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.
  • Nazar Younis

    General Manager

    Nazar is General Manager and Coach at CrossFit Hoboken. He has been a certified personal trainer since 2011. His qualification is in business and has combined that with his passion in training and sport. “It all started back when I was a soccer player at the age of 7. My involvement in CrossFit began in 2014. I enjoy working with clients of different ages, backgrounds and levels of fitness. I believe all health and fitness is rooted in a proper foundation of functional movement, core strength, endurance and muscular flexibility.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level1
  • Ryan Erasmus

    Ryan is the 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
    • M.A. Honors, Sport Science
    • USA Weightlifting Level 2 Advanced Coaching Certificate
    • CrossFit Level 1
    • IWF Olympic Solidarity Coaching Certificate
    • CrossFit Kettlebell
    • NSAM
    • TRX Certified
  • Andrew Clarke

    Coach

    AJ Clarke has been an active member of CFH for over five years, and a trainer at the affiliate for over one. He began his Crossfit journey back in college when he could not find a sport that fit his cardio needs as a sprinter for the Track and Field team, as well as the weight lifting component he had a passion for.

    He has since traveled up and down the east coast, gaining experience from a number of CF boxes between NJ and NYC, MD, VA, and FL.

    As a full time health benefits consultant for Aflac, AJ is able to combine his knowledge in healthcare with his passion for athleticism enriching the lives of employees in the work place, athletes in the gym, and friends and family at home.

    Certifications:

    • CF L1
  • Chris Douglass

    Coach

    I have always had a passion for sport and physical fitness.  At the end of my soccer career I was looking for a new way to stay in shape and provide me with new challenges.  In late 2011, a friend brought me to the back of a globo-gym where I was introduced to CrossFit and haven’t looked back from there.
    I’m passion about coaching and helping others accomplish things they never thought was possible and I’m looking forward to working with the athletes at CrossFit Hoboken.

    Certifications:

    • Certifications:
    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
    • CrossFit Kids Trainer
    • Weightlifting Certificate 
    • Kettlebell Certificate 
    • Dumbbell Certificate
    • Gymnastics Certificate 
    • Lesson Planning Certificate
    • Scaling Certificate 
    • Anatomy Certificate
  • 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
  • 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 gained from my own personal setbacks and wellness journey to keep 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
    • CrossFit Gymnastics Level 1
    • 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
  • Glenn Giordano

    Coach Glenn has been Crossfitting for 6 years. The only thing he is as passionate about, is Music. Glenn brings his positive energy and attitude to every workout to help our athletes achieve their goals. His favorite quote is “Do, or do not, there is no try” – Yoda

    Certifications:

    • Crossfit Level 1
    • Crossfit Level 2
  • Britta Winans

    Britta is a former NCAA collegiate soccer player who has had a passion for strength training & conditioning that started in high school. “I was exposed to strength training at an early age and experienced so many benefits that come with lifting weights, especially as a female.” Britta was introduced to CrossFit in 2014 and it has been an integral part of her life every since.

    A squat-enthusiast, Britta hopes to help other people along their fitness journey as they embrace strong bodies, healthy minds & a positive outlook along the way!

    Certifications:

    • - BirthFit
    • - CrossFit Level I
    • - USA Weightlifting Level I Strength & Conditioning
  • Dani Richter

    Coach

    I first walked into a CrossFit box in 2014 and, instantly became addicted to the intensity of the workouts. I’m a former soccer player and swimmer, and, although running is my passion, I can’t live without a barbell. CrossFit has made me see fitness in a different perspective, it gave me a new passion in life, and it made a trainer, a health advocate, a better human being.

    Nothing makes me happier than seeing members progressing, setting new goals, accomplishing old dreams, overcoming physical limitations. It gives me the feeling that my mission has been accomplished. That’s the beauty of fitness. You can never accomplish all, there will always be the next step. And that’s the reason that I’ll never stop changing lives, including mine.

    Certifications:

    • CFL1
    • CF Anatomy
    • CF scaling
    • CF Spot the flaw
    • CF Judges
    • CF Lesson Planning
  • 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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