The Ardent Team

Roy Hessner

Coach/Nutrition Coach

CrossFit Level 2
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting
CrossFit Nutrition
USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor
2nd Degree Black Belt Marine Corps
Electronics Maintenance Officer
Major, Retired
Master of Arts in Education
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
After 25 years of bodybuilding type weightlifting, cardio and Marine Corps PT, I was bored with fitness and I didn’t want to spend the amount time exercising that traditional fitness required. Then a friend of mine said, “Hey, have you heard of CrossFit? Go to and check it out.” That was October 2006 and I’ve never looked back. The funny thing is I was a CrossFit coach from the very first workout. A handful of my Marines and I would do the WoD from the main site every day at lunch. First thing in the morning I would look up the WoD and then I would spend all morning watching videos so I could teach them the movements for that day’s work out! I attended my first Level 1 course in 2009. For the next 2 years I coached at CrossFit Ripper, on the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, 29 Palms, CA. In April 2011 I reported to Okinawa, Japan. I was fortunate enough to coach at Shogun CrossFit, Kadena AFB, as well as coaching a lunchtime class on Camp Hansen. I moved to Fredericksburg in the summer of 2012 and began working out at RARE CrossFit where I met Ryan and Kasey. A year later, I happened to move to Stafford at about the same time as they were opening Ardent. I had the privilege of being the original founding member of Ardent as I was the first person to sign a membership contract! I am a teacher, coach and mentor at heart. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than being able to pour my heart and soul into another person’s life and seeing positive change. I have been fortunate enough to impact hundreds of young men as a high school varsity football coach for 12 years. As the defensive coordinator we won 3 California State Championships. I’ve also spent 12 years as a Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor and I was the second Martial Arts Instructor to rise to 2nd Degree Black Belt. Coaching CrossFit has become my passion because no other program on the planet empowers people across the spectrum like CrossFit.