Donna Benjamin, Owner
I began CrossFit in 2010, and since opening CrossFit Homeward in 2016, I have fallen in love with training all over again. Our mission is to provide wellness to a broad spectrum of adults and youth. Our Coaches are incredible people inside and outside the gym. Graduated University of Virginia 1989, BA and University of Chapel Hill, 2001, Master of Social Work. I’m a lifetime student of health and wellness.
Faith Stewart, Manager
I am originally from Philadelphia, where I played soccer and lacrosse in high school and ran half-marathons for fun. I have a background in equestrian showjumping, which I pursued for more than a decade with Olympian, Lisa Jacquin, before transitioning into fitness for time. I have been a Crossfit athlete for five years and a Crossfit coach for three.
I attended undergraduate school at Guilford College where I majored in Peace Studies and minored in Quaker Studies and dance. I continued to study dance after school and have modest experience in different styles including; ballet, ballroom, aerial and blues. In the fitness field, I have competed in running and bodybuilding and have experience with powerlifting, CrossFit, and weightlifting.
I am originally from Durham, North Carolina and have returned to the area after attending Appalachian State. I started CrossFit after watching the Games and felt that varied fitness training could act as a supplement to my lacrosse and football training. I enjoy CrossFit because unlike other training methodologies, the sport requires a wide variety of skills and strengths in order to complete the range of workouts presented in regular CrossFit workouts.
Bio: I am the proud mom of my amazing 9-year-old son, Kai. I received my BS in Physical Education with an emphasis in Outdoor & Experiential Education from Winthrop University in 1999. I’m well versed in a variety of coaching methodologies and have led outdoor experiences like ropes courses, kayaking, and climbing in addition to my time coaching Crossfit.
I started training when I was 14, long before I’d heard of Crossfit. In pursuit of a career in college baseball, I trained in both powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting, as well as more traditional speed and agility training. I continued these training protocols throughout my time playing baseball in college. I started Crossfit in 2010, and since then I have qualified for and competed at four Crossfit Regionals (3x Individual: 2012, 2013, 2014, 1x Team: 2017), Wodapalooza (Elite Division: 2015), and the Granite Games in 2015 on a team.
I am a native of New Mexico where I grew up on a dairy farm and played outside as much as humanly possible. I swam and played volleyball and softball throughout my younger years. I settled on swimming when my family moved to Chapel Hill in 1997. I swam competitively year round and for Chapel Hill High (GO TIGERS!). I attended UNCW where I took a hiatus from exercise and became an elementary school teacher.
I am from New York City where I grew up training in gymnastics and ice skating. After a bad back injury, I turned to weight lifting for rehab and quickly fell in love with lifting weights and feeling stronger. I was introduced to CrossFit in 2011 through boot camp-style community classes and joined a box soon after.
The most important thing about physical fitness is carry over into your day to day life. No matter what your fitness goal is, as long as your “Quality of Life” improves, then you’re taking a step in the right direction. I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Fascial Stretch Therapist, with a specialization towards corrective exercise.
With a distance running and beer league hockey background, I started Crossfit in 2014. I am a Firefighter and EMT in Chapel Hill, and I started coaching in hopes of sharing the knowledge and skills I learned as an athlete with other members of the CFH community.
I am from Huntersville, NC where I grew up playing competitive soccer and swimming. When I was a junior in high school, I went to my first CrossFit class and immediately fell in love with it. I moved to Chapel Hill in 2015 to start my undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. I got my CrossFit Level One in the summer of 2016 and have been coaching ever since.
I am from Hickory, North Carolina where I grew up playing soccer and softball but ended up cheerleading in middle school and high school. My senior year in high school I started going to the gym with one of my friends and immediately fell in love with fitness. I’ve been doing CrossFit specifically for a little over a year. I am currently a senior at UNC Chapel Hill, GO HEELS!
I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist for 18 years, a CrossFit athlete for five, and a CrossFit coach for three. I started CrossFit in 2012 in a gym that first started as a shed in the woods. Recently, I’ve traded out the shed spiders as gym partners for my son, Achilles, and my newborn, Thea.
I have been studying the effortless magic of Aikido Kokikai’s principles applied to human movement since 1983. My current focus is complementing whole body functional strength and fitness training with mind/body coordination and awareness. The combination produces astonishing results! I am a husband and a father actively involved with my boy’s Scouting and school activities. I enjoy ballroom dancing and training Sadie, my dog.