Manrique Pena – CrossFit Coach
Manrique began his CrossFit journey in early 2009. He was growing tired of the monotony of “working out” at a traditional gym and was looking for an exciting way to supplement his endurance training. CrossFit did this for him and more. Not only did he see great improvements in his endurance events, he also exhibited improvements in strength, speed, mobility, and overall level of fitness. He became a firm believer and proponent of the CrossFit method and its ability to improve general fitness, sport/event-specific fitness, and overall health and well-being.
Manrique served in the U.S. Army in various disciplines, including: Infantryman, Combat Medic, and Nurse. Before his service, Manrique lived a mostly sedentary lifestyle. He did nothing that can be considered “athletic”. While in the military, Manrique found that he thoroughly enjoyed being active and the way it translated into physical work capacity and to physical aesthetics (to be perfectly honest). While working as a nurse, Manrique realized the importance of maintaining a lifestyle that promotes health and well-being. Many illnesses can be prevented or stalled with a healthy lifestyle.
These life experiences combined have led Manrique down a path of finding happiness in wellness. Additionally, he found joy in helping others achieve the same. He has coached people of all ages and ability levels – from “stay-at-home” parents looking to improve their lifestyle to high-level military service-members that depend on their fitness to keep them alive. He enjoys improving others’ lives through fitness and he loves the challenge of coaching all levels. Manrique looks forward to utilizing his knowledge and enthusiasm to help improve the lives of CrossFit ATR North athletes.
Certifications and Seminars:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Football Coach
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Coach
CrossFit Gymnastics Level 1 Coach
CrossFit Endurance Coach
USAW (United States Association of Weightlifting) Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
KBC (Kettlebell Concepts) Kettlebell Certification
FMS (Functional Mobility Systems) Certified Professional
Columbus Weightlifting – Olympic Weightlifting Seminar
Ma Strength Chinese Olympic Weightlifting Clinic
Dmitry Klokov Olympic Weightlifting Seminar
CrossFit Regionals Official Judge
CrossFit Games Official Judge
Proving Grounds Competitions Head Judge