CFNL Coaching Staff

Our friendly CFNL coaching staff is ready to help you meet your goals, whether you're attending your very first CrossFit class or a seasoned athlete training for a competition!

Mykala Smith, Co-Owner
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
USA Gymnastics Certified

Coaching is Kala's passion - she can't imagine doing anything else in the world. Over the years she has had the opportunity to work with many different ages, abilities, and skill levels. From 0-70+, Parkinson's to paralyzed and wheelchair-bound, from beginner to advanced. Aside from coaching fitness, she truly enjoys teaching nutrition and helping people find a balanced way of eating.

Favorite Cheat Meal: Chocolate chip cookies

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Snatch/overhead squat

Bobby Smith, Co-Owner
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Bobby Smith Bobby started Crossfit in 2008 as way to improve his fitness while working as a full-time wildland firefighter, a career he held for 11 years before transitioning to coaching full time in 2017 with his wife, Mykala. He loves that CrossFit is a way to bring all types of people together to enjoy at least one hour of each day improving themselves while motivating others. The year 2019 marks his 11th year as a CrossFit athlete, 7th year as a CrossFit Coach, and 6th year as a CrossFit Affiliate Co-owner. Bobby holds the following CrossFit certificates: Endurance Trainer, Aerobic Capacity, Lesson Planning, Running, Scaling, and Judging. Bobby and Mykala can usually be found in the gym along with their 2.5-year-old son Miles. Baby #2 is due summer 2019!

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Squat cleans

Favorite Cheat Meal: Carbs (pizza, cereal, pancakes, doughnuts)

Kate Setzer, Coach
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Kate joined CrossFit Northern Limits in 2014, and earned her CrossFit Level One Certificate in 2018. She lives in Yreka with her husband and two teenage sons, and is known throughout the gym for her epic chocolate chip cookie baking skills.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Handstand push ups

Favorite Cheat Meal: Red Robin

Nate Parsons, Coach
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Nate reluctantly agreed to try a free week of CrossFit due to a friend’s incessant nagging in April of 2014 and hasn’t stopped since. With his wife’s encouragement and a fresh tax return, Nate successfully competed the CrossFit level 1 trainers course at “The Ranch” in Aromas in May of 2015. He began coaching soon thereafter. Nate is thankful for his wife’s continued support in raising their four children and sharing CrossFit with Siskiyou County.

Favorite CrossFit Workout:DT

Favorite Cheat Meal:Tacos!

Heather Dodds, Coach
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Heather tried CrossFit for the first time in the summer of 2016, and was hooked from day two. (Day one involved 150 wall balls for time and she cried.) She earned her CrossFit Level One Certificate in 2018, and also holds CrossFit certificates in scaling and judging. Her day job is in destination marketing, and she also does freelance marketing work and runs an Etsy shop making custom tanks and tees. When she's not at the gym or working, she's probably on the couch watching Forensic Files with her old, cranky cat named Whiskers.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: BURPEES! And any variation of weighted lunges.

Favorite Cheat Meal: McDonald's Chicken Nuggets and (good) beer.

Rachel O’Connor, Coach
CrossFit Leve1 One Trainer

Rachel was bitten by the Crossfit bug in January 2016. She came to CFNL with a background in basketball and track. In high school she was a member of two state championship basketball teams, and still holds the shot put and discus records at her junior high and high school. Rachel competed in the throws for four years at Princeton University, ending up as a captain her senior year. Rachel joined CFNL in January 2016 and became a coach in October 2017. Rachel earned her Level 1 certificate that month, and also holds certificates in Scaling and Judging. Rachel loves working with all the athletes at CFNL, new and old, beginners or advanced. Her catchphrase is ‘Settle!’ which you are likely to hear if you are seated on a rower, which is her favorite piece of equipment. Rachel also loves to compete in team competitions, and help other teams strategize the workouts. When she is not coaching or at the gym, Rachel’s day job is as a criminal defense attorney with the Siskiyou County Public Defender’s Office.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Rowing or Cleans

Favorite Cheat Meal: Too much pressure, sweet, salty I love it all

Jason Young, Coach
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Bio coming soon!