“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive, and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”
-Vince Lombardi

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Elyse Umeda, CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
10th with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2014 CrossFit Games
21st with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2013 CrossFit Games
5th at the 2012 NorCal Regional
23rd at the 2011 CrossFit Games
11th at the 2010 CrossFit Games

elyse@808crossfit.com

Elyse is the founder of CrossFit 808. Her passion for life and sports have led her in many directions--from dancing and gymnastics as a child, to playing basketball in high school and college, helping Punahou School to a state basketball championship and Princeton to an Ivy League title.

Since starting CrossFit in March 2008, Elyse's love for the sport continues to grow. Elyse was a top female athlete in both the 2010 and 2011 CrossFit Games, where she placed 11th and 23rd, respectively. More recently, Elyse, has competed with her affiliate team at both the Regional and Games level. Team CrossFit 808 has qualified for the CrossFit Games three consecutive years in a row. In 2013, the team finished 21st and in 2014, the team finished 10th.

Beyond competition, Elyse loves coaching CrossFit to individuals and groups of all ages and fitness levels. She is very passionate about helping others live better through fitness and nutrition. Elyse has her Level 1 and Level 2 CrossFit Certification as well as the CrossFit Movement/Mobility Certification, CrossFit Nutrition Certification and CrossFit Gymnastics Certification. Her CrossFit gym, located in Honolulu, which she built out and designed herself, reveals her passion for making people better. The walls and windows are plastered with motivational blurbs, her favorite being, "You can have excuses or results, not both."

“CrossFit has changed my life for the better. Since I began CrossFitting in March of 2008 I have become stronger, faster, and better than I was playing college basketball. I feel good and have done things I never thought possible. I can’t wait to see how CrossFit will change your life and help you find the best you!”
-Elyse

Elyse’s favorite quote:
“Nana korobi, ya oki.” -Japanese Proverb
English translation: Fall down seven times, stand up eight.

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Joshua Akiona, Director of Elements, CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
24th with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2016 CrossFit Games
4th with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2015 CrossFit Games
10th with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2014 CrossFit Games
21st with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2013 CrossFit Games
josh@808crossfit.com

Joshua, better known as Josh, comes to CrossFit 808 with a solid background in nutrition, sports, and fitness. Josh has been CrossFitting since March 2009 and even continued CrossFitting during deployment all over the world. Besides his CrossFit Level 1 & 2 Certification, he also holds CrossFit Certifications in Nutrition, Olympic Lifting, Mobility, Strongman, Football, and Gymnastics. Josh competed in the 2010 Hawaii Sectionals as well as the 2010 SoCal Regional Affiliate Competition. In the 2011 CrossFit Games Open, Josh finished 48th in the Northern California Region and qualified for Regionals. At Regionals Josh finished in 31st place. Currently, Josh is a member of CrossFit 808's Games Team, who finished 21st and 10th in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Beyond CrossFit, Josh has already competed in several endurance competitions, including the Honolulu Marathon, ROHTO Half Ironman, and the HURT 100. He’s earned his B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Hawaii and served our country as a Staff Sergeant in the US Army.

Coach Josh is available for private coaching, please email him directly to schedule.

Josh’s favorite quote:
“E noke kaua i ka hana a pau keia.”
English translation: Let’s persist until the work is done.

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John "Rich" Korth, CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
24th with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2016 CrossFit Games
4th with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2015 CrossFit Games
10th with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2014 CrossFit Games
21st with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2013 CrossFit Games

rich@808crossfit.com

Rich joined our gym in October 2012. He brings his passion for Olympic and Powerlifting movements to CrossFit 808 as well as his high energy and enthusiasm. Rich received his CrossFit Level 1 Certification in 2011 while in San Diego. Rich has been a member of the CrossFit 808 Games team the past two years. He is currently helping them make a run at the 2015 CrossFit Games. Rich is in US Coast Guard as a Maritime Enforcement Specialist, and will be serving the next 2+ years at Station Honolulu. Besides his Level 1, Rich also has the CrossFit Kids and Strongman certification.

Coach Rich is available for private coaching, please email him directly to schedule.

