Koda CrossFit Norman

405-310-4047

1210 McGee St.

Norman, OK 73069

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Oklahoma City, OK

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  • Koda CrossFit Norman Staff

    Toby Johnson

    Owner

    Lorin Johnson

    Owner / Photographer

    Zeth Barron

    Gym Manager/Coach

    Zeth Barron - Gym Manager/Coach

    Most of you know Zeth Barron; he is the most explosive athlete at the gym, a great coach and gym manager, and he fixes all the things. No one would be surprised by the fact that he has an athletic background:

    Football, Track & Field, Baseball, and Calf-Roping (okay, a little surprising there). He went to college and played football and ran track (pole vault, javelin, and the 4x100m relay). In fact, he is a 2x American Southwest Conference Pole Vault Champion, a 1x American Southwest Conference Javelin Champion, 3x Academic All Conference Football AND Track and Field athlete, and 2x Conference Distinguished Scholar Athlete for Track and Field. In fact, Zeth held the school record for pole vault for a few years at his university where he earned a degree in Exercise Science. None of this surprises us. None of us are shocked.

    And then we find out that Zeth Barron, from Eastland, Texas, had dreadlocks and can rap. I’ll just leave that right there.

    Zeth saw Koda in passing as he headed to track meets at OU and thought “it looked cool,” one of Brice’s most important tenets of CrossFit (Brice will be proud). He moved into the area after college (a block from the gym) and since 2015 he has been CrossFitting with us. Since 2017, he has been coaching at KXN. As one of those rare, legitimately caring individuals, he wants his people to succeed and improve in all aspects of their lives and “CrossFit helps provide that” and we are lucky enough to be his people. So he fixes our jump ropes when they fall apart in the middle of a workout. He fixes our gym when it breaks. And he will do his damndest to help fix us if we break.

    In those few and far between moments when he is not at the gym, Zeth is usually creating/playing music, outside doing athletic things on a lake, building things, or spending time with his family.

    Certifications

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Level 2
    • First Aid/CPR/AED

    Brice Collier

    Head Programer/Coach

    Brice Collier - Head Programer/Coach

    Certifications

    • Certified CrossFit Level 3 Trainer
    • CrossFit Coaches' Prep Course (L2-Trainer)
    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
    • CrossFit Football Trainer
    • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Trainer
    • CrossFit Movement and Mobility Trainer
    • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Certification
    • Rob Wolf Nutrition Seminar
    • Whole 9 Nutrition Workshop
    • Optimum Performance Training Certification

    Charles "Chuck" Baker

    Coach

    Charles "Chuck" Baker - Coach

    Charles Baker has been crossfitting since 2011 and started coaching the following year. As pumped as he gets for PRs, the reason he likes coaching stems from his internal joy at seeing people move better, more efficiently, and safely. What can we say? He’s a Koda Dad.

    He came to Koda in 2015 with promises of growth, development and the chance to coach at an elite level. He stayed for the people and the boy band playlist that blares unrepentantly from our speakers every Friday. He’s a founding member of Koda Dad’s and a member of the International Coaching Federation.

    In highschool, Charles was voted “most likely to make it to Hollywood,” probably because of the hair and the classical voice training. He also wins an award for the most random degree as he has a Masters in Vertebrate Paleontology and researched tooth structures of modern and fossilized bats. He then became an Academic Life Coach to ensure that no one would ever research tooth structures of bats ever again. As a life coach, he is the two-time winner of the High Impact Gateway Instructor so it turns out he is a good coach inside the gym and out.

    When he is outside of the gym, there is a good possibility that he is off the grid. He is a big fan of camping, hiking, hunting, bushcrafting (don’t worry, I had to look it up too), and road trips. When he’s not hunting and gathering his own food, legit paleo style, he is eating food that is not at all paleo with his amazing kiddos, Jack and Louisa, and his fabulous wife, Alison, who adventures alongside him.

    Certifications

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Level 2
    • Associate Certified Academic Life Coach
    • International Coaching Federation

    Bess Jackson

    Coach

    Bess Jackson - Coach

    Bess Jackson, when you see her you smile. If you don’t smile, it’s not her, it’s you. Bess has been doing CrossFit since 2013 after going to a competition to cheer for a friend in Koda OKC and realizing that she wanted to play too.  It was quickly determined that her cheering abilities as a super fan were only surpassed by her motivational qualities and fun she brought as a teammate.

    She started coaching in 2018. “I like coaching CrossFit for a number of reasons. It's really fulfilling to watch members progress, whether that's lifting more weight, doing a workout in less time, or being able to scale up to a movement that they've worked so hard (and often times waited to so long) to be able to do. It's also just a lot of fun to interact with members and to have the opportunity to get to know them on a personal level.”

    Speaking of personal, here are some fun facts about Bess Jackson to introduce her to you on a whole new level: She is from Tulsa. She played soccer throughout high school. She is “kind of ambidextrous” – I’m not sure what that means but if you throw things at her you might be able to find out. She doesn’t like black licorice or raw onions but I’m not really sure who does. And she had a dermal piercing in the back of her neck.  More importantly she makes these professional grade decorative cookies and if you go to her class she might give you one. Oh and she has a BS in Nutritional Sciences and an MBA focused on Entrepreneurship. So not only will she give you cookies but she will tell me how many cookies you can eat depending on the workout.

