KATIE MERCADANTE

KATIE MERCADANTE

COACH

Certifications:

  • CF L1-Trainer
  • CF Kids Trainer
  • CF Mobility Trainer
  • CF Endurance Trainer

CrossFit Competition/Athletic Experience:

  • Festivus Games Competitor, Fourth Place Ladies Division, 2012
  • Survival by Burpees Competitor, First Place Ladies Division, 2012
  • Throwback Throwdown Competitor, First Place Co-Ed Team, 2014
  • Endurance Events: 3 Full Marathons, 15+ Half Marathons, Warrior Dash, Ragnar Relay
  • High School Athletics: Softball 3 years, Soccer 2 years, Track 2 years, Cheerleading 2 years

I have been a fitness addict all of my life, participating in high school athletics and collegiate co-ed intramural sports. While earning my degree at the University of Florida, I studied exercise sports sciences to complete pre-physical therapy degree requirements. I spent this time focusing on physical education and adapted physical education and aquatics, learning how to guide children and young adults to become more physically active and safely become fit.

Since graduating college, I became an avid runner and began participating in marathons and half marathons. I was introduced to CrossFit in 2009 while living in Miami, where I was a member of Peak 360. I fell in love with the challenge that CrossFit represented and the competition that happened in each day’s class. With the help and guidance of some great coaches along the way, I gained a passion for all of the aspects of CrossFit from technique to the intensity. This lead me to pursue my CrossFit certification in February 2012. Coaching took my love of CrossFit to a new level, I found that helping others to achieve new levels of athletic accomplishment provided me with an overwhelming sense purpose and an even greater passion for the sport. Since achieving my Level 1, I have attained certifications in CrossFit Kids, Mobility, and Endurance, allowing me the opportunity to lay the foundation for a lifelong love of fitness with our youngest “mini-beasts,” work with athletes struggling with flexibility and agility issues, and analyze and assist with the training of our endurance athletes.