Bree Heestand

Coach

Bree Heestand

Coach

Biography

Growing up Bree had a strong background in competitive running. After high school he continued to run recreationally and bounced between numerous “globo gyms” following the latest fad routines of various “McSwole bros.” After a lower back injury his physical therapist (an avid CrossFitter) insisted that the functional movements of CrossFit would permanently cure his constant back pain. In 2013 he decided to give CrossFit a try and immediately realized this type of workout was precisely what he needed. Bree started coaching CrossFit in 2014 and loves the community atmosphere of CrossFit, the constant mental and physical challenges that each WOD brings, and the elation every time an athlete completes their goal.

CrossFit’s evidence based approach to delaying, or even curing sickness through fitness aligns with Bree’s professional interests of understanding global processes that contribute to increased heath and lifespan. He earned a BS in Biology from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Baylor College of Medicine for his work investigating the molecular mechanisms of diet and longevity. Currently, he works as a postdoctoral researcher at UNC examining molecular pathways responsible for various age related diseases.

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1

Crossfit Olympic Lifting