“Crazy, Not Insane” with Filip Lundstedt

From the Coaches: “Filip came to Manta Ray on a mission and never let anything slow him down. He was very vocal about his goal to kick old, bad habits and start a new lifestyle, and has been dead-set on achieving it. Filip was all in from the start with the workouts, but also his nutrition. He came to us right before we began a gym-wide Paleo challenge and jumped in on that as well. Filip ended up winning…

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“Struggles” with Heather Statz

From the Coaches: “Heather is a natural athlete and we knew that as soon as she started at CMR two years ago. Her athletic background is as a swimmer, but she excelled at the weightlifting aspect of CrossFit immediately as well. Even though she experienced a few setbacks along the way, she has shown persistence and mental toughness to not let them get the best of her. Being mentally strong is just as important in fitness, especially CrossFit, as being…

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“A Healthy Incentive” with Ilze Strazdina

From the Coaches: “Ilze began CrossFit with us over 2 years ago as a “Rise and Grind” 5AM athlete. Since then, she has mixed up her schedule and seen a little bit of every time, getting to know most of the members here at CMR. She started doing this for all of the right reasons as she wanted to be a role model for her daughter who is a Type 1 Diabetic. In her mission to be a healthy…

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New Coach Bio: Cliff Eskew

Cliff Eskew Cliff was born in Oahu, Hawaii and grew up in Sarasota, FL. Sport has been a huge part of his life since the age of 6. He was always an active competitor growing up. Eventually lettering in two sports in High School and receiving recruitment letters for both baseball and football. Life had other plans and he enlisted in the United States Air Force in September 2002. There, he rose through the ranks receiving awards and commendations…

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New Coach Bio: Kyle England

Kyle England Kyle was born in Dunedin and grew up in New Port Richey, FL.  He played several sports growing up: Football, Tennis, Hockey, Wrestling, Soccer and Gymnastics.  He attended college in Orlando at UCF, earned a degree in Marketing/Entrepreneurship, and graduated in 2006.  He works as a wholesaler/broker in the Insurance Industry and has been for the past 9 years. Kyle started CrossFit in 2013 and has been hooked ever since.  He joined Manta Ray in 2015 and received his…

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AOTM: “A Contagious Personality” with Alex Guzman

From the Coaches: “Coach Chris happened to meet Alex when getting his car serviced at the VW Dealership awhile back. Alex wasn’t a stranger to exercise as he was an avid runner at the time. Coach Chris talked him into coming in to try out CrossFit, and the rest has been history. In the time that Alex has attended Manta Ray, he has been a great student athlete who constantly strives to learn and improve. Extremely humble and welcoming, Alex is…

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New Coach Bio: Mark Sapino

Mark Sapino Mark was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  At a young age, his father kept him involved in sports year round.  His passion for competition continued as he remained in competitive sports to include wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu.  In the seventh grade, Mark made the decision that he wanted to become involved in Law Enforcement.  After completing high school, he received a degree from Florida State University in Criminology and subsequently completed the Broward…

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New Coach Bio: Nick Perkins

Nick Perkins Nick was born and raised in the queen city of Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been a lover of sports his entire life finding himself busy playing football and lacrosse throughout high school. Weight training was always a favorite part of his training schedule. He continued to be active through college at the University of Cincinnati participating in flag football and club lacrosse. After graduating with a degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship, Nick and his now wife, Jessie,…

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New Coach Bio: Chad Clever

Chad Clever Chad was born in Suffolk, VA but grew up in the Washington D.C. suburb of Woodbridge, VA. In high school he was not the most athletic, but stayed active snowboarding, playing hockey and even rowing on the Men’s Crew team. After high school he attended Old Dominion University on a Naval ROTC scholarship. Upon graduation in May 2004, Chad received a commission in the United States Marine Corps, and became an Infantry Officer. Chad was stationed in…

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AOTM: “Finding Home” with Marcy Kerr

From the Coaches: “Marcy moved to Clearwater awhile ago and started through our OnRamp program. Right from the start we knew that her work ethic was fierce. She had some experience coming in, so among other beginners she shined as an athlete who knew how to find that “inner beast” and push it to the limit. Once she showed up in our 5AM CrossFit class, she only became stronger and more determined. In the time that she has attended…

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