Diogo Dias »

Head Coach, Co-Owner

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Diogo Dias

Head Coach, Co-Owner

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2015

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I got into fitness because I wanted to get stronger and fitter for college soccer. However after 2 years of working out at a globo gym I joined an affiliate and immediately got hooked. The combination of functional movements being performed at high intensity won me over and now I can not see myself doing anything else.

Why did you become a trainer?

To guide people into a healthier life and help people become the fittest version of themselves.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Hand stand push ups and cleans

What is your favorite cheat food?

Burgers especially the peanut butter bacon burger from Tiffs

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Superman because of his super strength

Kareem Shanawani »

Coach, Co-Owner

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Strongman
  • USAW Sports Performance Coach
  • CrossFit Scaling
  • CrossFit Kids

Kareem Shanawani

Coach, Co-Owner

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I played lacrosse and wrestled in high school. Being outdoors and playing sports has always been the highlight of life for me. I take any opportunity to be outside and be active; whether it’s playing frisbee, throwing a football, playing a pickup game of basketball, or throwing around a Barbell. My love of fitness stems from my desire to be strong.

Why did you become a trainer?

I enjoy helping others achieve their functional fitness goals. It is heartwarming and inspiring to see people achieve their goals in fitness, like witnessing the moment when someone gets a personal record in their mile time or on their squat.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Clean

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza and Oreos, not together.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Captain America or the Green Lantern

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Emily Meyerowitz

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

What attracted me at first to CrossFit was the variety of the workouts, never doing the same one twice, as well as the combination of strength and endurance elements. Despite the fact that I had been going to the gym for years, there were plenty of movements which were new to me and it was a bit intimidating. It took me a while to get comfortable with much of the lifting and the idea of doing an unassisted pull-up seemed like a goal out of my reach but I was focused on improving both. Eventually, after much hard work and some great coaching from Dan at Maelstrom, my lifting has improved dramatically. And the last time I tested myself, I was able to do 23 unbroken unassisted pull-ups.

Why did you become a trainer?

I particularly enjoy working with beginner women at our gym, many of whom have little experience with much of the exercises. I think it helps that I can relate to their apprehension and can therefore coach on a more personal level. The kids and teen classes are also really fun to coach. Helping them improve their fitness is incredibly rewarding.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Burpees

What is your favorite cheat food?

Ice cream

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Green Lantern

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Liz Spinner

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I was looking for something new and challenging. I’ve run marathons and triathlons, spinning, boot camp, etc. I wanted to incorporate more lifting in my exercise routine because I knew it would do more for my body and overall fitness level.

Why did you become a trainer?

I have so much fun, I wanted others to experience the fun and challenge of CrossFit.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

My favorite movements are the new and challenging movements that I learn.

What is your favorite cheat food?

French fries and dark chocolate

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Wonder Woman. She’s sexy and strong at the same time.

Jermaine Burrus

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2015

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I joined a globo gym after graduating high school mid 2012 to keep myself occupied. After a while I grew tired of the regular Chest & Tri’s and Back & Bicep’s routine, and slowly started to fall off training until CrossFit found me. An affiliate had opened up attached to the globo gym and the head coach sold me on the idea of CrossFit. After trying a few classes and realizing I wasn’t in such great shape, I signed up and never looked back.

Why did you become a trainer?

Simple enough, I like to see people evolve. To have been able to play a roll in helping people reach their goals in that realm is very satisfying to me.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

I pretty much love all pulling movements, but ultimately I love the Snatch.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza, no question

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Black Panther, I love the high skilled martial arts.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Jeff Gattens

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I have been an endurance athlete competing in marathons and adventure races since 1998. I love challenging myself and I wanted to take my training to the next level. Plus lifting weights, hanging from bars, and jumping on boxes is pretty cool.

Why did you become a trainer?

I love teaching people new skills and watch them push themselves to do things they never thought they could. The surprised reaction you get from people when they hit a PR lifting weights, run faster, or do a pull-up for the first time is a great feeling and rewarding as a coach.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Squat cleans

What is your favorite cheat food?

Reese’s peanut butter cups. I am powerless against them!

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Superman is cool. He just has so many powers who wouldn’t want to be like that?

Andrew Page »

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Qualifications:

  • Strength Coach for NBA, EuroLeague, EuroCup, USA Olympians

Andrew Page

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

What Year Did You Start?

2005

Why Did you Get Into Strength & Conditioning?

Science-heavy gym rat since high school.

Why Did You Become a Trainer?

I am fascinated by human movement and love working with people to help them grow their capacity

What’s Your Favorite Movement?

Single Leg RDL (heavy loaded)

What’s Your Favorite Cheat Food?

White rice – could eat with every meal

What’s Your Favorite Superhero and Why?

Batman – he optimizes his human skills.  And I love the Nolan films.

Jon Tush »

Head Wrestling Coach

Qualifications:

  • Mentor to dozens of high school and college wrestlers
  • Served as NYAC Wrestling Interim Chairman
  • Currently NYAC Wrestling Club President
  • Owner and Coach of the Garage Gym Wrestling Club which has produced multiple New Jersey and New York state champions and multiple HS and NCAA All-Americans

Jon Tush

Head Wrestling Coach

What Year Did You Get Into Wrestling?

1975

What’s Your Favorite Movement?

Forward

What’s Your Favorite Cheat Food?

Chinese Food

What’s Your Favorite Superhero and Why?

Popeye, I am what I am and so is he.

Nick Heilmann »

Assistant Wrestling Coach

Qualifications:

  • 3x NJ State Place winner at South Plainfield High School
  • NHSCA All-American
  • Division I wrestler at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • Former Carolina Wrestling Club Head Coach

Nick Heilmann

Assistant Wrestling Coach

What Year Did You Start Wrestling?

1997

Why Did you Get Into Wrestling?

Grew up in South Plainfield which had a successful wrestling history. Started in the recreation program and never stopped from there.

Why Did you become a Trainer?

To teach and help younger wrestlers succeed in wrestling and in life after wrestling.

What’s Your Favorite Movement?

Misdirection High Crotch

What’s Your Favorite Cheat Food?

Ice cream

What’s Your Favorite Superhero, and Why?

Batman because he’s just a regular guy and doesn’t actually have any superpowers.