Friendship’s Team

Friendship’s staff provides the perfect balance of expertise in: Coaching, Leadership, Goal Setting, Nutrition, Physical Therapy, Massage Therapy and of course, exercise science!

Coaches are what makes the difference in a fitness facility. How willing are the coaches to go out of their way to help, to give you their free time, to text you to hold you accountable or be there when you need it? This defining characteristic has been what sets Friendship apart from the beginning. Jeff (owner) sets the bar extremely high, and demands the same from his staff. You will not be disappointed in the care, effort and energy we provide.

Ownership Team

Jeff Binek

Owner

With over 10 years of CrossFit experience, 12 years of leadership and coaching experience, 5 Regional appearances and sending countless athletes to the CF Games and Regionals, Jeff Binek is one of the most knowledgeable and motivating members of the Fitness Community in Columbus.

Prior to owning Friendship, Jeff was a Sentinel (Badge #563) at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. As commander of 2nd Relief, he challenged many young men and women during their training at the Tomb, this is where found his passion for fitness and leadership. He separated from the military in 2009, and has since finished his Bachelor’s Degree at Ohio State, and is currently pursuing his Law Degree at Capital University.

Jeff is married to Maria and considers himself beyond blessed for what CrossFit has given his life. Not only a wife, and family, but also many of his closest relationships have been forged, tried and tested through fitness. He is father to Blitz and Charlotte, and the rest of the Friendship family!

Grant Christman

Co-Owner, CFO

G is the Co-Owner and Co-founder of Friendship. It all started in his garage, that he sacrificed for the greater good. He is “the numbers guy” or the “guy behind the curtain” – Which is literal at our annual Masters Challenge.

Grant is quite the established golfer along with his wife, Kristen. You can find him out on Muirfield in the summer or out playing with their dog, Newman.

Coaching Team

Maria Binek

Coach for Life, Program Director: Kids/Teens

Maria is the most fun loving person on the planet. It only takes two minutes into your first interaction with Maria to fall in love with her personality. She has a unique way of making anyone enjoy their fitness experience. If you’re unsure about training, ask for Maria and you’ll be in for a good time.

Of course, there is no one better then to run our Kids and Teens program. This is Maria’s passion; helping to motivate our youth through fun exercise and nutrition. She especially loves helping kids who work really hard, but are still ‘finding themselves.’

Maria met Jeff through CrossFit while working for Lululemon. They’ve been together since 2012, and recently married. She is mother to the gym mascot “Blitz” who is her daughter, soul mate and spirit animal. Jeff and Maria also adopted a cat (Charlotte) and hope to have more animals in the future.

Andy Arra

Coach for Life, Nutrition Team

Andy is a registered dietitian by trade, motivational powerhouse by passion and coach at heart. He leads through positivity and you would be hard pressed to find anyone who does it better and more consistently.

Andy is passionate about helping Friendship create new programs and get them off the ground, as well as motivating people who are going out on a limb to try CF for the first time. He changed careers to help people attack their goals every day.

Andy is married to Kristen aka “Baby Bear” and they have an Airedale Terrier named Wallace.

Ellie Anderson

Coach for Life, Nutrition Coach

Ellie is our main introductory coach. She has helped champion the Tribe mentality that Friendship is famous for, and continues to help keep Friendship to the cutting edge of the fitness industry.

Ellie, also a Precision Nutrition coach, founded the Nutrition Club at Friendship. She has helped dozens of people find accountability and comfort in their battle with food! She enjoys working with people in all different stages of their journey, and has an approach ready to help anyone.

Prior to coaching CrossFit, Ellie was a Personal Trainer (NASM certified). She is the proud Aunt to two boys; Jack and Luke.

Liz Van Winkle

Coach for Life, Barbell Club, Kids/Teens Coach

Liz is the head of our Mom’s club, and acts as the Team Mom here at Friendship. A mother of two, Liz has utilized CrossFit, fitness and her passion for weightlifting to help motivate the athletes of Friendship. She has developed systems to help mothers-to-be and women just coming back into fitness from having a baby.

