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 Elm City CrossFit Owners

Elm City CrossFit Owners

  BOBBY WHEELER    Never leave anything for the swim back.  It may be a cheesy paraphrase of a scene in the geeky [but all time great] sci-fi movie  Gattaca .  And, you may drown if you take it literally.  But, not a day goes by where that thought doesn’t go through my head.  Why?  Because for me, it serves as a clear reminder of the level of effort that I strive to put forth in everything I do. I have competed in sports my entire life.  Beginning with little league as a young buck, diving in high school, and rugby all through college and right on up through about 10 years of rugby after college, I have always been part of a team.  That seemingly came to a conclusion after my 4th ACL reconstruction in 2008.  After initially feeling sorry for myself post-op, I made a commitment to myself.  I would never say the words, “I used to be able to do ____________.”  Not when I was recovering and rehabbing, and certainly not as I get older.  I made a commitment to make myself faster and stronger.  CrossFit became my training program of choice to help me accomplish that goal.  As an athlete, I never leave anything for the swim back.  As a coach, I encourage you to do the same.  Go all out, always!  Push yourself to the limits, and give everything you’ve got.  Why worry about swimming back, when you can see what’s on the other side?   Current Certificates:  CrossFit Level 1 Certificate, CrossFit Running and Endurance Certificate, State of Connecticut Elementary Educator Teaching Certificate   Athletic Achievements:  Collegiate Rugby Select Side, Collegiate Women's Rugby Coach, 10+ Years Post Collegiate Rugby, 2009 CrossFit Northeast Qualifier's Competitor, 2010 CrossFit Northeast Sectional's Competitor, Savoy Mountain 22 Mile Trail Race, New Haven 20k Road Race, Bimbler's Bluff 50k Ultra-marathon, 2011 24 Hour Around the Lake Race 1st Mixed Team & 2nd OA   bobby.wheeler@elmcitycrossfit.com

BOBBY WHEELER

Never leave anything for the swim back. It may be a cheesy paraphrase of a scene in the geeky [but all time great] sci-fi movie Gattaca.  And, you may drown if you take it literally.  But, not a day goes by where that thought doesn’t go through my head.  Why?  Because for me, it serves as a clear reminder of the level of effort that I strive to put forth in everything I do. I have competed in sports my entire life.  Beginning with little league as a young buck, diving in high school, and rugby all through college and right on up through about 10 years of rugby after college, I have always been part of a team.  That seemingly came to a conclusion after my 4th ACL reconstruction in 2008.  After initially feeling sorry for myself post-op, I made a commitment to myself.  I would never say the words, “I used to be able to do ____________.”  Not when I was recovering and rehabbing, and certainly not as I get older.  I made a commitment to make myself faster and stronger.  CrossFit became my training program of choice to help me accomplish that goal.  As an athlete, I never leave anything for the swim back.  As a coach, I encourage you to do the same.  Go all out, always!  Push yourself to the limits, and give everything you’ve got.  Why worry about swimming back, when you can see what’s on the other side?

Current Certificates: CrossFit Level 1 Certificate, CrossFit Running and Endurance Certificate, State of Connecticut Elementary Educator Teaching Certificate

Athletic Achievements: Collegiate Rugby Select Side, Collegiate Women's Rugby Coach, 10+ Years Post Collegiate Rugby, 2009 CrossFit Northeast Qualifier's Competitor, 2010 CrossFit Northeast Sectional's Competitor, Savoy Mountain 22 Mile Trail Race, New Haven 20k Road Race, Bimbler's Bluff 50k Ultra-marathon, 2011 24 Hour Around the Lake Race 1st Mixed Team & 2nd OA

bobby.wheeler@elmcitycrossfit.com

  JOE KUSNITZ   Dubbed as “The Average Joe,” I was once a beer-drinking, cigarette smoking 310 pound guy. Through running and exercise I lost over 118 pounds in just under a year. Genuinely believing in the fight of the human spirit, I am an under dog by nature and can’t help myself in living life and leaving no obstacle untested. I use this same energy and desire towards sound training and smart decisions. Being a husband to a crossfitting wife and a father to three beautiful little girls, I find it a breath of fresh air knowing that a healthy lifestyle is a very important lesson and is neither elusive nor exclusive. Crossfit has brought a new understanding of fitness and wellness to our community. I welcome anyone interested who is an underdog to test your limits and come out victorious.   Current Certificates:  CrossFit Level 1 Certificate, CrossFit Running and Endurance Certificate, CrossFit Nutrition Certificate, CrossFit Olympic Lifiting Certificate, American Red Cross CPR   Athletic Achievements:  2011 24 Hour Around the Lake Race 1st Mixed Team & 2nd OA, Umstead 100 Mile Ultramarathon Finisher, 2010 Northeast Regional Qualifier, Half & Full Ironman, 50 Mile Ultramarathon, 50K Ultramarathon, Half & Full Marathons, 24-Hour Adventure Race, Century Cycle Race, Collegiate Rugby Select Side    joe.kusnitz@elmcitycrossfit.com

