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Meet Our Coaches 2018-09-10T13:52:36+00:00

MEET OUR COACHES

Kyle Sikes

Owner

I’m the head coach and owner of CrossFit 207. I went to school at the University of Maine, originally for Molecular and Cellular Biology, but it was there that I started doing CrossFit. After discovering what I really loved to do, I changed my degree around to something more relevant to fitness. That being a Zoology degree with an Exercise Science minor. During my time at UMaine I started my first affiliate, CrossFit Black Bear, which has been passed down class to class and has since grown tremendously.

I’ve had my share of success in the competitive CrossFit world. I placed 57th in the world out of 70,000+ athletes in the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Open. I’ve made it to the Reebok Games Northeast Regionals in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and enjoy competing in local fitness competitions around New England.
CrossFit Level 1

Steve Nason

Owner

Growing up in Seacoast, NH, fitness for me was playing basketball with the occasional 5k run and bench press. After college, fitness became an afterthought. Next thing I know I’m 30, suffering chronic back problems, and heavier than I’d ever been. Slowly, I started getting myself back in shape. Walking, then running, then some weight training; it was working. But after a few years I hit a plateau. The routines from the web and fitness magazines weren’t cutting it. That’s when I tried CrossFit.

I was hooked right away. It was challenging; we did something different every day and Kyle’s strength programming made my back feel better than ever. But the best part of CrossFit has been the fun and supportive people I’ve met at CrossFit 207. They are my brothers and sisters in sweat and chalk. They inspire me to work harder everyday and make getting my butt kicked a joy.

In an effort to improve my technique and help others with theirs, I earned my CF-L1 in May of 2013 and a CrossFit Mobility certificate in April of 2014. I am King of the Warm Up. If you’re feeling tight, sticky and immobile I can help “roll” you out and pull you apart. I am also a proponent of clean eating and have been following a Paleo diet for the last few years. Recipes, tips and tricks upon request. As for favorite movements, anything body weight (pull-ups, push-ups, air squats). Thrusters can ride to hell on an Air Assault Bike!

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Mobility

Anne Lemieux

Head Coach

Many CrossFit trainers have an extensive background in sports and fitness. Mine is different. As a child I was involved in many activities from gymnastics to field hockey, but not so much after high school. Well into my twenties, I wanted to become more fit. I joined globo gyms but would quickly lose motivation. Fast forward to January of 2011, my brother finally convinced me to give CrossFit a try. I will admit I was scared walking in the door the first time, but I was instantly hooked.

It was more than just getting fit; it was the sense of community and constant challenges that impressed me the most. Also, I was introduced to the Paleo diet, and have never felt better. I obtained my CF-L1 certification in July of 2012. Watching others reach goals they never thought they would has been overwhelmingly rewarding. My favorite movement, don’t hate me, is burpees. My least favorite movement is wall balls.

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer
Ma Strength Chinese Weightlifting Level 1 & 2

Lance Brown

Programming Director

Lance comes to us as a Portsmouth native. Leaving many times (with Uncle Sam and living in Colorado), but coming back again and again. While in college for pre-med, he dropped out feeling that there was something else he needed to be doing. If you don’t love the journey, what makes you think you’ll like the destination? Right? This resulted in Lance spending the past 6 years pursuing his understanding of fitness and athleticism all over the US, and in many different fields. He knows he made the right choice now.

But, he started where many of us did. In the YMCA weight room and running down the road outside his house. This fostered a lifestyle and love of exercise and human performance, but not fitness as we know it in the CrossFit community. Over the years he pursued sports and fitness in many fields. Some of them being wingsuit skydiving, ultra marathoning, rock climbing, skiing, swimming and biking, with the gym and trails as the base of his fitness.

His view now of sports and fitness is much like the CrossFit model of fitness: broad and inclusive. Lance ended up attending his Level 1 in Boulder, Colorado while in school. This was after years of thinking nothing but the worst of CrossFit. He was a hater, for sure. Only to find it was what he had been looking for all along: an open source fitness community that seeks to create physically balanced, capable, humble individuals. It’s the truth seeker’s fitness. It was the hardest thing he had ever done. It humbled him, and he hasn’t stopped. Since then, he has pretty much devoted everything to becoming the best coach he can and hasn’t looked back once. His favorite movements are heavy thrusters, handstand walks, bar muscle ups, and running.

