COACHES

Sherman Merricks: Founder, CEO, Coach

 
SHERMAN'S BIO
Sherman discovered his passion for sports at an early age growing up in Florida. Throughout his athletic career, he excelled at basketball, and played throughout High School and College. He played college basketball at Southeastern University and won a National Championship in 2005.

Once he graduated and could no longer play a highly competitive sport, he felt a huge void. In an effort to find something to replace his basketball career, he tried running and going to the regular gym, but neither filled that void. Then in April of 2010, he tried CrossFit. Sherman realized CrossFit could change his life after that first workout, and has not looked back.

Sherman has a passion for helping others to be their best by improving their fitness.He has found that when you can accomplish things in the gym that you previously thought impossible, this leaks into life outside the gym and anything becomes possible.

Sherman’s main focus is to teach people to train safely and efficiently, and help them to reach their goals more effectively, all while having fun.

I CrossFit because…

I want to be healthy for my family and perform anything I want. It is the most fun I have ever had working out and helps build a community through shared work that can’t be matched.

I coach because…

I love coaching, its the best time of my day and I am extremely passionate about helping others improve their fitness. I also like seeing people do the impossible daily and coaching allows me to do that.

My undercover exercise is…

Deadlifts and maybe Rope Climbs

My weakness is…

Swimming!

My favorite “cheat” meal is…

Gummy Bears!

Cristina Merricks: Founder/Marketing Director

 
CRISTINA'S BIO
Cristina Merricks is an owner of Dynasty CrossFit along with her husband Sherman. She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico but has lived in Florida since she was a little girl and as you might guess, she is fluent in Spanish. She married her better half at the age of 22… college sweethearts! God blessed her and Sherman with 3 amazing children – Kayden, Ariana, and Judah. She grew up as a musician with severe asthma who was allergic to almost everything, so she never jumped on the sports bandwagon. In the third trimester of her second pregnancy she began having complications. The doctor explained that she had no muscle memory and suggested taking one of her husband’s fitness classes to make sure she could physically carry to full term. So as not to bore you with all her previous medical troubles, let’s just say she wasn’t the most fit person in the world. Cristina joined one of Sherman’s bootcamps a few times a week and to no surprise… it worked! Since then she has been hooked. Fast forward 6 years and she is in the best shape of her life, still learning new skills and surprising herself every day!

I CrossFit because…

It makes me physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually STRONG! As any mommy knows, it’s pretty taxing to keep up with 3 little ones. I love that I can do so much and keep up with them! I love that I don’t have to wait on someone to help me do pretty much anything. CrossFit empowers me! Through this training I am capable to do more tha I could have ever imagined. Paired with proper nutrition, I feel better all around. I’ve discovered that this is the best way to be the best version of myself, not only for me but for those in my life as well.

My undercover exercise is…

Rope climbs, pullups and pistols! Love them and working on them!

My weakness is…

Snatches and the assault bike. My body never wants to put anything overhead, but guess what I’m always working on…yep, gotta attack those weaknesses when you have a chance.

My favorite “cheat” meal is…

Haagen-Dazs pralines and cream! Then lasagna or any other yummy pasta mixture with cheese. Also any Puerto Rican dish (arroz con pollo, picadillo, churrasco, amarillos, FLAN…. agh!).

Stephanie Cinkovich: Operations Manager

 
STEPHANIE'S BIO
Sports have always been a part of Stephanie’s life as a product of being raised by parents that were both coaches. She competitively played softball and volleyball earning multiple all conference awards and even Female Athlete of the Year. After foregoing college volleyball for academic scholarships, she was at a loss to fill the athletic void – trying everything from Bikram yoga to TRX. Finally, in 2013 she discovered CrossFit and found a way to be a “competitive” athlete again.

Stephanie has been a member at Dynasty since August 2014, when she moved to Gainesville to start her PhD at the University of Florida. She did her research on all of the gyms in the area before joining and knew, even when Dynasty was in a tiny building, that this was the best there was to offer in terms of coaching and community.

I CrossFit because…

There is so much to be said for seeing your worth in what your body can DO instead of what it looks like – everyone loves to PR, right?! CrossFit gave me the athletic outlet I had been searching for since leaving high school and it really pushes you every single workout, no matter how long you’ve been doing it.

I coach because…

I want to help people realize their full potential – whether that is throwing up 200lbs on their clean and jerk; reaching a fitness level that will allow them to play with their kids without getting tired; or just being able to exist in everyday life with less struggle (functional fitness!). I love seeing faces light up when people are able to perform a movement or move some weight they never thought possible before – it is truly a privilege to help with that journey.

