About Us

The Combine's primary focus is to provide all of our members with a safe and fun atmosphere to exercise by educating them with functional methodologies for their life specific or sport-specific goals.

We will work diligently to create an overall health-conscious and fit community for all demographics. We will provide our members with group or private fitness solutions including CoEd CrossFit classes, Joules/Watt, private and sports performance training, Women's Only Boot Camps, and a Young Athlete program for 6-13 year olds.

We will provide our community continuing support, physical education, seminars and classes to encompass all areas of health and fitness. Our professionalism and elite staff will provide each member a safe atmosphere to be the fittest, healthiest and most functional person they can be. We have a friendly, well trained staff waiting to help you reach your fitness goal.

The Combine is the premier Strength and Conditioning facility and CrossFit Affiliate in Austin with a mission to provide, educate and train our community with rational, yet practical health and fitness principles to achieve their goals as efficiently as possible!

We program (remotely & in house); personal training for individuals and small groups of all ages and activity levels. Specifically with athletes of all sports and performance demands to the general public with general vitality goals. 

We also have over 48 group classes each week for all activity levels: CoEd CrossFit, Womens Only CrossFit, Weightlfting, Yoga and Youth Programs.

If your goals are more life specific, we have over 50 years of hands on experience working with a very diverse set of populations. We have practical experience with; the pre and post-natal woman, clients who want to change their body composition, preventing specific wellness conditions and diseases and re-hab programming for the individual recovering from specific injuries (joint and health related).

 

Melisa Rehm | Women's Head Coach & Personal Trainer

Melisa Rehm | Women's Head Coach & Personal Trainer
  • Bachelors in Health & Wellness Promotion (Texas State)
  • Masters in Health Education (Texas State)
  • CF-L2
  • CF Endurance 
  • AFAA Group Fitness & Personal Trainer
  • USA Track & Field Level 1
  • AHA CPR/AED

Melisa has over 15 years in the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer, CrossFit coach, group fitness instructor, multi-club Anytime Fitness owner, AdvoCare Independent Advisor and nutrition coach. 

Melisa graduated from Texas State University with an undergraduate degree in Health & Wellness Promotion and a Masters in Health Education. She has been a national and world championship competitor for Team USA in Dualthon, 2009 Boston Marathon finisher, and part of The Combine 2014 South Central Regional Team. 

She is very passionate about health and wellness, and encouraging others to become active and healthy. For Melisa it’s not about “how fast you can get in shape” or reaching that “desired weight goal”; it’s more about teaching people that this is a lifestyle that not only helps keep you looking great and performing great, but more importantly helps you feel better! 

Robert Brown | Founder & Head Strength Coach

Robert Brown | Founder & Head Strength Coach
  • Bachelors Exercise & Sports Science (Texas State University)
  • NSCA - C.S.C.S. (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist)
  • CF-L2
  • AHA Heartsaver First Aid/Pediatric First Aid, Heartsaver CPR/AED

Robert has been involved in competitive sports since a very young age and has always had a passion for health and fitness. He also had the opportunity to train under three of the most nationally renowned collegiate strength coaches while playing college football. During high school and throughout college, he coached youth baseball teams around Central Texas. Robert also gained valuable experience working in a clinical exercise physiology laboratory in college, providing individuals with a comprehensive range of exercise evaluations. All of these experiences inspired him to pursue coaching and training professionally. 

Allthough his passion is sport specific & training individual athletes and team sports Robert began his professional career as a personal trainer in 2002 working with the general public.  Throughout his 6 years at Gold’s and moving throuhg several roles of management, he gained additional experience training a variety of demographics. He left the corporate fitness world in 2008 to start his own training and coaching business and in 2010 opened The Combine Strength & Conditioning, a sports performance facility and CrossFit Affiliate in south Austin. 

