PRESIDENT OF PROGRESSION FITNESS
GENERAL MANAGER | SENIOR COACH
Sales and Marketing Director | COACH
NUTRITION COACH | COACH
CORPORATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR
COACH | EVENT COORDINATOR
Joshua Grenell started CrossFit in 2008.
Outside of Progression Fitness, Joshua is a Triathlete, OCR athlete, a multiple time world finalist frisbee dog competitor, and an internationally published photographer.
Joshua holds a Bachelors of Science Degree and has 14+ years experience as an RN.
- CrossFit Level 1
- Spartan SGX
- CrossFit Endurance
- Spartan EDGE
- USAT Level 1 Coach
- USAW Sports and Performance Coach
Michael Licatino was born doing flips and handstands. He capitalized on these mad skills by joining a gymnastics class at age five. Since then, sports and fitness have been a constant presence in his life. Although gymnastics provided the foundation, swimming is his true athletic passion. Michael has been involved in the sport of swimming since age seven and participated in both high school and collegiate swimming. He attended Hendrix College, an NCAA Division III institution, where he was named Arkansas Male Swimmer of the Year four years in a row. Michael also had the honor of being voted Team Captain his junior and senior years in college.
Post-college, Michael pursued the sport of triathlon. He has completed five Ironman triathlons: Coeur D’Alene (twice), Tempe, Louisville, and Wisconsin. Looking for a good cross training complement to triathlon training, Michael found CrossFit. He has been hooked since his first class in 2010.
In June 2012, Michael and his wife moved to Rochester and joined the Progression Fitness community and immediately felt welcomed into a second family. After attending the Progression Coaches Training Program and receiving his CrossFit Level 1 certificate, Michael began coaching at Progression.
His wife and he live in NE Rochester and have two young sons, Owen and Henry, and two dogs. Outside of fitness and athletics, gardening, grilling and sitting by the fire pit top Michael’s list of favorite things to do.
Michael holds a BA in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry.
- CF Lvl 1 Certified
- CF Lvl 2 Certified
Senior Coach | Gym Operator
Nic Scudamore is a certified CrossFit instructor at CrossFit Progression in Rochester MN. He is a certified level 1 club coach through USA weightlifting’s certifications standards. Nic has been coaching and competing in Olympic-style Weightlifting since 2008. The highlight of his weightlifting career came in 2010 when he competed at the National Junior Weightlifting Championships, which were held in Rochester, MN. Nic found Olympic Weightlifting after high school in his search to stay in competitive sports and has been involved ever since. Nic’s future weightlifting goals include qualifying for the National Championships and becoming a Level 2 senior weightlifting coach.
Coach Nic qualified for the 2015 American Open in Reno, NV
- CrossFit Level 2
- USAW Level 1 Club Coach
In the winter of 2015, Irene completed her 200-hour Power Yoga Teacher Training through Core Power Yoga in Downtown Minneapolis; she completed the 50-hour extensions course the following spring. In addition to this, Irene has been trained in the Hot Yoga Series, and recently completed her certification in Yoga Sculpt with 180 Balance out of Detroit Lakes, MN. Irene has been teaching yoga for over two years, both in group settings and individual sessions.
When she isn’t teaching yoga, Irene works as an outpatient psychotherapist in a community mental health setting; she obtained her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Thomas University in 2015 and has been working in the field since that time.
When she isn’t working or teaching yoga, Irene enjoys spending time with her family, her friends, and her dogs; she loves to cook, adventure outdoors, and frequent the local coffee shops.
200 Hour PYTT
50 Hour Extensions Course
Nutrition Expert | Owner
Jen is a certified CrossFit instructor at CrossFit Progression in Rochester MN. Motivated by the health benefits and positive group atmosphere that CrossFit offers, Jen is excited to work with people to help them achieve their fitness goals. Jen also believes that future fitness begins now and that living a healthy and fit lifestyle can be fun.
Outside of CrossFit Progression, Jen is a wife to Josh, and together, they enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle with the occasional road race or triathlon. They share their lives with Badger the dog.
Jen holds an M.S. in Nursing and is a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Mayo Clinic. She has 15+ years experience in Nursing.
- CrossFit Level 1 since 2010
- CrossFit Kids
Nutrition Expert | Coach
Juli is a certified CrossFit instructor at CrossFit Progression in Rochester MN. After making rapid gains in fitness and strength since the fall of 2009, Juli completed her CrossFit Level 1 training.
Athletics have always been a big part of Juli’s life so she excelled in CrossFit and specifically Olympic Lifting.
Juli holds MN State Masters Records in Oly lifting and placed 6th at the 2019 Master World’s competition.
Helping others throughout their own fitness journey has become not only a passion but a personal mission for Juli which led her to become head of the nutrition program at Progression Fitness.
