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, CF Kettlebells, CF Gymnastics, USAW
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, CF Gymnastics, CF Kettlebells
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.
Stephanie is CF-L1 and currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Sports Management at St. John’s University.
I found CrossFit in 2012 because of a good deal on Groupon. I looked at CrossFit as something to switch up my current routine for a month or so and after I would go back to the gym and follow a program I found on Bodybuilding.com. I have never been more wrong in my life. Growing up in Long Island, N.Y. I played a lot of baseball. I also dabbled in football, hockey, basketball and for a short time my twin brother and I thought we were Ninja Turtles. I fell in love with CrossFit for many reasons but the camaraderie that is built after finishing a WOD is like none that can be replicated elsewhere in my experience. There is a very real sense of accomplishment when you are lying on your back giving your fellow member a thumbs up, acknowledging the hard work. I started coaching because I believe that with the right people around and the right mindset, anything is possible. Humans are incredible creatures and I want to help people realize how incredible. When I’m not coaching or working out myself, good luck finding me. I am either on my Harley, on a plane going somewhere I have never been, or on top of a mountain.
CFL1, CF Scalling, CF Judging
Brittany was a gymnast for several years before playing volleyball and running track in high school. A few years ago, Brittany's brother dragged her into the world of CrossFit (yes, she was intimidated by CrossFit like many other people), and she's never looked back. Brittany earned her CF-L1 after six months of CrossFit and began coaching shortly thereafter. As a full-time social worker, Brittany feels coaching is the perfect extension of her career and is passionate about helping people learn about and appreciate themselves through fitness. #letsdothis
Lauren has been passionate about athletics her entire life. She started running marathons in high school while also playing tennis and lacrosse. After College she found CrossFit in 2010 and never looked back. She instantly fell in love with the training, community and lifestyle. Inspired by the Paleo diet, she started her own Paleo baking company which is extremely popular among the CrossFit community. With over 3 years of experience in coaching and competing she knows what it takes to excel in the sport of CrossFit while also having fun along the way