About CrossFit 1889
CrossFit 1889 was established in 2013 and is owned by Wendi Canty and Lynn Rutland. The team at CF 1889 believes in fitness and is dedicated to changing lives everyday through their coaching. Our trainers will help clients realize their athletic potential and reach their fitness goals.
You do not have to be “fit” to start training with us. Our group of trainers will guide you through each workout, keep you safe and help you reach your full potential. If this is your first WOD or you are an experienced CrossFitter, you will feel right at home when you walk through the door of CF 1889. We look forward to welcoming you to our CrossFit 1889 family!
Meet Your Coaches
Wendi Stephenson Canty
Wendi knew early on that she wanted to educate, train and make a difference in people’s lives. She has a passion for challenging and motivating athletes, pushing them beyond their comfort zone. She has been involved in the fitness industry for over 20 years. Since early 1990’s, Wendi has held a fitness instructor’s certification from Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) as well as multiple other fitness certifications.
“I was tired of the everyday gym routines/classes, and I knew I was missing something personally and with my training program. CrossFit presents so many different challenges; it leaves me vulnerable, and exposes my weaknesses. It has forced me push my mind and body to a different level, one that I had never experienced within my fitness career. I knew from the first WOD, CrossFit was for me”.
Wendi and her husband, Scott, live in Rock Hill, South Carolina. They have three children. She is a graduate of Clemson University. She is a founding member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, enjoying the beach, and Clemson Athletic events.
Level 1 CrossFit Trainer
Scott was first introduced to the weight room in high school when he played baseball. He had always trained in a traditional gym until he was introduced to CrossFit early 2012. He immediately became hooked on CrossFit.
“For many years, I always trained in the ways of a traditional gym, emphasizing chest, back, bis & tris, often times neglecting my cardio and endurance. My cardio and endurance usually consisted of periodic runs and playing softball in the spring and summer. It wasn’t until my wife told me bench pressing would not save me from a heart attack. This statement made me realize that my cardio was as important as strength and more important than overall size.” CrossFit has helped me gain power, strength, mental toughness and endurance that I was never able to achieve in a traditional gym. There is nothing like the WODs or the environment CrossFit provides”
Scott and his wife, Wendi, live in Rock Hill, South Carolina. They have three children. He is a graduate of York Technical College in Rock Hill. He is a member and Deacon at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, playing softball, riding motorcycles, bowling and spending time at the beach.
Lynn Joiner Rutland
Lynn, the youngest of three children, grew up in a family that always modeled good health and fitness lifestyles. As a little girl, she would go with her mother to aerobics classes and instead of staying in the childcare room, she would participate in the classes. She has run a variety of road races including one marathon. She has participated in a wide range of classes at the local YMCA, worked with personal trainers and did some weight training on her own.
In April 2012, after months of her husband telling her how wonderful CrossFit was, she decided to give it a try. She loved every single thing about it! She loved knowing that every workout could be scaled to fit her current fitness level. She loved that every workout was completely different and covered so many domains. CrossFit is her passion and her goal is to lead others in the direction of good health and fitness. She looks forward to helping everyone reach their goals at CrossFit 1889!
Lynn is married to her college sweetheart, Rett. They have two handsome boys. Lynn graduated from Clemson University in 1995 with BA in Elementary Education and is a member of Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church. Lynn loves spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, all things Clemson and of course, CrossFit!
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Kids Trainer
Rett grew up in a very competitive family and cannot remember a time when sports, exercise and education were not a part of his life. Throughout his life he has always been involved in sports which include participation as an athlete and a coach in football, soccer, basketball and golf. Rett enjoys coaching and has a varied background in coaching athletes at all levels. Rett has worked with athletes of all ages, from preschool children to adults. In the fall of 2011, Rett found CrossFit after struggling to find the right exercise regimen. Rett ran 3-4 times a week, but could not reach certain goals to live a better, healthier life. After finding CrossFit and adopting many of the lifestyle changes they encourage, he was finally able to see amazing results and reach goals he had set for himself. He now maintains that healthy lifestyle and continues to enjoy achieving new goals through CrossFit.
Rett is married to his beautiful wife, Lynn. They have two boys who also love CrossFit. Rett graduated from Clemson University in 1996 with a BS in Mathematics Teaching. He is a State Farm Insurance Agent and a member of Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church. Rett enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing golf, Clemson athletics and CrossFit.
Brian has a love of exercise and, until recently, focused strictly on endurance sports including running road races, distance cycling events and triathlons. CrossFit opened his eyes to the importance of adding strength training into an overall fitness program, something lacking in his former training regimen. Brian became a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer to improve his understanding of scaling in order to develop proper form in CrossFits foundational movements. Brian believes that steady progress with heavy emphasis on proper form provide for safe and effective development in all fitness domains.
