At CrossFit Shady Grove, we don’t use fancy machines. Instead, we use kettlebells, barbells, medicine balls, sleds, along with running, jumping, climbing, and lifting to get you into the best shape of your life. Our fitness programming aims to improve your capacity in ten recognized fitness domains: cardio-respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. The result is comprehensive physical fitness and restored vitality. The trainers at CrossFit Shady Grove are more than just part-time coaches. We are a team of fitness professionals who have the skills and knowledge to help you reach your fitness goals, whatever they may be.

Justin McCary

Co-Owner & Head Coach

Justin has been training and working in the fitness industry since 2006. His fitness journey however, began in 1999. Back then you were more likely to find him in the band room at school than the weight room. Weight training was more of a hobby he enjoyed with friends back then.

Justin initially worked as a Physical Therapy Technician, learning the importance of quality movement and the impact exercise and weight training had on us as we age. He then moved on to become a Personal Trainer where he worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from 13 to 85 years of age.

Justin specializes in strength & barbell training, while adhering to the importance of movement quality to improve performance.


  • CrossFit Level-1
  • FMS-1
  • CrossFit Movement & Mobility

Lauren McCary

Co-Owner & General Manager

Lauren first tried CrossFit in 2014 at the urging of her friends. “I fell immediately in love with everything about it,” she says. Since then she has enjoyed the many benefits of strength training, and working with a barbell. She loves weightlifting, and helping others reap the benefits of barbell training!

Lauren wants to share her love of fitness with as many people as possible. “Helping people live a healthier, more fulfilled life is the best job there is,” she says. Lauren first joined the CrossFit Shady Grove team as Assistant Manager in 2015, then went on to become a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer in 2017.


  • CrossFit Level-1

Skyra Blanchard

CrossFit & Nutrition Coach

Skyra started crossfit in 2011 after one of her high school English students wrote an essay about it that piqued her interest. Before finding crossfit, she played sports in high school and college, including basketball and track and field. After college she dabbled in group fitness, but quickly got bored. Finding crossfit provided her an outlet to explore movement in a  completely different way. She loves lifting heavy and often. So, after moving to MD from PA and attending Crossfit Shady Grove for two years, she knew it was time to make the move to coach. Like her experiences with acquiring new skills in crossfit, “greatness begins beyond your comfort zone” (Robin Sharma).

Skyra currently teaches high school English, but spends much of her free time pursuing fitness related endeavors and raising her hound dog, Lex.


  • CrossFit Level-1 Trainer
  • Precision Nutrition Level-1

Lizzie Hope

CrossFit Coach

Having been a competitive athlete throughout high school, Lizzie went into her undergraduate degree knowing she wanted to work with athletes and clients that want to get stronger and healthier. Lizzie graduated from West Virginia University and Denver University with her Bachelors and Masters in Sports Coaching Education.

In 2013 Lizzie began training and coaching various athletes and general population clients. Having worked with basketball players, soccer players, football players, and swimmers, Lizzie became aware of the importance of strength training to help prevent injury.

After graduating, Lizzie continued to work in the training world and soon branched off to coach The Boys Varsity basketball team at Takoma Academy, where she predominantly worked with them in the weight room and spent the remainder of her time coaching games and practices. Shortly after beginning at Takoma Academy she Accepted an Internship at George Washington University where she could gain further knowledge and experience working with all levels of athletes.


  • CrossFit Level-1 Trainer
  • USAW L2
  • ACE Orthopedic Exercise Specialist