About Colonial CrossFit

The premier CrossFit Gym of Fort Lee, Chesterfield, and Colonial Heights.


Sarah Burkett // Owner & Lead Instructor

Sarah brings years of experience as an athlete to the members of Colonial CrossFit. She played a variety of team sports through out high school. After becoming an all -american runner in middle distance events, she went on to compete in track and field for James Madison University. At JMU is where Sarah first learned how to olympic lift during the strength portion of the middle distance program.

After college, Sarah volunteered her time as a track and field coach for both Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Minnesota. She has since raced semi-professionally in both track cycling and running as a member of Team Type 1, a racing team composed entirely of type 1 diabetics.

In Jan 2014, Sarah helped form a team of all Type 1 diabetics that competed in SuperFit Delaware. The team consisted of Tim Carroll (CrossFit 908), Larry Ford (CrossFit Transcend) and Catherine Cochran (Chantilly CrossFit) and was called Team Wildebeest. The team finished 2nd place over all becoming the first all type 1 team to compete in a CrossFit competition.

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Level 1 and 2 Pendlay Olympic weightlifting
  • Wilkes weight lifting seminar

Cindy Dunham // Owner & Manager

Cindy grew up in NW PA playing a variety of sports. These included softball, soccer, basketball, cross country, and track and field. She began to set records with running and earned a scholarship to James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

At JMU, she was an NCAA Div 1 East Coast Cross Country champion, a USA National qualifier in the steeplechase, made the All-NCAA SE Region Cross Country team, the CAA Silver Anniversary Cross Country team, and was awarded the JMU Sports Leadership Award. She did a little Olympic and power lifting in college, but to a small extent.

She tagged along with Sarah to do the Memorial Day Murph at CrossFit RVA and has been hooked ever since.

Daniel Roberts // Instructor

A quick life history: Daniel Roberts was born on the planet of Krypton (otherwise known as Jasper, Alabama). He played high school football, basketball, and ran track (400m, 200m, 4x400m, and 4x100m). He was voted “Outstanding Senior Male Athlete” by his coaches and competed in all Intra-mural sports in college (there was no football team where he attended).

Daniel has been playing sports since the 1st grade. In college, he began to concentrate on Power-Lifting which he did for many years before CrossFit. He played one year of semi-pro football and was elected onto the Defensive All-Star team for the league in which he played (Glenn Coffee played in the same league).

He has won second place in a few Power-Lifting meets and first place as a heavy-weight novice in the River City Strongman competition in September 2013. He has competed in several Garage Games and SuperFit Competitions both individually and as part of a team. He is currently attempting to qualify for Nationals as a 94k Olympic Weightlifter.

  • CrossFit Level 1