Krissy Mae Cagney

Krissy was born in Hawaii, but raised in Reno, NV, where she attended high school and college, graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno. Fitness was a part of her life from a young age as her parents were both competitive triathletes who encouraged physical activity and participation in team sports. Krissy became a personal trainer at 18, expecting it only to be a college job, but soon developed a passion for helping others, and decided to pursue a career in fitness after graduating. She relocated to Southern California in 2012, where she was exposed to powerlifting and CrossFit, furthering her growth as a coach and athlete. In 2013, Krissy overcame her decade-long battle with drug and alcohol addiction. Her newfound sobriety prompted Krissy to put herself in a new, even more challenging environment: New York City. Relocating to New York gave Krissy the opportunity to work with all manner of athletes, including NFL professionals. While living in Manhattan, Krissy wrote and published numerous books on her nutrition philosophies, and created a lifestyle brand, Doughnuts & Deadlifts, that is representative of those philosophies. Through Black Iron Gym, Krissy hopes to provide the Reno-Tahoe community with an empowering environment where people can learn, and become both mentally and physically stronger.

  • 12 years in the fitness industry
  • Precision Nutrition, Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Westside Barbell Certified Coach
  • USAPL Club Coach
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts
  • NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist

Quiana Welch
Director Of CrossFit

Quiana was born in Rochester, NY but grew up calling Jacksonville, Fl home. She grew up an athletic child being involved with competitive gymnastics from 4-12 then both Volleyball and Track and Field into college. In 2010, Q played professional women's football for the Lingerie Football League/s Orlando Fantasy where she played both Running Back and Safety. Following the season, she moved to NYC where she'd participate in a couple of bodybuilding shows and in 2013 discover CrossFit. It wasn't until 2014 where she'd actually started competing and truly loving the sport. She competed at The CrossFit Games NorthEast regional twice with CrossFit 212 and also became a professional athlete for the Grid's Boston Iron team. Quiana is truly excited to continue her journey as a coach here at Black Iron Gym helping athletes to reach all of their fitness goals and being the best they can possibly be.

Certifications / Experience
  • CrossFit L1
  • CrossFit Kids
  • 2016 American Open 90kg Champion
  • 2017 USAW Nationals, Third Place
  • CrossFit Games NorthEast Regionals (2014 and 2016)
  • GRID League Athlete for The Boston Iron
  • Juggernaut Training Systems Sponsored Athlete
  • Savage Swim Sponsored Athlete
  • Chestee Sponsored Athlete
  • Trifecta Nutrition Sponsored Athlete
  • Kinetic Collective Sponsored Athlete


Alex LaChance is a Former All American gymnast and scholarship athlete for the University of Arkansas (2005-2009). As a National Elite and Level 10 Gymnast she was a 5-time USA Gymnastics National Championship Competitor, and accumulated 5 State Championship gold medals, 10 Regional Championship gold medals, and 25 other Level 10 State, Regional, and National Championship medals.

She became a published fitness writer and model, with a M.S. in Exercise Science (University of Arkansas, 2012). Published works include three Powerhouse Gym Billboards, covers, workout spread and article in Max Sports and Fitness Magazine (Nov 2011), cover of Northwest Arkansas CitiScapes Magazine (April 2012), fitness model in Power Systems Catalogs, and Iron Man Magazine Model of the Month (Dec 2011).

Certifications / Experience
  • CrossFit L1
  • Master’s Degree in Exercise Science
  • 2014 CrossFit Games Athlete
  • 2014 North Central CrossFit Regional Champion
  • 2017 USAW Nationals 75kg, Fifth Place
  • Phoenix Rise GRID Athlete 2014, 2015
  • DC Brawlers GRID Athlete 2016


Desiree was born in Northern California, but raised in the heart of Mississippi. Her passion for strength sports developed at a very young age culminating into being a competitive athlete. Her degree in Science lead her to become a Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Sports Therapy for over 7 years. In 2014, her move to Southern California lead her to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning coach specializing in the fundamental movements of powerlifting. For two years, Desiree worked as an instructor for the USPA Coach’s Certification Course. She was also an assistant teacher at UCLA for 2 semesters. Her success as a world class powerlifter lead her to become a dual athlete. She currently competes in four different strength sports. One of Desiree’s passions as a coach has been encouraging women not to be discouraged from lifting heavy, showing them an overall positive view of themselves while becoming physically and emotionally stronger. She is thrilled to be a part of the Black Iron Staff and is looking forward to growing the strength community.

