Coaches

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Denise Miccoli - Owner
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach, Mom of 2
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Denise is a champion for fitness, an advocate for healthy living and has been personal training for more than 13 years before starting CrossFit. She loves helping people in many ways, she has found the positive impact that she can make through fitness can touch peoples lives in so many ways. She loves the community that CrossFit creates, a sense of belonging for many. Seeing her members succeed is what drives her to become the best Owner, Coach and Mom and Wife she can be. She loves her #CommunityWithHeart

 

 

Dan Gladston
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Brand X Training

I've always loved moving and staying active.  Whether it was playing sports or just biking around town with friends, you could probably find me outside.  I found it difficult to stick to one sport in high school because I wanted a taste of everything, but I
knew I had to stay active throughout my college years.  During the summer before starting college, however, I got lazy and barely did anything physical besides an occasional bike ride or some recreational tennis.  I also developed terrible eating habits, and while I didn't gain any serious weight (thanks overactive metabolism), my body composition changed significantly and I was slowly losing athleticism and motivation to exercise.  I decided to take action and enrolled myself in a fitness class that semester.  As the months rolled by I was growing tired of the monotonous routine and knew that I was on the road to burning out.  I started doing workouts from a video program with my mom that used elements of CrossFit so I decided to investigate.

The rest is, as cliché as it may sound, history.  I've been a "CrossFitter" for just over two years now and it has become a passion I never knew I had.  CrossFit is not only the sport of fitness, it's a lifestyle that has positively impacted the lives of so many around the world.  I became a coach to spread my love of health and fitness and to be there to celebrate each victory, no matter how small.  The best part of CrossFit is that the learning process is never over, nothing is ever easy, and the community is full of amazing people.

 

Steve Antoine
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Brand X Method Trainer, Licensed Massage Therapist

image1I wasn't always into health, fitness and CrossFit, I wasn't always into sports as I had to be dragged into training sessions and forced to perform. I was severely overweight my whole life; I was a 10­lb newborn, 60­lb 1 year old, 180­lb 9 years old 200+ preteen, 250+ teen and as an adult my heaviest was 320­lbs. I had the worst nutrition and ate until I couldn't stand at times. One of my biggest turning points and the catalyst was after my daughter Siena was born. I remember trying to get off the couch with this little baby and I couldn't find the breath or strength to do it. I was 24 years old clear over 300 pounds and I couldn't get off the couch with my daughter!? I literally had to pass her off to my now wife Valerie stand up then take her back in my arms, I was breathing heavy and slightly sweating from simply standing up I decided things were going to change so I got serious about my health, I had a degree in communications with TV and radio broadcasting, but went back to school for massage therapy with my wife holding a doctorate in physical therapy; we thought it be fun to be able to work together.

While in school for MT I found some CrossFit footage on Youtube looking for exercise tips. This started a spark which became the fire that still burns in my heart now. I'm very passionate about health, fitness and the way CrossFit prescribes them both. I determined to get in shape and pursue CrossFit inside of a year I dropped 100 pounds and became motivated not only to improve myself but be a motivator of others to do the same. Now my passion for doing WOD's and workouts leads me to a passion for coaching and watching others improve whether it be with the olympic lifts, gymnastics, improving on a benchmark workout or even losing or gaining weight.

Jannicka Makk
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

I’m a native of Stockholm, Sweden and started my athletic career as a swimmer. After leaving my swimming career behind and working as a nurse for several years, I started working in the fitness industry where I have enjoyed working for the past fourteen years. Received the CrossFit level 1 trainer certification back in 2013 and also have the CrossFit Gymnastics certification .In addition to CrossFit , I also hold certifications in Spinning and Les Mills BodyPump and am also a certified Personal Trainer.

Since moving from Sweden to the U.S. in 2007, I have been working in the fitness industry in South Carolina, North Carolina and for the past three years up in the New Jersey area.

