WE HAVE THE PERFECT

PROGRAM

FOR YOU

FITNESS | COMMUNITY | MINDSET
ALL DURING THE BEST HOUR OF YOUR DAY

a2o Fit HOME OF CROSSFIT PANTHERA
THE BEST GYM IN Dunkirk

HIGH INTENSITY

CROSSFIT PANTHERA

OUR CROSSFIT CLASSES

ARE DESIGNED FOR ANY SKILL LEVEL

From teens and seniors to full-time moms and military (both active and retired) to police officers, fire fighters, teachers, and those just looking for something different, CrossFit can be for YOU. We’ll modify the movements and intensity to fit YOUR current abilities. We promise it’s not as scary as you might think!

We have a philosophy when it comes to fitness: THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS. We believe in teaching people the importance of longevity. There is no such thing as an overnight success.

We emphasize the importance of mechanics, consistency, and intensity (in that order). All of our classes are coach-led to help keep you safe and guide you to the best hour of your day. Your job is to come in, WORK hard, have FUN, and leave HAPPY!

ONE-ON-ONE

PERSONAL TRAINING

OUR EXPERT COACHES

ARE HERE FOR YOU!!!

We understand that group classes aren’t for everyone. If you prefer to train in a 1-on-1 setting, or if you are part of our Group Classes, and want to work on specific skills, we also offer 1-on-1 personal training.

After meeting with you, you’ll be set up with the coach to best meet your needs. We’ll come up with a plan, determine your goals, and work together to reach them.

FULLY CUSTOMIZED

NUTRITION COACHING

WE MAKE

CONTROLLING YOUR WEIGHT EASY

When we think about fuel, we think about “energy” or “calories.” While it is true that food contains the macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fats) that contain “energy” and “calories,” it can be so much more than that.

Would you put low quality gas in a high-performance race car? No, you would have to choose a really high-quality or high-octane fuel. So why would you treat your body any differently?

If you are looking to develop your own nutrition habits based on your lifestyle, then you have come to the right place.  Our NASM Certified Nutrition Coach (NASM-CNC) has the knowledge and abilities to help you design an individualized plan based on your personal needs. Whether you have a specific goal in mind, or you are simply curious what adding a nutrition aspect to your fitness can do, our nutrition coach can be your resource.

We will use a trial and error method to help you get where you want to go by introducing a new way of thinking about food as so much more than just fuel. This is an approach with a mission to help educate, inspire and empower you to making better, healthier, and more balanced choices in your everyday life.

It is important to realize that a lifestyle change is not something that happens overnight, but it is something that will have lasting effects for years. Working with our certified nutrition coach will be taking a step toward taking responsibility of your own health and helping you achieve the goals you have been putting off or told yourself you would never be able to do on your own.  

Your success is our success, so let’s get started!

 

FUN & EXCITING

KIDFIT CLASSES

WE HELP TRAIN YOUR KIDS

TO LOVE BEING FIT & HEALTHY

We offer something for kids of ALL ages, from 2 years old to high school. Our Kid Fit program focuses on making fitness FUN. Our Lions (2-3yo) “run, jump, and play” as they climb up, over, under, and move around objects. We also work on hand-eye coordination, balance, and confidence (to name a few). The Leopards (4-5yo) build upon that as they run, jump, push, pull, lift, climb, swing, and more. During our Tigers class (6-9yo), children will learn basic CrossFit movements. Their workouts begin with no weights – sometimes weighted movements are slowly introduced into the workouts, but only when the kids are ready. After the warm-up, the class will work on a specific skill for the day. Skill work is followed by a workout that uses movements learned in class. The class wraps up with a game played at the end. Our Tweens build upon the movements from our Tigers class, with the additional of barbells and higher level skill work.

LIONS

AGE
2-3

LEOPARDS

AGE
4-5

TIGERS

AGE
6-9

TWEENS

AGE
10-13

“CrossFit Kids is not merely a scaled down version of CrossFit. It is entirely and absolutely CrossFit, geared and designed for a special population and the specific developmental needs of that population.”

Mikki Lee Martin

Kid Fit classes are run in 8-week sessions.
Contact us to find out when our next session begins!
Our classes always fill up quickly!

LONGEVITY FOCUS

SILVERFIT CLASSES

WE HELP YOU

IMPROVE AND MAINTAIN YOUR FLEXIBILITY AND STRENGTH

The main goal of our SilverFit program is LONGEVITY. We want you to live a long and healthy life! For our 55+ age group, SilverFit is a low-intensity workout designed to improve your quality of life on a daily basis. You will experience cardio workouts with light resistance training aimed to help you continue to move every day. We want you to be able to easily stand up and sit down on chairs and couches (and the toilet). You’ll learn how to safely pick things up and put them down without injury. Designed with an older athlete in mind, our SilverFit classes provide a more holistic approach to general fitness and helping you move independently while improving balance, flexibility, strength, mobility, and more. 

