Steve Dolge

Steve Dolge

Owner, Head Coach

Most of my professional career was spent in news radio, but in 1997, I signed up for the Reston Triathlon, and things haven’t been the same since. I lumbered through the 1 mile swim, 25 mile bike ride and 10k run, hating each segment more than the last. And yet, as soon as I crossed the finish line, I thought to myself, “I can’t wait to do that again.”

And that’s the power of sports/athletics/intense exercise. It has a way of hooking you. There is joy in this kind of suffering.

That race lead to more triathlons, marathons, and eventually the Ironman (swim 1.2 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles).  I got certified as a Tri Coach and personal trainer.  Fast forward to 2009, and I was no longer just a weekend warrior, I was coaching clients.  I started a boot camp at Lafayette Elementary school: 10 people showed up, and I’ve never looked back.

I got into CrossFit because I noticed new athletes winning tri races.  They weren’t long and lean.  They were muscular.  They didn’t do long hard runs.  The trained in short, intense sprints.  I got my CrossFit Endurance certification, and I was hooked. Six months later, we opened Second Wind CrossFit.

I am most proud of the community we’ve built at Second Wind – a supportive and caring group of people who want to be fit, healthy, live long lives…and have fun doing it.  I count myself lucky everyday to have found my own second wind.

Certifications:

  • Certified CrossFit Trainer (Level 3)
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1
  • USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach
  • A.C.E. Personal Trainer
   
Michelle Dolge

Michelle Dolge

Owner

It’s Steve’s fault.

He spent a weekend getting his CrossFit trainer certification, came home, popped open a bottle of wine, sat me down… and told me our future. We became garage CrossFitters. We bought some bars and weights off Craigslist. He showed me some basic gymnastic moves, taught me proper lifting form, drew chalk measurements on our street, and next thing I knew, I was WODing in our driveway.

What I LOVE about CrossFit is it’s scalability. Every one can do every thing. Never an athlete, I started CrossFit when I was 50.  Let that sink in. (lesson: you can too)  For me, CrossFit is about fitness, proper movement patterns, and breaking old habits.  I work out right along side clients half my age, but I do it at my intensity, my scale.  Seven years in, and I feel stronger and healthier than I have in years.

I love the weightlifting.  My mother and grandmother’s generations were taught that women should be ‘gentle’ with themselves.  I disagree.  I want lean muscle mass to support me.  I want dense bones that won’t break as I age.  I want flexibility that keeps me active.  I want to be a strong woman.

At Second Wind CrossFit, I’m ‘mama bear.’  I want to know when you’re sick, your girlfriend dumped you, your kids are driving you crazy, or your job sucks. I want your hour with us to be the best hour of your day.

Before SWCF, I spent an eternity in the news radio business.  Steve and I live here in DC with our 2 way-cooler-than-us teens, and Murph the Puggle.

Certifications:

  • Certified CrossFit Trainer (Level 1)

Gayle Moseley

Gayle Moseley

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

I was never an athlete.  I did gymnastics in middle school, danced in high school and college, but was never into traditional sports.  I lasted half a season on the high school track team.   As an adult, my office softball team was so desperate for a fifth female to quality, they recruited me even though they had to teach me how to throw, catch and hit a ball.

I’ve had gym memberships, watching CNN while pedaling to nowhere on the ellipticals, never seeing results from my “hard work.” After my two sweet baby girls were born, I cancelled my gym membership and got the ubiquitous jog stroller.

A few years back,  Steve was running a boot camp outside the kids’ school.  It was convenient and several of my friends did it as well.  I felt good and even noticed some results (imagine that).  When Steve announced he was opening a gym, we all assumed it would be the same routine, just indoors.  But by the time we realized what CrossFit was, we were already CrossFitters!

I love the variety of CrossFit. I love that anyone can do it at their own intensity and get results, how we all have different strengths and challenges, yet muscle through the same WOD and encourage each other to finish strong!  I love that each WOD is a step towards bettering myself, both physically and mentally.  I love lifting barbells over my head!  I have muscles!

I coach CrossFit classes and Barbell Bettys.

I live in DC with my husband Scott (who you’ll see at the gym), my two teenage daughters, and our dog Chase.

Certifications:

  • Certified CrossFit Trainer (Level 2)
  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting


Morgan Pleasant

Morgan Pleasant

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

After college, I volunteered in rural Costa Rica, teaching free community exercise classes to mixed groups of preschoolers, moms, teens, seniors, field workers, competitive boxers, the occasional dog or iguana – you name it. I was on an endless search for ways to keep the exercises dynamic, engaging, and adaptable to all fitness levels. I came across the CrossFit website (this was before CrossFit was a household word), and before long, the high school students were earning their community service hours by creating suspension trainers made out of rope and rice bags, coconut med balls filled with rocks, tree stump boxes, and tire obstacle courses.

When I returned to D.C. after over 4 years in the jungle, CrossFit had exploded in the States. I joined Second Wind immediately, and we’ve been in love ever since. 

