Aaron O’Neil
Owner
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • USAW Sports Performance Coach
  • CrossFit Endurance, Recovery & Mobility, Olympic Weightlifting, Rowing, and CrossFit Football
  • OPEX Level 1 Assessment, Programming, Nutrition, Life Coaching

Aaron was born and raised in Norman, OK and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2002. “Growing up I was never athletically gifted, but enjoyed being active and playing sports.” During college, Aaron was a member of the University of Oklahoma Crew, and rowed for OU for 2 seasons, competing in both 2000m and 5000m races and gaining his first experience with a Strength & Conditioning program. After college, running replaced rowing and he competed in several 5k, 15k, half marathons, and completed a full marathon in 2006. Since and early age he has been an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast, and in 2008, he took 5 months to hike the 2,175-mile long Appalachian Trail, starting in Georgia and finishing in Maine.

“I started CrossFit in a friend’s garage in 2007, and was quickly hooked. Aaron has been the owner and head trainer at CrossFit 405 in Oklahoma City since April 2011. “I always tell anyone that will listen, I may be biased, but I think we have the best community of CrossFitter’s around at 405! “My passion for coaching has continued to grow over the last 5 years. Being able to give my clients the tools to succeed and meet their Fitness goals energizes me everyday. Health and Fitness mean different things to different people and everyone has a journey and that is something we understand when you walk through our doors. Making that journey a fun and successful one is what we strive for at 405. I want to help you become the absolute best version of yourself.”

The Crew

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    Joey Borelli
    Manager/Head Coach
    • CrossFit Level 1 Coach

    Joey started CrossFit to try something new. “I was tired and bored of the regular gym routine. Once I walked into 405 I was hooked. I saw it as a way to compete again since I have grown up playing soccer and basketball.

    After that first class that I took in the heat of the summer, I was sweating from head to toe, breathing heavy and knew I had to come back for more.” That was 3 years ago. Now, CrossFit means more to Joey than just a workout. “ It's my stress reliever, it's my home away from home.“

    Joey’s passion for coaching starts with his drive to help teach and motivate everyone on a daily basis. “I enjoy seeing results of every member who steps in the gym. Coaching is very rewarding now that I am helping develop our clients here at CrossFit 405.”

    Joey has competed in several local CrossFit events over the years and has now turned to running CrossFit events and judging over the past few years as well. Look for him to be leading the judges group at most local events here in OKC.

     

  • Holly O'Neil
    Coach
    • CF-L1
    • USA Weightlifting Level 1

    How long have you been a CrossFit Athlete yourself?

    Around 7 years.

    How long have you been a coach and why did you decide to become one?

    Around 6 years. CrossFit totally transformed my life when I started. It made me a more confident, happy, and better version of myself. I wanted to help people find that same passion and feeling I found in fitness.

    What initially drew to you CrossFit?

    My husband really wanted me to start CrossFit at the beginning and I was not convinced, I came to one class though and I was hooked!

    What do you love most about coaching our athletes?

    I coach the on-ramp program, so I am in the unique position to see people at the very beginning of their journey. I get every person exclusively for 1 month and I LOVE seeing the difference in a person from their first day to the day they graduate on-ramp. Those 30 days see such big things for every person, their confidence goes up, people learn to do things they thought they never would be able to do. They start to see results they came in for, they make friends, they start to set bigger and bigger goals, and they just blossom into this awesome athlete right under my eyes. I am so thankful to a part of it!

    What's your favorite movement we do in CrossFit?

    Clean!

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    Julia Klingensmith
    Coach
    •  CrossFit Level 1 Coach
    • USAW Sports Performance Coach

    Julie hails from Detroit, Michigan. Sports have always been a big part of her life. In high school, she competed on the track, swim and softball teams. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy where she was Captain of the Women's Softball Team.

    She served 11 years as a Naval Flight Officer on the P-3C Orion. In 2011 she lost a bet to a Navy buddy and had to give CrossFit a try. She was hooked. After that first class, she signed up and has been CrossFitting ever since.

