Michael has been involved in sports and fitness from a young age, competing in track and football from elementary school and into college.  He has a degree in Exercise Science from The Ohio State University and is a Certified Muscle Activation Techniques(MAT) Specialist, the first to offer MAT in Virginia Beach since 2003.  Like many, even with my athletic background, I was hesitant to start CrossFit.  When I first heard about it I thought, “I have to get in shape before I start that!”.  After a few months of saying that, I started in spring of 2010.  I was on and off for the rest of that year.  In January of 2011 I started the nutrition challenge at the gym I was attending and changed my diet, committed to the program and changed my life!  I lost 35 pounds in 7 weeks and never looked back!  I began competing in CrossFit in 2012 and loved competing with those almost half my age! Now, as a Master, I still love competing with the younger guys, but am embracing the competition with those my age as well.  I made it to the Master’s qualifier for the 2014 CrossFit Games and finished 154 in the world in the 40 – 44 year old age group.  I opened Stability CrossFit in March of 2013 to share my knowledge of human movement and competition to people from all ages and levels.  I love the community CrossFit creates and passing on how lessons learned in CrossFit can mirror life experiences and help you become a better person in and out of the gym!  One of the most important things I’ve learned is to live in the moment…”embrace the suck”, get the most out of right now and it will shape your future for the better!!

Ryan Bielat, MATCS

Ryan Bielat is a Level 2 CrossFit instructor as well as one of the only Muscle Activation Techniques Certified Specialist (MATCS) in Virginia Beach. He began his journey in college studying exercise science at San Diego State University and is currently pursuing a mastery certification in MAT. Once you step into the facility you will have no trouble spotting his general enthusiasm for exercise and love for coaching. Attention to movement detail is key to success in CrossFit and Ryan will make sure you are on the right track!

If he’s not in the gym Ryan can be found spending time with his family, surfing, golfing, and being outdoors.

Sara Shannon

Sara is a CrossFit Level 2 trainer who has been a coach for over 5 years. In addition, she has completed the CrossFit Endurance & Running, CrossFit Gymnastics and CrossFit Olympic Lifting seminars. She attended the Wilkes Weightlifting(x2), Catapult Weightlifting and Fu Barbell Olympic Weightlifting seminars. She is a 2013, 2014 & 2015 CrossFit Open Judge.

Sara competes in the annual Crossfit Open as a master’s athlete and loves it!

Catherine Donatone

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • Pendley Olympic Lifting
  • OPEX L1 Assessment Certification
  • (Ongoing) OPEX Level 1 Coaches Certification
  • CrossFit Judges Course, 2013, 2014, 2015

Personal Accomplishments

  • Head Programer @ Stability CrossFit
  • Head Coach of Jacked Feline Mafia
  • BA Psychology from UVA
  • South Central Regionals CrossFit Team Competitor
  • 1st Place Team Grit 2013
  • 2nd Place Flex on the Mall 2015

Dave Taylor

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CrossFit Weightlifting


Dave is motivated to provide guidance and support as people grow towards their fitness goals. With an emphasis on safety and technique, he enjoys working with people at all fitness levels, combining his expertise with their drive to succeed. Dave has served as a CrossFit Open Judge since 2013. Dave is currently an active duty Sailor and has been a Navy Command Fitness Leader since 2006.

Brandy Burd

Where do I begin?  Athletic/Competitive background or my love of coaching?  The amazing thing is, they just kind of mesh together.  I was a competitive gymnast since age 4.  I trained at the Richmond Olympiad and had high hopes of becoming an Olympic gymnast.  That changed when I was 10 and on the way home from practice was involved in a bad car accident.  I was no longer an elite gymnast after that, but my drive to compete was always there.  I became a World Champion Skeet Shooter by the time I was 15 and held 2 world records.  Not exactly athletic, I know,  but competitive for sure. I don’t think THAT ever left me.  Fast forward a “few” years. I am a happily married mother of 3 amazing kids! I found my gift and passion as a Certified Birth Doula and have been attending births and serving families since 2002.  As a professional childbirth coach I empower and motivate women and their partners all the time.  So when I began CrossFitting, it filled a big place in my heart for athletics, competitiveness, and motivation.  Coaching just fit right in with what I was already doing for my doula clients.  I love my gift, I feel like it’s a superpower.  Like I can see the strength and ability that a person is capable of before they can….then I coach them to it.  The skill involved in CrossFit brings me back to my gymnastics days and I love to teach skill. I enjoy helping you reach your goals, from your first pull up to your PR’d Fran time!  Welcome to CrossFit!

Clarissa Clark

CrossFit Level 1

CrossFit Kids

Director for Stability CrossFit Kids/ Teens Program

Karl Konradson

CrossFit Level 1