Head Coach Jase Robinson is the owner of Deathproof CrossFit and founder of Trionic Human Performance Inc.
After 25 years of science, travel, engineering, business and adrenaline sports, Jase finally found the single activity which blends all of those passions together into a love for one super-complex discipline in the form of Ironman Triathlon.
Originating from Darlington, England, a mechanical engineer by profession, Jase came to the United States to learn to BASE jump. With a sports background in soccer, track and field, martial arts and equestrian eventing and an affinity for the risky, dangerous and extreme, Jase had given up long ago any idea of endurance sports. This certainty was mostly due to his experience with running injuries which included 3 tibial stress fractures and a handful of cases of lower leg tendinitis as well as a fibula, badly broken in a skydiving landing that wasn't supposed to involve a gopher hole. After a brief, unintended period of "bulking up", Jase took to triathlon in an attempt to get back into shape with the initial goal of completing an Ironman triathlon. His experiences and attempts to solve triathlon related problems using his engineering expertise coupled with an innate love for learning new skills has resulted in a broad professional skill set and knowledge base of the kind which rarely exists in one organization let alone in one individual.
"If you're not the best at anything, become the best at everything."
By his own admission, an athlete of singularly unimpressive ability, Jase has found ways to continue his own athletic performance improvements. By leveraging knowledge, science and a lot less discipline than he admits to finding in most of the athletes he coaches, he would complete several Ironman 140.6 and 70.3 races per year including, the 2011 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas. Jase maintains that sound methodologies and virtuoso technique executed well on an athlete of average ability usually result in better performances than those of a talented athlete with insufficient knowledge and direction, particularly when something goes wrong. It is this premise which led him towards CrossFit.
The first CrossFit workout Jase ever did was during his instructors certification. The workout left him crushed and humbled as he had his butt handed back to him by many of the women on the course. In fact, his immediate thought was that given how hard it was, and given that he had just completed Ironman Arizona 3 months earlier and considered himself to be very fit, that perhaps CrossFit was not for him. However, he was so inspired by the ability and professionalism of the CrossFit HQ certification staff that he embarked on an orgy of research and education which he has continued to this day by searching out the best coaches in the business and spending time learning from them.
Jase's current challenge is recovering from a 2015 motorcycle wreck caused by a truck driver disregarding a stop sign and pulling out in front of him. The 55 mph impact resulted in the truck spinning a full 180 degrees, a 40 foot unaided flight, a 40mm pubic symphysis diastasis, an umbilical hernia, torn rectus abdominus, internal bleeding, amnesia and a nasty scratch on his right shin (not quite as bad as a failed box jump) all of which required him to be airlifted to the Indianapolis Methodist Hotel. Despite experiencing excellent service, he can still be heard complaining about the room rate in the trauma center. He is of the opinion that such relatively minor injuries sustained in a crash that would have certainly killed most people were due to the capacity of his "combat chassis". "There isn't anything about having a 485 lb deadlift, 425 lb back squat and a 2:32 Fran time that doesn't contribute to making you somewhat deathproof". That concept crystallized the mission of the gym so well that in February of 2017 the name of the gym was changed from CrossFit Retaliation to Deathproof CrossFit.
His current goal is to increase his current Beyond the Whiteboard score of 72 back to the 94 it was on the day of the wreck.
*Update Jase's score has risen to 87 and he's hit new PRs on his deadlift, bench press, narrow grip bench press, strict press, front squat, overhead squat, jerk and push press. Unfortunately, his sense of humor has shown no sign of improvement and we fear he may be a bit of a dick for quite a while longer. This symptom predates the wreck by several decades.
Jase's continuously expanding resume includes:
CrossFit Level 2 (CF-L2) Trainer
CrossFit Endurance Trainer
CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer
CrossFit Olympic Lifting Trainer
FuBarbell Weightlifting Seminar
CrossFit Movement & Mobility Trainer
CPR / AED / First Aid certified
Certified USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach
Triathlon Bicycle fitter with the Fit Institute of Slow Twitch (F.I.S.T.)
Trained to Advanced Level Bicycle Fitter by Serotta International Cycling Institute (S.I.C.I.)
B Eng Mech Eng from the University of Teesside in the UK
MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University
Dree McNear Program Director Rock Steady Boxing Head Coach CrossFit L2 Trainer
Audra McNear (or Dree as she's known around the gym) got her CrossFit L1 certificate at the birthplace of the CrossFit games, The Ranch, and her Level 2 cert at the Rogue Gym in Columbus, Ohio. A sucker for big sporting events Dree has completed the New York City Marathon, The Philly Marathon, Ironman Louisville and plans on completing all The Majors in the not-so-distant future. Dree is the driving force behind CrossFit Retaliation's charity work and is a huge advocate for Huntington's Disease Society of America, Movember and the local Shop with a Cop & Fireman's Cheer Fund charities. She is probably best known for scaring the bejeezus out of the Columbus Police and Fire departments when they completed their first scaled version of Helen since she beat them all completing the workout as Rx. Although infamous as Jase's handler, partner and long suffering girlfriend she is generally fun-loving and giggly but can also be as stern as the ass of the Titanic. Not to be messed with. Mostly.
Dree is the Head Coach of Rock Steady Boxing South Central Indiana. No stranger to the effects of neurodegenerative disease, she has an unbridled passion for helping Parkinson's sufferers and their caregivers by showing them the virtues of hitting moving objects with their fists at high intensity. It sounds and looks crazy but if there's a more satisfying career than improving the quality of life for this incredible population of fighters then we have yet to imagine it.