Meet the Coaches

PASSIONATE COACHES

ABOUT US

These are the coaches who are Building Better People here at CrossFit Algiers. No matter what shape you’re in today, our talented coaches will help you get to the next level. "Tough but fair" training is our hallmark, and you’ll leave every workout with these folks feeling sore - but awesome!

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Jodi Lynn Jordan

Owner & Head Coach

Jodi Lynn Jordan

Owner & Head Coach

Jodi has been CrossFitting for an amazing eight years. Before she found CrossFit, she says, she kept her fitness level to "just enough." "CrossFit changed my life and led me to competing in physique shows, including coming in seventh in the International Fitness America competition," she says. "I have been a nationally-qualified physique competitor many times over, and I also compete in local CrossFit events."

Jodi believes that improved wellness is a right for everyone no matter their age or fitness level. "I believe strong people make strong communities," she says. "Functional fitness done in a strong community changes peoples' lives for the better, and it is my honor and privilege to be a part of those transformations."

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 2
  • Spencer Institute Nutrition Coach
  • Spencer Institute Wellness Coach
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility Course
  • CrossRoads Adaptive Athlete Alliance coaches' training
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Andy Marulis

Operations Manager & Coach

Andy Marulis

Operations Manager & Coach

Andy has been CrossFitting for an impressive seven years. He calls himself a Jack of all Trades and says that’s the real beauty of CrossFit - that it provides general preparedness for life. "My specialty is not specializing," he says.

Andy retired from the Air Force after 23 years, and his dream had always been to move to New Orleans - the city he and his wife honeymooned in 20 years ago. CrossFit Algiers is the embodiment of a dream come true. His favorite part of coaching and running the gym is interacting with members every day and doing his part to make their day, and their life, a little brighter.

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1
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Eric Palmer

Coach

Eric Palmer

Coach

Eric specializes in Olympic lifts, but it’s the friendships he makes at the gym that are his favorite part of being a CrossFit Algiers coach. Eric played football, basketball and baseball in high school, but caught the CrossFit bug as an adult and instantly became addicted.

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1
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Melissa Breaux Bankston

Coach

Melissa Breaux Bankston

Coach

Melissa says her favorite workouts are the ones that combine several movements and really drive people’s athletic abilities. Melissa is passionate about the health and fitness benefits of CrossFit, and it shows in every class she teaches to CFA’s amazing community.

Melissa has played soccer since she was only 5 years old, and still plays co-ed and recreational women’s soccer. She played in the 1994-1995 Girls Louisiana State Soccer Championships and was voted to the metro and state teams. Her favorite quote is "Yesterday's the past. Tomorrow's the future. But today is a gift. That's why it's called the present."

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1
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Monique Bienvenu

Coach

Monique Bienvenu

Coach

Coach Monique Bienvenu's favorite workouts are the ones that incorporate weight lifting, gymnastics, and metabolic conditioning. Monique loves how CrossFit is always varying the workouts so you are always challenged and never bored. But the biggest gift of CrossFit is not just fitness but the family you make at CrossFit Algiers.

As a kid and young adult, Monique played soccer and danced. In her more recent years, she started running and lifting weights. Three years ago, CrossFit found her through a friend's recommendation and she fell in love with it. Becoming a coach has furthered that love. Her favorite quote is from Christopher Reeve, "Once you choose hope, anything is possible."

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossRoads Adaptive Athlete Alliance coaches' training
  • Bachelors of Science in Cardiopulmonary Science, RRT
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing, BSRN
  • BLS, ACLS, PALS
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Rhonda Dumas

Coach

Rhonda Dumas

Coach

Rhonda was the “big boned” kid who became the out of shape adult. About ten years ago she decided to change her life for good and get rid of the excess weight. “I lost 94 pounds in one year and then I introduced exercise into my life to maintain my weight loss.” She’s completed 17 half marathons, 2 marathons and countless 5 and 10ks. Crossfit was the game changer! “Three years ago I walked in the doors of Crossfit Algiers and I haven’t looked back.”

Crossfit allows for everyone to become the athlete they never thought they could be. Coaching allows me to drive athletes to excellence...not perfection. I enjoy helping folks to understand that Crossfit meets you where you are and with hard work and perseverance you can run fast, lift heavy, and achieve success!

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India Reuben

Coach

India Reuben

Coach

India started her fitness journey 7 years ago seeking better overall health and wellness.  “I was in my late 20s, tired and 300 pounds. My body was ready to give out on me any minute.” With a consistent exercise regimen and healthier way of eating, India has successfully lost over 110 pounds, half of which she owes to CrossFit. “The best thing I ever did was accept a friend request from CrossFit Algiers. It literally changed my life in ways I couldn’t imagine.”

CrossFit Algiers is more than just a gym, it’s a supportive community of coaches and athletes that invest in and care about each other. My mission as a coach is to give others what CrossFit has given me—the ability to believe that the impossible can become possible.

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1
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Brandon Scott

Coach

Brandon Scott

Coach

Brandon Scott is an L1 CrossFit trainer and an educator in Plaquemines Parish at Phoenix High School. Brandon has been CrossFitting for two years, but he is a lifelong athlete. Before training at CrossFit Algiers, Brandon was a 4 year college football athlete at Stephen F. Austin State Univeristy in Nacogdoches, Tx.

Before joining CrossFit Algiers, Brandon noticed a plateau in his fitness journey and was seeking something new and refreshing that would challenge him in new ways. After scrolling through Facebook ads, CrossFit Algiers appeared. He says, “Joining this community has not only been the best decision I’ve made, but CFA has shown me a new respect for fitness.” “The emphasis on proper technique, proper scaling, but even more important, the effective community building here at CFA is what pushes me to exhibit the characteristics needed as a coach to keep that ball rolling forward.”

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1
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Jennifer Templet

Coach

Jennifer Templet

Coach

Jennifer Templet is an L1 CrossFit trainer and Precision Nutrition L1 coach. Jennifer has always had a passion for sports and fitness. She believes that everyone has an athlete inside them, it just needs to be unleashed!

Jennifer has been doing CrossFit since 2017. "My favorite part of CrossFit is that it challenges me," she says. "I like to be challenged and lifting weights in a gym just didn’t do it for me anymore. I got bored from always doing the the same types of routines. At CrossFit Algiers, the workouts are constantly changing and they challenge me both mentally and physically, and this may sound crazy but it’s fun! CrossFit Algiers is the best part of my day. It’s my 'me' time, and I want to be part of making sure it’s the best part of your day as well!"

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1

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