Trainers

MEET OUR COACHES

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When we say we go above and beyond to give you the best experience possible, these are the talented professionals that deliver on that promise.  Our coaches are simply the best, most passionate, most talented group in Middle Village.  Come by and see for yourself!

Chris motivating the members during our Friday Night Lights event for the CrossFit Open.

Christopher Oehl

Owner/ Head CrossFit Coach

Christopher Oehl

Owner/ Head CrossFit Coach

1. WHEN DID FITNESS BECOME A PART OF YOUR LIFE?

Probably around 11 or 12 years old. My Dad purchased a membership for me at the local YMCA ( which I was only able to go with him). Being obsessed with playing baseball and football I knew how important resistance training was and how it would improve my performance on the field

 

2. WHY ARE YOU IN THE FITNESS INDUSTRY?

I’m passionate about helping others achieve goals that once were unattainable. Seeing an individual become healthier is priceless

 

3. NAME 3 ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE YOU.

Enthusiastic, Driven, Humble

 

4. WHEN YOU'RE NOT COACHING WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Working out or with my wife walking our dogs in Juniper Valley Park

 

5. TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T ALREADY KNOW.

White noise in the background keeps me calms and focused

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Masters
  • CrossFit Adaptive
  • CrossFit Special Population
  •  NASM
  •  Performance Enhancement Specialist
  •  Integrated Flexibility Specialist
Coach Julia does The CircHIIT too!

Julia Elzomor

Owner & Head CircHIIT Coach

Julia Elzomor

Owner & Head CircHIIT Coach

1. WHEN DID FITNESS BECOME A PART OF YOUR LIFE?

I was always active as a kid. Swam all summer long from morning until night, biked and rollerskated everywhere...still do... better on my rollerblades than I am in heels

2. WHY ARE YOU IN THE FITNESS INDUSTRY?

I LOVE it. I absolutely love how it makes me feel and how it makes others feel to be fit and live healthy lifestyles. It makes me extremely happy to see people of all ages hit their fitness goals and do things that they never imagined they could. It not only changes a person physically but it changes them mentally when they realize they can do anything they put their mind to

3. NAME 3 ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE YOU.

Honest, Ambitious and Passionate

4. WHEN YOU'RE NOT COACHING WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

With my daughter in the park, beach or just hanging with the family and friends

5. TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T ALREADY KNOW.

I play handball and I used to be really good :)

 

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • AFAA General Group Exercise
  • AFAA Cardio Kickboxing
  • Pre/Post Natal
  • Maddog Spinning
  • AED/CPR
Coach Ag in her happy place coaching kids and teens.

Agata Oehl

CrossFit Kids Head Coach & CrossFit Coach

Agata Oehl

CrossFit Kids Head Coach & CrossFit Coach

1. WHEN DID FITNESS BECOME A PART OF YOUR LIFE?

When I was 17 years old my mom signed me and my sister up to Lucille Roberts.

 

2. WHY ARE YOU IN THE FITNESS INDUSTRY?

I believe fitness can help change people's lives for the better

 

3. NAME 3 ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE YOU.

Talkative, Passionate, and Relentless

 

4. WHEN YOU'RE NOT COACHING WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Teaching kindergarten, working out or spending time with my husband

 

5. TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T ALREADY KNOW.

I was born in Krakow, Poland. I moved here when I was 5 years old

 

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Adaptive
  • CrossFit Special Population
JULIANA

JULIANA FUCHS

STUDIO LEAD, CROSSFIT & CIRCHIIT COACH

JULIANA FUCHS

STUDIO LEAD, CROSSFIT & CIRCHIIT COACH

STUDIO LEAD CROSSFIT & CIRCHIIT COACH 

1.WHEN DID FITNESS BECOME A PART OF YOUR LIFE?

Fitness was always something that I was into. When I was younger I was in gymnastics for a while and then throughout Middle School I was in CYO Volleyball which translated to joining the HS Volleyball team as well as the Softball team. After graduating High School I joined Crossfit and I became extremely passionate with fitness at that point overall.

