Why CrossFit? Why Land Warrior CrossFit?

"I have to get in shape before I come to your gym!"  Wait, WHAT?  Do you let your broken ankle heal before you go see a doctor?  No, and the same thing applies to fitness - if you are out of shape it's the perfect reason to start CrossFit or SHRED!

There is no prerequisite to joining our gym.  You don't need to study up on You Tube before you come in, you don't need to recall what the gym teacher in high school told you - that is what our experienced coaches are for!  We will show you the way and help you reach your goals - whatever that may look like for you.  

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Meet Our Team

David Tripp

“TRIPP”
Coach/Owner

Dave found CrossFit in 2012 and while looking to spread the knowledge, inspiration and CrossFit methodology, opened Land Warrior CrossFit in November of that year. His goal was to create a place where every person is respected as an athlete and inspired to work hard. Shortly after opening the doors at Land Warrior, Dave was called up for his second deployment with the Connecticut Army National Guard to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. He quickly found himself amongst fellow CrossFitters and was part of the all volunteer coaching staff at CrossFit Arifjan. He was able share and spread his knowledge and enthusiasm with hundreds of soldiers and fellow Crossfitters during his free time over the 9 month deployment. Much has evolved at LWCF over the course of 6 years but Dave remains steadfast in his belief that "THIS PLACE WILL CHANGE YOU, IF YOU LET IT."

CREDENTIALS:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2012
CrossFit Coach’s Prep Course (L2) – 2014
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer - 2018
CrossFit Kettlebell – 2012
USAW Sports Performance Coach – 2014
CrossFit Coach’s Prep Course (L2) – 2014
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting – 2014
CrossFit Games Scoring Team – 2014, 2015
American Red Cross CPR/AED – 2017
CrossFit Scaling Course – 2016
CrossFit Judges Course – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Sue Tripp

Coach

Sue began her CrossFit journey in August of 2013. To say it’s changed her life is an understatement, and being able to help others grow in their journey is the number one reason she got her L1 in 2016. She enjoys the methodology of CrossFit, the idea of general physical preparedness and being able to coach future generations to a healthier way of living.

CREDENTIALS:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2016
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer - 2018
CrossFit Games Scoring Team – 2015
CrossFit Kids Trainer – 2016
CrossFit Scaling Course – 2016
CrossFit Anatomy Course - 2016
CrossFit Spot the Flaw Course - 2017
CrossFit Rowing (Water and Erg) – 2017
American Red Cross CPR/AED – 2017
USAW Sports Performance Coach – 2017, 2018, 2019
CrossFit Judges Course – 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
CrossFit Running Course - 2018
CrossFit Lesson Planning Course - 2018
PN Level 1 Certified - 2018
The Brand X Method Basic Kids Course - 2018
CrossFit Gymnastics - 2019

Jason Bzdick

Coach

Jason joined the Land Warrior coaching team in 2015 just as the new space opened in Suffield. His fitness journey started in High School where he was a three sport athlete. He played football, basketball and competed in power lifting where he was the New York State Champion his junior and senior year in the 181 lb. class. With a passion for fitness, he continued his journey to Springfield College where he played football and rugby. After earning a bachelors in Applied Exercise Science, he was hired as a personal trainer at Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness. A short time later he earned the position of Head Trainer and remained there for 3 years. It was during this time that he was introduced to CrossFit and, as in most cases, was immediately hooked. At that facility he earned his L1 and started a CrossFit affiliate that grew rapidly. After less than a year, he knew it was necessary to relocate the affiliate in order to provide the best possible atmosphere for the athletes. After an amazing year and a half, he realized it was necessary for another move and that’s when he found Land Warrior CrossFit. He was then given the privilege to be the Head Coach, where he works tirelessly to make sure each athlete is given all the tools and direction to achieve their full potential. His biggest piece of advice for anyone trying to improve their fitness, decrease the stress in their lives and be a part of something special is simply to just walk through the door. Once you have a chance to meet the coaches and experience the community, you will realize that all the pieces you have been looking for to better yourself are right there. Jason let this place change him for the better and he knows it will do the same for you!!!

