Our Coaches

Frankie Marquez Jr: Co-Owner & Head Coach

CFL1, CFL2 and CF Judges Course

1. What year did you start CrossFit? July of 2012
2. What made you start CrossFit? I needed a change in my fitness routine, CrossFit definitely sparked a new interest and I have never looked back.
3. Why did you become a Trainer? CrossFit is for everyone and as a trainer I wanted to prove that. With CrossFit's philosophy and foundation, improving people's quality of life both mentally and physically was now at my fingertips.
4. What is your favorite CrossFit movement? Hang Power Clean
5. What is your favorite cheat meal/snack? Any type of hotcakes; waffles, pancakes, french toast, etc. Oh and with plenty of maple syrup.
6. What is your ideal favorite workout? I have a love/hate relationship with any triplet type workout and with a time domain of around 10 min. Make it hurt so good is my motto!
7. What is your favorite superhero and why? Ironman - He takes an unfortunate circumstance that could of killed him and uses it for the good. With his hard earned fortune and knowledge, he continues to use his talents to help all those in need. Also, he is pretty witty and quick on his feet with remarks, I was never good at that and always wanted to be, that's some raw talent...

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I was born and raised in a small town called Johnson City, Texas. My absolute favorite past-time are spending time with my beautiful wife, Casey, and my sweet son, Jett.  When I am not at The Box strategizing my workouts down to the chalk break, you can catch me in my office handling the administrative task as a Co-Owner of our family owned restaurant-Julie's Cocina and of course CrossFit Lake Travis. Staying fit has always been a top priority of mine, as it allows me to continue to push me to my absolute limits physically and stay healthy for my family. our CrossFit family is a breeding ground for this type of lifestyle. I always joke around when people ask me why I do this and my response is simple,"I want to be able to beat my kid's in any sport or challenge we participate in!"

Casey Marquez: Co-Owner & Coach

CFL1, CFL2, CF Judges Course and CF Kids Certified

1. What year did you start CrossFit? One hot summer day in July of 2012.

2. What made you start CrossFit? Prior to starting CrossFit, I worked out because I wanted to stay in shape. I tried everything from ellipticals and treadmills at a globo gym, doing P90x in my living room with my dogs jumping all over me and then to simply running a couple of miles day, while adding some sit-ups  occasionally.  Definitely wasn’t something I enjoyed or looked forward to.  One summer, my friend told me about a new CF box that was opening up in our area.  Being in Marble Falls, there wasn’t very many options for fitness related things, so I figured I would give it a shot.  I went to the community workout with her and we did a team workout using a deck of cards. I love everything about it-the workout, the people, the variety! The next week I dragged Frankie with me and we were hooked! 

3. Why did you become a Trainer? If you know anything about my husband, you know that he always has ants in his pants and always looking for the next best thing or opportunity.  When he has an idea, he acts on it immediately and won’t stop until he comes up with the next best thing, something I love about him but also drives me crazy! He told me one night that he wanted us to open up a CrossFit Box in the Bee Cave/Spicewood area.  I told him he was crazy!  Owning a business at  24 years old and being a full time teacher commuting to Austin everyday didn’t seem like the best idea, but I trusted him and we did it! So to answer the question…I became a trainer not just because it came with the package of owning an affiliate, but I’ve always had the natural feeling and want to help people (hence the elementary school teacher in me).  I wanted the same experience I had when I started CrossFit.  I became more fit, I loved the workouts I did, I learned about proper nutrition, and most importantly, I was a part of a community that made me feel good about what I did! I wanted that same feeling for the community we were going to serve at CFLT. Boom! Mission Accomplished!  

4. What is your favorite CrossFit movement? Duh…the snatch! And yes I mean the full squat snatch.

5. What is your favorite cheat meal/snack? I can only pick one…geez! Breaking the rules here: Cheat Meal-I think I can eat enough Chips, Queso and Salsa to constitute as a meal & Cheat Snack- Sour Patch Kids (the big ones).

6. What is your ideal favorite workout? I love workouts with multiple short AMRAPs that increase weight and decrease reps. Possibly with some pull-ups, box jump overs and push jerks.
7. What is your favorite superhero and why?
I just had to google "name of super heroes" right now, this question wasn’t made for me  I’m not a big superhero fan.  

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I am originally from San Antonio, TX. I went to private Catholic school my whole life and was a high school & college cheerleader.  After college, I was an elementary school teacher for 7 years.  After having my sweet baby boy Jett, I decided to stay home and soak up the baby cuddles while I could (and loving every minute of it) but you can also find me at The Box conversting from member to member like a social butterfly!  I choose to stay fit because it is a part of my life. It would be like me not eating.

Michael Boatright: Co-Owner & Coach

CFL1

1. What year did you start CrossFit? April of 2013

2. What made you start CrossFit?  I had an opportunity to invest in an affiliate from the beginning and jumped on it! (thanks Frankie!)

