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"I haven't experienced this type of team atmosphere in a long time. It's a great environment!"

- John M.

Michael Pilhofer CrossFit MSP Co-Founder


Michael Pilhofer

Michael, Co-Founder and Head Coach of CrossFit MSP (CrossFit Minneapolis, St. Paul), is a CrossFit Level 2 Certified Instructor passionate about the methodology and life-changing results of CrossFit, having seen them in both himself and his clients over the years. Michael is a strong motivator and a dynamic coach, fostering a positive training environment to help his clients overcome self-doubt and perceived limitations. His attention to the details and mechanics helps his clients achieve and exceed their fitness potential.

CrossFit is the perfect program for anyone possessing the desire to improve their life and bring out their inner athlete. At first glance, CrossFit may appear to be exclusive to the athletic Elite, but through its natural scalability and commitment to functional movement, CrossFit is for everyone. Whether you are an elite athlete looking to take your performance to that next level, or someone who simply wants to regain the health, mobility, and vigor you once had, CrossFit is the program to help you to achieve your short, medium, and long-term goals.

Beyond the walls of CrossFit MSP, Michael is a top call professional Drummer, and Educator in the Minneapolis, Twin Cities Metro Area. Michael holds a Masters Degree in Education, with over 20+ years experience working/coaching people of all ages and abilities. His extensive teaching background offers him the exceptional ability to diagnose and communicate the most complex concepts into easily understood forms.

Michael holds the following Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Basic Barbell with Mark Rippetoe
  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting with Mike Burgener
  • CrossFit Kettlebell with Jeff Martone
  • CrossFit Gymnastics with Jeff Tucker
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • USA Weightlifting Level 2 National Coach with Leo TottenUSA Weightlifting   CrossFit MSP Weightlifting Club
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sport Performance Coach with
    Ken Vick / Sean Waxman
  • USA Weightlifting LWC Referee 
  • FMS Functional Movement Certified Specialist with Brett Jones
  • CPR/AED Certified



VAn Nguyen

Van (pronounced Von) is co-Founder of CrossFit MSP (CrossFit Minneapolis, St. Paul), along with husband, Michael. A former tennis player and runner...lots and lots of running, she always had a passion for fitness. That is, until she had to have back surgery due to a hereditary degeneration in her low back, which led to a herniated disk. Doctors told her she had to find a new sport that would have less of an impact on the spine. She tried those, but became bored with the routine. She then discovered CrossFit. Due to its scalability and emphasis on functional movements, recovery was slow, but within a year and a half of doing CrossFit, recovery was a complete success.

A devotee of CrossFit since 2007, she is living proof of its physical adaptation and benefits that CrossFit produces. She believes very strongly that everyone, regardless of athletic abilities, can benefit greatly from CrossFit. She loves the energy, the people, the environment, and the positive impact that CrossFit brings to people’s lives.

Van holds degrees in Accounting and Economics. She enjoyed a successful career as a Finance Executive before switching gears and taking on her current role in Business Technology.

Van holds the following Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level I
  • CrossFit Basic Barbell with Mark Rippetoe
  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting with Mike Burgener
  • CrossFit Nutrition with Robb Wolf
  • CrossFit Gymnastics with Jeff Tucker
  • CrossFit Endurance

  • FMS Functional Movement Certified Specialist with Brett Jones
  • CPR/AED Certified