Our CrossFit Senseis
Daniel was introduced to CrossFit in 2006 after working for a national sports training company. Along with his wife, Merrilee, they founded CrossFit Main Line in 2012 and with a little luck, a lot of long hours and an unbelievable community behind them, they expanded the CrossFit Main Line brand to a second location, CrossFit R5. Read More
Merrilee is a founder and owner of CrossFit Main Line and CrossFit R5. Finding CrossFit was a defining moment in Merrilee’s life. She always had an interest in health and exercise, but had struggled to find a true sense of fitness. “I credit CrossFit, in combination with eating Paleo, and it’s supportive community with helping me achieve the body image I have always wanted – while never feeling healthier or stronger”. Read More
Our CrossFit Ninjas
In attempt to enhance his functional fitness as a United States Marine, Raymond turned to CrossFit while he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. He fell in love with the varied workout regimen and its close-knit community of athletes, and continued to CrossFit long after his military service ended in 2014.
Kevin has been involved in competitive athletics his entire life. You could almost say it defines him. It didn’t matter if it was a game of Monopoly, a foot race, the much anticipated gallon milk chug challenge, or a collegiate basketball game; he wants to win every time. That fire came to an end when his basketball career was over, and like many, he jumped around trying to find something to fill that void. Finally, he stumbled onto CrossFit in October 2012, and that void was filled.
In June 2013, Steph visited her brother on Long Island and he convinced her to join him in this “crazy new workout” he was trying. One WOD and she was hooked. She was registered at CFML before she was back in PA and now is a staple at the box. Ten years ago, Steph made a serious commitment to her health – she lost over 120 pounds and has successfully maintained her healthy lifestyle. Read More
Ryan brings great energy and a fun attitude to CrossFit. Ryan’s love for CrossFit is evident in his constant search for fitness education and eagerness to help athletes improve. Born in Bryn Mawr, Ryan was a three-time All American track athlete at Archbishop Carroll High School. Now a career firefighter for the Wilmington Fire Department and a volunteer at various Main Line Departments, Ryan finds CrossFit as a great way to prepare for the unknown. Read More
An attorney by trade, Mike spent his time out of the office running a little, lifting a little and, athletically, accomplishing very little. After spending more years than he could count on the the typical exercise treadmill, Mike found CrossFit in June 2011. The CrossFit approach to fitness – constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity – clicked with him immediately. Since then, Mike has used CrossFit Read More
Jenn is a Havertown native, now living in Newtown Square, Pa with her husband, Shannon, who is also a crossfitter with a martial arts and wrestling background, and their Rhodesian Ridgeback, Aspen. In addition to her training regimen, she has also taken on several responsibilities at Crossfit Main Line trying to help affiliate owners, Merrilee and Daniel Davidson. Read More
Mark was a 3 sport athlete in high school (football, wrestling, and lacrosse) at Marple Newtown. After high school he played lacrosse at Millersville. In 2015, Mark got tired of his long and lonely gym workouts, so a friend recommended he try CrossFit. After taking his first class, Mark was hooked.
Ari discovered Crossfit accidentally in 2007 while searching for better ways to prepare himself to play club lacrosse in the American Lacrosse League. Having been introduced to a kettlebell routine by a local Philadelphia trainer, Ari began researching kettlebell WOD’s and came across Crossfit.com. He soon began experimenting with WOD’s from the main page, and with its constant variety and emphasis on functional movements Read More
In the summer of 2012 after hearing a friend talk about his Crossfit experience, Lea decided to give it a try to differentiate her workouts. After the first workout there wasn’t a doubt that it was something she would stick with. Through the years, the constant challenge of movements and workouts did not disappoint and neither have the results.
Alex Johnson has always enjoyed playing and teaching physical activities. He played football and rugby through high school, rugby at Penn State and now plays for Philly Whitemarsh Men’s rugby team. He has had the blessing of teaching Health and Physical Education and coaching sports for the past 12 years.
Following transitions into college and full-time work, Jose had achieved a consistent routine at a “globo gym” for a number of years, but the repetitive nature led to ebbing enthusiasm and modest results. Walking into CFML, he was met with programming and a community that was hard to pass up. He quickly found a passion for the sportRead More
Jena tried Crossfit for the first time in 2012 because she hardly had the strength to carry her heavy backpack around West Chester University. Now, years later, she feels extremely empowered each time she picks up a barbell, climbs a rope or strings together pull-ups (all of which seemed impossible when she first started).