Morgan Farris

– CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
– TV Superstar
– General Badass

Morgan came to us from San Diego and joined the CrossFit Chapel Hill team in June of 2015. She works here as our full time coach and Jason’s right hand (wo)man, so there aren’t many instances when you WON’T see her hanging out at the gym.

She was introduced to CrossFit in July 2012 and has been drinking the Kool-Aid ever since.  Fitness has always been a huge part of Morgan’s life, but CrossFit is where she finds her passion.  She loves to compete, and you can usually find her keeping up with the guys on the lifts, then crushing them all at the WODs.

When she’s not at the gym, you can probably find her reading, doing something outside, cracking jokes, and watching (and sleeping through) movies.

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Haley Burhans

– CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in Northern Kentucky where I swam, played volleyball, soccer, had a short dance/gymnastics career before the foreseeable growth spurt, and was corralled into attending an all-girls college preparatory high school. From there I moved onto the University of Alabama to obtain a degree in Chemistry (is what I told my mom, I was there for the football) and set my sights on attending Pharmacy School.

Acceptance into UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy pretty much sealed my fate, so after working in Gaithersburg, MD at MedImmune for 9 months I moved to Chapel Hill in 2015. Since being in Chapel Hill I have absolutely loved exploring the state, eating as much as my budget allows, finding excuses to be social with friends, and avoiding all adult responsibilities when possible. I’m always open for going out to do fun, new things and have an open door policy!

Cameron Church

– CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Cameron is a Charlotte native attending school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He began coaching in September of 2015 while pursuing a degree in Public Relations and a future job in the medical field. Cameron was a multi-sport athlete in high school before beginning CrossFit, which he found to be the perfect combination of fitness, competition, and community.

When not teaching class or in class, Coach Cameron is busy on North Carolina’s campus as a member of the UNC Cheer team, student government, several pre-medical organizations, and a fraternity he helped found. He prides himself in his passion for everything he does including showing the old guys how the new school runs.

Chase Edwards

Bio coming soon!

Michael Essman

Mike began Crossfit back in 2009 while he was playing collegiate soccer. His first workout was Helen, and he was immediately hooked after he was done gasping for air. He competed in the New England Sectionals in 2010, earning a qualifying spot for Regionals. He took a brief (6-year) hiatus from Crossfit during his college soccer career, which included studying abroad in England where he completed Master’s degrees in Global Health Science and Medical Anthropology at Oxford University. His work included public health policy as well as evolutionary perspectives on human diet. He is now pursuing a PhD in Nutrition Epidemiology at UNC Chapel Hill, with a research focus on public health policies for obesity and diabetes prevention.

He believes that Crossfit should be for everyone, regardless of whether you are a competitor, trying to get a beach bod, or just trying to move better. Regardless, we have to resist the state of the human population depicted in WALL-E. 

When he’s not at the gym, you can probably find him at Chipotle, Med Deli, or walking around Chapel Hill listening to podcasts.