CREDENTIALS:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2013
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer – 2016
CrossFit Judges Course – 2015, 2016, 2017


Stacey Pettit

Coach

Stacey joined the Land Warrior coaching team in May of 2015. She’s been participating in CrossFit since May 2012. Before CrossFit she was just a regular gym member. Once she discovered CrossFit she knew there was no going back. Stacey loves seeing new people discover the sport and do something that they never thought they could do. She feels that watching members accomplish a goal off their list makes it all so rewarding. Outside of the gym you can find her being an amazing hairdresser in Windsor Locks.

CREDENTIALS:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2014
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer - 2018
USAW Sports Performance Coach – 2014
American Red Cross CPR/AED - 2017
CrossFit Judges Course – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018


Katrina LaClair

Coach

Growing up, Katrina was a competitive dancer and acrobat, ranking regionally and nationally with such awards as Dancer of the Year and Miss Acrobat of the United States. After high school she continued to dance professionally, traveling around the country and abroad with companies including Six Flags, Busch Gardens and Norwegian Cruise Line. After deciding to become a dance teacher/choreographer, she also started attending school and competing in Figure competitions which was a great outlet for her competitive personality. It was nice for the time but she was always left feeling like she needed more. CrossFit basically fell into her lap shortly after. She stumbled across an opportunity to become a coach at a new box opening the next town over from where she lived. Being that she was an Exercise Science major in school, it was an obvious choice to make. She had never done CrossFit so she signed up for a 3 class trial at Land Warrior when the box was still on Industrial Road in Windsor Locks. She was solo in her first class and was able to be one on one with the coach and take it slow. The second class however, she had to do a Hero WOD with a partner (Tio), that included 300 pull ups. 46 minutes later, her hands were ripped and bleeding, her chest and quads fatigued, she was soaked in sweat from head to toe and the best part was the support from people she had never met! That very night, she signed up for her CF-L1, she was hooked! The rest is history and she loves it more and more with every training session, every class she coaches and every event she attends.  Despite being a full time firefighter with the New Britain FD, Katrina still finds time to coach!

CREDENTIALS:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer - 2013
CrossFit Kids - 2013
CrossFit Gymnastics - 2014
American Red Cross CPR/AED – 2017
CrossFit Games Masters Women (35-39) Competitor - 2018

Brady Schoner

Coach

Brady began CrossFit in Land Warrior’s “pre-season sports program” back in 2012 to prepare himself for Suffield High School’s lacrosse and football seasons. What began as simply an exercise routine to stay in shape, evolved into a passion. Besides the physical improvements CrossFit offers, Brady enjoys the community that CrossFit creates and the attitude that everyone is welcomed regardless of their fitness level.

Brady graduated from Roger Williams University in ’17 with a degree in mechanical engineering, but was sure to drop in to LWCF when he visited home. Today, he works for Morris Group, Inc. as an Additive Product Engineer helping to distribute metal 3D printers to customers all over the nation. When not working, he can be found either participating in the evening classes or coaching them.


CREDENTIALS:
American Red Cross CPR/AED – 2017
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2017

Connor Mankouski

Coach

Connor started his CrossFit journey in his college gym in 2015. After struggling with obesity in his youth, Connor decided to take control of his health during college. After a year and a half of grinding on the elliptical and peaking with free weights he decided to give CrossFit a go. Before joining the college winter program at Land Warrior during his sophomore year, he tried to do CrossFit movements in the college gym and struggled with the form and technique. After his amazing experience and knowledge gained at Land Warrior, he started training by himself doing his own WODs at the college gym and attracted a lot of attention due to the progress he was making and confusion from all the different movements. Although he did not study exercise science or kinesiology at college, Connor has a passion for the human body movements especially with weightlifting. After training many of his friends at the school gym, he was convinced by one of his buddies who coached to get his Level 1. He began coaching the summer of his junior year at a gym near his school and has been coaching ever since.

