Dan Epstein »

Owner, Head Coach

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • USAW Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids

Dan Epstein

Owner, Head Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2006

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I was looking for a competitive outlet after almost 2 decades of playing Rugby and distance running. The constantly changing workouts and community was an instant connection. What has kept me hooked is the way CrossFit improved my health and ability to perform activities outside the gym.

Why did you become a trainer?

I got my L1 as a way to learn more about CrossFit. Becoming a trainer was a natural progression for me in the gym.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Deadlifts & Muscle-ups

What is your favorite cheat food?

Buffalo Wings and Jelly Beans….but not at the same time

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Thor

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Strongman
  • USAW Sports Performance Coach
  • CrossFit Scaling

Kareem Shanawani

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I played lacrosse and wrestled in high school. Being outdoors and playing sports has always been the highlight of life for me. I take any opportunity to be outside and be active; whether it’s playing frisbee, throwing a football, playing a pickup game of basketball, or throwing around a Barbell. My love of fitness stems from my desire to be strong.

Why did you become a trainer?

I enjoy helping others achieve their functional fitness goals. It is heartwarming and inspiring to see people achieve their goals in fitness, like witnessing the moment when someone gets a personal record in their mile time or on their squat.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Clean

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza and Oreos, not together.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Captain America or the Green Lantern

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Emily Meyerowitz

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

What attracted me at first to CrossFit was the variety of the workouts, never doing the same one twice, as well as the combination of strength and endurance elements. Despite the fact that I had been going to the gym for years, there were plenty of movements which were new to me and it was a bit intimidating. It took me a while to get comfortable with much of the lifting and the idea of doing an unassisted pull-up seemed like a goal out of my reach but I was focused on improving both. Eventually, after much hard work and some great coaching from Dan at Maelstrom, my lifting has improved dramatically. And the last time I tested myself, I was able to do 23 unbroken unassisted pull-ups.

Why did you become a trainer?

I particularly enjoy working with beginner women at our gym, many of whom have little experience with much of the exercises. I think it helps that I can relate to their apprehension and can therefore coach on a more personal level. The kids and teen classes are also really fun to coach. Helping them improve their fitness is incredibly rewarding.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Burpees

What is your favorite cheat food?

Ice cream

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Green Lantern

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Liz Spinner

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I was looking for something new and challenging. I’ve run marathons and triathlons, spinning, boot camp, etc. I wanted to incorporate more lifting in my exercise routine because I knew it would do more for my body and overall fitness level.

Why did you become a trainer?

I have so much fun, I wanted others to experience the fun and challenge of CrossFit.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

My favorite movements are the new and challenging movements that I learn.

What is your favorite cheat food?

French fries and dark chocolate

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Wonder Woman. She’s sexy and strong at the same time.

Jermaine Burrus

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2015

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I joined a globo gym after graduating high school mid 2012 to keep myself occupied. After a while I grew tried of the regular Chest & Tri’s and Back & Bicep’s routine, and slowly started to fall off training until CrossFit found me. An affiliate had opened up attached to the globo gym and the head coach sold me on the idea of CrossFit. After trying a few classes and realizing I wasn’t in such great shape, I signed up and never looked back.

Why did you become a trainer?

Simple enough, I like to see people evolve. To have been able to play a roll in helping people reach their goals in that realm is very satisfying to me.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

I pretty much love all pulling movements, but ultimately I love the Snatch.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza, no question

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Black Panther, I love the high skilled martial arts.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Diogo Dias

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2015

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I got into fitness because I wanted to get stronger and fitter for college soccer. However after 2 years of working out at a globo gym I joined an affiliate and immediately got hooked. The combination of functional movements being performed at high intensity won me over and now I can not see myself doing anything else.

Why did you become a trainer?

To guide people into a healthier life and help people become the fittest version of themselves.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Hand stand push ups and cleans

What is your favorite cheat food?

Burgers especially the peanut butter bacon burger from Tiffs

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Superman because of his super strength

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Melissa Szulszteyn

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2010

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

Fitness has always been important to me. Globo gyms were my style. I enjoyed working out, even with a Personal Trainer. One day back in 2010, 2 good friends of mine told me to go to their CrossFit with them. They swore it would change my life forever. After my first WOD, I never turned back. I said bye bye Equinox, Hello CrossFit! 7 years later the rest is history.

Why did you become a trainer?

Helping people has always been a passion of mine, inside and outside of the gym. If I can help someone become even a tiny bit better every day, or make an impact in someone’s life by something I may say or do, then I have fulfilled my duties as a coach (until I wake up tomorrow morning and do it all over again!)

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Hand Stand Push Ups, Power Cleans, and Double Unders

What is your favorite cheat food?

Vanilla Cupcakes & Cake Batter Ice Cream

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

I’m not a superhero type of Gal! Sorry!

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Jeff Gattens

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I have been an endurance athlete competing in marathons and adventure races since 1998. I love challenging myself and I wanted to take my training to the next level. Plus lifting weights, hanging from bars, and jumping on boxes is pretty cool.

Why did you become a trainer?

I love teaching people new skills and watch them push themselves to do things they never thought they could. The surprised reaction you get from people when they hit a PR lifting weights, run faster, or do a pull-up for the first time is a great feeling and rewarding as a coach.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Squat cleans

What is your favorite cheat food?

Reese’s peanut butter cups. I am powerless against them!

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Superman is cool. He just has so many powers who wouldn’t want to be like that?