Nate Kozma is a Level 2 CrossFit Trainer and USAW (USA Weightlifting) Level 1 Sports Performance Coach. Nate has worked extensively with all types of individuals throughout the years. His easygoing demeanor and keen attention to detail allows him to work well with any individual no matter their fitness level. Ultimately, his goal as an owner/coach is to create a fun, comfortable environment where every member has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential.
Nate decided to open Wayfarer CrossFit in July 2014 after working full-time as a coach for two years at CrossFit South Hills. In addition to his CrossFit and weightlifting certifications, Nate has acquired knowledge and experience through training courses focusing on CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Anatomy, CrossFit Movement and Mobility, CrossFit Adaptive Training, and CrossFit Scaling.
Before indoctrinating himself into the CrossFit world, Nate served in the United States Army from 2001-2006 attaining the rank of Sergeant/E-5. He served as an Airborne Field Artillery Firefinder Radar Operator for five years while spending a one-year tour in Iraq (2003) as well as a one-year tour in Afghanistan (2005). Following his military career, Nate studied at the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Phoenix, AZ from 2006-2008. Shortly after his time there in Arizona, Nate moved to Louisiana where he worked on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico from 2008-2010.
Nate began to face personal struggles with alcohol abuse as he returned to civilian life post military. An abnormal EKG reading provided to be a wake-up call prompting him to immediately quit drinking and smoking in an effort to refocus his mind and body through health and fitness. It was at this time that Nate had his first CrossFit experience. In his first class at CrossFit Lafayette (Louisiana), Nate came face-to-face with the popular benchmark workout, “Fran,” and has been hooked ever since.
Outside of the gym, Nate enjoys spending quality time with his wife and fellow Wayfarer CrossFit member, Lara. His hobbies include hunting and fishing, attending sporting events, camping and hanging out with friends.
Heather's fitness journey began with her aerobics instructor approaching her and asking if she had any interest in being an instructor. Shortly after that, she received her AFAA certification and began teaching. She cycled through many regimens, but was still looking for something a little bit more. She tried CrossFit after a fellow gym member encouraged her to. She knew this was what she wanted to do.
She enjoys the variety - the lifting, cardio and gymnastics - that CrossFit provides, and of course she loves the people.
After a year of participating in CrossFit, she received her CrossFit Level 1 Certification and began coaching. Heather thinks it is a great honor to coach all of the amazing members at Wayfarer.
In her free time, Heather likes to spend time with her husband and two children, being out and about in the mountains. She is also a self taught metalsmith and makes jewelry. She also enjoys cuddling with her Boston Terrier, Delilah.
Kaitie was introduced to Crossfit in 2016 by her now fiancé, and fellow Wayfarer member, Nick. Wayfarer has been her first and only CrossFit gym, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
CrossFit, as a sport, offers so much through its diverse workouts, broad range of movements and various intensity levels, she was hooked after the first class, but the being part of a “family”, specifically the one at Wayfarer, that keeps her coming back.
Kaitie's favorite movements are the Olympic lifts, snatch and clean, gymnastics movements but specifically anything handstand related, one armed movements and any ab building exercise. Kaitie has always been conscious of her nutrition but currently, she follows a macro tracked diet that is essentially derived from Wayfarer’s nutrition guidelines, but also enjoys a cheat meal or a glass of wine on the weekend.
She earned her Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and Rehabilitation in December 2017 and her CrossFit L1 certification in March of 2018.
Her biggest advice to anyone thinking about CrossFit is don’t be intimidated (easier said than done, she knows) because 9 out of 10 times, that first workout won’t be your last. As a coach at Wayfarer, her biggest goal is to keep everyone positive and having fun while being focused on their threshold and the process that is programmed; because both together will undoubtedly lead to PR’s.
In her spare time, Kaitie is spending a lot of time planning her September wedding, reading, and vegging on the couch with Nick and their animal babies watching movies and Netflix.
Greg earned his CrossFit Level 1 certification in November 2017 and his USAW Sports Performance Coach certification in April 2018. He is a 2018 Penn-Trafford graduate. He found CrossFit in early 2016 when he came to Wayfarer for Bobby’s senior project signing up to do the OnRamp. He thought he would complete the OnRamp program and move on with his life. However, the people and environment kept him coming back and he eventually even convinced his dad and sister to come and they loved it, too.
His favorite part of coaching is the connection he gets with people, no matter what walk of life people come from CrossFit is
humbling and it causes a great connection between people. He plans on attending college in the future to study Computer Science.
In Greg's free time he enjoys doing CrossFit, playing video games, and trying to stay out of trouble with his friends.
Mike is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and has been training at Wayfarer CrossFit since July 2014. Before getting into CrossFit, Mike played Division II NCAA soccer for California University of Pennsylvania where he lettered all four years and captained the team his senior year. While earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Mike interned with the university’s Strength and Conditioning student program where he specialized with the football team’s physical development.
A dedicated coach and athlete, Mike has a passion for helping others in achieving their own health and wellness goals. Shortly after college, he received a certification from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AAFA) in order to become a personal trainer for adults. In addition, he became a strength and conditioning coach for children.
Filling the void for the competitiveness of being an athlete, Mike adopted CrossFit as his own training system for physical fitness in early 2012. Mike’s most notable achievement in CrossFit has been qualifying for the 2014 Mid Atlantic Regionals as an individual competitor.
Outside of the gym, Mike works alongside his twin brothers at their local window cleaning business. When he’s not working, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and fellow Wayfarer CrossFit member, Shell. The two of them enjoy hiking, biking, camping, skiing, and snowboarding.
Sales & Marketing
Lauren handles the social media/merchandise design and sales/marketing for Wayfarer CrossFit. She is always around being a photo ninja, looking for member's accomplishments and making sure everyone is in the know. She also runs our members only Facebook Nutrition page and likes trying new healthy recipes (and taking photos of them). Lauren's main goal is to keep everyone involved and to feel included at the gym. She has been a member at Wayfarer since September 2014.
In Lauren's free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs, cooking, gardening and working at her real job as a Project Manager for a technology company.