Owners:

Joshua Newman
Hari Singh
Court Wing

Full-Time Coaches:

Avery Wittkamp, Head Coach
Brian DeGennaro
Chris Cunningham
David Stogsdill
Erica Celini
Joseph Campbell
Josh McGregor
Kasey Heil
Kevin Prowse
Kyle Smith
Michael Bultman
Mike “Sully” Sullivan
Nick Lobotsky
Peter Reilly
Sara Carr
Shannan Wilson
Sofia Garcia-Garcia

Part-Time Coaches:

Allison Bojarski
Ben Koretz
Bobby Gorvetzian
Dustin Vye
Tom Tanzosh

Support Staff:

Allison Bojarski, Communications Director/Private Training
Amber Rodriguez, Membership Manager
Casandra Zuniga, Membership
Henry Reyes, Membership
Jamie Dennison, Facilities
Kevin Bouley, Operations Manager
Maria Boyd, Facilities
Mike Harrow, Facilities
Rafael Rosario, Facilities
Rob Fuller, Membership
Sabrina Santos, Membership
Sean Valdez, Membership
Stacey Pearson, Community / Marketing Manager
Stan Ilano, Membership

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Joshua Newman, Co-Founder and Co-Owner
josh@crossfitnyc.com

A serial tech entrepreneur and life-long science nerd, Joshua stumbled on CrossFit while looking for a better way to train for competitive MMA fighting and adventure sports like surfing, climbing and mountain-biking. He was intrigued but dubious, not believing that the short Workout of the Day would be enough to really get results. He did his first WOD on the way to the gym, thinking it would simply be a warmup: 400m walking lunges, for time. He never made it to the gym. The next morning, he missed his subway stop, as he was literally unable to stand up from his seat; he had to wait for the woman next to him to leave, so he could slide across and hoist himself up the side rail. From then on, he was hooked.

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Barbell Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Kettlebells Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Mobility Trainer Course

Hari Singh, Co-Owner
hari@crossfitnyc.com

After his first beginners’ class, Hari surprised the CFNYC coaches by not having a heart attack. He surprised them again by showing back up again for a second class later the same week. In the six years since, Hari’s consistency and hard work has paid off, as he’s now a member of the CFNYC Competition Team. For the past five years, Hari has also been putting his diligence to use as aa owner of the gym; with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University and an MBA from Columbia, he understands both how the electricity works at The Black Box works and why we need to pay the electric bill.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Barbell Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Mobility Trainer Course

Court Wing, Co-Founder and Co-Owner
court@crossfitnyc.com

Back in 2003, Court was an early but self-taught kettlebell adopter; he found CrossFit Seattle (formerly CrossFit North) as the founders Nick Nibbler and Dave Werner were the closest RKC-certified kettlebell instructors in the area. The two snuck a first CrossFit WOD upon Court under the guise of a kettlebell workout: 3 rounds of 10 snatches each arm, sprint 25 yards, 10 cleans each arm, sprints 25 yards, then 10 front squats each arm… for time. Once he regained enough blood-flow to the brain to enable conscious thought, Court was quick to recognize that CrossFit was going to be big. He trained at CF North, where he received his CrossFit Level 1 certification, until he headed back East as one of the very earliest CrossFiters in New York City.

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Coaches Prep Course
  • CrossFit Barbell Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Kettlebells Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Nutrition Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Mobility Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Trainer Course

