About Amplify

CrossFit Amplify

What is CrossFit?

From CrossFit.com: “CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.

Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival, many sports, and life reward this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist.

The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience. We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs.

The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree not kind. Our terrorist hunters, skiers, mountain bike riders and housewives have found their best fitness from the same regimen.”

To learn more about the tenets of CrossFit, read “What Is Fitness?”.

Amplify Member Testimonials

Hear directly from CrossFit Amplify members as they share their experience in writing.

Click any link below to go to our testimonial page.

Read Stephanie M.’s workout and nutrition testimonial HERE.

Read Becky B.’s testimonial on her 1 year anniversary (50 pounds later) HERE.

Read Daniel K.’s excellent Amplify community testimonial HERE.

CrossFit Amplify Trainers

Mike Viall

Mike finishes “Murph” with a final run

  • CrossFit Level I Certification
  • CrossFit Barbell Certification
  • USAW Weightlifting Certification

Growing up I was very active and athletic. I played football, basketball and, in general, liked working out. From my teens to early adulthood staying active became tough and nearly impossible because of an undiagnosed illness. Because of a loss of mobility and unbearable pain I nearly gave up on physical fitness all together. After being properly diagnosed with and medicated for ankylosing spondylitis, a form of rheumatoid arthritis, I dove back into fitness.

I immediately became a gym rat again!

With a new outlook on physical activity I knew I wanted to become a personal trainer. While attending NPTI, I met Anthony who organized an outing to CrossFit Milwaukee. About the same time I was crushed by the “Spartan 300 Challenge” workout and knew I was addicted. I no longer wanted to be a personal trainer; I wanted to be a CrossFit coach! I then became a member at CrossFit Tri-Cities where I learned from the best.

I continue to improve my overall fitness, setting new personal records and setting more challenging goals. CrossFit is a passion I want to share with everyone willing to invest in themselves.

Scott Todnem

Scott after Chicago Half Marathon

  • CrossFit Level I Certification
  • CrossFit Endurance Certification
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification
  • CrossFit Mobility Certification
  • Teacher, Health Education, grades 6-8
  • Naperville Track Club Co-Founder, ages 8-18

High school involvement in athletics led way to my involvement in coaching Cross Country and Track & Field. Winter training and summer camps in each sport turned into a year-long supplement to teaching. Development of a local non-profit organization, the Naperville Track Club, allowed me to continue to grow as a leader and coach of runners ages 8-18.

CrossFit entered my own training in December 2007, where the internet mainsite became something I played around with before jumping head first into daily CrossFit training in March 2008. CrossFitters both new and experienced might appreciate my vivid memory of “Angie” for the first time… after about 18 stubborn minutes and 50 lousy pull-ups, I wasn’t anywhere near the 100 reps, so I instead moved on to finish the remainder of the exercises by the half hour mark. I was sore for a week, and immediately hooked.

CrossFit has sparked an unbelievable change in my physical fitness and also my outlook on life—I have seen myself get more interested, and more competitive, in my own workouts. I love the difficulty of the WOD and also the feeling of accomplishment that accompanies it. My own quality of life has improved, but what’s more amazing is I can see it in the kids I teach, the adults I’ve trained, and in my own friends and family members. The community of CrossFit athletes supports each other unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of. The reality is that the conditioning is not only in the physical sense; CrossFit can stem a mental and social change as well.

It’s addictive, in the best way.


Sean O’Deay

Sean completes “Grace” at a charity event

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certification
  • CrossFit Football Certification
  • USAW Weightlifting Certification
  • Teacher, Physical Education, grades K-12

I had always been an active kid growing up.  I played football, baseball and was really into mountain biking in high school.  I played colligate football for 3 years as an offensive lineman.  In my first season I weighed about 240 lbs.  Over the next three years, a combination of poor nutritional choices and thinking I needed to be as big as possible, I had grown to between 290 and 300 lbs.  I learned after I was done playing football that I could not run a mile without extreme discomfort and felt out-of-shape and unhealthy.  So my solution?  Cut my calorie intake in half and stay on the elliptical for an hour, sometimes even longer, six days a week.  I didn’t really lift much weight for about a year, and when I did, I never lifted heavy.  So after 10 months I weighed 200 lbs and I felt like I was dying and looked like it.  Not to mention, I had lost every bit of athleticism that I once possessed.  So once again I didn’t feel healthy and so my solution was to get into power-lifting.  I took all the supplements I could find, and lifted like a man possessed, for a year.  I gained 45-50 lbs, I was bigger and stronger again, but I had lost my cardio abilities and still didn’t feel athletic.

