About Us


Are you tired of boring workouts done on your own? Or maybe it’s been a few years since you stepped into a gym? At Ignite Fitness, we invite you to Ignite Your Life regardless of where you are in your fitness journey. Your time at Ignite Fitness will be the best hour of your day. This is a place where you can leave your worries and stress behind while you work to get in the best shape of your life. The community at Ignite Fitness is a big part of why so many have been successful in reaching their fitness and health goals. Come join our community and be a part of a great team!

About Ignite Fitness—Fueled by CrossFit Hoover

Ignite Fitness is a licensed affiliate of CrossFit. We are a diverse community of people of all ages, fitness levels and training abilities. At its heart, CrossFit is a core and strengthening program. We use a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains, including: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance; stamina; strength; flexibility; power; speed; agility; balance; and accuracy. The WOD, or workout of the day, is generally short, with intensity scaled for age and level of fitness. Workouts generally range from 10 to 30 minutes in length.



SHANE RODRIGUEZ opened Ignite Fitness—Fueled by Crossfit Hoover in 2010 after owning, operating and managing Lifestyle Fitness for seven years.  Shane has trained more than 600 clients over the past decade. He is a CrossFit Level I and Level II certified trainer, has received his CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification, completed the Caleb and Kelly Williams Olympic weightlifting course and is an Alumni Lululemon Ambassador. In addition, Shane has certifications in personal training from ISSA and from NESTA as a speed, agility and quickness trainer.

In 2014, Shane was a Regional competitor in the CrossFit Open, coming in at 108 in the world out of more than 11,000 in the 40-44 age division. In 2015, Shane was on a Masters Team that finished third in the world in the CrossFit Team Series. He is a former member of The Phoenix Rise (a professional Grid Team) and helped lead them to the NPGL Championship Finals in 2015. In 2016, Shane made a second trip to Regionals, finishing 93 out of 12,000 in the world. “One of my goals is to compete in the Games individually,” Shane says. “But even more importantly, I want to help build and coach a team that makes it to the CrossFit Games!”

A native of Baton Rouge and an avid LSU fan, Shane has lived in Birmingham since 1998. He has  two daughters, Olivia and Bella who are 18 and 17 respectively. 



SONIA STEELY became a certified Level I CrossFit Trainer in February 2011 after discovering that CrossFit could take her to a level of fitness beyond what she had already accomplished in more than 20 years of racing and weight training. In 2013, she completed her greatest athletic achievement to date, the Pinhoti 100, a 100 mile trail run from Heflin to Sylacauga, Ala. In addition, she has completed numerous marathons, half marathons, ultra trail races and triathalons. Sonia is the membership and merchandise director for BUTS—Birmingham Ultra Trail Society—and is honored to serve as an ambassador for Lululemon Athletica. Sonia loves seeing people transform their lives and fitness through Ignite, especially young former athletes who are seeking the passion and enthusiasm they once had for exercise but have lost as they have grown up to careers and families. “I love to be an encourager,” she explains. “I tell people to never let soreness keep you from coming back. Tomorrow there will be a new WOD that will make you feel better than when you arrived.” A native of Kentucky, Sonia is married to her husband, Kelly, and they have two children, Sydney and Dylan.


CONRAD TAYLOR laughingly says he has been active since birth. A Birmingham native, Conrad was a member of the 2008 USA Triathlon National Team and ran cross country and track and field at Samford University. He received his Level I CrossFit and CrossFit Endurance trainer certifications after deciding he wanted to share his love of CrossFit with others. Conrad is also the owner and formulator of F1RST ORDER. “I am passionate about healthy living, so I created a company that is dedicated to creating healthy, high-quality sports performance supplements,” he says. “All of my products are based on sound science, sold honestly and are effective for their intended purpose.” You can find F1RST ORDER products for purchase at his website, www.f1rstorder.com or at Ignite Fitness. With more than five years of experience in training, CrossFit and nutrition, Conrad’s coaching will leave you coming back for more.

initially had to be talked into attending a CrossFit class by her husband, Jim, but once he got her there, she was hooked. Wanting to get back in shape after having their two daughters, Aaralyn and Camira. Dawn had tried joining a gym and participating in group exercise classes, but nothing really interested her. CrossFit was different because every day was a different workout. “CrossFit made me step out of my comfort zone,” she explains. “I had never even picked up a barbell before, but I was amazed at what I could accomplish.” This newfound passion led Dawn to earn her Level I CrossFit Trainer certification in 2013 and her CrossFit Kids Trainer certification in 2014. She is especially thrilled about working with kids. “They don’t have a limit on their potential,” she explains. “They will pretty much try anything and I enjoy watching them have fun and exercise at the same time.” A native of Buffalo, New York, Dawn has lived in Birmingham since October 2015. She has been a welcome addition to the coaching lineup since February 2016.

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