Call Jenn at 954-650-1213 or Lisa at 754-581-3853; 1445 S. E. 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 info@crossfitempirical.com

Fitness in Fort Lauderdale

We promise to provide our members with dedicated, knowledgeable coaching in a positive atmosphere that is community driven.  As a community we promise to support, motivate and challenge you to reach your individual fitness goals. For CrossFit in Fort Lauderdale come to CrossFit Empirical. We are a commUNITY oriented 5,000 sq foot crossfit facility

Empirical (em-pir-i-kuhl)

Adjective – Data or information acquired by observation or experience. A central concept in modern science and scientific method is that all evidence must be empirical, that is dependent on evidence or results that are observable. We practice evidence-based fitness.

Benefits

You will get stronger, faster, leaner and more prepared for anything life throws your way. Whether you are an elite military operator or a grandparent who just wants to be able to stay active with family, we can help you observe measurable results for yourself.

Functional

The movements are all functional movements that we use in day-to-day life or in sports (like pushing, pulling, squatting, lifting, running). With our constantly varied programming you will never get bored with the same old “GloboGym” routine!

Members

Our members are varied from athletes to grandparents, and everything in-between. We work hard at making everyone feel welcome and being part of our community.

Location

We are located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida close to downtown and the beaches — easily accessible from 595 and I-95, just of U.S. 1. We offer group and individual coaching, utilizing the science of CrossFit methodology.

  • Functional Fitness 96%
  • Community Feeling 97%
  • Coaches who care 95%
  • Customer Happiness 96%
Lisa Warren

Lisa Warren

Owner

Coach Lisa has been active in CrossFit since 2009. As an athlete who played softball for many years, she knows how to motivate athletes to be their best. You can see her background in law enforcement come out as she coaches you to do your best.
Lindsay Summerlin

Lindsay Summerlin

Head Coach and Manager

I’ve played many team sports from a young age including soccer, football, and cheerleading and had years of training in dance and gymnastics. After cheerleading at an Elite and All-Star level I started coaching cheerleading and absolutely loved it! I think that is why I fell in love with CrossFit before I even tried it. I had tried many different types of fitness and weight training over the years, but always felt like something was missing. The mixture of self discipline and a team atmosphere that CrossFit provides is parallel to none. Being able to guide and motivate people to help them attain their goals is why I enjoy being a CrossFit coach so much! Not only do I love learning new things as a coach, but achieving new things as an athlete as well. I enjoy competing in local CrossFit competitions, but also applying my knowledge to things from obstacle races to flag football games. Everyday is an opportunity for growth both inside the box and out!

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Mobility
CrossFit Cheerleading

CrossFit Weightlifting Level 1 Trainer

Anna Lou Hathaway

Anna Lou Hathaway

Coach

Anna Lou Hathaway, B.S., CISSN, Pn1, is a Sports Nutritionist and Crossfitter with a B.S. degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She specialized in Sports Functional Nutrition. She is a Certified Sports Nutritionist by the International Society of Sports Nutrition and she has a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified in Exercise Nutrition Coaching. She has been training Crossfit since 2012
Will Couchon

Will Couchon

Coach

Will Couchon is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt earned solely under 2nd-Degree Black Belt Mike Codella in New York. Will is a 3rd-generation Black Belt in the Renzo Gracie lineage.
He has over 10 years of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu experience combined with a wrestling background and amateur MMA fights.
Will has an intense passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and sharing it with others. He has been instructing and coaching men, women, and children of all ages for the past 8 years.

Joey Dingman

Joey Dingman

Coach

Jenn VanBusKirk

Jenn VanBusKirk

Owner

I was introduced to CrossFit in 2007 and became an Instructor in 2010. I went on to become certified in CF Endurance & Pose running, Mobility by Kelly Starrett, and CF Kids.
I played all kinds of team sports growing up (basketball always being my #1 passion) so I have always truly understood the value of a good coach in the sports I played. I met my husband in the Fire Academy. Having a job of that nature we thought we were pretty “fit”. BOY OH BOY we were wrong! It wasn’t until we discovered CrossFit that we learned the true meaning of what being “fit” is all about.
The most important fact about me is that I am a proud mother of 3 beautiful children. Having our children grow up understanding the value of living a healthy lifestyle is wonderful but what’s even better is having them grow up surrounded by such an amazing commUNITY that has formed at CFE.
I always knew growing up I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, I had no idea I was going to be as blessed as I am to be surrounded by so many incredible people in the CrossFit world.
Lisa Smalheiser

Lisa Smalheiser

Coach

Lisa (a.k.a. Dr. Smalls) just earned her Doctoral Degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University with a specialization in Forensic Psychology after completing her internship at the Los Angeles County Jail Inpatient Psychiatric Unit, where she worked with inmates with severe and persistent mental illness. She is currently completing her post-doctoral Fellowship through Jackson Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health Services in the Adult Outpatient Clinic and at the Miami Dade County Jail. Her future plans are to continue with Forensic Psychology working with the FBI, CIA, or other government agency as a Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Smalls has been a fitness enthusiast since childhood, competing in Basketball, Softball, and Volleyball since the first grade. Although she enjoys competing solo at times, her true passion lies in coaching, team events, and seeing others succeed and begin to exceed the goals they set for themselves. Additionally, she hopes to utilize her experience as a personal trainer to mix her interests of helping people better their lives through both mental health and physical well-being. Her motto is, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight. It’s the size of the fight in the dog” You can always find her pushing the prowler, flipping tires, throwing stones, or banging sledgehammers. Started CrossFit in 2008 Level 1 Certified CrossFit Trainer since 2010
Jesus Lizarraga

