COACHES

Kevin Lynch

I wake up every morning thinking, “Life is short, and so am I.” I also wake up thinking, “This is the fittest I have ever been in my life, and tomorrow I’ll be fitter.” I was never a gym rat. In fact I hated the weight room. I was the little guy who played team sports and loved being the spark plug. When I was eight, I played baseball with the nine and ten-year-olds. My only role was to pinch hit, crouch as low as I could and try to draw walks. The little guy driving the pitchers crazy, I loved every at-bat! My mom wanted to put me on steroids in high school because I didn’t weigh 100 pounds. Who needs steroids? Any idea how much attention the smallest guy with the wisest ass gets? The doc tells me now that I’ve hit 40, my growth spurt is just around the corner…
I’m not waiting.

I wish I had found this sh*t ten years ago! My “athletic” years probably look a bit like yours: playing softball, hoopin it up, mountain biking, checkin more boxes: 5K’s, sprint-tris, mud runs, marathon relays, 10-milers, Olympic-tris, adventure races. Nothing, believe me nothing, has gotten me hooked like CrossFit. I used to look at the weirdos in the park doing CrossFit outdoors and I would think, “Man, look at the weirdos in the park doing that weird sh*t outdoors.” All it took was one stumble through the door of PUSH511 in December 2010 and I’ve been sprinting in and out ever since.
I’m out of my comfort zone every day and I couldn’t be happier. I wreck myself in the gym with good people and hard work and talk myself through it with the words “Lil Man, Big Engine” repeating in my head.

Qualifications:

  • CFL1 Trainer
  • CFL2 Trainer
  • i99 Fit Level 1 Coach

Stephen Berkstresser

Hailing from a distinguished line of competitive lumberjacks, who were strewn about the Adirondack region of New York state, I thought this had given me a polished view of the finger things that life had to offer (mouse pelts, Davey Crockett hats, and Adirondack chairs). It wasn’t until my tiny sister introduced me to CrossFit, and gave me a pink shirt to wear during a Valentine’s day WOD, that flannel cutoff button downs ain’t the only thing that can keep you warm.

Qualifications:

  • CFL1 Trainer
  • CFL2 Trainer
  • i99 Fit Level 1 Coach
  • USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
  • CrossFit Mobility Certified

Kirsten Poston

“There’s no crying in crossfit”

Well, that rule went right out the window for me, and quick.

I have found Crossfit is what you make it. I am a testament to the fact that you don’t have to be strong, thick skinned, or in-shape to join Crossfit. But you should know that if you do you will become strong, thick skinned, and in-shape, and you will love it. I joined to lose the extra 30ish pounds that my undergraduate degree “weekend fun” gave me. What I got out of it was much more. Self-confidence, mood improvement, strength, endurance, passion, and family are what I have gotten out of it (along with some weight loss). There may be tough days, but there is always someone right next to you encouraging you forward, encouraging you to get better, and this is why I love crossfit.
Sure, I still get frustrated and I cry, but we all have to be a rule-breaker somehow, ya know live on the wild side. But, I know that with Crossfit, there is the community to keep me going. If I had tried to do this stuff on my own in a gym, I would have given up day 2.

It is finally nice to have multiple accountability partners. To know that people are there for my well-being. Everyday I push myself physically and mentally, and it can’t get much better than that.

Qualifications:

  • CFL1 Trainer
  • i99 Fit Level 1 Coach

Emily Janosko

Growing up, I was thin, but not because I liked to exercise or play a lot of sports. After college was over, the lack of exercise was showing. My body did not look the way I wanted, but I still couldn’t get motivated to exercise. In 2012, we were preparing to move to Maryland, and my boyfriend, who had been CrossFitting for a few months, begged me to try just one class before we moved. I gave in and Joe and I hit the gym. Although the people at the box were welcoming and encouraging, what really sticks in my mind is how hard the WOD was. After the class was over, I distinctly remember trying to hold myself together until we got to the car. I felt like I had just run a marathon, I couldn’t catch my breath and I started to cry. I felt initially overwhelmed at the difficulty of what I had just done, but I also felt empowered completing the WOD. I mean, I hadn’t even attempted a pull-up since high school!

