Conviction Training Facility Coaches

Your CTF Team of fitness experts are passionate, professional and highly qualified. Some of the most knowledgeable and experienced coaches in the country teach at CTF.



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Craig ProfileStrength & Conditioning Expert & Owner: Coach Craig Hysell

CrossFit Certified Level I Trainer
CrossFit Certified Movement & Mobility Trainer
CrossFit Certified Kids Trainer
CrossFit Certified Gymnastics Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Certified Competition Judge
CrossFit Football Certified, Power Athlete Trainer
USA Weightlifting L1 Sports Performance Coach
Certified Personal Trainer, International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
CPR/AED Certified, American Red Cross
BA in Communications from Bowling Green State University

I have been involved with CrossFit since the fall of 2008 and opened CrossFit Hilton Head in March of 2010. CrossFit and CrossFit Hilton Head athletes have taught me plenty in that short amount of time. And I’m excited to continue teaching and learning through our sport daily.
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Christy head shot VINutrition Specialist: Coach Christy Baroni
CrossFit Certified Level 1 Trainer
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
CPR/AED Certified, American Red Cross

At CTF we know everyone is biologically different and therefore when prescribing a diet plan it must be personalized to the individual. Christy’s philosophy is to banish the diet roller coaster by helping you gradually make small sustainable changes that you will be able to incorporate into your life forever.
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JFord head shotEndurance Expert: Coach Jeff Ford
CrossFit Endurance HQ Seminar Staff
CrossFit Certified Level 1 Trainer

Head Coach, CTF Endurance Team, “Live with Conviction, Train with Fire”.
CrossFit Certified Endurance Trainer
CrossFit Certified Cycling Trainer
USAT Certified Triathlon Coach
Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
Certified Wellness Coach, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
CPR/AED Certified, American Red Cross
Former Director of Fitness, Hilton Head Health Institute
BS Marketing Health Services, Clemson
Creator of the Fire Method of Endurance Training
Assistant Coach, Bluffton High School Bobcats Cross Country Team

I started training at CTF, then CrossFit Hilton Head, in June of 2010 and to be blatantly honest I was very skeptical. Coming from a classic endurance background and regularly training for marathons, I questioned the 10 minute workouts and I wasn’t quite sure what I would get from adding the strength and conditioning to my 50 mile running weeks. I noticed that I was getting stronger and it happened fast!
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aaron head shot IICrossFit Coach: Aaron Angel
CrossFit Certified Level I Trainer
Assistant Coach, Hilton Head High Seahawk Wrestling Team
Firefighter for The BTFD
NAIA Collegiate Wrestler, Hannibal-LaGrange University

Aaron cleaned the gym for almost a year before he was asked to join CTF ITP. He was fondly known as “The Intern”. During his time cleaning, he was allowed to ask Coach Craig one question per evening to pass the time as they cleaned. Slowly, Aaron learned many things about not just coaching, but life. This was important to Coach Craig due to Aaron’s youth. Aaron had to balance the impatience and intemperate nature of his age with the patience and the discipline of training as a competitor and becoming a coach. Aaron’s collegiate wrestling background assisted him greatly as he pursued these things.
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