Meet the CrossFit Coaches

ABOUT US

CrossFit Hoboken is home to some of the most talented and sought after coaches in New Jersey. Their collective knowledge and experience span everything from Olympic lifting to Bikram yoga. Our team is patient, kind, and most importantly, productive. Whether you’re a newcomer or veteran athlete, we can and will elevate your fitness.
  • Ryan Erasmus

    Ryan is the general manager and head Olympic lifting coach at CrossFit Hoboken. Over the years, he’s competed as a gymnast and a weightlifter on a national level. To date, he’s earned multiple titles and awards as a South African National Weightlifting Champion and record holder, African Championships medalist, and the current World Masters Weightlifting Champion. When he was invited to bring his talents to CrossFit Hoboken, he knew he could make a serious impact.

    As a coach, Ryan specializes in weightlifting, Olympic lifts, plus power and gymnastic movements. He pushes athletes to improve and eventually surpass their personal records. After all, aren’t records meant to be broken?

    Certifications:

    • B.A. in Human Movement Science Hon. Sport Science
    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Kettlebell
    • NSAM
    • TRX Certified IWF Olympic Solidarity Coaching
    • USA Weightlifting Level 1
  • Ryan Bailey

    Ryan’s a former collegiate basketball player who discovered CrossFit while living in Miami. After briefly training at a local box, he moved to Illinois where he was given his first opportunity to coach. It was a move that would change his life forever. Ryan loves working with other athletes and enjoys bringing physical and mental balance to their lives. It really is the gift that keeps on giving.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Level 2
    • CrossFit Weightlifting Level 1
    • CrossFit Gymnastics Level 1
    • CrossFit Gymnastics Level 2
  • Alex Lima

    When it comes to training, diversity is key. Head Coach Alex Lima has had a hand in organized sports like baseball and individual challenges like road and mountain biking. “I’ve always tried to put in time at the gym, but like most people, I get bored easily. But at CrossFit Hoboken there are a variety of training options that piqued my interest.”

    Alex loved the workouts but was also drawn to the community. “The spirit of the gym is what kept me coming back. Later, I took my Level 1 and asked the owner if there were any coaching opportunities available. The rest is CrossFit history.” Alex enjoys learning how to use his body in new ways and keeping the retirement home at bay.

    Certifications:

    • BirthFit
    • CrossFit Level 1
    • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Strength and Conditioning
  • Ted D’Amico

    Ted is an Olympic lifting coach who specializes in the Snatch, Clean and Jerk. His long and impressive athletic career began with wrestling as well as track and field. The latter of which he competed at a Division III level where he won the Empire 8 Conference Championship in the pole vault. When Ted began CrossFit, it opened the door to his next big challenge – lifting. Since joining, he’s competed in Division A at the USA Weightlifting National Championships, the University National Championships, and the US Open Championships.

    “Following my passion for Olympic weightlifting, I pursued a Level 1 coaching certification to better my understanding of the sport as both a coach and an athlete.” Ted has always been passionate about self-improvement and helping others reach their athletic goals.

    Certifications:

    • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance
  • Bhakti Patel

    Bhakti didn’t take the traditional route to CrossFit. First, she earned her stripes in Bikram yoga before even touching a barbell. Then, she began CrossFit training at a box in Georgia where she learned mental toughness by prioritizing thinking and speaking positively. Bhakti’s coaches saw potential in her and knew she was in it for the long haul.

    “It’s taken me years of trying, failing but persisting to get to where I am today. I still have a lot to learn. If CrossFit makes you happy, stick with it, learn from the tough days, enjoy the great days and keep persisting because that 1 percent will compound.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Judges
    • CrossFit Level 1
  • Sarah Cascarino

    Growing up, Sarah spent her free time playing basketball and soccer. Although she enjoyed both, neither took her fitness to the next level. “After playing sports in high school, I found myself sedentary in college.” In 2013, she moved to California and tried CrossFit on a whim. That chance decision changed the course of her life and career. “I left with a bunch of new friends and a newfound respect for fitness.”

    Since joining CrossFit Hoboken in 2015, Sarah has opted to focus on Olympic weightlifting. She’s passionate about two things in life: good movement and good food!

