The Coaching for Glory Team

Meet the Team that is Dedicated to Your Success

our founder

Joshua Martin

In the early months of 2011, I approached my wife Mandy with an idea – I wanted to leave my nice, cushy corporate job to open a CrossFit gym. Shrugging it off, she told me she’d take me serious when I showed her my “business plan.” What she didn’t expect was for me to have it ready. She was shocked! After looking it over, and some deep discussion between us, she told me to go for it.

Ok, it was on and my wheels were turning – I found a space, had my equipment list, figured out the gym insurance stuff. Now, we just needed a name. We toiled over this piece for a long time because we knew we wanted the name to convey not just what we did (CrossFit), but why we do it. We wanted it to covey what we believe. Nearly all the names we came up with were already taken or simply didn’t fit us. Then as if out of a movie, I woke up out of a dead sleep one night, scribbled something on a notepad I kept on my nightstand, and went back to sleep. When I woke up the next morning, I grabbed it immediately and as Mandy was getting ready for work that morning, I remember asking: “Hey love, what about ‘CrossFit For Glory?’” “Perfect,” she said.


Next we commissioned a dear friend, Whitney, to draw our logo. There is no denying that that original logo, and the one that adorns our wall, is the shape of a cross. Yes, CrossFit For Glory is a Christian owned and operated company. What does that mean? Well, a couple of things really: it means that we lovingly accept any and everyone with open arms. It means that we serve others joyfully, with compassion and integrity. It means that we have a genuine appreciation for where each person starts their journey and how they choose to navigate it. Yes, we are faith based. We believe that faith is the glue that holds it all together. Faith has an understandably religious connotation to it, but it also is an explicit trust in the process and support of a larger purpose. In our case, it is moving forward the movement of increasing the health and wellness of our world. That begins with those who walk through our doors.


And then, it all changed. Mandy told me that summer that we were expecting! How exciting I thought, a new gym AND a new baby!? Mandy was not quite so sure…leaving the comfort (and health insurance) of my job wasn’t to be taken lightly. But we both figured, if not now, then when? Mandy has always been the rock behind me – both supporting me when I needed to be held up and pushing me forward when I needed a kick in the pants!


So in November 2011, I turned in my resignation in pursuit of something bigger – my purpose. The next month, on December 3rd 2011, with a wife who was 7 months pregnant, we opened the doors to CrossFit For Glory.

our coaches

Stephanie Gaydosh

General Manager

My name is Stephanie and I’m very excited that you’re here checking out CrossFit for Glory! My health and fitness journey began many years ago as a young athlete. My background in sports growing up included gymnastics, dance, cheerleading, basketball, volleyball, softball, flag football and track. My father was in the Army, so that’s what brought us here to the FishHawk area in 2003. I was in the first graduating class at Newsome high school, which was such a wonderful environment that nurtured my love for sports and community.I attended Florida State University where I earned a degree in Early Childhood Education.

This lead to a nine year teaching career, where I taught 2nd grade for 3 years then 6 years at the high school level. While teaching Health and Physical Education at Newsome, I found a passion for coaching team sports as the Assistant Volleyball Coach and Head Flag Football coach. During that time I became an active member of CrossFit For Glory and the doors of opportunity opened. I became a CrossFit L1 coach, facilitated effective strength and conditioning programs, competed in local CrossFit competitions and then weightlifting at the local and state level. I held the position of Head Coach prior to becoming the General Manager and Nutrition Coach.

My personal life has been greatly enriched by CrossFit for Glory as well. I met my husband in 2014 at the gym and have made long lasting friendships. We welcomed our first daughter to the world in August of 2019 and I can honestly say that I felt loved and supported my entire pregnancy and now as a new mom.

My goals are to help everyone who walks through our doors realize their potential, enjoy their fitness journey, and live a happy and healthy life!

