Josh Britton

CrossFit Anniversary:                              September 2013

Certifications:                                         CrossFit Level 2 Trainer                   CrossFit SPEAR                                 CrossFit Kids Trainer                       CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer           CrossFit BYOB Seminar Staff           Blauer Tactical, Mobile                       Training Team Member

Josh grew up in Colfax, IA where he was very active in athletics. Football, Wrestling, Track, and Baseball kept him busy throughout his high school career. During Josh’s senior year, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve, attending basic training and advanced individual training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. Josh was deployed twice between 2003-2007, both times serving in Iraq. Once settled back down, stateside, Josh was employed by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, where he met his beautiful wife, Julie. Josh and Julie attended their CrossFit Level 1 Trainer in Omaha, NE, and their CrossFit SPEAR certification in Denver, CO.  In Sep. 2016, paperwork became official and Cornfed CrossFit was born, a couple months after their child was born. Josh resigned from the sheriff’s office, Feb. 2017 and now serves as Head Coach and works at Cornfed CrossFit full-time. In December, 2018, Josh went to CrossFit St. Louis Park, MN and received his CrossFit Level 2 Trainer.  

Why I CrossFit: I started CrossFitting to get back in shape, and to have something I could do with my wife on regular basis. Once we started, I loved it and couldn’t get enough. We started to do some competitions and get more involved with CrossFit Pella, where it all started. After getting our Level 1 Trainer certificates, I knew I wanted to coach and to help people on their fitness journey. I enjoy being able to help “ordinary” people achieve things they never thought they could. And it’s still something I can do with my wife, and teach our child how to be healthy and strong!

Favorite CrossFit movement: Anything heavy

Least favorite movement: Running


CrossFit Anniversary: September 2013

Certifications:                                                                                                  CrossFit Level 1 Trainer                                                                      CrossFit Defense Trainer                                                                    CrossFit Gymnastics                                                        

Julie was raised on a farm just outside of Newton and during high school, she played softball and was a swim team manager. She attended the University of Northern Iowa and after graduation, Julie was hired as a Police Officer for the Newton Police Department. She currently serves as the School Resource Officer for all of the Newton Community School District schools. She and Josh were married in 2013, and welcomed their child in Aug. 2016. One of her favorite parts of CrossFit, is seeing the athletes’ children being physically active because they are modeling after their parents.

Why I CrossFit: For my health and to get stronger. We started at CrossFit Pella and fell in love immediately. Previously, I had a free gym I could use anytime, but easily got bored doing the three same movements by myself. When we found CrossFit, we found an amazing community along with it that kept us accountable and motivated. Also, having that “date” time I can spend with my husband during a workout.

Favorite CrossFit movement: Handstand Push Ups

Least favorite movement: Snatches

Nathan Tjernagel

CrossFit Anniversary: January 2014

Certifications:                                                                                                          CrossFit Level 1 Trainer                                                                                  CrossFit Weightlifting                                                                                     CrossFit Scaling

Nate grew up on a farm north of Story City and played football, baseball, and wrestled in high school. He started doing CrossFit on his own in January of 2014 and joined Cornfed CrossFit in January of 2017. Nate passed the Level 1 Trainer test and received his CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate in March of 2017. He works as Configuration Control Analyst at Fisher Controls in Marshalltown.

Why I CrossFit: I like the competitive aspect of it. I’m a highly competitive person so having others to compete against makes me push myself harder than I would if I was working out alone. Putting forth that extra effort ultimately makes me a fitter, healthier person.

Favorite CrossFit movement: Burpees. I know, but they’re really not that bad

Least favorite movement: Thrusters are the bane of my existence

Kurt vandam

CrossFit Anniversary: January 2017

Certifications:                                                                                                    CrossFit Level 1 Trainer                                                                          CrossFit Judges Course 2019           

Kurt grew up in Michigan where he participated in Swimming, Down Hill Ski Racing, and wrestling.  After high school, Kurt attended Purdue University getting a degree in Engineering and now puts that degree to work for International Paper where he does Engineering and Technical Sales.  While in college, Kurt participated in intermural racquet ball, volleyball, and started running.  Kurt has always been very active in both winter snow sports (downhill skiing and cross country skiing) as well as summer water sports (slalom skiing, wakeboarding, and surfing).  Kurt also participates in both on road and off road bicycling.  When Kurt finds some time to slow down he enjoys reading, watching movies, and playing board games.  Kurt has three grown children, two of which are married, and one granddaughter.  More than anything, Kurt looks forward to spending time with his long time partner Rose where they participate together in the majority of the aforementioned activities.  Kurt attended CrossFit Level 1 training in St. Louis MO and received his CFL1 on June 10th of 2018. He has since been on the coaching staff at CornFed.

Why I CrossFit:  I want to live a long, healthy, productive life. I want to delay the effects of aging on my body. I want my brain to stay healthy longer. I want to feel good physically and emotionally. And, I want to reduce the chance of developing diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, and heart disease.  Doing CrossFit is getting me closer to achieving these goals every workout I perform! Doing CrossFit is helping me discover new things my body can do that I never thought would ever be possible.  Additionally, it is a lot of fun!

Favorite CrossFit Movement:  Pull Ups

Least favorite movement: Double Under’s

Billy Cupples

CrossFit Anniversary: February 2017

Certifications:                                                                                                      CrossFit Level 1 Trainer                                                                             K-12 Coaching

Billy grew up in Newton, IA playing football and wrestling throughout his school career. After high school, in 2002, Billy attended college at DMACC in Ankeny where he obtained his AAS degree to be Diesel Technician. Currently, Billy is putting that degree to use maintaining charter buses for Hawkeye Stages in Newton. Billy started coaching youth wrestling in 2010. In 2015, Billy attended DMACC in Ames and obtained his K-12 coaching certification and that following fall he took over the Lynnville-Sully middle school wrestling program and assisted with the high school wrestling program. Billy started CrossFit with his wife, Francesca, in February of 2017 at Cornfed CrossFit. In 2018, Billy attended his CrossFit level 1 training course in St. Louis, MO.

Why I CrossFit: I started CrossFit to get fit with my wife. After starting CrossFit, I fell in love with the aspect that you can always improve whether it be time or weight, there’s no set variable you can’t improve on. I like CrossFit because it’s you against yourself, which reminds a lot of wrestling as you push yourself to beat your last score on workouts. Then there’s the competition side of it; I like be able to go out and compete along side my new friends and just have fun.

Favorite CrossFit movement: Deadlift and Bar Muscle Ups

Least favorite movement: Overhead Squats