Cheryl Paustian

Manager/Head Coach

About me: I was born in East Lansing MI, however, I lived in Benicia, California from 4 years old to 18 years old. I moved back to Michigan in order to fulfill my dream of becoming a Spartan! I received my B.S. in Kinesiology with a minor in Coaching and Health Promotion. While in California, I played volleyball for 12 years and during my time at MSU I began coaching. I have always loved helping athletes become better players, teammates, and friends.

How I started Crossfit: I began my CrossFit journey at a CrossFit affiliate in the Lansing area. I was looking for motivation at the gym because I felt myself no longer performing the best to my ability. With CrossFit, I knew I would be performing a great workout, with the motivation I needed, every time I walked in the gym. While looking to continue my Crossfit journey, I found CFT. With my background in Kinesiology and personal training, I emailed CFT inquiring of a possible personal training or coaching position and the rest is history!

My favorite part of being a coach is… seeing individuals hit a specific goal! Whether its weight loss or hitting a PR, it is such an amazing feeling to see individuals become stronger and healthier!

Favorite WOD: Any AMRAP! I love being pushed for a specified time!

Favorite Movement: Back Squat

Go-to Healthy snack: Bananas and almond butter!

Cheat day favorite: Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream.

If I am not at CFT you can find me: Doing yard work and hanging out with my dogs.

Coaching Credentials

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

  • CPR/AED Certified


  • Personal Trainer - Sharper Fitness, Prairie Stone Sports and Wellness Center


  • B.S. Exercise Physiology