OUR COACHES

Coaches at CFCA are responsible for ensuring that your form and range of motion is correct and that the exercise and load is adjusted to your current fitness level.  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.


picture-151Jon 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 rock 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 and climbing communities.  He found CrossFit in 2007 with the intention of building a strong active community on Cape Ann. 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.


karKaren Conant is co-owner of CFCA as well as one of our lead 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.


screen-shot-2013-08-12-at-11-25-34-amVince 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 Trainer.


10420090_804687398415_3469999104839278380_nScott Weissman is a native of the Cape Ann area. He discovered Crossfit in 2008 to increase his athleticism by learning proper strength and conditioning techniques. Years later, he is still stoked on CFCA’s unique methodology and lifestyle approaches. Outside of the gym Scott enjoys paddling, surfing, and mountain biking. Professionally, Scott is a family medicine nurse practitioner and clinical instructor. He is currently working on his Doctorate at Northeastern University. Scott is Crossfit Level I certified and occasionally eats paleo.


screen-shot-2014-08-08-at-4-21-00-pm1Jaime 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 Trainer and Crossfit Olympic Lifting Certified.


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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.


screen-shot-2014-08-06-at-6-50-19-pmJillian 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 and was inducted into the Gloucester High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.  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 Trainer and Crossfit Olympic Lifting Certified.


2Chris 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 a Crossfit level 1 Trainer


Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 2.41.26 PMKara Gallagher moved to Gloucester from Utah in 2013.  She grew up playing soccer, softball and pickup football games at the bus stop.  In high school, she played softball, basketball and volleyball and found running was a great outlet when she wasn’t able to play team sports as often. She tried CrossFit at the nudging of her brother and loved the workouts right away.  However, the people and community of CrossFit Cape Ann quickly became her favorite part of being a CFCA member.  She lives in Rockport with her husband, four kids and is grateful everyday she traded the mountains for the ocean. Hauling beach gear and all 4 kids to the beach in the summer and slinging 50 pound salt bags over her shoulder in the winter with (relative) ease is why functional training will now always be her favorite kind.  Kara is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.

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