Coaches Laura Honzu & Drew Dekemper bring multi-sport athletic experience, as well as a passion & fire for maintaining their own fitness, leading others by example, and helping other athletes realize their potential.
Laura holds a BS in Athletic training with minors in Health and Exercise Science from Mount Union, as well as multiple certifications from the National Council of Strength and Fitness, USAW Weightlifting, CrossFit, & SafeSport. She is the founder of Ubuntu Athletics, & the “WODmaster”, programming the training for each of the classes.
Drew is the assistant coach and chief motivator for Laura and all the gym athletes! Aside from working full time as a Union Electrician, he is a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, and spends his evenings at The Ub coaching athletes and training his own strength and skills.
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Together they have over 18 years of competitive athletic experience including club and collegiate level sports, 10 fitness certifications, and 7 years of competitive training experience, including 2 local competition wins and 4 top 10 finishes.
They are highly invested in the lives of their athletes, inside and outside of the gym, working hard to maintain open, authentic relationships with each person who calls The Ub home. You’ll often see coaches Laura and Drew at local sporting events for their athletes, including Medina hockey and Rugby, Brunswick football, lacrosse, and volleyball, as well as various club volleyball, baseball, and pre-post hockey games. They love cheering their athletes on to victory, and watching all their hard work in the gym put into action! When they aren’t coaching classes or doing “gym stuff”, they enjoy picking up heavy weights and putting them down, meal prepping for the week, attending Mosaic, and spending time with family.