    In 2014, she left active duty and moved to Oklahoma. She is excited to make Oklahoma and CrossFit 405 her new home.

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    Alex Ashoff
    Coach
    • Crossfit Level 1 Certification
    • Crossroads Adaptive Athlete Coaching Certification

    Alex grew up in Mount Airy, Maryland, a small railroad town near Baltimore and Washington DC. After attending school in Pittsburgh for 6 years, he moved to OKC where he's completing his Prosthetic Residency at the OKC Veterans Affairs Center.

    When he's not building and fitting artificial limbs for amputees, Alex enjoys hiking and pretty much anything outside. In addition to going on adventures with his fiance and his Golden Retriever, he's passionate about cooking most of their meals to make sure they're eating right.

    After completing a bicycle excursion in 2013 to raise money for his friend, a Crossfit coach, who had been in a severe car accident, the owner of his friend's box let him train for free. After that, Alex was hooked. Alex has been coaching for 2 and a half years, and joined the Crossfit 405 family in 2016.

    Some of his proudest moments have been helping athletes accomplish new things, "whether it's getting that first muscle up or finally getting double unders." He's especially proud of the adaptive athletes he gets to coach, "these athletes present various challenges in their programming and helping them achieve their  fitness goals is very rewarding."

    For those considering Crossfit, his best advice is two-fold, "don't be intimidated, Crossfit is infinitely scalable and Crossfit 405 has some of the best coaches I've ever worked with. Second, if you are an experienced athlete, I'd say leave your ego at the door. Be open to learning and start slow, master the fundamentals. It will serve you better in the long run."

     

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    Ryan Doonkeen
    Coach
    • Crossfit Level 1
    • Crossfit Endurance

    Growing up in Oklahoma City, Ryan attended Oklahoma State University where he received a degree in Marketing  and has been working in the digital marketing arena for various banks, credit unions, non-profits, and Universities since 2007.

    Ryan is truly an outdoorsman. In 2014, he rode his bicycle from Vancouver to San Francisco, camping and cycling all the way down the Pacific Coast.

    In 2011, Ryan first started Crossfit as a member and then became a coach in 2012. He joined the Crossfit405 family and has been a integral part of our coaching staff since May of 2016.

    When asked why he became a coach, he said, "I came from an endurance background, having ran 9 marathons and completed a full Ironman. I had many people help me along the way that I wanted to pay it forward. I was able to create my own CrossFit Endurance class and have since have had a hand in helping over a hundred people complete some sort of the OKC Marathon course (relay, half and/or full) since my first year as a coach in 2013."

    In addition to training athletes, Ryan loves to see the interaction between the members at the gym. "We all have different personalities and experiences and are in the gym for different reasons yet because we all are there to sweat on purpose, everyone is able to bond in some way. I also really enjoy being a part of someone's fitness journey, sharing my knowledge with people in hopes that they reach their goals."

    When asked for advice to those considering Crossfit, he says, "Come in and have fun. Don't take it too seriously. It's only working out."

  • Lindsey Cooper
    Coach
    • CF-L1

    How long have you been a CrossFit Athlete yourself?

    Over 5.5 years now!

    How long have you been a coach and why did you decide to become one?

    2 Years+. I love promoting healthy choices, and being a coach allowed me to teach and help others make healthy choices.

    What initially drew to you CrossFit?

    On a dare actually, but then I loved the community!

    What do you love most about coaching our athletes?

    I love watching someone discover something new their body can do! Our bodies are magnificent and capable of so much. CrossFit allows us to explore some of those awesome things are bodies are capable of.

    What's your favorite movement we do in CrossFit?

    Oh, too many to choose! My favorite part of Crossfit is seeing someone work really hard and hit their goal!