JOE KUSNITZ

Dubbed as “The Average Joe,” I was once a beer-drinking, cigarette smoking 310 pound guy. Through running and exercise I lost over 118 pounds in just under a year. Genuinely believing in the fight of the human spirit, I am an under dog by nature and can’t help myself in living life and leaving no obstacle untested. I use this same energy and desire towards sound training and smart decisions. Being a husband to a crossfitting wife and a father to three beautiful little girls, I find it a breath of fresh air knowing that a healthy lifestyle is a very important lesson and is neither elusive nor exclusive. Crossfit has brought a new understanding of fitness and wellness to our community. I welcome anyone interested who is an underdog to test your limits and come out victorious.

Current Certificates: CrossFit Level 1 Certificate, CrossFit Running and Endurance Certificate, CrossFit Nutrition Certificate, CrossFit Olympic Lifiting Certificate, American Red Cross CPR

Athletic Achievements: 2011 24 Hour Around the Lake Race 1st Mixed Team & 2nd OA, Umstead 100 Mile Ultramarathon Finisher, 2010 Northeast Regional Qualifier, Half & Full Ironman, 50 Mile Ultramarathon, 50K Ultramarathon, Half & Full Marathons, 24-Hour Adventure Race, Century Cycle Race, Collegiate Rugby Select Side

joe.kusnitz@elmcitycrossfit.com

  Eric Nadeau - Co-Owner Elm City CrossFit

Eric Nadeau - Co-Owner Elm City CrossFit

     DUSTIN KREIDLER   Growing up, I always wanted to be jacked. I read the books and tried to implement the routines, with varying results. The first book that truly resonated with me was Herschel Walker's Basic Training, which, in hind-sight, was basically CrossFit 15 years before it got trademarked. Weight lifting, sprints, plyometrics, gymnastics, cycling, rowing... you name it, it was in there. I did what I could in my bedroom and in the living room with my hand-me-down Joe Weider weight set . As a kid, I played soccer in the townie league for about 10 years, and I could RUN. After a few years off from that, I picked up ultimate frisbee in college. Cheap cleats and an extra 35# of weight weren't doing me any favors. I did some weight-room work, generally machine-oriented single-muscle movements... but man, could I move a lot of weight on the leg press! I was never slim, or jacked, by any measure, but I was big and strong. A few years later, a bit heavier, I went on [insert points-based diet here] to slim down for my wedding. It totally worked, and I shed all that pesky fat, and muscle, and had people asking me if I had been ill. Ever since then, I've been trying to recover the easy strength that came with being "the big dude." I was doing body building routines out of magazines when a friend first introduced me to CrossFit. He would do crazy intense workouts while I did my single-armed preacher curls and pec deck sets. When I finally asked him about it, he poured me my first shot of the CF Kool-Aid, and I was hooked.   With the mistakes I've made, I'm a HUGE fan of the real genius of well-programmed CrossFit:  Mechanics -> Consistency -> Intensity . I strive to enforce that code no matter who I'm working with, especially the ECC Kids classes. One of the primary tenets is to try to hold them back, because while the intensity may come naturally, the movement standards? Maybe not so much. No matter how cute they are, we're not afraid to no-rep them if it helps keep them safe.   Current Certificates:  CrossFit Level 1 Certificate, CrossFit Kids Certificate   Athletic Achievements:  2015 Bone Frog Challenge - North East, 2014 Spartan Sprint - Mohegan Sun, 2013 Tough Mudder Buffalo, 2013 Great American Mud Run NY, 2013 Spartan Sprint - Fenway Park, Boston, Syracuse Scooby Doom Ultimate Frisbee team '95-'99, Blue belt, Kenpo Jutsu karate   dustin.kreidler@elmcitycrossfit.com

 

