Collectively, we have a very broad experience and knowledge base to pool from, and are very pragmatic in our approach to training- meaning we are willing to adapt our methods and try new techniques based on the needs and limitations of our clients. Everyone has unique goals, training backgrounds, old injuries, etc.; our role is to provide tailored coaching and support for you to look, feel, and perform optimally. The only thing that exceeds our desire to learn and improve is our passion for people.

 

Josh

Josh Dempsey

CrossFit Level 1 Certified Instructor
USA Weightlifting National Coach
USA Weightlifting Advanced Sports Performance Coach (L2)
Tactical Athlete Instructor
Bioforce Certified Conditioning Coach
Certified FMS Professional
Onnit Academy Trainer
Underground Strength Coach Level 1 Certification
MovNat Certified Trainer

 
Josh is the owner and head coach at Crossfit Silver Spring. Since being introduced to CrossFit in 2008, he’s worked to tirelessly refine his skills and knowledge working alongside some of the best and brightest CrossFit trainers and strength coaches in the country. He interned under and coached at several of the best CF affiliates in DC/MD/VA before opening Silver Spring’s first CrossFit Affiliate in 2011. He has extensive experience working with clients ranging from collegiate athletes to business professionals to first responders and members of the armed forces and everyone in between. He is extremely passionate about helping people achieve their goals and advancing his knowledge within the field to better serve his clients needs.
 
Josh also runs El Jefe Barbell Club, our in-house USAW club affiliate, which is a prominent fixture in the DMV competitive weightlifting scene. In addition to coaching, he is also a competitive Weightlifter in the 85kg class and wishes more people would stop running and start front squatting and swinging kettlebells instead.
 

“As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Marcos

Marcos Hernandez

Level 1 Certified CrossFit Instructor
USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
Onnit Academy Trainer
Hardstyle Kettlebell Certified

 
Marcos Hernandez is a coach at Crossfit Silver Spring. Originally from Montgomery County, MD, Marcos began playing soccer at a very early age. He had the opportunity to play soccer in college but declined in order to pursue a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland. It was during this time when Marcos was introduced to Crossfit and strength training. He still enjoys playing soccer every week as well as rock climbing and trail running.
 
Marcos believes that there is no point in being strong unless you can move well and look good doing it. He thinks people should focus on squatting, fixing their posture, and squatting some more. Marcos is a competitive CrossFit athlete and also competes as an 85kg Weightlifter.

 
katie weddle

Katie Weddle

Level 1 Certified CrossFit Instructor
 
Katie graduated from Emory University, where she rowed for all 4 years on the crew team. Before college, Katie played both softball and field hockey competitively. After college, she dabbled in various types of exercise, but struggled to find anything that was both fun and effective. She realized she missed the community and friendly competition that comes with being part of a team. Katie first found CrossFit in January of 2011, where she rediscovered the community and competition she had been looking for, and was immediately hooked. What Katie loves most about CrossFit is that it is ever evolving, never boring, and endlessly scalable. She is passionate about helping others foster a love of health and fitness. When she is not at CFSS, Katie is a preschool special education teacher in Montgomery County.
 

“The myth that women should not lift heavy is advanced only by women who fear effort and men who fear women.” – Eric Midkiff, Olympic Weightlifter

 

 
lukas hernandez

Lukas Hernandez

Level 1 Certified CrossFit Instructor
USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach

 
The youngest of three brothers, Lukas grew up in an athletics driven, competitive household. In high school, he played soccer for the Potomac Academy which drove him to search for something challenging as he was transitioning away from the world of soccer.
 
Lukas began his CrossFit and Weightlifting journey at Crossfit Silver Spring in 2012. In 2013, he left to continue his education in Atlanta. During his time there he furthered his love for the sport of Weightlifting after being fortunate enough to meet close friend and mentor Juan Sepulveda and legendary USA Senior International Coach John Coffee of Coffee’s Gym in Marietta, Georgia. After two years away, he came back to Maryland to share his knowledge and passion for lifting heavy weights with anyone with a desire to learn and improve.
 
Lukas sees fun as a key part of learning process, no matter the pursuit; he also has a strong belief in the abilities of his athletes.
 

“Train like hell You’ll get there.” – John Coffee