Avery Wittkamp, Head Coach
avery@crossfitnyc.com

Avery discovered CrossFit after scouring the Internet for more information on ultra-marathons and kettlebells in 2007, though she was initially intimidated to see the day’s workout called for “an insane amount of pull ups – like 50″ when she couldn’t even do one. A few months later, still spending hours on the elliptical trying to stay in shape, she met CFNYC co-founder Court Wing by chance, and was dragged to one of the first classes at the gym’s then-new first location on 38th St. Though she left the first class unable to lift her arms above her head, or walk down stairs for the next week, she’s come a long way since; now, she can bang out a 50-pullup workout with ease. Avery coaches the CFNYC Team program, and specializes in working with athletes that focus on Olympic Weightlifting, while still including CrossFit workouts for their primary conditioning, as well as with rehabbing athletes, and beginners who – as she once did – struggle to meet those first milestones like a real pushup or pullup.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Mobility Trainer Course
  • Basic Kettlebell Seminar (Steve Kotter)
  • Balanced Running Seminar (Jae Gruenke)
  • Shoulder Mobility Seminar (Deb Parsons & Alec Hellner)
  • 150-hour Volunteer Internship at Hospital for Special Surgery in the Physical Therapy and Joint Mobility Departments
  • 2010 Regionals CFNYC Team Member, CAINgames 2011 Team Member

Brian DeGennaro, Coach
brian@crossfitnyc.com

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Chris Cunningham, Coach
chris@crossfitnyc.com

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

David Stogsdill, Coach
david@crossfitnyc.com

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Erica Celini, Coach
erica@crossfitnyc.com

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Joseph Campbell, Coach
joseph@crossfitnyc.com

Originally from Southern California, and of Mexican descent, Joe was brought up on a diet of corn, corn and more corn; as a result, by 3rd grade, he already weighed 180 lbs. As an adult, he made the decision to change his life for the better, and found CrossFit online. In his first 90 days, he cut 95 pounds of fat from his body. It took him six months to reach his first kipping pull-up, and another year to hit Fran as RX’d, but Joe has been focused on constant, incremental, improvement ever since. He’s now one of the strongest athletes in the gym, and a CrossFit certified trainer; he coaches at CFNYC to pass along his passion and first-hand experience with transforming a life through fitness.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Mobility Trainer Course
  • Carl Paoli Gymnastics Freestyle Seminar

Josh McGregor, Coach
joshm@crossfitnyc.com

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Kasey Heil, Coach
kasey@crossfitnyc.com

Kasey started her athletic career as a rower. She competed for three years in high school, before being recruited to Washington State University, where she received her degree in Kinesiology. During summers in college, she coached a masters rowing program out of Los Gatos, California. Once she graduated, she became a full-time high school and masters’ rowing coach, and began to dabble in triathlons in order to keep fit. Kasey moved to New York to attend Columbia University for a Master’s Degree in Applied Physiology. As triathlons didn’t compare to the level of intensity or competitiveness Kasey had faced in rowing, she began to search for something new. She found CrossFit, and was hooked from her very first workout.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Kevin Prowse, Coach
kevin@crossfitnyc.com

Kevin started CrossFit in September 2006 when he attended one of the original CFNYC Central Park workouts – before CFNYC even had a space of its own. His own training at the time had been leaning heavily towards kettlebells, gymnastics, and movements like the deadlifts and presses, so CrossFit was a natural fit. Through CrossFit, Kevin quickly became interested in Olympic weightlifting; he now competes at both a local and national level. He remains one of CFNYC’s best Olympic lifting coaches, and loves working with enthusiastic and determined athletes of all ages.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer Course
  • USAW Level 2 Senior Coach

Kyle Smith, Coach
kyle@crossfitnyc.com

Kyle discovered CrossFit while trying to figure out how the dudes from the ’300′ movie got those rockin’ six packs. Though he spent the next two years mainly Olympic weightlifting with only a dash of CrossFit, after he relocated to NYC, he decided to focus on the sport of fitness. Now, as a coach, he has two primary objectives: getting really strong, and having fun – passions that he shares with our members. Kyle also writes in the health and fitness space and reads a lot of nerdy books.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Strongman Trainer Course
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Michael Bultman, Coach
michael@crossfitnyc.com

Originally from the farmlands of Northwestern NJ, Michael has been a constantly varied human being, as well as an athlete, for his entire life. Michael moved to NYC after earning degrees in Music Performance and Business at Monmouth University, (you should ask him about his incredible taste in music) and found Crossfit to be the perfect solution for his endorphin addiction. A former collegiate wrestler and long distance runner, Michael focuses on endurance, and high intensity training, and enjoys spreading his undying love for Olympic lifting to new Crossfitters, even those with short femurs. While away from the gym his nose is buried in geeky books on anatomy, weight lifting, Paleolithic cooking, and nutrition, in hopes of improving his snatch PR through power of mind. He is also a golfing enthusiast and a great eater of beef which, fortunately, never did much to harm his wit.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Endurance Trainer Course