Juli holds a B.A. in Child Psychology with a minor in Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
- CrossFit Level 1
- CrossFit Kids Coach
- USAW Level 2 Club Coach
- Healthy Steps Nutrition Level 1 Coach
Beth began at Progression in March 2014 and has never looked back. She has evolved as an athlete over the course of many years and through many different fitness modes, but found a great fit for continued and sustainable growth in CrossFit. More than anything, Beth enjoys being a role model for her kids and treasures their joy and pride in her strength and comittment to a healthy lifestyle. Beth found her way into coaching by first becoming a student. She was inspired by the amazing transitions she witnessed people making in their lives at Progression and decided to take her passion for teaching and fitness and use them together coaching our boot camps. Beth currently coaches boot camps and REV classes.
Outside of coaching Beth is a mom of three kids and artist. You can catch her teaching a couple of nights a week at Canvas and Chardonnay. Beth enjoys traveling, sports, painting and spending time with her family.
- CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1)
- Education- Bachelor of Fine Art – Art Education University of MN- Duluth
Nate was born and raised in Rochester. He was always active, having played many sports, attaining a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and lifting weights at a later age. Nate played hockey and baseball all the way through high school and had always planned on playing, at least, one of them at the collegiate level. At the University of Minnesota Duluth he started on the baseball team in the fall, but after a couple weeks of school, he shifted his focus on academics. He continued to have a passion for fitness and still worked out almost every day, whether that was lifting weights or running. That was his workout regimen for years until his wife, Heather, convinced him to go try CrossFit. In the fall of 2011, Heather and Nate joined Progression, and they’ve never looked back. Nate started coaching late in 2013, and since then, he’s also gotten serious about CrossFit as a sport. He generally competes 3-4 times a year, and really enjoys being a competitive athlete again. In 2014, he qualified for The CrossFit Games North Central Regional as an individual.
- CrossFit Level 1
NICKI de Vera
Nicki Schafer started instructing by first being the student. She didn’t have an athletic background and it wasn’t until she started CrossFit that she found her passion for a health and fitness lifestyle. In the beginning, it was the struggle of starting something new and uncomfortable. It became the art of technique and striving to do better each day. Finally, it was the need to help others find their path.
Nicki loves coaching others at CrossFit Progression because she understands that fitness is so much more than a physical journey and she wants to share that with others. For some, it becomes a sport, a way of life, and mostly, a story of transformation.
Outside of coaching, Nicki enjoys lifting, spending time with her family, pets, and friends, and spending money. And eating bread.
- CrossFit Level 1
- CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting
- CrossFit Powerlifting
Sara is a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. She attended Winona State for her Bachelors in Exercise Science and her Masters in Sports Management. While attending Winona State, she worked for the university developing health and wellness programs for the staff and students.
Sara is currently a Certified Wellness Coach at Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Living Program, where she works with people on an individual basis to help them achieve their own personal goals.
Outside of CrossFit Progression, Sara enjoys spending as much time with family and friends as possible. She enjoys camping, fishing, going on road trips and playing games.
- CrossFit Level 1 since 2014
- National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach
- B.S. Exercise Science, Winona State University
- M.S. in Sports Management, Winona State University
- ACSM CPT
- Certified Wellness Mapping 360o Wellness Coach
- CPR AED
Erin has been involved in multiple facets of the CrossFit community since 2009. While at CrossFit 702 in Las Vegas, Erin qualified for and competed in the CrossFit Regionals. As a coach, she loves helping and providing guidance to others to achieve their goals.
Erin was a swimmer and water polo player from a young age in Florida and went on to play at Florida State University. She is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist with 10+ years experience with a focus on sports rehabilitation and has a good understanding of movement and the body.
Outside of the gym, Erin is working towards a nursing degree. She loves spending time with her fiancé and working on DIY projects including fixing up a building from the 1800’s.
- CrossFit Level 1
- CrossFit Kettlebell
Jeremy graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelors degree in Movement and Exercise science. Through his college career, Jeremy competed at the CrossFit North Central Regional and Central Regional as a Team athlete in 2012, 2014 and 2015. Jeremy has also dabbled in Olympic Weightlifting, competing in the 2015 Minnesota Open and qualifying and competing at the 2015 American Open. In 2019 Jeremy was the Kenyan National CrossFit Champion and competed at the CrossFit Games.
Sam grew up playing sports and being outside. His life revolved around rugby and Boy Scouts. After college, he moved to Rochester and decided to try Progressions boot camp. He started CrossFit in 2017 and instantly fell in love with it. He became a coach shortly after completing the coaching intern program here at Progression. He enjoys being around people and a community who value a healthy lifestyle.
Outside of coaching, Sam enjoys camping and playing rugby for a local team. He is also a special education teacher at an elementary school in town.
Sam holds an MA in Education with a minor in early childhood and special education
CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1)
CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1)