Krissy Mae Cagney
Owner/Director Of Nutrition

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. In 2014 Krissy began powerlifting competitively in the USAPL. 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.

  • 10 years in the fitness industry
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Westside Barbell
  • USAPL Club Coach
  • 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 Level 1
  • CrossFit Kids
  • 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


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 Therpist
  • USPA Certified Coach
  • 2014 IPL World Champion
Nationally and World Ranked Powerlifter
  • Doughnuts & Deadlifts Sponsored Athlete


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 4o teams in their rookie debut. Kelsey is working towards her goal of competing at a high level as an individual.

Moving to Reno in August of 2016, Kelsey now works full time under Krissy Cagney as a nutrition coach for Black Iron Nutrition

Certifications / Experience
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Games Athlete
  • Doughnuts & Deadlifts Sponsored Athlete


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.