Certifications / Experience
  • 10 Years in the fitness industry
  • Certified Massage Therapist
  • USPA Certified Coach
  • 2014 IPL World Champion
Nationally and World Ranked Powerlifter
  • Doughnuts & Deadlifts Sponsored Athlete
  • Gnarly Nutrition Sponsored Athlete


Ashley’s career as an athlete started at a very young age. She grew up doing competitive dance, cheerleading and gymnastics. She’s always had a passion for fitness, but chose to take a break from competition while earning her bachelors degree from the University of the Pacific. Shortly after she graduated in 2008, she was introduced to CrossFit through her trainer, Gabe Subry, who is still her coach today. Her past in gymnastics and her desire to compete again had her incredibly excited to be a part of this new sport. She did CrossFit recreationally while living in San Francisco and then Australia. In 2013, when she moved back to California, she completed her CrossFit Level 1 certificate and began coaching and training more consistently. Ashley’s competed four times at the CrossFit Regionals, three times on a team and once as an individual. She’s a professional athlete for the NPGL’s San Francisco Fire and she’s competed at the USAW American Open. Ashley’s excited to be a part of the Black Iron Nutrition coaching staff. She’s passionate about food and nutrition and helping people find healthy and sustainable diets that matches their goals and lifestyle.

Certifications / Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Marketing
  • Precision Nutrition L1
  • CrossFit L1
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Games NorCal Regional Team Athlete (2013, 2014, 2017)
  • USAW American Open 69kg Lifter (2014)
  • CrossFit Games California Regional Athlete (2015)
  • NPGL Athlete for the San Francisco Fire
  • FitAid Sponsored Athlete
  • Puori Sponsored Athlete


Born and raised in Massachusetts, Kegan grew up playing various sports such as basketball and baseball. Eventually he went on to play basketball and rugby at Springfield College in Springfield MA, where he earned his degree in Business Management. Shortly after graduating from college he joined the US Army and was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne for 4 years. After a training accident ended Kegan’s military career he found a passion for fitness that started through his extensive rehab coming back from his injury. Kegan spent two years training for and competing in Crossfit but soon realized his large frame might not be cut out for such a sport, so he shifted his focus on Highland games and soon powerlifting. During that time he moved around to various gyms throughout the US learning from some of the best Strength and Conditioning coaches in the country. Kegan currently works with various strength athletes ranging from Regional and Games level CrossFit athletes to aspiring young powerlifters and/or weightlifters. While he does not hold a degree in a relatable field, his practical application and experiences has allowed him to help numerous athletes rehab back from injuries sustained in training or on the competition floor. Kegan coaches the competitor's program here at Black Iron gym and he also runs Black Iron athlete our remote coaching program.

Certifications / Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management


Courtland grew up in Folsom, California, but relocated to Reno, NV to attend the University of Nevada, Reno. Courtland has competed in sports his entire life—beginning his soccer career at the age of 4, he was then recruited onto a competitive team at the eligible age of 13 and continued to play for various Olympic Development Programs and competitive soccer teams until he left for college. Courtland was exposed to various forms of strength and conditioning throughout his soccer career, but one that stuck with him the most was CrossFit. When Courtland left for college, he decided he did not want to further pursue a soccer career, but rather gain an in-depth understanding of strength and conditioning and how that relates to the human body through earning a kinesiology degree at UNR. Courtland began coaching CrossFit at the early age of 18 shortly after moving to Reno, and has since worked with, mentored under, and trained alongside multiple CrossFit Games/Regionals professional athletes. Courtland continues to learn alongside and train with some of the best in the fitness industry to develop his coaching skill set and offer a well-rounded approach to coaching his clients.

Certifications / Experience
  • CrossFit L1
  • CrossFit Mobility Certification
  • Pursuing a Degree in Kinesiology at the University of Nevada, Reno
  • +5 years competitive soccer

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Kelsey was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in small town outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kelsey was a collegiate soccer player and when she graduated, she moved into coaching soccer at the youth and collegiate levels. Kelsey found CrossFit almost two years ago and shifted her focus to that sport. She is a CF-L1 Trainer and enjoys coaching athletes of all skill levels.

In 2016, Kelsey qualified for the East Regional with team CrossFit Parallax, where they took second, qualifying for the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games. The team took 19th our of 40 teams in their rookie debut. Kelsey is working towards her goal of competing at a high level as an individual and she made it to the South Regional in 2017, finishing in 10th place.

