110 Little Falls Rd, Fairfield, NJ 07004

Karen Agrifolio

Owner/Head Coach
CrossFit Level 2
CrossFit Aerobic Capacity Cert

With almost 20 years experience in the fitness industry, CrossFit has changed the way I view fitness. Prior to 2008, I taught spin, aerobics, kickboxing, and various other group fitness classes, but none has given me the strength, confidence, and sense of community that CrossFit has provided. I pride myself in building a box that is not only disciplined in technique and intense in training, but also supportive of each others’ efforts and successes. As a Masters CrossFit athlete, I bring guidance to those who are just starting out, programming for the athletes who are training to be stronger and faster, and strategy for balancing work/rest for all athletes. I look forward to coming into work every day watching people push hard, succeed, and support each other.

Personal

Personal: Married to Frankie (the behind-the-scenes mastermind); mother of Carly and Victoria…Favorite Place to Vacation: Down the shore…On TV I Always Watch: Top Chef…Along With CrossFit, I Like To: Watch Carly’s tennis matches and Victoria’s ballet performances…My Favorite Cheat Meal: A dish of macaroni with some nice antipasto…My Biggest Fear Is: Driving over bridges…My Favorite Sports Team: New York Giants…Favorite CrossFit Movements: Handstand push ups and double unders…Least Favorite CrossFit Movements: Rowing and wall balls…Fun Fact: I got my first and only tattoo at 48…Before CrossFit: I was an elementary school teacher.

Carly Agrifolio

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Aerobic Capacity Cert

Throughout high school, I was a competitive tennis player. I found CrossFit with my mom in 2009 and I thought I didn’t need any type of “off season” training. My first 2 years of college, I put on a substantial amount of weight and knew I needed to do something about it. I was eating Wendy’s 4x a week and ate pop tarts all the time (never trying one until I got to school). Soon after, I had transferred to be home and found my love for tennis again and started actually using CrossFit to my advantage. I was credited for turning the Ramapo College Women’s Tennis program around and leading us to the best record in 24 years. I am a 3x First Team All Conference player for both singles and doubles and I would have not been able to do that without my mom and other coaches at 153.

Personal

Personal: I am a recent graduate of Ramapo College and studied Graphic Design. Favorite Place to Vacation: California. On TV I like to watch: Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Botched, Game of Thrones. Along with CrossFit, I like to: Eat and play tennis. My Favorite Cheat Meal: Chipotle. Biggest Fear: Fire. Favorite CrossFit Movements: Snatches. Least Favorite movements: Pull-Ups and Toes To Bar. Fun Fact: I was on HGH for 4 years. Prescribed of course. Before CrossFit: I thought I was the greatest athlete ever. My views were soon crushed..

Kris Edwards

CrossFit Level 1

Being active has always been a major part of my life however being “fit” recently became a huge dynamic in my lifestyle. My background in physical activity and exercise comes specifically from Martial Arts. After 15 years of training, I am a 4th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and a Level 5 Instructor at local Taekwondo School, Talium. In my 15 years of training I have participated in competitions all over the United States. My biggest achievement is taking 1st in the ATU National Competition for sparring at the age of 17. After this milestone I continued to train to spar up till I was 19; this is where my life would shift gears in a different direction. I realized that sparring was taking a huge toll on my body both mentally and physically so I decided to start coaching my students. This left a huge hole in my life which I decided to try to fill with long distance running. A few months went by and I had developed enough capacity to run 8-12 miles a day, 4-5 times a week; but this got boring. At this point I was willing to try anything to keep my exercise binge going and found CrossFit through a friend. I tried one workout and like everyone’s first WOD I was crushed and addicted. For a while I followed the CrossFit Main site and worked out in a convectional gym. But after a few months of people staring at me while I did workouts and figuring the many restrictions I had while trying to do workouts, I looked for a nearby box. After extensive research about a few of the local gyms around me, I walked into Exit 153 in January of 2014 and haven’t turned back since.

Personal

Personal:  I’m currently a Criminal Justice Major at Montclair State University and I enjoy working and playing with kids of all ages. Favorite Place to Vacation: California and Florida, I enjoy getting to new places but I’m still learning to enjoy the whole flying thing. On TV I like to watch: Arrow and The Flash, I’m big into comics and superheros. Along with CrossFit, I like to: Relax, hang out with friends, and play pickup games of almost anything. My Favorite Cheat Meal: All the cheat meals, you can ask anyone at our gym – if you say food, Kris will be there. Biggest Fear: Bugs. Favorite CrossFit Movements: Snatches, Wall balls, and Rowing. Least Favorite movements: Thrusters and Handstand pushups. Fun Fact: Much of the CrossFit methodology is applied when I’m coaching my Taekwondo competitors and when I conduct a regular class. I like to think it gives my students an edge. Before CrossFit: I had minimal weight training experience.

