Maximilian “Caveman” Mormont
Me at worlds
Max played soccer, hockey, and football in high school and went on to play soccer at the collegiate level for Central Washington University. He started lifting weights at age fifteen. In college, his soccer coach introduced him to “body hardening,” which consisted of gymnastics and complexes mixed into high intensity circuits.

After rehabilitating a knee injury Max went through a brief period of bodybuilding, learning how to cut weight, add mass and look the part. After a few competitions he realized that this training method provided the aesthetics, but not the functions of athleticism so he began researching new training methods. From this experience he found his true passion for strength and conditioning.

Max trained out of Cal State Fullerton from 2002 to 2004, and worked as a volunteer and an assistant strength coach at University California of Irvine from 2005 to 2008 under Mike Nagler and Skipp Benzing. He began incorporating kettlebells into his program in 2001 when he became Russian Kettlebell Certified. From here Max discovered Olympic weightlifting and received his USAW certification in 2002 under Mike Burgener. A great friend and his first oly lifting coach, Skipp Benzing, took Max on and helped him qualify for Nationals at his first competition. In 2003, he met Josh Everett, who introduced him to CrossFit.

Max holds a Level 3 CrossFit certification and has assisted at CrossFit Level 1, Olympic and Powerlifting certifications. He helped develop the CrossFit Football program and curriculum. He also holds NASM, Functional Movement Screening and Corrective Exercise Specialist certifications. Max is currently the athletic director for Community Roots Academy, where he is developing the physical education program for their students.

He qualified for the 2008 & 2012 Olympic Trials for weightlifting, won a silver medal at the 2014 master worlds for Olympic weightlifting and is currently training for 2015 Masters Worlds.

Max can be contacted at: and Facebook

Favorite Lift: Clean & Jerk, but close second is a One Arm Bent Over Row
Favorite Gymnastic Movement: All of the Pull-ups
Favorite Workout: “Linda” AKA 3 Bars of Death
Favorite Monostructural Movement: Cycling
Playing in the gym: Reggae

11 thoughts on “Coaches”

  1. Max thanks for teaching me at the CFFootball seminar in Ohio this past month. I appreciate your professional insite and making olymplic lifting fun once again.


  2. max, no creo que entiendas un pomo lo que escribo, pero siempre miramos tu página es una forma de estar un poco mas serca, besos a todos y espero que estes bien de tu rodilla besos de gina, david, juana, emma y mios.
    Siempre te esperamos

  3. Hello my name is Cameron Moreland and I am sending you this email in hopes that you might pass the word on to your CrossFit community about this years 21st annual Practical Applications in Sports Medicine Seminar June 3-5 in Palm Springs, CA. On Friday the 3rd the whole day is dedicated to Strength and Conditioning and training of athletes from high school to professional. There will also be Jeff Martin director of youth fitness for CrossFit, along with his wife Mikki, and Dr. Jon Gary discussing Youth Conditioning. The final 2 hours will be a hands on break out session with the speakers. It is sure to be a great event. Attached you will find a flyer of the event , the website to view the details as well as register is Thanks For the support.

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