Kelsey completed a year long internship under Krissy Mae Cagney in 2016/2017 to prepare her for her job with Black Iron Nutrition. Kels has now worked with over 2,000 athletes through Black Iron Nutrition and she is also in charge of BIN seminars around the country.

Certifications / Experience
  • CrossFit L1
  • Precision Nutrition L1
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business
  • 2017 CrossFit Games South Regional Athlete, Individual
  • 2016 CrossFit Games Athlete, Team
  • Doughnuts & Deadlifts Sponsored Athlete
  • Junk Brands Sponsored Athlete
  • ROMWOD Sponsored Athlete

Maggie Shaffer
Nutrition Coach

Maggie was born in Baton Rouge, LA but was raised in Houston, TX until relocating to Dallas, TX after receiving her Bachelors in Psychology from Sam Houston State University. She began her graduate work at TCU in Fort Worth, Tx in Behavioral Neuroscience and then decided to start a family with her husband in Dallas.

In 2012 Maggie was introduced to the sport of CrossFit. In 2013 she attended her Level-1 seminar and quickly felt that coaching was her passion. Since then she has received her Level-2 CrossFit certification and continues to attend as many CrossFit and nutrition seminars as possible in order to become the most effective coach she can be. She has been coaching CrossFit in Dallas since September of 2013.

Maggie began her internship with Black Iron Nutrition in the Spring of 2017 and believes in the power of food and nutrition in regards to mental and physical health. She is excited to be on staff with Black Iron Nutrition and looks forward to helping both men and women of all backgrounds find balance with food and fitness while enjoying life to it’s fullest.

Certifications / Experience
  • Bachelors in Psychology
  • CrossFit L1
  • CrossFit L2
  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting
  • CrossFit Kids
  • Starting Strength

Kaitlyn Kassis
CrossFit Coach

Kaitlyn was born and raised in Northern California. She grew up playing every sport as a kid, until deciding to focus solely on soccer as a teenager. Kaitlyn played soccer for a total of 14 years, and was the captain of her nationally-ranked competitive team.

In 2016 Kaitlyn moved Reno, NV after graduating with a B.A. from the University of California, Davis. She received her Bachelors degree in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations.

Kaitlyn began CrossFit in 2012 when she was 17-years-old. She is a 4x Regional athlete, and competed at the CrossFit Games with team CrossFit Davis in 2016. Most recently, Kaitlyn placed 16th at the South super- Regional in the 2017 season.

Along with competing, coaching is one of Kaitlyn's biggest passions. She attained her L-1 certification in 2013 and has been teaching classes ever since. Kaitlyn loves coaching because she finds it fulfilling to be apart of others realizing their strength and striving towards their goals.

Certifications / Experience
  • CrossFit L1
  • 2016 CrossFit Games Athlete, Team
  • 2017 CrossFit Game South Regional, Individual, 16th Place
  • Doughnuts & Deadlifts Sponsored Athlete

David Richman
CrossFit Coach

Born in Merced, CA and raised in Shingle Springs, CA, David grew up playing every sport he could and wanted to make everything a competition. In high school he played soccer year-round as well as ran track. He has been coaching CrossFit since 2013. Not only does CrossFit serve as a competitive outlet for him, it also provides him with the opportunity to share his love for training with the community at black iron everyday as a coach.

Certifications / Experience
  • CrossFit L1
  • 2016 CrossFit Games South Regional Athlete, Individual
  • 2015 CrossFit Games South Regional Athlete, Individual
  • 2014 CrossFit Games Athlete, Team


Ryan was born, raised, and attended school in Reno, NV. He has always been interested in art, design, photography and videography. He briefly lived in Los Angeles, where he developed a passion for fitness. After moving briefly back to Reno, Ryan relocated to New York in December of 2013 to work alongside Krissy Mae Cagney, creating the designs for her numerous workout programs and her groundbreaking e-books, Flexible Dieting and FD 2.0. Ryan’s design portfolio can be viewed at ryface.com.


Owner of Massage by Jenny, conveniently located inside of Black Iron Gym, Jenny is a licensed massage therapist. Her curiosity about the function of the human body, and her love of working with people, led her to start practicing massage therapy in 2003. Through her practice Jenny is able to help restore people’s bodies to proper health and function. She likes to individualize each client’s massage to focus on a specific area of concern, which is why she particularly enjoys working with athletes, who more commonly have problematic areas that benefit from routine body work and maintenance. Jenny specializes in a number of types of massage, including: sports, therapeutic / deep tissue, aromatherapy, prenatal, and hot stone.