Brian is a husband to his beautiful wife and father to two wonderful children – all of which are CrossFit athletes and introduced him to the sport. Brian graduated from Clemson with a BS in Chemical Engineering in ‘95. He is a perennial early-bird and loves working out to Eminem.
Hope never showed an interest in working out until she took a weight lifting and conditioning class in high school. After finishing the course, she found herself working out on an “as-needed” basis (a.k.a the pants were getting tight). In 2010, Hope showed a renewed interest for physical conditioning while taking Wendi Canty’s Bootcamp class at a local fitness facility. When Wendi transitioned to CrossFit, Hope followed soon after and was hooked immediately.
“I loved the fact that when I walked into CrossFit the programming was already done for me including the reps and weights, so all I had to do was scale to my ability. I was never bored by doing the same workouts repeatedly because they changed every day. The workouts engaged my entire body so I was able to workout efficiently and see results quickly. The community atmosphere that CrossFIt produces allowed me to develop friendships that kept me accountable and motivated as an athlete.”
Hope is an educator for the Rock Hill School District. She graduated from Winthrop University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education in 2009 and received her Master’s Degree from Columbia College in 2010. She is married to Scott Brazil, and they have a yellow lab named Skeeter. As a CrossFit trainer, Hope looks forward to working with all athletes regardless of skill level and will work hard to push athletes beyond their current physical boundaries.
Level 1 CrossFit Trainer
Jennifer led an active lifestyle and attended a small high school which allowed her to compete in a variety of sports including cross country, basketball, track and field, cheerleading and softball. She married her high school sweetheart, Ryan, shortly after they graduated and is a mom to two amazing sons. Her oldest son, Dillon, attends college and lives in Columbia, SC and her youngest son, Logan, is in the 82nd Airborne stationed in Fort Bragg, NC. Graduating from the School of Life, Jen works full time as a Corporate Account Manager and spends as much time at CrossFit with Ryan and friends as her schedule allows.
As parents of two extremely active boys, Jen and Ryan devoted their lives to being the boys’ biggest fans and she always found herself in the role of Team mom. Entering into this new phase, with their children grown, CrossFit has become a huge part of their lives. Jen has always loved to exercise and found that she most enjoys group fitness. She taught a CardioFit class at a local church as a way to get friends, family and church members to enjoy a workout with upbeat music and dancing. Jen realized a passion for helping others while becoming a healthier more confident person inside and out. She believes that the true beauty of CrossFit is that it is scalable, effective and efficient making it the perfect sport for any committed individual, no matter the age, size or physical limitation. Her goal at CrossFit 1889 is to assist all athletes, from beginner to advanced by helping them perform all movements safely, effectively and efficiently to improve times, weights and the personal goals of each athlete. She loves helping people push themselves beyond their comfort zone, as she tries to better herself.
Michael was “voluntold” to start CrossFit while he was in the Marines. Beginning his fitness career in the “bro gym” Michael realized bicep curls and calf raises weren’t enough to feed the hunger for competitiveness and quickly became bored with isolated muscle exercises. In order to solve Michael’s fitness dilemma, his Gunnery Sergeant introduced to him the idea of high-intensity fitness. After 10,000 burpees and some clean work, Michael became an avid crossfitter, acquiring his Level 1 CrossFit Trainer in 2013 and CrossFit Endurance Trainer in 2016. Michael has years of experience instructing both military and civilian personnel in high intensity training and always finds time to work on personal fitness goals. He continues to live a healthy lifestyle in a world of preservatives, junk food, and demotivation.
When he is not coaching, Michael is a full-time student at Winthrop University studying to become a graphic designer. Even after his time in the Marines, he continues to serve the community by helping people in need of achieving their own fitness goals. Michael’s philosophy on fitness derives from the Marine’s core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment, and the ability to “push past the breaking limit.” Safety is the number one concern for Michael and he puts fourth effort to ensure his athletes are crossfitting in the safest way possible while still achieving their goals.
Level 1 CrossFit Trainer
Level 1 CrossFit Trainer
Mike dedicates himself to public service and that extends to his coaching and training. His dynamic personality and competitive spirit brings a level of enthusiasm you’ll find if few others.
Jason spent many years in globo gyms and once starting CrossFit realized this was the thing for him. He quickly got hooked and never looked back. You can find Jason and his wife and daughter all working out together because they know how it helps bring a family closer together.