Head Coach Brian Kost has been involved in athletics since childhood and has always been a highly active individual. He grew up playing competive baseball, basketball, football, and wrestling, and participated in a variety of other recreational sports as well. He played baseball at the collegiate level and understands what it takes to be a winner. At the conclusion of his college baseball career, Brian became an assistant baseball coach at the collegiate Division II level while also attending graduate school. During that time, he also coached a Legion summer-league baseball team. He took his team to the state tournament three out of four years. Brian continued his training throughout his time coaching baseball and while in California for work, he started CrossFitting with a friend and coach at CrossFit San Diego. After spending numerous hours at their facility in the spring and summer of 2008 he fell in love with the CrossFit sport. Brian decided to take it to the next level, bettering himself and helping others become more fit through the CrossFit philosophy. He became CrossFit Level 1 certified at CrossFit San Diego in September 2008. Shortly after completing his certification, he began his CrossFit coaching career in Mt. Pleasant and Charleston, South Carolina. In August 2009, Brian founded CrossFit Integrity. CFI has now grown to be the most recognized gym of South Carolina, worldwide. Along with its methodology, fundamentals, and intensity, Brian loves the community, comradarie, and leadership aspects of the sport. He puts his heart into coaching and really enjoys teaching the techniques of the Olympic lifts and gymnastics. In 2012, Brian became Olympic Lifting and CrossFit Gymnastics certified. He is a two-time top 25 CrossFit Southeast Regional athlete.
Coach Aaron Thompson
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Coach Caroline Nash has been around athletics and fitness her whole life. She grew up being involved in a variety of sports like softball, tennis, swimming, gymnastics and cheerleading. Cheerleading soon became her main focus as she became a collegiate cheerleader and began spending her summers working for Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) as an instructor both in the US and Internationally. She loved working with youth so much that after graduating college, her summer job quickly turned into full time employment as a UCA State Director. Her greatest cheerleading accomplishment comes with over 20 years judging experience for UCA/ESPN’s National and International Cheerleading Championships; recently earning her full endorsement and credentials from the International Cheerleading Union as a qualified Olympic judge.
Caroline also spent several years in the wellness industry teaching various group exercise classes and personal training. During that time, she received certifications from both AFFA and ACE. It was through this work that she became inspired to be the author and co-producer for an instructional workout video, CheerFIT, geared specifically for cheerleaders and their coaches.
With encouragement from mutual friends in the fitness industry, Caroline became involved in the popular sport of Fitness Competitions. She joined Team Tres and became a part of a very successful group of fitness competitors, all from the Charleston area. Loving the team training mentality and winning the first fitness competition she entered – she was hooked. With the support of her family, friends and a great trainer, she began devoting all her time and energy to shaping her body, eating lean and working on the challenging fitness routines. Within two years, she won several first place rankings, most importantly winning first place at the NPC National Fitness competition, earning her professional status and ranking in the IFBB. She went on to be a competitor in the IFBB both in the US and Internationally as well as becoming a highly sought after choreographer for competitors in both the NPC and IFBB.
In 2009, Caroline began a new fitness adventure in yoga. She loved the connection that yoga brings to the mind, body and spirit as well as the challenges of Power Yoga. Three years ago her family took a leap of faith and left Charleston to move to a small island in the Caribbean to allow her husband to further his career. Disappointed to find that the island did not offer yoga, she quickly became inspired to start her on Power Yoga studio. ISLAND YOGA – “Get your Dog On” began and inspired a whole island to become involved in yoga. One of Island Yoga’s biggest accomplishments was a charity event to benefit the children of the island who found themselves in the hospital. Island Yoga teamed up with Ross University’s, The Josh Project and raised several thousand of dollars to help aid in the comfort of children in the local hospital.
After returning to Charleston in January 2013, she walked into her first CrossFit gym with the hopes of teaching yoga there. With the encouragement of Coach Brian, she went thru the introductory program, began joining in on the workouts and was soon hooked. Loving the team training atmosphere and the motivation and encouragement you get from the coaches and other athlete’s she can now say she is a CrossFit athlete. She is excited to bring her love of yoga and the flexibility/mobility benefits to athlete’s at CrossFit Intergrity. She is currently working towards her RYT 200 Hr yoga certification in Power Vinyasa to be completed in June 2013. With two children, and her love of inspiring youth to be active, she aspires to gain a children’s yoga teacher certification.
