Nadia Abascal

Nadia's Credentials

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate - February 2017
  • CPR/AED Certified

About Nadia

Joined: June 2014

Why did you want to become a CrossFit coach?

Being on the receiving end of having someone's cue or critique bring me to the next level was awesome, but I had to imagine that being the other side of that interaction was EVEN BETTER! Turns out that I was right. Being able to transfer my genuine love of this place and the things we do here to other people makes coaching pretty dang rewarding!

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Hang clean

Favorite part about being a coach at CrossFit New Haven:

Being a part of this amazing network that is built around the health, wellness, and achievement of everyone in it.

Available for:

Personal On Ramps

CrossFit New Haven

Lindsay Washbond

Lindsay's Credentials

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate - August 2017
  • ACSM-CPT, PN1
  • CPR/AED Certified

About Lindsay

Joined: February 2014

Why did you want to become a CrossFit coach?

I want to help others discover the same sense of empowerment and strength that I've gained through Crossfit. I want to act as a reminder that you don't have to perform or look like a Crossfit Games athlete in order to find success in this sport. I'm here to support each and every athlete on their very own, unique fitness journey.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Snatch, Kettlebell Swings, Lunges

Favorite part about being a coach at CrossFit New Haven:

There's nothing more satisfying than watching someone step outside of their comfort zone and discover an ability they never knew they had, or attempt a lift they never thought they could. The unification of mental and physical strength is a beautiful thing.

Available for:

Personal On Ramps, Personal Programming, one-on-one Personal Training, Nutritional Coaching

CrossFit New Haven

Nicole Kukieza

Nicole's Credentials

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate - August 2017
  • CPR/AED Certified

About Nicole

Joined: I joined CFNH in August 2016 but have been doing Crossfit since 2012

Why did you want to become a CrossFit coach?

Teaching has always been my passion. Whether I am leading a Tae Kwon Do class, a music lesson, or anything else, it has always been the thing that gives me the most joy. I have always believed that if you are passionate about something then it is your duty to share that knowledge, and Crossfit is no exception. Besides that, some of the most influential people in my life have been my athletic coaches. I feel like I have the opportunity to pay it forward, the same way my coaches and teachers have done for me, and I couldn't pass up that chance to positively impact someone's life.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Any kind of long chipper workout that is just a steady grind-- doesn't matter the movements!

Favorite part about being a coach at CrossFit New Haven:

My favorite moments are when an athlete is in the middle of a workout, clearly struggling, and I am able to give them that "3-2-1- GO" to pick up their bar or simply keep moving. To me, watching someone push themself to a limit they didn't realize they had is the most rewarding thing I could ever ask for as a coach. No matter how difficult the workout is, that athlete will always be thankful for the push at the end of class. Watching athletes push themselves like that is so motivating to me as an athlete, and makes me work harder in my personal workouts. I couldn't ask for anything better than that.

Available for:

Personal On Ramps, Personal Programming, CrossFit-specific Personal Training, 1:1 Olympic Weightlifting Coaching or Programming

CrossFit New Haven

Audrey Leasure

Audrey's Credentials

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate - February 2017
  • Judges Course 2017
  • CPR/AED Certified

About Audrey

Joined: June 2015

Why did you want to become a CrossFit coach?

I started CrossFit to try something new when I got bored of running, but it quickly became more than just a workout for me. I was captivated by the science of the sport and its ability to improve fitness and health. I began learning as much as I could about CrossFit and wanted to share this knowledge and enthusiasm with the CFNH community. So, I began coaching both because I’m passionate about helping everyday athletes improve their fitness and because I need a valid excuse to spend disproportionate amounts of my time during medical school learning about CrossFit.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Anything gymnastics: toes-to-bar, pull-ups, push-ups, handstands and all of their variations, attempting muscle ups, rope climbs

Favorite part about being a coach at CrossFit New Haven:

Constantly learning from our community! Everyone’s fitness journey is different, so having the opportunity to help athletes of all backgrounds master new skills and make progress towards their goals makes me a better coach.

Available for:

Personal On Ramps

CrossFit New Haven

Spencer Biddle

Spencer's Credentials

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate - September 2016
  • CF Judges 2017, CF Scaling 2017
  • CPR/AED Certified

About Spencer

Joined: May 2017

Why did you want to become a CrossFit coach?

I coach so that I may share CrossFit’s ability to enhance the well being of those from all walks of life, helping people achieve their goals and live their values in and out of the gym. I believe in the CrossFit exercise methodology, approach to nutrition, and most importantly, the community and member experience as a special means to this end, regardless of an athletes age or fitness level.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Muscle Ups (came naturally) and Overhead Squats (challenging and humbling). Ask me about it!

Favorite part about being a coach at CrossFit New Haven:

Meeting new people and sharing in their journey to improve their fitness, strength, flexiblity, and vitality.

Available for:

Personal On Ramps

CrossFit New Haven

Noah Ottenstein

Noah's Credentials

  • USA Weightlifting Level 2
  • CPR/AED Certified

About Noah

Joined: January 2013

Why did you want to become a Olympic Weightlifting coach?

