coaches

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Jared Coon - Founder & Head Coach 

I have spent most of my life dedicated to fitness. As a result, I hold several fitness certifications in many fields. The reason I cover such a wide variety of programming is because not all individuals respond to getting fit in the same manner. The key element in common with all training I do is functional movement. I want to make you better at everyday life. I have trained individuals from all age groups with a wide variety of goals. Some had goals to make sports teams. Others had goals to be able to move from a seated position to a standing position, unassisted. No goals is too big or too small. My sports background started in high school. I was the winner of multiple wrestling tournaments and earned all-state honors for Westerly High School. I am also the former head coach of the Westerly Wrestling team. The transition from coach to personal trainer was an easy one. My passion for fitness started when I was a 95 pound freshman who needed to bulk up for wrestling. After a shoulder injury ended my wrestling career, I switched my focus to CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting. As a competitive weightlifter, I have gone from a novice at local meets to competing and placing at international masters competitions. I have spent time at the U.S. Olympic Training Center working with coaches to help better myself as both an athlete and a coach. My passion for training and coaching grows every day. 

Certifications:

SA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach – Level 1 and Level 2
USA Powerlifting Certified Coach
CrossFit Level 1 and Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Strongman Trainer
CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer

Achievements

2017 CT State Championship:
         3 Masters Records (126, 160, 288 kg);
         1 Senior Record (126 kg)
2016 IWF Masters Worlds Competition, Heinsheim Germany –
         2nd Place Medalist 94kg weight class
2016 National Masters 3rd Place Medalist 94kg weight class
New England Masters Clean & Jerk 94 kg weight class (157 kg) – Set in 2016
New England Masters Total Record 94 kg weight class (277 kg) – Set in 2016
New England Masters Snatch Record 105kg weight class (111 kg) – Set in 2015
New England Masters Total Record 105kg weight class (251 kg) – Set in 2015
New England Masters Clean & Jerk Record 94kg weight class (147 kg) – Set in 2015
2015 Pan American Masters 3rd Place Medalist 94kg weight class


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dale sowle

Like many other people who find Crossfit I was bored with my workout routine at the time. I'd hit the gym, say hello to the few acquaintances I had there and do the same exercise cycles over and over. It was stale, boring, and I had hit a plateau.  I wanted something more challenging than the same old same old. Enter Crossfit. A friend told me about a hardcore workout program that was always different and incorporated several fitness domains. I found the closest box to me at the time (30 minutes away) signed up for their intro class, went and almost threw up. I signed up that day.
The atmosphere was totally different from the gym setting I was used to. The people were smiling, encouraging one another, and working extremely hard. No casually strolling from machine to machine with no idea what to really do. The athletes were being coached and engaged in a way that was intriguing. After going through their fundamentals program I joined regular classes and was hooked immediately. I loved the feeling of anxiety when looking at a workout. I'd read the blog and think to myself," I honestly don't know if I can do this." But after completing a WOD with the help of my fellow athletes and coaches I'd have this amazing high. I loved the test.  Where in modern life do we have that chance? The opportunity to strip everything away and see what you have deep down when it's only you and that voice that says, "Quit, you can't do this." That is a transformative experience. And where in our busy lives do we have a chance to connect with other human beings on that level. No matter the athletic ability there is camaraderie built when we struggle together. I found a sense of community in Crossfit I didn't even know I was looking for.
Fast forward to coaching. Once I started on that path found a love for helping other athletes with the same struggles I faced. I recognize the fear and uncertainty in the faces of new people when they walk through our door. I have so much respect for anyone who is willing to get out of their comfort zone and try something new. Coaching to me is absolutely about helping others move better and be healthier overall. But it's also about connecting with people. Helping them achieve things they never thought possible due to their age, weight, ability ect. Whatever that obstacle holding them back is. Seeing the accomplishment and outright joy in someone’s face when they get their first pull up, make that heavy lift or accomplish any goal they have set; that is what keeps me motivated. 

 

certifications

CrossFit Level 1 and 2 Trainer
CrossFit Olympic Lift Certified

Pat Hanley

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I discovered CrossFit entering my senior year in college as an Exercise Science Major and a collegiate level Gymnast. Even without having attended the Level 1 certification, I was studying and using some the basic CrossFit principles to help myself, and teammates, prepare for our training season. Once I graduated and moved on to achieve a Master’s Degree, a full transition into CrossFit made the most sense. All the aspects that made me a successful collegiate athlete where right there in one package. The coolest part, however, is that these aspects were available to ANYONE who walked through the doors. With a genuine interest in the health and wellness of others, and a passion for movement, I decided to sit for the Level 1 to help people realize that EVERYONE can be an athlete no matter the starting point.

Achievements & Certifications:

B.S. Exercise Science
M.Ed. Health Promotion
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor
Certified KettleBell Instructor (not CF)
NCAA D1 Championship Competitor (Gymnastics)  

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Nick CooN

I only recently discovered crossfit. I have a brief background in powerlifting and wanted to try something new. The intensity, methodology, and challenge immediately had me hooked. There is a family at WCF and they have been nothing but supportive and inspiring to me and everyone else that walks through the door. I've never felt better and healthier.  

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1, 2016 

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fernando gutierrez

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

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hillary parzych 

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Kids Trainer