If you’re unfamiliar with the CrossFit Open, it’s CrossFit’s largest annual online competition with over 275,000 people registered from around the world in 2015 and the 1st stepping stone to The CrossFit Games, the ultimate test of fitness. Workouts are released each Thursday afternoon for 3 weeks. Read more about The Open here. For most of us, the Open is a time to see how we’ve improved our fitness in the past year, push outside our comfort zones, and cheer on those in our community doing the same. For three consecutive weeks on SATURDAY MORNINGS, we host The Open at BCF in heat format. The event kicks off at 8AM and athletes will be able to sign up for a heat time to compete. This will replace Saturday morning classes during these 3 weeks.


ANYONE with ANY experience level (1 week to 10+ years) who wishes to have fun with this event. There are options to use DB’s and scale as needed just like we do in class. A link to register is below. 


Click here to order your Open Shirts! Shirts are $25. 


In order to show some spirit we have themes for each week:

WEEK 1: 80’S THEME – think neon, glow sticks, big hair 

WEEK 2: COUNTRY HIPSTER THEME – think buffalo plaid, stretchy jorts, cowboy hats, or beanies and converse 

WEEK 3: WACKY SOCKS + AM (5/6/7/11A) RED WAVE vs PM (12/4:30/5:30/6:30P) BLACK WAVE – If you primarily come to the AM classes, wear Red + wacky socks! If you primarily come to the PM classes, wear BLACK + wacky socks! 


Workouts at BCF are on the following dates:

22.1 – February 18th

22.2 –  February 25th

22.3 –  March 4th + Open Potluck Celebration! Jimmy John’s subs will be provided by BCF – please RSVP + sign up for a dish to pass here

Registration for The Open began already! Sign up here: When you sign up be sure you enter Badger CrossFit as your Affiliate. 


*”Do I have to sign up for the Open and pay the $20 to partake?” No. If you do not care about how you stack up to those in your age group then don’t register, but it is super cool to see where you stack up compared to those in your age group. You can still do the workouts on Saturday for fun/log your scores in SugarWOD only.

*”If I sign up and pay the $20, what do I need to do?” Each week you will need a judge to verify your reps, standards, etc. You will need to record your score both in SugarWOD and on the Open website. RX and Scaled are programmed through CrossFit. We will have MORE modifications for our members (Comp/Perf/Fitness/Health), but if you signed up for scaled for example, you need to perform as stated via CrossFit’s standards, not BCF’s levels. 

*”I have prior commitments one of the weekends and cannot attend, should I still sign up?” Yes! You can make it up whenever you are able, but we of course prefer you do as many as you can with us on Saturday’s! Workouts are released Thursday midday and you have until Monday @5pm to get your score in. 

“Do I get to pick my heat time? I have conflicts and need the very first heat because of work, or I need the latest heat because of overnight work?” Yes, you can let us know your needs on Thursday evening before we release the heat signup via SugarWOD and the BCF Facebook Group page and we will make sure you get what you need that Saturday!

“I am new and participate in function classes, not CrossFit, or am nervous to partake.” Just like class workouts, all workouts are scalable and we will meet you where you are at. You can do this!

“Who validates my scores?” Tyler will validate your score prior to the Monday 5pm deadline each week so please ensure you submit your score WAY before this.

“I don’t plan to participate in the Open this year. Can I help at all and come watch/cheer people on though?” Of course! We need volunteers to judge and count scores and reps for each participant, get the equipment out and put away, etc, and cheering your classmates on/meeting people from other class times would be awesome! All would be helpful, just reach out to if you are able to help for any or all weekends. 


Every year, athletes get nervous or are uncertain about participating in The Open. Don’t be. The Open is an amazing experience and we have been preparing for this for the entire year, but definitely focusing on it the last few months (if you haven’t noticed).  If you end up not being able to do a movement, there is a scaled division that you can participate in each week at your choosing. 

If you are unable to make the Saturday workout and still want to participate in that week’s event, you’ll need to make it up. We will NOT be doing the Open WODs for the class workout on Fridays. Friday’s will be more of an active recovery/get a good sweat on without major fatigue so we are fresh for Saturday. You can do the workout off to the side or in the small gym, but we will not be providing a judge for you – you will need to get your own if you are officially registered with The CrossFit Games. If you are not registered you do not need a judge, but make sure you are keeping integrity and doing all reps! 