Jesus Lizarraga

Coach

Even from a young age Jesus has enjoyed living an active lifestyle. In Venezuela, he was a member of the Venezuelan National Team for Kayak. He was honored with athlete of the year and named junior athlete of the year twice. He participated in the Pan-American games in Cuba and obtained the bronze medal in the k-4 1000 meters. Jesus has completed 3 full marathons, 1 Half-Ironman, several triathlons, and competed and judged in numerous local Crossfit competitions. Jesus has also competed in the Firefighters Olympics obtaining several medals in Running and Softball with the STFR team. He was first introduced to Crossfit in 2009 where the workouts and the community Crossfit offers immediately captivated him. Being a firefighter Crossfit keeps him ready for any situation on the job. Jesus enthusiasm for Crossfit is apparent in his coaching style. Jesus has numerous Crossfit certifications. His knowledge allows him to focus on safety and technique of the different movements. Jesus enjoys spending his free time with his wife Alicia and 3 kids Danielle, Michael, and Marina who share his passion for the sport. Jesus’s credentials include: • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer • CrossFit Weightlifting • Crossfit Powerlifting • CrossFit Running • CrossFit Rowing • CrossFit Mobility • CrossFit Goal Setting • CrossFit Gymnastics • CrossFit Endurance Running • CrossFit Judge 2014
Jason VanBuskirk

Jason VanBuskirk

Coach, Programmer, Owner

I started CrossFit in 2007 and was immediately hooked. I loved the idea of being good at all things and not just specializing in any one area. Being prepared to handle anything life puts in front of us has helped me in my other career as a Flight Paramedic. I have always loved helping others and making peoples lives better. It has been said “if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life.” Through Coaching/Owning a Crossfit gym, I feel very lucky to be able to have a career that satisfies my passion of helping others and making their lives better. I enjoy working with athletes of all levels, from grandmas to ninjas or even ninja grandmas, seeing people achieve their goals is the greatest reward I could ask for.
Colleen McCarthy

Colleen McCarthy

Coach

I found crossfit in 2010 and immediately fell in love with it. It filled the void that I was missing in playing competitive sports. As a former Division I softball player, I gained a solid foundation and love for Olympic weightlifting. Crossfit helped me get back into this as well as realize new passions like running and competing in Crossfit team competitions. I received my Level 1 Certified Crossfit Trainer in 2014 and thoroughly enjoy coaching. I feel like I am part of a team again and I enjoy that I get to impact athlete’s lives in a positive way as well as push them beyond their limits, mentally and physically. Not only do I continue to learn new things as a coach but I continue to push my own limits and make solid gains as an athlete. One thing that I really love about Crossfit is that no matter who you are or what kind of day you’ve had you will always leave with a sense of accomplishment and there aren’t many things that can give you that feeling. Some wise words I live by given to me from my college coach, “No one ever died of quad burn.”
Selene Teitelbaum

Selene Teitelbaum

Coach

Selene Teitelbaum was born and raised in Sonoma, California. She played collegiate volleyball at University of California at Santa Cruz for the Fighting Banana Slugs. After graduating college, Selene shifted her athletic focus to playing professional beach volleyball and found CrossFit. She was introduced to CrossFit by Greg Amundson, one of the original Firebreathers in Santa Cruz.
“I’ll never forget my first workout with Greg, at the original CrossFit HQ. It was Fight Gone Bad. I’ve been hooked ever since!” Selene opened her first CrossFit gym in Santa Cruz, the birthplace of CrossFit, in 2008. She left CrossFit West Santa Cruz after getting a coaching job at Winona State University in Minnesota. A couple years later, she opened the first CrossFit gym in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Selene moved to South Florida in 2015 and has been coaching CrossFit and juniors club volleyball at Tribe Volleyball Club in Pompano. She is a CrossFit Level II Coach, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA, a certified personal trainer, and a certified Precision Nutrition coach.

Craig Marker

Craig Marker

Scientific Advisor

Craig Marker, Ph.D., C.S.C.S., SFG II, SFB, SFL, is a fitness enthusiast who has spent his life trying to help people improve their lives. He has been a university professor teaching psychology and research methods for about ten years. He works with students on how best to understand research and place it into context. He has published over fifty articles on psychology and research methods. As a researcher, he understands the latest cutting edge research on fat loss, muscle gain, sports performance, and nutrition. Check out his writing at BreakingMuscle.comStrongFirst.com, and his recent podcast.

 As a psychologist, Craig has focused on research and treatment of anxiety disorders, which positions him to understand motivation and the fear of making life changes. His upcoming book, the AntiFragile Self, takes on the topic of building a stronger person in the mental and physical domains.

 As a certified StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor (SFG II), Craig views kettlebells as one tool in the trade of forging a better person. He also has certifications in CrossFit, CrossFit Mobility, and CrossFit Gymnastics. He uses the Functional Movement Screen and multiple corrective movements to make sure  his students are performing at their best for the rest of their lives.