Drew Porterfield

Drew Porterfield

CrossFit Level 1 Instructor/Trainer


  • CrossFit Level 1 Instructor/Trainer
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (Appalachian State University)

Looking back, I was a bit of a quitter as a kid. My dad, the local softball star, pushed me to play baseball, and I enjoyed it at first. However, the first time I was hit by a pitch, baseball was over—quitter. Through middle school, basketball was also a part of my life. I played in my neighborhood and on my church team; I killed it (no seriously, ask my friends from back then, if you can find them). Picture it, league championship game, driving towards the basket on a fast break to solidify our enormous lead…when I was tripped from behind. I fell hard and broke my elbow. Who breaks their elbow?! Basketball, for me, was then over—quitter. Short stints in other sports that required, in my opinion, highly inappropriate amounts of metabolic endurance (think running up and down the soccer field, swimming back and forth in a pool and sprinting in circles around a track) proved to be outside of my wheelhouse—quitter, quitter, quitter. Thankfully, around 6th grade, my dad introduced me to tennis. An individual sport comprised of short sprints, explosive movements and motor memory to achieve success worked for me. I played through high school and then club in college.

My post-college self was a high school math teacher—over worked and under paid. Time for “fitness” was non-existent. When I moved to DC in 2005, not much changed in my exercise regime. Various memberships to gyms around the city found me unmotivated and uninspired. It wasn’t until my husband joined MPH, at the urging of a couple of friends, that my competitive nature kicked in and I tagged along. I fell for MPH, the coaches, and the community immediately. Now, over five years later, I can truly say I am the fittest I have ever been. I can’t say much has changed in what sort of exercise I prefer (short sprints, explosive movements, coordination/skill heavy, motor memory) vs. those I don’t (running, heavy breathing, running, distance running, jogging, running), but my ability to excel at each has improved dramatically.

The opportunity to coach at MPH has been a great way to get to know so many new athletes. Since the beginning, I have been a very consistent 8am-er (4LYFE), limiting my exposure to evening athletes. Now as a coach, I get to be a part of building the MPH community in the mornings and evenings! It is an extremely rewarding experience to share the knowledge that Melody and Rebekka have given me over my more than five years at MPH. I was humbled when they asked me to join the coaching team. Just as Melody and Rebekka have transformed my fitness, I hope to be able to help our athletes reach their goals.