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    Jeff Briley
    Coach

    CrossFit 405  | Oklahoma City, OK

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
    • CrossFit Gymnastics

    Jeff began his CrossFit journey in 2015 and has seen a tremendous amount of growth since then. After a couple of years of attending classes, he decided to take it to the next level and become a coach. Jeff's laid back, encouraging, and always willing to help our members out with helpful coaching tips and tricks. He also sets a great example for our members by scaling when needed, but also showing up on the competition floor.

    When asked what drew him to Crossfit, he said, "After having tried hiking Grey's Peak in Colorado, it became apparent I wasn’t in as good of cardio shape as I thought. I had always heard Crossfit got people in extremely good shape so as soon as I got back I found a gym. After the first workout I was hooked. It’s been the first time I haven’t got burned out on working out after about 6 months ever. As a firefighter it’s been the best thing for my career as well. I’m able to function significantly better at my job from doing CrossFit."

    Jeff initially started coaching out of necessity for the gym he started at. They needed coaches badly and it seemed like something he’d like. What kept him coaching was the people. He said, "Whenever someone hits a PR or does that first muscle up, as a coach you feel every bit of the excitement they do having achieved a goal."

  • Carl Nyberg
    Assistant Coach
    • CF-L1

    How long have you been a CrossFit Athlete yourself?

    5 years

    How long have you been a coach and why did you decide to become one?

    Initially, I went to the CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course in December of 2015 to improve my own knowledge of the movements and principles of CrossFit. However, with time I realized the benefit you can provide to people assisting them as a coach. I initially coached friends and family one-on-one since completing the Level 1 course and started group coaching shortly after joining CF 405 in the summer 2018 as time and life would finally allow me to do so.

    What initially drew to you CrossFit?

    I was drawn to CrossFit for its functional application of fitness and strength. I had been into strength training since college, however it had no real-world translation. Starting CrossFit gave gave me confidence and real-world application of my strength and endurance like I had never experienced before, along with greater health benefits. Now I cannot get enough.

    What do you love most about coaching our athletes?

    CrossFit is not only about self fitness, but also giving to the community and helping those around you seek their potential. In this way, I can encourage and help people to get healthy / healthier and help them to realize what they can truly achieve both in the gym, and as it translates to real life.

    What's your favorite movement we do in CrossFit?

    Pull-ups

  • Danielle Meade
    Assistant Coach
    • CF-L1

    How long have you been a CrossFit Athlete yourself?

    I started in early 2016.

    How long have you been a coach and why did you decide to become one?

    Since June of 2018. I have loved what CrossFit has done for me in my fitness journey and I wanted to share that with others. I wanted to be a support for those on their journey and help them reach their goals and surpass their expectations.

    What initially drew to you CrossFit?

    I really appreciated the variation in the movements we do. I love that you gain strength, endurance and gymnastics skills all in one program.

    What do you love most about coaching our athletes?

    When it finally "clicks". That moment when something I have said or demo'd helps the athlete reach that goal or learn something new. Helping someone dig deep to unlock the potential they never knew they had to complete something they thought was impossible.

    What's your favorite movement we do in CrossFit?

    Bar Muscle Ups!

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    Kirsten Stone
    Intern

    CrossFit 405 | Oklahoma City, OK

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)

    Kirsten has an amazing journey into finding fitness and becoming a CrossFit coach. Her journey into CrossFit started in 2017 and what she loves most about is the fact that it’s fun, community based workouts help her be better as a mom and person, both mentally and physically. It’s helped her achieve physical and emotional goals and she's so much happier for it!

    She decided to take it to a new level and pursued her L1 in 2019. When we asked her why and what she loves most about coaching, she said, "I love seeing people achieve their goals, whether it be losing weight, being stronger or just being better at every day life! I enjoy helping people reach their success! When someone gets that PR, or comes into class smiling because they’re excited to be there! I love helping people reach their goals and cheering people on who are working on becoming better versions of themselves."

     

     

  • Tessa Ashoff
    Yoga Instructor
    • Yoga Alliance RYT 200

    How long have you been a CrossFit Athlete yourself?

