Meet the Trainers

Our trainers at South Mountain CrossFit come directly from our member base, so they have a thorough understanding of our community, culture, and mission. They are educated, motivated, and supportive, and each have their own unique training styles.  Most importantly, our training staff  is commited to improving the lives of the people within our community by operating a facility that offers high quality training and education to our participants.  The motives for our trainers are to provide a safe and fun environment for all members to work out in.

They will help you determine, achieve, and even surpass your health and fitness goals.  Whether you are an experienced athlete or someone who is new to exercise, our staff will be able to provide the appropriate guidance and motivation to get you started on the road to a new way of training, and a new way of living.





Physical activity has always played a major role in Kurt’s life.  His father taught him early on that it’s important to be a well-rounded athlete and that every sport deserves a shared amount of respect.  He was involved in a variety of athletics growing up and played soccer and lacrosse in college.  After he graduated, he continued to play club sports to fuel his drive to compete.  About 3 years ago, after tearing his ACL, a friend encouraged him to try some CrossFit workouts.  Although he had never set foot in a box, he signed up to compete in the 2010 sectional competition.  To put it nicely, it was a humbling and eye-opening experience for him.  The following week he signed up at a local affiliate and never looked back.  Kurt currently has his CF-L1, CF-L2 certification and CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification.  Aside from CrossFit, Kurt loves snowboarding, hiking, and mountain biking.




Kacie lived most of her childhood as a ballet dancer.  Although she dabbled in sports here and there, dance consumed the majority of her life.  When she got to college she realized she wasn’t going to be a professional dancer, so she dove head first into the local gym and started teaching group exercise classes.   She graduated with a degree in kinesiology and has worked in corporate, collegiate, and commercial fitness settings.  She was introduced to CrossFit by Kurt, and fell in love with the intensity and constant variations.  Kacie currently works as a Wellness Coach and educates employees within the local community about the importance of maintaining healthy behaviors to live a longer, more fulfilling life.  Kacie finds the sport of CrossFit to be a constant challenge but also a way to empower others, especially those who have never particularly excelled in athletics.  Amongst various group exercise certifications including pilates, spinning, and yoga, Kacie has her CF-L1, CF-L2 certification, is a certified personal trainer through ISSA, and is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach.






Scott has always been actively involved in sports from a young age.  Scott wrestled and played soccer throughout his youth and high school careers and went on to play soccer at the collegiate level.  Scott has been an avid weight lifter for many years, mainly power lifting at your local LA Fitness, until 2011 when he was invited by his friend John to come watch a CrossFit competition taking place in Allentown.  Shortly after witnessing the excitement of the competition Scott began CrossFit and has continued to train and compete ever since.  Scott is a high school teacher in the Lehigh Valley and enjoys heading to the beach, being out on the water boating, going to sporting events, and having a good time with friends. Scott has a true passion for helping other people succeed either in the classroom or at the box which fuels his drive to be a dedicated coach and trainer for others.  Scott also coaches at CrossFit LBC and he holds his CF-L1 certification, CF-L2 certification, CrossFit Olympic Lifting certification, CrossFit Movement and Mobility certification, and CrossFit Strongman certification.




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 Coach Eric has always been active.  Growing up, he focused on soccer and ice hockey.  Besides CrossFit, he enjoys mud runs and obstacle races.  Eric was drawn to CrossFit by the variety of movements and intensity of the workouts.  The community of athletes, particularly at SMCF, keeps him motivated to come back for more.  As SMCF’s resident MS Excel “geek,” coach Eric likes the way the clock and whiteboard are used to quantify performance improvements. He loves helping athletes to learn new skills and hit PRs.  Eric currently holds the CrossFit L1 Trainer and CrossFit Endurance Trainer certificates.



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Krystal started gymnastics and dance at a very young age. After being competitive in the sport of gymnastics, she realized dance was her true passion. She decided to follow the footsteps of her dance teacher and received her BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University in the spring of 2013. Even though Krystal spent many hours in the studio, she always found herself in the gym at the end of the day. After performing in several professional dance roles she realized it wasn’t the lifestyle for her. She moved back to Allentown to pursue her current career as a dance teacher. A friend suggested she try CrossFit, where she found herself at south mountain. Right away she was hooked. Krystal loves being able to incorporate her dance background into CrossFit an vice versa with her dance classes. Krystal loves that CrossFit has given her so much more than physical strength. She hopes to instill that same feeling in her students and anyone that walks into the gym.


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First and foremost, I am a husband to a great wife, Kate, and father of two amazing girls, Abby and Avery. From an athletic standpoint I was a competitive swimmer from age 5 through college at Eastern Michigan University.  After college, I kept active by working out on my own doing the typical weightlifting and running workouts.  This became an on again/off again cycle as life interrupted my fitness.  In 2012, I found CrossFit through my friend and neighbor (Coach Eric Schantzenbach), and never looked back.  This rekindled my competitive spirit, and I have been a proud member of South Mountain CrossFit since January of 2013.  Having recently completed the CrossFit Aerobic Capacity course by Chris Hinshaw, I am excited to share this knowledge and my experiences with others.  I look forward to working with athletes from different backgrounds and levels of fitness and helping them achieve their athletic goals.


adamAdam dabbled in various team sports throughout childhood, but really found his niche after joining his high school’s rowing team. He continued to row in college, and was looking for a new physical challenge and community following graduation. Adam dove headfirst into CrossFit, and thrives on working through weaknesses to become a better athlete. He brings a strong technical focus to his classes, and loves helping members achieve their goals. Adam currently holds a CF-L1 certification, and is an evil genius when it comes to programming workouts.


jonnaMy name is Jonna Trexler, aka “JT” at the gym. I’m 29 years old. Outside of the gym, I’m a physician assistant at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest in the hospital medicine department. I was born and raised in the LV. I’ve been an athlete all my life. My main sport growing up was running. I ran cross country and track in college and went on to run 2 marathons in grad school. I qualified for the Boston marathon twice, but I found crossfit through reading about Julie Foucher, who is an MD and deeply engrained in the sport of CrossFit. After I graduated PA school in 2014, I moved back home and found SMCF. The rest is history! Through SMCF, I have developed so many meaningful relationships. I met my soon to be husband, coach Dom and some of my closest friends, like coach Krystal. Probably some of my favorite memories are getting my first muscle up during the 2015 CrossFit open with about 4 other ladies at our gym and going to the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Regionals on a team to rep SMCF.

This placed has truly changed my life!


Elena was a high school and collegiate coxswain/rower, and coached rowing following her graduation from The Ohio State University. Moving to a new city prompted Elena and her husband, Adam, to check out a local CrossFit gym. They were immediately hooked by the strong community and challenging workouts. Another move brought them to South Mountain CrossFit in 2014. Elena loves being able to interact with our members as a trainer, and is constantly inspired by our athletes’ abilities to set and crush goals. Elena is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and a Licensed Massage Therapist.


Bio coming soon…