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Sponsored Athletes
Black Legion sponsored athletes and coaches are among
the most talented in their given sport!
 
Christian Anto- Powerlifter
Christian Anto- Powerlifter
Christian Anto trains and coaches at NBS Fitness in Memphis, TN. under the guidance of his coach & mentor, David Allen. He competes in the 181lb weight class and has ranked in the top 5 in both squat and USA Total, as well as the Top 7 All Time (World)!!! He has his BS in Exercise Science, his Certification as a Strength & Conditioning Specialist, and his Basic & Advanced Olympic Lifting Certifications.

"Passion trumps everything."
Boston Jacobs- Strongman Competitor
Boston trains and coaches at The Anvil Gym in Cedar Rapids, IA with his coach and gym owner, Ken McClelland. This former collegiate wrestler from Coe College has his BA in Strength and Conditioning, and has been a competitive strongman for the past 3 years. Now competing in the 231lb weight class, he has qualified for Nationals each of the past 3 years, placing 5th in 2014 and 5th at NAS Nationals in 2015.

"F*ck Friction" : any force that resists relative relative motion; the people or things that try to hold me back.
Boston Jacobs- Strongman Competitor
Ethan Harak - 105kg Class Weightlifter
Ethan Harak - 105kg Class Weightlifter
As a Nationally ranked Weighlifter, Ethan has come into this arena with 4 years of Powerlifting and 2 years of CrossFit under his belt, and he is only 22! He trains out of B-Town Barbell in Bloomington, IN and CrossFit Lee's Summit in Kansas City, MO.
Ethan was named "Best Lifter" at Bluegrass Barbell in Kentucky, "Best Lifter" at Lab Gym Open Meet in MO, and "Snatch Bronze Medalist" in 105kg weight class at the American Open in TX.
He is supported athletically by his mom, dad, brother, girlfriend and coach, Aaron Axmear.

Best lifts: Snatch=155kg, Clean & Jerk=185kg, Back Squat=240kg, Front Squat=223kg. BOOM!
Mekenzie Riley - North Central Regional CrossFit Competitor
Watch out for Mekenzie! She trains at CrossFit North Peoria under the programming of Danny Burke and is a true force to be reckoned with! Having previously been a collegiate swimmer, Mekenzie found CrossFit in 2012. She has one 1st place in multiple local competitions including "CrossFit in the Corn Crib", "CrossFit Eject's Winter WOD's" and the "Quad Cities Christmas Classic". She participated in the 2013, 2014 &2015 as part of a team.

Mekenzie's biggest fan and supporter is her husband, Roy, and she was always supported in her athletic endeavors by her late parents, to which she tributes all of her performances.

"F*#k mediocrity, be PHENOMENAL."
Mekenzie Riley - North Central Regional CrossFit Competitor
Marshall "Sweet Dub" White- International Strongman Competitor
Marshall "Sweet Dub" White- International Strongman Competitor
Marshall is an ASC Pro Strongman for 7 years and has placed in the top 5 at America's Strongest Man all 6 times he has competed, and has competed in the 2009 World's Strongest Man! Yet, he says, "the best is yet to come!" He is currently training at CrossFit Elevate and Lift Strong Run Fast 2920.

When not training, he spends his time with his little ones, Lily Pea and Odin.
Meg Cannon- S. Central Regional CrossFit Competitor
Meg competed on a team in the 2011 and 2013 S. Central Regional CrossFit Competition with Hurricane CrossFit in Lake Charles, LA. She also competed as an individual in the South Central CrossFit Regional Competition in 2014!

She is inspired everyday by her husband James, son Liam, and the thousands of women that grace her Facebook page.

"The meaning of life is to find your gift...the purpose for life is to give it away...what is the point of life if we are not giving to others?"
Meg Cannon- S. Central Regional CrossFit Competitor
Mark Stewart - S. Central Regional CrossFit Competitor
Mark Stewart - S. Central Regional CrossFit Competitor
Mark is a CrossFit Competitor, instructor and certified endurance trainer, who is bound for greatness in the sport. He is a 2 time winner at the Ragin' CrossFit games, winner of the Deep South Shootout 2012, 12th place in the Fittest Games in Austin, TX 2013, and ranked 16th at the 2013 & 10th in the 2014 South Central CrossFit Regionals!!

Mark credits his achievements to those who helped him get there, his parents, brother, programmer-Troy Fletcher, coach-John Wilson, Buddy Toten & Larry Moss, and his family at Hurricane CrossFit in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

"Let me show you how great I am!" ~Mohammad Ali
Marshall Creed- CrossFit Competitor
Marshall is a former collegiate baseball player which is where he was introduced to CrossFit. He competes in the North Central Region and trains at CrossFit 217. Marshall has placed 36th in 2013, 9th in 2014 and 1st at the Gateway Garage Games, 14th in the Elite Division in the 2014 Granite Games, amongst many other smaller competitions throughout the Midwest.
Marshall has been inspired by his parents his whole life, as well as his wife, Lindsey.