CREDENTIALS:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2017

Kevin Charland

Coach

Kevin started his CrossFit journey at Land Warrior CrossFit in May 2016. He has always been very actively involved in sports both as an athlete and with coaching his children's teams. He's worked hard to live a healthy lifestyle by both eating well and going to the gym on and off since college. But, he'd always get bored with the gym and monotonous routines about half way through the membership and then start all over again around New Years.
His decision to start at LWCF was based on a few reasons - his desire to learn how to do Olympic lifts properly while avoiding injury and bad habits, his hatred of cardio but knowing that he would be more apt to stick to it in competitive group setting and the fact that he was new to Suffield and it would be a great opportunity to meet new people.
Over two years in, the feeling of looking forward to the gym hasn’t faded for Kevin. He feels he's in the best shape of his life and has met so many incredible people who share a common interest.
Deciding to coach and teach has been a natural progression for Kevin.  He's always enjoyed coaching his kids' sports and loves his job where he teaches surgeons how to navigate their brain and spine surgeries. It is Kevn's hope that his coaching helps others achieve their fitness and healthy lifestyle goals.

CREDENTIALS:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2018
CrossFit Judges Course - 2018, 2019
CrossFit Scaling Course - 2018
CrossFit Running Course - 2018
CrossFit Spot the Flaw Course - 2018

Kristy Organ

Coach

Kristy has been a member of Land Warrior since February 2017. Over the course of the 2 years she has developed a passion for CrossFit and desire to help others on their fitness journey.  Kristy is a stay at home mom of 2 boys - being a positive role model for her family gives her the drive to continuously seek ways to stay active and educate herself on the importance of proper nutritional habits. Kristy became a coach to help anyone at all fitness levels realize their potential and have fun in the process.

CREDENTIALS:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2019
CrossFit Judges Course – 2018, 2019

Brittany Whiteley

Coach

Brittany started her CrossFit journey after she graduated from college in 2012. Athletics has always been a big part of her life. She played college basketball at Eastern and graduated with a degree in Physical Education. She currently teaches PE at Suffield High School and coaches many sports. After being an athlete her entire life she wanted to continue a fitness regime that allowed her to have that “athlete mentality.” She wanted to push herself competitively and feel a strong sense of community, so she tried CrossFit with a friend and she was instantly hooked. Brittany has a passion for helping others and inspiring individuals to be the best versions of themselves, she believes that CrossFit is the perfect platform in achieving this, because it positively strengths the mind, body and spirit. You will often hear her say “CrossFit is the best hour of my day” because she gets to be around like minded individuals who truly care and support her goals. As a CrossFit coach at Land Warrior she wants to make our athletes feel welcome, appreciated and inspired just like she felt when she started her CrossFit journey at LWCF. As she begins her coaching career as a Level 1 CrossFit Coach she wants to motivate our athletes to have the confidence to grow not only physically but mentally and emotionally so they can be the best human being they can be!  

CREDENTIALS:
American Red Cross CPR/AED – 2018
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2019

AJ Efstratios

Coach

CREDENTIALS:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2019

Jack Murphy

Coach

Jack started at Land Warrior CrossFit in March of 2018. Between finishing college and starting a new job, Jack had a difficult time maintaining a fitness routine and diet. He was hesitant to begin CrossFit because he felt out of shape and weak. He was worried his strength and ability would not be up to par with other gym-goers. The environment at Land Warrior could not have been more welcoming and supportive of him. He has made huge strides in his fitness with the help of the other exceptional coaches and athletes at Land Warrior. Because of his original hesitancy to join the gym, Jack has become passionate about making people of all fitness levels comfortable and excited about coming to the gym. To facilitate this goal, Jack obtained his Level 1 Certificate in 2019 to help others improve their fitness. Bettering his physical fitness has made him a much happier person and he hopes to coach others so that they may feel the same.

CREDENTIALS:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2019

Vincent Scacchitti

Coach

Vince’s CrossFit journey began when he became bored with what he was traditionally doing for a workout and a friend suggested he try CrossFit to change up his routine. Vince never looked back - receiving his L1 in 2018 to accompany his other training credentials and beginning to figure out how to adapt his new-found knowledge to revamp his client’s routines. Vince has found ways to adapt CrossFit to clients who have very limited abilities with great success.  Outside of training others and training himself you can find Vince with a guitar in his hand, at a concert or on a hike.

CREDENTIALS:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2018
NASM CPT (Certified Personal Trainer)
NASM CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist)
NASM MMACS (Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Specialist)
FMS 1 (Functional Movement Screen)

Shaelyn Pomeroy

Coach

CREDENTIALS:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – 2019

Jaclyn Marino

Personal Training Coach