Owner / Head CrossFit Trainer
- CrossFit Certified Instructor (2005)
- CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Certified Instructor
- CrossFit Kids Certified Instructor
- Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (2006)
- BA University of St. Thomas – St. Paul, MN
- Director/Head Instructor: City of Minneapolis Police Department Ground Tactics Program
- Owner/Head Instructor: Alliance Jiu-Jitsu MN and CrossFit Edina
Damian Hirtz is a lifelong athlete and competitor. A former college baseball player, Damian continues to compete as a black belt in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on an international level.
With over 20 years of training and teaching experience he believes fitness, health and optimal performance are vital to the human experience and happiness. He encourages individuals to make positive lifestyle changes through exercise and nutrition. CrossFit is the perfect vehicle to facilitate change through its scalability and focus on functional movements. A father of two boys and a daughter, he passes his love of living a healthy lifestyle on to his kids. You will see them participating in both the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and CrossFit classes almost daily. His oldest son is also a competitive swimmer and uses CrossFit Teens to maximize his general physical preparedness.
As a pioneer in the CrossFit community, Damian opened one of the first 50 CrossFit affiliates in the United States and was the state’s original CrossFit affiliate. Since its incorporation, he has worked with individuals from all walks of life to prepare them for whatever life may throw at them.
His goal is to provide the highest level of athletic coaching in the most positive, professional environment possible.
Damian and his team of instructors and trainers truly bring unmatched experience, knowledge and achievement.
General Manager / CrossFit Trainer
- CrossFit Level 1
- US Army Veteran (1999-2006)
- Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Tim was first introduced to CrossFit in 2005 while severing in the Army. “It was truly like nothing I had ever done before. I remember thinking ‘Man I thought I was in good shape’, I was hooked”.
So in 2007, after getting out of the Army in 2007, Tim sought out a new challenge with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)—something else that he had been exposed during his Army Combatives School training. It was this confluence of need and location that brought Tim to start training BJJ and CrossFit with Damian Hirtz at a gym that was close to his hometown.
Eventually Tim completed the CrossFit Level 1 course and began coaching and programming for CrossFit Edina. Tim most appreciates that CrossFit poses specific challenges each and every day; however he believes that the biggest challenge is mental. “Helping individuals overcome the mental challenge of CrossFit is one of the greatest satisfactions I get as a coach.”
CrossFit Trainer / 3-2-1 GO! Boot Camp Director
- CrossFit Level 1
- USA Swimming Coach
- Red Cross First Aid and CPR
Lisa’s athletic specialty has always been not-specializing. As a kid, she played competitive tennis, basketball, and ran track, sometimes all in the same season. When made to choose a sport in college, she joined the University of Illinois Women’s Track and Field team and “specialized” in the heptathlon. Out in the real world, keeping true to her multi-sport nature, Lisa was drawn to triathlon. So in 2010 when Lisa stumbled onto CrossFit – with all its jumping, squatting, pushing, pressing, running, climbing – she was instantly hooked.
Now as a CrossFit trainer, Lisa enjoys making CrossFit accessible to people from all athletic backgrounds and fitness levels. She loves to see the physical, mental, and social transformations that happen in other people when they find fitness. In addition to training folks at CrossFit, Lisa designs and conducts dryland training for competitive youth swimmers. She is forever the student of nutrition, and spends much of her free time engrossed in nutrition research articles, especially those related to athletic performance, and trying out healthy recipes on her three teenage daughters and loving husband!
CrossFit Trainer / Personal Trainer
- NASM Certified Personal Trainer
- NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
- Crossfit Level 1 Certified
- Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Blue Belt
- American Red Cross CPR Certified
Alex has worked in the strength and conditioning field since 2007. He was introduced to CrossFit 4 years ago at CrossFit Edina, “working in the industry I always felt like I was in pretty good shape, until I tried CrossFit… I quickly realized that I wasn’t as fit as I thought, and I was hooked”. Since then, CrossFit has been a driving force in how he trains himself and his clients.