    Certifications

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • Registered Dietitian
    • Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt

    John Briski

    Coach

    John Briski - Coach

    John Briski, AKA Briskit, Brewski, Gummi Bears or any other name you care to apply to our 6’5” gentle giant, is one of the friendliest, most welcoming Koda coaches (which is probably why he will answer to pretty much any name you give him). His first day at Koda was actually at OKC in 2013. “When I first walked in, Brice was asleep on the coach at OG Koda, we geeked out for a bit, then I did class. The workout involved two 1k rows so I thought I was pretty hot stuff my first day!” Briski transitioned from snacks, naps, and video games to “eat, sleep, and CrossFit” and transformed physically from “260 pounds with almost no muscle” to all the muscle at 225. To be fair, his activities outside the gym include going to concerts, watching movies or sports, and still playing video games. It’s all about finding balance.

    Briski went from professional couch potato to full-time CrossFit coach since 2018. “I love getting to help and interact with people every day for a living. It never really feels like a job.” Briski’s welcoming and outgoing nature has earned him more than just nicknames. “Koda is great if you want to get in shape, or if you want to become a competitive Crossfitter. But the thing that surprised me the most was how many friends and role models I have met through Koda.”

    He has accomplished many things in his seven years of CrossFit but his gymnastics feats have garnered the most pride (with his wingspan that pride is hard earned and well-deserved). “I’m not built for this stuff being tall, heavy, and lanky, so any small progress I see always makes my week.” Strangely enough, regardless of or perhaps in defiance of his height, Briski’s favorite workout is Grace.

    This Koda guy loves flannel Friday(which is everyday for Briski), hanging out with his Pyrenees, Pharah, and is finishing up his MBA from Texas Tech. Don’t be deceived by flannel appearances, he’s all business.

    Certifications

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Level 2
    • USAW L1
    • Crossfit Sport Specific
    • Crossfit Weightlifting L1/L2
    • Crossfit Gymnastics
    • Crossfit Aerobic Capacity

    Karen Feiner

    Coach/KodaKids

    Karen Feiner - Coach/KodaKids

    Karen Feiner is from Philadelphia, PA, and has been CrossFitting since 2008 when her then not husband Rico introduced her to it in LA. She has been coaching CrossFit since 2012. Her favorite thing about CrossFit is the people - they are always slightly crazy, fun, and willing to push themselves to the limit. Upon getting a job at OU, the first and last gym to visit on their list was KXN; they dropped in and never left.

    When it comes to coaching, Karen runs the Koda Kids program and coaches some adults along the way. “I love seeing people’s faces when they do something they didn’t think they could do, when they exceed their own expectations. It’s an amazing sight. I love coaching my Koda Kids-they are fearless and they inspire me every day.” She also runs the Koda Fishes where she tries not to drown anyone.

    Before CrossFit, Karen swam, rowed, and rode (horses that is). She was an equestrian instructor in another life and made it to Nationals five times. She loves jumping (off of cliffs, out of planes, on a horse).

    Fun Facts: When she was little (from 5-7 years of age), she spoke in thees and thous. She balks at spending $20 on clothes but happily spends $500 on a book. She has moved 18 times in her life and still hates packing. Her superlative in high school was “Most Daring”-which explains a lot about her injuries.

    When she’s not at the gym, she’s playing/walking with her pups (Rylee and Ada), reading, researching, writing, swimming, biking, torturing Rico with cooking shows, playing on swing sets (you are NEVER too old), and eating (always hungry).

    Certifications

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • Gymnastics Cert with Carl Paoli

    Jimmie "James" Hodgkins

    Coach

    Jimmie "James" Hodgkins - Coach

    From Kremlin, OK, Jimmie Hodgkins has been crossfitting since 2014 and because of her experience coaching kids in cheer she was quickly roped into being a main Koda Kids coach in 2018. She came for the Kevin Schuetz programming in 2015 but she and her husband Greg stayed because they love us.

    Jimmie played all sports available at her high school but her main focus was cheerleading, which she continued through college. She went to college for a BA in English and a minor in Psychology. Now you can hear her cheering on the Koda Kids; she wants to “teach children to have a lifelong relationship with exercise”. Her relationship to exercise has led her to going to Regionals (RIP) on the KXN team in 2017 and 2018 and to France to compete in the French Throwdown as an RX competitor in 2019.

    When she’s not in the gym intimidating people with her abs, she is spending time with her family and her dogs Atticus and Erie; brewing beer with Greg; doing crafty things; or trying to keep her indoor jungle alive. In case people are wondering how she has the abs she does, she is a mutant who doesn’t like ice cream. Also if Jimmie is out on the town, make sure you lock down your plants (she has an obsession that has led to her “procuring” plants from Waffle House and other various locations).

