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2704 Hartnell Avenue Ste G
Redding, CA, 96002


Welcome to a community that values you for who you are and your fitness level.  We strive to make each workout challenging and yet a pleasurable experience. Increasing GPP (General Physical Preparedness) by improving strength and conditioning, allows us to better enjoy the recreational activities that are abundant in Northern California. Whether your interests lie in: mountain biking, hiking, back-packing, wake boarding, skiing, rock climbing, swimming, running, or just being better at life, CrossFit is the perfect fitness program for you.

Coach Profiles

Michelle Gallagher:

About me: I was pretty desperate to change my life when I choose CrossFit and that's exactly what it comes down to, a choice. I don't think anyone walks into a CrossFit gym without researching EVERYTHING you can before you make that choice, am I right? 

Life was hard. I was an overweight mom with a very active three-year old, a husband with a job that had him out-of-town multiple days a week, suffering with the loss and rejection of a very influential person in my life, and trying to deal with postpartum depression. I tried Beach Body dvd's and going for walks in the park with other mom friends, but it wasn't helping fix the root of the problem. I had seen what anti-depressants did to people around me so I decided that wasn't the route I wanted to go, but nothing changed until I reluctantly purchased 10 personal training lessons with a CrossFit Trainer. 

In my mind, I built up CrossFit to a bunch of self absorbed, sweaty, chiseled bodied men and women throwing weights around and yelling at each other. Yeah, no...I'll Pass! But one thing was true, I couldn't deny the fact of how fit these people were. Not just physically strong, but mentally too. I was amazed at how they pushed themselves to do things I never dreamed possible. My trainer was good and taught me all the fundamental movements, while showing me how to stay safe and introducing me to the wonderful world of mobility. Even though I had several physical limitations when I started, there was always a modification that would allow me to still be challenged when I would workout. As I continued to get stronger physically, I began to realize the same was happening mentally. Physically exerting myself in WODs, pushed a "reset" button for my mind. There is something very powerful about completing a workout, that twenty minutes earlier you thought you couldn't finish. That was the game changer for me! 

Through CrossFit, chiropractic care, creating healthy eating habits, and learning how to balance life made the decision so simple when the opportunity came for us to open Jefferson State CrossFit. Our motto is: "To empower people to change their lives." We are your accountability, your motivation, your community, your safe place, and we have crazy workouts that you eventually learn to look forward to doing!

1.) What would you tell someone new to CrossFit?:

CrossFit isn't a quick fix to your surface problems. Sure it's a great strength and conditioning program but there is a lot of personal reflection that happens. You'll discover exactly what you think of yourself: the good, the bad, and the ugly... but if you're willing to put in the work you will see AND feel the difference!

2.) Why do you CrossFit?:

I do it because it works for me when other programs didn't. The community of people, the accountability of coaches, and the overall challenge of trying to be better is something that has brought incredible joy and satisfaction to my life. 

3.) What coaching aspect do you bring to the gym?:

I strive to bring a high level of coaching and professionalism in each class I teach while creating a safe environment for you. And I'm kind of a goof-ball so we have a lot of fun too!

Daniel Gallagher:

About me: I started doing CrossFit because I was bored to tears with "traditional" work outs.  The physical and mental challenges everyday at the gym are what keep me coming back and I love watching people accomplish things they never thought was possible.

1.) What would you tell someone new to CrossFit?

Give it time.

2.) Why do you CrossFit?

It's fun, effective and fun.

3.) What coaching aspect do you bring to the gym?

The mind game.

Jana Mustard:

About me: I found CrossFit out of necessity when I had come to an end of finding a solution to getting back into shape. I was an out of shape, overweight, unhealthy former Division 1 collegiate athlete.  CrossFit helped me change my life, lose weight, regain confidence, and reach my goals.  My passion now is to help others do the same.

1.) What would you tell someone new to CrossFit?

You can do it! Everyone has a story and there is no shame in striving to be better.

2.) Why do you CrossFit?

It has changed my life; I love the workouts and more importantly the community.

3.) What coaching aspect do you bring to the gym?

I have been on both sides of life, a division 1 college athlete and the out of shape, overweight, unmotivated career person.  I understand all types of people and excel at motivating people past their comfort zones.

Sam Libbee:

About me: I have been associate with Jefferson State CrossFit for the last three years. When I first started I was like everyone else: intimidated, overwhelmed, and had no idea what I was in for.  Three years later I am in the best shape of my life. Although I have a long way to go, I know Jefferson State is the place I need to be to achieve my goals.

1. What would I tell someone new to CrossFit?

Step through these doors and you will find the best support system.  Both coaches and members will be there when you struggle and when you triumph.

2.) Why do you CrossFit?

I CrossFit to stay healthy, keep an active lifestyle, and break barriers that I set before myself either in the outdoors or in the gym.

3.) What do I bring to coaching?

I bring Olympic Lifting and a ton of enthusiasm!

Nick Brummond:

About me: I was born and raised in Iowa. I have an amazing wife and three beautiful children. I love staying active and hope I can stay that way for as long as I can.

1.) What would you tell someone new to CrossFit?:

It is infinitely scalable!! We can make any movement easier and/or more challenging.

2.) Why do you CrossFit?:

I CrossFit because I love the competition against myself.

3.) What coaching aspect do you bring to the gym?:


Billy Brown

About me: I started CrossFit while looking for a way to train for an ultramarathon without running 50+ miles a week and got hooked on the variety of workouts. I love that CrossFit feels more like recess than PE class, and love to share the fun with other people.

