Our Exceptional Coaches

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At CrossFit York, everyone is always getting better, even our coaches. In addition to earning a CF-L1, all of our coaches must complete a 6-month in-house mentorship program where participants gain additional knowledge and experience in teaching, demonstrating, correcting and communicating proper movements to our athletes. The mentorship program includes shadowing and receiving feedback from our veteran coaches. Also, our entire coaching staff is encouraged to participate in our ongoing peer-coaching professional development workshops, where coaches hone their own virtuosity and ability to coach more advanced athletes.

Rusty Mirasol,rustyrecovers Owner

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)

CrossFit Kids Certified

CrossFit Strongman Certified

CrossFit Kettlebell Certified

CrossFit Mobility Certified

USAW National Level Coach and Lead Instructor

USA Powerlifting Club Coach

A.A.S.I. Certified Snowboard Instructor, Level 2

What I’ve learned is I enjoy being fit, staying active and seeing results from my coaching.

I love the feeling of teaching someone to ride a snowboard for the first time or hear that a person’s clothes are fitting better because of my training efforts.

I’ve also learned that to maintain a high level of satisfaction in helping someone attain their goals, I need to constantly improve my own. I know that to be an inspiration and to teach others successfully, I need to hold myself to high standards. In the fitness world this was difficult for me, as I’ve always hated the monotony and lack of results from traditional methods of working out. When I initially found CrossFit, I learned that the WODs are tough, unconventional and exhausted me fast. I liked it and wanted more.



madelinebarbellMadeline Mirasol

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)

USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach

USA Powerlifting Club Coach

I came to CrossFit after 10 years of marathoning. My knees and hips were constantly sore, and though I ran 40 miles a week, I was still unhappy with the way my clothes fit. I was (probably) the typical CrossFit newbie: I wanted to lose weight and I thought fit meant thin. However, after my first WOD, I realized that thin was not going to get me better — I needed muscle, and lots of it.

CrossFit made me love my body in a way I have never been able to: my thighs were no longer ‘fat,’ they were strong. My calves were no longer ‘thick,’ they were powerful. My butt was no longer ‘big,’ it was an awesome powerhouse of squatting amazingness. And parts of my body I never appreciated before, like my arms and my back, became these fantastic machines for pull-ups and hand stand push-ups. Simply put, I grew up hating my body like every good American girl is supposed to do, and CrossFit has allowed me to LOVE my body.

This revelation, along with the desire to share it, drove me to earn my Level 1 Certification. I’ve also competed in Olympic Lifting meets. I love every aspect of CrossFit: the barbell work, the gymnastics, the strongman fun, the sprinting, and the bodyweight movements. And I love the kinds of people that CrossFit draws: they’re interesting, motivated, caring, supportive.






dianeshesafighterDiane Pantano

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)

B.S. Kinesiology (Exercise Science) & Business Minor from Penn State University

American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer

Certified Spinning Instructor

Full-time Fitness Manager/Personal Trainer/Group Exercise Instructor at a corporate fitness center in Hunt Valley, MD

Former figure competitor

I started at CrossFit York as a member back in May of 2010.  I was looking for an escape from the same mundane workouts at my local gym.  I found myself just going through the motions and not feeling excited about working out.  That’s when a friend mentioned CrossFit to me and told me there was a gym right here in York.  I didn’t wait.  I contacted Rusty immediately and never looked back.

As a prior figure competitor (it is the more “feminine” version of bodybuilding), I ended my short-lived figure career battling with my self image and relationship with food.  I got sucked into the world of aesthetic judgement and I felt like no matter what I did, I could never measure up and be good enough, thin enough, muscular enough, and the list goes on.  CrossFit was my saving grace.  I learned to focus on performance rather than how thin (or not thin) I looked.  As time went on, my relationship with food healed tremendously, and I became fitter than even when I competed (I’m not necessarily talking about just looks; more so strength, endurance, stamina, etc).  CrossFit is an all-accepting community that doesn’t encompass just one body type.  You will soon learn that fit comes in all shapes and sizes.  Strong really is “the new skinny.”

Being that I work in a gym full time and also am one of the coaches at CrossFit York, I am around fitness A LOT.  I got into this field because I am passionate about helping others achieve their goals and also help them incorporate a healthy balance in life.  There is no better feeling than knowing I can make a difference in someone’s life for the better.  Hope to see you at the box!

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missydeadliftMissy Hornberger

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)

CrossFit Kids Certified

I began CrossFitting in September 2008. I’d just finished working as a spin class instructor, and I was looking for a new gym. A friend who worked as a nutritional counselor turned me onto this new gym in York… and so one day I just showed up.

I had been involved in a lot of group fitness classes. I had been through a lot of drama, where gyms would be bought out and new owners would come in and change the culture of a gym. I’ve been in the York area all my life, and so I knew all the gyms and all the owners. I needed a new facility, and CrossFit York was brand-spanking new.

CrossFit has made me realize that being fit means having functionality for everyday life. Additionally, the community here is like no other; the people get you through the door and they also keep you coming back. Fitness has been something that I’ve struggled with personally, and our CrossFit community makes me care less about the numbers on the scale and more about moving well.

I attended the L1 cert to simply be a better athlete myself and to continue to mentor new athletes as Rusty increased the membership. With the CrossFit Kids certification, I felt that was a calling of sorts. Challenging the next generation’s views on nutrition and fitness is really important to me.



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Steven Kearns

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)




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Courtney Mortorff

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)




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Charlie Werner

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)










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