Meet Our Staff


Name: Thomas Sampson
Title: Owner
Skills: CrossFit Level 3 trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist, Olympic weightlifting, Program design

Thomas is the owner of Machine Shed Sports, and as head coach, develops strength, conditioning and fitness programs. Throughout school, Tom participated in competitive sports. After high school, Tom attended Chippewa Valley Technical College for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling. After working in this role for some time, Tom discovered his love for fitness and opened the Machine Shed in October of 2015. He has competed in numerous Sanctioned CrossFit events and earned himself a win at the Midwest Championships 2014 in the Male RX division. Since then, Tom has found his true passion lies in coaching and helping others achieve their fitness goals. Aside from helping countless members strip hundreds of pounds and reach their fitness goals, he has also been coaching CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting for over 8 years and has coached several athletes to State records, podium finishes and national meets. Tom is a USAW Advanced Sports Performance Coach, CrossFit Level 3 Coach, Certified Sports Nutritionist, Conjugate Weightlifting, Aerobic Capacity, Supervisor Skills Certificates and has Completed the CrossFit Scaling and Movement Fault Correction courses. In his free time, Tom enjoys participating in continuing CrossFit education, being active, regularly learning and playing new sports, and still participates in CrossFit and Weightlifting competitively.

Crossfit Level 1 Coach

Name: Lynn Schneider
Title: Trainer
Skills: Crossfit, Class management

We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.

Operations Coordinator

Name: Victoria
Title: Coordinator
Skills: Documentation, Office Suite products

Victoria has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is planning on furthering her education. She was involved in basketball, volleyball, softball for several years. CrossFit is a new experience she has come to adore. She has competed in a couple of CrossFit competitions. She enjoys watching scary movies, reading academic journal articles, playing with her new puppy.

CrossFit L1 Trainer

Name: Fabian Calderon
Title: Trainer
Skills: Crossfit Level 1 Trainer

I spent my childhood in Mexico and have very fond memories of growing up there. During my school years, I was very athletic and participated in a lot of sports from volleyball to basketball and soccer to American football, which I played from ages 11 until I was 23. I Fell in love with Football and played during my college years as well. During the time I was playing football in college, I was also introduced to weightlifting and CrossFit as part of my strength and conditioning program. Since then I have been hooked! I am passionate about what CrossFit can do in people’s lives and really enjoy helping members reach their goals.

I am a CrossFit Level 1 Coach and have over 4 years of coaching experience.
University Wisconsin River Falls, Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Hospitality

CrossFit L1 Trainer

Name: Karina Wait
Title: Head Coach
Skills: CrossFit Level 1 Certification

Ever since I was little, I have always been active-whether that be through sports or just being in the outdoors. In school, I was a multiple sport athlete, but it was not until my junior year of high school that I fell in love with lifting/powerlifting/bodybuilding. Fast-forward to college, I began Olympic lifting during the summer of my freshman and sophomore year sporadically and also was introduced to rugby. A few injuries and a year later, I interned at Momentum during the summer of my junior year, summer 2018, and instantly fell in love with CrossFit and the gym. What drew me to the gym was the family feel and closeness of all the members and coaches. Unlike a conventional gym where everyone has their headphones in, there are conversations between members and positivity radiates throughout the gym. It’s such a motivating, safe space.

I have been officially doing CrossFit for around a year total. I love the sport because it constantly brings out my weaknesses and pushes me out of my comfort zone but, also complements my strengths. I’m always motivated and love the class atmosphere. Furthermore, CrossFit has rekindled my competitive side with the various competitions that occur in the area. Finally, I am thankful for CrossFit because it provided me with happiness and the ability to get a good sweat during my various recovery periods from injuries.

In the upcoming years, I will be pursuing a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. With my exercise background and undergraduate degree and knowledge, I hope to combine my understanding of CrossFit and exercise with the rehabilitation programs that I develop to assist patients with developing positive exercise habits. Based on my experiences, exercise is medicine and needs to be more prevalent in the clinical setting; it is currently the biggest hole in healthcare, in my opinion.

When I am free, I love the outdoors- camping, fishing, hiking, etc. I’m also a book worm and love being curled up on the couch with a great book.

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