Our community features some amazing athletes and we have local businesses who we want to help connect with them. If you’re interested in partnering with us during the Open, please take a look at our sponsorship packet by emailing

We are excited to have Valentine Coffee during each weekend for another year!

We will also have Dr. Mike Giammarco from Prime Time Performance and Rehab again this year! Sign up for 10 minute slots each week via the spreadsheet that will be listed each Thursday in SugarWod. 


We look forward to another great year, and appreciate you all considering this. If you want to step outside your comfort zone, have fun, get fit, and meet awesome people, you’re in the right place.Reach out to if you have any further questions or concerns, otherwise we look forward to February 18th!

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Jake Schaeffer


I found CrossFit when I moved to Colorado and Missouri about 8 years ago.

Shortly after becoming a member, I attended the CF-L1 course and also attended and received my USAW-L1 as well.
I truly believe in the methodology that CrossFit was founded on.

I have been coaching CrossFit for just about 5 years. I also have been coaching a Sunday Barbell Club with another coach and dear friend for the last 3 years.

I am super excited to grow with the Badger CrossFit team and community and I am excited to learn more about myself and grow as a Coach with Badger as I believe fitness, nutrition, mental fortitude and spiritual alignment are the foundational building blocks to obtaining your goals and dreams! And I’m here to help you all achieve yours.


CF – L1


Kelly Benfey


About Coach

After doing gymnastics for 10 years and pole vaulting in college, I found CrossFit to maintain fitness and continue being competitive. As a physical therapist, my objective is to help people get out of pain and continue leading a fitness-forward lifestyle. I find that I can reach even more people through coaching in the CrossFit gym and I love that both worlds (physical therapy and CrossFit) overlap so much!

Turning Point

Before finding CrossFit, I found myself unmotivated and uninspired by my job as a physical therapist. Once I found the Crossfit methodology, I started applying those concepts to my practice and it changed my purpose. The purpose is not just to decrease pain, but to improve the overall health and wellness of any client I work with.

Motivation & Passion

I believe every human needs strength training, and cardiovascular fitness and to enjoy the process of achieving that. I can’t think of a better way to get all three of those things than within the Crossfit affiliate. The wins that we all experience in the CrossFit gym carry over to other aspects of our lives and make us stronger. I love being able to guide people to these successes in the gym and see their transformation over time.


Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Certification in Clinical Management of the Fitness Athlete
CrossFit L-1


Kyle Notch


About Coach

I’m a has-been athlete who now loves to coach in athletic environments and in the business world. I love getting to work with people and organizations who want to maximize their potential and redefine the limits of their capabilities and capacities.

Turning Point

Life never ends up looking like you thought it would. At every step along the way, I’ve found it important to identify priorities and make a commitment to control what you can, and learn to let go of the rest. As a busy dad, and husband, and building a career to provide for my family there have been a lot of crucial turning points along the way. Exercising the ability to say “no” to the right things and “yes” to the best things is what keeps you on track to living the life you want. It’s a continual and difficult process, but anything we ever want is on the other side of hard.

Motivation & Passion

I want to lead people on a journey that opens their eyes, unlocks their potential, and brings about lasting and positive change in their lives and the lives of those around them.


CF – L1


Jesalyn Johnson

Coach/Nutrition Coach

About Coach

I have been an athlete for the majority of my life, competing in high school track and soccer, and competing in college as a sprinter for the 400-meter dash. As a college athlete, I won the Division III Indoor championship for the 400m race 2 years in a row, as well as ranked 12th Nationally in the Division III sprint medley race. Experiencing these highlights has taught me that discipline, hard work and dedication will help me succeed in not only in my career as a coach but in my overall health and life. It has trained me to set effective goals, create a team culture with motivation, and, more importantly, humble myself (to never stop learning). Also, my personal life experiences, being a wife and mom of 3 children has shaped me into the coach I am today. Being a good parent is a LOT like being a great coach. After all, a coach has to use many of the same qualities that a parent has to use, such as recognizing and encouraging the athlete’s strengths, as well as helping them with their weaknesses. Coaching, like parenting, is incredibly hard work and takes a lot of dedication and a lot of hours, which for me makes my investment worth it when I see the athletes (or my kids) improving, growing, and being successful in the gym and in life!

