Our Staff

Chris Suiter

Owner, Head Trainer

All the years of training with free weights, kettlebells, and martial arts has led me to this…

I found “Cindy.” She isn’t a person. She’s a CrossFit benchmark workout.

Surely, a 20 minute workout is no big deal, right? Especially one that includes JUST pullups, JUST pushups, and JUST bodyweight squats. Well, live and learn and what did I learn? I learned that I can struggle. I learned that I wasn’t prepared and after lying on the floor for a while, I decided I needed to embrace this struggle and improve. This was after I decided I wasn’t going to pass out.

Growth is important in all things and that’s what I’m here for: to make each and every person better when they leave than when they got there. I have been teaching and coaching for nearly 20 years and I’m ready to help.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Education.  Concentration: Exercise Science
  • Functional Movement Specialist
  • USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach & Club Coach
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • TaeKwonDo Instructor

Mitch Smith

Coach

CrossFit came into the picture the same way it does for most people…

I  saw fail videos of missed snatches and box jumps gone wrong.  But above all, I noticed the community and joy on everyone’s face so I dug in and researched.  At that time I was working downtown and had no free time to get to a box but my wife had started training at another box in town and was instantly hooked.  I changed jobs and landed at the top of the dreaded mile long [running] route on Miracle Hills Drive and decided to give CrossFit a try.

I fell in love the first day:  it’s a mix of the most frustrating and gratifying things you can ever do.  You beat the living shit out of yourself every day and do it repeatedly without hesitation.  I got stronger and stronger, I was seeing results, and the community embraced me (tolerates me is probably more accurate).

So, what does CrossFit mean to me?

It’s the home I have been searching for ever since I started my fitness journey.  I want to grow into it and eventually make a career out of helping people.  I want to find people like me and change their lives (or at least show them they matter and people around them care enough to help them get to whatever goal they have set).

I want to show people of all skill levels this program is designed to bring people together and make everyone stronger.  Life is a competition, and it’s no different in the box.  I want to show them that after the first person crosses the finish line they are pushing everyone else to finish their own race.  And who gets cheered the loudest?  The last person to finish; the person who pushed and gave everything they had and finished.

Now, why would someone want me to be their coach?

The simple answer is I am going to get to know them at a personal level and align their fitness goals to things that are important in their life.  I want to understand the mental or physical demons they battle, so I can take up arms in that fight.  My intention is not to intrude on their life but to amplify their box experience so they can feel even a fraction of what I feel each day.

Go Hawks.  Go Cubs.  Go Broncos.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Certified

FUTURE CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Aim to be Functional Movement Specialist
  • Aim to complete CrossFit Kids Certification

Cari Adams

Intern Coach

Before coming to Iron Hero’s open house, I had seen bits of the CrossFit Games on tv and though, “OMG!  Who in the world does that for fun?!”

Why did I go to the open house?

To see my friend who was going to be there.  Since it was around the corner from me, I planned to stop in, say hi and leave.  Things don’t always go as planned (which isn’t bad).  She won a gift card in the drawing and gave me the push I needed to “just try it out.”  I came for the Intro, which was my first ever CrossFit workout:

I had never touched a rower before, my squat was more of a butt dip than an actual squat, and don’t get me started on the pushups and pullups.  The only movement I felt comfortable doing were the situps and I had to do them differently.  The next day as I tried to figure out how to get out of bed.  I remember thinking “what have I gotten myself into?”

Flash forward to two months of going one to two times a week and I jumped in!

The things I expected to get from CrossFit:  strength, stamina, weight loss, and a good sweat

Things I actually got:  Iron Hero CrossFit Family, CrossFit community outside my box, mental and physical strength, support on not only CrossFit goals but my life goals, more flexible, finding strength in the slight improvements, more positive outlook on life, better sense of my real boundaries, and so much  more.  It has given me the courage to dream bigger dreams and step out of my comfort zone.  I have done a couple of competitions with the rowing ones being by far my favorites.

From a young age, I have always enjoyed learning and helping people.  I grew up surrounded with 4-H, Boy & Girl Scouts, and youth groups (Church); all of which promote community service and self-improvements.  I received my Bachelors of Science Degree in K-12 Physical Education and Health from Wayne State College.  While there, I also did my practicum and classes for the Athletic Trainer Certification but with life happenings did not sit for the exam.  I substituted for a year in various schools and subjects and taught K-6 Phys Ed and Title One for a year in a small school system.  Prior to that, I worked 8 summers at a Boy Scout Camp teaching merit badges including archery and shotgun.

I am looking to get CrossFit Kid’s Certified soon to get back to my passion of empowering our youth to be active.  My wish is everyone finds a lifetime activity to keep them mentally and physically fit.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

FUTURE CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CrossFit Kid’s Certified

Michael Kopperud

Intern Coach

I was interning for my high school athletic trainer when I was a junior and this is where I was introduced to CrossFit.

My athletic trainers owned CrossFit Sacramento and that was my first box where I learned everything from the basics to the pains and frustrations of a beginner.  I was there for a couple of years before enlisting in the Navy.  For a year, and some change, I was stationed in San Diego where I was at CrossFit Invictus.  Being permanently stationed in Japan gave me some opportunity to practice but not belong to a box.  I had a few changes to come back to CrossFit Invictus as I furthered training in San Diego once a year.

After finishing my tour in February of 2017, I moved out to Omaha to finish my schooling and join the best box and family in Omaha:  Iron Hero CrossFit

I aspire to help other individuals, from athletes to retirees, reach their fitness goals.It is also my hope to foster a training environment people can come to participate in the family and community of CrossFit.  I believe my world experience in serving in the military and traveling abroad has given me the necessary perspective to help all people from different walks of life.

I will push myself to be the best coach I can be and I will push you to be the best version of you that you deserve.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s in Exercise Science (Coming in 2020)

FUTURE CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Masters/Certified in Athletic Training
  • NSCA Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Other various CrossFit certifications