I wanted to apply what I’ve learned in my own weightlifting training to help others realize their athletic goals. Training hard for athletic endeavors is something I thoroughly enjoy. I wanted to share that opportunity with others and encourage more people to try this pursuit with weightlifting, a sport that has clearly measurable results that are achieved solely through individual effort.

Favorite Weightlifting Movement: Snatch, Clean & Jerk

Favorite part about being a coach at CrossFit New Haven:

My favorite part of being a coach at CFNH is helping people discover the rewards available when hard work and determination are practiced in pursuit of a goal.

Available for:

Olympic Weightlifting Coaching and Programming

CrossFit New Haven

Frankie Matos

Frankie's Credentials

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer Certificate
  • NASM CPT
  • CPR/AED Certified

About Frankie

Joined: August 2016

Why did you want to become a CrossFit coach?

After being a Personal Trainer for a couple of years I fell in love with being able to make in impact on my clients lives. However, as a personal trainer I can only reach so many people in a day, as a coach I am able to work on a macro-level. Seeing my athletes imrpove day by day on their overall fitness brings me joy. Being a part of this community makes getting up in the morning so much easier

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Over Head Squat

Available for:

Personal On Ramps, Personal Programming, CrossFit-specific Personal Training, 1:1 Olympic Weightlifting Coaching or Programming

CrossFit New Haven

Devon Cole

Devon's Credentials

  • USAW Level 1 November 2016
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certification
  • CPR/AED Certified

About Devon

Joined: September 2014

Why did you want to become a Olympic Weightlifting coach?

Olympic weightlifting can improve performance in any sport, and I enjoy helping people reach their goals whether they want to compete in Olympic lifting or simply to build strength and flexibility.

Favorite Movement: Back squat

Available for:

Olympic weightlifting coaching

CrossFit New Haven

Sean Cady

Sean's Credentials

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate
  • Judges Course 2017, 2016
  • CPR/AED Certified

About Sean

Joined: 6:30PM May 21, 2012

Why did you want to become a CrossFit coach?

When I frist stepped up from "just showing up" to being involved in the gym I started to feel part of a great and encouraging community.  I focused on improving my capabilities and had a lot of fun with our members.  When I realized I could help further our community and our members goals through coaching I made the jump from athlete to coach and have had a blast along the way.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Snatch and Bar Muscle Ups

Favorite part about being a coach at CrossFit New Haven:

The excitment when someone finally hits that goal they have been striving to beat.

Available for:

Personal On Ramps

Mike Haggerty | CrossFit New Haven

Mike Haggerty

Mike's Credentials

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate - July 2016
  • CPR/AED Certified

About Mike

Joined: May 2013

Why did you want to become a CrossFit coach?

Fitness has always been a big part of my life. Helping people succeed has always been another. When CFNH offered me the opportunity to do something I am so passionate about, and was able to provide the flexibility I needed to work around my career as a financial consultant, I jumped at it. In both jobs my goal is to help people improve their lives, whether it's financially or physically - and for that I consider myself lucky. But there is something different about being in the gym; when you get to lose the formal dress code and really connect with people for who they are and not what they do. The athletes motivate me everyday and this gym has an incredible ability to help you destress and clear your mind - it's an integral part of my life and something I plan to be apart of for a very long time.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Overhead Squats

Favorite part about being a coach at CrossFit New Haven:

Getting motivated by our athletes. Although it's part of my job to motivate them, in my experience it tends to work the other way around just as much, if not more.

Available for:

Personal On Ramps, and some limited availability for CrossFit-specific Personal Training and Personal Programming

JoHannah Hamilton | CrossFit New Haven

JoHannah Hamilton

JoHannah's Credentials

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate
  • West Hartford Yoga 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (2014)
  • CPR/AED Certified

About JoHannah

Joined: October 2013

Why did you want to become a CrossFit coach?

Being a coach at CrossFit New Haven isn't work; it's the part of my day I love the most. I get to help you see what you're capable of. There is no parallel to witnessing people grow into themselves; their bodies change, but how they feel about them changes more - and that's an incredible privilege to be a part of.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Clean, Squats, Wall Balls, Kettlebell Swings

Favorite part about being a coach at CrossFit New Haven:

I love seeing people do things they didn't think they could do - it inspires me to push harder and be better

Available for:

Personal On Ramps, Group or Individual Yoga instruction

Mike Pozika | CrossFit New Haven

Mike Pozika

Mike's Credentials

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer Certificate
  • Scaling, Anatomy, Spot the Flaw and Running CrossFit Online courses as well as yearly CF Open Judging certs.
  • CPR/AED Certified

About Mike

Joined: January 2013

Why did you want to become a CrossFit coach?

I retired from the New Haven Fire Dept in 2014 and this was a natural fit of still being able to help people, although in a different manner. Fitness has always been an enjoyable part of my life and I love being able to extend that to others. It's great to be a part of watching athletes progress in their fitness journeys and share in their joy as they meet or surpass the goals they set! Also being a masters athlete and coming back from a shoulder surgery I felt I could add an element of coaching that can easily relate to a wide range of our community.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Burpees and Bench Press (of course!) I also really like Deadlifts and C&J's

Favorite part about being a coach at CrossFit New Haven:

Getting athletes to push themselves just outside their comfort zone in a safe manner... then seeing their reaction and sense of accomplishment afterwards.  I embrace challenges and coaching allows me to extend that onto the athlete.

