Meet the Coaches at CrossFit Teneo

The coaches at CrossFit Teneo set themselves apart not only by their complete dedication to you, your fitness, and your health, but in their constant pursuit of improvement in their craft. Each coach carries certifications well beyond the minimally required CrossFit certifications and come from a variety of training backgrounds making them some of the most knowledgeable and skilled in the area. Our Coaches hold the responsibility of your trust in them in the very highest regard and work hard to bring you the very best experience possible!

Kari Martin | Coach/Owner

I am the current owner of CrossFit Teneo. In 2016 I was a member at this box when the original owners decided they needed to move on to other things. I had been working on opening my own box so it was the perfect opportunity. I was getting married that same month so it wasn’t the perfect time, but we made it work! I am married with 2 extremely athletic boys. I spend my week in the box and my weekend traveling for Motocross or Gymnastics depending on the season. We work really hard to make and keep Teneo a family. We support each other in ways you just don’t see anywhere else!

My Background: In 2011 a friend talked me into trying a CrossFit class. I had no interest in going especially at 5:30am but I went. It was that moment I found what would change everything about fitness for me. I went in feeling pretty fit and left confused. I couldn’t lift the bar, I was a decent runner but paired with the other movements my legs were heavy. I just really sucked, I wanted to quit and leave. Then the community came in. They cheered me on and pushed me to finish. That’s when I  fell in love with CrossFit.

After my first month I wished I had found this sooner. I didn’t understand why this wasn’t in schools and why more kids/teens were not experiencing this awesome lifestyle. That was my “ah-ha” moment and when I decided to get my L1. I finally knew what I wanted to do and it was to have my own box and show as many people as I could this awesome world! I went on and got my L1 and Kids CrossFit cert and ran classes at 2 boxes. Once I started at Teneo I started to get more into weightlifting so I obtained my USAW Certification. After I bought the box I realized that I needed to get a better understanding of nutrition to be able to fully help my community so I got my Precision Nutrition Certification.

I love CrossFit and everything that comes with it. I am not trying to be the “fittest on earth” I just want to be able to keep up with my kids. I love being a strong women and showing others that they can be strong too. Helping people see that their bodies are capable of far more than they realize!

CrossFit | L-2 Trainer
CrossFit | Kids

USA Weightlifting | Sports Performance Coach
American Heart Association | CPR & First Aid
Precision Nutrition | Pn1 Certification

Mitchell Mills | Head Coach


I was born and raised in Lubbock, Tx (yes, the red desert) and followed my athletic dreams to play football in college. After my stint, there, I came back to Lubbock and had no idea what to do with myself. I went to the typical bro gym, tried to be active in city leagues, anything just to find that comradery I loved back in my football days. In 2011, I was convinced to try crossfit out, and after getting my butt kicked on the first day, I was hooked. In June of 2012, I had broken my ankle due to a “snatch gone bad.” That’s when I realized that I wasn’t getting coached like I needed, nor were other people, after seeing everyone else having to scale due to injuries, not because of performance level. That’s what I decided that I wanted to learn everything I could about crossfit, movement, and coaching. In December of 2012, I received my L1, and started coaching immediately, helping anybody and everybody.

I take pride in helping people from the very basics to the most complex. I love the Olympic movements and have ran a few Olympic lifting seminars. I also have spent some time in Boston, MA under Ben Bergeron, learning from one of the best coaches in America. I also have been a part of “GRID” which is a professional fitness league based off crossfit. I love competing, I love the comradery, and I love that I have found a place that loves crossfit as much as I do! If you ever have any questions about competing, nutrition, or trying to fix your mental game/capacity, please feel free to pick my brain!
I currently have my Level 1, my Level 2, Crossfit Weightlifting, USAW, and NSCF certification. I’ve been looking to start studying for my Level 3, and continue furthering my USAW certifactions.

I have a simple philosophy: Do things right, control your destiny. Simply meaning, if you do what you need to, when you need to, how you need to, and put complete responsibility into yourself, then you will get the results you desire. Thank you CrossFit Teneo for welcoming both Liz and I into the gym, and making us feel at home!


