Jason Blandford

Coach/Head Honcho  –  Steel Mill Fitness Corporation

What Crew do you roll with? Leebeth, Danielle, & Ryleigh

Where were you born? – Washington DC

What impact has coaching at steel mill had on your life? – It has probably been the most impactful thing that has happen to me yet. I’ve had several businesses in my past, but none have I had so much passion for, to change people’s life daily is truly a great thing.

What does it mean to you to be apart of the steel mill team? – It means everything to me, I’ve put my heart, soul, & my family’s financial security on the line to make Steel Mill the best it could possibly be. I’m blessed to have the best coaches & staff around to make our gym what it is today, not to mention how much being apart of Steel Mill has done for my own health. Before I became a gym owner I was a 34 year old 330lbs guy still searching for my purpose in life. Let’s just say that guy is long gone.

What is your favorite exercise? Deadlifts, It’s what I’m good at! Did you really think it was going to be something else.

Least favorite exercise? Pretty much any body weight stuff, if you had this body you’d understand.

What do you do when your not coaching? I don’t coach as much now, but what I do when I’m not working is staying home hanging with the girls.

Who has impacted your life the most growing up? Why?  My father. When I was a young boy he started his own business, I got to see what hard work was first hand, never once did he complain working two jobs at times. Still to this day at almost 70 he still comes in and helps around the gym. There’s no doubt I wouldn’t be where I am today without that dude.

Guilty Indulgence? Ice Cream

Favorite food? Pizza, not sure why I even asked this question, no brainer for most.

If you could be a superhero who would it be? why?  Thor, I should tell you the obvious reasons like extended lifespan, superhuman strength, but really it’s because I would love to be able to grow luscious locks like his.


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Head Coach/Owner  –  Fleming Island Location

What Crew do you roll with? Jenn & Charlie

Where were you born? – Sheridan Wyoming

What impact has coaching at steel mill had on your life? – It has given me a vehicle to help people of all backgrounds.  The passion I have always had for athletics can now be put into coaching.

What does it mean to you to be apart of the steel mill team? – Steel Mill has always been an open minded atmosphere, where we use any means necessary to help our clients reach their goals.  We have and always will adapt to make sure we reach and help the greatest number of people possible.

What is your favorite exercise? Deadlifts

Least favorite exercise? Pistols

What do you do when your not coaching? Trying to sneak in a workout for myself and spending time with my wife and daughter.

Who has impacted your life the most growing up? Why?  My father.  He always worked hard, never complained and always tried to teach me to do things right.  He was strict when he needed to be and showed me how to be a good influence in my daughters life.

Guilty Indulgence? Beer for sure

Favorite food? Pizza which goes with my guilty indulgence

If you could be a superhero who would it be? why?  I would say Wolverine, for his healing capabilities.  As I’ve gotten older I don’t recover as well as I used to when i was a young buck.  So yeah anything that helps me ache less.


Bruno Monteirobruno

Head Coach –  Edgewood Location

What crew do you roll with? Kelsey

Where were you born? I was born in small city call Americana in Brazil.

What impact has coaching at steel mill had on your life? – Being part of steel mill had a huge impact in my life. After years of doing and coaching CrossFit I was pretty burn out before I join steel mill. After a few weeks working out at steel mill with the awesome community I regain my passion for coaching and being involved with CrossFit and fitness.

What does it mean to you to be apart of steel mill? – Being part of steel mill staff is awesome! It motivates me to learn more and become a better coach and better person.

Favorite exercise? Muscle ups!!

Least favorite exercise? I’m not a fan of running! Its Florida , its hot!

What do you do when not coaching? When I’m not coaching I’m usually training or hanging out with my wife and our crazy dogs.

Who has impacted your life the most growing up? My mother. She’s a very strong woman who always worked hard her whole life and she is the best mom in the planet for me and my brother.

Guilty indulgence? Ice cream

Favorite food? Pizza #gainz

If you could be a superhero who would it be? why? Superman! I would do awesome in CrossFit!


