Our Coaches and Staff
Co-Founder and Head Coach
Hailing from the best state in the union, New Jersey, Jared comes to the fitness scene as a recent transplant from the corporate world. Trading his MBA in for the barbell, he brings an uncanny fire to his training and an athletic functionality to the work out that has you begging for one more round. Being the eldest of five siblings, Jared has found that fine balance between big brother and enforcer while leading class. Out of the gym, Jared enjoys a full fitness prescription between rowing class, indoor cycling, and yoga as well as his beloved New York Mets and perusing the East Village.
CFL1, CFL2, CF Masters CF Flexibililty, CF Scaling, CF Kettlebells, CF Gymnastics, USAW; MBA
Cavan T. Valance
Director of Member Services
A tried and true New Yorker, Cavan was born in Manhattan and grew up with a lacrosse stick in his hands on the north shore of Long Island. A very athletic family lead Cavan to be involved in a multitude of team-based athletics.
A major turning point for Cavan was when he gained over 50 pounds in his freshman year of college. When he started Crossfit he discovered his passion for fitness all over again. He’ll tell you “fitness saved my life” and consistency and focus were what paved the way. Cavan is an attentive and enthusiastic coach with a real “can do” attitude that inspires others to challenge and surprise themselves every time they step foot into the gym.
CFL1, CFL2, CF Gymnastics, CF Kettlebells, CF Kids; NASM
Head Barbell Coach
Novak eats, sleeps and breathes Olympic Weightlifting. Having trained under some of the best coaches in the US and abroad, most recently Russian Champion Vasiliy Polovnikov, he strives to transfer that knowledge to both Crossfitters and Olympic weightlifters alike. If he’s not getting under the bar he enjoys riding anything with two wheels, playing with his French bulldog Bruno, or catching the latest Hollywood film, good or bad, with his beautiful wife.
CFL1, USAW Club Coach, Attitude Nation L1, and Catalyst Athletics certifications. He’s also trained under some of the best coaches in the US and abroad, most recently Russian Champion Vasiliy Polovnikov.
Steph represents Brooklyn but was raised out in Queens, so get ready to crush some weights to old school hip hop beats! She’s a food loving, beer chugging, kettle bell swinging SOB. Steph grew up playing a variety of sports, but her passion lied in softball. Her love for sports is what encouraged her to get into fitness. She’s a die hard Yankees fan and cannot tolerate Met fans. Thinking about the Mets actually allows for her to aggressively attack the barbell. Cleans and handstand push ups all day everyday! Just don’t ask her to run. Unless she’s running for beer, then she’ll run.
CFL1, CFL2, CF Kids, CF Gymnastics, USAW; MS in Sports Management