CrossFit Level 2 (Coach’s Prep) Instructor
CrossFit KIDS
CrossFit Gymnastics Instructor
CrossFit Aerobic Capacity Instructor
CrossFit Endurance Instructor
CrossFit Strongman Instructor
CrossFit Powerlifting Instructror
CrossFit Mobility Instructor
CrossFit Judge
USAW Olympic Lifting Coach
MovNat Level 1 Instructor
ISSA Personal Trainer
Wilderness First Responder
Ma Strength Chinese Weightlifting Level 1 & 2

Jamee Tibbets

Coach

Jamee has worked in the Mental Health field for 10 years. She Studied Psychology with an emphasis in adolescent counseling at College of the Ozarks, and has also received her national EMT license. Currently, she is studying American Sign Language.

Jamee was born in Florida, grew up in Michigan, went to college in Missouri and found a forever home here in Maine that she shares with her wife Kassi. She plays guitar and enjoys a variety of musical genres, competes in many team and individual sports. Her additional life experience includes working in the emergency room at Spring Harbor Hospital, volunteering at Camp Sunshine, and serving as the business manager for a local restaurant.

Jamee found CrossFit 207 four years ago, and she hasn’t looked back. She was very out of shape and really needed an outlet at the time, so she chose the barbell. CrossFit was my drug. Jamee became an avid CrossFitter and decided to become a trainer. She completed her Level One CrossFit Certification (where she got her first strict Muscle-up) and about a year after that a CrossFit Gymnastics Certification.

Jamee has competed in several local CrossFit competitions with her best finish being 1st place and worst finish being 7th place. She loves competing but really enjoys team and partner comps. She’s been training at CrossFit 207 for 2 years and LOVES IT. She’s gotten to know everyone in the community and enjoys seeing how far they have come and where she can push them to go. It brings utter joy to see progress.

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in something, you do it only when it is convenient. When you’re committed to to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” (Kenneth Blanchard)

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Gymnastics Instructor
Ma Strength Chinese Weightlifting Level 1 & 2
CrossFit KIDS

Matt Begin

Coach

I have been a member of CrossFit 207 since 2012 and a coach since 2014. I am a local Police Officer and member of the Southern Maine Special Response Team. Before CrossFit, I played many different sports for recreation. Due to my job, physical fitness is a necessity, so I worked out on my own lifting weights and running. I came to CrossFit 207 with Marty Harmon to give it a try and was immediately sold! I now enjoy competing in many different styles of fitness competitions such as CrossFit, First Responder, Strong Man, Oly and Power lifting. Not only has CrossFit 207 guided me into the best shape of my life, but it has brought me so many amazing friends.

CrossFit Level 1

Kevin Bougie

Coach

​A Sanford native, Kevin has had a lifelong passion for athletics and competition. He played football, basketball, and baseball at Sanford High School. His senior year of high school, he was awarded the James J. Fitzpatrick Award, which is given to the state’s top football player. Kevin went on to play football and baseball during his college years at Bowdoin College.

Following college he looked for outlets to pursue his love for competition and sports. After a few years of standard workouts in the gym, Mike Gordon introduced Kevin to CrossFit. Since that first workout in Kyle’s garage, Kevin was hooked. Kevin received his CF-L1 certification at Reebok CrossFit One in 2013. Although he loves to experience the accomplishments he gets through his individual training, he finds the reward of helping someone accomplish their own goals far more rewarding. Kevin’s favorite movements include squatting, as well as clean and jerks. His least favorite workouts include any form of distance running.

CrossFit Level 1

Tanna Ross

Coach

Tanna started CrossFit approximately five years ago and quickly fell in love with the sport, as a former college athlete she was looking for something to fill her competitive void, and quickly fell in love with the sport. She absolutely loves helping new athletes grow and discover what CrossFit can offer to everyone!

Tanna is currently a physical education teacher at Buxton Center Elementary school as well as an assistant basketball coach for the Bonny Eagle girls varsity team. Tanna attended the University of Maine and received her Bachelors of Science where she earned her kinesiology teaching/coaching degree. In addition, she played Division I basketball at UMO and still mentors young athletes in the sport today!

Clarisa Thayer

Yoga Instructor

I attended my first yoga class in 2006 while living in Maui, Hawaii. I immediately discovered a sense of freedom, spirituality and balance. This class influenced my desire to become a certified yoga instructor. I studied at Sunstone Yoga in Dallas, Texas. It included 500 hours of intensive training, different styles of yoga, attention to body movements, and breathing techniques.

I believe yoga is not simply an exercise, it’s a way of life, and it’s a spiritual connection to a higher plane of understanding and accepting oneself. The world we live in has many stresses and demands. Yoga offers a way to develop peace and serenity for yourself.
500 hr Teacher Training Certification
Prenatal Yoga Certification

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