"Refuse to Quit"
Marshall Creed- CrossFit Competitor
Derek French - Central East Regional CrossFit Competitor
Derek French - Central East Regional CrossFit Competitor
Derek trains under coach Mike Hart out of Joco CrossFit and CrossFit Lions Pride in Franklin, IN and has competed in CrossFit's 2012, 2013 & 2014 Central East Regionals. He has also taken 1st in both Kentucky's "Four Barrel CrossFit" and "The Thanksgiving Bash" in 2012. In 2013. Derek competed and won Joco CrossFit's "Fall Brawl" and CrossFit Instinct's "Rock N' WOD". He is currently training for the "Great Lakes Invitational" at CrossFit Indy North in Indianapolis, IN.

Derek is inspired by his parents who always taught him that anything worth doing isn't worth doing unless you give it 100%. Derek is a former weight lifter, baseball and football player and Army Veteran, and now CrossFit Competitor. CrossFit shortly after his military run was over and has been hooked ever since!

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."
Ingrid Hurley - Masters CrossFit Competitor
Ingrid Hurley is Black Legion's CrossFit Games Competitor who placed 5th in the 2012 Masters Division & 11th in 2013! Ingrid is the owner of Hurley Fitness, is a Crossfit Level 1 instructor, CrossFit Gymnastics Certified & is a Balanced Body Certified Pilaties Instructor. She also trains with coach Kim Wilkes at CrossFit St. Charles in MO. She accredits her various skills growing up to her sister, Gretchen, & her mom, but says that without Kim Wilkes none of her current successes would be happening. Jeremy Pickett & Paul Cegon have introduced her to new aspects of strength training! When not training, Ingrid loves spending time with her 3 sons, Austin, Alex & Nicholas

"As far as being my best, I have consitantly been reminded that it comes from within. The peace that one has in themselves will unleash their opportunities. Laughing every day & knowing you have weaknesses is vital for success. I work on weaknesses every day."
Ingrid Hurley - Masters CrossFit Competitor
Josh Nimmo- N Central Regional CrossFit Competitor
Josh Nimmo- N Central Regional CrossFit Competitor
Josh Nimmo has intimidating power! Josh is a Level 1 CrossFit instructor and owner of CrossFit Metro-East in St. Louis, MO.

He has placed 23rd in the 2012 N Central Regional CrossFit Competition!

Josh shares his life with his son, Jack, who loves coming to watch his Daddy compete!
Cory Buerck - N Central Regional CrossFit Competitor
Cory has competed at the Reebok Crossfit Games as a member of Crossfit Valley Park’s team that took 8th in 2011. He is a trainer at Crossfit St. Louis and competed in both the 2013 & 2014 N Central Regional CrossFit Competitions!

He has been inspired by his dad and wife, Amber. Cory is also inspired by a best friend of his- a wheelchair rugby competitor who is in training to compete on Team USA this year.

"He trains for weeks at a time before a rest day...the guy never gives up & plays the cards he is dealing with everyday. He does everything I do without walking & being able to grip things firmly."

"It's easy to rest and train for second place!"
Cory Buerck - N Central Regional CrossFit Competitor
Brian Turner - Powerlifter & CrossFit Competitor
Brian Turner - Powerlifter & CrossFit Competitor
Brian has competed in several powerlifting competitions including NASA, Son Light and IPA. He is experienced in geared, but recently switched to raw. Amongst his accomplishments are PR's of 600lb squat, 400lb bench and 570lb deadlift! Brian is currently training for the NASA Illinois Christmas Regional in Flora, IL. He trains at CrossFit Fairfield, as well as at home and is currently utilizing the CrossFit Football training program. Brian's accredits his inspiration to Smitty, who runs a powerlifting based gym in Flora, IL, and Ed Clark, an elite level powerlifter in Fairfield, IL.

"Through hard work and dedication, the impossible becomes only the beginning." ~Brad Vargason's shirt ... and he, of course, also loves the quote, "Only Stronger & Weaker Exist"!
Paul Cegon - Trainer and Coach
Paul Cegon is Black Legion's Sponsored Level 1 and Olympic Lifting Trainer and Coach. Paul competed in the CrossFit Games North Central Regional Competition in 2010, continues to program & coach regional competitors. Paul coaches classes at CrossFit Gambit in St. Louis, MO and CrossFit St. Charles, MO.
When not coaching, Paul shares his life with wife, Diane, his 4 children and 1 grandson.

"If you're going through hell, keep on going." ~Winston Churchill
Paul Cegon - Trainer and Coach
Karen Wilson- Masters CrossFit Competitor
Karen Wilson- Masters CrossFit Competitor
Karen Wilson is a CrossFit competitor as well as a Level 1 instructor & has her Olympic Lifting Certification. Karen competed as a team in the 2009 CrossFit Games with CrossFit Valley Park & was a 2011 Regional Qualifier for the CrossFit Games. She ranked 7th in the 2013 CrossFit Games Masters Division & has again qualified to compete in the 2014 Games in the Masters Division! Karen is coached by Melissa Hurley, Jacob Green & CJ Martin.

When not CrossFitting, she shares her life with husband, David, & children Jacob, Zach & Hannah .
"I am my only competition, now train hard and always HAVE FUN!"
 
 
 
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