Turning Point

The biggest turning point in my life was after I had my 3rd child, at 37 years old. At this point in my life, I started to recognize that my body physically and mentally was not at the same place when I was in my late 20s and early 30s. My body went through 3 pregnancies, I also have a different lifestyle being a mom full time and working full time, new stresses. But I was treating my body and myself as if I wasn’t; working out and eating the same as I did when I was younger before being a mom. Also, I noticed I was comparing myself to others, people who were younger than me or had completely different lifestyles than me. This caused me to feel inadequate or “not good enough”, putting a lot of pressure on myself to look a certain way and still compete at a level that wasn’t realistic. I was becoming my own worst enemy. It kept me from doing what I wanted to do professionally as well as prevented me to enjoy my life at home as a mom and wife. Having children impacted my life. They made me realize that to be a great mom, I need to take care of myself first. I need to put things in perspective. This is when I decided to start paying attention to my body by eating more high-quality foods, eating to fuel my body, as well as training my body for what it has done and gone through. I recognized that everyone’s path in life is different, and my path is the one that matters. I still like to compete with myself and others when it comes to CrossFit (as I am an athlete at heart), but I have learned to put things in perspective, that it’s okay to “scale” the workout, and that what and how much someone eats may work for them, will not work for me. Everyone’s lifestyle and journey are different. Often our standards are too high because we set goals based on the perfect standards that surround us and when those standards can’t be met, many people stop pursuing improvement altogether. I see this all the time. I started to set goals for myself that were realistic and attainable for my body and my life, not based on others’ lives. While it is okay to have inspiration from others, the comparison is only something that will set you up to feel like you failed. It happened to me! This comparison stole my happiness for years. The truth is, my body has given me 3 beautiful children and it’s not the same or comparable to a 25-year-old who has never had kids. This is where I stopped comparing myself to others and started to embrace the body that I have. I made sleep, recovery, and nutrition a priority. Then, of course, doing CrossFit (doing what I love and enjoy) at a level that works best for me and my body. Now, I feel confident in my own skin and confident when I work out. I also feel stronger and healthier than I have ever felt in a long time.

Motivation & Passion

My purpose for coaching is to help members/athletes learn, so they can feel confident and motivated while in a workout. I am impassioned to serve individuals who are looking not only to get stronger and fit but also to improve their overall health. My goal would be to get them to be excited and proud about the journey that they are on, whether it is to lose weight, get stronger, or compete.


CrossFit Level 1 Certification
Certified WAG Nutrition Coach
ASFA Certified Personal Trainer
Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science

Maria Brainerd


About Coach

I grew up playing multiple sports such as: volleyball, basketball, softball, motocross, and golf. I began weight lifting when I was 16. Weight lifting helped me improve my overall performance with sports in high school sports and recreational activities like wake surfing & snowmobiling. Between and competitive nature and athletic background CrossFit is my “adult sport” and my passion for it has morphed me into the coach I am today

Motivation & Passion

My passion for coaching comes from my love of CrossFit and my wanting to impact the world positively when it comes to overall health. I am very passionate about health and fitness to live a long, healthy, and happy life. Working with higher-level athletes of any sport full-time is my ultimate goal as a coach/trainer. I enjoy being a part of the journey of athletes who perform on and off the field through hard work and determination.


B.S., Sport & Exercise Science
CrossFit Level 1 Certification

Tylor Rockwell


About Coach

I grew up in a small farm town in Ohio. Growing up I played a lot of sports, but primarily was interested in basketball. Most of my time outside of school was spent on a basketball court. I can’t say that there is any type of moment that helped me become the coach I am today. I’ve just genuinely enjoyed being a part of this community and if anything it has taken me from a “lead with your actions” type of person to a more outspoken leader (if you’re in my class you know I love to talk, sorry).

Turning Point

Going into college I had no idea what I was really going to do with my life. I was at a school away from home trying to play college basketball. I soon learned that being a 6’3” power forward wasn’t the most promising thing for me. I moved back home and needed to continue doing something to supplement my love for Mexican food, so I found CrossFit at a small gym in Canton. From that point on I knew my passion was in health promotion of some sort. Long story short I ended up being a registered nurse, but coaching a lot in my spare time.

Motivation & Passion

At the end of the day the heavy lifts, high-level gymnastics, and other things are cool, but that’s not what I’m here for. I’m here for the people who want to be around to see their grandkids graduate, the people who are turning their life around physically, and those who want to play with their kids on a daily basis. That is my purpose for being here.


