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Dan Sullivan »

Owner, Trainer

Dan Sullivan

Owner, Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2009

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I often credit CrossFit with saving my fitness career. I had been working in the fitness industry for over 12 years when I came across CrossFit in 2010. At the time I had become burned out on the traditional approaches to exercise and strength and conditioning. CrossFit’s methodology and ideology was exactly what I needed to rejuvenate me and that it did. I began by experimenting with the archived workouts on the CrossFit main site and from there I began to explore the opportunity to open my own affiliate. Fast forward 6 years and I am now a co-owner of CrossFit The Rack and I firmly believe that getting into CrossFit was the most important and rewarding decision I have made in this industry.

Why did you become a trainer?

I have been a fitness professional since 1998. I started off with personal training and have since held positions including Fitness Director, Head of small Group Training and Director of Professional Education for different health clubs. However, I have always held onto the dream of owning and operating my own gym. I ultimately became a CrossFit coach in an effort to make this dream into a reality. Since obtaining my Level 1 CrossFit certification I have found coaching in CrossFit to be the most rewarding experience of my career in fitness. The people I work with are highly motivated, eager to learn and incredibly receptive to being coached. I love helping people reach their fitness goals and exceed their wildest expectations. I truly embrace the opportunity to work with such an amazing community of people.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Squat Clean Thruster

What is your favorite cheat food?

Oreo Cookie Milkshakes with Whipped Cream

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Deadpan because he’s the contrarian superhero

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 3 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Weightlifting
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • MA Exercise Science
  • NASM CPT
  • NASM CES
  • CPR/AED

Patrick Sullivan »

Owner, Trainer

Patrick Sullivan

Owner, Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2010

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I sort of stumbled into it in college in 2002 and it stuck. I started with training clients one on one doing the usual one hour session with each client a 1 to 3 times a week. When CrossFit came around and started gaining some attention in around 2009/10 we took an interest and saw a great opportunity to help a broader community.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Anything with deadlifting or squatting

What is your favorite cheat food?

Beer and pizza

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Probably DareDevil seeing as he turned what some might see as a limitation into a strength.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Concept 2 Rowing

Daniel De Rienzo »

Owner, Trainer

Daniel De Rienzo

Owner, Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2011

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

Take my fitness to the next level.

Why did you become a trainer?

I recognized how effective this style of fitness was and believed I could help change people’s lives with it.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Clean and Jerk.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza or Spaghetti

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Batman, I like his choice in cars.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

Jody Pescatore

Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2013

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I’ve been an athlete since I was very young and I always loved pushing myself to learn and become better every day.

Why did you become a trainer?

I wanted to take my passion for fitness and help others achieve their goals and believe in themselves.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Clean & Jerk

What is your favorite cheat food?

Donuts!!

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

My Mom! She’s overcome so many obstacles, is strong in so many ways and helps others before helping herself.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Weightlifting
  • NASM CPT
  • UCanRow2 Indoor Rowing

Doug Cronk »

Trainer

Doug Cronk

Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I always wanted to find something that would keep me in shape- and keep my interest. Just before starting CrossFit, I was on the treadmill and outside for long runs on a regular basis. The problem was, it was a chore- and I didn’t feel like I was in better shape. CrossFit gave me the variety and challenge- and results I had been looking for.

Why did you become a trainer?

I love it and always enjoyed sharing my knowledge with new/er members. I also wanted to better understand why CrossFit worked,- and why it had taken me and so many others so long to figure it out. The ability to teach others was a bonus.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Anything that makes friends question my sanity.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Grilled chicken. Ha! Cookie dough, straight up.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Wonder Woman. Flies in an invisible plane and doesn’t care that people can see her, sitting in the sky.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Mike Fox »

Trainer

Mike Fox

Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2011

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

A chance to be in a healthy, competitive environment, work with an amazing group of people, and, with my midlife crisis in full swing, it is much healthier (and cheaper) then a Porsche and a hair transplant.

Why did you become a trainer?

An opportunity to pass on what was taught to me, and what I have discovered. Nothing is more fulfilling to me than seeing a newcomer accomplish something they never thought possible.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Uh??…thrusters???

What is your favorite cheat food?

Chocolate filled twinkies

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Aquaman….because I know nobody will pick him. Poor guy.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • Certified massage therapist
  • ..and, according to my kids… a certified dork

Dmitriy Mazur

Trainer

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I was tired of regular gyms and conventional training programs that always yielded minimal results for me and wanted to try something different

Why did you become a trainer?

I saw firsthand the results that CrossFit can deliver and wanted to help others in their fitness journey just as my coaches helped me

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?

I know it’s weird but I enjoy Burpees. Also enjoy Muscle Ups and Snatches

What is you favorite cheat food?

Oreos or anything with chocolate

Who is your favorite superhero and why?

Batman because he had no superpowers

QUALIFICATIONS:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer

Ryan Nova »

Trainer

Ryan Nova

Trainer

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I got into it simply because I loved the physical condition Crossfit athletes are in! The competitors look amazing and I wanted to look that way. I also realized as we get older, we lose mobility and movement unless we continue to move. CrossFit is a great way to perform complex movements a typical gym routine or weight lifting regime wouldn’t include.

Why did you become a trainer?

Life is short & we only have one shot at living it. I realized that if I was going to work that I might as well do something I enjoyed. I loved fitness and helping people. Being a trainer checks those two markers!

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?

My favorite CrossFit movement is the Thruster!

What is you favorite cheat food?

A  delicious cheeseburger preferably from Zinburger!

Who is your favorite superhero and why?

Spiderman because he looks pretty ordinary but he is super strong, fast, and nimble. He has an amazing sense of things going on around him.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Trainer
  • Stick Mobility Certification Level 1
  • TRX Qualified in Suspension Training, Functional Training, and
  • Rip Training
  • Trigger Point Foam Rolling Level 1
  • Attended Perform Better’s “Learn-By-Doing” 1 Day Seminar in 2018 + 2019