Born and raised in Key West, Florida, Lee Lovette’s life revolved around the water and sports. On a small island there isn’t much to do except be active. Lee grew up playing baseball and soccer. He went to High School on a soccer scholarship which transpired into a College scholarship. His soccer career made it to the semi-pro level. He was always in the gym moving weights and being active. There wasn’t a sport that he didn’t at least try once, and if competition was involved, he was there. Naturally he adapted well to “The Sport of Fitness.”
Lee spent the last 14 years of his adult life as a police officer in Key West. During that time, he was an active SWAT officer for 10 years, and he was a Search and Recovery Diver for 12 years. Both of these duties were physically challenging assignments. Lee was also an instructor for both of these specialties. These opportunities not only kept him in great physical shape, but it also gave him the ability to hone his coaching skills, and reach students on multiple levels of communication to meet their learning needs. This again inadvertently adapted him well to “The Sport of Fitness.”
Lee has been a CrossFit Athlete for the last 9 years, a competitive CrossFit athlete for the last 8 years, as well as a CrossFit L2 Coach and strongman competitor. He’s been blessed to study under Games athletes such as Chris Spealler and Noah Olson. Lee has spent the last 3 years training and programming under the tutelage of Craig Wynn of CrossFit Mile Zero. It was only natural that his next step in his CrossFit evolution was to branch off on to his own and settle down in the heart of Winter Garden, FL. Lee say’s that he’s honored to bring all of his training and experience to CrossFit Winter Garden.
Alexis Lovette is the co-owner of CrossFit Winter Garden alongside her husband Lee Lovette. Alexis started CrossFit with her husband back in their hometown of Key West Florida in 2012! She immediately fell in love with the community of the sport, so when her husband Lee retired as a police officer and wanted to open a gym here in Winter Garden, she was completely on board. Alexis was a competitive cheerleader all her life, throughout high school, and some in college. She has also coached competitive cheerleding for several years in her hometown.
Alexis is an emergency room registered nurse and has been for eight years, one of those years being in management. She is BLS, ACLS, and PALS certified. She works here at CrossFit Winter Garden as our general manager, keeping everything in order! She will be the one who reaches out to get you started and properly welcomed into our wolfpack.
Rebecca Bass is a North Carolina native who recently moved to Winter Garden from Knoxville, Tennessee. Her passion for the sport of CrossFit and powerlifting started 5 years ago but her gymnastics foundation started at age 7. Rebecca grew up in gymnastics and went on to participate in the sport of all-star cheerleading and dance for over 13 years. From there she went on to cheer in college at East Carolina University where she grew to love team sports, training, and overall healthier living through functional fitness and nutrition.
Her goal is to help others tap into their full potential and improve their overall health through CrossFit. She believes CrossFit helps people find their strength – not just inside the gym but for all of the obstacles life may bring.
Rebecca has years of coaching experience as a tumbling coach, high school cheerleading coach, and all-star cheerleading instructor. She looks forward to combining her love of CrossFit and passion for coaching together.
Rebecca’s certifications include CrossFit Level 1 and ACE Personal Training Curriculum.
Jessica Gillen is a true Floridian. She has lived in Central Florida her entire life. She found her love for CrossFit and competitive Olympic lifting 5 years ago. Unfortunately, Injuries retired her after ten years as a competitive gymnast. Through her injuries and surgeries she has learned the importance of mental strength which drives her to overcome obstacles and setbacks, as well as a genuine interest in the mechanics of body movement.
She has received her associates degree from the University of Central Florida and is currently pursuing a degree in Respiratory Therapy at Valencia College.
She is proudly one of the founding members of the Wolf’s Den and believes in the core values of CrossFit Winter Garden and has a strong desire to help others.
Jessica has her CrossFit Level one, and is also BLS and CPR certified.
During her childhood Elana grew up in Weston, Florida. She spent her time cheering and dancing in the Orange Bowl halftime shows. She was in charge of running community service projects for her school and church featuring a Harvest Drive for my whole county. She attended the University of Florida receiving a Bachelors in Criminal Justice. Her time spent in Gainesville was committed to Student Government, where she lobbied bills to the Florida Senate, and traveled within Florida as the Chief Justice for her college.
In college, she had a friend ask her to come to her bring a friend day at her CrossFit gym. That day changed her life for the better. She’s grown a passion for this sport and plan to grow in her knowledge of CrossFit. When she graduated, she moved to Winter Garden and found CrossFit Winter Garden. From that moment on, she knew that was the gym she wanted to flourish in.
After months of training at the gym, Elana decided to pursue her L-1 and help others reach their goals like her coach, Lee, did with her.
Michelle Oquendo is a professional fitness instructor in Winter Garden, Florida. Her goal is to empower her athletes with knowledge, skills, support, guidance and resources to help and inspire them on their fitness journey. Michelle is involved multiple fitness programs at CFWG. Because of her passion for teaching the fundamentals of fitness she serves as one of our Foundations and Boot Camp instructors.
She is on the coaching staff of our award-winning Orange County Special Olympics weightlifting team, which boasts multiple first place athletes. In addition, she oversees our CrossFit kids program which focuses on providing kids with a fun, safe and challenging fitness environment.
Finally, Michelle is the strength and conditioning coach for the Lady Hawks Softball Team, who have also won multiple tournaments. Michelle is a competition athlete, who instructs her peers in strength training, conditioning and gymnastic movements.
Michelle certifications include CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Kids, CPR/BLS certifications, and completion of the NASM Curriculum.
Cale Dubay is a certified strength and conditioning professional in Orlando. This is his passion as he has been helping others with fitness for 6 years. He currently offers his services at CrossFit Winter Garden located in Winter Garden Florida. His experience includes Olympic lifting, sports performance, endurance training, flexibility, muscle toning and weight loss.
Cale has a special interest in running performance and Olympic lifting. Cale is originally from Caribou, Maine but currently resides in Orlando with his wife Melissa and new daughter Emerson. He attended the University of New Hampshire and completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. He competed at the Division 1 level in track and field, primarily focusing on the 800 and mile. His certifications include, USA Track and Field, Level 1 CrossFit, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and OPEX Level 1 Assessment and Program Design.
“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine
Xander Lovette was born and raised in Key West Florida where his love for the sport of fitness was also born, Xander is the son of Lee and Alexis Lovette the owners of CrossFit Winter Garden. Xander can be seen running workouts as “The Floor General” and making up new combinations of movements such as the “Goblaburpee Squat” and the “Triple wall ball”. Xander has been raised inside these four walls by our amazing and supportive members/wolfpack. Some say it takes a village, we say it takes a Wolfpack. Xander at 6 years old is already showing the understanding of our core values of Family, Fitness and Fun. We can’t wait to see where this journey takes him!