THE Colfax Strong Strength and Conditioning STORY

Founders of Colfax Strong

Chad & Esther Pinther, CF-L2, USAW-1 - OWNERS

Chad and Esther Pinther are husband and wife owners of Colfax Strong. Our story began with two like-minded souls with a shared passion for fitness and health and helping others achieve their very best. Chad was a track & field and wrestling athlete and has been an international fashion and fitness model for over 20 years. Esther is a lifetime athlete herself, having competed as a level 10 gymnast and as a swimmer at the Olympic trials in butterfly.

Esther and Chad started on their path of wanting to open a Strength & Conditioning Gym in 2018 when they opened their first gym in their garage. They quickly outgrew this location and started looking for a larger place and this led to their purchase of Colfax Strong. Fast forward 2 years, with many ups and downs including the pandemic, and they have built a community of 150+ humble, hungry, and happy people whose lives Chad and Esther and their exceptional coaching staff work tirelessly to improve their health, happiness, and fitness.

OUR coaches

Colfax Strong Coach

Ryan Young

Head Coach CF-L2 Trainer USAW - L1 NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning

Coach Ryan is originally from Starkville, Mississippi and has been coaching for 6 years. He has is masters degree in exercise science and served as an intern strength and conditioning coach at Mississippi State University where he worked with tennis, baseball, track & field, and golf athletes.

Ryan is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and also has his CF-L1, CF-L2, and USAW Level-1 Coach, and CPR/AED/First-Aid. When he’s not coaching, Ryan enjoys spending time outdoors or checking out local breweries. Certifications: CF-L2 USAW – L1 NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach CPR/AED/First-Aid.

Jared Mathieus

Nutrition Coach CF-L1 Trainer Precision Nutrition - L1

Jared comes from an extreme sports background. He grew up racing motocross and skateboarding in addition to traditional sports like football and baseball. After playing sports he became an avid fitness enthusiast participating and competing in powerlifting, bodybuilding, olympic weightlifting and Crossfit.

In 2015 he discovered CrossFit covers it all and truly prepares you for an active lifestyle. Jared has been coaching since 2016 and his passion for coaching is deeply driven by helping others lead active lifestyles. Jared is also our nutritionist! So if you are looking to excel in lifting, CrossFit, and make changes to performance and diet, Jared is your guy!

Colfax Strong Coach

Sandra Ricardi

Gymnastics Coach CF-L2 Trainer USAW - L1

B.S. in Health and Exercise Physiology Originally from southern Maine, I graduated from Ursinus College with a B.S. in Health and Exercise Physiology and minors in Human Performance Assessment and Wellness Education. After graduation I moved to Boston, Massachusetts where I worked as a corporate health specialist, personal trainer, strength & condition coach, CrossFit Coach, and Team Director for a USA Gymnastics Club.

Later launching my own fitness consulting business where I focus on safe/effective youth sports development, corporate wellness incentives, and virtual lifestyle coaching. Some of my favorite things are hikes with my dog, a nice spicy metcon, coaching gymnastics, and playing my guitar/violin.

Oliver Bentsen

Running Coach CF-L1

Trainer Oliver is Colfax Strong running coach! Oliver has a very extensive background in running and sports. His achievements are: Copenhagen Ironman Finisher, 2017 Asia to Europe Cross-Continental Swim, 2018 Breca Buttermere, 2018 Obstacle Course Racing World Championship, 2019 Coast to Coast trans UK Ultramarathon, 2019.

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