DUSTIN KREIDLER

Growing up, I always wanted to be jacked. I read the books and tried to implement the routines, with varying results. The first book that truly resonated with me was Herschel Walker's Basic Training, which, in hind-sight, was basically CrossFit 15 years before it got trademarked. Weight lifting, sprints, plyometrics, gymnastics, cycling, rowing... you name it, it was in there. I did what I could in my bedroom and in the living room with my hand-me-down Joe Weider weight set . As a kid, I played soccer in the townie league for about 10 years, and I could RUN. After a few years off from that, I picked up ultimate frisbee in college. Cheap cleats and an extra 35# of weight weren't doing me any favors. I did some weight-room work, generally machine-oriented single-muscle movements... but man, could I move a lot of weight on the leg press! I was never slim, or jacked, by any measure, but I was big and strong. A few years later, a bit heavier, I went on [insert points-based diet here] to slim down for my wedding. It totally worked, and I shed all that pesky fat, and muscle, and had people asking me if I had been ill. Ever since then, I've been trying to recover the easy strength that came with being "the big dude." I was doing body building routines out of magazines when a friend first introduced me to CrossFit. He would do crazy intense workouts while I did my single-armed preacher curls and pec deck sets. When I finally asked him about it, he poured me my first shot of the CF Kool-Aid, and I was hooked. 

With the mistakes I've made, I'm a HUGE fan of the real genius of well-programmed CrossFit: Mechanics -> Consistency -> Intensity. I strive to enforce that code no matter who I'm working with, especially the ECC Kids classes. One of the primary tenets is to try to hold them back, because while the intensity may come naturally, the movement standards? Maybe not so much. No matter how cute they are, we're not afraid to no-rep them if it helps keep them safe.

Current Certificates: CrossFit Level 1 Certificate, CrossFit Kids Certificate

Athletic Achievements: 2015 Bone Frog Challenge - North East, 2014 Spartan Sprint - Mohegan Sun, 2013 Tough Mudder Buffalo, 2013 Great American Mud Run NY, 2013 Spartan Sprint - Fenway Park, Boston, Syracuse Scooby Doom Ultimate Frisbee team '95-'99, Blue belt, Kenpo Jutsu karate

dustin.kreidler@elmcitycrossfit.com

 Coach Greg

Coach Greg

  GREG TOWER (AKA GREG NICE)   Crossfit is certainly a good alternative to not doing CrossFit.  Crossfit is an essential part of my life for more than one reason.  I have always enjoyed being active, it is something I crave. The feeling of accomplishment and vital sensation has no substitute. While in college, it was easier to stay active.  Getting a group of guys together to play a game of football, volleyball, wiffleball, etc., was effortless. After college, it became more difficult to stay active while being a contributing member to society and working for a living. So to fill my constant need to be active, I joined a traditional gym.  Being in this environment was unsociable and unmotivating for me. I often found myself leaving after 15 minutes of being there (experts might say I have a small case of ADD).  Then I was introduced to Crossfit and I was hooked from day one! Crossfit presented me with an entirely new level of fitness. From high intensity interval training to weightlifting and everything in between there is not an aspect of CrossFit I don’t like. But it’s not just the fitness philosophy and work outs I enjoy; it’s the Crossfit life style and the ECC community I have truly come to appreciate.     greg.tower@elmcitycrossfit.com

GREG TOWER (AKA GREG NICE)

Crossfit is certainly a good alternative to not doing CrossFit.

Crossfit is an essential part of my life for more than one reason.

I have always enjoyed being active, it is something I crave. The feeling of accomplishment and vital sensation has no substitute. While in college, it was easier to stay active.  Getting a group of guys together to play a game of football, volleyball, wiffleball, etc., was effortless. After college, it became more difficult to stay active while being a contributing member to society and working for a living. So to fill my constant need to be active, I joined a traditional gym.  Being in this environment was unsociable and unmotivating for me. I often found myself leaving after 15 minutes of being there (experts might say I have a small case of ADD).

Then I was introduced to Crossfit and I was hooked from day one! Crossfit presented me with an entirely new level of fitness. From high intensity interval training to weightlifting and everything in between there is not an aspect of CrossFit I don’t like. But it’s not just the fitness philosophy and work outs I enjoy; it’s the Crossfit life style and the ECC community I have truly come to appreciate.  

