Coaches

VIC ZACHARY – Owner and FounderVic_KB-186x300

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Kids
  • Coaches Prep Course
  • Olympic Lifting cert
  • Kettlebell cert
  • Endurance cert
  • Whole 9 seminar
  • CF Football Cert
  • CrossFit Joint Mobility and Recovery
  • Barbell cert.

I grew up in Houston, Texas, and graduated from St. Pius X High School in 2000 where I played football, soccer, and ran track. Immediately following high school, I enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Fort Bragg, in the 82nd Airborne. While in the Army I was in charge of running P.T. and I graduated from Airborne and Ranger School. I was sent to Iraq from March 2003 to September 2003 and left the Army with an Honorable Discharge as an E-5(SGT).

Once out of the Army I went to work for Wackenhut Security Service in Oakridge, Tennessee. While I was at Wackenhut, I was a member of the Special Response Team for over a year. After Tennessee, I became a Federal Agent for the D.O.E. and was stationed in Amarillo, Texas. I was on the Special Response Force for my last two years and a firearms instructor for the Agency. I competed in the Security Protection Officer Training Competition (SPOTC) in 2005 and 2006, and I also competed in the World SWAT Challenge in 2006.

Competed in:

  • The 2009 CrossFit Games (Individual)
  • The 2010 CrossFit Games (Individual)
  • 2010 Half IronMan 70.3 Austin
  • 2011 Houston Marathon
  • The 2011 CrossFit Games (Team)

KATIE RUSSELLKatiefront-rack

Certifications:

  • Crossfit Level I Cert
  • KettleBell Cert
  • Endurance Cert
  • Strongman Cert
  • Olympic Lifting Cert
  • Coaches Prep Course

Katie Russell began CrossFit in September of 2008 and immediately became addicted. In July 2009 she became CrossFit level I certified Katie graduated from St. Pius X high school and received her BS in Kinesiology with a minor in Health from Sam Houston State University in December of 2009. She has been an athlete, health, and fitness enthusiast all her life and is passionate about helping others to achieve a happier and healthier lifestyle. Katie has completed her first half-marathon and recently completed her first full Marathon Jan 2012. She was a member of the Bayou City CrossFit team during the 2011 and 2012 CrossFit Games.After four years of working towards various goals in CrossFit, she decided to go for her biggest one yet this past year and make it back to the CrossFit games as a individual. Katie placed 9th in the 2013 South Central region and is already in the midst of her training for 2014. Through her education and fitness training experience, Katie is able to motivate individuals to obtain and reach their best fitness goals.


LORI REILLYlori

Certifications:  

  • Crossfit Level 1
  • Strongman Cert
  • Gymnastics Cert
  • Endurance Cert
  • Coaches Prep Course

Lori started at Bayou City CrossFit in August of 2010. Initially intimidated by the class environment, Lori opted to train one-on-one with Coach Katie for over 6 months before she entertained taking an actual CF class. She quickly overcame her fears one at a time and embraced the CF community and all it had to offer. Driven by her desire to help people push past their limits, Lori got her Level 1 Certification in August of 2011 and is now coaching at Bayou City and PinUp Crossfit. Lori lives through her passion for fitness and nutrition – and is inspired by helping others succeed. Lori is excited to empower others to reach their full potential both in CrossFit and in life.  Lori coaches Crossfit classes, offers one-on-one training and Nutrition Consulting.

“I LOVE helping people do things that they didn’t think they could do. Watching and helping clients push past their fears/limitations and achieve their goals gives me the greatest satisfaction as a coach.”
-Lori Reilly


VIC ZACHARY SR.vicsr

Certifications:

  • Crossfit Level 1 Cert

Senior started CrossFit in July 2008. Not able to complete more than 5 minutes of workout, to losing 50 lbs. and able to complete modified W.O.D.’s. He became Level 1 instructor in July of 2009. Graduated with B.S. in Business in 1975 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Has worked in management the past 30 years in Restaurant (Fuddruckers) and Construction (Boeker Countertops of Houston) His goal is to help all and especially Seniors become healthy and live the best of our lives during the golden years.