Certifications/Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • Healthy Steps Nutrition Coach
  • USAW L1- Sports and
  • Performance Coach
  • Experienced CrossFit and Weightlifting athlete
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Ed, Masters in Educational Leadership
  • K-12 Physical Education Certification
  • K-12 Health Education Certification
  • 9 years of coaching youth sports grades 6-12
  • Athlete for Tampa Bay Inferno Women’s Tackle Football Team for 2 seasons

 

Areas of Expertise/Interest:

  • Nutrition
  • Personalized Training
  • Pre and Postnatal Fitness
  • Olympic Weightlifting
  • Strength and Conditioning programs

Marc Zatkiewicz

head coach

Hey everyone! I’m Marc Zatkiewicz, but everyone calls me Marc Z. I’m the Head Coach and a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer here at CrossFit for Glory. I graduated from the University of South Florida in May of 2019 with a degree in Exercise Science.
 
My story is a bit different in that I never played any competitive sports growing up. It wasn’t until the summer of 2012 when a friend of mine approached me and convinced me to purchase a membership at the local 24-hour gym in the area. I stayed consistent at the 24-hour gym until CrossFit entered my life.
My mom had been a member of CrossFit For Glory for a few months before the October of 2013 when she finally convinced me to try a class out. The old location was in a warehouse that didn’t have any A/C, and I remember the humidity bogging me down during my first class…and I loved it. I loved getting my butt kicked. I was immediately hooked. I officially began at CFG in December of 2013.

After graduating high school in 2015, I went to the University of Central Florida for a year before I decided to come back home and pursue coaching at CrossFit For Glory while continuing my education at USF. I received my Level 1 Certificate in June of 2016 and began coaching the next October, three years after I had first tried CrossFit. Above all, coaching, along with being a member at CFG, has allowed me to hone my public speaking skills and form relationships with people who I can confidently call my best friends and family. I’ve truly found a passion in teaching others and helping people reach goals they had previously thought were impossible.

 

Certifications/Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Areas of Expertise/Interest:

  • Good ol’ fashioned CrossFit
  • Motivation

Emily Rulli

Coach

My name is Emily. Prior to my CrossFit life, I was a competitive gymnast for 11 years and was a competitive cheerleader for 3 years during my high school career. I am currently pursuing a health and fitness degree while coaching at CrossFit for Glory (CFG). I have been a member of CFG since spring of 2016. I began my coaching career in the fall of 2018. Coaching CFG members allows me to purse my passions; I am able to champion along- side fellow members to assist them in achieving their goals and it allows me to feed my fitness passion. I love helping others surpass their goals! Since I had a 3- year gap rest between gymnastics and beginning CrossFit, I am empathetic towards those re-learning or re-building their skills and strengths. I wish you luck in your fitness journey!! 

Certifications/Qualifications:

  • CrossFit level 1 trainer 

Areas of expertise/ interests:

  • Gymnastics (11 years)
  • Cheerleading (3 years)
  • Helping/ motivating others

Margaret Clark

Coach

My interest in sports and fitness began when I was young and continued on into middle and high school where I played basketball for my high school team. I received my degree from the College of Charleston, worked for Delta Airlines for 10 years and became a military spouse and a mother of two girls who both are competitive gymnasts. Many years were spent moving and traveling but through all the changes in my life, I have always been able to take my love of fitness with me.

It was in Newport, RI in 2009 where I discovered my love for CrossFit. I had always been active. I enjoyed running and lifting, but CrossFit gave me the intensity in my workouts, friendly competition and camaraderie I missed from playing team sports. I was drawn to the high intensity, and diversity of the workouts. I moved to Tampa in 2010 where my passion for CrossFit and interest in helping others achieve their fitness goals led me to getting my CrossFit Level 1 certification in 2012.

I spent 2 years coaching CrossFit classes and in the fall of 2014 joined CrossFit For Glory. In addition to my CrossFit level 2 certification I also hold a USA Weightlifting coaches certification as well as the Crossfit gymnastics trainer certification. Besides coaching, I also work as an office manager in a nearby preschool. I enjoy sharing my passion for CrossFit with others and am thankful that it provides me an opportunity to learn and grow as an athlete and coach.