Chris Morgan

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Olympic Lifting Cert
CrossFit Gymnastic Cert

Being involved in law enforcement for 23 years has brought a unique set of experience as well as challenges. After graduating the police academy, I was working 12 hour rotating shifts and unfortunately my priority to fitness took a back seat. I started to feel the stress of my job and the lack of sleep soon took a toll on me. I resorted to unhealthy eating habits as well as smoking and drinking. It wasn’t until ten years ago when I made a conscious decision to change my life. I joined a gym and soon hooked up with an experienced strength and conditioning coach. CrossFit was the next logical step for me and I never looked back. The daily challenges and constant variety, combined with structured programming, experienced coaching and amazing community keeps me coming back. I love coaching people and watching them learn and grow as athletes.

Personal

Personal: Favorite vacation destination: Key West. Favorite tv show: The Walking Dead. I love the Yankees. Favorite meal: my mom’s chicken casserole. Favorite CrossFit Movement: Snatch. Least favorite: Burpees and running.

Tommy Paranzine

CrossFit Level 1

Most people who do CrossFit remember their first workout very vividly.
So I will share mine with you.  I played four years of college hockey.
At the time of my first CrossFit workout I was preparing for my
Sophomore season.  In a conventional gym for time: 21-15-9 thrusters,
GHD sit ups and push ups.  After the longest 12 minutes of my life I
was staring at the ceiling in a state of discomfort I had never felt
in 15 years of athletics.  I was hooked. It was one of my most
humbling athletic experiences.  I thought I was in good shape, I was
skating four to five days per week and in the gym three to four days
per week.  Immediately, I knew I needed CrossFit to prepare my mind
and body for the upcoming season.  I stuck with my plan and
implemented “CrossFit” workouts into my strength programing.  When the
season started I immediately saw the benefits of CrossFit programming.
For the remainder of my college career I used CrossFit to make me the
best possible hockey player I could be.

Personal

Outside of the gym I enjoy playing men’s league hockey, golfing,
surfing, boating and water skiing.  My favorite food is Chicken
Francese.  Favorite TV show: Sopranos.  Favorite movie: Miracle.
Sports teams are Devils, Giants and Yankees.  I hate birds.  Favorite
movements: squats and cleans .  Least favorite movements: running and
rope climbs.

My favorite part about CrossFit as an athlete or coach is the
quantifiable progression you see every time you walk into the gym.  It
is rewarding, motivating and a whole lot of fun.

Bri Szczepanski

CrossFit Level 1

Since I was a young girl, I’ve always been athletic – playing kickball and climbing trees, which soon became playing soccer and running track. I played team sports throughout my college years, and on a few rec soccer teams once I hit the real world after graduating. Running has always been a passion of mine, and I hit the pavement as much as I could. I had the obligatory globo-gym membership, but really didn’t put much effort or passion into using anything but the treadmill. Then, I bought a groupon for his new thing called CrossFit, having no real idea of what I could even expect. Fear of the unknown had me waiting until the last possible day to cash in the coupon. But once I finished my first wod, I was immediately hooked. CrossFit brought back the rush I had missed from playing on a team, and that feeling of pushing yourself to the absolute limit. After partaking as an athlete in the sport for a few years, I got my Level 1 Certification and began coaching. That experience has been more fulfilling than I could have ever imagined. Watching someone who said “I can’t” realize they actually CAN and DID, in the company of a community that has become a family, is worth every gym membership in the world. And at the end of the day, that’s what this is really all about.

Personal

Personal: 2009 graduate of Montclair State University, currently pursing my second degree in nursing.

Favorite place to vacation: The good old Jersey beaches of Wildwood Crest
On TV I like to watch: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, American Horror Story, This is Us, Gas Monkey Garage, and any food or medical related show.
Along with CrossFit, I like to: Mountain bike, ski, hike, run, go to NJ Devils games, gallivant through NYC.
My favorite cheatmeal: A big, messy cheeseburger with an ice cold beer.
Biggest fear: Regret.
Favorite CF movements: Cleans! All day, the heavier the better.
Least Favorite CF movements: Deadlifts and thrusters. Not tall people friendly.
Fun Fact: I love doing things that scare the crap out of me… like skydiving.
Before CrossFit: I had no glutes, and couldn’t do a pull-up if my life depended on it.