Coaches

Jesse Bahrke – Owner / Head Coach

 Jesse began his career at a physical therapy office where he gained experienced with different injures and complications. This experience was incredibly valuable for many of his clients that have come to him for training, as some are recently out of a surgery or have chronic conditions. During his time there he was also coaching boot camp classes and ran speed and agility camps. After completing school and the NASM certification, he worked for Equinox where he acquired multiple certifications and furthered his education in personal training.

 It was while working at Equinox where he stumbled upon CrossFit. It completely changed the way he looked at training for himself and for others. The functional and varied movements in CrossFit along with a healthy little dose of competition had him hooked for life. He soon became an L1 verified CrossFit coach and started coaching classes part time at Windy City CrossFit. Part time turned into full time and he never looked back. In 2015 he had an incredible opportunity to be involved in opening CrossFit Breakout in Wheeling, which brought him back to the suburbs. Opening a box of his own in Wauconda, closer to friends and family has been a wonderful experience.

jesse@crossfitwauconda.com

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Strongman
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach Level 1
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
  • Certified Russian Kettlebell Instructor (RKC)
  • CrossFit Games North Central Regional Athlete 2014

Mike Wiechec – Owner / Coach

Mike started coaching gymnastics classes at a local gym at 15.  He was a multi-sport athlete in High School and a Colligate cheerleader at Illinois State University.  After college, the itch for competition and community never left and he joined CrossFit Wauconda in 2015.  

The Crossfit addiction soon took over and Mike was able to partake in competition and satisfy the physical and mental outlet he was missing.  

In 2016 Mike became CrossFit Level 1 certified and joined the CrossFit Wauconda Ownership.  Mike believes that one of the most important investments we ever make is in our health.  

“The physical and metal outlet that CrossFit utilizes through functional movements and the community the Box offers are unmatched.” 

CrossFit Level 1

Crystal Rubenstein – Owner / Coach

Crystal began her fitness journey in 2014.  The first time she stepped into a CrossFit box she was hooked!  Not growing up athletic, CrossFit made a huge difference in her life.  It showed her that she was capable of doing so much more than ever imagined.  

Since then she has seen so many lives change from Crossfit and the sense of community is amazing.  A teacher by trade Crystal decided to get CrossFit Level 1 certified to combine her passion for teaching and fitness.  

In 2019 she joined the CrossFit Wauconda Ownership.  

“Don’t be afraid of being a beginner, we all have been there!”

CrossFit Level 1

Joel Avitia – Coach

Isaiah Olofson – Coach

Tony Scotti – Coach

Tony’s fitness journey began when he was very young.  Having grown up with a brother that was paralyzed as a result of cerebral palsy, Tony was inspired to be grateful for everything that he has. Tony believes that exercise and proper nutrition are the keys to health and happiness. 

In 2012 Tony found CrossFit and realized it was an efficient, effective, and functional form of exercise.  However, what really drew him into Crossfit was the unique sense of community lacking with a typical gym. The community is by far the biggest benefit of CrossFit.  Tony joined CrossFit Wauconda in 2015 and has never looked back. 

CrossFit Level 1 

“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”

― Socrates