He has worked with hundreds of athletes of various sports, ages, and levels; from coaching the amateur and professional athlete, to training the general public with more life and health specific goals; from general fat loss, muscle gain goals to specific populations like pre-natal and clients with hormone imbalances.  Robert also coaches CSC CrossFit's competitors team and programs for remote athletes alike.  He has also trained and programmed for two CrossFit Teams and individuals who have advanced to the Regional level.

Robert consistently seeks out professional development opportunities to remain update to date on the latest research studies and trends. As a CrossFit competitor himself, he embraces the chance to grow as an athlete personally, which ultimately helps him learn and progress as a coach.

Robert has dedicated his life to helping improve the quality of life of his community through health and fitness.

Nick Kramer | CrossFit Coach

  • Bachelors of Athletic Traning from Northern Illinois University
  • CF-L1
  • Rocktape Basic 
  • AHA BLS and First aid

I was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago. I attended Northern Illinois University for my undergraduate degree. While getting my degree, I was able to work with the NIU football team throughout the season and travel with them. I also did an internship with Northwestern University football program over the summer. I was able to get a job where I worked as an Athletic Trainer at my high school I attended. I covered over 12 sports over my four years working. I moved to Austin to begin my Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at the University of St. Augustine. I have a passion for helping people continue to train while they are dealing with injuries and making sure that they have an excellent technique to help decrease injuries.

 

 

Adam Cantu | CoEd CrossFit Coach

Adam Cantu | CoEd CrossFit Coach
  • Bachelors Exercise & Sports Science (Texas State University)
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support & Basic Life Support American Heart Association
  • CF-L1

Adam started his love for fitness and wellness in high school when he discover the sport of powerlifting. Over the next few years he managed to compete in multiple meets and since 2007 he has held the American Powerlifting Federations Texas State Record for bench press at 485 lbs. weighing 214 lbs.  

After a serious injury in 2009, Adam made the transition into the sport of CrossFit. He soon after started training at Gold's Gym in 2012 and has used his love for fitness and his education background to help others in accomplishing their own health and fitness goals ever since. 

In addition to coaching, Adam also works for TriggerPoint, an Austin based company that provides quality mobility/massage products and education that help consumers prepare, perform, and recover. 

Preston McGee | Coach

Preston McGee | Coach

 

  • Bachelors in Exercise & Sports Science, Major in Health and Fitness Management from Texas State University
  • NSCA- CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist)
  • CF-L1
  • ATEM CPR/AED Certified
Preston’s passion for training started near the end of his senior year in high school. It was at this time when he began to appreciate the benefits that come from exercise and training, not only the physical, but also mental and emotional benefits. From there he decided to pursue and degree in exercise and sports science so he could teach others so they could see the positive outcomes that can arise from weight training and other forms of exercise. He started CrossFit in 2013 and immediately fell in love with the community, intensity, and variety it brings to the table. In the Spring of 2019, he completed an internship at The Combine Strength & Conditioning, and attained his NSCA-CSCS as well as his Bachelors in Exercise & Sports Science. His classes at The Combine are all about pushing yourself to see what you can truly achieve, while also fostering a fun and educational environment!

 

Webster Farris | Physical Therapist and Strength Coach

Webster Farris | Physical Therapist and Strength Coach

D.P.T. University of Nebraska Medical Center, CrossFit Level 1 , Collegiate Athlete in Wrestling, Former Professional MMA Fighter, and CrossFit Mobility Certified

Jordan Shepler | CrossFit Coach

Jordan Shepler | CrossFit Coach
  • B.S. Exercise Science (UTA)
  • CF-L1
  • BLS for Healthcare Providers, CPR/AED - American Heart Association
  • DPT Student (University of St. Augustine)

Jordan has been a competitive athlete with us since starting Physical Therapy school at St. Augustine's over a year ago. 

Jordan holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from University of Texas at Arlington, and is currently a DPT student at University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.

He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blackbelt- 8 years competing throughout the world; 5 years of instructing kids and adults; a Golden Gloves boxing competitor, has 6 years expereince of personal training, and CF-L1 Certification.