosity previously unrealized.
Evan and his wife Lauren also own Bossier City CrossFit, and the methods and philosophy taught at both are the result of years of training, education, and proven metrics of success. Our mission has always been to make you save money on healthcare, learn to use your body and avoid injury, look better naked, and become harder to kill.
Favorite Exercise: Olympic weightlifting
Least Favorite Exercise: Box jumps
Favorite Paleo Food: Steak and baked sweet potato
Favorite cheat Food: Abita Andy Gator Beer
Certifications: CF-Level 1, CF-Level 2, CrossFit Movement/Mobility, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Striking, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Endurance, USAW Sports Performance Coach, Army Combatives, BS in Economics from Louisiana Tech University
Lauren, wife to Evan, is a CrossFit Level 2 and CrossFit kids trainer. Lauren has always been a dancer with an active lifestyle, but nothing compared to the results that she found doing CrossFit. As a mom of two kids under two years old, CrossFit has been the reason she can keep up with them, her husband, while also running her business and dance team. She found her passion for coaching after coming to Louisiana Tech to coach the Regal Blues dance team. Her mission as a CrossFit trainer is to inspire others to meet their goals through hard work and passion. Together with her husband Evan, they are excited to develop a community of athletes who want to reach the apex of their health and fitness potential.
Favorite Exercise: Kettlebell swings
Least Favorite Exercise: What everyone else’s is ... burpees
Favorite Paleo Food: Paleo lasagna
Favorite Cheat Food: Anything with Reese’s
Certifications: CF-Level 1, CF-Level 2, CrossFit Kids, BA in Dance Education from University of Southern Mississippi
Jamie has received her Crossfit Level 1 Certification. She formerly played basketball at University at Louisiana at Monroe until 2005. While there, they won the Southland Conference Championship in 2005. Jamie has always enjoyed working out during and after college, but was introduced to Crossfit in the summer of 2017 by her coworkers at 1st Franklin Financial Corp of where she has worked full-time since 2008. Jamie and her coworkers Allison and Holly, have managed to win branch of the year of North Louisiana every year since the branch opened. She also serves as an Ambassador for the Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. Immediately upon signing up for Crossfit Ruston, she fell in love with the people and how competitive it is and how much everyone there pushes you to be the best you can in every aspect of life. Jamie has one child named Jersey Kate that she named after a basketball jersey.
Favorite Exercise: Back squats
Least Exercise: Running and lunges
Favorite Paleo Food: Steak, venison, sweet potato
Favorite Cheat Food: Ice cream or anything peanut butter
Jeff is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer. Jeff has been a swimmer majority of his life, and while being a swimmer was great, he was looking for something a little more. In 2015 Jeff started his CrossFit journey at CFA in Alexandria. While there he heard of a gym in Ruston (his future college town) and checked it out as soon as he got to town; the rest was history. Jeff is currently pursuing a degree in Industrial Engineering at Louisiana Tech. Jeff’s goal is to instill the drive to constantly better oneself in and out of the gym!
Favorite Exercise: Snatch
Least Favorite Exercise: Assault bike
Favorite Paleo Food: Salmon
Favorite Cheat Food: Taco Bell
Certifications: CF-Level 1
TINA MYDLAND NORTH
Tina was born in Norway and competed in Country Line Dance(waltz, smooth, cuban, novelty, funk) as a teenager. She became the Norwegian champion and placed 4th in the World Championship before she moved to the U.S. After having her son in 2009 she started working out at home and at a local gym where she got stuck in a routine and seeing little results. She found Crossfit Ruston in 2015 and couldn’t wait to join with her best friend. Three years later she is loving everything about CFR, how it makes her feel, the family she gained, showing her son a healthy way of life. Her goal is to help other people feel good about themselves and achieve their goals.
Favorite Exercise: Bar muscle-up
Least Favorite Exercise: Double unders
Favorite Paleo Food: Greek chicken salad
Favorite Cheat Food: Gluten free red velvet cupcake
Will Solito is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. His love for staying active all started when he was four years old when he started swimming competitively. After an injury from high school football Will decided he would try CrossFit out to regain his strength. Ever since his first workout in 2013, Will has been hooked on CrossFit ever since. Currently Will is a student at Louisiana Tech pursuing a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Political Science. Will wants to instill his love for CrossFit on everyone he coaches and help them become the best CrossFitter they can be!
Favorite Exercise: Burpees
Least Favorite Exercise: Thrusters
Favorite Paleo Food: Chicken
Favorite Cheat Food: Pizza
Certifications: CF-Level 1
Marley is currently a PhD student at Louisiana Tech University. In high school she participated in varsity track and field, alpine ski racing, waterpolo, and swimming, ultimately becoming a Division III collegiate swimmer. The high intensity, camaraderie, and self-empowerment of CrossFit was a perfect match to her goal of maintaining her active lifestyle after college. The missions and values that drive CFR made her instantly feel at home and grateful to be a part of the team. Marley hopes to teach people, especially women, that they are capable of whatever they set their mind to and to be proud of their strength.
Favorite Exercise: Burpees
Least Favorite Exercise: Snatch
Favorite Paleo Food: Bacon (with GF banana pancakes)
Favorite Cheat Food: Dark chocolate (with wine)
Garrison Bundy is a level 1 trainer. He is a pursuing a degree in marketing at Louisiana Tech university. Garrison has done everything from golf to swimming competitively. His love for physical fitness drove him to doing CrossFit. Garrison loves seeing athletes push themselves beyond there own personal limits. He hopes that all athletes at CrossFit Ruston come to find a passion for CrossFit and enjoy it as much as he does.
Favorite exercise: Pull-up
Least favorite : Wall balls
Favorite paleo food: Steak and sweet potatoes
Favorite cheat food: Pizza
Layla is a level 1 Crossfit Trainer. She met her husband, Spencer, in 1999 while obtaining a Master's from LA Tech in Speech Laguage Pathology. They have 2 sports involved boys. After a life of living large on the weekends, Layla was ready to find a health and fitness routine sustainable for life. After trying every exercise routine and diet plan out there, she found a love for crossfit at Slingin Crossfit in Walker, LA. The crossfit community gave her the support, guidance, and a program that taught her sustainable life skills. To be closer to family, the Loes moved to Bienville Parish in the summer of 2017. In the summer of 2019, her oldest son began training with Crossfit Ruston, to improve strength and agility on the football field and basketball court. There was an immediate change in his view on nutrition and physical self care. Her son's commitment to his goals and the individualized support from CFR, inspired Layla to join the 6 week boot camp program. It did not take long for her to realize this was her 'happy place'. Evan and Lauren have created a health and fitness model that supports growth in all areas of life. When you push yourself physically and reach individual goals, you begin to see change in all areas of your life. A focused purpose for growth in your faith, family, health, and profession. My mission as a Crossfit Trainer is to help people see their potential and reach every goal.
Trojan, know as "Troj", is the faithful cheerleader of CFR. He will watch your every rep, and has a terrible obsession with bananas...so don't leave those in your gym bag! Don't let his size fool you! He's the friendliest coach on the roster!
Favorite Exercise: Sled pull
Least Favorite Exercise: Running long distances
Favorite Paleo Food: Hamburger
Favorite Cheat Food: Anything you leave in your gym bag