We moved to Baltimore that week and joined the crew at Coppermine CrossFit, led Kevin Lynch. My life hasn’t been the same since. Like some, I still struggle with my own motivation to exercise (waking up for an early morning WOD in December is hard!), but CrossFit has been the only program that I can stick with. The programming changes every day, which means you stay engaged and challenge yourself with something new every day. I love the sense of pride and accomplishment I feel after completing a WOD. After the box moved locations to Nevermore CrossFit, a new group of athletes joined. As a former teacher by profession, I loved sharing my knowledge of CrossFit with others, and in August 2014, I got my Level One Certificate to teach CrossFit. Coaching CrossFit made me love the sport even more, and it encourages me to challenge myself.

The excitement and determination of the althetes at Nevermore never ceases to impress me. Nevermore CrossFit is a supportive community filled with great people who love to do what I love to do: CrossFit and have fun. You’ll most likely find me WODing or coaching at the 5 or 6 AM classes. My favorite lifts are cleans and deadlifts, and my least favorite things to do in a WOD is burpees or running. And I’m always game for a happy hour or some Paleo baked goods. Come join this awesome community! You won’t regret it.

Qualifications:

  • CFL1 Trainer

Jessica Floyd

My Crossfit journey began when I was encouraged by a friend, as she crawled up my stairs sore from a workout she endured, to try this “new thing” that was unlike anything she had experienced before. She and I had spent many years in a stuffy, old boxing gym, competing against each other; I knew that she was no slouch and whatever workout had brought her to crawling up my stairs, was a workout that I had to try, too. In August of 2012, I followed her to Coppermine Crossfit (now Nevermore Crossfit) and, since that day, have nurtured an ever increasing passion for the sport of fitness.
I have tried almost every type of workout: I have a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do (I travelled the world and competed locally and internationally), I have boxed, I was a competitive swimmer, and I have tried spinning, weight-training, running, and Bikram Yoga. Not one of those sports compares to what I have found in the world of Crossfit. The combination of movements, the philosophy of training, the committed staff and community each help to set Crossfit apart from any other type of fitness training. Crossfit will strengthen you mentally, physically, and emotionally, and you will find that, if you “trust the process,” you will make it to places you never imagined were possible both inside of the gym and within the rest of your life.

As a coach, I have the opportunity to share my passion for this sport with other athletes. There is nothing more exciting to me than seeing someone accomplish a goal or step into the gym for the first time. If you have ever said to yourself “I have to get a little more fit before I try a Crossfit class,” stop denying yourself the opportunity to get started: just come in!

Qualifications:

  • CFL1 Trainer
  • i99 Fit Level 1 Coach
  • CrossFit Specialty Course: Kettlebell

Dave Shapiro

In January of 2012 I made the best decision of my life, I took my first Crossfit class. I had heard the rumors of this fitness movement but was skeptical. It was love at first burpee for me. Throughout high school and college I subscribed to the usual gym routine which yielded minimal results. I was looking for something new, challenging, and fun. In Crossfit I have found all of those things and more. In the past four years I have achieved way more than I ever thought I could and the sky is the limit.

For me the best part about Nevermore isn’t only the classes, workouts, and coaching but the community. I can honestly say that Nevermore is a special place and I’m honored to be apart of it. We learn new things everyday, push each other out of our comfort zone, and celebrate achievements regularly.

Qualifications:

  • CFL1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Specialty Course: Gymnastics
  • USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach

Marcie Plotkin

I’ve been doing Crossfit for over three years, and the two comments I hear the most are “I can’t do all those Crossfit exercises” and “When do you get your cardio workouts in?” My responses are always “Yes you can” and “Come watch a workout, see if anyone there is getting a cardio workout”. The thing about Crossfit is that anyone can do it. Every exercise is scalable. So, yes you can.

