CrossFit Tuath was started out of a passion for coaching people to greater fitness and health. We have created a community-based center for people from all walks of life and athletic prowess (housewives to collegiate athletes, fitness seekers to CrossFit athletes) to come together and share in their journey. Our name reflects this in Irish Gallic meaning "the people" or "the tribe."

Murphy's Barbell Club was started as a lifting gym for those people who did not think they belonged in a lifting gym. We feel everyone should lift heavy things (including kettle bells!) in their fitness journey, and we provide a safe, supervised environment to learn and pursue your lifting! Whether you seek instruction, follow our powerlifting or weightlifting programs, or your own program, Murphy's is a place where fun and sweat mingle -- meatheads and roid-ragers need not apply!

Inside both our gyms you will find safety and commitment from the coaching staff and the programing. We follow three simple steps:
  1. Form/Execution is primary.
  2. Consistency -- across varied rep and time ranges.
  3. Intensity (after mastering steps one and two) -- whether in load or execution.

Meet Our Team

James Hiers

I was born in Miami, Florida and moved west in 1986, serving in the U. S. Marine Corps. I fell in love with the desert and never considered moving back east of the Rockies. Love found me again, and I moved to Tucson in 2010. I attended St. Leo University and earned degrees in Liberal Arts and Computer Information Systems, with postgraduate coursework in organic chemistry, nutrition, microbiology, and anatomy and physiology.

I became CF-certified in 2008. Following a nutrition certification in 2009 I lost 30 pounds following the Zone diet – but real change came when I adopted the Paleo lifestyle, and my years of chronic IBD (Crohn's) disappeared almost overnight (no gluten for me!). CrossFit also brought out a passion for coaching kettlebells, and weightlifting (the Olympic lifts). I was fortunate in 2017 to coach a fellow coach to compete at a Nationals-level weightlifting competition back in my hometown of Miami.

I do not consider myself an athlete. I actually consider myself somewhat clumsy to have broken as many bones as I have… I consider myself a regular guy that likes to push the envelope, and my own personal limits – however small those limits may seem at the time, they do add up. We all come from different backgrounds, different levels of athleticism, with different goals. CrossFit Tuath brings us all together under a common roof, with the safety net of unconditional support – a gym and coaches that take pride on placing form, execution, and its members above personal records or the stopwatch. I feel honored to have the opportunity to coach you.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Nutrition Certified
  • USAW Level 1 Sport Performance Coach

Mike Short

My name is Mike Short. I was born in San Diego, but I’ve lived in Tucson the majority of my life. Growing up I was always playing sports. In high school I played football, wrestled and ran track. Training for these sports is where I got my first real exposure to conditioning, powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting. That’s where my passion for training and working out began.

In college I walked on at Scottsdale Community College to play football, but I ended up fracturing two vertebrae in my neck my first year and decided to retire. After that I moved back home to go to school and joined the “globo gym” world. I spent a good amount of time doing the typical bodybuilding type workout routines.

Finally after a couple of years of this I grew tired and bored with this style of lifting. I knew very little about CrossFit at the time other than the brief conversation with my boss, who had done CrossFit before, and what I had seen on TV. Like most, I figured that I was in pretty good shape and that I’d give it a try. I mean how hard could it be really? I scheduled my intro and signed up in the fall of 2014. My first workout I was in the back corner of gym two about ready to keel over and die from burpee box jumps. I remember contemplating if this was actually something for me. A group of guys in the 7am class came and cheered me on until I finished. The combination of the community atmosphere and my own competitive fire to never finish last in a WOD again, ultimately is what kept me here.

After being a member for almost a year I decided I wanted to take the next step and be a coach. I had some experience in the past with training people and I wanted to try that out within CrossFit. I received my CrossFit Level 1 in September of 2015 and immediately joined the staff. I have loved every minute of being a coach. After coaching and CrossFitting for over a year and a half I identified that my true passion inside of CrossFit was Olympic Weightlifting. So, in May of 2016 I got my USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Certification. I have an unbelievable thirst for knowledge within the fitness world. I am always looking for any books, articles or videos that I can learn from to help me grow and develop into a better coach.

My goal in life and in CrossFit is simply to help people in any way I can. That is what drives me and brings me true happiness. I get more satisfaction out of helping a member reach new goals, regardless of how big or small, than I do accomplishing my own PR’s. The members we have here at CFT are so amazing and I’m just honored to be in a position where I can be a resource for them on their fitness journey.

Kenny Atwell

My name is Kenny Atwell. I was born in Yuma but have lived in Tucson pretty much my whole life. I lived about a mile from the gym. I grew up playing all sports but mainly loved baseball. I was originally going to school to be a high school teacher but woke up one day and decided to be a cop. I quit school and within a year was a deputy with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and have been since 2003.

I was introduced to CrossFit back in April of 2009 by a fellow deputy. I was instantly hooked and loved the atmosphere and family environment. Around summer 2014 I started coaching at the gym. I also teach physical fitness at the Sheriff’s academy as a certified PT instructor. I will utilize CrossFit style workouts with the recruits and constantly hear that those workouts were the best they had the entire academy.

