- Joseph PeerOwner
- Nathan WebbHead Coach
- Amal BakeerLead Coach
- Jaala ThibaultSpecialty Coach
- Safaa AyyoubCoach
- Saif HaquzAssistant Coach
- Osama FayezAssistant Coach
- Faisal ShuqomAssistant Coach
- Shahira YaghmourAssistant Coach
- CrossFit Level Two Trainer
- CrossFit Football Certified
- CrossFit Anatomy and Physiology
- CrossFit Gymnastics Level 1 Certified
Because I had too much “energy” when I was 3, my parents threw me into gymnastics! I was training 20 hours per week when I decided to focus on baseball in high school. However, my gymnastics foundation served me extremely well for the 10 General Physical Skills of CrossFit (hyperlink to our site with the description of these). In high school I began weightlifting and learned to enjoy it. At the age of 16, I had 5 knee surgeries and never knew if I could play sports again.
The doctors told me I should never play high level sports again because I would continue to injure my knees. Thankfully, I tried anyway and earned a scholarship to play shortstop at Austin Peay State University. There I met my amazing wife Katherine- and we’ve been married since 2003 right as I finished my BS in Chemistry.
I then spent the next ten years living in Clarksville, TN; Savannah, GA; and Colorado Springs, CO working with amazing leaders of the United States Military. Physically, I was bored of going to the globo gyms, didn’t have any fitness goals, and ashamed of my fitness level.
That all changed when I finally joined an Affiliate in 2012 at the constant prodding of several friends. I joined CrossFit Collierville and within four months saw incredible results. I visited a close friend who’s an elite soldier with world class fitness and he couldn’t believe the results in such a short time. From that moment, I knew I’d found something that could efficiently increase my fitness- and allow me to enjoy my friendships and relationships no matter what we might do. Maybe playing soccer or baseball with my kids, walking the steps of Petra, running the Dead 2 Red- all of that is possible and enjoyable now. Now, I can focus on enjoying time with my friends and family- enjoying time in the pain of the workout and the benefits throughout the rest of my life.
I coached gymnastics and tumbling for 3 years during and after college, and have coached multiple baseball teams. I enjoy creating teams that set challenging goals, specific development plans, and take care of each other like family. I have both my Level 2 Certification and the CrossFit Gymnastics Level 1 Certification, and CrossFit Football.
My wife Katherine and I have three kids- Deborah 10, Isaac 8, Sammy 4. We look forward to expending their “energy” in CrossFit for years to come while laying a foundation for their leadership, teamwork, and physical development no matter what sports or endeavors they choose in the future!
My childhood was not one filled with lots of sports and athletic activities. I played baseball when I was younger but fell out of the sport during high school for various reasons. I developed an interest in computers during high school and followed through with that interest in College by getting a degree in Computer Science. The downfall of all this was a sedentary lifestyle and weight gain. I was always the bigger kid from a young age and sitting around in front of a computer all day just helped pack on the pounds.
I decided to make a change my last 2 years at University and got really active. I began running, biking, and swimming. I started cooking for myself and eating out less. I even quit my desk job and started doing manual labor on an Oil Rig in Oklahoma and West Texas. I loved being active and getting stronger, losing the weight was just a happy side effect.
I met my wife Jessie after college and before getting married we both gave Crossfit a chance at Crossfit Thousand Oaks in California. We were both so impressed at how effective and fun Crossfit was that we were instantly hooked. More importantly, we fell in love with the community we found there. I was so inspired that I got my Crossfit level 1 certification before traveling abroad. I knew I wanted to take this sport and have this community with me wherever I went.
I was able to put my coaching skills to work both as a personal trainer and later as a coach at Crossfit Quicksand. Amman has provided me with some wonderful opportunities to improve my strength, functional ability, and coaching skills. I am looking forward to giving back to the people of Jordan with my time as head coach at Crossfit Crescent. I love working out with others; the challenge, the competition, camaraderie, and the community. I recently finished my Crossfit Gymnastics and Mobility Certifications. I look forward to giving this knowledge back to the community in Amman.
My wife Jessie and I have lived in Amman for over 4 years now and have our daughter Selah and Anders. We love living in Jordan and sharing the sport of Crossfit, combining the two at Crossfit Crescent is a long awaited dream come true.
