Coaches Bio's

        Chris Cavanagh - Owner, Head Coach & Progammer 

  • Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Football Trainer
  • CrossFit Endurance Trainer 
  • CrossFit Power Lifting Trainer 
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility Trainer 
  • CrossFit Amundson Goal Setting and Positive Self Talk 
  • USAW Olympic Weightlifting Club Coach  Level 1
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • Specialty Seminars:
  • Outlaw Way Regionals Competitor's Training Camp
  • Johnathan Horton (Olympic Gold medalist) Gymnastics Seminar
  • Accomplishments:

  • Top 300 Regional Competitor 3 years
  • Top 75 Regional Competitor 1 year
  • Super Father and Husband of the Millennium
  • I fell in love with the challenge of elite fitness early on in my athletic career. I attended Texas Lutheran University for 2 years where I studied Kinesiology. My new education only pushed me farther into the health and fitness field and I dove right in. I began personal training in 2006. After managing at a local gym for 3 years, I wanted to get back to what made me happy, working more "hands on" with people. I completed my first CrossFit certification course in 2010. Later that year my wife and I opened up Alpha CrossFit with the mission of improving our community. We are successfully completing that mission each and every day. My wife Lauren is my rock! This dream of mine would not be what it is today witout her support! With the addition of baby Jack to our family in 2012, our lives keep growing better and better every day! 


        Lauren Cavanagh - Owner/Coach

  • Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate 
  • CrossFit Endurance 
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility 
  • CrossFit Goal Setting and Positive Self Talk
  • Mat Pilates Certified 
  • Johnny G Spinning Coach
  • Degrees:

  • Bachelors in Interpersonal Communication
  • Masters in Professional Counseling
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Accomplishments:

  • 3-Time Half Ironman Competitor
  • 4-Time Marathon Competitor
  • Numerous other Endurance and Adventure Races
  • 1st Full Ironman -- COMING SEPTEMBER 2014 - Lake Tahoe
  • Super-Mom Extraordinairre -- Love you JACK!


        Courtney Odell


  • Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate 
  • Degrees:

  • Bachelors in Kinesiology
  • I started CrossFit in May of 2011 after spending many years in the aerobics industry.  I immediately fell in love with the CrossFit atmosphere and have never turned back.  I graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Kinesiology and am completed my masters in Educational Adminsitration through Lamar University.  I am a middle school teacher and coach and have been married sincethe Fall of 2011!  I love the daily challenges that crossFit offers and watching people get better everyday they walk into Alpha! 


       Mitchell Lawrence

  • Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Airrosti Mobility Specialist
  • Degree:

  • Bachelors in Biology
  • Specialty Seminars:

  • Outlway Training Camp


         Brenden Shadeburn

Brenden graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor’s in Exercise Sports Science. He is an NASM certified personal trainer and Crossfit level 1certified. Brenden focuses on correct technique and form, proper body mechanics for functional movement, and strengthening the body to better handle the loads of everyday. He has been a personal trainer for five years and a crossfit coach for over a year. He is available for 1-on-1 or small group training.



  • Certifications:

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
  • Licensed Emergency Medical Technician- Basic  
  •  American Heart Association - Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR and AED)
  • Degree:

  •  B.S.  Exercise Sports Science - Texas State University


         Austin Read 

  • Certifications:

  • CrossFit level 1 Trainer Certificate