3. Why did you become a Trainer? Greg Glassman called and asked me to.

4. What is your favorite CrossFit movement? Snatch

5. What is your favorite cheat meal/snack? Chocolate chip cookies.

6. What is your ideal favorite workout? Benchmark Girl "Amanda" : 9-7-5 of Ring Muscle-ups and Snatches 135#/95#.

7. What is your favorite superhero and why? Spider-Man, I had about 300 issues of The Amazing Spider-Man when I was a kid and just love the story.

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I was born and raised in the Hill Country-Johnson City, then graduated from Fredericksburg, class of 2000, The University of Texas, BS in 2004 and Texas State University, MPA in 2009. I just celebrated 10 years of marriage to Tahra in 2018 and we have two sons, Drake and Duke. When I am not at The Box "no-repping" our members ;), I own and operate a CPA firm with my father. When it comes to staying fit, on the spectrum of wellness and sickness, I want to stay on the well side as long as possible.

Donavan Trahan: Coach

CFL1 & CF Scaling Course

1. What year did you start CrossFit? August of 2012
2. What made you start CrossFit? Wife and I were doing the "gym thing" and some P90X, then the my wife heard of this thing called CrossFit in Marble Falls. She started, then a week later I joined. Once I realized how much gear and gadgets I could have, I was hooked!
3. Why did you become a Trainer? It’s kind of odd how it all fell into place...I am not comfortable talking in front of crowds and having all the focus on me, as you would think a CF trainer should be. However, my previous box had only one coach so I thought I would get my CFL1 and help out. Before you knew it, here I was, a CFLT Coach!
4. What is your favorite CrossFit movement? Rest and Thrusters.
5. What is your favorite cheat meal/snack? A good gumbo and potato salad.
6. What is your ideal favorite workout? Fittest Games qualifier: "1 Round for Time" 10 Thrusters 135#, 10 Deadlifts 225#, 10 Box Jump-Overs 24", 250m Row. Fast and heavy!
7. What is your favorite superhero and why?  Batman- A real person trying to make a difference.

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I am originally from Duson, Louisana. My lifelong WOD Partners are my wife, Amanda, and my three lovely daughters, Kayli, Olivia and Audra. When I am not at The Box scaling the heck out of workouts, as a Co-Owner of The Exotic Resort Zoo, I operate and manage my family owned business by taking care of our animals and helping out with our rental cabins. Staying fit is important for both my health and helping towards sticking around my family for as long as possible.

JJ Nichols: Coach, Pre-Teens and Kid's Coach

CFL1

1. What year did you start CrossFit? June of 2014

2. What made you start CrossFit? My husband started CrossFit about a year before I did and it was all he ever talked about! He finally convinced me to try it out and I was hooked after the first WOD!

3. Why did you become a Trainer? I was a personal trainer and group fitness instructor before starting CrossFit…I’ve always loved helping others with their health and fitness journey, so after doing CrossFit for about a year, my coach at the time approached me about getting my Level 1. Coaching CrossFit and seeing members accomplish goals they never thought possible is my favorite part of CF and something I look forward to every day!

4. What is your favorite CrossFit movement? My favorite CrossFit movement is definitely double-unders. A close second would be overhead squats.

5. What is your favorite cheat meal/snack? My favorite cheat meal would have to be a big ol’ cheeseburger with fries! And freshly baked chocolate chip cookies for dessert...my family will tell you I can bake some awesome chocolate chip cookies!

6. What is your ideal favorite workout? My ideal WOD would have the previously mentioned movements in it…double unders and overhead squats. Or maybe Nancy…she’s one of my favorites. 

7. What is your favorite superhero and why? Wonder Woman would definitely be my favorite superhero. She is strong and uses her strength for good! I have 2 daughters who are being raised in this amazing community of strong, supportive CrossFit women…they have a whole group of superheroes to look up to, which is pretty awesome!!

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I spent the first 10 years of my life in West Texas and then moved to Roanoke, Virginia. I ended up back at Texas Tech for college which is where I met my amazing husband of 15 years. We have 3 awesome and crazy kiddos. Marissa is 11, Allie is 10 and McCoy is 7. When I’m not at The Box trying to finish my workout before the next class starts, I am busy running the Nichols’ household and helping my husband with his Landscaping Business. CrossFit is a big part of all our lives and we love our CrossFit family. Staying healthy and active is something that is very important to me because it enables me to be the best wife, mom, Coach and person I can be! CrossFit has given us a way to stay healthy together and I’m so grateful for that!

Adam Yoder: Coach

CFL1

1. What year did you start CrossFit? 2014

2. What made you start CrossFit? I believe CrossFit addresses the 3 most common reasons people chose to not exercise or pursue a healthy lifestyle. (1) “I don’t have time.” CrossFit takes less than an hour everyday (2) “I get bored.” CrossFit leverages a different workout every day. (3) “Community.” CrossFit has immediate friends. All you have to do is show up and the community will keep you motivated. 