greg.tower@elmcitycrossfit.com

  MARK KRAUCHICK JR.   Since the day I popped out of the womb, which I know wasn’t long ago, sports have been my life.  While most children were watching cartoons when they were seven, I was religiously watching Sportscenter.  I played every sport my parents would allow.  However, the one sport that transformed my life was football.  It was more than just a game to me. It was the practices that I never want to remember, those Friday nights I’ll never have again, and those brothers that I never had before.  The glory days ended and reality set in. I couldn’t have a cupcake without it going to my hips. Shortly after coming to this conclusion I jumped around a few globo-gyms until I was introduced to Elm City CrossFit. It was only after a week that I was unable to walk, but I was hooked. It may have been the shenanigans that reminded me of the old locker room, but it filled a void that I was missing since football ended. Like football,  Elm City CrossFit has been a lot more than just a gym to me.  The discipline, competition and camaraderie that CrossFit has shown me keeps me motivated to attain the goals set.  As the “Baby” of the group I look forward to not only growing as an athlete, but also as a coach.   Current Certificates:  CrossFit Level 1 Certificate, CrossFit Kids Certificate   markkrau@elmcitycrossfit.com

MARK KRAUCHICK JR.

Since the day I popped out of the womb, which I know wasn’t long ago, sports have been my life.  While most children were watching cartoons when they were seven, I was religiously watching Sportscenter.  I played every sport my parents would allow.  However, the one sport that transformed my life was football.  It was more than just a game to me. It was the practices that I never want to remember, those Friday nights I’ll never have again, and those brothers that I never had before.  The glory days ended and reality set in. I couldn’t have a cupcake without it going to my hips. Shortly after coming to this conclusion I jumped around a few globo-gyms until I was introduced to Elm City CrossFit. It was only after a week that I was unable to walk, but I was hooked. It may have been the shenanigans that reminded me of the old locker room, but it filled a void that I was missing since football ended. Like football,  Elm City CrossFit has been a lot more than just a gym to me.  The discipline, competition and camaraderie that CrossFit has shown me keeps me motivated to attain the goals set.  As the “Baby” of the group I look forward to not only growing as an athlete, but also as a coach.

Current Certificates: CrossFit Level 1 Certificate, CrossFit Kids Certificate

markkrau@elmcitycrossfit.com

 Brian Lee

Brian Lee

  Leslie Mordarski    My first memory of exercise is early 90’s, going to my mom’s aerobics class. For as long as I can remember, exercise has been a part of my life. Growing up, I played soccer, lifted weights ran, biked, and hiked. Although I loved staying active, I also was fighting crippling joint pain that would years later be diagnosed as fibromyalgia. In my early 20’s I was nearly 200 pounds, chronically in pain, drinking far too much and unhappy. Something had to give, and it turned out that a giant overhaul in nutrition was the key to getting back in shape and managing my chronic pain. I quickly figured out that it’s true, what you eat matters!  Flash forward a few years later, I was struggling to stay active, still binge drinking and was bored with the solo gym routine. I drove by Elm City Crossfit and decided it couldn’t hurt to check it out. At ECC I discovered friends and a community that would challenge me and give me the encouragement to grow as an athlete and as a person. ECC has taught me perseverance above all else - that when things get rough, you don’t give up, you just keep chipping away at it until your goal is reached. I continue to learn from the coaches at ECC and am thankful for the opportunity to share what I have learned with others.

Leslie Mordarski

My first memory of exercise is early 90’s, going to my mom’s aerobics class. For as long as I can remember, exercise has been a part of my life. Growing up, I played soccer, lifted weights ran, biked, and hiked. Although I loved staying active, I also was fighting crippling joint pain that would years later be diagnosed as fibromyalgia. In my early 20’s I was nearly 200 pounds, chronically in pain, drinking far too much and unhappy. Something had to give, and it turned out that a giant overhaul in nutrition was the key to getting back in shape and managing my chronic pain. I quickly figured out that it’s true, what you eat matters!

Flash forward a few years later, I was struggling to stay active, still binge drinking and was bored with the solo gym routine. I drove by Elm City Crossfit and decided it couldn’t hurt to check it out. At ECC I discovered friends and a community that would challenge me and give me the encouragement to grow as an athlete and as a person. ECC has taught me perseverance above all else - that when things get rough, you don’t give up, you just keep chipping away at it until your goal is reached. I continue to learn from the coaches at ECC and am thankful for the opportunity to share what I have learned with others.