B.S. Exercise Science




About Coach

“I was intro CrossFit in 2012 by a friend, and it has truly been the driving force in my life ever since. I immediately loved the community aspect – people of all ages, abilities and goals, working together, enjoying the shared experience and being friendly and kind. No gym I’d ever seen before was like that. I started coaching in 2013 and have been a full-time coach, personal trainer and programmer ever since. I’ve competed competitively over the years, including regionals and various top level competitions around the country. Most importantly though, CrossFit has brought me many great friends, and my wonderful wife! Those relationships are everything. I am so excited to begin a new chapter with Badger CrossFit, and getting to know you all and how I can best serve you!”


CrossFit Level 1 Certification
PN1 Nutrition Coach

Tina Hartwick

Head Coach

About Coach

I played sports since I was 6 years old. I was not gifted initially and had to work my butt off in sports. I played 4 sports in high school and then went on to play college volleyball at South Dakota State University, where I still hold the all-time kill record at 1,735. We were also the first team in school history to make it to the NCAA Division 1 Tournament. I also played professional volleyball in Kuusamo, Finland, and Benidorm, Spain, and coached Div 1 at Washington State before realizing fitness coaching was the type of coaching I wanted to help others with. During my professional career, I started thinking about my goals for the future. I realized how much weightlifting and conditioning helped raise my game to the next level and how much I loved to be in the gym, and I realized it was my calling to help others do the same – whether it was raising their game to the next level of fitness or the game of life and aging gracefully. I have been in the fitness industry since 2011 and am forever a lover of learning – always interested in the next certification to better assist my clients along their journey.

Turning Point

I had two turning points – one in high school and one in my senior year of college. In high school as a sophomore, I was still pretty raw when it comes to natural athletic ability and had to work my butt off to keep up in sports. At the end of that season, I turned a corner and my coach told me if I keep up the hard work I would have a chance at a college scholarship. We won State Volleyball my Junior and Senior years and I went to SD State on a full-ride scholarship. In my senior year of college, my boyfriend got in a serious accident causing a head injury and coma. He was in the hospital for a week and never came to. That was a turning point for me to be strong, realize that life is truly a gift, tomorrow is not promised, and that I have one life to be the best I can be for myself and for others. My boyfriend was remembered for his legacy of living life to the fullest and it constantly reminds me of the kind of legacy I want to leave when my time comes – give 100% in everything I put my effort into, give more than I take, use my gifts to help others as I do in fitness, love all, and be a good human!

Motivation & Passion

My purpose for coaching is to help people to see their full potential – mind, body, & spirit. What we do in the gym positively impacts all areas of our lives outside of the gym and I truly care about each individual that walks through the doors at Badger. I am motivated to help people move well so that they can age gracefully and take the good quality form seriously – making sure I am helping people look and feel their best. I want them to know that CrossFit isn’t as scary and you don’t have to be “in shape” to join. With the right coaching, you’ll find at Badger, we can help you get fit in a safe and effective manner, while also having fun doing it!


CrossFit Level 1 & 2 Certification
Active Life Assessment & Programming Specialist
CrossFit Rowing
200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)
ICF Accredited Lumia Life Coach
TRX Level 1 & 2 Certified Trainer
TriggerPoint Level 1 & 2 Trainer
BS in Consumer Affairs.

Tyler Sullivan


About Coach

After high school sports, I had a void in my life where I still wanted to push myself physically, as well as scratch that competitive itch that has allowed me to strive to higher heights and push myself further than I normally would push myself on my own. It was in 2007 that I found CrossFit and it filled that void. I’ve met amazing, like-minded people on this journey, that have fulfilled me in ways I am forever grateful for. In addition, when not training every day, real people like you, I was also a trainer for the ABC’s Hit TV show Extreme Weight Loss and competed in the CrossFit Games Regionals four times. I’ve also trained celebrities, world-renown wrestlers, DJs, professional athletes, CrossFit athletes, and more, solidifying that everyone from morbidly obese to famous people to extreme athletes is able and should do CrossFit.

Turning Point

After seeing what was possible for people through good health and real fitness, and experiencing a real transformation myself, I wanted everyone to experience it in this city and beyond. I knew what I could offer was a truly caring environment, and I wanted everyone to see that it is possible to be better in their health and fitness with the right people behind them. 11 years later, I opened up BCF and have changed thousands of lives. I am beyond grateful to have this opportunity to help.

Motivation & Passion

I’m passionate about helping people believe that they can do anything they put their minds, actions, and efforts behind. I am most eager to help others achieve their highest levels and potential in their health and fitness.


CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
CrossFit Aerobic Capacity
CrossFit Endurance
CrossFit Kids


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