The Coaches of BOTB

TEAM BOTB

Meet the team of coaches who are bringing true functional fitness back to Scottsdale. We’re dedicated to providing a safe, challenging, space for people to grow and realize their fitness goals. Programs are designed to create healthy, fit bodies and minds. Our mission is to create a self-motivating, inspired community.

  • Justin Baumgartner

    Owner, Coach, Programmer

    “If you are empowered and accomplishing your fitness goals in the gym it is only a matter of time before you are empowered and setting goals in your life outside the gym.”

    From the age of 14-years old, Justin has lived a lot of his life in the gym pursuing strength and fitness. Always a gym rat, he wasn’t introduced to Weightlifting until the age of 34. He has been competing in the sport ever since, but also fell in love with CrossFit after his very first workout. Before opening CFBOTB, Justin was a successful entrepreneur who committed 10 years of his life to building a multi-million dollar organic snack food company. After achieving so much, he realized his passion had shifted to fitness and strength training and that’s when Justin took a leap of faith, resigned from the company he founded in 2006 and went on to establish CFBOTB. Justin has also been involved with the CrossFit community and the annual CrossFit Games for several years—he is often sought after as the DJ for local competitions, and has DJ’d at the Southwest/South Regionals, and at the CrossFit Games. As a coach, Justin is passionate about helping people discover their own abilities and see their confidence grow along their fitness journey.

    Although Justin got a late start in the sport of Weightlifting he still competes as a masters athlete and had some notable success in his short career.

    40-44yr old masters Arizona state record holder in:
    Snatch 133kg, Clean and Jerk 167kg, and total 300kg

    40-44yr old masters 2016 AZ state champion

    #1 Ranked 105+ 40-44yr old master lifter in USA

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Weightlifting
    • CrossFIt Strongman
  • Amanda Goodman

    Coach

    Amanda grew up in New York participating in competitive gymnastics.  After competing for the University of Bridgeport, she then moved on to pursue a career in fitness.  While studying for the NASM CPT exam Amanda was introduced to CrossFit at a gym in Connecticut and was instantly hooked.  She moved to Arizona to train under James Fitzgerald at OPEX.  In 2013 Amanda qualified and competed at the Reebok Crossfit Games, where she won the clean & jerk ladder.  She went on to win the 2014 Southwest Regionals and again compete at the Crossfit Games finishing  20th in 2014 and 10th in 2015.  She was the first female professional athlete to sign with the National Pro Grid League with the Phoenix Rise.  Her determination, work ethic and drive is inspiring.  Her no nonsense, straight forward coaching style is a perfect fit for CrossFit Back On The Bar, we are extremely lucky to have her as part of our team.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • OPEX CCP
  • Megan Benzik

    Coach/Personal Trainer

    I was diagnosed with lupus when I was 12 years old. It was at that point that I realized I had 2 choices. I could choose to let Lupus control my life or I could choose to fight it.

    I chose to fight. I am so lucky to have an amazing mom who made sure she was guiding me in the right direction. She bought me a gym membership as soon as I was healthy enough to function again. I would go to the  gym with her before school on most days and, at 12 years old,  I rocked that elliptical machine! =D haha She listened to my complaints of achy joints and pain, but gave no sympathy. She helped me realize that the best thing I could do was go to the gym and MOVE, despite the pain. This is when I learned to never use my Lupus as an excuse.

    After getting extremely sick my sophmore year in high school, my mom hired a personal trainer to help me get back on my feet. That’s when my life really changed. He motivated me to want to eat healthy, he proved to me that working out could be fun, and his program made me feel strong again. He changed my perspective on fitness and showed me that I was in control of my life and health. This was when I decided I wanted nothing more than to change other people’s lives the way he changed mine. I wanted to prove to everyone that they are in control of their health.  I became a personal trainer straight out of high school.

    I went to college as a Biology major, looking to possibly go to graduate school as a physical therapist. That was until I found CrossFit. I will never forget watching the 2010 CrossFIt games on TV and being amazed at what these people were capable of. It was at this moment I decided that I would do whatever it would take to one day make it to The CrossFit Games. What better way to win over my Lupus than competing alongside the fittest on earth?

    The next day, having zero athletic background and no CrossFit experience, I walked into a CrossFit gym to try it out.

    It was love at first WOD. =] I started CrossFit in October of 2011 and was level 1 certified by the next June. I loved how instead of influencing one person in an hour, I was able to influence a whole class of people. I fell in love with the excitement of hitting a new PR, the closeness of the community, and the constant encouragement to push the boundaries of what is possible. I found my true passion and calling in life and have been following it ever since.

    This past year, after 5 years and a ton of trial and error, I finally qualified and competed the Central Regional. Being out on that floor motivated me more than ever to keep reaching for the ultimate goal of competing at The CrossFit Games. I hope to show everyone that no matter what stands in your way, if you want something bad enough, you can make it happen.

    Certifications:

    • Certifications: CrossFit L1, CrossFit L2, CrossFit Gymnastics, ISSA Fitness Trainer, Strength Specific Seminar Oly Cert.
  • Jesse Holland

    Coach, Personal Trainer

    Jesse Holland is BOTB’s lead personal trainer and bootcamp coach.

    He specializes in functional fitness from a standpoint of using proper body mechanics and muscle activations. Jesse has coached members through more than 1,000 pounds of weight loss! “I love seeing people become more empowered in life through the confidence they build in pushing themselves beyond where they ever have before.”

    His list of qualifications and experience is nothing short of incredible. Jesse has competed in 2 Hell Weeks, the World’s Toughest Mudder, a Rangar run, 5 competitions in 2015, and has a background in physical therapy.

    Certifications:

    • USAW
    • ISSA
    • SICFIT ITP
  • Dawn Baumgartner

    Yoga Instructor

    Yoga Instructor Dawn Baumgartner specializes in Dharma Yoga, a healing session that’s appropriate for anyone who wants to add the healing qualities of yoga into their lives. Dawn says the most amazing part of teaching yoga is watching the transformation of people who, even with one class, start to settle the mind. “Yoga offers many healing lessons both on and off the mat,” she says. “I know without my yoga practice, I wouldn’t live such a fortunate life.” Dawn is passionate about serving others and works with children and families as a licensed clinical social worker.

     

    Certifications:

    • Dharma Yoga
    • 200-hour Life of a Yogi teaching certificate
    • Licensed clinical social worker
  • Matt Blanton

    Owner, Manager

    “Whether it’s personal records or achieving results in all aspects of life, I love seeing people live LIFE UNBROKEN.”

    After spending many years working out at traditional gyms, Matt was introduced to CrossFit in 2009 by a friend who was doing this “crazy workout.” He stepped into CrossFit Scottsdale to hit his first CrossFit workout, named Fight Gone Bad. He left the traditional gyms behind and is ecstatic to be a part of CFBOTB. Matt’s goal as a coach and trainer is to motivate people to strive to become the best versions of themselves. As an athlete, Matt has competed at the CrossFit Games Regional level as an individual and on a team.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1

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