Rich's favorite quote:
"In the end, the games comes down to one thing: man against man. May the best man win."
-Sam Huff

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Marcus Ofoia-Stevens, Olympic Weightlifting Coach, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
marcus@808crossfit.com

Marcus is a stud when it comes to CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting. He started his CrossFit journey in Japan while he was stationed in Osama. As soon as he returned to Hawaii, he began his journey with 808 in November 2012 and has been kicking butt ever since. Marcus holds his CrossFit Level 1 Certification and Weightlifting Certification. He also competes with Team CrossFit 808 Plan B. Beyond CrossFit, Marcus enjoys kicking back and drinking a beer. He also loves Meat Jun and PBnJ sandwiches.

Coach Marcus is available for private coaching, please email him directly to schedule.

Marcus’ favorite quote:

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Kyla Evers, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
24th with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2016 CrossFit Games
4th with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2015 CrossFit Games
10th with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2014 CrossFit Games
21st with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2013 CrossFit Games

kyla@808crossfit.com

Kyla has been CrossFitting with us since our opening in March of 2011. She has her Level 1 Certification as well as her Mobility and CrossFit Kids certification. She has competed on Team CrossFit 808 in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Not only is she freakishly strong, but she has developed her gymnastics skills over the past three years. She has also placed in the top 20 for the Open NorCal Region the past three years. Kyla earned her BA in Education at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, where she also played basketball. Kyla is currently a Physical Education teacher at the Hawaii Technology Academy and coaches part-time at CrossFit 808.

Coach Kyla is available for private coaching, please email him directly to schedule.

Kyla’s favorite quote:
"Be Happy in the Moment, that's enough. Each moment is all we need, not more!"

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Sage (Burgener) Mertz, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and CrossFit Weightlifting Seminar Staff
Sage has been involved in the sport of weightlifting since the dawn of time (or so it feels). Her passion for Olympic weightlifting began at her father's garage gym, now known as "Mike's Gym." Growing up, Sage assisted Mike Burgener at his Weightlifting Seminars and then began leading her own Seminars at the young age of fifteen. In conjunction with coaching, Sage has been competing in weightlifting competitions for the past 18 years at both the national and international level.

Sage's sassy personality and true love for the sport comes to life when she gets to coach motivated athletes in Olympic weightlifting as well as CrossFit. She recently competed with our Plan B Team in the 2015 California Super Regional. Besides CrossFit and Weightlifting, Sage is the mother of two, Mikey and Charlie.

Sage’s favorite quote:

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Adam "Jamo" Jamieson, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
10th with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2014 CrossFit Games
21st with Team CrossFit 808 at the 2013 CrossFit Games

Adam Jamieson, known as Coach Jamo, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to CrossFit 808. He has been at this sport for over 6 years and competing for 5+ years. He holds his Level 1, Nutrition, Movement & Mobility Certification, as well as numerous other certifications. Jamo is not only hard working, but a very compassionate guy with a laid back personality. He is easy to approach and always has great coaching advice for athletes.

Jamo’s favorite quote:

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Paige Castillo, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Paige Castillo, our very own pocket gymnast, brings a wealth of knowledge in bodyweight movement to the box. She has been CrossFitting since January 2013 and holds a CrossFit Level 1 Certification. Paige was a former collegiate gymnast at Arizona State University. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors degree in Bio Chemistry at the University of Hawaii Manoa. Paige was a member of Team CrossFit 808 Plan B, who finished 6th at the 2014 NorCal Regional. Beyond CrossFit, Paige enjoys surfing, babysitting, and napping.

Paige’s favorite quote:
"Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul form the weak."
-Thomas Carlyle

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Cheyne Suenaga, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Cheyne brings a strong background in technique and movement development to CrossFit 808. She has been CrossFitting since March of 2008 and holds a CrossFit Level 1 Certification as well as a CrossFit Gymnastics Certification. Cheyne competed in the 2010 Hawaii Sectionals as well as the 2010 SoCal Regional Affiliate Competition. Beyond CrossFit, Cheyne has been cutting, coloring, highlighting, and styling hair in Kaneohe for over 10 years. Cheyne might be a top hairstylist by trade, but she is definitely an excellent CrossFit Coach for life.

Cheyne’s favorite quote:
"Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
-St. Francis of Assisi

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