Rick Callahan – Head Coach & CrossFit Program Designer

About Rick:
“As an athlete in high school and college, I have seen the levels individuals can rise to in the spirit of both competition and camaraderie above and beyond their normal abilities. I had never thought to integrate these elements into my own training program, until I discovered CrossFit. Going to the gym is no longer something I need to drag myself to when I am not in the mood, it is something I truly look forward to. This is owed to the proven results CrossFit provides and to the exceptional community and environment surrounding it. If you want to work hard, test your limits, and be a better athlete, CrossFit is the avenue, end of story.”

Favorite Sport: Basketball
Favorite Food: BBQ
Favorite Movement: Power Clean

Qualifications:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Strongman Trainer
BA, MS Mechanical Engineering

Kristin Pineo (KP) – Coach


About KP:
KP started CrossFit in January 2010, and was instantly inspired by the incredibly supportive community, the broad and inclusive physical challenges, and the universal scalability of the workouts. Her desire to attain some important personal goals, (a body weight backsquat, eliminating her dependence on her inhaler, being in better shape than she was in her 20s), pushed her beyond what she thought was possible, and led her to become a coach. She is passionate about bringing new members into the CF community, especially young people and adaptive athletes. When not in the box, (or dissecting frogs with small children), KP may be found surfing, hiking, or chasing after her beloved pup, Lola.

Favorite sport: Baseball (watch), Kayak (do)
Favorite food: Fish tacos…in Baja
Favorite movement: Deadlift

Qualifications:
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Kids
CrossFit Weightlifting
Adaptive Athlete certified
B.A., Sociology/B.A., Art
M.Ed., Elementary Education

David Schneider, CSCS – Coach

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About Dave:
David has an energetic passion for sports and fitness. Excelling in sports at an early age fueled his competitive spirit, which he still holds today. After college David found that passing on this spirit and teaching others how to improve their abilities satisfied his desire to excel as a team.

David has been doing CrossFit since 2013, and knew this was something to be excited about because everyone could do it no matter what their experience level. Even though most workouts are
done individually, there is an enormous team atmosphere and support system in CrossFit that David relates to from his experiences in sports. His attitude, drive, and passion to help others creates a fun and educational environment. David embraces the gym’s motto “Stronger Together” every day by helping others reach their goals.

Favorite Sport: Soccer
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Movement: Squat Clean

Qualifications:
NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Collegiate Soccer player
Collegiate Football player (Kicker)
Collegiate Practice Squad Basketball player
High School Baseball State Champion
Former Soccer Coach
Former Baseball Coach
3rd Place in Kiwanis Regional Punt, Pass, and Kick
BS, Finance
MA, Mathematics

Matt Van Kleeck – Coach

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About Matt aka “Frog”:
Matt is committed to helping others live a healthy lifestyle. CrossFit was introduced to him on a work trip to Cody, Wyoming in someone’s garage. He immediately found a new passion and has been a CrossFit athlete ever since.

Matt grew up a coach’s son and strives to continue the legacy providing inspiration and motivation for others towards achieving their goals. He is passionate about helping people maximize their potential through fundamental and technique driven training. He was drawn to the tight knit community and team building that CrossFit fosters but also thrives on the competitiveness that comes with pushing his own athletic limits.

Favorite Sport: Basketball
Favorite Food: Surf n Turf…and Bacon. (Especially if that surf n turf is wrapped in Bacon)
Favorite Movement: Jump rope, Push-ups, and Burpees…The fundamentals.

Qualifications:
CrossFit level 1 Trainer
Functional Movement Systems FMS Professional
Collegiate Track & Cross Country runner
BS, Business Management

Matt Pitney – Coach

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About Matt:
Since starting CrossFit in 2013, Matt was instantly hooked.  Coming from an athletic background where he played both collegiate football and volleyball, as well as semi-pro rugby for seven years, Matt enjoys the community and team environment that CrossFit provides.  Even with his past years of athletic competition, Matt firmly believes that his overall fitness has never been better since starting CrossFit.  Matt enjoys coaching because he loves to help people and share in their successes every day.  As a coach it is important to Matt that others enjoy CrossFit and its sense of community as much as he does.

Favorite Sport: Football
Favorite Food: Everything
Favorite Movement: Clean

Qualifications:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
B.S Communications, M.A Business Administration

Jeremy Potash – Coach

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About Jeremy:
Jeremy’s favorite part of coaching is helping athletes empower themselves to get the most out of their hard work. He believes proper form is the key and provides individualized support, instruction, and motivation to achieve this goal. With years of experience as an active outdoorsman and CrossFitter, he never forgets what it was like on his first day and hopes to make those days and all between as fun, productive, and rewarding as possible for every athlete.

Favorite sport: Hockey
Favorite food: Yes, please.
Favorite movement: Snatch

Qualifications:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
NYS Paramedic
BS, Computer Science and Classics

Nick Robertson – Coach


About Nick:
Growing up in NH and going to college in VT, fitness was inherent in my outdoor lifestyle. Gymnastics and tennis were a big part of my youth, and the origin for my appreciation of movement and technique. After college, I found a new passion in tennis, coaching. As someone who focuses on kinesthetic awareness, it was rewarding to help young players discover that skill. After moving to Boston for grad school I struggled to find exercise that kept my interest, until I discovered CrossFit. Through CrossFit I rehabbed chronic injuries from my youth, becoming stronger, fitter, and mentally tougher. I established lifelong friendships and eventually took on coaching. Coaching CrossFit has been the perfect marriage of my love for teaching and my passion for fitness.

Favorite sport: Tennis
Favorite food: Candy (Good & Plenty)
Favorite movement: Pull-ups and Double Unders

Qualifications:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Collegiate Tennis Player
BS Biology
MS Biomedical Sciences

Al Ramos – Owner & Coach


About Al:
Coach Al might look serious, but those who know him well know that he always enjoys sharing a laugh. He’s all business with the barbell, but he’s also a husband, father of two, and cardiac nurse. Always approachable and willing to help, don’t hesitate to ask him anything!

“I’ve always had a passion for lifting weights and having fun. Starting CrossFit in my late 30’s was a challenge, due to mobility restrictions related to years of distance running and neglecting overhead lifts. But Watch City brought that passion back, in a safe and social atmosphere. I’m all about giving 100% but also being able to flip that switch and have fun between sets and joke around. I believe that everyone is stronger than they believe themselves to be, both physically and mentally. The horizon really starts at your feet.”

Favorite Sport: Football
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Movement: Deadlifts & pullups

Qualifications:
CrossFit Level 1
USAPL Powerlifter
BA, Psychology
RN, MSN