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Cobi Head

Owner & Head Trainer

Cobi is an athlete at heart. Growing up on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, he played basketball and Aussie Rules Football throughout his childhood. He was always searching for adventure, and in 2005, he enlisted in the Army as a Rifleman. During his service, he was deployed multiple times to such locales as Timor and Iraq.

Even among his fellow servicemen, he became known for his physical fitness and his passion for helping others. He became a Physical Training Instructor within the Army in 2008, and in 2009, he discovered CrossFit.

In 2010, Cobi and his wife Deana launched their first gym, CrossFit Albury Wodonga. Cobi qualified for Regionals in 2012, placing 46th in the region. At the time, he was still full-time in the Army, and faced with a tough decision. He decided to sell CrossFit Albury Wodonga in order to continue serving. He worked for CrossFit Brisbane with Matt Swift in 2013, learning the true potential for CrossFit. In 2014, he transferred to the Army Reserves and became Head Trainer at CrossFit Dromana. Trained by his brother-in-law, Rob Forte, Cobi went on to place 5th at Regionals as part of Team Reebok CrossFit Frankston.

Cobi transferred back into the Regular Army in 2015 and began training at CrossFit Top End. Today he owns and is Head Trainer of CrossFit Abode out of Darwin. Since 2015, Cobi has been the MC of the Reebok CrossFit Games Pacific Regional.

  • Cert III and IV in Fitness

  • Senior First Aid
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer
  • CrossFit Strongman Trainer
  • CrossFit Mobility Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Trainer
  • Pendlay Weightlifting
  • Klokov Weightlifting
  • Hangstrong Gymnastics

Deana Forte-Head

Owner & Trainer

CrossFit is in Deana’s blood. Growing up on the Mornington Peninsula, Deana started in Motocross with her two brothers, Rob and Marco. Deana completed school and went on to study fitness full time at Tafe. With Cobi in the Army, it would then bring her to Townsville, where she would work full time as a Personal Trainer, before the Army then took her to Albury.

In Albury, Deana started her own successful Bootcamp business, until in 2009, Deana found CrossFit through her Dad, Ross. This is where the Forte family CrossFit legacy began. In 2010 Deana, and Cobi, founded CrossFit Albury Wodonga.

In 2011 Deana made her Regionals debut with team CrossFit Mornington Peninsula, the first year her brother, Rob, qualified for the CrossFit Games. In 2012 Deana returned to the Regional floor with team CrossFit Albury Wodonga and in 2013 with team CrossFit Brisbane, who placed 6th. Then in 2014, Deana, alongside Cobi, would go on to place 5th with team Reebok CrossFit Frankston. Deana would compete with team Reebok CrossFit Frankston one more year, before the Army moved her to Darwin.

In 2017, Deana Coached the Reebok CrossFit Frankston Team at the Reebok CrossFit Games, after qualifying 4th at the Pacific regional. Deana also assisted her brother, Rob, and Mum, Nella, at the 2017 CrossFit Games. With a wealth of training and coaching experience, Deana is an asset to CrossFit Abode.

  • Cert III and IV in Fitness
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Senior First Aid
  • CrossFit Strongman Trainer
  • CrossFit Mobility Trainer
  • CrossFit Endurance Trainer
  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Trainer
  • Pendlay Olympic Weightlifting
  • Klokov Olympic Weightlifting
  • Hangstrong Gymnastics

Chris Bedford


Chris has completed his Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise from Auckland University of Technology. Chris has a successful background in professional sport, having worked with elite teams and athletes as a Strength and Conditioning Trainer with Auckland Blues, Auckland ITM Cup, and Auckland High Performance Academy. Chris has also worked for High Performance New Zealand looking after football athletes and disabled athletes. Chris became involved with CrossFit in 2014 under the coaching experience of Wesley Vernhoff and Amanda Bunn. Chris then took up a coaching position at ETM CrossFit, Auckland, New Zealand. Chris worked at ETM CrossFit for three years and with the guidance of Amanda and Wesley has become a confident  and experienced CrossFit Trainer.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

  • Graduate Diploma on Sport and Exercise

  • Australian Strength & Conditioning Coach

  • Cert III & IV in Fitness

  • Higher National Diploma in Sports Conditioning and Coaching

  • Cert 1 Agatsu Kettlebell Training


No matter your goal, CrossFit Abode will help.