Trident CrossFit is supported by a team of passionate, committed, and dynamic trainers. Each of our coaches loves nothing more than changing people’s lives through fitness. Although we pride ourselves on our  knowledge, experience and continual efforts to improve through independent study, certifications, and courses, we are most proud of our ability to connect with and motivate our clients.  Trident CrossFit is the result of our passion for training and community.


  • Founder and Co-owner
    Andrea Smith

    Andrea Smith Founder and Co-owner

    Andrea is a  former competitive gymnast, coach and USGF judge, Andrea has always made athletics a focus in her life.  Her drive led her to become a competitive road cyclist and triathlete, and when she discovered CrossFit, she was hooked. As a CrossFit trainer , Andrea enthusiasm has helped individuals from elite athletes to fitness rookies to achieve their personal goals. As  co-owner  of  Misha’s coffee house and roaster in Alexandria , Andrea brings 18 years of commitment to the local community to Trident CrossFit.

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  • Founder and Co-owner
    Chriss Smith Jr.

    Chriss Smith Jr. Founder and Co-owner

    Chriss is a former Navy SEAL with more than 12 years experience in the SEAL Teams and other Special Mission Operations.  He fully understands the necessity of full body fitness and the role it plays in everyday life.  Chriss believes that the psychology of sport, fitness and fun play a vital role in the success of a healthy lifestyle.  His mission is to help others overcome self-doubt and their perceived limitations, allowing them to unleash their warrior within.

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  • Aby Thomas

    Aby Thomas

    Bio coming soon.

  • Emily Porterfield

    Emily Porterfield

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  • Becca Hall

    Becca Hall

    Becca grew up with a love of sports and pushing her limits. As an adult, CrossFit was first introduced as an alternative to familiar days long gone, where a competitive atmosphere meets physical fun. She soon learned it’s much more. Starting in a friend’s backyard, there was no turning back when she joined Trident. Being a part of the Trident community is ever-inspiring…from every member and coach, no matter age, size, or skill level – it’s amazing to see the heart and perseverance that each athlete brings when they walk into the gym. Becca loves finding ways to positively impact people’s lives – on the field, in the gym, and in everyday life! Thanks the Lord in all things!

  • Melanie Rowland

    Melanie Rowland

    Melanie has been “working out” since she was born. Using her childhood living room as an obstacle course, she not only frustrated her parents, but also quickly learned how much fun she had exercising. She followed her need for “all things fast” and joined the Army after college. Fast-forward 25 years…. As a retired Army Officer serving 15 of her 20 years in Special Operations and Special Missions Units, Melanie understands first-hand the importance of being physically and mentally ready to meet any challenge. Coupling that understanding with the need for fuel – she obtained her Masters Degree in Bio Chemistry/Human Nutrition and now practices nutrition both in the local area and at Trident CrossFit. Supporting others in finding joy through movement is her passion – she does this through coaching CrossFit and teaching nutrition.

  • Marcus White

    Marcus White

    Marcus White began CrossFitting in 2010 and acheived his Level 1 certification in 2011. He currently enjoys coaching at Trident and competing in local competitions. He has been a life-long multi-sport athlete and fitness fanatic. His endeavors included organized football, basketball, cross country/indoor/outdoor track. Marcus’ primary sport of fencing is where he made his mark. After achieving All-American status as a junior at The College of William and Mary, Marcus went on to compete with the U.S. World Cup team in 2001 and 2002. Now that his competitive days of fencing are done, Marcus CrossFits at Trident to stay in shape. “Out of all my athletic participation, the CrossFit intensity, resulting fitness levels, and sense of community are the most impressive I’ve ever encountered.“

  • Nate Pipke

    Nate Pipke

    After getting hooked on Crossfit by following the main web page, I found myself following fellow Head Coach, Emily, to Trident shortly after the box opened. This took my workouts and enjoyment to a whole new level. I was no longer the guy doing strange stuff in the corner of the local “Globo Gym”. I found a great community and great friends to help push myself further and harder.

    Coaching at Trident came along naturally. As a teacher in “real life”, I love working with my students and seeing those “light bulb moments” when understanding occurs. Finding those faces amid the sweat, grunts, groans and pain of a Trident WOD is harder, but just as rewarding.

  • Sandy Kim

    Sandy Kim

    Unlike most CrossFitters, I didn’t grow up playing sports and was never an athlete. I grew up eating twinkies and was a champion couch potato. I found CrossFit in 2009 after a few years of running, no weight training and lots of injuries from long distance running. CrossFit pushes me beyond what I think my limitations are and has had a huge impact on my life. Coaching gives me the opportunity to pay it forward in hopes of making an impact on someone else.

  • Stacy Nichols

    Stacy Nichols

    Bio coming soon.

  • Donnie Nusbaum

    Donnie Nusbaum

    Bio coming soon.

  • Herman Phillips

    Herman Phillips

    Bio coming soon.