    Certifications

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Cheerleading
    • Oklahoma PE/Health/Safety

    Noah Bridges

    Coach

    Noah Bridges - Coach

    Noah Bridges started CrossFit December 2012 as a toddler in his hometown of Clinton, Mississippi. He started coaching four years later, and joined our staff in the Fall 2018 as he also joined University of Oklahoma’s freshman class. As many of us CrossFit junkies do, his first act of relocation was to research gyms in OU’s proximity. He chose KXN because of the location and our regionals team (RIP Regionals). He said that there was something about the gym, “I knew this was where I was going to be fitnessing.”

    Before CrossFit, so in the womb, he swam for 10 years competitively, which explains the traps and lats in case you ever find yourself gawking at his back (don’t worry, we all do it). His dedication and training has made him a competitive CrossFitter and lead coach of our gymnastic skills classes. But his dedication transcends the gym as he attends OU for his BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Mathematics. He received the Nathan A. Court Award for Outstanding Freshman in Math so clearly he’s got brain and brawn. And he speaks German. “Oh, so you know German? Now I know why you don’t like fun things” (Pitch Perfect). We also now know why he comes up with warm ups that are harder than the workout.

    But he does like fun things – kinda. When asked what he enjoys outside of the gym he had trouble determining the definition of “outside the gym” but it was firmly established he actually does leave the gym, sometimes. He likes hiking, golf, exploring coffee shops and museums, and watching YouTube videos. He also enjoys reading, making and drinking coffee (who enjoys making coffee?), and napping, all of which he also does inside the gym so they don’t count as outside hobbies.

    Certifications

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Level 2
    • CrossFit Gymnastics

    Tessie Taleu

    Massage Therapy/Coach

    Eddie "Rico" Malone

    Coach

    Eddie "Rico" Malone - Coach

    Rico Malone has been crossfitting since 2007. He is the OG of CrossFit and the Mr. Miyagi of the barbell (and no, it has nothing to do with him being Asian). In fact, he is so OG that he has competed in CrossFit Sectionals twice, which haven’t existed for almost decade. He has been coaching since 2013. In 2015 he got a position in the English Department at OU and the first thing he did was start researching CrossFit gyms. He and his wife, Karen, showed up at KXN when they came to look for a house and they decided to live at KXN instead.

    Rico originates from Fort Worth, Texas where he played soccer since he could walk. In 9th grade he was named the “who’s who” of his PE class - it went downhill from there. After soccer he partook in some bro-lifting and MMA but after a bad eye injury in LA, he turned to CrossFit. This is where he met all of his closest friends and his wife.

    Rico loves the community at KXN, the ability to always find someone to go to brunch with after his olympic lifting class, and helping his athletes attain their goals.

    Outside of the gym, Rico puts his overeducation (yup, that’s Dr. Rico to you) to use as a professional writer for 20+ years, including being a lead writer for CrossFit and reading every book he can find. Otherwise, he’s playing/walking with his pups (Rylee and Ada).

    Certifications

    • CrossFit Level 1

    Cameron Robinson

    Coach

    Cameron Robinson - Coach

    Cameron Robinson started CrossFit in 2015 and has been coaching since 2018. He came to KXN because of the location and stayed for the community. Unlike some of our other coaches, Cam’s abilities don’t stem from a diverse athletic background but it might be where he got his great pacing and tempo skills; he was in the marching band for eight years. He realized with CrossFit that it “gave [him] a better sense of practical movements” and that he could use that to “set new boundaries”. As a coach he loves watching people “push themselves beyond their perceived limits”.

    Cameron is a band geek with a Master of Accountancy, who likes to hike, camp, and CrossFit. He was also on Team USA for the 2016 ITU Long Distance Triathlon - just goes to show that stereotypes are useless.

    He and his amazingly graceful wife (like cirque du soleil graceful), Caitlin, have the cutest offspring in all the land, Miss Emma. So when he’s not with us, he’s with them.

    Certifications

    • CrossFit Level 1

    Tyler Sharbutt

    Coach

    Tyler Sharbutt - Coach

    What do you do after playing baseball, golf, football, wrestling, and cheering at University of Oklahoma – CrossFit, of course. Tyler Sharbutt dropped in one day, in 2014, as a student of the University of Oklahoma and he never left. As a military brat, he moved all around, including spending 4 years in Japan, but he finally found a home here. He started coaching in 2018 and has a long future of coaching ahead as he calls coaching one of the most rewarding things he has ever done: “Seeing people accomplish things that they never thought they could and crushing their goals is awesome!”

    Not competitive at all while he’s sleeping, Tyler is the self-proclaimed and ironic winner of best hair in the gym and greatest bottoms up kettle bell walker in all the land (might actually be true). He brings the fun and ridiculousness to every class he coaches and attends. He is also one of the main Koda Kids’ coaches, so it is clear he can handle organized chaos.

    Fun Facts: Tyler claims to have played every sport growing up but until we can test his lacrosse skills that claim has yet to be verified but he did, in fact, cheer at OU and can still do tricks. He might love snatching more than anything or anyone, excluding, of course, his Kodababe girlfriend. When he’s not hanging with her or friends, he’s joyfully competing at something, anything, and everything.

    Certifications

    • CrossFit Level 1

    Parker & Colton

    Janitors