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