Growing up, all I ever wanted to do was play sports. I played soccer, basketball, lacrosse, rugby, and ran track. In college I started running marathons and then realized that triathlons are way more fun. I like to compete but I love to train. My motto has always been to “get uncomfortable in order to get comfortable.”

I love coaching because I’m a sucker for a good success story, especially when it’s sitting in a puddle of sweat and tears. 

I coach CrossFit classes, the Legends class, personal training, and foundations.  I have run specialty strength classes for teens and have worked to empower underpriviledged kids make healthy choices.

I live in DC with my husband John (also a CrossFitter), and my new baby Henry.

Certifications:

Certified CrossFit Trainer (Level 2)

 


Janet Hume

Janet Hume

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

I found Crossfit through a friend who was training to enter the Marine Corps’ Officer Candidate School. I’m not sure why he invited me – at the time I was one year removed from a DII Collegiate Cross Country career, running by myself 5-6 days a week, with zero upper body strength, and was a recovering vegan.  I love running, but heavy endurance training and a bad diet had left me weak and sick. I suspect he just wanted me to start eating meat again, and if I lifted some weights I’d be finally hungry enough to hear the siren song of bacon cheeseburgers. He was right.

We were at Five Guys by week three.

That first night, the coach asked us each to share our motivation for starting Crossfit. Many of the answers were what you’d expect: weight loss, cross training for marathons, an efficient way to stay in shape. I remember drawing a complete blank. Why WAS I here? I could barely do two push-ups. I was certain I was physically incapable of ever doing a pull-up.

When it was my turn to speak I took a breath, straightened up, and answered: “I want to feel powerful.”  The coach looked surprised. “Well…yeah,” he said, “Good answer.” And from that day on, I have felt more powerful than I ever thought possible.

My favorite workouts include long endurance components and Olympic lifting.

I coach CrossFit classes, Barbell Bettys, personal training, and foundations.  And yes, I can do push ups and pull ups.

I’m still waiting for Steve to program my special WOD: Snuggles for Time.

(Editor’s note: Ain’t gonna happen.)

Certifications:

  • Certified CrossFit Trainer (Level 2)
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Gymnastics

Josh Porter

Josh Porter

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

My introduction to Crossfit was in 2008. I had a friend visiting from Colorado and we went to my upscale DC gym for a mid-vacation workout. Instead of doing the requisite dumb bell curls and elliptical, my friend whipped out a sweaty couplet of box jumps and double-unders. At the time I may have poked a bit of fun at my friend doing something different, but she was on to something.

My favorite thing about Crossfit is how it inspires me. The elite athletes are obvious inspirations—they’re absolutely amazing!  But I’m most inspired by the everyday athletes who persevere to overcome their physical challenges (injury, obesity, disease, age) to be better than they were the day before.

My favorite workouts are the ones that get me outside of my comfort zone. It’s good to be humbled.

I ran cross-country in high school and played club volleyball in college. I was also a competitive flipcup player in my past life.

I coach CrossFit classes, foundations and personal training.

Why I’m not working out at SWCF or coaching, I enable scientists to discover novel biomarkers.  I love to go hiking and camping with my dog.

Certifications:

  • Certified CrossFit Trainer (Level 2)
  • CrossFit Gymnastics

Liz Rihani

Liz Rihani

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

When I walked into Second Wind in September 2012, I was in the worst shape of my life. I had always been athletic – track and basketball in high school, running and the requisite Total Body Sculpt and step classes in my 20s and 30s – but the happy work of being mom to two daughters paired with three years back at a paying job had gotten the best of me. I wanted to feel like myself again, and that meant making time for exercise.

I knew Second Wind was the answer the minute I walked in the door. Steve and Michelle had created such a welcoming environment that somehow CrossFit didn’t seem so terrifying anymore. After just a few humbling workouts, I was hooked.  For me, it was nothing short of life changing. I’ve never been stronger, fitter or happier – and I’m not done yet!

I love coaching because, honestly, I get more excited about other people’s accomplishments than I do my own. It makes my day to be at the gym when someone hits a PR or gets their first double under or muscle up. I love knowing each person’s goat and how hard they’re working to get better at it. I never get tired of seeing new athletes come through Foundations or Barbell Bettys and have those “Holy $#!*, I totally just did that!” moments. It’s the best.

Give me a barbell with some plates on it and let me pick it up a bunch of different ways, and I’m the happiest girl in the room. And I don’t hate wall balls.  I coach CrossFit classes and Barbell Bettys.

I’m lucky enough to have three jobs I love: mom, CrossFit coach, and DC Public Schools early intervention manager for Early Stages’ amazing Child Find outreach team. Someone pinch me!

Certifications:

  • Certified CrossFit Trainer (Level 2)
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting

Andy Howells

Andy Howells

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

I found Crossfit by chance. After my wife Lisette and I moved to 16th Street Heights, my afternoon running route took me down 14th Street and past the front door of Second Wind. There were always  athletes outside lifting heavy weights, running, and generally looking pretty bad-ass. I was intimidated but intrigued.

