Hometown: North Royalton, Ohio
Education: Kent State University, Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
- CrossFit Level 1
- CrossFit Weightlifting
- CrossFit Movement & Mobility
- CrossFit Endurance
- CrossFit Football
- Facial Movement Taping Level 1 & Level 2
- 2014 South East Regional Competitor
- 2013 Caution Grounds, Miami: 2nd
- 2009 Team USA Hockey: World University Games. Harbin, China
I started doing CrossFit style workouts about 10 years ago with my long time friend/trainer Charlie Dunifer, now owner of All Heart CrossFit in Kent, Ohio, who trained me for pre/post college hockey season. I tried bodybuilding, spinning, boxing and everything else under the sun. They were all great ways to get in shape but nothing came close to CrossFit to prepare me for the tough, long hockey season. I only wish I used this training program earlier in my life.
I started coaching in Ohio for various gyms eventually moving to Florida where I had the opportunity to coach more hours and gain more experience. I have helped many clients move forward on their journey to wellness, and many of them I am proud to say are still my friends to this day. Personally I have reached one of my fitness goals, which was to become a Regional competitor, and in 2014 I became a South East Regional Athlete. My goal now is to share my experiences and knowledge gained over the years to my members so they can pursue any dream they seek to achieve.
Education: Kent State University
- CrossFit L1
- USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
- Out of Step Barbell Open, 2nd place, 105kg class.
Previous Experience: Dragonfly CrossFit, head coach 2+ years.
I started CrossFit back in 2012 looking for a way to stay in shape for the Army. After competing with the Kent State powerlifting club, I needed a little more variety, tried out CrossFit SPC in Kent, Ohio and I was hooked.
My desire to coach CrossFit began with my small obsession with strength training. I was looking for an opportunity that allowed me to lift as much/often as possible. Once I found the opportunity to coach I quickly realized my passion for teaching and helping people better themselves.
In my time outside the gym I also work at Brain Balance, coaching kids to improve their fine motor skills and cognition.
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Education: Rochester Institute of Technology: Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering Technology
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Scaling Certificate
CrossFit Spot the Flaw Certificate
2015 Slam Fest – 1st Place
2016 Wodchester Games – 5th Place
Previous Experience: CrossFit Paradigm Performance, coach.
I was first introduced to CrossFit in 2014 after seeing some guys doing the Olympic lifts in the RIT gym during college. A few google searches led me to the CrossFit YouTube page. I became a fan of the sport and volunteered at the North East Regional in 2014, which was the first time I had actually seen a CrossFit workout in person. It looked way cooler than the bodybuilding stuff I was doing and people were actually having fun, so I decided to sign up for a local competition and actually try it for myself. That competition sparked the fire and I spent the next few months watching every single video on the CrossFit YouTube page and teaching myself how to do everything from the air squat to handstand walking. In October 2015 the “globo gym” I had been working out at closed, and I joined CrossFit Paradigm Performance.
After about a year of attending classes, I began regularly competing in both team and individual competitions, which have been my main athletic focus ever since. The community experience of Paradigm and especially my first Open experience got me interested in coaching. When two of the coaches at Paradigm re-located out of state, I jumped at the opportunity, got my Level 1 and began coaching.
Today, my major athletic goal is qualifying on a team for Regionals and my goal as a coach is to be an overall positive influence on the gym and an inspiration and facilitator of awesomeness to athletes.
My favorite part about coaching is seeing people achieve things that they never thought were possible. I strive to help people find the confidence and self-belief to crush their goals and continue to progress in all areas of health and fitness.
Hometown: New York
Education: AOS in Drafting and Design
CF Level 1
CF Level 2
Personal Achievements: My biggest personal achievement would have to be leaving a well paying job that I went to school for and deciding to coach full time and make CrossFit and general health and fitness my career path.
Previous Experience: CrossFit East River in NYC, and at CrossFit Delirium and Long Branch CrossFit in NJ. Before that I was an A/V Systems Engineer.