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 training center, Nate enjoys spending quality time with his wife and fellow Wayfarer CrossFit member, Lara and their kids, Grayson and Frankie. 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 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 dogs, Delilah and River.
Favorite movement: TTB and snatches
Margie has been exercising her whole life with the most emphasis on weightlifting. Margie also has a background in gymnastics and has always enjoyed workouts that incorporate gymnastics movements.
She started CrossFit in 2015, at the age of 48, after a close friend introduced her to it. Margie feels you are never too old to start something new and improve your fitness! She quickly developed a passion for it and learned how to push herself. She loves that the methodology of CrossFit encompasses so many areas of fitness and that every day in the gym is challenging and different. She also loves the community! After 5 years participating in classes, she decided to get my Level 1 in order to support others in their personal fitness journeys.
Outside of the gym, Margie is a Physical Therapist and has worked in a variety of settings with adults and children with disabilities. She currently specializes in Early Intervention with infants and toddlers. She has a Master’s degree in Health Education, as well. She feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to empower parents and caregivers to help their children reach their full potential. As a coach, she looks forward to being able to help members to achieve their goals and be the healthiest and best versions of themselves.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, drinking wine and binge watching Netflix.
Favorite movement: Handstand push-ups, handstand walks and anything she can do hanging from the bar!
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 WFCF. She is a Wayfarer OG and has been a member since September 2014.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, including 4 dogs, reading books about murder, cooking, gardening and working at her other job as a Senior Portfolio Manager for a technology company.
Favorite movement: Burpees and Power Cleans