Alex feels a strong commitment to sharing what he’s learned over the years with other people who want to improve the quality of their lives by improving the health and fitness of their body. “Whether it is refining an Olympic lift, shooting for a PR, or just improving overall fitness, I love helping people reach their goals.”
- CrossFit Level 1
- CrossFit Weightlifting Certification
- CrossFit Kids Certified
- United States Track & Field Level 1
- M.S. Sport Administration
- Two-Time NCAA DII Track & Field National Champion
- Two-Time NCAA DII Track & Field National Athlete of the Year
- 15 All-American Honors
- 2004 Olympic Trials Competitor
- 2010 NCAA DII Track & Field Hall of Fame Inductee
Meredith is a highly accomplished athlete and coach. She grew up in Minneapolis, MN where she competed in every sport, even hockey! She went on to earn a track and field scholarship to a small Division II school, Morningside College. In college she emerged as one of the top heptathletes in the world and represented the United States on two National teams. Meredith has found just as much success as a coach; she coached numerous collegiate All-Americans as well people who just wanted to get into better shape.
Meredith found CrossFit as a pregnant mom mapping out how she was going to get in the best shape of her life! So 13 weeks after having her second daughter she started CrossFit and has been hooked ever since! The opportunity to get in shape quickly is what compelled her to try CrossFit, the community and team aspect is what kept her coming back. CrossFit allows her to still set and reach her athletic goals even as a washed up “athlete”!
Meredith has 2 daughters, Aubrey who loves ballet and pull ups and Mia who enjoys playing dress up and doing toes to bar.
CrossFit Trainer, Paleo (Nutrition) Resource
- CrossFit Level 1 (2012)
- B.S. in Electrical Engineering – MIT
- Former USMC Officer. Veteran of Operations: Desert Shield and Desert Storm
- Director of Marketing for InterplX Expense Management
George was once called a “jack of all trades” by his high school track coach…and that was before he tried rock climbing, kayaking, windsurfing, volleyball, rowing, taekwondo, hang gliding, yoga, and ballroom dancing. In fact it was the need to get stronger for his ballroom dancing that lead George to find CrossFit. “Finding CrossFit in my early forties was nothing short of miraculous…it has taught me so much about what is possible”. With that passion for pushing his own limits, George is always focused on coaching others to develop good technique and to encourage them to go beyond their self-imposed limits. In addition to being a strong motivator, George likes to introduce new movements and skill transfer exercises with the goal of keeping every WOD both challenging and rewarding.
- CrossFit Level 1 Certified
- 1st Place, CrossFit Tampa Next Level Fitness Challenge (scaled division)
- BSB – Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Minnesota
- Currently pursuing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Minnesota
What can you say about a guy like Rob? Well, he enjoys a low-round of golf, a middle-of-the-road comedy, and a high-intensity workout! That’s where CrossFit comes in. After spending years doing the typical globogym routine, Rob was searching for something more thrilling and engaging than simply lifting with an iPod on. In the spring of 2011, Rob stumbled into CrossFit Edina, and his life has never been the same. “I had no idea how many weaknesses I had in my fitness until I started CrossFit. Each day, I continue to get a little better, and that day-to-day improvement is what makes CrossFit challenging, rewarding, but most importantly…FUN!”
Upon graduating from college, Rob spent a year working down in Tampa, FL where he continued his CrossFit training. In January 2012, he entered and took 1st place in the scaled division of The Next Level Fitness Challenge, hosted by CrossFit Tampa. Although he hasn’t competed since then, Rob is eyeing a possible return to competition sometime in the near future.
As a coach, Rob provides a very encouraging and uplifting atmosphere for his athletes. “My number one concern while coaching is to make sure that everyone has solid technique and form, no matter what the movement is. Additionally, I try to make each class as fun as possible for the athletes, because if CrossFit isn’t fun, then people won’t do it!”