Our coaches will help you FEEL Amazing

Meet the team that’s dedicated to making your goals a reality.

our story

I have known my true purpose for a long time. From being physically active from a young age to playing varsity sports in college, it became clear athletics were part of my core identity. As I grew, my spark for knowledge increased. Through undergrad, grad school, and countless certifications, health and wellness not only became a core value but a way of life. Finding CrossFit allowed me to pursue my passion, as both an athlete and a business owner. It introduced a whole new mindset of taking the impossible and making it possible. I have seen countless lives change through increased self-confidence, healthy lifestyles, and the support of the community that comes with being part of True Core. I am blessed with the opportunity to embrace that lifestyle and feel honored to work with our members everyday.

Certifications
M.S. Exercise Physiology concentration in Strength & Conditioning – George Washington
University
B.S. in Kinesiology, University of Maryland
NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (C.S.C.S.)
CrossFit Level 2 Instructor
CrossFit Level I Instructor
CrossFit Endurance Instructor
CrossFit Gymnastic Instructor
CrossFit Olympic Lifting Instructor
CrossFit Mobility Instructor
OPEX – CCP Exercise Physiology Assessment
OPEX – CCP Program Design
OPEX – CCP Nutrition
OPEX – CCP Life Coaching
A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer

Shannon Logan | OWNER

meet your support team

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STEVEN THEROUX

GENERAL MANAGER

As a lifelong athlete, competing in everything from soccer to Division I pole vaulting at the University of Delaware, competition and fitness have always been a large part of my life. When graduate school hit and I no longer had a team to rely on, my fitness level and passion for exercise quickly deteriorated. After going through the mundane routine of the typical gym for about a year, I was ready to start something new. In 2015, I joined my first CrossFit Box. CrossFit has provided me with a new team and reinvigorated my passion for fitness. As a coach I hope to help everyone find that same passion and camaraderie.
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JOANNA HOW

HEAD COACH

I am a former National League Soccer player and graduated from the University of Bath with a Bsc in Sports Coaching. After hanging up my cleats I was looking to fill a competitive void and CrossFit was that. I love the intensity, constant variation and the progression from athlete to coach was natural. Being able to combine coaching and being part of such a special community like True Core is awesome!

Currently I am the Head Varsity girls soccer coach at St Mary’s in Annapolis. I also work for Maryland United FC Soccer Club leading two different age groups. Running True Core’s athlete conditioning program as been an great addition to my career. Being able to coach an array of athletes with different abilities and ages, is something I love and am extremely grateful to do on a daily basis.

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RYAN WALKER

PERFORMANCE COACH

I was introduced to the CrossFit methodology while wrestling in high school. I found through several certification courses and training opportunities that coaching CrossFit was my true passion. I love using this fitness program to help enhance the lives of all the amazing people I am so fortunate to come in contact with.
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CHRISTY ASONGLEFAC

COACH

I joined Crossfit in 2017 and have been hooked ever since. I was on an performance gymnastics team at the University of Maryland and was an avid exerciser. However Crossfit has allowed me to become healthier than ever. I am a physical therapist and have worked extensively with patients with complex medical backgrounds. What I love about Crossfit is the encouraging environment of the gym, the ability to constantly challenge yourself in different ways, and how each and every workout and movement is adaptable depending on your ability and skill level. As a coach and healthcare provider, I am passionate about helping others become physically active as well as making physical activity accessible to anyone and everyone.
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SAM BERNSTEIN

POWERLIFTING COACH

My name is Sam Bernstein and I am passionate about getting stronger! I graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2016 and an M. Eng. in Technical Entrepreneurship in 2017. I compete nationally as a powerlifter in the USAPL. I have been fortunate enough to share the platform with the strongest people in the country, and it’s my goal to become one of them some day!

Sharing my passion for strength has presented me with amazing opportunities. During my senior year at Lehigh, I developed and hosted a series of seminars on my college campus instructing students on the basics of form and technique in the squat, bench, deadlift, clean & jerk, and snatch. In addition, I currently coach several powerlifting athletes remotely. I love to talk shop and answer lifting questions, so please don’t hesitate to reach out!

