CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Trainer, CrossFit Rowing Trainer, CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer, CrossFit Movement and Mobility Trainer, CrossFit Strongman, CrossFit Running & Endurance, CrossFit Scaling Course
I am a 21-year police veteran, employed by the Paterson Police Department. Currently, I hold the rank of sergeant and am the assistant team commander of our department’s tactical team.
I discovered CrossFit late in 2007 while researching the different physical assessment tests that the military and other law enforcement agencies use. Like thousands of other people, I tried a few workouts, felt devastated and never looked back.
My story continues like so many others. I got together with two friends at our old high school (Passaic Valley Regional High School) and started to do the WOD on a pretty regular basis. Before long, we had three more people start meeting us and we purchased a few pieces of gear. After about a year, our wives began to do scaled versions of the WOD with us and that is when things really took off. Our wives brought a few of their friends and by the fall of 2009 there were more than ten of us who were meeting five days a week to “crossfit” together. With winter approaching, we were worried what was going to happen to our outdoor workouts so we found a one-car garage, but by the spring we outgrew that and moved into a two-car garage.
After space became an issue there the next natural step was to find a building and become an affiliate with CrossFit. Every single person in our group was behind the idea one hundred percent and told me that they would support me every step of the way. This experience has been amazing. Our little group of family, co-workers, friends and friends of friends already have that sense of community that takes time to develop in new affiliates.
My goal is to take advantage of my experience and share what I’ve learned over the past eight years of coaching and provide you with the highest possible level of instruction. I promise we can help you accomplish things that you never thought you could ever do.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Kids Trainer, CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Trainer, CrossFit Rowing Trainer, CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer, CrossFit Movement and Mobility Trainer, CrossFit Scaling Course, M.A. Counseling, B.S. Secondary Education/English, Supervisor of Guidance and Language Arts at Ridgefield Park Jr-Sr High School
My wife, Jamie, has always been an athlete. The majority of her athletic career was that of a high school volleyball coach for 12 years. After listening to me talk about CrossFit incessantly, she finally gave in and decided to give it a try after the birth of our daughter in early 2009. Since her first workout at the local P.A.L. field, she quickly became addicted.
For someone who has been a coach, a teacher and now a counselor, it is Jamie’s second nature to want to see people improve, achieve their goals, gain confidence and become better at whatever it is they choose. Because of this, it was a passion to be a coach at CFPV. To efficiently and effectively be able to help her athletes and continually provide them with the fundamentals of certain movements, she has completed several CrossFit trainer’s courses and is looking forward to more specialty courses soon.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Movement and Mobility Trainer, CrossFit Scaling Course, M.S. Exercise Science, B.S. Athletic Trainer/Sports Medicine, Certified Athletic Trainer through the NATA, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach through the NSCA, Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine
Larry currently works as the head athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach at Midland Park High School. Before arriving at MPHS, he was the head athletic trainer at Saddle Brook HS for two years and then continued his career at Ramapo College of NJ for five and a half years. Larry has been caring for and working with athletes of all abilities for over 17 years. He first heard about CrossFit after his wife came home from her first workout with Jamie and me. She brought him the next day and did a scaled version of “Helen” and became instantly hooked. He started training with us on a regular basis and when the opportunity to open CFPV presented itself, Larry helped convinced me that we should do it. Since the first day we opened, Larry has been a highly motivated coach who brings high energy that is contagious to the morning classes every day.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Kids Trainer, CrossFit Scaling Course, M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis, B.A. English Literature, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
Liz received a dual certification in General and Special Education and is currently a Behavior Analyst in the Ridgefield Park School District. Liz is no stranger to athletics and competition; she has been a competitive swimmer since she was 8 years old. During her college swim career at Franklin & Marshall, Liz was a team captain, Division III All-American and All-Centennial Conference first team and honorable mention selection. She earned first team honors in the 200 and 400 medley relays, while earning honorable mention honors in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Looking to continue friendly competition, she found CFPV in 2011. Although she prefers water sports over land sports, she displays her true athleticism daily in the gym. Her dedication is contagious and her true passion for fun and competitive fitness has always shined through since she started coaching at CFPV in 2013; she is always everyone’s biggest cheerleader.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Kids Trainer, CrossFit Scaling Course, M.S. Educational Administration, B.A. English / Managerial Economics, Middle School English at Ridgefield Park Jr-Sr High School, Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at Ridgefield Park Jr-Sr High School
Nicole’s athletic career began as a three-sport varsity athlete at Ridgefield Park High School where she played Volleyball, Basketball and Softball on State Championship teams. She was a 1,000 point scorer and an all-league and all-county player. She continued playing basketball at Union College for four years where she was the captain of her team and set school records. Upon graduating college, Nicole began her coaching career at her alma mater as a volleyball and basketball coach. She is finishing her tenth year coaching basketball and fifth season as the Head Girls Basketball coach. She was awarded Bergen County’s Coach of the Year in her first season and Big North American Coach of the Year for four consecutive years. She has led her team to two state sectional appearances and has acquired four Division Championships in her her time as head coach. Nicole is a competitive and passionate coach whose knowledge in athletics has broadened into the realm of CrossFit as one of our coaches since 2013.
