Our team

Our Founder

Veronica Romero

How did you get into fitness and or CrossFit?

I was always very much into sports and quite the tomboy growing up in a house full of boys. I always loved playing sports and being active. After I had my son in 2000 I kinda fell off and went to a place where I became very uncomfortable with myself. I knew that I needed to do something and I just wasn’t sure what would help me at that point. I found myself running again as an outlet and to help me get back on track and I was hooked on distance running. I discovered CrossFit while training for my first or second Marathon in hopes of it helping me complete a better time (IT DID) and has been doing so ever since! I instantly became obsessed with CrossFit as we all do, right!

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I found CrossFit in early 2014

What made you want to become a CrossFit Trainer?

My passion for the sport has led me to want to share my experience with others and continue learning and growing with the sport of CrossFit as an athlete but more importantly as a coach. I truly believe that alongside a healthy lifestyle diet that everyone should be doing CrossFit to improve their overall health, strength and conditioning.

My favorite part of the sport is that you can find an entire family (mom, dad, sister, brother, etc) at any given box doing the same exact WOD together while scaling accordingly. It’s a family sport and anyone can do CrossFit!

What are some of the things you are most proud of accomplishing in and outside the gym?

Truly, being a mother and wife to my two great guys has been the most rewarding accomplishment to date! Aside from that I am extremely proud of completing 20 plus half marathons, 6 marathons, Spartan Races, Sprint and Olympic Distance Triathlons and most recently a Half Ironman.

What are some of your goals you have yet to accomplish but hope to someday?

I plan to complete a Half IronMan soon and a full IronMan.

What CrossFit movements would make up your favorite WOD?

Deadlifts, running, and box jumps.

What is your favorite music or favorite song to listen to while doing a WOD?

RAP always RAP

Qualifications: CrossFit L1 Trainer CrossFit Kids Certified Gymnastics Course

Our Coaches

Ray Garcia

How did you get into fitness and or CrossFit?
As a die-hard fan of American Ninja Warrior, I was looking for a path to train to try out for the show. I was also looking to get in shape after a few years of raising my newborn son and daughter (and not doing much else). Entering my 30s, I felt a need to make my health and wellness a priority. While I have yet to realize my dream of becoming a televised ninja, I'm happy to say that through CrossFit, every year I strive to continue to be in my best physical and mental state.

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I joined CrossFit Warehouse in 2012 and have been a member ever since. I’ve also been a gymnastics coach for over three years and teach Ninja/Obstacle Classes to kids and adults. I’m currently coaching Gymnastics and Barbell for CrossFit.

What made you want to become a CrossFit Trainer?

I love the community that we’ve built and I would sincerely do anything to help a member achieve their fitness goals. I’ve had plenty of coaches over the years and I’ve learned a lot about what to do (and sometimes not to do). It feels amazing to be in a position to give back.

What are some of the things you are most proud of accomplishing in and outside the gym?

I’m proud of locking down my wife/soulmate and having three wonderful kids! My Level 1 Crossfit certification was definitely a catalyst to keep moving forward on my current fitness journey.

What are some of your goals you have yet to accomplish but hope to someday?

To become an awesome and ridiculously fit grandfather/great grandfather.

What CrossFit movements would make up your favorite WOD?

Rope climbs, ring muscle ups, rowing, toes2bar, dumbbell snatches and double unders.

What is your favorite music or favorite song to listen to while doing a WOD?

I generally tend to lean toward 90s or current rap or electronic music. I can always listen to the Beastie Boys, Rage Against the Machine and Eminem but also like Kanye, Drake, Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar… A lot of it depends on the type of workout 8)

Qualifications: CrossFit L2 Trainer USAW L1 (Olympic Weightlifting) Burgener Strength L1 (Olympic Weightlifting) USAG Certified (Gymnastics)

Jessica Denst

How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I found CrossFit in 2011 after hearing my friends discuss their awesome results and all around love for the sport.

How did you get into fitness and or CrossFit?
I was never into playing sports and certainly did not enjoy working out much before CrossFit. I knew the workouts would not be easy but I was up for the challenge and ready to make some positive changes. With the help of my CrossFit community, determination, and consistency with diet and exercise, I was able to progress over the years.

What made you want to become a CrossFit Trainer?

In 2015, after witnessing first-hand the positive changes (physically, mentally, emotionally and socially) CrossFit had on my life, I made the decision to begin coaching to inspire others that anyone is capable of doing CrossFit and changing their lives for the better, regardless of their prior athletic ability. I hope that my story will inspire the everyday person who may not have a fitness background but is looking to challenge themselves and join CrossFit.

What are some of your goals you have yet to accomplish but hope to someday?

Outside of the gym I teach students with disabilities (ages 18-21) the knowledge and skills necessary to transition into adulthood. One current goal I have is to incorporate CrossFit into the school day as a way for all students to be involved in fitness and hopefully motivate the students to continue using CrossFit in their daily lives as they transition into adulthood. Currently, we have started the first Special Olympics weightlifting team at my school and have students working inside a CrossFit gym for employment. Nothing makes me happier than exposing others to my love of CrossFit in any capacity and watching them take off! Prior to starting a family I spent 1.5 years focusing specifically on weightlifting with the goal of competing in a weightlifting meet. While I have yet to accomplish this goal, I plan to achieve this in the near future.Inside the gym you will find me up bright and early at the 5am class.

