• Brett Hall

    Partner/Head CrossFit Coach
    847.573.XFIT (9348)

    Through my experience as an athlete, a trainer, and a coach, I have learned that true confidence can only come through preparation; and nothing will prepare you like CrossFit. CrossFit has had a profound impact on nearly every aspect of my daily life. I am so grateful for the opportunity to bring CrossFit to you. You will experience the feelings of accomplishment, freedom, and empowerment that come with taking control of your life through CrossFit. I practice what I preach because I believe in it and I know that it works.

    I truly believe that CrossFit is the most efficient and effective way to achieve fitness for anybody, regardless of age or current fitness level. I am wholeheartedly committed to providing the highest quality coaching, the best training facility, and the most supportive and inspiring atmosphere for our athletes to not only reach your goals, but to surpass them and redefine what you thought to be possible.


    • CrossFit Level 1Certified Coach
    • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certified
    • CrossFit Endurance Certified
    • CrossFit Football Certified

    Athletic Background

    • Illinois state heavyweight boxing champion – Silver Gloves – l999
    • Top 10 two-sport high school athletes in the nation- (football/baseball)
    • Ranked in Heard’s “Top College Quarterbacks” 2004, 2005, 2006
    • Professional football in Europe 2007, 2008 Berlin Eagles- Captain of 2008 European Champions
    • #1 Draft Pick in US and Europe for inaugural AFX Professional Football League
    • Played for Milwaukee Bonecrushers in the Continental Indoor Football League. Set several franchise passing records – 2009
    • Played in the Arena Football League for the Milwaukee Iron and the Chicago Rush.
    • Men’s 500m Sprint Champion – Chicago Indoor Rowing Championships 2011


    Kirsten Hall

    847.573.XFIT (9348)

    I was introduced to CrossFit in the spring of 2009, and have been hooked ever since. What appeals to me is the effectiveness of the program. I never would have thought I could get such a good workout in such a short time period, but I did and continue to do so. I have seen a continual progression in my fitness since beginning CrossFit, and enjoy having an avenue for self-improvement through skill perfection, strength increases and improved endurance and stamina. CrossFit is a no-nonsense, no-frills fitness program that appeals in its ability to get results.

    There are so many reasons I am excited to be coaching CrossFit. I have never seen anything bring a community together for health and fitness like CrossFit has done. It is one of the most uplifting, encouraging, and supportive atmospheres I have ever been a part of. To see the successes that have come from this program has been amazing, and I am very grateful and lucky to be able to help people achieve their goals and better their quality of life.


    • CrossFit Level 1 Certified Coach
    • CrossFit Kids Certified Coach
    • CrossFit Gymnastics

    Athletic Background

    • Division 1 basketball player at University at Albany
    • Conference Carolinas Women’s Basketball Champion and member of all-tournament team
    • MVP, Anderson University
    • Athletic experience in track and field, cross-country, basketball

    Justin Lawrence

    Justin Lawrence

    Partner/Director of Operations
    847.573.XFIT (9348)

    The moment I was introduced to CrossFit I knew instantly that I had found something more than just another workout.  CrossFit is a world apart from the many fitness fads that come and go. The benefits of CrossFit go far beyond the gym walls, its a community. CrossFitters motivate one another, helping each other prepare for the unknown and unknowable. I take my coaching responsibility seriously because I know that if you do CrossFit right, it can make a great difference in your life.

    The endeavors that I have pursued throughout my life have never been without the presence of a strength training and conditioning program. I am a former high school and college athlete, an avid snowboarder and sport climber, and I have trained hundreds of individuals over the past several years of my professional career.  As director of operations, I also bring considerable business savvy to this organization. I started three businesses from the ground up, two being within the futures derivatives industry.

    Improving the lives of others is important to me and CrossFit Freedom was built to do just that. I have found that my CrossFit coaching responsibilities are integral to a successful and fulfilling life. I have four young sons, my personal CrossFit kids’ team, and their success is depending on it.


    • CrossFit Level 1Certified Coach
    • CrossFit Endurance


    Stephanie Lawrence

    Yoga Instructor/Massage Therapist

    My journey into health and wellness began in 1999 at The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA)  in Tempe, Arizona. There I studied yoga and massage therapy and completed their 750 hour program. Since then, I have had a private in-home massage therapy practice where I have worked on a variety of clients, ranging from athletes with sport injuries to pregnant and postpartum women. My bodywork encompasses many different modalities using  Swedish Sedona massage combined with Deep Tissue therapy, Reflexology and Trigger Point therapy. I am trained in many different Spa therapy techniques, including La Stone Therapy and Ayurvedic Shirodhara.  My goal is to create a sacred space for the client where positive change in the body can be achieved by complete relaxation and stress relief.

    My yoga practice became the perfect complement to my bodywork training.  At SWIHA’s Yoga Teacher Training Program, I was very lucky to have studied with Jeff Martens of Innervision Yoga in Phoenix, AZ. His phenomenal teaching was my first glimpse into the transformational practice of yoga. He helped me achieve a connection to the power of my own breath. With that discovery, for me, came a new definition of the word “Joy”. The awareness of spirit and inner-peace that I found while uniting my breath with movement was all the evidence I needed to commit to this lifelong journey. In 2010, I completed the teacher training 200 hour program at At One Yoga, considered to be Arizona’s pioneering yoga community. I feel so lucky to have had the chance to study under Jenn Chirelli, John Salisbury and Dave Romanelli.

    Our lives today are so fast paced and we do not often take the time to care for our inner and outer beings. We need to find time to still our minds and slow down. There is no better way to honor your mind and your body than by allowing yourself time on a massage table or time on your yoga mat.


    Cathy Paulsen

    847.573.XFIT (9348)
    Cathy@crossfitfreedom.comCathy bio pic

    When I first started CrossFit I was looking for a way to get healthy and lose the baby weight I had been trying to lose for the last two years. I had tried several different exercise programs and diets with varying success but had never found something that really worked for me. What I got from CrossFit from results, I lost 10 pounds in the first month, but more importantly I found something that I loved to do.

    Finally working out wasn’t a chore that I had to drag myself to the gym to do, I wanted to go to class everyday because it was so much fun,  I loved the way it made me feel, and I had great support from all of the people working out next to me. I lost weight, became faster, stronger, improved my endurance, and made great friends, all of which made me more confident and gave me more drive to continue improving myself.

    I still get all of that same joy as when I first started, but now as a coach I get to help others on their fitness journeys as well. I love to see people improve from their first classes, where most everything can be a struggle, to a month later when things are getting easier, they are moving faster and lifting more weight. It’s an honor to watch somebody exceed their own expectations for what they are capable of, because having been through that myself, I know that accomplishments in the gym lead to accomplishments in other parts of our lives.

    CrossFit builds confidence, it builds work ethic, and gives us a supportive community in which everybody is growing together and all of those things not only make people more fit, they make us strive to be better in all aspects of our lives.


    • CrossFit Level 1Certified Coach