Level 1 CrossFit Trainer, CrossFit Scaling Course, CPR, AED and First Aid certified, Epinephrine Auto-Injector trained, Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Prevention trained and concussion in Sports-What You Need to Know trained.
Kelly Lallave received her Bachelors of Science degree in Health & Physical Education from Montclair State University and is currently employed by the Dumont BOE as an Elementary Physical Education & Health teacher. Not only was Kelly a three-sport high school varsity athlete playing on several championship teams, she is currently the Freshman Volleyball coach and Junior Varsity Basketball coach at Dumont High School. As a coach at CFPV since 2013, she shares her love of athletics and friendly competition and is innovative in her approaches when leading a class.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Trainer, CrossFit Strongman, CrossFit Scaling Course
Harry is a self-employed businessman who found CrossFit like most people…he was looking for ways to improve his health and general fitness. He walked in the doors of CFPV, loved every aspect of it and never looked back. Harry has been coaching at our affiliate since 2012 because he has a true passion for helping others and seeing people succeed and find happiness. His enthusiastic approach is contagious; there is no doubt you will love being in his class.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Scaling Course
Robby, a coach at CFPV since 2015, is no stranger to sports. During his high school career, he was a football player at West Milford High School. He learned about CFPV when Coach Jackson brought him in for his first workout. Immediately, he fell in love with the competition, the community and the idea of getting fit while having fun. He has dedicated himself to living a healthy life and sharing his love and knowledge of CrossFit with everyone who is in his class.
CrossFit Strongman, CrossFit Scaling Course
Steve is a 13 year veteran of the Paterson Fire Department where he now holds the rank of Captain. A graduate of William Paterson University, Steve has always had a passion for athletics. He was a collegiate pitcher for William Paterson University’s Pioneers baseball team. In 2002 he went on to play professionally with AA Chicago White Sox and the Newark Bears. in 2004, one of seven seasons of professional independent league baseball, he was named Pitcher of the Year, posting a 6-3 record with 2 saves and a 2.15 ERA in 46 relief appearances. Opponents batted only .163 against him and he struck out 68 batters in 75.1 innings of work. He has been coaching at CFPV since 2012 and brings his love of sport and fitness to every class. His intensity is enjoyed by all!
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Trainer, CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer.
Jackson is currently a Fire Captain with Paterson Fire Department where he has worked for the last 21 years. After suggesting that CrossFit may be a better strength and conditioning program than the one that he was currently following, he was all in. Like Larry, he has been part of the “garage crew” since we started and became more and more involved with the coaching of new people who came to try CrossFit for the first time. Jackson has been coaching at CFPV since we opened. With all of this experience he has developed a really keen eye in spotting movement faults and correcting them.
Crossfit Level 1, CrossFit Kids, Crossfit Powerlifting, Crossfit Mobility, CrossFit Competitor’s Course
Sheila is a self-admitted CrossFit addict, paleo enthusiast, dog lover who has found her true passion in coaching and competing. Before starting CrossFit in October 2011, Sheila was a gym rat who religiously curled dumbbells and spent hours each week on an elliptical with minimal results and a hunger for a workout that was more “exciting.”
After catching the 2011 CrossFit Games reruns on ESPN in September 2011, Sheila looked at her husband, said, “Why do those girls get to be on TV? I can do that,” without realizing just how hard those ladies in the Games worked, and found herself at CrossFit Dewitt the following Monday. Unable to control her competitive spirit, or her drive to be the best athlete she could be, Sheila found herself WODing every day, setting new goals and crushing her weaknesses.
In April 2012, Sheila received her CrossFit Level 1 certification and began coaching at CrossFit Dewitt. Introducing people to CrossFit, helping members reach their goals and pushing athletes to succeed both in and out of the box has become as much of a passion for Sheila as competing. She coaches with a belief that her clients will feed off her passion and enthusiasm, and will succeed with consistent, energetic coaching.
34th Place – 2016 CrossFit Games
1st Place – 2016 CrossFit Games Central Regional
6th Place – 2015 CrossFit Games Central Regional
25th Place – 2014 CrossFit Games
2nd Place – 2014 CrossFit Games Northeast Regional
10th Place – 2013 CrossFit Games Northeast Regional
24th Place – 2012 CrossFit Games Northeast Regional
4th Place – 2012 Beast of the East
1st Place – 2012 WNY Hammerhead Series