 

REJUVENATING

YOGA & AGILITY

WE HELP YOU

CLEAR YOUR MIND AND RELAX

A big part of gaining strength is also gaining flexibility. Yogility classes are a fusion of yoga and mobility, offered to de-stress and meditate and find direction both on and off the mat. We like to think of yoga as the yin to ourCrossFit yang. One known for its high intensity and the other for its calm, quiet, and introspective practice, they can go hand-in-hand as we strengthen the mind-body power. Come join us on the mat and improve your flexibility, boost immunity, decrease stress, help you sleep better, and promote feelings of well-being.

Our mobility room upstairs is also available throughout the week for current members.

Our facility

We offer over 25 class options each week, starting at 6AM some days and ending as late as our 6:45PM class. Be sure to check the schedule for specific class times.

Our facility is comprised of 6,400 square feet downstairs that includes the main workout floor,four bathrooms, member seating area, member storage, coaching lounge, and kids area. Upstairs, you can find our yogility room along with other multi-purpose rooms and a shower. 

We have the top of the line equipment, and lots of it, from Concept2 rowers, assault bikes, and ski ergs to Rogue rigs, plates, barbells, kettlebells, and more!

While we do not currently offer childcare, there is a designated 15’ x 15’ fenced area next to the workout floor where your child/children can hang out during classes. We also have classes for your little ones, starting at age 2. I can also send over pictures of the facility empty to show the space.

a little about the a2o Fit

“In the scenery of spring,
nothing is better, nothing worse;
the flowering branches are of themselves,
some short, some long.”

Translated from a Japanese haiku (so the syllables don’t match up), there was a lecture on this poem and the zen mind by Alan Watts. A friend was talking about this one day, that those who are truly zen don’t judge a differentiation between inferior and superior people. We don’t think “Oh, I’m of superior intelligence than those folks who think of beer and TV.” This is just our form of life, as it is, in the present. THE OAK IS NO BETTER THAN THE ACORN. And this is how fitness should be: all ages, all skill levels, all body types. Everyone can find a place to fit, exactly as they are right now. They can grow into their own version of an OAK, whatever that may be, which will be just as amazing as the ACORN.

Bonus fact

Maryland’s state tree is the white OAK.

Maybe that means you choose one-on-one personal training. Maybe our CrossFit classes are more your style. You might be older and prefer our Silver Fit classes or have younger ones to join our Kid Fit program. Whatever form of fitness you choose, the point is that you choose what works for you.

Amanda, our owner and coach, began CrossFit when she first moved to Southern Maryland in 2013. She was teaching high school science full-time and searching for motivation to get in the gym (and maybe make some new friends in the area). CrossFit changed Amanda’s life and she eventually found herself wanting to do more. She obtained her CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Kids certification and spent pretty much every day at the box. After putting together an application and being selected to attend Marine Corps Officer Candidate School for summer 2016, Amanda spent 7 weeks at “summer camp” but returned home with an abscess in her lungs and a hole in her heart. She left teaching high school and has yet to look back. She opened, co-owned, coached, and managed another local affiliate for almost 3 years before branching out on her own to bring additional coach-led fitness opportunities to northern Calvert and southern Anne Arundel County.

Where did CrossFit Panthera come from? Amanda is a crazy cat lady who still loves science, so it seemed fitting to name the CrossFit side of a2o Fit after the scientific genus that covers the big cats: lions, tigers, leopards, and jaguars. These animals are the only cat species with the anatomical structure to roar.

Fun fact

The black panther is actually a color variant of any Panthera species. Black panthers in Asia and Africa are leopards while black panthers in the Americas are jaguars. White panthers can actually be a white cougar (North America), white jaguar (South America), or white leopard (elsewhere).

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WE WANT YOU TO SUCCEED

GETTING STARTED IS EASY!

1. SCHEDULE YOUR FIRST VISIT

Talk with A Coach About Your Goals and Learn How We Can Get You To Your Best Self.

2. START YOUR TRAINING

You have defined your goals and you are ready to begin your journey. We will start you strong by taking you through the fundamentals of training and sound habits putting you on the road to success!

3. HAVE FUN REACHING NEW LEVELS

Once you have the basics down you’ll book classes easily on our app, enjoy the workouts with awesome people and reach your goals in no time!