Certifications/Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • USAW L1
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer


Areas of Expertise/Interest:

  • Gymnastics
  • Olympic Weightlifting

Mark James

coach

Mark found CrossFit when he walked into CrossFit For Glory in March of 2012 and has never looked back. The passion for fitness developed while serving in the U.S Army during a 25-year career, where the value of General Physical Preparedness for the unknown is a valued asset. He demonstrated his athletic prowess and excelled at endurance sports to include running and cycling winning numerous events in each sport.

Mark is married and has three children who are also a part of the CrossFit For Glory community. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Education. Seeing progress and improvements in the athletes at CFG gives him an incomparable feeling of accomplishment no matter age or current physical condition.

Certifications/Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • USAW L1
  • US Army Master Fitness Trainer
  • Retired US Army 25-Years
  • Current Instructor Joint Special Operations University
  • Lifetime of playing sports – baseball, basketball, cycling, running, obstacle courses, etc.
  • 1994 U.S. Military Road Cycling Champion
  • Ranked 39th in Southeast region age group 50-55 2014 Crossfit Open
  • 6th place Master’s 40 and over CrossFit Beat Down on the Pier 2013
  • B.S. History, Ashford University

Areas of Expertise/Interest:

  • Endurance

lydia

client success manager

Hey there! The elevator version of myself is that I am a Miami native, U.S. Navy Veteran that loves my family and am literally the girl next door. Unlike most coaches, I do not have a lifetime invested in sports growing up or even as an adult… unless you count playing outside till the lamp posts came on as a sport. That or JROTC color guard in high school.

Honestly, though… my passion lies in people. The regular folk. Looking to better themselves. I went from absolutely no Weightlifting experience to becoming a 2018 World’s Master competitor in Olympic Weightlifting. I love to push my boundaries as a female and aim to lead the way for my daughter and anyone else willing to put in the work! Don’t let the tatted – strong willed look stop you from coming over and introducing yourself. Let’s be friends!

Certifications/Qualifications:

  • United States Navy Veteran – Yeoman
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • USAW Level 1 Sports and Performance
  • Ranked 9th – 2018 World Masters Weightlifting Championship 75kg
  • Ranked 2nd – 2018 Florida State Championship

Areas of interest:

  • Olympic Weightlifting – Masters & Youth USAW
  • Power of Optimism
  • Photography & Traveling

Gene Richardson

sport performance

Hi folks! My name is Gene, but all my young athletes tend to call me Coach Rich. I play a unique role here at CFG, as I am not a CrossFit coach – I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and I coach the high school athletes who participate in our Sports Performance Training program. In addition, I am also proud to be the coach for CFG’s barbell club and a personal trainer.

Growing up in Tampa, I loved being active with my friends and playing sports. By high school (Robinson alum) I focused solely on my pitching career, and that turned into a baseball scholarship at Florida Southern College (c/o ’99) and being drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1996. Despite being a former single-sport athlete, I love watching other sports, and with a M.S. in Applied Exercise Science it has become a hobby of mine to read the latest science on enhancing sports performance. My wife and I stay active and fit through traditional resistance training and weightlifting, and my friends and I (go Blue Barracudas!) are 3-peat champions of Field Day organized by Tampa Bay Club Sport.

Most of my adult life has been spent teaching high school history, but all of that started to change in 2016, when I kickstarted a strength and conditioning program at Tampa Catholic High School. It has been a great experience helping a wide range of athletes achieve their fitness goals, and I decided that coaching and personal training fulltime was something I had a passion for. I am so happy to be coaching at CFG and I hope you feel as welcomed as I have felt since arriving! Also—shameless plug—consider giving barbell club a month or two just to brush up on your weightlifting technique and make those WODs more productive—your joints may thank you later 😊

Certifications/Qualifications:

  • Master of Science—Applied Exercise Science (strength & conditioning concentration)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)—Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) –
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES)
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
  • Sports conditioning (specialty certification)
  • The Biomechanics Method of Corrective Exercise (specialty certification)
  • USAW Level 1 Coach
  • CPR-AED

Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • Annual Training Plan/Programs for Sports
    Strength and Conditioning Coach for High School Athletes (3 years)
  • Olympic Weightlifting
    Corrective Exercise
    Sports Nutrition
    Baseball (4 years high school level, 4 years college level)