- CrossFit Level Two Certified Trainer
- Level 3 Personal Trainer (IFPA)
- PILATES- Matt 1, Reformer 1, Chair 1, Trapeze
- TRX- Group training
- Life Guard
Fitness for me isn’t just a job- its a way of life. I am naturally cheerful, approachable, flexible, and adaptable person who loves to see clients reach their goals. Especially the goals they never thought would be possible. I love CrossFit because of the challenge and have brought all my personal training clients to begin doing CrossFit methods over the past several years. I’m excited to be a part of the growing CFC team and look forward to seeing you in the box!
Jaala loves anything that has to do with fitness and the outdoors! She has been a two time CrossFit Regional Athlete- 2010 Southwest and 2011 Asia- so she knows how to train and compete! These days, she competes in endurance races and loves rock climbing and mountaineering. Growing up as a swimmer and a runner, she ended up competing in both sports in college. Later she coached swimming in the Olympic Training System in China, and coached track and volleyball in Micronesia. In addition to coaching endurance sports, Jaala has been coaching CrossFit for over 8 years now. Outside of the fitness scene, Jaala trains local teachers with the The Hashemite Fund for Development of the Jordan Badia. She looks forward to meeting you and helping you reach your fitness goals!
I was a well-rounded kid: I had straight-As, lots of friends, and I was generally pretty happy. Unfortunately, I was also “well rounded” in a very literal sense. Despite being quite active – joining all sorts of sporting activities in and out of school – poor eating habits made for an overall unhealthy lifestyle. I felt very much in control of things like homework assignments, projects, and maintaining strong relationships with family and friends. Deep down, however, I would feel a constant nagging that I wasn’t strong enough to control my weight and be healthy.
This all started to change in high school, when I began to make small changes in my food choices. Combining good diet choices with the punishing skills-and-drills regimen imposed by an ex-marine basketball coach, I noticed my weight started to drop. Thanks to these lifestyle changes I was much healthier by the time I graduated high school. Throughout my time in university – and for a few years after – I joined gyms on and off, and my weight fluctuated. Running on the treadmill and joining group exercise classes weren’t cutting it for me; I was easily bored, and was constantly tempted to skip a workout and do something “more productive” with those two or three hours I’d spend at the gym. I desperately needed to find a workout program that is challenging, effective, and – most importantly – would pique my interest and keep me coming back! Taking lots of time out of my day to work out was also a factor. Being an architect calls for long work days and a whole lot of sitting in front of a computer.
This is when I thought I’d give CrossFit a shot. I had heard a lot about it, but was intimidated by the amount of weightlifting and new gymnastic movements. I gathered some courage and walked into what I found to be the most inviting atmosphere I’d ever experienced. First class in, I was hooked; exhausted and spent – but absolutely hooked! After that one class, I felt so strong to have endured such a difficult workout. I left the box with a huge smile on my face and came right back the next day. Just a few short months into it, I saw big results in my health and a massive progress in my fitness. I was approached by our coaches Joseph and Nathan to consider giving classes to newcomers since I had a strong grasp on the movements. This gave me an opportunity to give my love for teaching a whirl while sharing my story with people who had the same doubts in CrossFit as I once had.
The next step for me was to get my CrossFit Level 1 certification. With this certification I am now coaching a few main classes in our box. I couldn’t be happier: I’m constantly seeing positive results in our members and it’s an incredible feeling to be part of this fitness journey with them. We all work together and push each other to achieve our goals. This is the vibe of our box, and it’s exciting to see this community grow healthier and stronger.
- CrossFit – Level 1 Trainer
- Certified Personal Trainer – IFPA
- Yoga (Nafas Program) – NIFAA & Harkeh Institute
As the youngest kid in a family of five members, I spent lots of time with my older sister when she used to take me with her to her Circassian Dancing practice and Kickboxing Practice sessions. She was my idol and I always wanted to be as good as she is.
Fortunately, when I was 9 years old I was old enough to join the kids Circassian Dancing Troup. So I started dancing and never stopped for the next 17 years; I was able to be one of the best dancers. However, being in an athletic family, my parents always tried to push me into martial arts like my sister. It was just not my thing; I would go but never committed for more than few months.
I started looking for other sports, and like any other guy, I wanted to have that sculptured muscular body, so I started going to the regular gyms. But again it was not fun, and I couldn’t really commit; yet, I kept on going to maintain a certain level of fitness.