My undercover exercise is…

Double-unders or anything heavy

My weakness is…

Gymnastic movements (muscle-ups, pistols…)

My favorite cheat meal is…

Everything at a Mexican Restaurant – margaritas, queso dip… *drooling*

Lucas Driaza: Director of Personal Training/Coach

 
LUCAS' BIO
Lucas comes from a very passionate Colombian family that loves sports and competing. At a young age, his parents introduced him to every sport available to young kids. His love for sports lead him to invest more time into improving his body strength and fitness. He was always researching new conditioning programs or new exercises that were more effective to help him improve as an athlete. He realized that fitness and competing had become his sanctuary. Lucas strongly believes that fitness is a tool to help each one of us take on life’s daily struggles and to find the happiness we desire. Before he found CrossFit, he was training to run a half marathon and was running 3-5 miles a day, although he felt great, his overall fitness was lacking and he knew there had to be more effective training methods to not only improve our lung capacity and endurance but also strength. It only took one CrossFit workout for him to realize that CrossFit’s methods were what he wanted to teach others.

I CrossFit because…

I love to compete against my peers, it pushes me to become better and to improve my weaknesses. I also love to be active and CrossFit helps me feel like I can enjoy life to the fullest.

I coach because…

I want to help others become their best selves. When we take care of our bodies and learn from them we can have more control of our lives. I love to see how quickly, through constant effort, our bodies can change and improve and I love the reaction people get when their friends and family begin to notice the differences. That’s when it becomes addicting!

My undercover exercise is…

Box jumps and cleans

My weakness is…

Overhead press and pull-ups

My favorite “cheat” meal is…

I love food… so there are too many favorites but at the top of the list is burgers and jalapeno chips!

Matt Benge: Kids Program Director/Coach

 
MATT'S BIO
Throughout his childhood, Matt was very active in athletics. He traveled the state of Florida in middle and high school playing tennis, which eventually led to a top 20 ranking and offers to play collegiate tennis. Matt turned down the opportunities to play collegiate tennis to attend the University of Florida where he played on the club tennis team and other intramural sports.

He spent years after college working out on his own, including running, weights, and Beachbody programs. He hated it and wanted a change in his routine, but did not know where to turn. One weekend, Matt saw the Crossfit Games on tv and decided to give it a try. He went to his first Crossfit class on August 4th, 2014, and later that afternoon signed the paperwork to become newest Dynasty CrossFit member.

I CrossFit because…

I like to stay active. CrossFit makes me commit to making myself better, and in return, I have found a fitness community I call home. Oh, and I love to sweat!

I coach because…

I love to teach! Whether in the classroom or in a group Crossfit class, teaching is what I love, and what better way to teach others how best to reach their fullest fitness potential than to be a coach at Dynasty.

My undercover exercise is…

Rowing and Push-ups

My weakness is…

Overhead squats

My favorite cheat meal is…

Sweets, pizza, and fried chicken

Tammy Turner: Coach

TAMMY'S BIO
Sports, and being competitive, have always been a part of coach Tammy’s life. She played softball from grade school all through High School where she also ran track. She’s always enjoyed being active and being outdoors. When she came to UF for college, being active took a back seat and she focused more on my studies. Getting married, raising a family and traveling the state of Florida to watch her 2 boys play competitive AAU baseball became my priority. But as she approached 40 she decided it was time to start exercising and get healthy again. She started to go to the gym and workout but it just became a routine.

“Being friends with Sherman and Cristina, I was a somewhat familiar with CrossFit. I knew it was some kind of training program that Sherman was excited about. Cristina invited me to a workout at SF track in 2011 and I have never looked back. The workouts were fun, challenging and always a surprise. We didn’t know the WOD till we showed up for class.

I soon realized that the “something” that was missing at the local gym was the fun and the community. There isn’t anything better than working out with a group of people that have become your family. The atmosphere is one of encouragement where accomplishments are celebrated no matter whether you finish first or last.” ~Tammy

I CrossFit because…

I love the feeling of accomplishment after finishing a workout. Everyday is a challenge. Working out keeps me feeling young. I love the social aspect as well. Dynasty CrossFit has the best community of members. CrossFit makes me a better wife, mother, friend and employee.

I coach because…

I have a desire and passion to help others become healthy and fit, especially the masters athlete. As we age, our muscle tone begins to break down and we lose bone density. The only way to naturally slow this process down is through exercise. I want to teach and coach athletes that no matter your age, it is never too late to exercise. CrossFit can be modified for any athlete no matter your age and fitness level. I enjoy coaching athletes as they achieve PR’s and just improve overall. I look forward to every class I have the opportunity to coach.

My undercover exercise is…

Pushups, Pull-ups and HSPU

My weakness is…

Burpees, Running, Wallballs

My favorite cheat meal is…

My homemade cheesecake or Columbia Restaurants “White Chocolate Bread Pudding”.

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