Crossfit | L-1 and L-2 Trainer
USA Weightlifting | Sports Performance Coach
CrossFit Weightlifting

Robert Noll | Coach















From a very young age, I developed a love for a variety of sports including wrestling. I thrived on the competition and team camaraderie. As an adult you don’t get that feeling as often as you did as a kid and that’s what I was in search of. I wanted to continue to compete and that’s when I found CrossFit in 2011. It was everything I had been looking for. I was able to compete every day and be part of an awesome team/community. After being a part of Teneo for a few years I realized that I wanted more. I was decent at CrossFit but realized that I loved helping others obtain the skills that I had. That’s when I decided to get my L1 and become a bigger part of Teneo. 

CrossFit | L-1 Trainer
USA Weightlifting | Sports Performance Coach
American Heart Association | CPR & First Aid

Michael Pacella | Coach

I’ve always enjoyed competing. Ive played many sports competitively. Hockey, soccer, basketball, golf…I’ve always had something to fuel the competitive side in me. I use to be the typical “bro” working out at Lifetime fitness. Ive had plenty of arm days, chest days…Not too many leg days. Decided I needed a change. Walked into Teneo on a random Saturday to see what it was all about. Did my first week and I was like, “damn, you people are crazy! Im staying, I fit right in!”
About a year into crossfit, decided to get my USAW L1. Then a few months later decided to get my L1 crossfit certification. I’ve grown to love Crossfit. Its frustrating at times when you first start out, trust me. I’ve gone through the growing pains. I want to bring athletes the knowlegde and help them develop into the athlete they desire to be while also obtaining the goals I set for myself. I want to be a positive influence that motivates people to be better than they were yesterday. Lets put some work in, have fun, and enjoy this awesome community!


Crossfit | L-1 Trainer
USA Weightlifting | Sports Performance Coach
American Heart Association CPR&First Aid

Justin Brickman | Coach

Coach Justin Brickman


Ever since I was a little kid I’ve always been active, my parents tell me all kinds of stories about how I would run around the house and climb on everything. They encouraged it and let me try just about any sport I wanted. I started with karate and T-ball, and as I got older it became baseball, football and basketball. Ran track in middle School as well as football and basketball.  Just out of high school I really got into weight lifting did that for the next couple years. Then I found running and triathlons. I competed in several races including numerous 5k’s, several half marathons and a full marathon. When I realized I wasn’t the greatest swimmer, I decided to do a duathlon instead. Then I found CrossFit and I fell in love with it. So much so that it inspired me to become a coach and help others to improve themselves both physically and mentally. Since I started CrossFit I’ve found a passion in helping others reach there fitness goals while I’ve achieved my own.  I’ve lost 30lbs since starting CrossFit and it’s helped me not only become healthier but a better all around person.


  • Crossfit | L-1 Trainer
  • Heartsaver CPR AED: Child CPR AED & Infant CPR

Ben Calandra | Coach


Hello fellow fitness fanatics! My name is Ben. And although I am relatively new to the Teneo family, I have been involved in CrossFit for nearly 9 years! I have recently been given the pleasure to join the coaching staff here at Teneo, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic and grateful for this incredible opportunity. I was born and raised in the Detroit area and I played every sport imaginable. I fell in love with hockey and played many years on travel teams, as well as one year of junior hockey. I also played federation (travel) baseball growing up as well as in high school. I was a competitive wrestler and more recently I have discovered a passion for Brazilian JuJitsu. After I graduated from anesthesia school, and once my “competitive days” of athletics were behind me, I struggled greatly trying to find a sport/activity that challenged me physically, mentally, as well as spiritually. Like so many others before me, I discovered CrossFit and I was absolutely addicted to it! The workouts were constantly changing which satisfied my short attention span. In addition, the strong community aspect that is preached to the athletes made me feel as if I wasn’t only a “member” of a gym, but something much larger. A family. CrossFit combined so many aspects of fitness that I immediately discovered how imperative “functional training” is for our everyday lives. I have trained at so many different boxes that I have lost count. But I can remember the first class I attended at Teneo. I immediately felt comfortable and welcomed. I have met some of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing (coaches as well as athletes), and I am proud to call you all my friends.


  • CrossFit | L-1 Trainer
  • RN
  • MSN
  • CRNA

Lloyd Burns | Coach


  • CrossFit | L-1 Trainer


No matter where you’re at in your fitness journey, CrossFit Teneo is here to help you take it to the next level.
Come in and try it out for a class and you’ll understand why our members look forward to coming here every day!

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