What is your favorite music or favorite song to listen to while doing a WOD?

My perfect class would be listening to 90’s music while completing any workout that has gymnastics in it.

What CrossFit movements would make up your favorite WOD?

The clean and jerk and or snatch.

Qualifications: Crossfit L2 Trainer

Miguel Luis

Estefania Demarchi

How did you get into CrossFit?
Was introduced to CrossFit in 2017. My little sister "bullied" me into it!

What made you want to be a CrossFit trainer?
I love having the ability to help others achieve their goals and watching the same process I went through unfold before my eyes.

What do u love most about coaching?
The opportunity to be able to assist those wanting to reach their full potential and overcome obstacles they never thought they would see the other side of is the reason I am a coach today.

What are the things that you are more proud of outside and inside the gym?

I was able to lose 80 pounds the real transformation wasn’t physical. Working out boosted my mental resilience. Pushing through a tough workout made me realize that I was not easily broken. As I became physically stronger I became more confident in my body and realized what my body can do. Most importantly, the confidence and resilience that I gained took me out of the depression I suffered from for years.

Goals yet to accomplish?

Just becoming the best version of myself every day and trying to help others achieve their goals!

Favorite Music

Drake, Chance the rapper, Bad bunny!

Certifications

CF L1

CF L2

Valerie Soderlund

Nutrition Coach
How did you get into fitness and or CrossFitt?
I decided to join a gym in 2015 after feeling that I needed to do something for myself. I played softball as a teen and in my early twenties but it had been years since I had been active. I started working with a trainer which was exactly the motivation I needed to reactivate the athlete inside of me. I found my love of running, which I didn't know I had, and it quickly became a type of therapy for me. Fitness easily became part of my regular routine once I realized how much I was bettering myself not only physically but mentally and emotionally too.

I joined CrossFit in 2020 after attending Warehouse ́s running club for a few months and looking for a change in my training. CrossFit has not disappointed! The WOD ́s are a perfect mixture of strength and cardio in a short period of time to help keep me fast and feeling strong.

What made you want to become a nutrition coach?

I decided to become a Nutrition Coach because I love food, who doesn’t, right? And I am always hungry 🙂 Really, with food so easily accessible everywhere we turn, it is so easy to grab something through the drive-thru or reach for candy. But in doing so it always left me feeling the same way…hungrier and groggy. Even when I thought I was making a ̈good ̈ choice, low fat, reduced sugar and such, it turns out the very things that I was trying to avoid were hidden right there in the nutrition facts just labeled under a different word, normally a chemical. Once I learned this I couldn’t help but want to know more! With food being vital to our wellbeing it is so important to understand what we are taking in and how to properly fuel ourselves.

What are some things you are most proud of accomplishing in and outside of the gym?

Being a mom to 3 great, God loving children is my greatest accomplishment outside of the gym. Knowing that each of them have a passion to love and help others brings joy to my heart. Fitness related, I ́m proud of my many accomplishments as a Spartan racer and a runner in general. I’m a regular attender of starting lines and love to work towards obtaining my next medal.

What are some of your goals you have yet to accomplish but hope to someday?

Some of my goals are, to be a snowbird, travel to warmer places during the cold Chicago winters and to learn how to be a good swimmer so one day I can complete a triathlon.

Qualifications: NESTA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, CFPT
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Coach, PN1
Healthy Steps Nutrition Training Certificate, HSN

Jessica Savolainen

Nutrition Coach
How did you get into fitness and or CrossFitt?
I ran track Freshman year of High School but that is the only sport I did. As an adult I did Aerobics and Zumba classes but that was the extent of my fitness. After years of trying Coach Ray finally wore me down enough to give Crossfit a try and I have been with it ever since. Ya got me! Although my love is more in the Strongman realm of things I still love Crossfit programming and the WODS.

What made you want to become a Nutrition Coach?
As a Latina food has always been an important part of my upbringing. It is about family, love, sharing of yourself and a deep connection with others. I am actually a Pastry Chef, so I totally understand how delectable and enticing food can be and how challenging eating healthfully can seem. In trying to find out what worked best for me, I saw how different strategies worked for different bodies. With all the information we have access to it can seem overwhelming to navigate. I want to be the catalyst that helps people make educated choices that would change their lives in a positive way.
 
What do you love most about coaching?
Being able to encourage others and be an awesome partner/cheerleader for their successes.

What are some of the things you are most proud of accomplishing in and outside the gym?
Being lucky enough to find my soulmate and my biggest cheerleader early in life and being the mother of 3 empathetic, funny and kind children. My biggest accomplishment in the gym has got to be learning to not let my ego get in the way of my progress. Giving myself grace when it comes to learning new skills and working on older ones. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

 
What are some of your goals you have yet to accomplish but hope to someday?
Still working towards my 300# deadlift, to gain enough shoulder and core strength to get a bar muscle up without hurting myself and to finally stringing together Toes 2 Bar efficiently.

 
What is your favorite music or favorite song to listen to while doing a WOD?
Beastie Boys, Cyprus Hill, Eminem. Most 90’s to current rap, Techno, Electronic, almost anything with a good strong beat-NO country!

Qualifications:
PN1
HSN Certified

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