Ben Janike

Ben Janike
Owner

CrossFit Level 2 Certified Trainer

As a former student from Minnesota State University, Mankato, Ben has been part of the fitness industry for over ten years and part of the CrossFit Community for five years. He holds a bachelors degree in Human Performance from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His aim is to help as many people as possible reach their fitness goals. CrossFit has been the best avenue to point people in the right direction when they are serious about achieving their goals.

Christopher Ellison

Chris 'Franni' Ellison
Head Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer

Coach Franni has been coaching and training athletes for 12+ years. He has coached and personal trained at Kato CrossFit for 6 years and counting. He has obtained his BS from MSU- Mankato and has obtained many other fitness certifications! As a former college rugby player, he understands how to push athletes. He is also a husband and a father, so he understands every day is different and we all come from different walks of life! When he is not at the gym he can be found hanging with his wife, daughter, and dog.

Caleb Wagner
Assistant Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer

Caleb graduated from the University of Minnesota, Mankato with a Bachelors's in Biomedical Science and is currently aspiring to become a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Caleb coaches individuals to support physical and mental well-being through the use of exercise and nutrition. What Caleb enjoys most about CrossFit is the sense of community; acting more like friends and family rather than a client.

Jess Stensland
Assistant Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer

Jessica is currently working on her Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Physics and Mathematics. She has been doing CrossFit since August of 2012 and just this year became a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. Right now, Jess is coaching World’s Best BootCamp of Southern MN and the occasional CrossFit Lite class.

Tia Dupont

Tia Dupont
Assistant Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer

Tia has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Exercise Science from Central College and a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from MSU, Mankato. Tia has been doing CrossFit since January of 2018. Her favorite part of CrossFit is the community! She's gained great workout partners but also awesome friends!

Joy Strand

Joy Strand
Assistant Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer

More about Joy coming soon!