Mike “Sully” Sullivan, Coach
sully@crossfitnyc.com

Sully first heard about CrossFit in 2009, when he was coaching at the leading ski and snowboard academy on the East Coast, the Stratton Mountain School. As a professional snowboarder, and as a coach at the amateur and professional level, Sully saw quickly how effective CrossFit workouts would be, both in the gym and on the mountain. He moved to New York in 2010, and began training at CFNYC, where he was thrilled to find a real community of athletes that shared his enthusiasm. Sully aims to make members feel comfortable in a new environment, and motivates them through positivity. He thrives on the success of his athletes, and wants them to leave each workout feeling that they’re moving toward meeting their goals.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Strongman Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer Course
  • AASI Level 3 Snowboard Coach
  • USASA Level 200 Snowboard Coach
  • USSA Snowboard Coach

Nick Lobotsky, Coach
nicklobo@crossfitnyc.com

Nick comes from one of the original CrossFit families, and has been talking, breathing, and bleeding CrossFit for six years. It all started in a barn, in 2008, when Nick opened Hudson Valley CrossFit with his brother and father, one of the first CrossFit boxes in the state outside of New York City.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Mobility Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Nutrition Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Rowing Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Strongman Trainer Course

Peter Reilly, Coach
peter@crossfitnyc.com

After playing lacrosse from the age of eight through a college career at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Peter wanted to find something that would bring him a similar sense of competition and drive. From his first On Ramp class in 2011, Peter new that was CrossFit. Through CrossFit, he’s become better perform his physical duties as a firefighter, and is an infinitely stronger skier (he no longer stops in at the lodge after each run). Most importantly, he embraces the incredible sense of community that CFNYC and CrossFit as a whole represent. Peter was a member of the CrossFit Strongman Seminar staff and specializes in strength work (boasting a 265# atlas stone to shoulder), while consistently working on his endurance and metabolic conditioning.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Strongman Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Strongman Trainer Course – Training Staff Member
  • CrossFit Self Defense Course

Sara Carr, Coach
sara@crossfitnyc.com

Sara found CrossFit NYC in March 2009, when a friend convinced her to try a class. With a strong gymnastics and heavy lifting background, she expected to crush everyone there; instead, she got smoked by Jacinto Bonilla, a 70-year-old man. Immediately hooked, she left her globo-gym for good. Sara is a Golden Gloves boxer, placed 4th in the NY/NJ 2010 CrossFit Games sectionals, and has a French horn performance degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Mobility Trainer Course
  • American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer

Shannan Wilson, Coach
shannan@crossfitnyc.com

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Sofia Garcia-Garcia, Coach
sgg@crossfitnyc.com

Sofia stumbled on Crossfit while searching for a workout routine a little more exciting than hours on the elliptical. Humbled by her first experience in an On Ramp class in Connecticut, Sofia slowly but steadily made her way to competent CrossFitter and then qualified coach. Not known for her athletic prowess throughout college and high school (despite the occasional tennis game and a childhood of horseback riding), old friends still find it difficult to believe that Sofia unassisted pull ups, much less sets of them. Sofia has devoted her time to becoming a strong, well-rounded Crossfitter and to trying to inspire those who believe that they will never be strong or fit themselves. While not in the gym, Sofia loves to cook, and reads to an almost obsessive degree.