Available for:

Personal On Ramps, CrossFit Specific Personal Training, Strength Specific Personal Training, Personal Programming, Endurance Event Training

John D'Agostino | CrossFit New Haven

John D'Agostino

John's Credentials

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer Certificate
  • Olympic Lifting, Movement & Mobility, Strongman, Endurance, Precision Nutrition Level 1
  • CPR/AED Certified

About John

Joined: August 2010

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Trap 3 Raise

Favorite part about being a coach at CrossFit New Haven:

Having the opportunity to help athletes move well and execute specific movements with confidence and motivate them to become a more realized version of themselves.

Available for:

Personal On Ramps

Whitney Doel | CrossFit New Haven

Whitney Doel

Whitney's Credentials

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer Certificate
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certified Trainer, CF Judges, CF Scaling, USAW Referee
  • CPR/AED Certified

About Whitney

Joined: March 2010

Why did you want to become a CrossFit coach?

Following a few years as a CFNH athlete I began to realize that I had something more to offer and started the road to coaching, first with the CrossFit Kids Classes, then the regular classes, and now Olympic Weightlifting as well. I am truly grateful to be part of such an incredible community of support and love. Joining CFNH has been one of the best decisions I've made in my 30+ years of life. Our athletes have become my home and family away from home. There is some kind of magic that happens when you mix sweat, love, clanging barbells, and loud music together with an awesome group of like-minded people.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: All the Squats

Favorite part about being a coach at CrossFit New Haven:

I LOVE coaching! It's a rare opportunity to help people truly discover their potential and passion through fitness, and then see them thrive, and grow, and become more confident. My favorite coaching moments are when an athlete has that "ah-ha" moment during a lift when the timing, adjustments, and components of the movement sync up to make the perfect lift - the one you've been telling them would come with patience and perfect practice - and suddenly the gates are open and this athlete has become a weightlifting machine!

Available for:

Personal On Ramps, 1:1 Weightlifting Coaching

Carla O'Brien | CrossFit New Haven

Carla O'Brien

Carla's Credentials

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer Certificate - October 2016, USAW Sports Performance Coach L1
  • CF Kids 2012, CF Rowing 2011, CF Mobility 2012, CF Endurance 2012, CF Olympic Weightlifting 2014, CF Gymnastics 2015, CF Scaling, CF Judges Courses, Concept 2 Open Water Certified, USAW Referee
  • CPR/AED Certified

About Carla

Joined: Day 0

Why did you want to become a CrossFit coach?

I had been a teacher for many years in classical ballet.  CrossFit presented itself in 2008 when my dance career was winding down.  Continuting to coach and teach others about the art of movement is something I am passionate about.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Ab Mat Sit Ups and Double Unders (Annie), Snatches (Isabel)

Favorite part about being a coach at CrossFit New Haven:

Coaching my incredible members who empower me every time I am on the gym floor.

Available for:

Personal On Ramps, Personal Programming, CrossFit-specific Personal Training, 1:1 Olympic Weightlifting Coaching or Personal Coaching and/or Programming

Eric O'Brien | CrossFit New Haven

Eric O'Brien

Eric's Credentials

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer Certificate - October 2016
  • CrossFit Movement & Mobility, Olympic Weightlifting, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, USAW
  • CPR/AED Certified

About Eric

Joined: Day Zero

Why did you want to become a CrossFit coach?

Finding CrossFit brought me back to my days as a D-1 collegiate diver at Rhode Island; great coaching, motivation, skill work, variety, intensity and community. That friendly competiveness pushes us all to go further, to work harder, and to never quit. CrossFit and CrossFit New Haven have reenergized and refocused my life. I train CrossFit, I teach CrossFit, I am CrossFit. To me, this is home.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Butterfly Pull Ups

Favorite part about being a coach at CrossFit New Haven:

Coaching Coach Whitney Doel on Day Zero

Aaron Poach | CrossFit New Haven

Aaron Poach

Aaron's Credentials

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer Certificate
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Advanced Performance Level 2 Coach, CF Judges 2018, CF Scaling 2016
  • CPR/AED Certified

About Aaron

Joined: April 2010

Why did you want to become a CrossFit coach?

I love watching people succeed. When a person learns a new skill, overcomes an obstical, or reaches a goal it feels as if I've done that as well. The position is extremely fufilling and I get to work with people who are trying to make their lives better everyday. It's also a ton of fun, and if it's not fun then why do it?!

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Squats, Snatch, Clean & Jerk

Favorite part about being a coach at CrossFit New Haven:

Getting to work with people everyday and developing relationships to the point where their successes feel like my successes.

Available for:

Personal On Ramps, Personal Programming, CrossFit-specific Personal Training, 1:1 Olympic Weightlifting Coaching or Programming