I went through foundations and knew immediately that I’d begun something amazing. With new-found enthusiasm, I came in for my first workout post-foundations and encountered ‘Nasty Girls’. It left me dead on the couch for an hour. The first time I did Fran a few months later, Lisette looked at me lying flat on the floor and asked if she needed to take me to the Emergency Room. When I replied, ‘no,’ she asked Steve to double-check. I secretly relished the feeling and kept coming back.

Since joining SWCF, I’ve been on an incredible adventure. Some days, I’ve set a new PR and gotten to ring the bell. Other days, I’ve finish in last place, gasping for breath. I’ll never forget the frustration I felt the first time I got time-capped on a workout. 

I really enjoy working with new members, as they are eager to learn and improve.

When I’m not at the gym, I own a restaurant and bar consulting business. Prior to that, I spent 15 years working in restaurants in various capacities; as a bartender, manager, and owner. I’m also a sommelier and love some of the wines coming out of Virginia.

Most days, I just feel better about life once I’ve had a chance to push around a heavy barbell. On weekends, you’ll find me training for obstacle course and adventure racing.  I coach CrossFit classes.

Certifications:

Certified CrossFit Trainer (Level 1)


Leslie Haddock

Leslie Haddock

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

When I was in the military I was invited to participate in several CrossFit workouts. Skeptical, I would acquiesce to the invitations here and there, always enjoying the workout but never committing to more.

In 2011, I was selected to be a part of an all- women’s group, known as a Cultural Support Team, to deploy with Special Forces Units. This group of women is  the most impressive and inspiring group of individuals with whom I’ve served and trained beside. One woman in particular was Ashley White, the first women to have a hero WOD named in her honor. These women were more committed to being stronger, faster, and better than anyone else in the room; of course, they spent their lunches doing Crossfit. Thus I joined in their lunchtime ritual and haven’t looked back.

Crossfit has fundamentally changed the way I approach fitness. I still enjoy focusing on strength but the adaptability and camaraderie built in the gym allows for a competitive and fun environment. I love how a WOD can be 10 push-ups with 3 people at different levels and the work will be equally challenging for each individual, everyone suffering together. I love helping athletes reach their fitness goals but more importantly I love helping people succeed past their own expectations.

Outside of Crossfit, I am training a service dog, Groot. He’s an adorable Australian Shepherd. Professionally, I am currently attending graduate school at Catholic University of America as a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student focused on suicide and PTSD. I am a huge advocate for mental health and one of the best things anyone can do for their mental health is exercise.

I coach CrossFit classes, personal training and foundations.

Certifications:

  • Certified CrossFit Trainer (Level 2)

Richard Hoar

Richard Hoar

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

I was introduced to CrossFit in early 2007 during an Army mobilization when my commanding officer “asked” a number of his lieutenants to do additional workout sessions in the evenings and weekends to help him prepare for the upcoming Best Ranger competition. He had, himself, just stumbled upon CrossFit and he loved watching the videos of these seemingly super humans perform crazy and irregular feats… and so that’s what he had us do. It wasn’t really true CrossFit that we were doing at the time, but these torture sessions introduced us to functional movement, high intensity, and a mixing of exercise modalities that took us beyond the monotony of “running day,” “arm day” and “ab day.” I figured that if it was good enough for my overachieving Captain, then it was good enough for me.

When I came off orders and returned to the area, I looked up local CrossFit trainers (I think there were only about 3 local affiliates at the time) and I attended my first official CrossFit class in a park in Alexandria. Despite staying physically active and regularly running about 30 miles per week, I couldn’t walk straight for the next five days. I was hooked.

I love how CrossFit blends the task of staying physically active with a mix of fun, comradery, and a semi-competitive atmosphere.  I enjoy helping others improve their physical performance while having fun at the same time.

In real life, I grew up near Tampa, and my wife Annie and I work in the political and policy worlds here in town (if my TV isn’t tuned to ESPN, it’s probably on C-SPAN). My obsessions with politics and CrossFit are perhaps rivaled only by my weird obsession with pugs, as my dog Senator can attest.

Certifications:

  • Certified CrossFit Trainer (Level 1)

Dani Grigsby

Dani Grigsby

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

A full-time social worker and refugee advocate, I’ve spent the majority of my career living and working abroad. A life-long fitness junkie, I started collecting certifications several years ago, in an effort to make fitness accessible to members of my various communities overseas on a part-time basis. I’ve coached and taught in gyms throughout Washington, DC and across the globe: Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, and Nicaragua.

My health and wellness passions include ultra-running, swimming, CrossFit, yoga, and back-country trekking. When not at work, or working out, you can find me lounging in my hammock with myrescue pup…and two cats…yes, at the same time!…reading a book or planning my next international excursion.

Certifications:

  • Certified CrossFit Trainer (Level 1)
  • Registered Yoga Teacher – 200 hour
  • ACSM Personal Trainer
  • USAW Olympic Weightlifting Coach
  • USATF Track Coach
  • ACE Group Fitness Coach
  • Reiki Level 1