Sebastian was born in Orlando, FL and remained there until high school when he moved to Canton, GA. He has always been active playing sports recreationally and has been riding some kind of board since he was a child whether it was a skateboard, wakeboard, or snowboard if he could make it North and get the opportunity. He, like many others, had a life changing experience with CrossFit that prompted him to get his CF- L1 Trainer certification and begin coaching others to help them change their lives as well. Sebastian was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes two years ago and immediately sought to control the disease as best he could to continue living a normal, healthy life. By turning to the Paleo Diet and thus eating natural foods and limiting starches and sugar, he was able to significantly limit the amount of medication he needed to live healthily and keep his blood sugar in a normal range. With the addition of CrossFit, he was able to increase his quality of life and better his disease to an even greater degree.
Sebastian previously worked in Atlanta, GA in a fitness center with an integrated physical medicine clinic. While coaching CrossFit, he also worked in the clinic doing physical therapy with patients who had various injuries. He witnessed them recover through PT and then make the transition to CrossFit where they performed functional movements, safely, that helped them recover to their previous condition, or even exceed it. Convinced of the effectiveness of CrossFit and the Paleo Diet, Sebastian has helped found CrossFit Manta Ray as a means to form a community that is supportive, fun, and effective at helping people get fit and improve their quality of life.
Favorite Color: Navy Blue
Favorite Sport: Football
Favorite Movie: Big Daddy
Favorite Athlete: Steph Curry
Favorite Exercise: Weighted Ring Dips
Least Favorite Exercise: Double Unders
Favorite Quote: “If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else; it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
” – Bruce Lee
Chris was born in raised in the heart of the rust belt, Youngstown, Ohio. He is a life-long fitness follower playing ice hockey, wrestling, football, and boxing growing up. Chris went on to coach youth hockey and wrestling for a period of time. He also is a certified boxing trainer. Chris graduated from the University of Akron Police Academy in 2009 and has been an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer since 2008. His passion has always been to help people of all fitness levels feel welcome inside the fitness community. It wasn’t until 2011 that he discovered CrossFit while working as a personal training manager at a global gym. It was right then he realized how passionate people become towards CrossFit so quickly. Since then Chris has been very passionate about one on one and group training. He believes strongly that there is a fitness program for anyone.
Through the years he has been able to work with people with severe osteoarthritis, spinal disc issues, and bone and joint rehabilitation. He also has experience with fitness beginners, average athletes, and competitive athletes. Chris also worked as a rehab technician and a case manager in a physical medicine clinic. Here, he worked directly with medical doctors, chiropractors, and neurologists to help diagnose and treat various neuromuscular conditions. Chris’s outlook about helping others to make lifestyle changes is very positive. He takes great pride in motivating others to achieve their goals, not only in the gym, but in their everyday lives.
Favorite Color: Black
Favorite Sport: Ice Hockey
Favorite Movie: Dumb and Dumber
Favorite Athlete: Mario Lemieux
Favorite Exercise: Muscle Ups
Least Favorite Exercise: Thrusters
Favorite Quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
” – Wayne Gretzky
Coach Stephanie Rich
Stephanie was born and raised in Canton, Ohio, the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. She has been active her entire life, competing in both gymnastics and dance since she was a toddler. After high school, Stephanie followed her passion for nutrition and overall health and graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She now works as the Director of Nutrition at a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility. Here, she provides nutritional interventions to patients of various ages and health conditions, from someone with a simple knee replacement to those who are elderly and ill.
Stephanie stumbled upon CrossFit in March 2014 through sheer boredom with the “regular gym.” She was looking for a workout she could be excited about and needed something that would keep her coming back for more. She was hooked after her first class. CrossFit has found its way into all aspects of her life, from nutrition and fitness to community and great friends. In May 2014, Stephanie got her CF-L1 Trainer certification. She is excited to help the team at CrossFit Manta Ray motivate others to reach all their goals in a positive, fun, and healthy environment.
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Sport: Football
Favorite Movie: Legally Blonde
Favorite Athlete: Nadia Comaneci
Favorite Exercise: Deadlifts
Least Favorite Exercise: Hang Cleans
Favorite Quote: “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
” – Albert Einstein
Anmarie was born in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. She moved to the states at the time school began at the age of 5. As “Daddy’s little girl” she was always tagging along with Dad to learn and play all kinds of sports from Basketball, Tennis, Baseball, Softball, Racquetball, and more. Dad was critical about technique, form, and strategy and so was Anmarie. Everything in her life from her early beginnings has been about these foundations in everything from sports to life. In High School she took as many Physical Education electives as allowed. This is when she took her very first “Weightlifting” class. It was instant love. She would always end up training with the football team in class! As soon as she got a “real job” her first priority was a gym membership. She loved hitting the weights and soon picked up a passion for weightlifting and strength training.
In early 2014, after years of training and loving every second of it, she wanted to make this a career. She started training her friends and doing boot camps for fun. She was very close to getting her personal trainer’s license until…CrossFit. Her husband, Luis, would not stop raving about this new methodology….”the sport of fitness”. She was skeptical at first, but very intrigued after watching the CrossFit Games. They decided to try it. They researched local boxes and decided to go with CMR. After meeting Coach Chris and Coach Sebastian, CMR just felt like a place they belonged. WOW. After the first class…”I will never look back” was Anmarie’s reaction. CrossFit is what she was looking for all along. This has now become a dream come true, her inspiration, her new found passion.
In September 2014, Anmarie completed her CF-L1 Trainer certification. She can hardly wait to see the light in an athlete’s eyes when she helps them do their first box jump, to squat correctly, or do their first real pull-up! …”I can hardly wait!!!”
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Sport: CrossFit
Favorite Athlete: Myranda Oldroyd
Favorite Exercise: Box Jumps
Least Favorite Exercise: NOTHING
Favorite Quote: “Do not withhold good from those to whom you should give it, If it is within your power to help” (Proverbs 3:27)
Luis was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and lived there until Middle School, when he moved to the States. Growing up on the island, he was always active, whether running around in the mountains or frolicking at the beach. He has always had a passion for fitness, as a child he would draw family members with bulging biceps (even grandma). At 14, his parents bought him his first weight set and from that day on he became what you might call a “gym rat”. His passion/addiction for fitness had him try all kinds of fitness programs and while enjoyable at first, they never kept his interest. In 2012, while watching ESPN, he stumbled upon a competition that would crown the fittest man/woman alive, and from there on, he would read and watch videos on anything CrossFit related. Unfortunately, injuries and misdiagnosis would keep him away from trying CrossFit until 2014.
After researching a few local CrossFit boxes, Luis and his wife Anmarie choose to join Manta Ray. What brought him to CMR were Coach Chris, Coach Sebastian, and the CMR family. We can say Luis has been home grown at CMR and hopes to continue his life as a Crossfitter at CMR. Currently, Luis has a new problem, he is totally addicted to CrossFit and everything CrossFit related. CrossFit has provide Luis with things he loves: fitness, loud music, and sneakers. In Sept 2014, Luis completed his CF-L1 Trainer certification and he’s excited to help others learn and love the CrossFit methodology while reaching their fitness goals.
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Favorite Movie: Friday
Favorite Athlete: Chris Spealler
Favorite Exercise: Pull ups
Least Favorite Exercise: Thrusters
Favorite Quote: “Do not “Love the life you live. Live the life you love”
Starting CrossFit has shown me what it actually means to enjoy working out, every part of it.