I have been coaching CrossFit for four years and I also teach Spinning. In 2014, I started with obstacle racing and enjoy running Spartan races and also other obstacle races. I am an outdoor person and enjoy hiking and camping in the mountains. Have a passion for coaching CrossFit and gets a lot of energy helping others succeed. I am so happy and fortunate to have found CrossFit Mahwah. I really feel at home here!

I currently reside in Glen Rock, NJ. I am married and have two children; Fanny (23) and Elvira (16).

 

Tina Pieciak
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Attitude Nation Level 1 Seminar, FuBarbell Olympic-style Weightlifting Rules

I am not the athlete with a storied athletic background. I never did sports as a kid, other than attempts at swimming and tennis in image1high school. What I am is someone who never knew what they were capable of till they found the right outlet, and a desire to be more. I heard about CrossFit the summer of 2010. My first workout was 100 burpees for time, which I had to scale to 50 "plank" burpees and it still crushed me, even as those around me cheered in support of my efforts. As I watched another girl complete the 100 (unscaled) burpees, I thought, will I ever be able to do that? There was only one way to find out: keep going. When I saw an opportunity to improve myself in the gym, I took it.  I visited nearby CrossFit boxes and took educational seminars, including a 2-day workshop on strength development, gymnastics, and progressions with Dave Lipson and Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet. I kept at it, and in the years since then I've become an active CrossFit competitor, having competed in more than 10 competitions (both as an individual and as part of a team). This sport has made me an athlete, and the gym is my respite. It keeps me centered and reminds me that I can push myself to be more -- confidence in the box breeds confidence outside the box. Becoming a coach has given me the opportunity to share this confidence by showing other people what they are capable of and breaking through their perceived limitations. And if I can make that one hour of gym time the favorite part of someone else's day, then I feel I have succeeded as a coach.

Sonn Sam
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

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I have been a CrossFit athlete for about 4 years.  During this time I have come to truly respect and love the sport.  Physical fitness has always been a passion of mine because I have strived to remain active and healthy.  However, CrossFit has taken my passion to another level.  Through CrossFit, I have learned the relevance and connectedness of mind, body, and spirit.  All elements interplay with one another and are in need of each other in order for one to reach his/her full potential. My passion for the sport, love for working with people, and admiration for my own coaches, have all inspired me to become a coach. In 2014, I attained my CrossFit Level 1 Certication and have never looked back. CrossFit is a sport that you need to approach with a sense of humility. With the right mindset, the rewards of CrossFit are truly endless.

 

 

JV Agay:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

For 27 years, I absolutely loathed any kind of physical activity. I would play an occasional pick-up basketball game or friendly softball match. But I was never really into working out on a consistent basis. As you can imagine, I was completely unhealthy and on the brink of succumbing to every heart disease known to man. The summer of 2010 rolled around and I was looking down two very distinct paths: I had the choice of either moving up another pants size to a 38, or I could finally take my health into my own hands and make a change. I chose to never again look at myself in the mirror weighing in at 211 pounds.
 
By winter of the same year, I had successfully lost 61 pounds using a popular diet program. Unfortunately, what I had not figured out at that point was how to maintain my new found health without the diet program. Enter CrossFit. My brother, a fellow CrossFit Coach, introduced me to what I now consider a lifestyle, and from that point forward I knew CrossFit was the answer. Suddenly, working out on a consistent basis did not seem like a chore. Gone were the days of loathing the gym or doing anything physically challenging. I embraced CrossFit and how it changed my life, and then I had yet another choice in front of me: I could continue down the road and explore personal opportunities CrossFit has opened up for me, or I could share my insight into what I have learned and help others achieve the same healthy lifestyle I have found. There is no doubt in my mind that choosing to be a Coach has been one of the most fulfilling achievements of my life.

 

Mike Santa Maria:
CrossFit Gymnastics Certification, CrossFit Powerlifting Certification

Michael has always been passionate about fitness. A high school and collegiate wrestler, Michael has always been in search for the best training regiment to help him gain an edge on his competition. After being led to CrossFit by a family member he was instantly hooked. His enthusiasm for training is only equaled by his enthusiasm to help others meet and exceed their goals. Michael has a passion for training and inspiring others.