TANNER DEBETTENCOURTtanner

Certifications:

  • Crossfit Level 1 Cert
  • Endurance Cert
  • Coaches Prep Course
  • USAW Level 1 Cert

Tanner Debettencourt started Crossfit in August of 2009 and has loved it ever since. He played football and baseball in high school, becoming an All-District selection his senior year. In 2013 he graduated from Lawrence University (WI) where he was a four year varsity baseball letter winner. He was named the Captain of the baseball team his Junior and Senior year. He also became the baseball team’s strength and conditioning coach his last two years of college. Through his years of college, whenever Tanner would come home for break he would coach Bayou City Crossfit’s Teen class. It was his experience coaching these kids and his teammates that made him want to go into Crossfit coaching full-time.

Geno Saenz IIIgeno

Certifications:

  • Crossfit Level 1 Cert

Geno’s Crossfit journey started in October 2012 and he immediately fell in love with it. Starting at about 250 lbs with little muscle, Geno has overcome a lot, learned a lot and is not only down to 200 lbs, but is lifting over his bodyweight. Being a computer technician and programmer, attention to detail is critical to everything he does. From perfecting technique to absorbing information – his focus is 100%.

In the 2014 Open, Geno was in the top third in the world and is still making strides in power and performance. In August 2014, Geno attended his Crossfit Level I Certification and after studying and shadowing – passed his test and is ready to Coach!


Erin Palmergeno

Certifications:

  • Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
  • NASM Personal Trainer
  • Certified Natural Healthcare Practitioner (CNHP)
  • Certified in Nutrition
  • Certified in Detoxification & Healing through Food

Erin Palmer started CrossFit in October 2012 and instantly fell in love with the intensity of the sport. A lifelong athlete, dancing on Performance, Competition and National Dance Teams from the age of 3-18 and running many half marathons all through her 20’s, Erin finds that CrossFit challenges her to always strive for her best and inspires her to compete with herself daily.

Erin has worked in the healthcare field as a CNHP for over 7 years and has run her own natural healthcare practice for 5 years. About 2 years ago she decided she wanted to focus more on the driven CrossFit community that she loves so she created her one-on-one program The Beast Mode Method specifically for dedicated CrossFitters. In this online program Erin creates an efficient, transformational and customized program for each of her determined clients by taking their unique biochemistry into consideration. Check out www.erinthebeast.com to learn more.

Originally from St. Cloud, MN, Erin and her husband moved to Houston at the end of December 2013. She taught some nutrition classes at Bayou City CrossFit that spring and instantly fell in love with the energy of the Box, the kind people and the community at Bayou City CrossFit, so when the Box she was attending closed their doors, she knew right away which Box would be her new home.

Erin has a passion for helping people improve their quality of life by educating them about proper nutrition and helping them achieve their goals in CrossFit.


Josh O’Dowdgeno

Certifications:

  • Level I Crossfit Trainer

Josh O’Dowd began his CrossFit journey in the summer of 2015, following his college graduation and move to Houston. Josh grew up running and playing soccer, and ran varsity track and cross country all through high school. After graduating from college and bored with workouts that were not showing any results, he found himself drawn to the high intensity, competitive, community-based style of working out in CrossFit, and immediately embraced it.

As his love for CrossFit increased, coupled with his passion for helping others, Josh made the decision to advance to the next level and begin coaching. He received his Level 1 Coaching Certification in the Spring of 2017. Beyond CrossFit, Josh also has experience working with youth, and has coached middle school cross country and soccer for the last 2 years. He is currently in the process of training for his 4th half marathon and future crossfit competitions.

Because of his personal experience with sports and fitness and his background in Psychology, Josh seeks to help others push past mental barriers and not only reach, but surpass, their fitness goals.


Cody Sanders 

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • 2011 South Central Regionals – Team 1st Place
  • 2011 CrossFit Games Competitor – Team
  • Too Cool Adventure Race 2010
  • Terra Firma Adventure Race 2009

Cody graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2008 with a bachelors in Management Information Systems. After moving to Houston he discovered CrossFit by a chance encounter at Memorial Park while trying to pick-up a girl, but found something so much better. He found Fran, Helen and Cindy…. If you have never met them he will introduce you. During his first CrossFit work out he told himself two things: I should not have had breakfast, and this is what I have been looking for! Cody played sports most of his life and the routine of corporate office work was not satisfying the need for camaraderie or the mental and physical challenge he was use to. In 2011, Cody participated in the CrossFit Open and qualified for the the Bayou City CrossFit team. The Bayou City team placed 2nd in the Open, first in the South Central Regionals and then went on to compete in the CrossFit Games, a world wide CrossFit competition held in Carson California.