Coaches - CrossFit Westerville

Alex Whitsel
Alex Whitsel, Programmer

My CrossFit journey started in March of 2010 at the original Rogue Fitness located in Gahanna, Ohio. Shortly after, I developed a huge passion for CrossFit and a desire to help people of all ages and skill levels achieve their personal goals. I obtained my Level 1 certification in November of 2011 and began coaching. I believe that the CrossFit model of constantly varied, functional movement, done at high intensity, can and will have a positive impact on anyone who steps into CrossFit Westerville. My goal as a CrossFit coach is to provide the tools necessary that allows each individual the ability to succeed at reaching their ‘peak performance.’

I’m also extremely passionate about the ‘sport’ of CrossFit. Graham Holmberg, the 2010 CrossFit Games champion, and Brandon Couden coached and trained me to compete at the highest level in CrossFit. I’ve had the opportunity to compete with the most elite athletes in CrossFit at The 2011 & 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games as part of the Rogue Fitness affiliate team. I pride myself on dedication, hard work, and a passion for competition. Graham and Brandon instilled in me the work ethic I continue to have today. I live by the motto of… “You might not be the fastest, strongest, or most gifted athlete in the room, but you can be the hardest worker.”

Since the 2012 CrossFit Games, I have taken an interest in programming for not only competitor level athletes, but also for general fitness level athletes! I take great pride in my approach to writing programs that meet each individual’s needs.


Chris Schell
Chris Schell, Olympic Weightlifting Coach

I started in a typical weight room environment during college, after college my focus shifted to running, and eventually, triathlons. While I love triathlons, I felt there was a lack of strength work in my life. In early 2013, I tried CrossFit for the first time and like most, fell in love. The ability of the programming and community to increase strength, range of motion, and endurance along with pushing and being pushed by a great group of people had me hooked. I have never felt as overall fit and healthy as I do now.

In September, 2014 I obtained my L1 training certification so that I would be able to bring the training and community that I love to others. My goal is to have my classes work hard and play hard, the gym should be a place of fun and accomplishment!

I look forward to making a lot of new friends and helping you to achieve your fitness goals!