Our Coaches

Coach Vernon

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I think since before I even learned how to walk, I’ve always loved to express myself through movement. As a youngster, I practiced and competed in boxing, Greco-Roman wrestling, Tae Kwon Do, mixed martial arts, jiu-jitsu and track & field. I quickly discovered that I loved the mental and physical challenge that movement provided, and I felt privileged to have the opportunity not only to move but to train and compete.

In 2012, I pivoted into the sport of fitness, where I unearthed a new stratum of my own physical potential. From CrossFit came Weightlifting, where within my first year of competition I became the second-ranked 77kg lifter in Minnesota and qualified for my first national competition.

Competing has been a life-long process for me, and after many years of devoting as much of myself as possible to my sport(s), I decided nearly a decade ago that training others would be the next logical step for me. This choice led me to training high school athletes and then eventually, training at a health club. The health club became the incubator where I developed my unique training style, finally reaching the discovery that the way I wanted to train didn’t fit in the mold of the traditional gym model, so I took matters into my own hands and ventured off on my own.

Today, I coach a wide range of athletes from national-level rugby players and distance runners/cyclists to full-time students, military servicemen and women, health professionals, and everyone at every age and ability level in between. Our program is meant for every background and skill level.

I’ve spent a lifetime striving towards athletic limitations and then forging my way through them, all the while bulletproofing a mindset of calm confidence in the face of these physical challenges. My passion is developing athletes to overcome their own set of challenges.

Credentials

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Trainer
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Specialist certificate
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • BioForce Certified Conditioning Coach
  • First Aid, CPR, and AED certified

 

Coach Caitlin

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Before starting my fitness journey in 2013, I was very underweight, tired all the time, and, above all, I didn’t think I was worthy of being the kind of person that put my health and fitness first. I just thought, “that’s not for me.” For some inexplicable reason, though, I knew I needed a change, and so I entrusted Coach Vernon to walk me through workouts I could perform at my own pace and level, and one day at a time, I started believing in myself. Not only did I begin to realize what I was truly capable of athletically, but I also began feeding my body nutrient-dense foods.

I went from having no experience lifting weights to today, where I am knocking on the doors of state records across two different sports, Weightlifting and Powerlifting. I’ve been able to succeed in the strength domain while still being able to run a fast mile, perform gymnastics movements, and grind through just about any physical challenge thrown my way. This process has been so validating and empowering for me that I vowed to help others discover this for themselves, too.

At Clandestine Strength, I specialize in coaching our Function Program, where we focus on building a strong, well-rounded foundation where intensity is secondary to quality movement and injury prevention. I also spearhead our Nutrition Coaching Program, which is a comprehensive, habit-based system based on eating whole foods.

This isn’t just a healthy lifestyle kick, this is a way of life that, once I discovered how amazing it feels, became both effortless and non-negotiable for me. One person at a time, my goal is for others to discover this, too.

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, University of Minnesota
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1
  • Precision Nutrition Exercise Nutrition certificate
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Specialist certificate