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our story

Friction CrossFit was founded originally by Jeff Burlingame in June of 2014. Bobby Armock and Mike Carr were the first coaches and worked their way up the ranks into the CEO and COO roles respectively. In 2018, Bobby and Mike took over for Jeff as operators of the business. Fast forward to September of 2019, Jeff sold the gym to Bobby and Mike. Ever since, the two have led the gym to have 10 staff members and to have helped the greater Grand Rapids area!

mike carr & bobby armock

meet your support team

Nick Thimmesch

COACH

I played sports growing up; later years it was mostly narrowed down to football and then rugby. I attended Grand Valley State University and received my Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science. Coming from an athletic background, fitness has always been a major component to me. So from a coaching aspect, it is rewarding to see people reach their goals. Other than that, my hobbies include hockey, snowboarding, and relaxing. Always up for trying new things though!

CERTIFICATIONS:
CrossFit Level 1
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kevin murphy

COACH

Kevin is a lifelong athlete who’s played every sport imaginable, but his favorite to play has always been hockey. He has also spent some time body building and powerlifting. Kevin is gregarious and loves public speaking and teaching, so coaching is something that comes naturally to him. He is passionate about helping people shatter their physical and self-imposed mental limitations.

CERTIFICATIONS:
CrossFit Level 1
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angela silsby

COACH

I started attending Friction CrossFit shortly after it opened. I was bored with working out on my own and wanted something a little more challenging. I started this journey at a more “mature” age and without a long history of athletic endeavors. However, the decision to come to coaching really lies with the athlete that walks in and thinks it looks impossible due to age, previous injury, or overall health/conditioning. Due to the inspiring coaches at Friction, fast forward three years, I decided to get my CF L1 and continue my pursuit to learn as much as possible and share it with others. We always applaud the loudest for the athlete that has to push their own personal boundaries, no matter how long it takes. It is one of my favorite things about CrossFit. When not at Friction, I am involved in dog rescue/fostering and full time job that won’t let me wear gym clothes.

CERTIFICATIONS:
CrossFit L-1
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trina ang

COACH

After discovering CrossFit in 2016, Trina found a love and hobby for a new sport. She is passionate about helping people lead a healthy lifestyle. Before CrossFit, she played soccer for 10 years and flag football for 2. CrossFit continues to show her that she is capable of things that once seemed impossible.

CERTIFICATIONS
CrossFit L-1
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Rachel Burlingame

CERTIFIED NUTRITION COACH

Rachel graduated in 2009 from Michigan State University with a bachelors in History Education. She worked for three years in Washington DC and Northern Virginia as a secondary and special education teacher. After the birth of her first daughter, she moved back to Michigan with her husband Jeff. She then worked for two years teaching prenatal nutrition and pain management as a birthing instructor. Rachel is passionate about health and nutrition, losing 40 lbs while being a busy mother of two. She is now an ISSA certified nutrition coach and is eager to help others realize their fitness and health goals.
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Chad Mctaggart

COACH

I have been interested in sports and fitness since I can remember. Durning high school I played multiple sports. Beach/sand volleyball being my favorite. I was a part of the high school powerlifting team where I played second in the national high school powerlifting championship for my weight class and age group. When I turned 30 I decided to participate in triathlons and running races. I have been teaching group fitness classes for 11 year and kickboxing for the past 8 years. . I have multiple Les Mills certificates along with Tabata boot camp and TRX certificates. My most recent certificate is CrossFit Level 1. My other passions include spending time with my wife and daughter. I also enjoy watching WWE wrestling and Formula 1 auto racing.

Certifications:
CrossFit L-1
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