About Girya Garage

We practice what we preach

We have been trained by many of the best instructors in health and human performance.  

We are recognized by the leading certified bodies of kettlebell lifting.

We are passionate about helping people.

Kettlebells are the platform - Coaching is our purpose

HIstory and Mission

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Our main focus is promoting fitness through group training, private coaching, and online engagement.

Girya Garage didn't start with a fixed location, it started with two dedicated coaches looking to put their mark in the fitness community. 

Will Parker & Nichol Cruz began with kettlebell classes in RVA's own Byrd Park in the Winter of 2013.  After a few month's of recruitment, our facility opened in the Historic Fan District of Richmond.  


A coach tells you what you need to hear, who has you see what you need to see, so you can become who you want to be.

Tree climbing, bike riding, and backyard wrestling were a big part of my wild childhood. Music, movement, and mindset have heavy influences on my life since grade school.

Daily exercise rituals have the power to help you act more courageously in the sport of life.  I've found physical training is (the best) medicine for a healthy mind.  

Each year, we continue to seek training under the most respected coaches and organizations in order to enhance all areas of our training program at Girya Garage. 

Some of my most memorable experiences have been working with coaches and organizations such as:

Jeff Martone (Tactical Athlete Systems, CrossFit Kettlebell) 

Pavel Tsatsouline (StrongFirst Girya)
Brett Jones (StrongFirst Girya) 

Sara Moore (Underground Athlete)
Jason Dolby (Orange Kettlebell Club)
Aaron Vyvial (Head Coach, Texas Kettlebell Academy) 
Jessica Gorman (Texas Kettlebell Academy) 


Bill Meyer (Meyer Fitness)
Sergei Marasonov (Tork Lifestyle) 
Brittany van Schravendijk (KOR Strength) 
Chris Doenlen (Orange Kettlebell Club) 

Sergey Rachinskiy (KetaAcademy, Honoured Coach)                                                

Ivan Denisov (World Champion, Master of Sport)                                                    

Ksenia Deydukhina (World Champion, Master of Sport)

Sergey Rudnev (Kettlebell Sport Master Coach) 

Marty Farrell (Master or Sport)

Gregor Sobocan (Elite Girevoy Sport Association)


Roanoke College (Salem, Virginia) 

Degree: Health & Human Performance
Concentration: Exercise Science

Certified through these organizations:
Tactical Athlete Systems 
StrongFirst Girya (formally Russian Kettlebell Challenge) 
Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification (HKC)
CrossFit Kettlebell Instructors Course
USA Weightlifting Association
International Sports Sciences Association


Having been raised in a military family, I had developed a systematic way of achieving goals with hard work being the foundation.  Fitness and the military will always be associated with each other and naturally I saw the importance of fitness and strength. 
Having tried various fitness outlets like aerobics, pilates, running, weight training in big box gyms... nothing really stuck.  What started out as an interest in kettlebells quickly turned into a passion over the last few years with the desire to educate people, women in general, in proper movement and technique through body weight and strength drills.
I continue to challenge myself to learn and improve, not only my knowledge base, but also to become a better athlete with the help of my own coach.
I enjoy cooking, traveling to new places each year, meeting people and learning from them.  My education and experience includes:


StrongFirst Girya Certification - Paval Tsatsouline
Russican Kettlebell Certification - Brett Jones
Hand to Hand (H2H) Workshop - Jeff Martone
Kettlebell Sport (GS) Workshop - Jeff Martone

Individual Coaching with:
Aaron Vyvial & Jessica Gorman (Texas Kettlebell Academy) 
Sergey Rudnev (IKSFA)
Sergei Marasonov (Tork Lifestyle)
Brittany van Schravendijk (KOR Strength) 
Chris Doenlen (Orange Kettlebell Club) 
Sergey Rachinskiy (KetaAcademy, Honoured Coach)                                                     Ivan Denisov (World Champion, Master of Sport)                                                         Ksenia Deydukhina (World Champion, Master of Sport)