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Mobility
    • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance
  • Matt Aquino

    Matt has always been a well-rounded athlete. As a youth, he competed in multiple sports, including basketball. It’s a balancing act he continues to this day by participating in local competitive leagues. Matt was an early member of CrossFit Hoboken, who made the transition into coaching via our Coach’s Development and Internship program.

    “I know the harm the daily grind of a 9 to 5 can have on our bodies. That’s why I combine my training experience with the knowledge of numerous medical professionals to get our athletes moving safely. I believe time in the gym is a chance to focus on your personal goals, turn up some music, and blow off some steam.”

    Certifications:

    • BirthFit
    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Scaling
    • CPR Certified
  • Chad Flanick

    Chad is a former Varsity swimmer and diver (Syracuse University), who made the eventual leap to CrossFit. “Having been a member at CFH for a few years, spending hours and hours in the gym, I wanted to share what I’ve learned and come to love about the CrossFit lifestyle.”

    Chad is passionate about CrossFit and its universal scalability. He believes everyone is on their own physical journey and CrossFit allows us to progress together but at our own rate. “The key is to get a little bit fitter every day.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
  • Jon Bevacqua

    Coach Jon has over 15 years of personal training experience under his belt. His athletic background includes football, basketball, track, and of course, CrossFit. He joined CFH because of the challenging workouts and the competitive yet supportive atmosphere. As a coach, he pushes everyone to improve themselves both mentally and physically. Jon believes having a connection with each member offers a better chance at helping them achieve their goals.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Kids
    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Strongman
  • Rocky Warden

    Rocky’s more than a coach, he’s a certified competitor who qualified for CrossFit North East Regionals (2011) and placed 26th overall. He also earned the top spot in the CrossFit Hoboken Winter Challenge (2013). In 2007, while an active member of law enforcement, Rocky was introduced to CrossFit and has been hooked since Day 1. He earned his Level 1 certificate and coached in Florida for several years before making the jump to New Jersey in 2011. He’s dedicated to this lifestyle, our community, and their goals.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Strongman
    • Milford Camp
  • Scott McKinnie

    Scott has been an athlete all his life. Growing up, he played recreational soccer and lacrosse. In high school, he picked up football which he continued throughout college. After training as a member at CrossFit Hoboken, Scott took the plunge and joined the Coach’s Development and Internship program. “After completing the course and observing classes, I worked my way into the coaches’ rotation and have been changing lives ever since!”
    “I’ve got a passion for helping people achieve things they didn’t think were possible. I’m driven by the desire to instill our members with both physical and psychological toughness to develop their full potential.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
  • Kurt Schenck

    Kurt has played soccer and basketball all his life but has maintained a soft spot for CrossFit. “I have always had a particular admiration for the advanced athletes and coaches of our sport. So much so that it was an early goal of mine to become one. I worked hard, did research, and learned as much as I could about proper training.” Kurt earned his Level 1 certificate and has a respectable level of expertise in multiple areas of performance.

    “I’m passionate about constantly striving to be a better version of myself and leading the way for others to do the same. As a coach, I am afforded the opportunity to help others improve through attitude, work ethic, fitness, and health.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
  • Joanne Deni

    Joanne is a former NCAA soccer and lacrosse champion, who began CrossFit at its birthplace – California. “I was missing the competitiveness of collegiate athletics and needed to desperately fill that void. Also, I was approaching 30 years old and noticed some weird shifts in my body. I needed a new workout to get my butt back in gear.”

    Now, with nearly a decade of experience under her belt, Joanne’s entire outlook has changed. She’s dedicated to living a healthy and active lifestyle and wants to help others develop similar goals and habits.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Level 2
  • Katie Eades

    Katie went from acclaimed Division II tennis player to award-winning CrossFit competitor. It sounds amazing but the road wasn’t always easy. Six years after college, she’d gained weight and was pushing 200lbs. “I walked into my first CrossFit gym hoping to lose weight for my wedding. I lost 60lbs, and as a bonus, I discovered an amazing community, learned healthy eating habits, met my best friend, and developed a passion for health and wellness.”

    After two years of training, Katie opted to become a coach, specializing in CrossFit Kids and Conjugate Method Training. “I am passionate about instilling a love of fitness and healthy eating habits at an early age.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Kids
    • CrossFit Level 1
    • USA Weightlifting

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