Coaches at CFCA are responsible for ensuring that your form and range of motion is correct; that your intensity is sufficient; and that the exercise and load is adjusted to your current fitness level. On top of all that, we will teach you basic gymnastics and Olympic weightlifting. Our coaches run every class as a teacher, a resource for questions, a motivator, a support system, and a safety supervisor. We encourage you to utilize our knowledge and skill.
Jon Conant is the co-owner and primary coach at CrossFit Cape Ann. In high school, he was a high level cross country runner and nordic (xc) skier. Looking for a change from the competitive aspect of racing, he relocated out west to attend Colorado College, where most of his athletic emphasis was based on climbing and trail running in the Front Range. After graduating in 2000, he came back to Cape Ann where he has been active in the surf, climbing and art communities. He found CrossFit in 2007. He worked at North Shore CrossFit as a coach for 2 years prior to starting CFCA. His certifications include: CrossFit Level 1 & 2, Crossfit Gymnastics, CrossFit Kettlebell, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Mobility, Crossfit Endurance, Gym Jones Level 1 & 2, CPR & First Aid. For a more in-depth view click here or visit his blog at http://izzyhasaposse.wordpress.com
Karen Conant is co-owner of CFCA as well as one of our coaches. She is also the eye behind some of CFCA’s unique touches as well as our fish bones logo. A freelance graphic designer, Karen makes sure that our packaging, products, and website all jive with our clubhouse feel. She also manages the CFCA memberships and works hard to make sure that the back end of the business is running smoothly. Outside of the gym, she is also an avid surfer and a retired member of the Boston Massacre – Boston’s all star flat track roller derby team. Karen is CrossFit Level 1, Crossfit Gymnastics, Gym Jones Level 1 & 2, CPR & First Aid.
Vince Pizzimenti was born and raised right here in Gloucester. He has been a lifelong athlete playing a variety of sports with a primary focus on Football, Lacrosse and Indoor Track. He is a 2007 graduate of Mount Ida College with a degree in Sports Management. While earning his degree he also played lacrosse serving as a captain in his final season. Vince found Crossfit in 2011 starting at Full Potential while working in Newburyport. It was a welcome change from a traditional gym format, and more like the team sport training he has loved all his life. Now spending his time with other sports like surfing, mountain biking and golf, Crossfit it the perfect supplement to his active life. Vince is Crossfit Level 1 & 2 Coach.
Ross Robinson is a Gloucester-native whose passions have always been pushing his limits outside of competitive athletics… first with skateboarding and snowboarding, then rock climbing and surfing. After gaining a degree in Outdoor Education from UNH, his truck became his home-base out west for the next 8 years while working as an outdoor educator. He led mountaineering and sailing expeditions for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in western Canada, and worked from science instructor to captain aboard tall sailing ships in the Caribbean and across the Pacific. In late 2007 he moved back to Cape Ann and now works on tugboats out of Boston. Ross has been hooked on CrossFit since the opening of CFCA. The awesome community of people and intensity of the workouts are what keep him coming back for more. He credits many new achievements in his outdoor pursuits to his training regiment at CFCA and the paleo lifestyle. Ross is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.
Melanie Catanzaro was raised in Rockport but spent her high school years in Colorado, Arizona and Texas. At the age of 19, she moved back to Cape Ann where she has enjoyed living for the past 9 years. While working with a personal trainer, she was exposed to many different things like Olympic Lifting, Tabata, KB’s, Ropes, TRX and the like. Melanie stumbled upon CrossFit in 2012 with the help of a couple of friends and found a place where she was truly at home. CrossFit has not only helped her further develop herself as an athlete, more importantly, it has her better prepared for what the everyday has to throw at her. Melanie is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, also certified in CPR and First Aid.
Chris DeWolfe has been a lifelong resident of Gloucester. He graduated from Salem State College with a degree in Sports Management & Coaching. He pitched for Salem State Baseball and has been coaching high school baseball for the past ten years. He started running competitively after college. Chris felt running wasn’t enough to help prepare him for the versatility of tasks that life can throw at you and was introduced to Crossfit by Danny Vadala. He felt this was exactly what his training was lacking and has been hooked ever since. Chris is Crossfit level 1 Certified.
Ambie Orlando has been a lifelong resident of Gloucester graduating from Gloucester schools he went on to north shore community college where he earned an associate degree in criminal justice. He has played a variety of sports his whole life focusing on football, basketball, karate, and Muay Thai. He was introduced to CrossFit by a few of his friends who showed unbelievable results for their hard work. With that he fell in love with CrossFit he is a CrossFit level 1 trainer.
Jaime MacDonald was born and raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and moved to Cape Ann when she was 18. Jaime grew up playing soccer, basketball and USTA tennis as a youth. She attempted the “Globo” gym on an off through the years but after a steady decline in exercise and 2 children later, she needed something more engaging. She found Crossfit in 2011 and felt completely comfortable right out of the gate due to the “group” or “team based” style. It was the ideal environment for her to regain her athleticism all while growing friendships and having fun! CFCA’s community and atmosphere are what Jaime feels drive her to do her best each workout and looks forward to helping new and existing members do and feel their best each day. Jaime is a CrossFit Level 1 & CrossFit Olympic Lifting certified.
Jillian Scola was introduced to Crossfit in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. Growing up in Gloucester, Jillian excelled at a variety of sports. Especially softball. She currently holds every pitching record at Gloucester High School. After dominating at the high school level, she took her talents to Seton Hall University. She was an integral member of the 1998 Pirate team that finished the season 39-8 and played for the Big East Championship. Prior to Crossfit, Jillian participated in a variety of activities and workout classes but she was always looking for the perfect fit. Not only was Crossfit the perfect fit, it was a game-changer. The community, support and passion at CFCA was exactly what she was looking for. Jillian looks forward to each and every day that she can come into the gym and work with athlete’s to achieve their goals. Jillian is a Crossfit Level 1 & 2, and CrossFit Olympic Lifting certified.
Curtis Wightman grew up and graduated from Rockport High, and joined the Army National Guard at 17. During his 10 year stint in the guard, he was deployed twice and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Since the military, Curtis is working towards finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management at Salem State University, has become a licensed EMT in the state of MA, an now is a Crossfit Level 1 trainer.
Kiwi & Moxy are CFCA’s certified mascots. They enjoy being outside for long runs in Dogtown or swimming off the coast in the summer. You’ll see them around the gym from time to time or if you join us for a trail run or other activities.
Diana Rodgers, NTP of Radiance Nutritional Therapy is our Nutrition Consultant. She conducts workshops at several CrossFit gyms, cooking classes, and individual consultations at her office and via skype. In her consultations, she evaluates food journals, health history, metabolic status and bloodwork to develop a specific diet and supplementation protocol for her clients. She is also a contributing writer for Paleo Magazine. www.radiancenutrition.com