Crossfit Level 1 Trainer

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Ben Koretz, Coach
ben@crossfitnyc.com
Ben’s athletic career started with wrestling in high school. In college Ben became a stereotypical gym rat (upper body only of course) but eventually got bored and became addicted to long distance running. After years running 20-30 miles a week Ben found himself “fast but weak”. A very good friend of his recommended Crossfit and after his first workout (the Filthy Fifty) Ben was hooked… and sore. He loved the balance of gymnastics, weightlifting, and cardio that no other sport provided. After years of consistent attendance and excellent coaching by the CFNYC staff he’s managed to gain almost 30lbs and decided to coach others as well. His philosophy with regards to Crossfit is simple; the workouts are hard, the community is amazing, and the results are real.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Bobby Gorvetzian, Coach
bobby@crossfitnyc.com
After a childhood honing his stickball skills on the streets of Queens, Bobby headed off to play baseball at Concordia College. After declining an offer to play independent pro baseball, he instead returned to campus, this time to coach the next generation of athletes. After finding CrossFit on ESPN, he hopped in himself, and quickly discovered that his years of coaching experience ported over perfectly to this new pursuit. Alongside his time spent training on our competition team, Bobby bowls badly, and grooms his beard.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Dustin Vye, Coach
dustin@crossfitnyc.com

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Mobility Trainer Course

Tom Tanzosh, Coach
tom@crossfitnyc.com

Tom was drawn to CrossFit after stumbling on a magazine article listing the toughest gyms in the USA. From his first workout – “Cindy”, a 20 minute “AMRAP” (As Many Rounds As Possible) of 5 pull ups, 10 pushups and 15 squats – he was painfully humbled and 100% hooked. Convinced that CrossFit is the most effective exercise program for real-world functional results, Tom has spent the past few years introducing CrossFit to his friends.
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  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Mobility Trainer Course

Allison Bojarski, Communications Director/Private Training
allison@crossfitnyc.com

Allison has been a part of CFNYC since we opened our doors in 2007. After teaching WOD classes and Elements for 6 years, she’s transitioned to a focus on private coaching. Everyone can benefit from functional strength training and working with intensity but many need to start with one-on-one training so that they can more safely and effectively learn the new skills necessary to succeed. She’s worked with everyone from grandmoms to the obese to FBI-agent candidates and can calibrate each client’s program accordingly.

Allison works with her clients on nutrition and lifestyle as much as she improves their squats and push-ups because most clients’ goals require positive changes outside of the gym setting. Client-centered coaching allows her to better serve her clients’ needs–each client is the best expert on her/himself. In addition to private coaching, Allison has also been our daily blogger for the past 5 years, curating daily links to fitness, health, and nutrition information to help a sizable worldwide readership learn and explore. To request a private session with Allison, email her here.

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Barbell Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Kettlebells Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Mobility Trainer Course
  • IKFF Certified Kettlebell Teacher (Level 1)
  • Catalyst Athletics Olympic Lifting Seminar
  • Paleolithic Solution Seminar
  • BodyTribe Winter Strength Camp 2010
  • Exuberant Animal Seminar
  • Brutal Recess (Chip Conrad)

Amber Rodriguez, Membership Manager
amber@crossfitnyc.com

An avid spin and step-aerobics enthusiast before CrossFit (no joke), one of Amber’s fondest memories is clutching at the remnants of her dignity as she hobble-stomped down a flight of subway steps the day after her Free Intro. Sold on the whole deal, she now considers lifting heavy things (far and fast – intense!) her favorite past-time. Born & raised in New York City; touching base in three of its boroughs, Amber graduated from Pace University in 2010 and spent her working hours in retail management. CrossFit NYC quickly became like a second home, and about a year into enjoying all this fitness, joined the Reception team. Amber is now the Membership Director and manages the Reception department. She can be identified by her glasses while working desk, or lack thereof while doing the WOD (she’ll be the one squinting in the general direction of the whiteboard). 

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Casandra Zuniga, Membership
cassie@crossfitnyc.com

Henry “Hank” Reyes, Membership
henry@crossfitnyc.com

Henry grew up in Long Island City, a scrawny kid who played tennis and baseball with friends, badly. In college, he put on fifty pounds of fat, and continued to play sports, even worse. In an effort to get in shape, he switched to a Physical Education major, and made good progress until he injured himself in the gym. Henry came to CFNYC for the hands-on instruction, and has since been back to fast results. He looks forward to switching over next to the coaching staff, on way to his dream job of introducing CrossFit to new NYPD recruits as a trainer at the Police Academy.