And yes, you will build muscle. Afraid of building muscle? I’m afraid of NOT. Crossfit makes me step out of my box every time I walk in the box. The feeling of accomplishment in finishing each workout never ends. Neither does the constant support that the community is known for. The confidence and constant improvements I have made have changed the way I view myself, my fitness levels, and fitness in general. I don’t weigh myself anymore, that number means nothing compared to the strength that I have built. I love hearing someone come in and say “I never thought I’d be able to do a pushup/pullup/handstand/ – you name it – and there they go and do it. The hard work always pays off, and the results remarkable.

As a “master” in the Crossfit community – I challenge you, whatever your age – to step out of your comfort zone, give it a try, and reap the rewards.

Qualifications:

  • CFL1 Trainer
  • CFL2 Trainer
  • i99 Fit Level 1 Coach

Shane Ceraul

Hello my name is Shane,

Just a little about me……I am married and a father of two young girls. I teach high school
biology at St. Timothy’s all girls school. My passion, however, is coaching Crossfit where I can help others move better and accomplish personal goals. I believe that serving others is the most important work one can do.

While I was not a high school or college athlete, I have always considered myself athletic. One of the things that I appreciate about Crossfit is that it allows me to express athleticism. Crossfit is a way that everyone, regardless of athletic background, can be viewed as an athlete. The best hour of your day is realized as you gather yourself post-WOD and recount that you pushed harder than you have before, perfected your technique, beat a previous WOD time, or held on for one more rep!

When I am coaching a class, you might hear me yell, “You can always do one more rep!”, “Keep pushing!”, or “Pick it up!” This encouragement is accompanied by individualized attention to each athlete where my goal is to keep people safe while getting the work done in an efficient manner.

If you see me around do not hesitate to say, “Hi” and I hope to see you in class soon!

Megan Houk

I found Crossfit in Iraq on October 16th, 2010 – yes I remember the date because I was deployed, very bored of the same old gym routine, and (as cliche as it sounds) that day changed my life. They were opening a new facility and wanted to introduce the base to Fight Gone Bad, an interval style workout named by the great BJ Penn (he said because the workout made him feel like he’d been part of a fight just had just gone bad!). I said “nah I’m good…” since it didn’t sound all that difficult (only 15 minutes of working out?!). Then someone challenged me by saying that I “wasn’t competitive enough” to try Crossfit, so obviously I had to prove them wrong! I fell in love with the intensity and here I am seven (almost eight!) years later, still as in love with the sport as I ever was.

Since that fateful day, I’ve been taught that Crossfit is more about difficult workouts, PRs, and lots of sweat. It’s about community and the growth of that community both physically and mentally. As a female, it’s taught me that I can be strong and confident in my ability to get through tough things that get put in front of me. This is why I became a coach. I loved the feeling of reaching new goals, and I wanted to be able to aid others in that journey also. Doing anything to get yourself to a healthier state of being is admirable, and I respect all who come into a Crossfit box wanting to improve themselves to whatever level they want to achieve. I’ve been blessed to work with a lot of knowledgable coaches and athletes, and I absolutely love being able to use that knowledge to help people better themselves. If you have ANY doubt as to whether you should try Crossfit, I ensure you that you have nothing to lose and a stronger, healthier, and more confident self to gain.

Certifications:

  • CFL1 Trainer
  • CFL2 Trainer

Kristin Weinstein

“Never say “never” about anything, because if you do, life has a way of humbling you.”

That quote pretty much defines my CrossFit journey.  In 2014 I moved to Baltimore, from New Jersey, and knew no one.  I found a yoga studio in the area, which was my comfort zone (still is), and made that my community.  Not too long after, the yoga studio I belonged to advertised a joint CrossFit / Yoga program and I thought, “yeah right, “never” – CrossFit causes so many injuries”.  Clearly, I changed my mind.  I eventually tried a WOD, and never looked back.  CrossFit has given me so much, and it has definitely humbled me.  It’s where I met my fiancé, and so many of my close friends.  It has given me strength that I never knew I had – and, it pushes me to be better, every single day.  Nevermore has given me a community of people who hold me accountable and encourage me daily.  I have gone from just a CrossFit athlete, to a CrossFit athlete and coach – and I love showing people that they are stronger than they think.     

