Douglas Bowen 
(Owner, Trainer, CF L1 Cert. CF Nutrition)
Douglas says coaching athletes, helping them with a challenging technique, or motivating them to push through a mental wall is what he loves. Watching an athlete succeed in something they thought they couldn’t is extremely rewarding for him, and it motivates him to be a better coach. He loves being in the gym and crushing his CrossFit soul with others.

Michelle Bowen 
(Owner, Trainer, CF L1 Cert., Scaling Cert., Spot the Flaw Cert.)
Michelle's favorite part of coaching is "building relationships with people from all walks of life, supporting them, and pushing each other to get better—seeing these people get excited about overall health & fitness,"

Lisa Pelino-Tautin 
(Trainer, CF L1 Cert.)

Lisa is passionate about CrossFit. She loves that members trust the process as they consistently improve and make progress in the complexity of movements and exercises. She believes in the methodology and that working toward becoming a well-rounded athlete is the best path to fitness.

Chris Thoreson
(Trainer, CF L1 Cert.)
As a Meadville Firefighter, Chris understands the value of CrossFit in the life of a first responder. Functional fitness allows him to meet the rigorous demands he faces each day serving our community. 

Tarra Frantz
(Trainer, CF L1 Cert.)
Tarra loves the community that CrossFit XBA provides. Tarra has excelled as an athlete throughout her life. An interesting claim to fame, Tarra still holds the MASH record for the Javelin Throw. She enjoys pushing herself and others to achieve their fitness goals. 

Natalie Pelton
(Trainer, CF L1 Cert.)
Natalie has been a part of the XBA family for years! As a mom to two boys and a dedicated trainer, Natalie values CrossFit for its adaptable challenges and strong community. It suits her busy life, allowing her to model health and resilience.

Jen Thoreson
​(Trainer, CF L1 Cert.)
Jen started at XBA in 2017 when her husband, Chris (another trainer), invited her to a class and she’s been hooked ever since. The community is amazingly supportive and she has seen the transformation in herself and many others as they trust the CrossFit process of constantly varied fitness. As a teacher by profession, she is very passionate about making CrossFit fun and accessible to even the littlest athletes as she also runs our youth program. 

Julie Knauff
​(Trainer, CF L1 Cert.)

Julie is one of our original members and has loved CrossFit from the first time she attended a class back in 2014. She loves how the XBA community has become a family that supports each other through all of life’s ups and downs. She is most excited to be able to help others achieve their fitness goals.

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