I discovered CrossFit in 2008 when I read an article about it in Muscle and Fitness Magazine.  The next day I tried “Murph” for the first time, which is 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups and 300 air squats sandwiched between two one mile runs. After an hour in, and just starting my second mile run, I thought to myself, “Wow, I hate this!”  My hate for CrossFit turned into a passion, obsession, and drive to not only become the best CrossFitter I can be, but to help others discover their potential, and to push themselves beyond where they thought they could go with their personal fitness.  CrossFit has changed my life and reawakened my competitive spirit.  So now after 30, I am in the best well-rounded condition I have ever been in and I feel younger than I did at 25.  CrossFit has helped me to regain my competitive edge, and become truly fit for the first time in my life.

Functional 4 Life.



Michaela hits some overhead squats.

Michaela Ortega  

  • CrossFit Level I Certification
  • Yoga Instructor


Bio coming soon!




Lauren Pettineo

  • CrossFit Level I Certification

    Lauren P.

    Lauren cheezin’ after a Powerlifting competition.

As a kid I was always very active, social, and competitive. I spent my whole childhood deeply involved in horses. I helped my coach train foals and showed them at competitions almost every weekend. During High School I was on the Track team just to “keep my cardio up.” I always dreaded it because I thought it was boring. I needed the conditioning for horseback riding so I just dealt with it. In college I was barely active besides doing a few classes at the REC center and using the machines in the weight room.

After college, I fell into a slump. I was unhappy with my body, feeling sorry for myself, didn’t have a job and just wanted to have fun with my friends. I knew I needed to start taking responsibility and stop making excuses for myself. I hired a personal trainer at my local gym. He helped me get back into moderate shape and rekindle my love for being strong and healthy. I started looking into becoming a personal trainer myself. That fell by the wayside when I got bored with the machines and exercises. I no longer felt like I was progressing. I then got into Bikram Yoga on the side and looked into teaching it as well.

I was bored again.

I then started changing my diet and eating Paleo. I kept hearing about something called CrossFit on these Paleo blogs. I was intrigued so I went to a class down the street from my house. I literally opened the front door, looked inside, and then closed it quickly without going in. Sooo scary and intimidating! Despite that, I knew I had to go in. I told myself I needed to do this for myself. After the first class, I was beat down. I finished dead last on my first workout…which was mostly just running and air squats. I was angry and sad. I knew deep down I was better than to let myself get to the point where I was in my life, physically. However, I was constantly receiving great feedback from fellow elements people (which later would become some of my best friends) as well as my coaches. They seemed to believe in me, so as time went on, I started to believe in myself. I kept going back for that high that I felt. As time went on, I started to evolve into someone I’ve always wanted to become. I was looking leaner, my legs and arm started getting definition, I seemed to enjoy life a bit more, was focused and had confidence to boot. I knew this was my calling and felt like I belonged!

I’ve always wanted to coach or be a trainer of some sort but I couldn’t find exactly where I belonged. I went to college to become a teacher and ended up getting my degree in Law Enforcement. I knew I’ve always wanted to inspire people and make a difference in some way.

I’ve found my niche coaching at CrossFit Amplify.

Every day I wake up looking forward to that afternoon where I can push my limits in a workout with my friends and then coach some wonderful people who strive to become better versions of themselves daily. I want to inspire people!

I want someone to look at me and say: “Because of you, I didn’t give up.”

Knowing that I can aid in someone’s fitness process is the most fulfilling experience. In order to achieve greatness we must surround ourselves with those who are trying to do the same.

Growth and comfort do not coexist.