About US

At Beyond Parallel, our passion is fitness. Our goal as a gym is to help create a more fit community through group exercise classes. Our coaches are top notch at running safe and effective classes. Constantly varied, functional movements at high intensity is the heart and soul of our program. We pride ourselves in making a stronger, faster, and more confident community of fitness enthusiasts. We are Beyond Parallel.

Trainers Meet our trainers

Ethan Helbig

Ethan Helbig

    After a 13 year long hockey career, Ethan found a love for fitness. Finding CrossFit was for sure a life changing experience. Starting his journey as a regular guy walking through the Beyond Parallel doors, he tried CrossFit in January of 2014. After his first class, he knew he wanted to be a competitor and immediately started on his journey to be the fittest on earth. After three long years of training, Ethan punched his first ticket to The CrossFit Games Regionals in 2017. Ethan is not sure where competing will take him, but he knows where he wants to be. As owner and head coach of Beyond Parallel, he never works a day in his life because he is doing what he loves to do. Ethan is CrossFit L1 and USAW certified and withholds tons of knowledge gathered from some of the best coaching eyes across the country. His lifelong dream is to help people be the best version of themselves through fitness. Ethan believes in the methodology he preaches and also believes it is adding years of quality life to people every day.

Lauren Foster

Lauren never considered herself an athlete. She played a variety of sports in junior and senior high, but nothing ever stuck. Then, at 4 months pregnant with her second child, she stepped foot into her first CrossFit gym. Ten years later, you could say something stuck. After 8 years of training, Lauren became inspired to help others find the sense of community, the excitement of training, and the joy of reaching fitness goals she found within CrossFit. She received her CF-L1 in February of 2019 and has been coaching at Beyond Parallel since July 2019. Her desire is for every member to feel welcome, comfortable, and excited to train!

Melissa Zegeer

Melissa (Mel) is a former division 1 track and field athlete who has been a coach at BP since 2019. Mel has a background in coaching and competing in track and field (javelin, shot-put, discus, and hammer throw), basketball, volleyball, and softball and has been coaching youth athletes throughout her collegiate and post-grad career. CrossFit and weightlifting became a natural transition from competitive athletics for Mel as they fit directly into her love of health and fitness. After her collegiate career, Mel’s love of strength and conditioning led her to a USAW-L1 certification and she began coaching many of the youth athletes at the gym. Currently, she coaches our youth class, sports performance, CrossFit, and conditioning classes. Mel's goal as a coach is to encourage all athletes to be their best and crush any goal they set for themselves.
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Amanda Pasterik

Amanda is a Certified USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach and USA Weightlifting Local (LWC) Referee. Amanda’s experience as an athlete with the distinguished coaching at Beyond Parallel for the past three years has inspired and helped develop her love for Crossfit and Olympic Weightlifting which turned into an incredible passion. This passion cultivated a motivation of wanting to help others achieve their goals while finding a happy balance in their fitness and health. She has been an athlete at BPSF for 5 years & a coach for a little over a year.
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Laura Woodward

Laura was introduced to CrossFit in 2012 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Previously a competitive gymnast, she instantly fell in love with CrossFit and soon thereafter acquired her CF L1 certification later that same year in November 2012. Her love for CrossFit introduced her to Olympic Weightlifting which she also fell in love with and became a L1 and L2 certified coach with USA weightlifting in 2014. She has competed as both a masters and senior in local, state, national and international level competitions. When she is not at the gym you might find her coaching gymnastics or at the studio teaching yoga. She has completed her 100 hours certification in power yoga and soon will complete her 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher training this June 2021. She also holds a yin yoga teaching certification as well. Besides her love for CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting and Yoga, Laura loves to go on adventures all over the world. One of her most favorite adventures and noted accomplishments was when she climbed 2, 6000+ meter peaks in the Himalayas in Nepal in October 2017. She can’t wait to return and go on additional adventures, using CrossFit, weightlifting and yoga to train her for these adventures.
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Michael Baumgartel

Mike is a teacher in the Mars Area School District. Growing up in Mars, he played a variety of team sports, culminating as a 4-year starter on the Cornell University Football Team. After college, he began running marathons and set a goal to qualify and run in the Boston Marathon. When he accomplished that goal, he began looking for a new way to push himself physically and mentally. CrossFit was the perfect fit (excuse the pun). Along with holding a CF L-1, his coaching background includes basketball, football, and baseball at both the junior high and varsity levels in the Mars Area School District. He is Grateful for the opportunity to help the BP community reach their functional fitness goals.


  • We strongly believe in the goals of increasing lean muscle mass and strength. Our programming is built around that philosophy. Research shows that fat loss, metabolism and overall health is increased more rapidly by focusing on strength training in conjunction with cardiovascular exercises as opposed to cardiovascular workouts alone. Many of our members started strength training hesitantly, because of the myths that strength training is only for athletes, or will affect your body in a negative way. These same people have seen incredible changes in their body, reaching both performance and physique goals in a way they never thought possible.

  • We offer three different types of programs. All three offer both strength and conditioning aspects according to different scales. We meet with all new members to discuss individual goals, and decide on which program best meets their needs.

  • A typical class begins with a group warm up, followed by strength or skill work, then a cardio component. Our coaches lead the entire class, ensuring that all members are performing lifts and movements properly. At Beyond Parallel we pride ourselves on our knowledge and ability to coach proper technique.

  • Without a doubt, our focus on one-on-one attention. One of our members recently described our gym as “a membership to personal training.” We cap our class sizes so that we feel confident that every member is safe and cared for in every class. We know each member well, including their current fitness level, any limitations they may have, skills they are working towards, and goals that they have.