Meet Our Coaches
CrossFit is not easy and it’s not simple. To be fit and physically competent to handle all of the challenges in life is no small endeavor. As you work to become a fitter and healthier person, you will need to learn about: • Movement – How to move safely and effectively. • Fitness – What it means to be fit. Its definition, the supporting theories, and how to go about attaining it in real life. • Nutrition – Eat meat & vegetables, nuts & seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise, but not body fat. Education is a big part of CrossFit. When you start, you are not expected to have the knowledge you need. CrossFit is an education about movement, fitness, nutrition and community. All of these things require responsibility, common sense, and work to educate oneself using all the tools available in the community.
Matt Newmann was born and raised in southeastern Indiana, in the town of Aurora. He grew up on a hay farm and spent his summers in the hay fields bailing hay. Matt was also very active during his childhood and teenage years playing baseball, basketball, and tending to his parents farm chores. Most of the time Matt was riding bikes, running, and playing outside with neighborhood friends. Matt attended South Dearborn High School. During his high school years, he participated in basketball, football, and competed in track and field. Upon completing high school, Matt attended the Northern Kentucky University where he received his Bachelors in Physical Education/Recreation Fitness (Exercise Science). During college, he was a member of the NKU Rugby Club and designed the personal training program at the NKU Recreation Center. After his undergraduate years, he began his working career at multiple venues; including the Dearborn County YMCA (Greater Cincinnati affiliated YMCA), Mercy Healthplex (Mercy Hospitals), Lifetime Fitness, and even his own personal training studio. While living in Fishers, working at the Fishers YMCA, and appreciating every moment with his wife and children; Matt completed his Masters in Kinesiology at IUPUI. Matt began his CrossFit journey in January of 2011. Beginning this journey helped Matt transform his strength and conditioning abilities to level that is extravagant and addictive. Matt has been a CrossFit Coach since May of 2013. CrossFit HQ accepted Matt’s affiliate in October of 2013. He currently resides in Fishers with his wife; Lindsay, and his three children; Anderlynn, Christian, and John.
Matts goal has always been to be affiliated with a facility and fitness company that is uncanny to any other company in the health and fitness industry. Being the owner of CrossFit Dog Fight is that facility and fitness company Matt has always sought after. Coming from an athletic background from childhood to college, and being educated in kinesiology and exercise science gives Matt the edge in CrossFit Coaching and increasing human work capacity across modal domains.
Owner & Crossfit Level 2 Coach
Carla Hopler was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois. In the summer, her family spent time at her grandparents’ lake house in Wisconsin. That is where her passion for barefoot water skiing began and continues today. She has competed in the 2006 World Barefoot Championships and held a World Ranking in 2012. In high school, she was a member of the varsity swim team for all 4 years. While attending Ringling School of Art & Design, she met & married he husband Jeff. He was the one who introduced her to weight lifting and it has been a mainstay in their lifestyle for the past 25 years. Although formally trained as a Graphic Designer, fitness has always been a passion and a hobby that led her to become a wellness coach at the Fishers YMCA, a certified Mad Dogg Spinning Instructor and an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. It was when she began training with Matt Newmann, that he shared the CrossFit “Kool-aid” and the fire to become a CrossFit Coach was ignited. In September of 2013, Carla became a certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and is ecstatic to have an opportunity to work for her mentor Matt. Carla lives in Fishers with her husband Jeff (25 years & going strong!) & their teenage son, Tristin.
Carla’s Goal for CrossFit DogFight is to inspire others to follow their passion no matter what their age or fitness level. She was in her mid 40’s when she was introduced to CrossFit. It completely changed her physique and drives her to challenge herself with every WOD. She hopes that serves as an inspiration to others. Just as Matt is an inspiration to her, she hopes to pay it forward.
Crossfit Level 2 & Mobility Coach
Holly was born and raised in Indianapolis, In. Always a bit of a tomboy, her father took her under his wing ( an athlete and division AAA baseball player himself) and introduced her to sports and being active. After many errors on the baseball/softball field, she figured out that Soccer was her sport of choice, playing throughout her whole life and into college. She graduated from Indiana University – Bloomington with a degree in Sports Management in 1998. There she worked heavily in the intramural division as well as the Student Recreation Sports Center Fitness center and HPER fitness center. Soon after graduation, Holly worked at several fitness center, including, Arthur Jordan YMCA, Ballys total fitness and Lifetime Fitness. However, just like most 20 somethings, she was bored and realized that her dream job of being a sports reporter may not happen. So, she followed her other passion – all things animals and became a Veterinary Technician in Broad Ripple and was there for ten years- up until the birth of her second child. Soon after that, she realized that her life had come full circle, and she needed to get back to where it all began – sports and fitness. She signed up for a KettleBell class at the Fishers YMCA – with her trainer – Matt Newmann – and never looked back. She then became a level cf1 coach in January 2014 and couldn’t be happier. She currently lives in Fishers, with her husband, Ryan and her two kids- Will(7) and Caroline(2) and their two labs, Aggie and Blue.
To encourage,motivate and inspire all athletes and children. Pushing them to achieve their goals and realizing it is never too late. I love seeing nsv( non scale victories!!) Also, following the lead of NFL Play 60, incorporate Crossfit Kids classes at our box. Just keep moving and playing!
CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Kids & Mobility Coach
Taylor is a native of Indianapolis’ east side. Growing up he was active in baseball and football. While I’m high school Taylor played soccer and basketball, and when he wasn’t on the field or court, Taylor enjoyed training in the gym. He is a powerlifter turned body builder turned CrossFitter. Taylor is a graduate of IUPUI and is currently finishing his Masters degree. He is a Level 1 coach who enjoys helping people reach their health and fitness goals. Taylor and his wife, Marissa, have been married since 2009 and have two children, Isaac and Amelia. Taylor is passionate about Jesus and enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, watching and playing sports, studying theology and church history, and exploring new restaurants.
Taylor’s Goal for CrossFit DogFight is to help every person reach their desired fitness level, goals, and friendship goals.
Crossfit Level 1 Coach