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Tereka Clark

COACH

Tereka Clark is from Florida. She is currently working as a respiratory therapist in hospitals. Before joining CrossFit, she was doing these cardio kickboxing classes and saw a video of this guy she knew at a CrossFit gym doing pull-ups and lifting weights and was like “Hey! I want to do that." So she joined a CrossFit gym in 2013 in Florida, took a travel assignment to Washington, D.C. in 2014, and hasn't left since. She loves CrossFit so much that she decided during the COVID pandemic to become a coach at CrossFit Panthera and earned her CrossFit Level 1 in September 2020.

I like to have fun. I want people to enjoy working out and have a good time doing it.

I want to help people reach fitness goals and crush them!

Anything with the assault bike

Go eat at restaurants with friends

Stick with it. It will get better, YOU will get better!

What do you call a dog with no legs?     

It doesn’t matter what you call him he ain’t coming :rolling_on_the_floor_laughing:

Kayla Schell

COACH

Kayla is currently focusing her time and efforts at the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services Training Academy, but plans to return to coaching in 2021. Kayla has been in the fitness industry for quite some time. She is a certified personal trainer and teaches various group fitness classes. Kayla discovered CrossFit while living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and takes an hour a day for herself at CrossFit Panthera. In high school, she danced, played softball, and did some weightlifting. She brings a wealth of knowledge to our facility along with a big smile, a hard work ethic, and great coaching.

My years of being in the fitness industry gives me more insight on the average person and why most people are here for fitness. Whether it be getting back into shape, or getting over a plateau, you’ve gotta see fitness from all angles.

I have been active all my life, so it’s been easy for me, so trying to help other people to change their lifestyles is so much more rewarding.

Anything in a snatch grip

Dance, bike, and paddle board

Go slow, you’ll be great at some things and terrible at others, keep pushing yourself to get better everyday.

I clean and I jerk and I have a nice snatch

Jen Howell

COACH

Jen Howell grew up in Calvert County. She graduated from Northern High School and decided to continue to make this her home. After high school, she continued her education by receiving her Associates from The College of Southern Maryland in Biotechnology, a Bachelors from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) in Environmental Management with a minor in Biology, and then a Masters from UMUC in Secondary Education. Jen is currently a science teacher for Calvert County Public Schools. Her love for teaching, as well as learning new things for herself, continued in deciding to earn her CrossFit Level 1 certification. She shares her love of fitness with the rest of her family, including her husband (coach Brian Howell) and her three children. She started CrossFit in January of 2017 when her husband talked her into joining right before the CrossFit Open and then was eager to join in on the fun. For her, spending an hour at the gym is not just time to strengthen your body, but also your mind. “Allowing time to decompress and enjoy time with your community allows for you to step away for your stresses for at least an hour a day.”

I love to learn new things myself so being open to learning something new or extending my knowledge as well as wanting to share that with others can be very beneficial.

I love to help people learn new things and get better at things. Coaching is a great way to do both of those.

Clean or deadlift.

Spend time with my family and be outdoors.

When they say it is for anyone, they are telling you the truth. All ages and all backgrounds can benefit from CrossFit or exercise in general.

Drew Sekely

COACH

Drew has been doing CrossFit since about 2014. He grew up in Woodbridge, VA and recently moved to SoMD to be closer to his fiance. Drew loves to play hockey and ride motorcycles.

Years of experience with CrossFit movements.

Wanting to help others become the best athlete they can be.

Stick with it! Don’t give up. Everyday is going to get better.

“Life is not about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving.”

– Rocky Balboa

Brian Howell

COACH

Brian grew up in Calvert County (NHS class of ’02) and joined the Maryland National Guard as a Military Police Officer in 2003. He currently serves as the Platoon Sergeant in the 629th MI Battalion and a Criminal Intelligence Analyst with the Maryland National Guard Counterdrug Task Force. Brian started CrossFit during the summer of 2016 after completing CrossFit WODs during a previous deployment to Afghanistan. He became a certified Level 1 trainer in May of 2017.

I enjoy training/teaching people.

I enjoy any type of Olympic lifts but the deadlift is my favorite.

I am not a thruster fan.

Spend time with my friends and family.

Enjoy the process! Find a workout buddy – someone you enjoy being around and that wants to work out at the same time as you.

What did the elephant take on vacation?

 

His trunk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Andrea Melbourne

COACH

Andrea has been in the fitness industry over 35 years. Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, GroupX Instructor, Pro-Trainer, SUP COACH, and Business owner. Andrea discovered CrossFit in September 2016 and attends CrossFit classes for her own workouts. Andrea has worked with all ages, from kids to seniors. She leads an early morning outdoor fitness Beach Bootcamp year round in North Beach. Additionally, she owns and operates a Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) business in Deale, Maryland.

