Meet Our Coaches
You can find Mandi coaching our 5:30am class on Tuesdays and Thursdays or working out every evening during the 5:30pm class. Mandi started CrossFit back in 2015 and a year later She quickly found love for competing in Crossfit competitions. She recently moved to Portland with her dog, Lacey to be closer to her job where she has worked as a Full time machinist for the last 10 years.
Coach Hailey started CrossFit in 2014 and is happy to be back with her XLR8 Family. She received her CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Kids certifications in 2016 and recently completed her Masters in Kinesiology at TAMUCC. You can always find Hailey coaching multiple classes through out the week including our unloaded classes at 10am Tuesday and Thursdays.
Gina Alaniz Garcia
Coach Molly, aka Mo…..yep, she’s still happy to be here! Believing quality of living has a foundation of feeling good, she is here to help ensure independent longevity and yes that comes with Burpees, falling down and returning to your feet!
Mo started CrossFit in 2007, got her CF Level 1 2008, started CF XLR8 Affiliate in 2009 and CF Kids in 2010. Molly is a full time Medical Dosimetrist in Radiation Oncology and has been for the past 32 years, along with other businesses. She has been married for 32 years, and has two “kids” ages 29 & 23. Nothing feeds her drive more than being witness to individuals discovering just how strong they can be mentally and physically. CrossFit is her tool for self worth and life long lasting relationships!
Coach Matt spent 24 years moving around the country flying helicopters for the US Coast Guard and began CrossFit in 2014 while living in Jacksonville, Florida. Originally from Texas he couldn’t wait to get back to his home state and moved to Portland in 2021, where he found our XLR8 family. Working out, starting back in High School and Collegiate sports, has always been an important part of his life. He has a daughter in High School and a son in Middle School who both enjoy sports and are starting on their fitness journey as well. He plans to retire from the military in 2024 and hopes to call this gym his home for many years to come. Coach Matt is excited to take the next step as a Coach and thankful for the opportunity to share his knowledge and experience!
Coach Hunter Started CrossFit in 2017 while living in Arizona. Returned to Texas for fire school and continued with CrossFit to keep up his strength and conditioning for his chosen career. Now living and working in Portland Texas, He has been at XLR8 for 3 years now and received his CF-L1 in November of this year. He loves coaching people in all aspects of life and encouraging others to go above and beyond what they think they can mentally and physically do. CrossFit is a lifestyle for all ages and abilities and he loves showing people that. Coach Hunter says to “Just keep moving”!
Coach Jess started CrossFit in 2017 while living in Arizona. She returned to Texas with her family and continued with CrossFit because she loves the community of it and the results that come with it. She has been at XLR8 for 3 years now and received her CF-L1 in November of 2023. She loves coaching people in all aspects of life, especially the CrossFit Kids! Coach Jess encourages others to come try CrossFit out because she knows once they try it they’ll never go back to a regular gym. CrossFit is a lifestyle for all ages and abilities and she enoys showing people that.