  Carole Nasrallah    I have always played sports but I discovered CrossFit while working towards my doctorate in Neuroscience and Metabolism, and it quickly became a pillar in my life. I combined my passion for teaching and my love of CrossFit by becoming a CrossFit L1 trainer. And although my days as a neuroscientist are behind me, I will always carry with me the work ethic, the fascination for body mechanics and a science-based approach, always striving to stay on top of the latest knowledge in the field. The most rewarding aspect of my life is to help people reach their life and fitness goals, no matter what these are (deadlifting 550lbs, doing a muscle-up, getting double-unders, walking up several flights of stairs without being winded, being able to play with your kids or bend over to tie your shoes). There is no small progress. It is an honor to coach you.  Credentials: CrossFit L1 Kettlebell seminar for coaches with Jeff Martone CPR/EAD certified

Carole Nasrallah

I have always played sports but I discovered CrossFit while working towards my doctorate in Neuroscience and Metabolism, and it quickly became a pillar in my life. I combined my passion for teaching and my love of CrossFit by becoming a CrossFit L1 trainer. And although my days as a neuroscientist are behind me, I will always carry with me the work ethic, the fascination for body mechanics and a science-based approach, always striving to stay on top of the latest knowledge in the field. The most rewarding aspect of my life is to help people reach their life and fitness goals, no matter what these are (deadlifting 550lbs, doing a muscle-up, getting double-unders, walking up several flights of stairs without being winded, being able to play with your kids or bend over to tie your shoes). There is no small progress. It is an honor to coach you.

Credentials:
CrossFit L1
Kettlebell seminar for coaches with Jeff Martone
CPR/EAD certified

  Katie Beechem    I started CrossFit in 2013 for three reasons: to be better at my job, to be a better Ultimate Frisbee player, and to be strong enough to protect myself. Little did I know, it would change my life.  Before I found CrossFit, I idolized a physique that was unnaturally thin. And I nearly killed myself trying to achieve it, bouncing in and out of hospitals with anorexia and bulimia for 12 years. CrossFit gave me what I didn’t know I needed: a supportive community of people working to make positive changes in their lives, a reason to fuel my body, and an outlet for my competitive drive and obsession with numbers. But instead of trying to reduce the weight on the scale, I focused on increasing the weight on the bar.  As I grew stronger, so did my confidence and sense of purpose. Not only did I feel satisfied with my body, but I felt motivated to continue defying female stereotypes and to fight back against a culture that venerates frailty and feeds women’s insecurities. I love coaching others to achieve more than they believe is possible, and I feel incredibly privileged to be a part of other athletes’ journeys to improve their lives.  My favorite kind of workout is a long chipper, and my most memorable workout at Elm City is the now infamous 2-mile “death march,” which involved walking 2 miles with a heavy barbell.  Current Certificates: CrossFit Level 1 Certificate, CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certificate  Athletic Achievements: Competitive Level 9 gymnast, collegiate Ultimate Frisbee team captain, USA Ultimate women’s club team captain, University of Maryland Baltimore County women’s team coach, CT Powerfit Expo CrossFit team competitor, Yellowstone Half Marathon 2017, Glacier Half Marathn 2018, top 90 female athletes in CT (2017 CrossFit Open).

Katie Beechem

I started CrossFit in 2013 for three reasons: to be better at my job, to be a better Ultimate Frisbee player, and to be strong enough to protect myself. Little did I know, it would change my life.

Before I found CrossFit, I idolized a physique that was unnaturally thin. And I nearly killed myself trying to achieve it, bouncing in and out of hospitals with anorexia and bulimia for 12 years. CrossFit gave me what I didn’t know I needed: a supportive community of people working to make positive changes in their lives, a reason to fuel my body, and an outlet for my competitive drive and obsession with numbers. But instead of trying to reduce the weight on the scale, I focused on increasing the weight on the bar.

As I grew stronger, so did my confidence and sense of purpose. Not only did I feel satisfied with my body, but I felt motivated to continue defying female stereotypes and to fight back against a culture that venerates frailty and feeds women’s insecurities. I love coaching others to achieve more than they believe is possible, and I feel incredibly privileged to be a part of other athletes’ journeys to improve their lives.

My favorite kind of workout is a long chipper, and my most memorable workout at Elm City is the now infamous 2-mile “death march,” which involved walking 2 miles with a heavy barbell.

Current Certificates: CrossFit Level 1 Certificate, CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certificate

Athletic Achievements: Competitive Level 9 gymnast, collegiate Ultimate Frisbee team captain, USA Ultimate women’s club team captain, University of Maryland Baltimore County women’s team coach, CT Powerfit Expo CrossFit team competitor, Yellowstone Half Marathon 2017, Glacier Half Marathn 2018, top 90 female athletes in CT (2017 CrossFit Open).

 Coach Carly

Coach Carly