2.WHY ARE YOU IN THE FITNESS INDUSTRY?

After learning how much I can do with my own body, It became natural to want to help others with their fitness goals and journeys. It feels super rewarding knowing I can help make another person's experience with fitness that much better everyday.

3.NAME 3 ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE YOU.

 Energetic, Open minded, and Resourceful 

4. WHEN YOU ARE NOT COACHING WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

 When I'm not coaching you can most definitely find me at home watching a really great Netflix series or at a random restaurant eating all the food!

5.TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT MOST PEOPLE DONT' ALREADY KNOW.

Most people don't know that Portuguese is actually my first language ;) 

 

CERTIFICATIONS:

CrossFit Level 1

JRAY

JOHNNY RAY VEGA

HEAD COACH

JOHNNY RAY VEGA

HEAD COACH

WHEN DID FITNESS BECOME A PART OF YOUR LIFE?
Fitness became part of my life early on with basketball and martial arts.  But in 2014 i was introduced to crossfit (functional fitness) by the actor Matt Damon.
( cool tid bit ) ( not sure if you want to use that ) .
Once I stepped into my first crossfit box (gym) my whole paradigm on movement and training shifted.  Its open source of learning and training is something I grew to love.  It helps me seek information to both improve myself and those around me.

WHY ARE YOU IN THE FITNESS INDUSTRY?
I'm in the fitness industry to help others on their fitness and athletic journey's for a lifetime both inside and outside the Box (gym). My live for information and training in CrossFit methodology also allowed me to connect with those like minded individuals who all seek better versions of them selves daily.

NAME 3 ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE YOU.

PASSIONATE
ENERGETIC
POSITIVE

WHEN YOU'RE NOT COACHING WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
When I'm not coaching you can find me with my lovely wife Karina and two amazing boys Aven and Julian.
But on occasion you can find me on a wall from NYC to California painting a high level Graffiti mural.

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T ALREADY KNOW.
Something some might not know is that I'm a Guro in the Filipino Martial Art of Sayoc Kali.

Certifications

  • CrossFit level 2
  • CrossFit kids
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Anatomy
  • CPR and firstaid
  • Sayoc Kali Associate Instructor Level 5.
LIGIA

LIGIA PINEDA

CROSSFIT & CIRCHIIT COACH

LIGIA PINEDA

CROSSFIT & CIRCHIIT COACH

WHEN DID FITNESS BECCOME A PART OF YOUR LIFE?

Fitness became a part of my life in high school when I joined the track and soccer team. Even before high school I remember training myself so that I would be ready to make the team. In college I didn’t play sports so I started going to the school gym and that’s where I fell in love with lifting weights.

WHY ARE YOU IN THE FITNESS INDUSTRY?

I'm in the fitness industry because I realized it was my passion to help others reach their goals and help them create habits that would lead to a healthier lifestyle. I want to be able to share the knowledge that I’ve learned and surround myself with positive uplifting people.

NAME 3 ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE YOU.

Resilient, optimistic, caring

WHEN YOU'RE NOT COACHING WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

When I’m not coaching or working out you can find me at the beach in the summer and watching Netflix in the winter.

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T ALREADY KNOW.

I love to travel and be adventurous. The outdoors is my favorite place to be.

Certifications

  • CROSSFIT LEVEL 1
  • NASM 
  • KETTLEBELL LEVEL 1
  • PRE & POST NATAL
ADAM

ADAM MALDONADO

CROSSFIT COACH

ADAM MALDONADO

CROSSFIT COACH

WHEN DID FITNESS BECOME A PART OF YOUR LIFE?

Fitness became a part of my life towards the end of 2012, in my sophomore year of college. After much encouraging from her, my boss at the time introduced me to the Strength and Conditioning coach at school, and the rest is history!