I’m a yoga instructor who is grateful for a restorative practice, and a CrossFit coach who loves to turn the music up loud, and get after a tough workout with a room full of people who want to accomplish something great.  Both make me feel so alive.  You can join me for both at Nevermore!  If you’re questioning whether or not you should be trying this – stop questioning it, and just do it.  Never, say “never”. 

Qualifications:

Yoga Alliance 200 RYT

CFL1 Trainer

Dan Harvey

Imagine if at a young age you had the opportunity to surround yourself in an environment that not only gave you an understanding of the basic athletic movements as well as the confidence to lead a healthy and productive life. I personally feel that I was introduced to the outside training and nutritional advantages too late in my athletic career. I first started this lifestyle in high school.

I grew up in a small town outside of Worcester Massachusetts, and spent most of my time traveling to a hockey rink or lacrosse field. My parents had my sister and I involved in as many sports as possible until we specified into the ones we loved the most. As I look back I remember always being a decent athlete, but soon kids around me started getting better, and it wasn’t going to take basic talent to keep up any more. In high school I started training with some friends and eventually joined a Cross Fit gym near my high school and I’m very fortunate for the bond I had made with the other athletes in that gym.

In my senior year of high school the gym started taking in athletic teams and slowly started a kids program. A couple of the other athletes and I would stick around and help run these programs, and that’s where I realized that I could have a positive impact in these kids lives. I can take my knowledge and training techniques and not only make these kids better athletes, but allow them to grow into confident young people. Unfortunately the gym owner passed later that year and my experience with the kids program was cut shorter than I expected.

Now I find myself in Baltimore with another chance to help provide a positive space for kids again and I’m excited to put my name behind it. The kids in my program will not only be ready for any physical challenge they might come across in life, but they will also be ready for most social and psychological challenges as well.

    Emma Tobin

    I have been an athlete my whole life, including a competitive track and field athlete in high school and college. After a decade of wear and tear on my old knees, I knew I needed a change. I had heard of CrossFit through a friend and for awhile I thought, “it’s a cult, I don’t want to lift weights, and I definitely do not want to get stronger.” Fast forward a year later, more running, and my knees finally gave out on me. So, I dropped into a class, was tortured by Stephen, and yet for some reason, returned the next day for more.

    Three years later, and I am at the gym almost daily, either to work out or hang out. The amazing community, the fun atmosphere, and the positivity were a few of the major reasons I joined Nevermore, let alone to get in a good workout.

    Nevermore has become a safe haven, a place where I can push myself to new limits, meet new people, and encourage others to love CrossFit as much as I do. If anyone had asked me three years ago if I ever saw myself doing CrossFit, let alone become a coach, I would have laughed at them. I could not be happier with the decision to join this amazing group of people, participate in this new sport I love more than anything, and work with all sorts of athletes everyday.  

    Qualifications:

    CFL1 Certified

    Paul Anderson

    “Towards the end of summer, 2013, I was in the sixth month of my forty-ninth year. I was feeling sluggish and slightly defeated with regards to my health and over-all well being. I needed a change.

    I had heard of Crossfit but knew very little about it. So, with the thought of, “what have I got to lose”, I rolled into the then, Coppermine Crossfit, signed the waiver and eagerly awaited to see what came next. Running, gymnastics, some lifting: repeat. At the end of the WOD

    I was exhausted, but I knew right then and there that I wanted more……I was hooked.

    After a few years I decided that I enjoyed Crossfit so much that I got my Level-One Certificate.

    I steadfastly believe that Crossfit clears the mind as it ignites the soul and fires-up the spirit. 

    Crossfit has been a real game-changer for me as I know that I am living proof that “constantly-varied , high-intensity, functional-movements” gets real results , prepares the body for future years and is incredibly fun in doing so.

    Qualifications:

    CFL1 Certified

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