Vilija Teel


I was born and raised in the small country of Lithuania and first landed on the great soil of the United Stated in 1999, when I got married to a US Army officer. I have been pretty active all my life, competing in many different sports, starting in elementary school and continuing all the way through high school, often winning competitions without any training (yes, that’s how we used to roll in Lithuania when I was a kid!). Despite the fact that I was very serious about sports, I decided to pursue a more reputable career and went to college to study English and graduated with a B.A. in English Philology. Even though I later chased a business degree and earned an M.B.A. in Finance, to this day, I remain very passionate about languages. I am fluent in three languages (Lithuanian, Russian, and English) and have a good working knowledge of a few other languages (Latin, German, Spanish, Italian, Estonian, and Korean).

Prior to discovering CrossFit in 2013, I was an obsessive runner and a gym junkie. At one point, for about a year or so, I was logging close to 10 miles a day. If I couldn’t run after work, I would get up as early as 5AM just to get my miles in. It was a serious addiction!

In 2013, my husband’s job brought us to Seoul, South Korea, and that is where I tasted my first sip of CrossFit Koolaid. And did it taste good! Needless to say, I was instantaneously hooked. About a month into it, I started keeping a WOD journal, I started eating better, I wanted to lift more, I wanted to get those kipping pull-ups and those double-unders! And before I knew it, I became a true CrossFitter! Then, CrossFit Open 2014 came… It was a euphoric experience that made me realize that the love for this sport was getting serious and I wanted to do something more with it. So, about 8 months into my CrossFit experience, I took the Level 1 CrossFit Trainer Course and received a Level 1 Trainer Certificate. I was very fortunate to start coaching in December 2014 at a local military affiliate Fight Tonight CrossFit, located on Yongsan Army Garrison, in the heart of Seoul. I coached there until our departure from Seoul in summer 2015. After taking a couple of months off to get settled back into our house in Arlington, VA, I started and continue coaching again at a local CrossFit affiliates in Tyson’s Corner.

Although I only have just a little over a year of coaching experience, I keep receiving a lot of positive feedback about my coaching style, saying that I am very approachable, easy to follow, eager to help, and highly motivating.It is with great pleasure that I am joining the coaching team at Potomac CrossFit and I look forward to spreading my love for CrossFit and my enthusiasm for fitness in general.

Besides CrossFit, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two children – 6.5 year old son Darius and 3.5 year old daughter Elia. I love traveling and exploring new cultures. I am very passionate about theater and any genre of art. Human talent never ceases to amaze me! So, if you do not see me in the gym, you might see me at one of the local institutions of performing arts!