Meet the coaches who make CrossFit ABF a fun and safe place to work out.

Ryan McElhaney is a CrossFit Level II Trainer, USAW Sport and Performance Coach, and CrossFit Movement and Mobility Certified. He has been an athlete for as long as he can remember. His father built box jumps and agility courses in the backyard rather, than sending him to summer camps. He’s participated in soccer, track & field, cycling, golf, basketball, paddle boarding, 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, and extreme napping.

In February of 2012, he realized that he needed more than what the standard Globo-Gym could offer, so he finally took the advice of a good friend and gave CrossFit a try. He was hooked somewhere between 3-2-1 Go! and the gut-wrenching feeling of never having conquered a workout like this before. Continuously-varied challenging workouts, strong community support, constant improvement, and a proper diet are what fueled his passion to coach and inspire others to share in his success. Two years later he completed the CrossFit Level I Trainer course followed by CrossFit Movement & Mobility.

“I love to coach, it’s the highlight of my day when one of my athletes becomes proficient in a lift or movement and I’m extremely passionate about helping others improve their fitness. I’m also a big fan of any career that promotes flip flops and t-shirts as the standard work uniform… coaching!”

Ryan is married to Linda and they have an adorable puppy named Bella.


Shawn Markussen was introduced to CrossFit when he realized he needed to reach an elite level of fitness during his pursuit to be a USAF Pararescueman. In the Pararescuemen Indoctrination Course, training included running, calisthenics, functional fitness, fining and water confidence (all under extreme intensity of physical and mental stress). He made it through the program’s infamous Extended Training Day, but injury is very common during these training programs. After several fractured bones, he was removed from the course, but he walked away with an invaluable experience in hard work and a passion for elite athleticism, preventing injury, and increasing mobility.

Shawn now spends his days being a real superhero by fighting fires and saving lives as a paramedic. He also enjoys coaching Strongman and elite CrossFit athletes. Shawn’s specialties include: Olympic lifting, powerlifting, and improving movement technique.

Jaime Filer is a certified CrossFit Level 1 Coach and Personal Trainer. She doesn’t just talk the talk, but walks it too, as a competitive CrossFit and Super League athlete. Jaime is also an internationally published fitness model, journalist and motivational speaker with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors degree in Kinesiology. She joined the CrossFit ABF coaching staff because she lives for helping others and showing them just what the human body is capable of when you put it to the test. As a teenager, Jaime struggled with an eating disorder, so she knows first-hand how quickly your mind can turn on you. Jaime works with her athletes not just on a physical level, but on an emotional and intellectual one too, to help them become the best they can be.

Morgan Potter, born in Sarasota, FL, Morgan grew up playing sports. Her brothers’ interest in basketball led to her passion for the sport, where she played throughout grade school. However, when she moved to Tallahassee for college, she wanted to try something new. In 2013, Morgan walked into a CrossFit Box and instantly fell in love with the sport and community. She knew CrossFit was a discipline where she could not only be competitive, but also grow as an athlete. She obtainer her L1 Certification in 2017 and now helps other athletes achieve their fitness goals. Watching their progression both inside and outside of CrossFit has deepened not only her passion for the sport, but coaching itself.

Nicola Saner grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, where fitness is a way of life and the sharks are plentiful. Having made the provincial team in High School and placing third at Nationals in sculling, she began rowing for the University of Cape Town as co-captain of the women’s team. She moved to the US in 2007 after accepting a rowing scholarship to the University of Miami, where she captained their women’s rowing team. She even went on to become an assistant coach to the novice crew. After graduating, Nic moved to St. Petersburg, where she works in finance.At the time of her move, Nic was focused on long distance running, but found that to be too solitary combined with a desk job. At the behest of one of her coworkers, she gave CrossFit a try and has never looked back. Nic completed her L1 Certification in June of 2018. She has two adorable cats and will show you an unbelievable number of pictures of them if asked.

Chad Clever grew up in Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. After High School Chad attended Old Dominion University on a Naval ROTC scholarship. Upon graduation in 2004, Chad received a commission in the United States Marine Corps and became an Infantry Officer. He was stationed in California and deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was in the Marines where Chad was first introduced to the concept of “functional fitness”. Being and staying fit was not only expected of you, but it had a direct impact on your ability to do your job. After active duty Chad moved back to D.C. in 2008, where he was invited to play on a rugby team with a friend. The comradery and physical challenge of playing rugby certainly filled the void he felt after leaving the military. However, in the off season it didn’t take long to get tired of the “Globo Gym” scene. In 2011, during one of those off seasons he remembered his Marine buddies talking about this crazy program called “CrossFit”. Sure enough he found a CrossFit gym down the street from his work (CrossFit Lorton) and decided to try it out. After that first week Chad was more sore than he’s even been, and hasn’t looked back since. Chad and his wife Theresa (aka Coach T) moved to St. Pete/Clearwater in the Fall of 2012. Chad received his CrossFit L1 Trainers Cert. in Apr. 2016. He is grateful for the opportunity to coach at ABF, and is excited to help the ABF athletes achieve their fitness goals.

Chris Perry grew up just outside of West Palm Beach, Florida. He spent many youthful days surfing, skateboarding, BMX racing and breakdancing. As a youngster, he was introduced to the sport of lacrosse. He began playing in elementary school and played all the way through high school. However, after high school he gave up lacrosse to take up the beautiful game of soccer – a game he continues to both play and coach today. As he trained to stay in shape for both lacrosse and soccer, he spent many hours in the gym and on the training field. This led to a deep passion and interest in sports performance and training techniques. As he got older, he saw a need to move beyond sport-specific training. This eventually led Chris into the arena of functional fitness and the world of CrossFit. Instantly, he was hooked. The method of constant variation coupled with the unique community dynamic gripped him. He trained hard and often. He saw growth, experienced failure, asked questions and learned as much as he could. He was brought on as a coach at an unaffiliated gym where he honed his skills and shared his knowledge with tons of clients. In 2019, he finally got his CrossFit L1 certificate. He now calls CrossFit ABF home and is loving every minute of it! It is his greatest joy to be an instrument of help and encouragement in the lives of others, which is why he is passionate about walking with people on their journey of health, fitness, and overall flourishment as a human being.
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