Functional fitness programming may seem random to the client and that’s a good thing! But the fact is that functional fitness workouts are in reality anything but random. Great functional fitness coaches make sure everything is well thought out weeks or sometimes months ahead of time. That’s the difference between joining a mediocre box and an exceptional one. We are indeed the latter. Functional workouts need to account for many different domains. The “unknown and unknowable” is a part of it, but the programmer should know everything being thrown at an athlete and why. At Bastion School of Fitness we know exactly what you need because we’ve lived it, studied it, tested it, put it into practice and take our jobs seriously so can feel confident about putting your trust in us.
Meet Our Coaches
Owner, Olympic Lifting/Powerlifting Coach
- CrossFit Level 1 Certified
- CrossFit Level 2 Certified
- CrossFit Level 3 Certified
- CrossFit Powerlifting
- CrossFit Gymnastics
- NSCA Personal Trainer
- Travis Mash Learn 2 Lift Seminar
- Underground Strength Olympic Lifting 1 and 2.
- Enderton Strength L1 Olympic Lifting Seminar
- Stan Efferding Performance Seminar
I was overweight for most of my life and never thought of exercise as any fun. That was however until I started running in college and found a love for training I never knew I had. Running was great for burning through my fat, but it also torched my muscle so I added weight training to my program. I made huge gains in the beginning but then started to plateau. It was around this point that I saw the CrossFit games on ESPN and was hooked. Upon finishing college I signed up for CrossFit and I’ve been shattering goals ever since. One of these goals was to help change people’s lives through enhancing their fitness. Becoming fit changed my life for the better and I’m working every day to help others feel that same sense of accomplishment.
Part of that journey involves helping each individual on a daily basis. I personally have competed in CrossFit events, Powerlifting, and Olympic Lifting. I thrive on learning more about each individual sport and I use the knowledge I have gained in my years in the industry to create the best strength programs available. This is not just a hobby of mine, this is my life. This is what makes me thrive.
Choosing to walk through our door is the first step on your fitness journey, but rest assured you will not be embarking on it alone. I will be with you through it all.
Olympic Lifting Certification
I have been an athlete for most of my life; soccer being my number one passion. Playing soccer through my adulthood, I was forced to “hang up my cleats” after my third ACL surgery, (still to this day, not having an ACL) but that did not stop me from my journey to continuing to lead an active and healthy life style. Once I was no longer able to play soccer, I was introduced to the sport of Crossfit. This was a very humbling experience as I really did not have much experience inside a gym, or with a barbell. But I was instantly hooked. Learning a new sport, finding a new confidence to compete, meeting friends that will last a lifetime, how can I not fall in love with it!
In 2016 I had a pretty bad back injury that kept me out of Crossfit for about a year. This experience helped me take a step back to understand the importance of training properly, nutrition, sleep, stress, recovery. This all matters! I want to share my experiences to help you the best version of you, inside and outside the gym!
I have competed in Crossfit, trained in Powerlifting, Olympic Lifting, Strongman, Bodybuilding, which has not only helped me to become a better athlete, but a better trainer and coach for you!
I care about you, and there is nothing more important to me than helping you go through an experience that makes you happy! It is helping you get closer to achieving your health and fitness goals that makes me happy! I want to help you discover the benefits of health and nutrition that made me become the person I am today, and I am here to help guide you every step of the way!
I have always been the kid who was high-strung and active growing up. In High School I played volleyball and ran track. Running has always been therapeutic and a passion (Having 8 siblings will do that to you).
I went off to College to study Forensic Science, another passion of mine.
In July 2001, I joined the NYC police department as a police officer to serve the very community that allowed me to grow. As a rookie cop, I learned very quickly about “the job”. September 11, 2001. That day molded me into a person I didn’t know I had in me. My desire to help strangers grew stronger and stronger. I also realized my “blue family” needed help. During my career, I created running groups and workout regimen to help my colleagues cope with depression and stress. I even went on and tracked their progress creating fun in-house workout battles to promote fitness.(transferring to the Elite CSI unit, where the workout battles became even more paramount)
I went on and felt obligated to learn more about human anatomy and how I can further influence my blue family to advocate a better lifestyle. I went on and obtained my certification with the NASM as a personal trainer in 2017. I felt the need to further educate myself in order to provide everyone with the proper technique and skills as I noticed everyone around me found it fun to be a healthier “you”. What I noticed more and more was that it was helping myself in return. It was humbling to know that I was not only training this group of detectives to become better investigators but to be a better “you” and “me”. I knew I had found a great purpose.
In 2015, I was introduced to Crossfit by a good friend and colleague. She raved about it. The more she explained it, the more I was intimidated but totally interested. I was a girl who thrived on fitness and health as my way of life, so how could this level of fitness fit my needs? Well, the curiosity in me knew that the only way was by observing a class. I walked in, and immediately I felt comfortable. The camaraderie, the first name basis, and the cheering on those struggling with no judgment. I was hooked! I knew I could do it. I took the step and searched for my local box. Not knowing a soul, I walked in and was hugged by a stranger. Well that’s all she wrote. Nearly 10 years later, Bastion is still my home away from home. My happy place. My 3 kids have also followed in mom’s footsteps and joined. It’s a great family affair.
I have ran 10 marathons and other races pulling groups of friends and encouraging them to also run in events. I also participated in an olympic lifting competition that opened the doors to partake in other competitions within my Crossfit community.
In July 2022, I retired after 21 years of service and I knew that my passion for helping others was still poking at me. I knew I needed to pursue and satisfy that calling. The amazing coaches at Bastion thought it was a great idea to train me to coach crossfit. Now there’s an offer I couldn’t refuse. My perspective now as a coach has allowed me to understand the value in technique, form, and how it has made me an even better athlete. I love helping people find their better ”you”
They say do what you love and you never work a day in your life.
CrossFit Bastion is a 5,500 square foot facility that is fully equipped for all your CrossFit needs! We boast enough equipment to comfortably hold classes of 15+ people, 2 showers for your convenience, lockers, and plenty more. Along with Standard CrossFit classes we will also be offering both Olympic and Powerlifting classes, also known as Bastion Barbell Club.
As one of the largest CrossFit facilities on Long Island, combined with a top notch training staff, we pride ourselves on creating the best possible atmosphere for our athletes to succeed!