Coach Mark and CrossFit royalty, Nicole Carroll. Circa 2009
Mark Smith began a quest for fitness when he began his martial arts training in 1980. From the time he was sixteen, he has devoted his time, training and education to becoming the best martial artist he could be, which just happened to go hand in hand with fitness. He briefly studied Tang Soo Do and Aikido before finding his true love, Taekwondo. He spent every spare minute studying and training. He began teaching students within one year. Mark fared very well in tournament competition winning several National Championships and remained undefeated in forms and sparring from 1990 through 1993. He retired from competition at the rank of 5th Degree Black Belt in 1994. He was promoted to 8th Degree Grand Master in July of 2011. He continues to train and teach Tiger Rock Taekwondo and is a member of the Council of Masters as well the Tiger Rock Curriculum and Steering Committees.
Mark’s quest to become the best martial artist he could be put him on a parallel path to finding the best and most efficient way of developing strength, speed and power. Mark challenged himself to find a better, more efficient way to elite fitness. In April of 2008 he found CrossFit.
”I was searching for some new workouts and exercises to try, and I came across the ’What is CrossFit" article. I am a personal trainer, too, so the description of functional movements, energy pathways and intensity made a lot of sense to me. Then I clicked on the video link entitled ‘Nasty Girls.‘ I could not believe what I saw! I spent the next 3 days reading the main site and watching videos. When I finally got up the nerve to try my first WOD I picked "Fran". I had no idea what I was in for. About 15 minutes later I knew I had found what I had been looking for; After I regained the ability for coherent thought, that is.“
Not only did he want to be as fit as he could be, but he has always had a passion to lead and provide a way for others to to experience fitness. What began as family workouts at home in the driveway, became a vision of teaching all who would listen and join him in this journey. Today Mark sees CrossFit as a vehicle to help others to reach their maximum potential and help them accomplish things they never thought they could accomplish. "One of my favorite things is when some ones says "I'll never be able to do that." I love to remind them of their words later when they accomplish the exact thing they said they could never do."
Pam Schorzmann has always had a love of fitness. She was introduced to weight lifting in high school and has been a gym rat for 25+ years. She has seen a lot of fitness trends come and go and tried most of them. At age 44 she found CrossFit.
In March of 2012 she began training at Trinity CrossFit. From day one she knew it was no trend, but a way of approaching fitness that made sense.
"My path to Crossfit has been a path of prevention." After witnessing family members and friends being diagnosed with severe health disease and being dissatisfied at the lack of results from her standard gym workouts she knew she needed to step it up a notch. "Crossfit has given me results! Not only have I lost inches, (even the pesky ones around my waist) I have gained so much more". She is encouraging and provides solid leadership by example to all who come through Trinity's doors. Sometimes a friendly challenge from the male athletes has spurred her to some of her best acheivements during a workout.
Pam believes that Crossfit is a community of people who want to help you be better, do better, and accomplish more than you thought you could. Crossfit has made her life outside the gym easier, too. She feels more capable of handling the ups and downs of life. Her message to all is simple, "Give Crossfit a try and you won't regret it! I'll be here to help!"
Michael Bottchen was a former competitive swimmer for close to ten years. He is a two time Junior College National Champion. After his swimming career came to an end, he immediately started coaching the sport he loved. He has coached many swimmers from the ages of 5-18 who have gone on to become champions in the Southeast, as well as National qualifiers. He has also had some experience in coaching college athletes. He has been a swim coach for a total of 7 years now and is currently at Birmingham Swim League.
He was introduced to Crossfit by Mark and Sharon Smith in the summer of 2013 and soon found out why is it so addictive and fun. He started training in September and has been improving his fitness skills with the help of Coach Mark ever since. He fell in love with the training and competitiveness of Crossfit and decided to become a Level 1 trainer to help others achieve their goals to the best they can be at Trinity CrossFit. He has been a part of Trinity's staff since October 2014.
Sharon K. Smith brings her unique business analyst skills to the family owned business in her role as assistant manager. She is also a manager for one of the largest health insurance carriers in the nation.
As a partner in life and in business, she began the journey of fitness through Taekwondo. "Grand Master Smith" was her instructor, then her husband and now her Coach. After earning the rank of 3rd degree blackbelt in taekwondo her time and focus turned to earning her business degree. Fitness training took a back seat during that time but when possible she and Mark worked out at home. What used to be workouts in the driveway are now WODs at the box.
Mark's passion for coaching has fueled her passion for watching athletes succeed and developing the community and family atmosphere at Trinity.