These are the men are women that are going to help bring your big dreams to life. From kids to seniors, elite athletes to first-timers, our coaches have all the passion and experience to help you get in the best shape of your life and have a blast doing it!
Nadine SikoraOlympic Weightlifting Coach
Olympic Weightlifting Coach/Personal Trainer
Nadine Sikora, originally from Alberta Canada, ended up seeking out a gym that provided space for her to simply do her own program and grow as a weightlifter. Primarily focusing on Olympic weightlifting, she needed a space with the proper equipment and Crossfit Hakkapeliitta was the best fit. Originally, Nadine became interested in weightlifting while she was training as a powerlifter and saw the more technical movements. As a self-taught weightlifter, Nadine was given an opportunity to gain more knowledge. As she progressed, it became clear that she needed to take the next step and get certified as an Olympic weightlifting coach. Through a weightlifting certification course and seminar, Nadine earned her title as a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach through USAWeightlifting. In recent years, Nadine had world class coaches shaping her into a better athlete. Through her training, she absorbed as much knowledge as possible and is bringing it to our floor for our athletes. Having coached youth boys Lacrosse in previous years, coaching weightlifting was an easy transition for her as she is very passionate about the sport. With passion comes education. Nadine is constantly reading articles and reviewing videos of world class athletes and her athletes. “Olympic weightlifting is so complex. It requires the most technical movement in all of sport. The power and velocity created in a single lift is greater than any other movements. I take great pride in my world and my training. I recognize how difficult the sport is and it teaches me to have patience.”
Nadine strives to bring Olympic weightlifting to our box and integrate CrossFit with her weightlifting component. If you are looking to improve your technique and get stronger, join her class. And don’t forget to introduce yourself if you haven’t yet!
- USAW Sports - Performance Level 1
- USAW Referee
- Team USA SafeSport
- USAW USADA Coach Advantage
Micah StipechTrainer / Founder
Micah Stipech specializes in youth training. In addition to being a school counselor at Houghton Elementary School, Micah has coached youth sports for 22 years.
Micah has been CrossFitting for an impressive 10 years. He discovered CrossFit when he was coaching hockey in Whistler, British Columbia in 2006. "I was attracted to the underground nature and authentic mentality of CrossFit," he says. "It was very much focused on the battle and struggle and not the ‘look at me’ aspect. When I moved back to Michigan in 2010, I thought it was something that matched the blue collar, genuine people of my community, and I started the journey to bring CrossFit here."
- CrossFit Level 1
- CrossFit Kids
- CrossFit Gymnastics
- CrossFit Judges
- CrossFit Scaling
- USAW SP1
- USA Hockey Level 5
- Safe Sport
- B.S. in Special Education
- M.A. in Counseling Psychology
Nicole HeinonenGym Manager
Nicole Heinonen loves helping people smile and keeping things running smoothly here at the gym. The thing she loves most about working at CrossFit Hakkapeliitta is watching people do things they never thought were possible.
"I'd like to encourage anyone who is hesitant about trying CrossFit, if I can do it, anyone can!" she says. "I was not a former athlete: I had no experience, and I had never trained in a gym or class setting. I tried CrossFit and loved it. Of course it's hard, but it's so worth it!"
Christopher Luoma is a U.S. Army veteran that loves pushing people past their barriers to make them better than they were yesterday. Christopher started CrossFit while deployed in Kuwait in 2012. "From day one, it wasn't easy, and I initially wanted to quit until a colleague convinced me not to," he says. "It took me about two months to really start to enjoy it, and ever since then have been in love with the hard, rigorous, and mentally challenging workouts."
- CrossFit Level 1