Carla Akers                                                             

Director of Operations – Edgewood Location

Head Coach – Team Training                                

What crew do you roll with? Ben, Lucas, Logan

Where were you born? I was born Gainesville, FL and grew up on Lake Santa Fe, in a small town called Melrose.

What impact has coaching at steel mill had on your life? The coaching at Steel Mill has really helped me grow as an athlete and get stronger than I ever imagined. I’m breaking my old personal records pretty consistently now, and that feels great.

What does it mean to you to be apart of steel mill? Being part of the Steel Mill Team has become one of my most treasured experiences so far in CrossFit. CrossFit and Paleo saved and completely changed my life, and now I get to see Steel Mill help others, and celebrate with them as they also achieve their goals. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Favorite exercise? Cleans

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Jordan Feriawedsite 2

Coach – Fleming Island Location

What crew do you roll with? Ben, Lucas, Logan

Where were you born? I was born and raised in Orange Park, Florida.

What impact has coaching at steel mill had on your life?  I was blessed with the opportunity to start coaching at Steel Mill Crossfit in Fleming Island in July of 2015. The gym has made a huge impact on not only my life, but also my families lives.  I have grown not only as an athlete and coach, but also as a mother and friend. The most rewarding part is to be able to watch my sisters become athletes, and my husband grow into a better athlete.

What does it mean to you to be apart of steel mill? I am surrounded by positive people impacting our lives, daily. The role as a coach at Steel Mill is something I take very seriously. I feel like I was placed on this earth to serve others and help others see their true potential.

Favorite exercise? Snatch

Least favorite exercise? Toes to bar.

What do you do when not coaching? When I am not at the gym coaching or working out, I am spending most my time with my son and husband outside, playing sports and staying active.

Who has impacted your life the most growing up? My husband, Ben has had the biggest impact on my life. We met in high school, but fell in love in the gym.  I am blessed to be married to my best friend, He changed my life for the better, and helped me to find God. I am truly thankful to have him as my life partner, and gym partner forever.

Guilty indulgence? 100% Oreos. I try not to go down the cookie Isle at the grocery store, it’s better left avoided. 

Favorite food? Chicken, We eat so much chicken I’m probably going to grow wings and fly away.

If you could be a superhero who would it be? why? If I was a superhero I would be cat woman, because I would love to have her cat-like reflexes and look amazing in black leather and cat ears.


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Coach – Edgewood Location

Where were you born? product of the Vietnam War

What impact has coaching at steel mill had on your life? Coaching at Steelmill give me the opportunity to change peoples lives on a daily basis! It’s much more than eating right, and moving well – – –  the relationships fostered within our Steelmill community last a lifetime!

What does it mean to you to be apart of steel mill? Being part of this team allows me to constantly grow and hone my skills and I pursue my career as a health and fitness professional.

Favorite exercise? burpees! – – –

Least favorite exercise? situps!

What do you do when not coaching? I’m learning about being a better coach – – – I have a strong affinity towards the  psychology of changing habits and pull from many experts such as Tony Robbins or BJ Fogg!

Who has impacted your life the most growing up? Without sounding like a cliche, my mom has had the biggest impact in my life! Shes might not always agree, but has always supported my efforts! After my mom, I can seriously say after 15 years in the fitness industry, Greg Glassman, the founder of CrossFit has changed how I think about health and fitness! I always felt that our traditional exercise information and protocol from the 80’s and 90’s was insufficient for the general population; Coach Glassman and his CrossFit method embodies what I already suspected and packaged it with the science to back up his claims.

Guilty indulgence? PASTA, PASTA, PASTA!

Favorite food? uh, PASTA – anything creamy, yummy, cheesy, and buttery!

