expert coaches + top-notch programming.
CFPC's functional fitness classes are led by expert coaches who are in the pursuit of helping members succeed in their fitness journeys. Our classes combine elements of cardio, strength, gymnastics, agility, balance, and more.
Braden Rayburn - Co-Owner / Head Coach / Director of Operations
If you’ve been able to experience his coaching, you know he is nothing short of compassionate, caring, selfless, and very knowledgeable. Having had a background in fitness since 2009, he’s now continuing his journey of helping others accomplish their goals through expert coaching and care here at CrossFit Pell City. As a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he’s had the opportunity to gain significant sports application coaching as a student coach on the UAB football team for the past 5 years. He’s also been able to bring his collegiate coaching experience to the athletes at CrossFit Pell City. Here is what he had to say about coaching, “I love this place and all of the athletes I get to interact with on a daily basis. Every single person here is like family to me and I couldn’t appreciate each one of you anymore. My best advice is to come to the gym with a positive attitude, maybe a competitive mentality, and ready to pursue excellence, and I promise if you bring these attributes to the table you will continually improve each and every day.”
Andrew Rape - Co-Owner / Coach / Director of Marketing and Programming
It comes as a surprise that as on overweight kid, teenager, and young adult, Andrew Rape has come a long way from his humble beginnings as a no-confidence, overweight individual who took charge of his fitness, set the excuses to the side and has since accomplished a myriad of accomplishments. Showing us that your never too out of shape, too over weight, or too anything to get healthy, and be who you want to be. As a fitness professional and 9-year veteran of CrossFit, Individual CrossFit Regionals athlete, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner/competitor, and 3-year starter in the National Pro Grid League. Andrew has a vast understanding of what athletes need to accomplish a broad range of abilities in fitness. As an overweight individual, Andrew knows what it's like to start from zero and rise above limitations. He now personally boasts a 400lb Clean and Jerk, 310lb Snatch, 525lb Back Squat, and 1:59 Fran, as he’s been able to set realistic goals, establish the path to accomplish them, and succeed in carrying out the plan with dedicated focus and discipline. These are the same attributes he brings to the table as the Owner and Coach at CrossFit Pell City, both through his actions of continued improvement of CrossFit Pell City itself, and for each of his athletes that he hopes to inspire. Certified in a range of areas, including; CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Level 1 Certified, OPEX Business Systems, OPEX Life Coaching, OPEX Program Design, CrossFit Judges Certification 2016/17,`OPEX Assessment, and OPEX Nutrition, Andrew brings not only experience, but also a very real understanding of fitness from objective knowledge and education. Competing alongside and against Games athletes throughout the year in competitions around the country, including Madison Square Gardens in New York City, Andrew can bring a unique level of understanding to nearly every situation. "Regardless of what life is like outside of the walls of CrossFit Pell City, my goal is to make each athlete smile and enjoy their day just that much more, all the while realizing their own true potential. In this I hope everyone can accomplish new levels of confidence for themselves, as well as inspire those around them to enjoy their journey through life and experience it to its fullest potential.” If you don’t see him at the gym, you can be sure he is spending time with his beautiful wife Candace, handsome new-born son Anderson, and very well-mannered pit bull, Kona.
Candace Rape - Co-Owner / Manager / Media Director
Coach Candace has dedicated herself to helping people around her realize their own potential through fitness. Always with a loving smile on her face, Candace brings a wealth of knowledge to the table along with a caring attitude and genuine love for her athletes. She was a collegiate softball player at Bevill State Community College and says that, “Growing up as an athlete taught me discipline, teamwork, optimism and dedication. This is exactly what I would love to instill in my athletes.” After her years at Bevill State, she finished out her education where she graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant program with an Associates in Applied Science. After being licensed in 2011, she worked hands on with athletes suffering from a host of physical issues for three years as a PTA at EW Motion Therapy in Trussville. The experience she gained working in the Physical Therapy field makes her an invaluable asset to us as she can ensure her athletes are moving properly, safely, and effectively.