Aja is a Houston native and three-time Reebok CrossFit games athlete. He was introduced to CrossFit by the strength and conditioning coach of the Texas Rangers in 2010. Since then he has become a top CrossFit athlete and has trained with some of the best CrossFit athletes and alongside the top coaches in this sport. Aja graduated from Tulane University playing 3 years for the Green Wave along with a few years with the Texas Rangers minor league organization. He is passionate about working with individuals who are determined and committed to living their best lives possible. Through this bond, he believes the possibilities are unlimited for ANYTHING to be achieved.
Aryan is the eldest Barto brother and is also a born and raised Houston native. He graduated from Tulane University in 2008 with a BS in Finance and a Masters of Accounting. Following 5 years of collegiate football and a brief stint in the Arena2 Football League, Aryan was introduced to CrossFit by Aja. In 2011, Aryan missed a trip to the CrossFit Games by one point, finishing in 4th place. Finding a balance between working long hours behind a desk and crossfitting during his lunch hour, Aryan was known as the poster child for the “corporate crossfitter”. After almost 5 years of living this lifestyle, Aryan has finally dedicated himself completely to helping individuals get stronger, live healthier and simply be better. Next to coaching, Aryan takes a true passion to lifestyle coaching and nutritional counseling, two components that have the biggest effect on performance, well-being and everyday life.
Leah was born and raised in Houston, Tx. She has been an athlete her entire life, participating in everything from gymnastics and ballet to volleyball and basketball. After graduating from the University of Texas in Austin in 2010, she moved back to Houston and discovered CrossFit immediately. She has been crossfitting competitively for the past three years placing 9th at the 2011 South Central Regionals, 11th in 2012 and 6th in 2013. Leah is most passionate about helping individuals obtain their health and fitness goals as well as developing relationships along the way. Next to coaching, Leah enjoys training and applying her fitness in various random sports or outdoor settings. She is a believer in hard work and determination but has learned to always keep things fun and challenging. She pushes herself and her clients to get comfortable with the uncomfortable in all areas of life because all good things come from a little discomfort!
Lee is a Houston native that found his passion for fitness early on. Playing sports in school growing up, he was never the fastest or the biggest so he found his refuge in the weight room. This passion stayed with him through college where he graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing. In 2003 Lee started working for TKO Sports Group, climbing his way up the corporate ladder and eventually becoming the VP of Sales and Marketing. Lee’s passion for fitness was not only a way of life but became a career as well. Lee was first introduced to Crossfit by his wife Marina and was instantly hooked. In May of 2013, Lee left TKO to pursue other opportunities in fitness equipment and coaching. Lee believes in work ethic and that the grind of hard work will almost always come out on top. His passion is helping people understand and apply this mentality to their training, their career, their relationships and their life.
Brad was born in East Texas, but migrated to the Houston area with his family when he was young. From baseball to soccer to football, Brad was always involved in team sports and loved competing. Throughout high school he played football and ran track, and learned the bond that suffering together with your teammates created. Brad went to college at Texas State University, but transferred to Texas A&M after one semester. He stayed active through college, and this helped him succeed once he joined the fire academy. Now working as a paramedic/firefighter, fitness is of the utmost importance to not only his safety, but the safety of his crew. He found Crossfit in 2012 and has used it to train his body for anything that life might throw his way. He puts precedence on proper movement and technique, so that clients can continue to train and grow without pain or injury. He believes that confidence and a positive outlook can get you through the toughest times, and that training with the community at Behemoth might be the best part of anyone’s day…even if it may hurt a little!