Carla O'Brien

Carla's Credentials

  • CrossFit Lvl 2, Concept2, Mobility, Endurance, Kids, Olympic Lifting, Gymnastics, Scaling
  • USAW Lvl1 Coach

About Carla

Carla is the co-owner of CrossFit New Haven.  Carla is a former professional ballet dancer who started CrossFit on a dare by her husband, Eric, in 2008.  Eric said it would improve her road race times.  CrossFit became the next step in her journey in health and fitness.   Her motivation after her dance career was to educate others while continuing to stay in shape with a combination of running and dance.  Carla has taught and performed with several schools and professional dance companies for many years. After her retirement in 2005, she remained on the New Haven Ballet's board of directors.   While teaching dance, she switched to running.  Since then, Carla has completed many races from 5K’s to a marathon.  Carla holds both a BS and MBA in healthcare fields.

Carla competes at national and international olympic lifting events.  In 2014, she started the New Haven Weightlifting Club at CFNH along with Aaron and Eric.  She coaches and trains with the NHWLC as well as the CFNHE Endurance Team.  Carla has a special interest with athletes who would like assistance with their nutritional needs.  Carla offers nutritional consulting to all members of CFNH.  “I love coaching and working with our members on their own individual life goals.  To be able to be part of that process and pass along a love for fitness and knowledge of keeping your body in the best shape it can be, gives our athletes the most valuable gift; their longevity.  No matter what your age or fitness level, CrossFit provides you a new quality of life”.  Carla, and Eric, have two wonderful children; Casey and Jack.

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