4. What is your favorite CrossFit movement? Not Running… (Favorite is the dumbbell snatch)

5. What is your favorite cheat meal/snack? Peanut butter... Anything with peanut butter.

6. What is your ideal favorite workout? I really enjoy anything with gymnastics.

7. What is your favorite superhero and why? Thor, I mean he carries a hammer around that no one else can lift and has some gnarly  hair...

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I am from Bakersfield, California. My beautiful wife (and yes, more fit) and I have been married for 10 years. We have 3 small children, Mika (6), Chase (4) and Rhett (2). When I am not at The Box, usually before the 5:30am class because let’s face it, when else could I work out, I am on the road as sales manager. I stay fit because it keeps me grounded and disciplined in so many other areas.  My goal is to be able to do CF when I am 90 years old.

Kelly Peel: Coach

CFL1

1. What year did you start CrossFit?July of 2013

2. What made you start CrossFit? I heard of some friends who were doing it and thought “Man, that looks fun.” I tried it, got my butt kicked and came back for more.

3. Why did you become a Trainer? In college I did some personal training, so stepping into a coaching role at CrossFit seemed easy. I like helping people and watching others succeed.

4. What is your favorite CrossFit movement? Thrusters

5. What is your favorite cheat meal/snack? All Star Burger

6. What is your ideal favorite workout? Any kind of sprint. My most favorite one recently was CompTrain’s Death Race. “5 Rounds for Time: 15 Calorie Assault Bike, 10 Burpees."

7. What is your favorite superhero and why? Superman, hands down. Who doesn’t like flying around in underwear and a cape!

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I’m originally from Littlefield, Texas – the home town of Waylon Jennings. I currently live in Spicewood, Texas...about a stone throw awayfrom the box. I have two amazing kids, Kooper and Isabelle, who love to CrossFit with me. When I am not at The Box "Game Prepping" before a WOD with all my gear, I own and operate Peel, Inc. Printing and Publishing in Lakeway, Texas. We are a family owned printing business specializing in publishing community newsletters for neighborhoods and homeowner associations all throughout the state of Texas. We also offer commercial printing services of all kinds.  I enjoy CrossFit and the constantly varied workouts because it is a lot like life. In life, you will have life challenges and difficult situations from time to time. I have seen it in hundreds of CrossFit'ers – those that work hard in the box typically work hard in life. Hard work pays off. I stay fit for my kids and myself because it just feels good and CrossFit is my number one stress reliever.

Cheyenne Smith: Coach In Training

CFL1 coming soon!

1. What year did you start CrossFit? My parents opened our CrossFit Box in early 2011 so I would do some WODs on the weekends or whenever I didn’t have soccer or volleyball practice. I joined my first Box as a regular attending member in 2015 when we moved to Nashville and the community changed my life!
2. What made you start CrossFit?
My aunt and uncle are to blame for my introduction to CrossFit. They came to our family Christmas party one year going on and on about functional fitness and insisting on teaching us how to squat properly: feet shoulder width apart, core tight, push the knees out, you know the rest. It was nothing like the stuff they taught you in P.E. class and it was absolutely groundbreaking to me. Soon I was outperforming all the girls and most of the guys in the pull-up test, and making the older teams in school sports. I realized CrossFit could take my athletic ability to the next level, and being as competitive as I was, that’s all I needed to start getting serious about it.

3. Why did you become a Trainer? I have such a passion for this sport. It has developed my mental and physical capacity in ways I never thought possible, changing my outlook and even goals in life. I am always eager for opportunities to come alongside someone who is learning a new movement or to encourage someone in making a better lifestyle choice because I have experienced the benefits of both; being a CrossFit trainer is the most tangible way for me to do that.

4. What is your favorite CrossFit movement? Those that know me are probably expecting me to say the butterfly pull-up, and while it is one of my favorites, it is second only to the overhead squat. It’s the perfect test of mid-line stability, flexibility and strength, thus proving to be one of the ~many~ hard movements for me when I first started CrossFit because of my weakness in all three of those areas. After years of practice and countless shoulder stretches, the dread turned to excitement whenever they came up in the programming.

5. What is your favorite cheat meal/snack? I have never used self-control and Oreos in the same sentence.

6. What is your ideal favorite workout? I am always down to hit Nancy or a long chipper.
7. What is your favorite superhero and why?
Captain America. All. Day. He represents the greatest country in the world and he is always trying to do the right, moral thing even when it’s not the most popular choice.

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I am from San Diego, California. I am smack-dab in the middle of the 5 kids my parents so faithfully raised. I have 2 older sisters, 2 younger twin brothers, a dog and too many aunts, uncles, cousins and second cousins to count. Peace and quiet is not in my vocabulary. When I am not a The Box working on gymnastic movements, I work for Hopdoddy Burger Bar's Training Department. I create their training material/videos and enjoy every minute of it. My hobbies require me to be fit and let's be real, having muscles is pretty awesome. CrossFit helps me to do all that while pushing back the nursing home as long as I can.

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