Coach Christina Mailloux
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Coach Jen Audi
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Coach Mishelle Lee is passionate about inspiring others to lead active healthy lifestyles. Fitness transformed her life and she shares her passion for fitness everyday with everyone she meets. Growing up she struggled with self esteem, body image and eating disorders and it wasn’t until she found fitness and strength training that she empowered herself. She began competing regionally in NPC figure competitions and transformed her physique through nutrition, hard work and dedication. During this time period, she learned how much nutrition can have an effect on your health and fitness and she opened 2 health food cafes in Charlotte, NC to share her knowledge of healthy eating with as many people as possible. Just before the doors to her restaurants opened up in 2009, she walked into a CrossFit gym and was immediately drawn to the intense atmosphere and competitive nature of CrossFit. She began to see more gains than she had ever seen as a globo gym member and figure competitor and immediately became hooked. In 2012, she obtained her Level 1 certification, Olympic Lifting certification and her CrossFit Gymnastics certification so that she could coach others on how to better themselves through fitness. She believes that through powerful goal setting and commitment, anything is possible. She is currently training to compete at the American Open, a national level Olympic Lifting meet and has goals to qualify for the CrossFit Southeast Regionals as a team member for the gym.
Coach Patrick Yib
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Coach Vanny Yib excelled in the classroom and her studies in college. She was a nerd and now applies her passion for academics to the CrossFit lifestyle. She had no athletic background/training until joining CrossFit. After college, her fitness regimen consisted of Tae-Bo and step aerobic classes. During Thanksgiving of 2009, her brother, Khoung, a current CrossFit Integrity athlete, finally convinced her to try CrossFit. After going through 8 minutes of Cindy and two days of soreness, Coach Vanny had a newfound passion and was excited to go again. She joined CrossFit Integrity immediately after Thanksgiving break. Initially, Coach Vanny struggled with a lot of skill work, but her commitment, dedication, and perseverance drove her to become a better athlete everyday. She registered for her first CrossFit competition, the XY games, in November 2010 in Woodstock, GA. It was a team competition, and her team ranked in the middle of the pack. This was an eyeopening experience for her, and she knew wanted to be more engaged. She continues to train hard and compete. She obtained her CrossFit Level 1 Certification in February 2011 and started coaching at CFI. In the box, she is known as “No Rep V” due to her strict standards. In 2012, Coach Vanny became certified in CrossFit Gymnastics and Olympic Weightlifting. Her goal is to assist individuals to step outside of his/her comfort zones and to achieve their greatest potential whether it is in CrossFit and/or life.
Coach Will Carter grew up in VA/MD and was involved in athletics at an early age playing soccer, baseball, basketball, and indoor lacrosse until a high-school growth spurt sidelined him with chronic knee pain. While attending the College of Charleston, he got back into doing the usual running and lifting free weights, but that wasn’t keeping him motivated. After hearing about CrossFit from a friend, he made his way to CrossFit Integrity and has loved every minute since. CrossFit’s constant variance and goal setting has led him to become stronger, faster, and healthier than he has ever been. CrossFit has had multiple positive impacts on his life from eating/sleeping better and increased flexibility/strength to decreased dependency on insulin as a result of being a type 1 diabetic. His favorite lift is the clean and favorite skill movement is the muscle up!
After being an avid CrossFitter and seeing the benefits of the CrossFit method for 1.5 years, Coach Will decided to take his knowledge and fitness to the next level and obtained his CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate at CrossFit Charlotte in Aug 2012. He then obtained his CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certificate at CrossFit Integrity in November 2012 under the tutelage of World-Class Olympic lifters Casey and Natalie Burgener as well as attended the CrossFit Defense Seminar in May 2013 under the tutelage of Tony Blauer.
Coach Will helps athletes reach their full potential by providing helpful cues and tips to help anyone from the novice athlete to the experienced athlete. He is happy to answer questions about helpful stretching techniques, dietary concerns (especially for special diets such as his own), nutritional supplementation, and methods of scaling for newer athletes. Coach Will especially enjoys motivating athletes to maximize the intensity of their workouts through proper scaling as well as teaching athletes the fundamentals of movements they have not previously performed. As a coach, Coach Will likes to support/facilitate the competitive nature within CrossFit Integrity as well as our athletes’ goals of being competitive outside the gym at regional competitions in the Southeast.
In addition to coaching at CrossFit Integrity, Coach Will works in the Charleston area doing federal government finance and also serves as a Reserve Police Officer with a local Charleston agency. He has spread the CrossFit message to multiple people that are now avid CrossFitters and he desires to continue improving lives through the power of proper diet and exercise.
Crossfit Integrity, Charleston, SC