Owners:

Joshua Newman
Hari Singh
Court Wing

Full-Time Coaches:

Avery Wittkamp
Brian DeGennaro
Chris Cunningham
David Stogsdill
Joseph Campbell
Kasey Heil
Kevin Prowse
Kyle Smith
Michael Bultman
Peter Reilly
Sara Carr
Sean McArdle
Sofia Garcia-Garcia
Mike “Sully” Sullivan
Nick Lobotsky

Part-Time Coaches:

Allison Bojarski
Ben Koretz
Bobby Gorvetzian
Courtney Salera
Kate Denny
Melissa Simson
Nick Walters
Shannan Wilson
Sofia Flynn
Tom Tanzosh

Support Staff:

Amber Rodriguez, Reception
Kevin Bouley, Operations
Casandra Zuniga, Reception
Henry Reyes, Reception
Mike Harrow, Facilities
Sabrina Santos, Reception
Stacey Pearson, Community
Stan Ilano, Reception

L1 Certified Members:

CFNYC’s member-base includes the country’s largest number of CrossFit Level 1 Trainers, which allows for unparalleled peer-coaching in classes. Members with Level 1 Certificates include:

  Adam Rashid     Adena Altman     Arsenio Jimenez     Arsenio Ruiz  
  Bethany Flora     Blake Eastman     Brian Sharp     Benjamin Martish  
  Cassandra Zuniga     David Dodge     Elaina Gemelas     Erin Stewart  
  James Keller     James O’Leary     Jason Wong     Jay Goebel  
  Jay Troop     Joe Bellisano     Joe Rosen     John Durant  
  John Landers     Jonathan Choa     Joshua Faucett     Kameron Mengel  
  Kevin Hayes     Lee Brown     Liz Williams     Marieli Zambrana  
  Mark Lohmann     Matt Dunne     Matt Laderoute     Melanie Hullings  
  Michael Brown     Michael Senft     Naveen Vennam     Philip Jonat  
  Sean Rogers     Seth Cipriano     Seth Pak     Sophie Blahd  
  Stan Strickland     Steven Weiss     Tim Rich     Tony Ferber  
  Tracey Wilson     Tyler Coppinger     Vickie Chiang     Daniel Lagana  

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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

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

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

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

Chris Cunningham, Coach
chris@crossfitnyc.com

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Brian DeGennaro, Coach
brian@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

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

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

Sean McArdle, Coach
sean@crossfitnyc.com

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

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

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

David Stogsdill, Coach
david@crossfitnyc.com

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

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

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

Avery Wittkamph, 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

Allison Bojarski, Coach/Communications Director
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 1 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)

Kate Denny, Coach
kate@crossfitnyc.com

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Sofia Flynn, Coach
sofia@crossfitnyc.com

As a Florida high school state champion, Sofia “Boss Coach” Flynn has remained capable and consistent as a CrossFit athlete. One free intro class was all it took and soon enough she was taking the next step into coaching. Her style can be described as clear and direct. While she maintains a commanding presence and doesn’t accept excuses, her greatest strength is her genuine interest in her students’ success. She takes the same passion for personal excellence and brings it to her coaching responsibilities. Boss Coach has trained a wide variety of students with diverse athletic abilities; ranging from first-timers to members of the CFNYC Competition team – and is available for private sessions.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Bobby Gorvetzian, Coach
bobby@crossfitnyc.com

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Ben Koretz, Coach
ben@crossfitnyc.com

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Courtney Salera, Coach
courtney@crossfitnyc.com

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Melissa Simson, Coach
melissa@crossfitnyc.com

While playing soccer and gymnastics throughout childhood and well into high school, Melissa’s favorite part of practice was always in the weight room. Looking for the next challenge, she started running marathons in college for fun. After one too many injures, Melissa took up cross fit solo in her local globo-gym in San Francisco. After a move to NYC, she walked into a Brooklyn- box free class so she could put a braggy coworker in his place by beating him in a WOD, and the rest is history.

Never able to sit still, Crossfit is able to feed her need for adrenaline and variance, while also giving her a good challenge. Melissa loves coaching the free-intros and elements because she wants to spread her love of Crossfit to others- oh and to prove that no, cross fit doesn’t make you bulky.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

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

Nick Walters, Coach
nick@crossfitnyc.com

Growing up with a father who was a three-sport prep school coach in Connecticut,
Nick’s love of competitive sports was carved out at an early age. Football, ice hockey,
basketball, baseball, golf, swimming, tennis; he was playing sports all year round.
After college, however, his way of staying in shape became limited to sets of “bis and tris” and “chest and back” (Legs? Who lifts legs?) and blasting out 45 minutes on the elliptical at the local commercial gym in Dallas, TX. Somehow, he never saw the results he was looking for. Then, in spring 2011, Nick reconnected with one of his old high school buddies in New York City who had been doing CrossFit at CFNYC, and who couldn’t stop raving about it. Nick started doing some of the workouts on his own in his local gym on the Lower East Side – from a first Fran in about 8 minutes using scaled weight and an assisted pullup machine. He’s come far since, and never looked back.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Shannan Wilson, Coach
shannan@crossfitnyc.com

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Kevin Bouley, Operations
bouley@crossfitnyc.com

Stacey Pearson, Community
stacey@crossfitnyc.com

Mike Harrow, Facilities
mikeharrow@crossfitnyc.com

Casandra Zuniga, Reception
cassie@crossfitnyc.com

Amber Rodriguez, Reception
amber@crossfitnyc.com

Stan Ilano, Reception
stan@crossfitnyc.com

Sabrina Santos, Reception
sabrina@crossfitnyc.com

Henry Reyes, Reception
henry@crossfitnyc.com