Our Team

Oguchi Onyewu Founder / CEO

Since becoming a professional athlete in 2002, Oguchi has always aimed to maintain a strong and healthy lifestyle. Growing up in a large family of extremely athletic siblings pushed Oguchi to work even harder at his craft if he wanted to stand out and be noticed. Having access to some of the world's best physical therapists and performance coaches gave him a better appreciation for the limits and capabilities of the human body.

He has played professional soccer in 7 countries and has been exposed to some of the best health practices that you can find anywhere in the world. Together with his vast knowledge of sport and the physical demands required to be in top personal shape he has formed ONYX Elite. With the help of his nationally recognized staff of fitness coaches, ONYX Elite is determined to turn heads as we work to propel our clients to become the best version of themselves!

Chris Gorres Lead Trainer / COO

As a former high school and collegiate athlete, Chris has always had a passion for fitness. After playing college football at Cornell University, he decided to pursue a career as a personal trainer. He acquired certifications with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and continues to educate himself, making him one of the best and brightest in the field of performance coaching. He has worked with athletes on all different levels and sports, specializing in speed, power, strength, injury prevention, functional training, and rehabilitation.

Some of his notable clients include Lorenzo Alexander (Arizona Cardinals), Ryan Kerrigan (Washington Redskins), Oguchi Onyewu (US Soccer), Ali Krieger (US Soccer), Ashlyn Harris (US Soccer), Bill Hamid (DC United), Brandon Guyer (Tampa Bay Rays), and many more. Chris is committed to demonstrating his expertise and delivering his vast knowledge to his clients to bring out the best in them.

Shawnee Harkins Director of Global Training

 

LA-based Shawnee Harkins' true passion for physical fitness began as a young athlete in Texas. A severe car and rollerblading collision left her with significant brain damage, paralysis, and on life support. After gaining significant experience, Shawnee used her entrepreneurial skills to open her own training practice becoming a Celebrity Trainer, Fitness Consultant, Motivational Speaker, Spokesperson for people suffering from traumatic brain injuries, and a recognized Health and Fitness Personality. Her specialties includes body sculpting, strength training, firefighter physical training, sports performance, and cognitive training.

Shawnee first received national attention through her time spent in Abu Dhabi and Dubai filming "The Hydra Executives." She later went on to be featured on "The Dr. Phil Show," "The Ultimate Weight Loss Race". Harkins is also the creator and executive producer of many hit web series, all of which are centered on health and fitness. Shawnee has a massive amount of experience in the fitness industry and is excited and motivated to help inspire all of her clients through ONYX Elite.

Cassandra Golden Director of Nutrition

Cassandra Golden MS, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science from the University of South Florida and a Masters Degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University. Cassandra is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetics Practice Group, the Weight Management Dietetics Practice Group, and the Sports, Cardiovascular & Wellness Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group. Cassandra’s approach to nutrition is to incorporate fresh, whole foods with research-based recommendations and practical guidelines that can be followed indefinitely. As a Dietitian and Fitness Instructor, Cassandra aspires to bridge the gap between nutrition and exercise- which is essential for a healthy lifestyle!

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Cory BroadNAX head Coach

Cory played college football at Duke University graduating in 2004. Following college, he worked in the Sports Performance Department at Georgetown University under Coach Mike Hill.  Cory has experience working with all types of athletes from youth to professional, including Katie Ledecky (U.S. Swimming) and the NCAP swim club, LJ Hoes (MLB), Chris Wright (NBA), Quinn Cook (NBDL), Lasan Kromah (Greek Professional Basketball), and Kelly Sherman (Middlebury Women's Hockey). Cory loves the challenge of working with athletes of all sports from ballet to rugby, analyzing the movements associated with each sport and creating the proper exercise prescription to prevent injury while excelling at the sport, thereby creating a better athlete. Cory has also worked with many general fitness clients of all ages and experience levels. Cory is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and is Functional Movement Systems (FMS) certified.

CHRISTINA GRAHAM Performance Coach

A native of Richmond, VA, Christina Graham is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science.  She is a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).  As a former dancer, Christina has always had a great interest in how the body works and moves from an artistic and scientific perspective.  This, along with her desire to help others, led her to pursue a career in personal training. During her internship at Bon Secours Sports Performance, Christina worked with a large range of clients, from youth and collegiate athletes to the Richmond Kickers USL professional soccer team.  She also conducted a strength and conditioning program for the dancers at Premiere Dance Studio in Powhatan, VA.  Her specialties include speed, strength training, injury prevention, and functional training. 
Christina is excited to help clients reach their goals with ONYX Elite, whether it is running faster on the field or slipping into those high school jeans.

Candace broaddus Performance Coach

Candace is a graduate of Virginia Tech (BS Ag Economics), Virginia Commonwealth University (BS Exercises Science), and California University of Pennsylvania (MS Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention). While at VCU she interened with the University of Richmond Men's Basketball program where she gained extensive knowledge in lifting technique and program progression. She has used her knowledge since then in working with athletes of various sports and clients of different activity levels. Candace has received her certification in Strength and Conditioning (CSCS) and Performance Enhancement (PES) and is an avid runner who has completed over 15 half marathons in the past fives years.


basic principles

  • A

    COMMITMENT

    Be committed to beginning this journey with us and seeing it to the end.

  • B

    FOCUS

    Know what your personal goal is, and attack it head on.

  • C

    HARD WORK

    Nothing great came without much effort. Be prepared to get out what you put it

locations

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Onyx Elite,LLC
2101 Maywill St
Richmond,VA 23230
Phone: (240) 252-1786

info@onyxelite.com