1)      What would you tell someone new to CrossFit?

  You don’t have to get in shape before you start! The workouts scale down to accommodate every fitness level, so everyone can push themselves safely.

2)      Why do you do CrossFit?

  I have a wide range of interests, from rock climbing to backcountry snowboarding, and CrossFit’s broad spectrum of fitness allows me to stay fit enough to grab my gear and head out the door on any given day.

3)      What coaching aspects do I bring to the gym?

   If you aren’t having fun at the gym, you’re not going to keep it up. I bring some goofball action to an activity that a lot of people would otherwise find intimidating. 

Aaron Palmer

About me: I love being active and moving as much as I can. Anything and everything from trail running to throwing weights around in the gym. I love setting goals and going after them. There is nothing better than accomplishing something previously thought impossible. CrossFit is great for a multitude of reasons, but I especially enjoy the encouraging atmosphere that is always present in the gym.

1.)  What would you tell someone new to CrossFit?

Everyone is going to have strengths and weaknesses. Don’t be discouraged when something is hard, but keep working on it and make it a strength.

2.)  Why do you CrossFit?

CrossFit is fun. I love the atmosphere in the gym and the types of workouts. It’s a community of like-minded people trying to be healthier and stronger than they were the day before.

3.) What coaching aspect do you bring to the gym?

 I love encouraging people and having fun in the gym.

Tom Harpham

About me: I tried Crossfit with J-State for one month in the spring of 2012.  I was sold on the concept of Crossfit, and could tell it was superior to anything I had done for fitness prior.  But at the end of my month I left for my missions trip (1st Year BSSM), then it was gearing up for graduation, and finally returning home (Bend, OR) for most the summer.  Crossfit would have to wait.  That summer I obliterated the meniscus in my left knee playing sand volleyball, so returning to any type of fitness regimen would have to wait (My orthopedist told me I would need to find something to do that didn’t involve running or jumping.  Let’s just laugh at that!).  Late in the summer of 2013 my wife, Rachel, and I decided that we wanted to start going after fitness as a lifestyle.  We considered ourselves healthy people, but our lives did not reflect our belief (we weren’t doing any regular exercise or eating as healthy as we could be).  We talked about joining the YMCA as it was fairly inexpensive and seemed to offer many things that could make it a great experience for our entire family (flexible hours, a pool, locker rooms, a childcare program, etc.).  It was during this time that I was reminded of my previous experience with Crossfit.  After many long discussions weighing the pros and cons of Crossfit vs the YMCA we decided that for all the YMCA offered, the one thing that it lacked was a comprehensive, supervised program that was designed to get us in the best shape of our lives, and when it came down to it, that was the whole point.  So, in September 2013 we decided to embark on a grand fitness adventure at Jefferson State Crossfit.  It was going to cost us more, be less flexible for our schedules,  provide no place to shower after workouts, and didn’t have a pool; but it did offer childcare (most the time).  After almost three years of Crossfit I can honestly say we have had no regrets.  Crossfit is the best relationship I have ever had with fitness because it is done in the context of community.  I am continually challenged and inspired by the life changes I see other J-Stater's making, and that has given Rachel and I the courage to go after lifestyle fitness at a level we never would have thought possible just a few short years ago.

1) What would you tell someone new to CrossFit? 

I would tell someone new to Crossfit to have patience.  Crossfit is technically challenging.  It takes months (if not years) to become proficient at many of the movement mechanics.  Give yourself lots of grace and remember, your performance doesn’t define you.

2) What do you do CrossFit?

I Crossfit because I am 52 years old (2016), and I have two sons, ages 3 and 8.  I am going to be parenting them at home until I am in my mid to late sixties.  I want to take the best care of myself now so that I have something to give them with the remaining life I have left.  I don’t want to ever have to tell them I can’t play with them, exercise with them, or recreate with them because I chose to neglect my health.

3) What coaching aspects do I bring to the gym?

I bring a father’s heart of encouragement to the gym.  The Crossfit Charter is Mechanics-Consistency-Intensity.  Crossfit should be a long-term commitment.  This requires many hours of work on proper mechanics done safely while working towards increased intensity.  To adhere to that progression is how I define success in Crossfit.  One of my primary goals as a coach is to see people leave the gym encouraged that not matter what level of work they accomplished that day, if it was done correctly, it was a step of progress towards the long-term goal of increasing their fitness capacity.

Tiffany McCutcheon

About Me: Growing up, Soccer was my sport and I continued to play through college. I thrived on competition and team camaraderie. A few months after graduating college, and no longer playing intramurals, I realized that a workout in a typical gym wasn’t going to work for me. I was easily bored with the repetition of movements and wasn’t getting any results. I was then introduced to CrossFit and was hooked from the moment that I did that first WOD. Now three years later, CrossFit has not only taken me to the next level of fitness, but has offered me amazing community and continuous encouragement no matter where I am. Being from South Carolina, moving to South Florida, and now residing in Redding, the gym has always been my home away from home; my family. My passion now, as a coach, is to be apart of helping someone have the same, if not better, experience.


1. What would you tell someone new to CrossFit?

Stay Positive and Don’t give up! Yes, you will be challenged and learn movements you’ve never heard of, but you will surprise yourself on how quickly you improve.

2. Why do you CrossFit?

It’s the only thing that I have found that challenges me, gets results, and is fun to do.

3. What coaching aspect do you bring to the gym?

Encouragement, joy, organization, fun, strategy, and attention to detail.