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LAUREN MOLINA​

COACH

As a former D1 lacrosse player at Lehigh University, I have an ingrained competitive nature. After graduating and having no competitive outlet, I gave Crossfit a try and instantly fell in love. With the wide array of different movements, there is always an area to improve. Whether its making small tweaks in technique or overcoming cardiovascular obstacles, Crossfit has given me so many ways to excel past my previous self.

Crossfit has also allowed me to share my passion for physical and mental wellbeing. With a Bachelor’s in Biology and minors in both Clinical Psychology and Health, Medicine and Society, I have always been interested in not only the biomechanical effects of exercise on the human body but also the psychological effects as well. I truly believe that Crossfit provides the obvious physical benefits but also mental benefits which can be attributed to the amazing community.

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CARA LEWNES

COACH

I am a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Kinesiology and a Master’s in Education with a focus in K-12 Physical Education. I have always had a passion for coaching that started with lacrosse and now reaches to CrossFit.

After graduating college it was tough to stay at the fitness level I wanted and after about a year of failing to keep myself motivated and healthy, I was introduced to CrossFit. Since starting, I began to regain my passion for fitness and now I want to share that with every athlete that comes into True Core.

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ERIN MADDEN

COACH

I am a former NCAA (Division I) Field Hockey player who was looking for something to fill the void that competitive sports left when my college career was over. I graduated with a B.S. in Physical Education K-12 and a Masters in Athletic Administration, and I currently teach Physical Education for AACPS. I love CrossFit because it allowed me to be part of a team again, brought back my competitive spirit, and challenged me physically, mentally, and sometimes emotionally. I started coaching in 2012 and haven’t looked back since! More recently, I have been competing as a 58 kg Olympic Weightlifter, and went to my first National Meet in September of 2017.
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TED TOAL

COACH

I was raised in Riva, MD and was always active, playing football, baseball and competitive racquetball. However, by middle age, I found I had allowed my health and fitness slip. At age 40, I decided it was time to get back in shape and tried CrossFit at my sister’s suggestion. I remember lying on the ground after the workout totally exhausted. But at that moment I was hooked and immediately knew I found a program I could stick with. I have greatly increased my strength and fitness over the years and am always eager to use my knowledge to help others do the same.
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KAREN STAMOS

GYM ADMIN

My passion for fitness and wellness, though ignited later in life, fueled my drive to make a change both professionally and personally. Before becoming a personal trainer, I was a preschool teacher for 17 years. Talk about a pivot! I knew for a long time that this is what I wanted to do and this is where I’m meant to be so the decision to leave that field completely was a very easy one to make.I’ve been on an unrelenting journey and mission to learn everything I possibly can about different modes of exercise, nutrition and performance enhancement strategies. I can’t get enough of it! On the personal side, I was once 200lbs so I am by no means a stranger to the weight loss journey. I know full well how committed you have to be in order to reach your goals.I know ALL about the blood, sweat and tears that are shed as you go through all its peaks and valleys. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout it all is that you CAN get there! Once you make the choice to put your health first,nothing is impossible!! You have the means to reach new heights and crush goal after goal. The only person you need to amaze here is YOU! My commitment as a trainer is simple- to be there for you and with you for every step taken and every corner turned as you make your way towards becoming healthier, stronger and more balanced. The hardest step is always the first one..kind of like how you probably felt when you walked into this box for the first time. Yet when you get in here and are around all these wonderful coaches and members, you’ll see we all have one thing in common and that’s to be the BEST versions of ourselves as we can be. The phrase ‘strength in numbers’ takes on a whole new meaning in Crossfit and it’s only solidified my love for it. I’m looking forward to training with you!
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BELLA LOGAN

COACH

I have been a part of the True Core family since day one. Helping our staff paint the walls, assisting in mobility drills, encouraging members with my bark, watching our little TC athletes while mommies work out. I love all the snuggles you can offer, and will always be happy to help you eat your post workout carbs.