Jamie Denison, Facilities
jamie@crossfitnyc.com

Jamie grew up north of NYC, playing Pop Warner football in Spring Valley, New York. After moving down to New York City, he showed up for a job interview at CrossFit NYC with no idea what CrossFit was; a few weeks into the job, out of curiosity, he hopped in for a first WOD, and has very quickly become a serious athlete, gunning for a slot on the Competition Team. He looks forward to doing WODs head-to-head with his four-year-old Andrew, who soon may be able to match his own back squat.

Kevin Bouley, Operations Manager
bouley@crossfitnyc.com

Kevin discovered CrossFit NYC in 2012 after a serious accident in 2009 left him in the worst shape of his life. The dramatic results he experienced motivated him to leave his saxophone shop, which he co-owned since 2005, and join the staff at CFNYC. Combining his small business experience and love of CrossFit, Kevin’s goal is to help CFNYC grow for many years to come.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kettlebells Trainer Course

Maria Boyd,Facilities
maria@crossfitnyc.com

Mike Harrow, Facilities
mikeharrow@crossfitnyc.com

Rafael “Ralph” Rosario, Facilities
rafael@crossfitnyc.com

By the time Ralph turned eight, he already weighed 140 pounds; by his late teens, he topped out at 300#+, and his doctor told him he’d be unlikely to see age 25. After radical changes to his diet, and steady work on running and calisthenics, he discovered CrossFit on ESPN, and started hitting WODs to take his fitness to the next level. Since joining the CFNYC staff, he’s moved to seriously training the Olympic lifts, and hopes to one day make the US Olympic Team – or, at least, to look good naked along the way.

Rob Fuller, Membership
rob@crossfitnyc.com

Sabrina Santos, Reception
sabrina@crossfitnyc.com

Sabrina was born and raised in NYC. After playing volleyball through high school, she tried to stay in shape through cardio kickboxing, and the elliptical machine at her Globo Gym. Dragged to a CFNYC intro class by her friend Amber, Sabrina quickly discovered she had a side she’d never imagined: she could lift some serious weight. Armed with that knowledge, and as a lifelong WWE fan, while Sabrina is thrilled to work at CFNYC, she still secretly harbors plans to become The Undertaker’s female sidekick.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Sean Valdez, Reception
valdez@crossfitnyc.com

Stacey Pearson, Community & Marketing Manager
stacey@crossfitnyc.com

Stacey remembers being overweight from early childhood. Although she competitively horse back rode for years, and dabbled in a few other athletic endeavors here or there, nothing really stuck.

After nervously signing up for her first half marathon in 2005, having never run more than a mile, Stacey began a brief and tumultuous romance with running. She ran her first full marathon in 2009. The high from accomplishing such a feat wore off fast, and a month later she attended a Free Intro class at CFNYC. Looking for something more interesting, and way to get and stay in better shape, she found what she was looking for and more.

CrossFit wound up not just changing her waistline, it changed her mind. She credits CrossFit with enabling her to meet new and bigger challenges in life by teaching her how to fight through the doubting mind, and keep reaching for bigger and better. Stacey is now the Community and Marketing Manager at CFNYC and gets to share the magic of CrossFit with others for a living. #livingthedream

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Stan Ilano, Reception
stan@crossfitnyc.com

Stan played football in high school and loved the gym sessions.  While in college, he took up running, swimming and biking, but couldn’t get the satisfaction and adrenaline rush he remembered from his high school football days.  Surfing the web, he stumbled onto a video of somebody doing Fran.  Deciding to mimic the workout on his own, he almost passed out after 20 minutes of thrusters with horrible form and even uglier strict pull-ups. Over the years, Stan followed the Crossfit main site, viewed videos, read and soaked up as much knowledge as he could about Crossfit and changed his whole workout routine.  The fact that anybody can do a great workout with just a barbell and pull-up bar and feel completely winded is what Stan loves about Crossfit.  Its minimalism in equipment, the community that it binds together and the physical challenges keep Stan coming back for more.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer