In 2010, Mary Wheat established The Edge Strength and Training in Amador County. She is the owner and operator of the gym. In 2012, she opened the current facility located in Jackson, CA and became the first CrossFit box in Amador County. In July 2013, she opened ‘CrossFit Rugged Edge.’ She and her husband Brad are from Auburn California and have spent most of their 18 years of marriage in Amador County. They have four children Westley, Bethany, Warren and Isabella (who will be helping at THE EDGE on a regular basis).
Strength and Conditioning has been part of Mark’s fitness journey since high school. Being introduced to weightlifting and circuit training to perform better as an athlete in various sports was vital. Fitness was always part of life in some manner, but it wasn’t until watching a group of students at Biola University doing CrossFit that Mark began to wonder what this program was all about. Finally in the spring of 2009, Mark tried a CrossFit workout called “Elizabeth” and was hooked thanks to Matt Banwart from Red Wolf CrossFit cheering him on. Mark became CrossFit Level 1 Tainer in December 2009 and hasn’t turned back since. Mark sees CrossFit ultimately as a form of self-expression and values all facets of CrossFit from the elite games level to those who look to be physically prepared for what daily life may bring. Mark has been the manager of the Fitness Center at Biola University for the past 10 years. He now joins the team at CrossFit RUGGEDEDGE, bringing an extensive skill set and training knowledge.“The only easy day was yesterday.”Michael Miguel
Michael spent most of his life growing up in Amador County, moving up here from Rancho Cordova at 5 years old. He is the youngest out of 3 siblings. Tony, his older brother, is 29 years old, Tiana is 26 years of age, and then Michael comes in at 19 years old. Yes, he is the baby of the family and he enjoys every second of it. As soon as he was old enough, he would always spend his time playing outside, whether it was playing a sport with his older brother or freeze tag with his sister. It was here in Michaels childhood where his love for being active developed. As soon as he was old enough, he was always playing a sport, whether it was soccer, baseball, basketball, or football. However, his favorite sport was football and as soon as he could, he signed up for flag football at 8 years old and spent the rest of his childhood playing football. Michael played peewee football for 4 years, then moved on to play at Argonaut High school for all 4 years, starting on Defense for the Mustangs who were MotherLode League champions three years in a row from sophomore through senior year and participated on the Track team as a sprinter and a hurdler in which he was a 200 meter champion and apart of a 4×100 relay team that became MotherLode League champions his sophomore year and became a champion in the 4×100 once again in his senior year, along with being apart of a Division 4 Section title team. It was in High School where Michael truly realized that being physically fit and active was something he loved to do and wanted to spend the rest of his life doing while helping others strive to do the same. Michael has always had a passion for being in top shape and a drive to be the best, which helped to fuel him becoming a champion. Using this passion and drive, Michael not only wants to be in top physical shape, he also wants to help others in become something they may not realize: a champion.
“Empty you mind, be formless, shapeless- like water, now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
Bio to come……
Jeremiah Hamon, CF-L1
Jeremiah is a lifetime resident of Amador County where he played multiple sports throughout his youth. Upon graduation from Argonaut High School in 2003, Jeremiah enlisted in the US Navy where he developed a passion for fitness. In 2005, Jeremiah became involved in the Navy’s Command Fitness Leadership and Fitness Enhancement Programs where he managed fitness and nutritional programs at command, unit, group, and 1 on 1 level’s. Jeremiah left active military duty in 2007 and immediately transitioned into the Naval Reserve where he has continued to serve our country and also manage Command Fitness Programs. In 2007, Jeremiah also began his civilian Law Enforcement career. Through his military and law enforcement service Jeremiah has developed an intense and motivating coaching style. Jeremiah and his wife, Krystal have two beautiful daughter’s, Kayleigh and Juliana. Jeremiah and Krystal have fully committed themselves to a lifestyle of fitness with the ultimate goal of passing their passion onto their girls. Both girls are involved in competitive cheerleading and the entire family can be seen together in the gym most days of the week. Jeremiah prides himself on attention to detail when coaching new athletes through technical movements and pushing athletes to go beyond their mental limits. He firmly believes the body is capable of much more than a person thinks and he loves pushing people to reach new goals. Jeremiah is currently a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer and a US Navy Command Fitness Leader.
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
The wicked will flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
I have been an athlete my entire life. In fact, I do not remember a time in my life when I did not play some sport or was not active. I remember as young as seven or eight years old when my dad put me in a YMCA summer camp and I learned how to play softball, swim, and basketball. I also remember taking ice skating lessons, riding a skateboard and roller-skating around my house, and playing on the jungle gym and rings/bars and running during recess at school. The worst punishment my mom could use for me was to make me sit still and not be able to play. This need for being active continued as I grew up and was able to play organized sports in school and through recreational leagues.
As an adult, I continued to play recreational leagues for softball and basketball while adding basketball officiating to my list of activities. I was going to the “RoboGym” to rehab after major knee surgery and stayed in that environment for the next nine years. I knew I needed a change when I would make the smallest excuse to not workout. While officiating a basketball game over three years ago, I met Mary Wheat and she talked to me about her Crossfit box. I had no idea at that moment how my life was about to change. I began Crossfit in July of 2013 and have not looked back. I received my Level 1 Certification in 2015 and attended my first Crossfit competition in August of 2016. As a trainer, I strive to help others realize their potential and change their thinking process as Crossfit has changed mine. From the first day I walked into CFRE I felt like I was home. I finally found a place where I can thrive, take chances that I would never consider before (such as climb a rope, stand on my head to do a handstand push up) sweat, and cry…doing all of this and more with support and encouragement from every member of our Crossfit family and community.
Marisa was born and raised in Amador County. After traveling and finishing college she came back here to raise her son Eli. Growing up she followed in her brothers foot steps and played a sport every season. She loved being active and a part of a team. Her parents gave her a love of the outdoors and she still spends every summer adventuring in the Sierra Nevadas. After having her son in 2012 she was on a new quest for health, fitness and self worth. Trying many different avenues of fitness, she finally found her place at Crossfit Rugged Edge. This gyms’ foundation of community, physicality and holistic health lined up with Marisa’s priorities for her family. Being trained solely by Mark Hooper for the first 6 months her fitness skyrocketed. With her sports and fitness background, Crossfit movements and technique came natural to her. She enjoys helping and encouraging others in the gym and decided to get her Crossfit Level 1 Training Certificate in August 2015. Coming alongside those seeking health and fitness is the highlight of training at CFRE for Marisa. “Quality of life is so important to me. I accredit a lot of my happiness and ability to what i’ve gained at CFRE. No turning back!” “Today is the perfect day to start living your dreams” Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. Corinthians 6:19-20
James Dorris grew up in Amador County. He and his wife Laura have been married for 8 years and have 3 kids, Daine, Grace and Faith.