Derek 1 croppedDerek Kneadler – Owner

Level I CrossFit Trainer
Level I USA Olympic Weightlifting Club Coach
SME Ranger Athlete Warrior
CrossFit Endurance
Certified & CrossFit Movement & Mobility Certified
OPEX (formerly OPT) Coaching Certification Program: Assessment, Program Design, Nutrition.
Reebok CrossFit Games Regional Qualifier 2012 & 2014 (Individual)

Derek was born and raised in Scottsdale, AZ.  He graduated from Horizon High School and Arizona State University.  Derek grew up playing many sports but focused solely on the sport of wrestling at Horizon.  In 2004, he enlisted in the Army and began a life long dream of becoming a US Army Airborne Ranger.  On his 26th birthday he graduated from the Ranger Indoc Program and earned the tan beret.  While assigned to 1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, he was deployed 5 times between Iraq and Afghanistan.  He served as Non-Commissioned Officer and Fire Team Leader. It was Ranger Battalion that introduced alternative training and functional movements as a way to prepare yourself for life.  Derek was selected to become SME (Subject Matter Expert) for his platoon on the physical training program called Ranger Athlete Warrior(RAW).

Derek also has a French Bulldog named Elvis and a Dogue de Bordeaux named LiLo.

Brian croppedBrian Gubernick – Owner

Level I CrossFit Trainer
CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certified – Mike Burgener

Brian was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania but moved to Scottsdale, AZ with his family in July of 1987. Like Derek, Brian attended Horizon High School, graduating in 1997. Brian attended the University of San Diego and graduated with a degree in accounting in 2001. Growing up, Brian played all sports however his true passion was football, the sport he played in both high school and college. In training for football for many years, Brian experienced virtually all training methods and philosophies from plyometrics, form running, and treadmill speed training to power lifting, core development, and dynamic stretching and mobility. In 2008, Derek called Brian and told him about a “new” method of training he was using called CrossFit. The passion he developed for CrossFit led to the co-creation of CrossFit 480 in 2011.

In his free time, Brian runs a residential real estate team, Homehelper Consultants, and brokerage, Keller Williams Realty Phoenix. Brian is married to the love of his life, Ellie, and they have 2 little girls, Avery and Katy. The family also has 2 dogs, a Labrador named Julius and a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Moses.

Lauren 1 croppedLauren Kneadler

Level I CrossFit Trainer

A true Arizona native, Lauren was born and raised in Scottsdale, AZ.  She attended Chaparral High School and continued her education at Arizona State University where she earned her degree in Tourism Development and Management in the Spring of 2010.

Growing up, Lauren’s true passion was volleyball.  As an Outside Hitter, Lauren played for seven seasons with the Arizona Juniors Volleyball Club, leading her team twice to the Junior National Championship Tournament.  As a high school athlete for the Chaparral Firebirds, Lauren and her team won the State Volleyball Championship twice, in both 2004 and 2005.

Shortly after graduating from college, Lauren discovered CrossFit. She soon realized it was a great avenue with which to fill the void created by volleyball. This is also where she met her future husband, Derek.

Meghan 2 croppedMeghan Sweet

Level I CrossFit Trainer
CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certified
CrossFit Movement & Mobility Certified
OPEX (formerly OPT)Coaching Certification Program: Assessment, Program Design, Nutrition.
CrossFit Games Regional Qualifier 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014

Meghan grew up playing soccer in her hometown outside of Atlanta, GA. In high school/college she worked at a local gym where she discovered her passion for helping others achieve their health and fitness goals. However, in college she neglected her training and nutrition; over time, this resulted in weight gain and decreased strength/conditioning. After college, determined to regain her prior fitness level, she tried a variety of workout routines and nutrition programs. While training for her first half marathon she discovered CrossFit and never looked back.

Within 6 months she achieved more than she ever dreamed, not just physically and nutritionally, but in all areas of wellness. In 2011 and 2012 Meghan competed in the CrossFit Open and earned a spot to compete as an individual in the Southeast Regionals. Through her own devotion to improve in all areas of wellness, she discovered her desire to coach individuals of all ages and fitness levels to achieve their lifestyle, nutrition, and performance goals. Meghan moved to Arizona to “go all in” on her goals to compete and be a full-time coach. Meghan is excited to help you on your fitness journey whether your looking to upgrade your training or just getting started.

Josh 1 croppedJosh Sherko

Level 1 CrossFit Trainer

Josh was born and raised on the South side of Chicago and yes is a White Sox and Bears fan. Josh was a three sport athlete in high school and an All American in the Decathlon, placing 5th in the Junior Olympics. He went on to attend the University of Northern Michigan earning his degree and a 4 year letter winner as a defensive end and outside linebacker. His true passion is for the outdoors including rock climbing and kayaking which eventually lead him to CrossFit. The sport not only enhanced his performance in both sports but also taught him the benefits of nutrition. He continues as a volunteer for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Mountain Rescue Posse and is the husband to his beautiful wife Katie and Father to his daughter Lilia.

Moses croppedMegan Benzik

Level 2 CrossFit Trainer
2017 Central Regional Competitor (15th place finish) & 2014
CrossFit Gymnastics Certification
ISSA Fitness Trainer Certification

Meg was diagnosed with Lupus when she was 12 years old. It was at this time she realized she had a choice to make. She could give in and let the disease control her life or she could fight to gain her health back. Needless to say, health and fitness became the foundation upon which she built her life.

When she realized what a positive impact nutrition and fitness had on her life, she couldn’t help but want to show others what it could do for them. Right out of high school, she began personal training and realized there was nothing more gratifying than helping someone change their life for the better. She was introduced to CrossFit in 2011, signed up for the CrossFit level 1 course, and never looked back.

She never played any sports in high school, but found herself enjoying obstacle races including the Spartan Super, Spartan Sprint, and Tough Mudder races. Eventually she realized she had a stronger passion for CrossFit and set a goal of making it to regionals. Year after year she worked towards her goal of competing at regionals, all while coaching and helping others achieve their own personal goals. In 2017, she was finally able to make her dream come true and competed at the CrossFit Games Central Regional in Nashville.
She believes anything is possible if you set your mind to it, and she hopes to prove this to others by helping them reach their own personal dreams.

Gabrielle 3 croppedShanna Duvall

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Shanna has been competing in CrossFit for 5 years and was on Team OPEX 2015 CrossFit Games team.
Originally from Asheville, NC, Shanna moved out to AZ to train with OPEX.

Carry 3 croppedCarrie Adams

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Carrie has been focusing on mastering all the skills in CrossFit at a competitive level. Her commitment to the Sport of Fitness and her goal of qualifying for Regionals is hell-bent. Carrie is an extremely athletic woman with background in Track and Field. Her passion for exercise clearly shows and more importantly her attitude lights up the gym.

Amanda GoodmanAmanda Goodman

Level I CrossFit Trainer

Amanda grew up in New York participating in competitive gymnastics. After competing for the University of Bridgeport, she then moved onto 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. For the last two years Amanda has been coaching group fitness classes and competing in the sport of fitness. She moved to Arizona to train under James Fitzgerald. Amanda qualified and competed in the 2013 Reebok Crossfit Games, where she won the clean & jerk ladder. She went on to win the 2014 Southwest Regionals and competed at the 2014 Crossfit Games where she finished 20th. She was the first female professional athlete to sign with the National Pro Grid League Phoenix Rise. Her determination, work ethic and drive is inspiring.