Forge Fitness Coaches

We are a gym filled with friends and family who are supportive of your every move. We applaud you when you succeed. We encourage you when you have doubt. We motivate when you struggle. We pick you up when you fall down, dust the chalk off your back, and tell you to try again. We are a place you want to be and we are people you want to be around.

Patti Pennino

Patti Pennino

Forge Fitness ManagerCardio/CrossFit Coach I was born and raised in Vestavia Hills. I grew up playing softball from 8 years old to 18. After high school, I went to South Alabama where I met my husband, Rich. I have a degree in Business Marketing. I've always loved...

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Sonia Steely

Sonia Steely

CFL1 Sonia has completed four 100 mile trail races, over 30 ultras (races longer than marathon distance), dozens of marathons and one half Ironman race.  Trail running is obviously her passion. Sonia loves to see new people come to learn and love Crossfit, especially...

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Makena Boyd

Makena Boyd

Growing up I’ve always been involved with sports. Starting off in soccer as a toddler, I moved very quickly to other sports. I’ve been on teams for football, baseball, basketball, and wrestling. In 2011, I worked my way to a 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. In...

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Lindsay Sport

Lindsay Sport

Lindsay Sport is originally from Luverne, AL. “When I was young I never dreamt of fairy tales or what ifs. I have always been resourceful and innovative. I grew up in the gym and immersed in athletics…When you have the last name Sport, fitness just comes with the...

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Rich Pennino

Rich Pennino

rich@forgevestavia.com Before CrossFit Rich heavily focused on lifting weights at the Globo gym and naturally excelled in running. He was introduced to CrossFit in 2008 and never looked back. CrossFit has conditioned Rich into an impressive athlete  who has...

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Paula Matthews

Paula Matthews

In high school Paula was the captain of her track and cross country team and it was racing that gave birth to her love to compete. After high school she attended Auburn University to pursue a degree in Kinesiology because of her interest in sports and fitness. One of...

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Pilar Rodriquez

Pilar Rodriquez

CrossFit L1 CoachCrossFit GymnasticsL1 IKFF international kB CoachUSAW Sports Performance Coach

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Matt Sterley

Matt Sterley

CFL1 Coach Matt was born and raised in Birmingham. After playing football and baseball at Hoover High School, he attended the University of Alabama. Matt was denied life insurance at the age of 30, and turned to CrossFit as a means to regain control of his health. It...

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