SYNERGY FITNESS is Sarasota’s provider of high-level fitness training. We are not just a group exercise class or a boot camp facility. We are a community that is focused and committed to improving and enhancing your life through fitness.
Our definition of fitness includes many facets; Nutrition, proper movement, mechanics and intensity. Most importantly it has to align with your goals and priorities in life. We know from years of experience that fitness is a process and it takes time to learn, grow and reach your full potential.
Our existence and goal is simple: to provide you with the proper tools, in the safest environment possible, surrounded by positive and caring individuals in order to achieve maximum results with your health and fitness. Our philosophy is to teach people to move better through practice and progression; to use safe, smart effective functional movements with relative intensity to create a fun environment of constant progress; to maintain education as our primary goal for both coaches and clients.
Hailing from Huntington Beach, Justin spent his youth competing in a wide range of sports, and it was during his years as starting linebacker with the UC Berkeley (CAL) Golden Bears that he developed his passion for “functional” and “athletic” methods of training.
In 2004, Justin simultaneously became a personal trainer while pursuing a career in the fire service, and for the next four years, he honed his passion for assisting clients exceed their self-limitations by fostering athleticism for weight loss, general fitness and sports performance. Then, in 2008, Justin was introduced to CrossFit attained his Level 1 Certification and began coaching CrossFit out of his garage.
In 2011 Justin left his firefighting career and relocated to Sarasota with his wife, Stacy, and two daughters to follow his passion and operate CrossFit Suncoast. His focus is to create a fun, friendly and unintimidating environment for people to learn to move their bodies correctly and effectively as part of a healthy, active lifestyle.
His present and past certifications include:
A Sarasota native Stacy was a gymnast, volleyball player and accomplished equestrian growing up and graduated from Riverview High School in 1996. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Florida State through Exercise Sciences with emphasis in nutrition and fitness.
Her passion to create change in people’s lives began right out of college when she started training clients at the Breaker’s Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida. Two years later, she moved to California where she worked as master trainer at 24 Hour Fitness for six years and met her husband, Justin. Stacy enjoys running the business as well as coaching and sharing her love for CrossFit and all things health with the community.
Education and Certifications include:
Coach Jake was born and raised in Memphis, TN before attending his last two years of high school at IMG Academy in Bradenton for baseball. He played for Belmont University in Nashville, and after college, he discovered CrossFit through its media coverage.
In addition to his L1, Jake has his CrossFit Weightlifting cert as well as extended training in Olympic lifting through camps and seminars. Jake enjoys CrossFit’s people dynamic and the satisfaction of witnessing improvement most about coaching. He’s known for refusing to let go of his beat up Reebok Nano 2.0s.
Favorite Professional Athletes: Bo Jackson, Steve McNair, the Memphis Grizzlies and Lebron
Favorite CrossFit Moment: Watching EZ Muhammad’s rope climb/sprint event at the 2014 South East Regional. To me, that was the single most impressive event I’ve seen a CrossFitter accomplish.
Favorite Games Athlete: Froning
Favorite Event: Friday Night Lights during The Open