If you could be a superhero who would it be? why? ICEMAN from spiderman and his amazing friends! I choose him because he has the easiest costume to duplicate if you’re an athlete doing CrossFit

 


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Coach – Edgewood Location

Where were you born? – Tennessee

What impact has coaching at steel mill had on your life? – I love impacting others in order to help them positively improve on their lives through fitness

What does it mean to you to be apart of the steel mill team? – It’s like family and I love to workout with a group of people who are like-minded, pushing themselves to be better every session.

What is your favorite exercise? Snatch and Thrusters

Least favorite exercise? Sitting on the couch

What do you do when your not coaching? Going to the gun range

Who has impacted your life the most growing up? Why?   My Grandfather, he once told me I could do anything in the world, I believe him and I have found I am able to do almost anything with proper training, practice and repetition.

Guilty Indulgence? Ica Cream

Favorite food? A well cooked steak

If you could be a superhero who would it be? why? The Flash, because he’s sooo fast, I just want to be fast.


Alan Kumm

Coach – Fleming Island Locationalan

What Crew do you roll with? Joanna, Bailee, Jordan

Where were you born? – South Carolina

What impact has coaching at steel mill had on your life? – I really enjoy seeing our clients reach goals and do things they never thought they could do.

What does it mean to you to be apart of the steel mill team? – It’s like being a part of a tight nit family, with my busy schedule I don’t get to coach as much as I would like, but Steel Mill is such a great place to be apart & our clients are such a joy to coach it makes juggling this crazy schedule of mine worth it.

What is your favorite exercise? Cleans

Least favorite exercise? Overhead squats

What do you do when your not coaching? Work for the fire dept., fish and work on my honey do list.

Who has impacted your life the most growing up? Why? I’ve been very blessed to have many positive influences in my, so I won’t bore you explaining them all.

Guilty Indulgence? Chocolate chip cookies

Favorite food? Japanese steak house

If you could be a superhero who would it be? why? Captain America, he’s patriotic, plus I look really good in red, white, & Blue.


Karim Saoudkarim 1

Coach – Fleming Island Location

What Crew do you roll with? Cheryl

Where were you born? – Lebanon

What impact has coaching at steel mill had on your life? – I view wellness holistically and strive to become certified in various facets of CrossFit.

What does it mean to you to be apart of the steel mill team? – Steel Mill is a one of a kind gym, the community, coaches, & all the staff is like an extended family to me. Having a place that goes the extra mile to help everyone means a lot and being a part of something bigger then yourself is always cool.

What is your favorite exercise? Muscle Ups

Least favorite exercise? Overhead Squats

What do you do when your not coaching? I am an officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s office by career. When I’m not working, I’m hanging with my wife, I also enjoy outdoor adventures in the Blue Ridge Mountains whenever I get the chance.

Who has impacted your life the most growing up? Why? The person that impacted me was Coach McQueen because he instilled a strong work ethic that I have always tried to duplicate.

Guilty Indulgence? popcorn and Chocolate, sometimes together.

Favorite food? Sushi, I could eat it everyday.

If you could be a superhero who would it be? why? Spiderman, Pretty much because of all his cool-ass tricks.


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Ricardo Torres

Coach – Fleming Island Location

What Crew do you roll with? May, Mia, and DJ

Where were you born? – Puerto Rico

What impact has coaching at steel mill had on your life? – I love coaching at Steel Mill, I travel a lot and I get to see how others run their gyms. I have to say we have the best coaches and cliental around, that being said I am always striving to give my best when I am coaching.

What does it mean to you to be apart of the steel mill team? – Being apart of the team has made me a better coach. I am always trying to better myself so I can better serve my athletes.

What is your favorite exercise? Snatch, just love the feeling when you hit a PR!

Least favorite exercise? Burpees & Double Unders

What do you do when your not coaching? I love to go to the gun range whenever I can, also playing Xbox first person shooter games.

Who has impacted your life the most growing up? My Mother

Guilty Indulgence? Reese’s Cups

Favorite food? Sushi, all day everyday

If you could be a superhero who would it be? why? The Green Lantern, you ask why because he has the power of will! You can do anything if you put your mind to it.


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