About Seaward CrossFit

At Seaward CrossFit, we’re passionate about helping our clients reach and surpass their goals. Whether you’re training for sport specific performance, the sport of CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting, or if you just want to look better naked, we will give you 100% of our energy, knowledge, and effort to help you succeed!

Our training methodology and programming is based on over 9 years of personal experience of participating in CrossFit training and also coaching for CrossFit Headquarters, as well as our staffs combined experience and education in the health and exercise sciences, gymnastics, rowing, martial arts, OPEX Fitness, USAW, and Baptiste yoga. Using this information, our goal is to help all of our clients achieve optimum fitness and health.

1127 Goodrich Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236
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#TeamSeaward Coaches

Charles "Chuck" Bennington

Charles "Chuck" Bennington

Owner - Head Coach & Gymnastics Specialist

Charles “Chuck” Bennington has been intimately involved in the CrossFit community since his CrossFit Level 1 Certification in 2009. His interaction is not with just his local area, but the international CrossFit community at large. He has been coaching multiple levels of CrossFit clients on a daily basis for the past four years and spent three years as the Director of Operations at GSX CrossFit in Fort Worth, Texas.

Beyond typical CrossFit coaching, Chuck has been working for several years working with a team of some of the best individuals in the community to plan, coordinate, and execute various competitions to test athlete fitness levels, both in the individual and team settings. The events he has been a part of bringing to life in the last several years include 2010 CrossFit South Central Regional, 2011 Reebok Global Marketing Meeting, 2011 Life AsRx Tour, 2012 Life AsRx Signature Series, 2013 Xtreme Top Box Throwdown, and currently the Monster Series.

Currently Chuck travels the globe to improve people’s movement, and by extension their lives, as a lead coach for the CrossFit Gymnastic Certifications. In addition, he and his wife provide remote strength and conditioning programming as well as nutritional guidance for individuals across the country.

Experience:
CrossFit Gymnastics Lead Coach
CrossFit Level 1 Certification
CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification
CrossFit Gymnastics Certification
CrossFit Endurance Certification
CrossFit Kids Certification
Attitude Nation Level 1 Certification
Author for Breaking Muscle

Vanessa Bennington

Vanessa Bennington

Owner - Head Coach & Nutrition Coach

Vanessa Bennington found her way in the health and fitness worlds through a unique combination of education, personal experience, and self-experimentation. During high school, she dropped from a weight of around 140lbs on her 5’4″frame, to barely 90lbs. As you may have correctly guessed, there was no small amount of anorexia and bulimia involved. Battling an endless fight with eating disorders, Vanessa eventually stumbled from fat-free diets and endless cardio to a more traditional "bodybuilding" diet and training plan. Things started to improve.

She fell in love with working out and exercising, but was weak, fatigued, depressed, anxious, and still unhappy with her body composition, despite trying everything she thought was correct. This pushed her to seek more knowledge and her first piece of traditional education was a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. As much as she enjoyed the idea of spending her days in the gym and training people as a career, she was concerned her small town in Louisiana would never provide enough clientele to support full time training. Back to school she went and back the eating disorders came. Still struggling with feeling physically awful and hating her body, Vanessa completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and continued through to earn a Masters in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

While finishing graduate school Vanessa found CrossFit and the Paleo Diet, she also began working in physician’s office that specializes in balancing hormones. Things began to click. A lifetime of improper nutrition and eating disorders had created hormonal and metabolic chaos. It wasn’t that she had spent almost two decades doing things wrong or not trying hard enough, it was that she had never tacked the entirety of the issues. Adjustments to her exercise, nutrition, medication, and supplementation brought balance to her hormones and lifted the crippling depression and anxiety. She had the quality of life she always dreamed of, physical strength she never knew she was capable of, and the body she had worked a lifetime for started to show the results of her efforts.

Experience:
Licensed Family Nurse Practioner by the Texas Board of Nursing Board
Licensed Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) by the Florida Board of Nursing
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Centre
CrossFit Level 1 Certification
CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification
CrossFit Gymnastics Certification
CrossFit Kids Certification
Attitude Nation Level 1 Certification
Author for Breaking Muscle

Kathie O’Neil Kurtz

Kathie O’Neil Kurtz

CrossFit Coach

Kathie was first exposed to fitness at a young age. She was a competitive gymnast for over 10 years, which led to years of cheerleading and springboard diving during her childhood. As an adult, she spent years working out with trainers - trying any and all types of fitness - always searching for something to bring back the intensity and bodyweight movements from her earlier gymnastics years. It was an instructor at the YMCA who mentioned the word “CrossFit” and “I think you would be good at it” in 2012 that changed everything.

Soon after, Kathie jumped into CrossFit 100% and within six months completed an internal instructor training course before becoming officially certified in 2013. CrossFit has made a huge impact in Kathie’s life both physically and mentally. Kathie is passionate to become the best version of herself by continually learning from her coaches, and now she is passionate about sharing knowledge to help others become better athletes. Kathie is currently training for CrossFit and weightlifting competitions, raising a spunky 7 year old as well as being a personal trainer.

Now, if she could just give up the wine and beer. #gainz

Experience:
CrossFit Level 1 Certification
CrossFit Gymnastics Certification
10+ years of competitive gymnastics