I enjoy coaching all levels of athletes from brand new members with no experience to those who have competed in CrossFit competitions. I’d say my style of coaching is fun and loose. I try to focus on the fact that each member has their own agenda in the gym and to respect that.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Anne Caulkins

My name is Anne Caulkins and I was born and raised in Southern California. At age 19 I dropped out of Cal Poly, Pomona and joined the US Army. I was curious about the world and just couldn’t wait for an adventure and a paycheck. The Army taught me how to repair radar, analyze intelligence and eventually to fly Blackhawks. I have Master’s degrees in Aerospace & Aviation Management and in Logistics Management. My favorite assignments were Korea and Hawaii. I love learning and trying new things.

I moved to Tucson in 2010 and found CrossFit Northwest Tucson (CFNWT) in 2011, and then CrossFit Tuath (CFT) in 2019. I missed working out with a group. I had spent almost every day of my adult life working out with soldiers – and after 23 years it was sort of a habit! So I called and scheduled an intro workout. I loved it. Loved the community.

For the most part I‘ve ditched sugar and processed foods. Because even though exercise is awesome, good nutrition is a more powerful tool. So I use them both.

The CFT members inspire me every time I walk through the door. There are so many skills to work on – I can’t imagine ever getting bored. Every month or so you realize there’s a new normal and you reach even higher. I’m honored to be part of the CFT community.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Sports Nutrition Certification (ER)

Ryan Clairmont

I am originally from Idaho but for the last 17 years I have served my country as both an Army Officer and currently in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. I have a beautiful wife Kristy and two daughters Madison and Taylor. I have lived in several states from Georgia to Alaska and served in multiple tours overseas. As a Physician Assistant, I understand the benefit of fitness and how it correlates to overall health and wellness. In addition to being a full time physician assistant, I also am the Operations Officer for Train to Hunt, an online fitness program designed specifically for hunters. Train to Hunt also is a nationwide, two day archery & fitness competition with multiple events located across the country and a National Championship held each year.

My initiation into CrossFit began when my brother opened a CrossFit box in Spokane, WA and told me I needed to try it. For the next 4 years, I looked up workouts online and dabbled in it on my own. In 2012, I moved to Tucson so my wife could attend Law School at the University of Arizona and found CrossFit Northwest Tucson, and later CrossFit Tuath. Being in a CrossFit gym and working with great coaches has improved my level of fitness substantially over what I could do on my own. My technique is better which correlates into less injury and better results.

The CrossFit community has become like my second family; everyone is there for the same reason and we all encourage each other to stay after it. As a passionate outdoorsman, CrossFit has allowed me the physical ability to pursue 1-2 week back country hunts in some of the most rigorous and remote places in North America.

I received my CrossFit Level 1 certification in April 2016 and started coaching the same year. As a coach, I want to bring an atmosphere of learning proper movement techniques while helping athletes achieving their fitness, health, and lifestyle goals.

Zack Fowler

My name is Zack Fowler and was born and raised in Southern California. I received a Track and Field scholarship to UCLA to run the 100m and 200m. I graduated in 2010 with degrees in Anthropology and Political Science. Through UCLA Strength and Conditioning I was exposed to the benefits of Olympic weightlifting. After graduation, I was searching for a gym where I could continue Olympic lifting and was turned on to CrossFit. I tried the methodology on my own for a couple months and decided I wanted to find an Affiliate and am glad I did. When I moved to Tucson in 2012 I immediately found CrossFit Northwest Tucson, and then CrossFit Tuath, where I was able to fine tune my technique and meet a whole community of fitness-minded individuals. I became a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer in 2013 and started coaching classes, I got my USA Weightlifting Sports Performance cert in 2014.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certification
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Certification

Holly Schadt

My name is Holly Schadt, my first and most important job is mommy to two amazing kids and proud wife to my hard working hubby.

Fitness has always been a part of my life, from high school athletics to spending the majority of my life as a personal trainer and fitness instructor. I have an Associate of Arts degree in Physical Education and Athletic Training, and have held several other training certifications. I’ve always worked out and found time for fitness, it’s my therapy, it makes me happy, my husband might suggest it makes me nicer. When I found myself in a rut; doing the basic 30 minutes of cardio and the standard 4 sets of 12-15 reps, leg day, back and chest, shoulders and arms day… I knew I needed a change and a challenge! I scheduled an intro session to see what this CrossFit thing was all about! I remember my first WOD, surrounded by super fit athletes who breezed right through, I was the last one done. Struggling to finish, they cheered and clapped for me! I was a little embarrassed, humbled yet inspired…WOW! I’d found that challenge I was looking for, the workout that would push me as an athlete, the sport that would at times leave me frustrated, but determined to master that new skill, every day is a new challenge!

We’re all on a different fitness journey with different goals; weight loss, increased strength, looking good naked, playing with our kids or grandkids without getting tired, whatever it might be…we can help you! CrossFit may not be for everybody, but everybody can do CrossFit! Functional fitness that transfers to your everyday life, surrounded by an amazingly supportive community that will cheer you on and celebrate your successes…what’s not to like…it’s pretty amazing! I am excited to use my past personal training experience and my CF-L1 to motivate and help our CrossFit community be their best! I absolutely LOVE when the light goes off in someone’s eyes when they connect a movement or the smile on their face when they realize their strength or the look of determination when I cheer them on, to push through those last few reps!