Introducing the The Tribe/ 3F CrossFit team
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Ed and Andi Conway + Nick and Chelsea Vera
After working together for several years and sharing the same passion for training and people, coach Nick and coach Ed decided to open their own gym. They desired to cultivate a community based on fitness, family, and faith. In 2014 Ed & Andi Conway along with Nick & Chelsea Vera, founded the Tribe. Together, they are fully invested in making this an enjoyable place of inspiring a community to learn happily, lead humbly, and love hard. They have intentionally built a staff that follows these same values and has a heart for seeing others succeed. Because of a unified front that puts others above self, our tribe feels more like a family. A family that suffers together, grows together, and succeeds together.
Co Owner/Head Coach
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:10 Since graduating from Trinity University with a degree in Accounting in 2007, Nick’s focus has been helping others achieve their goals in both sports and fitness. After playing 4 years of college baseball at Trinity University and a 3 year professional baseball career in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, Nick went back to his alma mater as the hitting/strength and conditioning coach. It was in these few years back at Trinity that he found his passion as a coach. Since then Nick has been pursuing the art of helping others define and reach their goals. He has worked with people from all walks of life: professional athletes looking to reach elite levels of athleticism, kids just getting starting on their fitness journey, grandparents trying to improve their quality of life, and amputees returning from service in the military and of course the everyday moms and dads who are looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Nick believes that anyone who walks into The Tribe Strength and Conditioning can benefit from what he and the coaching staff have to offer with regards to health and fitness.
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Co Owner/Head Coach
In 2008, after a long break from Football, Ed reclaimed his passion for fitness, sport and nutrition. After gaining an unhealthy amount of weight, it was time for a change. Through the efforts of his personal trainer, encouragement and support from his loving wife, and plain determination and hard work, the results spoke for themselves. Ed experienced higher self esteem, a healthier and more fit physique, and a better quality of life. It wasn’t long before Ed was competing in local and regional level competitions testing his strength and conditioning. Though the physical and emotional transformation was nice, he realized that his true passion for fitness wasn’t for his own personal accolades and goals, but helping others reach theirs. After coaching for over 4 years, Ed has come full circle to open and co-own The Tribe Strength & Conditioning. Whether an aspiring athlete, weightlifter, or someone who simply wants to better their quality of life, Ed is excited to share his education in fitness, Olympic weightlifting and nutrition in an effort to make a positive impact on your life
Chelsea and Nick Vera along with The Conway’s opened The Tribe in 2015. She coaches our 8:30 am class, does personal training and leads up our events and gets to highlight our awesome members through our social media! She is a new mama and is loving the journey of navigating motherhood and running a business, Previously she has been a High School Bible Teacher and Varsity Girls Basketball Coach. She is grateful for her years of coaching on the court, but has loved being full time at The Tribe since 2020. Chelsea played basketball through college at the NAIA division where she received All American honors multiple years. She completed her degree in Communications with a minor in World Missions, and an Associates in Bible. She loves working with athletes of all ages in the gym, on the court and in all areas of life. Chelsea is grateful she gets to use her passions of teaching, coaching, and serving people to show the love of Christ to everyone.
Member Care Manager/Coach
Ben has been with The Tribe since 2021, but his journey with CrossFit began way before that. Coach Ben was led to CrossFit in High School by his youth pastor and never looked back. After High School Ben went into the military where he utilized his CrossFit training before he moved to Hawaii 3 1/2 years later. In Hawaii Ben helped develop a curriculum, train and send CrossFit coaches to countries all around the world through a ministry called Youth With A Mission. In Hawaii Ben met his lovely wife Kaylee and after getting pregnant with their first baby Logan, they moved to San Antonio in 2020 where he joined the reserves and attended school. Now, Ben attends UTSA full time and is working on his Kinesiology degree. They are now a family of four with two beautiful baby girls, Logan and River. Here at The Tribe Ben coaches and is our Member Care Manager!
Pearson graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Exercise Sports and Science in 2015. During his time at Texas Tech, he discovered his passion for fitness and nutrition. After graduating college, Pearson found and fell in love with the sport and community of CrossFit. Pearson married his beautiful wife, Sam, in 2021 and they have three dogs; Porter, Holland, and Miles. These crazy pups are Instagram famous and keep Pearson and Sam going non stop. In addition to coaching at The Tribe, Coach P is a construction manager for a local company in San Antonio. Outside of work, Pearson’s main hobby is CrossFit. A couple of years ago he made a goal to make it to a national stage. In 2022 he made it to the CrossFit semifinals with his team! We were all so proud of his accomplishment! Coach P finds joy in encouraging and motivating athletes to reach their goals and dreams that they have set for themselves. He is very passionate about helping grow and develop young men. He has noticed that in his life and many others’ there is a lack of encouragement and push while growing up. He has a heart to coach young men in this way!
For Coty, fitness began at an early age. It started with Jujitsu at the age of 4, turned to football throughout middle school and high school, and made a pit stop at rugby shortly before a horrific motorcycle accident at the age of 18 that cut short his dreams of any kind of athletic career. Since the accident in 2007, Coty has spent his time in the gym trying to satisfy the need for performance and competition through the avenues of body building, powerlifting, and Olympic weightlifting. Coty found CrossFit at the end of 2017 and quickly developed a passion for the sport. To him, it was the apex of challenges in the fitness industry, with a big enough emphasis on weightlifting to satisfy his need for “iron therapy.” Overcoming the many obstacles related to the motorcycle accident and the challenges due to a lack of skill and experience made CrossFit the perfect sport for him to maintain consistent growth. Coaching was a natural byproduct of His love for the sport. Coty reasoned that the joy that he experienced in breaking through his own glass ceilings must be a small indicator of what it would feel like to play a role in seeing the very same thing happen in the lives of those in his CrossFit community. Coty is happily married to his wonderful wife Pamela and they reside together out in Leon Springs.
Shawn began CrossFit the summer before his freshman year of high school as a way to strength train for football. As he dove more and more into the world of CrossFit he quickly realized his passion for the sport and began competing in the CrossFit Open in the teenage division. His success in the Open led him to securing a spot in the Online Qualifier where he placed well but missed the cutoff to qualify for the CrossFit Games by a few spots! As Shawn grew more as an athlete he began to also discover his passion for seeing others progress in the sport as well. He began shadowing under Nick and Ed in late 2018 and became a coach for The Tribe by the end of that year. Coaching for Shawn isn’t just a job, it’s an outlet for him to serve others and watch them grow in their athletic journey! Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”