Connecting with people – discovering their goals and helping to overcome obstacles.

It was a natural progression from personal training and leading group fitness classes to coaching.

Deadlifts & workouts with man-makers.

Sailing (I race every Wednesday night during the summer), paddleboarding, kayaking, hiking, camping!

The hardest part is getting to the facility. All of the workouts can be scaled to meet you where you are today!

My life is full of extremes: I meditate, practice peace & love, yoga & drink green tea; but I enjoy extreme sports, challenging workouts, and competition (with myself). I also love a good dark beer!

Aaron Blake

COACH

Aaron was raised in Woodbridge, VA and graduated Longwood College with a degree in Business Administration. This is also where he met his wife, Megan. You might see her at the facility as well. They have an amazing son, Zachary, and a pretty good dog, Scout. Aaron found CrossFit in the fall of 2016. He had always lived an active lifestyle but had never found something that he was consistent with. CrossFit gave him the structure, intensity and community that had not been there in the past. He earned his CF-L1 in the summer of 2018. “CrossFit has been such a positive force in my life and I enjoy helping others to achieve similar success. I hope to continue my progress towards a healthier life and look forward to helping others do the same.”

What I try to do is make the time the athletes are there fun and engaging. It is their choice to come do something that many times is hard and uncomfortable. I hope I am giving them the energy and guidance they need to come back the next day.

I really enjoyed seeing how others were seeing “gains”. Confidence in body awareness, strength, endurance. I was seeing the same in myself and wanted to take it to the next level and see where that would take me.

Not sure I have one specific movement, but I tend to enjoy and like the challenge of the gymnastics movements.

It’s a tie between thrusters and any burpee that requires jumping on something.

I enjoy projects around the house. Remodeling, upgrading, yardwork, etc.

You are there for you. We keep track of times and weights so you can see your personal improvement not how you compare to others.

Knock Knock

Who’s there?

Art

Art who?

Art you going to ask me about by “Fran” time?

AMANDA PERETICH

COACH

Amanda both owns and coaches at the facility. As a previous high school science teacher, she loves to travel and has spent many summers with some awesome teacher research experiences (working on a fisheries research vessel in the Bering Sea, touring around Germany when they won the 2014 World Cup in soccer, or exploring the west coast by hiking Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens after working at Pacific Northwest National Lab). Amanda moved to southern Maryland in 2012 and joined Calvert CrossFit when it opened in early 2013. She struggled to jump on a 6-inch box or complete push-ups on her knees when she first started, but found it oddly exhilarating to be laid out on her back day after day at the end of a WOD wondering what just happened. She completed her Level 1 certification because she wanted to start a CrossFit Kids program and found herself wanting to coach everyone from kids to teens to adults. After co-owning and running Calvert CrossFit North from 2016 to 2019, she opened a2o Fit: home of CrossFit Panthera in July 2019 to expand coach-led classes in northern Calvert County/southern Anne Arundel County. CrossFit changed her life and she wants to help others discover the same passion and love for a balanced, healthy lifestyle that may involve kicking butt.

I’d like to think that I motivate and encourage athletes to be their best self. But I also want to keep people safe and minimize injuries. If you’re hurt, you tend not to workout, and then we miss seeing your beautiful face! I’ve also been there – out of shape, couldn’t do XYZ when I started, had shoulder surgery, worked full time, etc. So when I say “I get it”, I usually mean it.

I originally wanted to start a CrossFit Kids program and wound up teaching adult, teen, tween, and kids classes. Everything happens for a reason!

I love overhead squats and deadlifts. I also love snatches because they are so technique-driven. “Annie” (50-40-30-20-10 double unders & sit-ups), “Grace” (30 clean & jerks), and “Karen” (150 wall balls) are my top three favorite workouts.

Anything with pull-ups, toes to bar, or handstand push-ups. Oh, and front squats. They’re terrible. One day I hope to be able to complete my namesake workout, “Amanda”, as written because it has ring muscle ups.

I like to be outdoors or traveling when I’m not at the facility. Sometimes I run races. Sometimes I stay at home with my cats.

Just get started. You don’t need to “get in shape” to join us. It will suck at first, but as time goes on, you’ll learn to love the things you hate.

I’m pretty obsessed with organization when it comes to everything at the facility having a “place” to be, but my house is an absolute disaster 99% of the time (much to my husband’s dismay).

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