    I started practicing yoga consistently in 2014 as a supplement to marathon training. What started as a way to hold me accountable for stretching eventually turned into a daily practice that changed my outlook on life.

    I did my first CrossFit WOD in 2013 as a college athlete. I entered my first CrossFit box in 2015 when I started dating my now husband who had his L1. I tagged along with him during open gym for the next three years. In 2018 I finally took the plunge and completed on-ramp at CrossFit 405.

    How long have you been a Yoga instructor and why did you decide to become one?

    I’ve been a certified yoga instructor since 2017 and have cherished every minute of it. In 200 hours of training I learned so much about the body, the mind, and eastern philosophy. I love sharing this knowledge with my students.

    I started yoga teacher training to deepen my own practice and learn more about myself. We had recently moved from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma and it felt like the right time pursue the opportunity. I never thought I’d teach publicly until I completed the 200 hours of training. The practice of yoga, syncing movement with breath, and quieting my mind has made me both a better athlete and person. I couldn’t imagine not sharing this practice with others knowing the benefits.

    What initially drew to you Yoga and CrossFit?

    After a few months of consistently practicing yoga I no longer had shin splints and noticed my running feeling easier. A few months after that I noticed myself feeling calmer and less stressed out. It was this sense of peace and acceptance that hooked me.

    The CrossFit405 community is what ultimately convinced me to complete on-ramp. The atmosphere at the gym is open, accepting, and always supportive. It’s a great environment to push yourself to grow and be better physically and mentally.

    I really believe that Yoga and CrossFit complement each other beautifully. Both forms of exercise encourage you to push yourself to your limits, force you to be aware of your strengths and areas of growth, and promote self-acceptance/love.

    What do you love most about coaching our athletes?

    Every class ends with 10 minutes of savasana, a pose of total relaxation. These last moments are where students reap all the benefits of their practice. They rest in complete stillness, let go of their breath and their body. Watching students release anything and everything that is not serving them in this posture is the most rewarding thing to see as an instructor. It is a true privilege to watch students walk out of class more calm and grateful.

    What's your favorite movement we do in CrossFit?

    Favorite yoga posture: Anjaneyasana, crescent lunge

    Favorite CrossFit movement: Classic air squat

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    Ore Adesina
    Photographer
    • CrossFit Level 1 Coach
    • USAW Sports Performance Coach

    Looking for something that required more engagement and more of a challenge than the group exercise classes offered at her local gym, Ore started researching different exercise methodologies. She learned about CrossFit from her research, and took the plunge in 2012 by joining a local CrossFit gym near her home.

    She eventually ended up at CrossFit 405. She loves the knowledgeable staff, close knit community and workouts that get her out of her comfort zone and provide lasting results. After 3 years as a member, she wanted to take the knowledge that she had learned over the years to help others achieve their goals, and obtained her Level 1 CrossFit Certification in 2014.

    Ore has competed in local competitions, but her real passions are powerlifting and weightlifting. Ore hopes to share her passion for CrossFit and lifting heavy things with others. You can usually find her near the squat rack or with a barbell and plates practicing Olympic lifts.

    Ore also has a passion for photography, so you will see her behind a camera, taking action shots of our CrossFit 405 members during workouts. When she is not at the gym, she is keeping our fitness community in the know as our social media director and whipping up delicious recipes for her clean eating blog Bacon Wrapped Barbells (http://bacon-wrappedbarbells.com).

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    Isaac Lewis
    Head Coach

    CrossFit 405 South | Norman, OK

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
    • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)

    Isaac Lives in Blanchard, OK with his wife and two children. Isaac played or tested out every sport he could when growing up, and started CrossFit in 2012 with goal of building his strength between marathons. In 2013, he visited an affiliate for the first time, and soon after CrossFit training replaced running. Currently, Isaac is attending the University of Central Oklahoma for a degree in Exercise Science, and looking forward to using that knowledge and his experience as a coach to help our community become healthier and more physically active, while gaining an appreciation and understanding of a healthy lifestyle. “It’s not about how hard the workout is, it’s about how hard you work out!”

