Our TeamThe folks behind CrossFit Callisto
Dr. Michael Ray
Head Coach / Co-Owner
Doctor of Chiropractic – Sherman College of Chiropractic
Master’s of Science in Exercise Science (Concentration Motor Control & Rehab) – University of South Carolina
Adjunct Faculty – James Madison University – Kinesiology Department
CrossFit Certified Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Endurance Training Certified
- Time spent analyzing biomechanics 95%
- Health Nut 100%
- Time spent thinking of maniacal WODs 100%
Dr. Ray’s passion for healthy living grew from a youth filled with sports and competition. Like most, he played in little leagues and school sports. In middle school he started martial arts and was instantly hooked on the competitive environment. In college he began working for gyms and became interested in the sport of bodybuilding.
He competed in his first bodybuilding competition at 18 while studying at the University of South Carolina. After finishing school at USC, while working in law enforcement and personal training in his free time, he realized his true passion and ultimate path in life….helping others lead a healthier lifestyle. He returned to USC and studied Exercise Science (concentration in motor control/rehabilitation). In late 2010, he obtained his M.S. in Exercise Science and began working for a cardiac clinic as an Exercise Physiologist. After being in cardiology he decided he wanted to take on the role as a primary health care provider. His background and passion for utilizing exercise as medicine led him to chiropractic school.
CrossFit became a part of his life in early 2012. His wife, Erica Ray, told him about CrossFit and insisted he must give it a try. Through CrossFit he found the type of competition he originally became addicted to in martial arts. Coach Michael’s love for CrossFit is fostered by the constant battle against himself….how far are you willing to go and push your own personal limits. After his first WOD he knew he found the missing link to leading a healthy lifestyle. CrossFit has taught him many things, but most importantly it has taught him to never quit. Coach Michael’s motto, “We are all capable of great things and I hope to help others foster their potential.”
Two of his favorite quotes:
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”
– Mario Andretti
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
– Michael Jordan
Business Manager / Co-Owner
Bachelors of Science – Business Management – West Virginia University
Associate Degree – Patisserie & Baking – Le Cordon Bleu – Pittsburgh, PA
- Time spent becoming a badass 100%
- Pastry Chef Skills 99%
- Time spent complaining 0%
Coach Erica grew up in Western Maryland where she began gymnastics at the age of 4. She remained in gymnastics for 10 years before being drawn to the sport of volleyball. She played volleyball throughout high school and two years at the collegiate level at Potomac State College in Keyser, WV. After obtaining a business degree from WVU, she attended culinary school in Pittsburgh. It was during her time at her first pastry job in Asheville, NC that she discovered the world of CrossFit. She has been involved with CrossFit for going on four years now and loves the support system provided by the community atmosphere. The intensity of the WODs is what keeps her constantly engaged and relentlessly striving to be better. She enjoys watching athletes of all skill levels develop and thrive….and finds it one of the most rewarding aspects of being a part of the CFC community.
Two of her favorite quotes:
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
– Albert Schweitzer
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
– Thomas A. Edison
CrossFit Certified Level 1 Trainer
Bachelors of Arts in History
- Military experience 80%
- Time spent washing his hair 0%
- Endurance skills 100%
Coach Tyler grew up in Thomasville, NC. He was always an athletic kid playing
multiple sports throughout the year, whether it be football, basketball, soccer or martial arts. In middle school, he discovered long distance running which lead him to run Cross Country and Track in high school. He went on to win a state championship in Cross Country and was named All-State in Cross Country and Track. He accepted a scholarship to Pfeiffer University to run Cross Country and Track.
At Pfeiffer, Coach Tyler was a very productive member of the Cross Country team. He was Captain his Junior and Senior years as well as breaking several records in the 800m and 1500m races. After college, he decided to pursue a goal of becoming a Marine and was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant.
During his four years in the Marines, he was first introduced to CrossFit. Every morning a group of Marines would go do a CrossFit workout at the local gym before work. His first real exposure to high intensity functional fitness was the Combat Fitness Test which involves a 880m run, 90 reps of putting an ammo can over his head, and a course called movement under fire which involves various tasks that a Marine would perform. He obtained the rank of Captain during his four years. It wasn’t until he left the Marines that he decided to try CrossFit in Knoxville, TN.
He instantly became hooked due to the competitive nature of it and the camaraderie. It brought back all the athletic and military endeavors by having a group encouragement and fostering a team mentality. He has been doing CrossFit for over 2 years now. He is a L-1 Certified trainer.
Two of his favorite quotes:
“To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.”
– Steve Prefontaine
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”
– Michael Jordan
- Drawing Knowledge 100%
- Time spent grooming beard 100%
- Drawing Skills 100%
- GPA General Physical Awesomeness 91.5%
Coach Josh spent most of his childhood moving around the world due to his family being stationed in various locations. The military lifestyle opened Josh to various cultures and outlooks on life, while instilling the discipline and work ethic that is expected of those from a military background. Since maintaining friendships was difficult with all the relocating, Josh clung to sports and art. Eventually Josh landed himself in Florida where he went to UCF to study Art and met his wife Alicia.
Josh eventually went on to further his artistic passions and acquire his Graduate degree in Printmaking at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. It was during this time where he came into CrossFit. In the summer of 2012, his wife recommended he give it a try; he quickly became hooked. “My wife lived in Asheville, NC while I was in Bloomington; it was something we could talk about and share with one another. We could laugh and cringe at our success and failures” Josh enjoys the variety and inclusiveness of CrossFit, it encouraged him to learn more about fitness, health and strength. He became an avid studier on the subject. He was captivated by the dedication, intensity, and community that people brought to the box. “It’s not a process of give and take, more give and get back. For me, this giving; is the best way to learn, grow, and reach my potential as a coach and an athlete”
“The Supreme misfortune is when theory outstrips performance”
– Leonardo Da Vinci
“Man created method, method did not create man”
– Bruce Lee
- Time spent whining 98%
- Clumsiness Factor 100%
- Magical Unicorn Powers 85%
Alicia grew up in Orlando, Florida. She is a pastry chef, crazy cat lady, and magical unicorn. With the exception of gymnastics as a child, she didn’t participate in sports. Fitness was never a priority.
Alicia’s mother struggled with obesity. She watched as obesity-related medical issues claimed her mother’s independence, and eventually, her life at the age of 60. For Alicia, she knows first-hand the importance of mobility and being fit. She believes that CrossFit is the key to not only staying healthy, but functionally fit.
After putting on some weight, Alicia knew it was time to make some changes. She was introduced to CrossFit by her brother in 2012. While visiting her family in Orlando, she did her first CrossFit workout and was hooked! She enjoys the variety of CrossFit. Knowing that every WOD will be different keeps things exciting and fun. But, her favorite part about CrossFit is teaching people to do things that they never thought they could do! She hopes to help women feel confident, empowered, and to show them that strength is beauty.
“Confront the dark parts of yourself and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength”
– August Wilson
“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
– Roald Dahl
“The question isn’t who is going to let me. It’s who is going to stop me”
– Ayn Rand