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
Starting CrossFit has shown me what it actually means to enjoy working out, every part of it.