Our Barbell Club is famous for being a “No BS” environment and Liz is a big reason why!

Liz is married to Jim, and has two daughters, Tess and Addie. Liz also coaches Girl’s High School Volleyball at Hilliard Bradley.

Omar El Zoghby

Coach / Motivator

Omar is the lifeblood of Friendship. He brings an energy to our classes, social gatherings and environment that cannot be explained until you see it. He is always smiling, always laughing, and always cheering others on. He labels the community as his “American Family”, he speaks four languages and is one of the most kind, gentle and hard working people you will ever meet.

Jenny Borda

Doctor Physical Therapy, Coach, Program Director of Gymnastics Club

Dr. Jenny Borda was a competitive level-10 gymnast who walked onto Ohio State. After injuries ended her gymnastics career, she began coaching competitive gymnasts. While coaching she found a love for helping people through health and wellness, which lead to attending physical therapy school at Ohio State.

Upon graduating she became a physical therapist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and works with many young gymnasts and other athletes. Jenny found CrossFit and it re-ignited her passion for competition. She is a former Fittest Woman in Ohio (2016), and multiple national and state record holder in the sport of Weightlifting. She brings a unique blend of Gymnastics experience, Physical Therapy knowledge and coaching prowess to our classes, as well as to her own creation, Gymnastics Club. Looking to get your first Muscle-Up? This is your girl.

Jenny is wife to Keith, mother to Pit Bulls, Wade and Zoey, and stray cat extraordinaire: Calvin.

Brian O'Masta

Coach / Speed & Agility

Brian is the second of the twin towers. He brings a strong background in the Strength and Conditioning field to Friendship, and rounds out the coaching team!

He enjoys spending time with his girlfriend Vanessa, their handsome Golden Retriever Zeke, dancing while taking classes with Maria, dominating in Barbell Club or developing himself as a coach.

Support Team

Sarah Whaley

LMT

Sarah is the Columbus CrossFit community’s choice for massage and body maintenance. She has over a dozen years of experience helping people stay healthy and utilizes many techniques, famously though; cupping.

She is mother to Parker and Matthew and wife to Brent. She enjoys traveling and hiking…but really anything involving puppies or Parker the most.

Blitz

Greeting Crew

Hopefully you like puppy cuddles, kisses and general friendship from “man’s best friend.” Here at Friendship we’re very pet friendly, and Blitz is the main gym pup. She loves treats and is a true fat kid at heart, FCF’ers do their best to play with her and not indulge her in between her naps.

Legacy Team

Squeebs

Co-Founder, T-Shirt Guru & Tech

The reason that Friendship asks for your favorite movie. Tom is a huge reason why there is an unhealthy obsession with beards, movies, ‘stupid’ movies, quotes, being “proud of you” and general positivity around Friendship. He also created the websites, designs the shirts and keeps us all looking fresh.

Tom is engaged to Sarah “True Grit” Chaney, and as a couple they have brought more than most could imagine to our community. They are parents to dog, Zuni and cats, Watson & Little Man. Tom’s sister, brother-in-law and mother all attend FCF and he frequently pops in to visit them when in town. Much like Jay, Tom is currently pursuing his dreams in Indianapolis, IN in filmmaking/writing.

Jay Malone

Co-Founder

Friendship would have never gotten off the ground had it not been for the efforts and leap of faith of Jay. He was integral in growing our community, establishing relationships and helping us grow our systems.

One of the things we preach here at Friendship is to follow your dreams, and Jay did that in the Summer of 2016. He moved to Phoenix, AZ to open Mint Strength which acts as our “Friendship to the West.”

He is husband to wife, Kristen, and father to Pit Mix and Blitz’s best friend: Nala. He loves hiking, warm weather, the Cleveland Browns, Seinfeld, Joe Dirt, Blue Streak, Snatching and all things fitness.

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