That was my case up until I tried my first CrossFit class. I had heard about CrossFit, read some articles about it; so when I knew that it is finally in Jordan, I was so anxious to try it finally. So I did not even wait for my membership at the regular gym to end; I just immediately called and reserved my first session. Luckily, I had my Frist CF class in October 2014 at CrossFit Crescent.
When I first joined CrossFit, the immediate thing that I liked that it’s a community based sports. For me, coming from a group dancing atmosphere, I like the social part that comes along with the training. Only CrossFit was able to replace that atmosphere. It is a community within the box, within the rejoin, and even internationally. Whenever you bump into someone who does CrossFit, you will immediately feel the sports’ bond.
With every WOD (workout of the day) I do, I like CrossFit more & more. The WODs system and the group WODing together challenge you and push you beyond your limit every time, enabling you to learn new skills, see astonishing results, and more. I have finally found a sport that suits me perfectly, thus, I went through CF-L1 to learn more about CrossFit and to be able to share it with others.
I didn’t stop there; I proceeded with my fitness experience, extended my knowledge and skill through other courses and research like, Yoga practice, personal training, human anatomy, kinesiology, and nutrition. All of this would allow me to help myself and others reaching more toward the best fitness and health parameters.
Osama is studying Physical Education at the Hashemite University and is in his final year. We had an internship program at CFC for about 8 people and Osama was the only one who complete the internship with us. He received his Level One CrossFit Certification this summer as a culmination to all the training and studying he’d been doing. He spent the last two years as a personal trainer and is really growing into an excellent CrossFit Coach. We’re proud to have him as part of our team at CFC!
Since I was a kid, it was clear that I was an athlete. You could always find me climbing trees, running around the neighborhood, and riding my bicycle. I started being involved in every sports team my school had to offer, football, basketball, handball, volleyball, track & field, you name it! I was the football team captain for 4 consecutive years. Later on, I discovered that in order to stay a good athlete, I needed to work on being stronger, faster, more agile and balanced. I started joining local bodybuilding gyms, reading and learning more about sports and nutrition, and I was seeing results. In my senior year, I was named the Most Athletic.
I found passion in being fitter and healthier, and I knew I would like to influence people I know in what I’m doing. When CrossFit showed up around the globe, it hit me like a storm. I stopped going to regular gyms, and started training at CFC. This led to me taking the CrossFit Level 1 test, to direct my passion to a group of people that share a common goal, health and the love for the sport. Becoming a coach at CFC is a dream come true, and I look forward to helping you reach your goals, and then pushing those goals upwards.
I have never actually specialized or had interest in one area of sports. I would join a different sport each year with the longest sport being gymnastics from the age of 7 till 11. I was easily bored and never committed to one sport but I liked being able to keep up with all my friends in all the different sports that they did. I did basketball, football, track and field and swimming but only for a little while,
Throughout the last year of high school (Tawjihi) I lost interest in sports which is a predictable side effect of Tawjihi!!!!! and it went on through my 5 years of college.
When I finished Tawjihi I missing being active and started struggling with my weight. My nutrition getting worse so I decided to join a GYM where I was the girl with head phones who runs her life away on the treadmill and leaves. I again found myself working out because I had to and got very bored while feeling that there was always something missing. I did weight training on machines but felt my cardio was decreasing so I would switch back to cardio training and aerobics classes only to realize that I am losing the strength that I achieved with the weight training. It was a never ending cycle of trying to find the balance between my fitness goals.
I got introduced to Crossfit by a friend. My first work out was a shock. The gym had no treadmills or machines- and had ropes and rings hanging from the ceiling, music jamming and people running around. By the end of that workout I was on the floor breathing as if I had never worked out in my life. I decided to try it out for a month and see how I’d like it. I did not know what to expect, so I kept coming back and found myself actually looking forwards to going to the box every day. Crossfit gave me the perfect balance that I was looking for and it added and is still adding to my athletic skills. Knowing that there will always be something to work on keeps me going, and most of all now I work out because it’s fun and I’m a part of an amazing community with amazing friends and coaches.
I started reading some articles about crossfit and I was fascinated with the amount of science and effort that is behind this fitness program, and it was then that I decided to get my Level One Certificate and coach at CFC.
I really enjoy learning and understanding of how strong we humans are. It is so rewarding to actually be able to help others discover their strengths and hone their abilities.