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    Josh Groves
    Coach

    CrossFit 405 South | Norman, OK

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
    • CrossFit Endurance
    • CrossFit Movement and Mobility

    How long have you been a CrossFit Athlete yourself?

    11 years.

    How long have you been a coach and why did you decide to become one?

    9 years and counting. Initially I took the CF-L1 with the goal of learning more about the methodology and to improve my own athletic performance. I started out working out on my own and with a couple of friends in the gym at OU and outside on jungle gyms (CrossFit was in a very different stage of life back then), after I started working out at an affiliate for a couple of weeks I saw the transformative power that the coaching staff had in peoples' lives and I wanted to be able to make a difference in the same way.

    What initially drew to you CrossFit?

    I was looking to get an efficient training dose in a shorter time so that it wouldn't interfere with my time spent training for my primary sport at the time - cross-country mountain biking.

    What do you love most about coaching our athletes?

    Watching someone master something, through hard work and practice, that they thought they could never do.

    What's your favorite movement we do in CrossFit?

    Overhead Squat

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    Dustin Stokes
    Coach & Media

    CrossFit 405 South | Norman, OK

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)

    Dustin began his journey into CrossFit as a member in 2015. When asked what drew him to CrossFit, he said, "I struggled for a year to gain the courage to even walk through the doors. I had always been insecure about my body, strength, working out. I didn't feel like it was possible or something I could even do. Some of my friends had done CrossFit and found great success in losing weight, and I wanted the same thing. I hated working out alone, I didn't know what to do. I think what really drew me was the fact that CrossFit is group fitness classes that are cool for guys to go to."

    "I decided to pursue becoming a coach in 2018 and started coaching the beginning of 2019. I'm a natural helper, and after seeing the dramatic changes I experienced in my mind and body, it gave me a desire to help others find that same hope and accomplishment. I love helping people see life through a new lens."

    Everyone has a different reason for coaching, but when we asked Dustin what gives him the most rewards as a coach he said, "I truly love it when people push themselves and achieve a new personal record. But really, CrossFit is a long game, not a short one, so it's really the day to day journey that I love observing. When I see members connecting with each other, fighting through obstacles, overcoming challenges, pushing themselves, and genuinely encouraging each other, that brings me a ton of joy."

     

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    Shyla Stokes
    Coach & Social Media
    • CrossFit 405 South | Norman, OK
      • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
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    Chelsi Carson
    Coach

    CrossFit 405 South | Norman, OK

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
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    Chris Simpao
    Intern

    CrossFit 405 South | Norman, OK

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)

    When Chris started CrossFit 4 years ago, what drew him was the community, being surrounded by like-minded people, and truly wanting to be functionally fit. When you arrive at CrossFit 405 South, you'll usually see him working on olympic lifts, snatch being his favorite, pushing a heavy sled, or encouraging others.

    What drew Chris to coaching was the continuous pursuit of knowledge and the ability to share that with others. Because of the influence you can have as a coach, his biggest reward is helping and watching people achieve the goals that they’ve put in tremendous amounts of work for. He says the smiles, happiness, and pride that someone exudes is priceless!

     

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    Julia Evergreen
    Photographer

    CrossFit 405 South | Norman, OK

    Julia began CrossFit around 5 years ago and has been a consistent face in our box since then. Whether she's moving a barbell around or snapping pictures, she has a personal drive to pursue excellence and become the best version of herself.

    She was drawn to CrossFit because of the physique possibilities, movement variety, availability of personal coaching advice, and a personal desire to see increased upper body strength. When asked her favorite movement in CrossFit, her answer is, 'This is an ever-changing answer, but warm fuzzies consistently are felt with good 'ol double unders and heavy power cleans."

     


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