Coaches

Priscilla Martinez

Priscilla Martinez

Owner
PJ and her husband Martin have been married 12 years and have a daughter, Alexandra, and son Anthony. A friend convinced her to try CF in 2013 …..she hasn’t looked back. PJ walked into her first CrossFit Box in during the CrossFit Open and was overwhelmed by the immense about of support she saw for athletes cheering on other athletes. After spending her life as a dancer, she hit the gym with various personal trainers but needed a regimen she felt more connected to. Her aspirations to inspire and help the Box family gain knowledge of health and longevity, along with her business background paved the way to owning BLCF. Her favorite workout is Fight Gone Bad, she likes weightlifting and cardio (not). She loves the camaraderie of the fitness community, the laughter and also the colorful choice of music.

Michele Hanson

Michele Hanson

Owner
Michele is married to Scott and they have four very active athletic teenage boys. Michele has a background in sales and marketing in both the insurance and pharmaceutical industries before becoming a stay at home Mom for the last 6 years. After years of running marathons and wandering around traditional gyms, Michele was looking for a workout that would combine the intensity of running and the benefits of lifting weights. Michele started CrossFit in 2014 instantly fell in love the workouts, the community, and the friends she made at her box. In 2017 Michele pursued in Level One certification in CrossFit to help her boys with their CrossFit training and began coaching after becoming a co-owner at BridgeLakes CrossFit. As a natural “cheerleader” as Mom, Michele loves to coach and help others improve their overall fitness. Michele’s favorite workout is DT because she enjoys workouts with barbell cycling.

Darlene Thomas

Darlene Thomas

Darlene has been a CrossFitter since 2007 (when CrossFit wasn’t cool). She began at CrossFit Champions until she opened and co-owed CrossFit Cypress in July of 2010 and later opened CrossFit Sine Metu in December 2016 with her business partner PJ. She has since sold her half of each and decided to focus on her family. She is the mother of three (3) children. In addition, Darlene is also a Sergeant with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau. She loves the CrossFit community and loves training athletes. Her favorite part is seeing goals and accomplishments reached by the athletes through their had work. Darlene has judged several local competitions and had the privilege of judging at the South Central Regional games twice. Darlene believes that by judging those elite athletes, she is able to be a better coach to her own athletes by holding them to the correct standards of CrossFit.

Martin Morales

Martin Morales

Martin “Mo” Morales and his wife Carrie have been married for 18 years and have two beautiful children, Carissa and Cade. Mo is a Captain for Houston Fire Department and been a firefighter for 17 years. Mo started CrossFit in 2010 when a rookie in the fire department invited him to join him in a CrossFit workout. Mo is an experienced personal trainer and spent most of his career working in and coaching at traditional “global gyms”. Once Mo did his first CrossFit workout he was hooked and hasn’t looked back since. Mo enjoys coaching CrossFit because he loves to see the transition in our athletes as they grow in confidence and he watches athletes complete workouts they once thought about they couldn’t achieve. Mo’s favorite workouts are Murph and Clovis because both workouts demand mental toughness.

Scott Basinger

Scott Basinger

Q. What’s your day job?
A statistics professor at the University of Houston

Q. Who’s your family?
Wife (Beth, married 22 years); older son Chris (age 19, a sophomore at Auburn University); younger son Matthew (age 15, a sophomore at Cypress Woods HS); dog Maddie (age 12)

Q. How long have you done CrossFit?
My first on-ramp class was August 5, 2013.

Q. Why do you coach CrossFit?
Sarcastic answer: to pay for shoes and race entry fees. Serious answer: because it’s often the best part of my day. It gets me away from my desk, and I look forward to interacting with my athletes (even at 5 AM) and the other coaches.

Q. What motivates you the most?
Struggle. I’m a “growth mindset” person both at work and at play. I like to identify a weakness, work on it until it’s a strength, and then move on to the next weakness.

Q. What is your favorite quote?
Here are three: “Adversity has the effect of drawing out strength and qualities of a man that would have lain dormant in its absence” (Herodotus). “Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then” (John Wooden). “Those who understand others are clever; those who understand themselves are wise. Those who control others are strong; those who control themselves are mighty” (Lao Tzu).

Q. What is your favorite workout?
The hero WOD “DVB” combines three of my favorite things: running, wall-balls, and rope climbs.

Darla Nunley

Darla Nunley

Darla started CrossFit in 2008 after spending most of her time doing triathlons and needing a better balance with endurance workouts and weightlifting. Darla began coaching CrossFit in 2015 because she is a goal oriented person and loves helping athletes reach their health and fitness goals. Darla focuses a lot of her time coaching helping people any mobility issues. Darla has her mobility certification and enjoys researching ways for pain management through exercise and movement. Darla’s favorite workout is Filthy 50, as a self-described “taskmaster”, she likes to finish one movement and move on to the next.

Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor

Jen Taylor is both a Coach and the Community Liason at BridgeLakes. Jen is from Louisville, KY and is a proud UK fan. Jen saw the CrossFit games in 2012 and was so inspired she joined a CrossFit box in Louisville the very next day. Jen began coaching CrossFit when BridgeLakes co-owner PJ Martinez “literally made me”! Jen enjoys coaching most because she is a cheerleader at heart and loves to encourage everyone through each workout. Jen’s favorite workouts are Murph and Clovis because they are both body weight movements, endurance workouts and test her mental toughness. Jen not only coaches at BLCF, she is also our community liason. Jen’s role a as a community liason includes working on our monthly community philanthropy projects. Jen works with the BLCF community to plan how we can be most impactful to assist those in need in our community.

Mark Oropeza

Mark Oropeza

A mechanic at Sterling Country Club, Mark has been doing CrossFit since 2012. He loves participating in endurance/obstacle races, cardio and long walks on a beach but specializes in weightlifting. “I like coaching barbell classes to help my athletes get strong AF. One of my best friends wanted to start her own box and I wanted to help her succeed.”

Mark gets it done! He has helped our athletes with the technical aspects of weightlifting and better all around athletes.

Barbara Oropeza

Barbara Oropeza

A third party billing specialist by day and weightlifter by night, Barbara started her CrossFit journey in her garage I’m 2012. “I love coaching the barbell club because someone who once struggled with my movements, I believe that technique is very important”.

When you walk into the gym, Barbara is always there with a kind smile and friendly hello. Don’t forget to smile…she is always trying to catch your fitness journey on camera!

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