WHY ARE YOU IN THE FITNESS INDUSTRY?

To pay it forward! Fitness, and more importantly the many mentors I've had over the years, have had such a positive impact on my life. I wanted the chance to help others in the way my mentors and fitness have helped me.

NAME 3 ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE YOU.

Reliable, Caring, Hardworking

WHEN YOU'RE NOT COACHING WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Usually working

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T ALREADY KNOW. 

I can play the bagpipes! And yes, I wear a kilt lol 

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level-1 Trainer
  • USA Weightlifting Level-1 Sports Performance Coach
  • ONNIT Foundations
  • New York State EMT
  • CPR/AED
  • NASM
MATT

MATTHEW GLUICK

CROSSFIT & CIRCHIIT COACH

MATTHEW GLUICK

CROSSFIT & CIRCHIIT COACH

WHEN DID FITNESS BECOME A PART OF YOUR LIFE?

 

Fitness really took off for me when I was leaving high school to play college football. I realized right when I got there that I was way to small to compete at a division 1 level. That’s when I started doing research and really digging deep into what I have to do to get where I want to get. 

WHY ARE YOU IN THE FITNESS INDUSTRY?

Fitness is my happy place. I love working on myself and helping others. The gym is a place of many things. Getting a good sweat on, releasing happy and feel good hormones, and feeling great when you leave. What could be better than that ?

NAME 3 ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE YOU.

Inspirational , humble , hardworking

WHEN YOU'RE NOT COACHING WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

 

You can definitely find me at home sleeping, or literally anywhere eating. Food is my second love to fitness. And who doesn’t love sleep :) 

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T ALREADY KNOW

I actually was born with a birth defect. I have a third nipple under my left pec. This will make me keep my shirt on in the gym from now on lol 

Certifications

  • CROSSFIT LEVEL 1
  • ISSA
  • PRECISION NUTRITION
  • KETTLEBELL ATHLETICS
JAMIE

JAMIE SPATARO

CROSSFIT COACH

JAMIE SPATARO

CROSSFIT COACH

WHEN DID FITNESS BECOME A PART OF YOUR LIFE?

Fitness has always been apart of my life, I have always been active since I was a child my day doesn’t feel complete without getting a little sweat on. 

WHY ARE YOU IN THE FITNESS INDUSTRY?

I enjoy helping others learn how to move their bodies and accomplish their fitness goals. 

NAME 3 ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE YOU.

Athletic, fun and energetic

WHEN YOU'RE NOT COACHING WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Juniper park playing hockey at the rink or riding my bike. 

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T ALREADY KNOW. 

I have played the drums since I was 7 years old. 

Certifications

  • CROSSFIT LEVEL 1
Fitness lover doing her thing in a CircHIIT Class.

Amy Laux

Certified Nutritionist & Substitute CircHIIT Coach

Amy Laux

Certified Nutritionist & Substitute CircHIIT Coach

1. WHEN DID FITNESS BECOME A PART OF YOUR LIFE?

Fitness has always been a big part of my life growing up as an athlete. I played many sports from a young age but I never fully understood the importance of functional fitness training and how it improves your athletic capabilities.When high school ended, I also stopped playing sports. I felt like a part of me was missing so when I was 17 decided to join a gym. I quickly became addicted to running and powerlifting

2. WHY ARE YOU IN THE FITNESS INDUSTRY?

Knowing that fitness has changed me for the better, I wanted to help others reach their goals as well so that they may lead healthier lives

3. NAME 3 ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE YOU.

Fun, Fit and Fab

4. WHEN YOU'RE NOT COACHING WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

When I’m not training myself or others, you can find me hanging out with family and friends, eating icecream, coaching soccer, teaching Phys. Ed., and watching my favorite sports teams

 

5. TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T ALREADY KNOW.

I can do a really good Shakira impersonation that includes vocals and the belly roll

Certifications

  • NASM
  • CPR/AED
  • CERTIFIED NUTRITIONIST

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