Mike holds his CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Kids trainer certification. He has also completed the rigorous Starting Strength Seminar coached by nationally renowned strength coach Mark Rippetoe.
Mike has a tremendous passion for CrossFit and there are few things more important to him then ensuring the best experience for the athletes at CFGH. He spends his days immersed in reading the latest CrossFit news, writing WODs, doing WODs, and in general seeking to better himself and by extension ensuring the athletes at CFGH have the best coaching possible. His goal is to create a warm and inviting environment so every experience at CFGH is fun and engaging allowing the athletes to stay happy and healthy in and out of the box.
Sports and fitness have always been a part of Mike’s life. As a child growing up in Queens, NY, he was very active in baseball and other team sports. After high school, and the events of 9/11, Mike enlisted in the Army serving two tours of duty, one in Afghanistan (03) and the other in Iraq (04-05). Once he was done serving his country, he chose to help others by becoming a personal trainer and keeping fitness a focus in his life.
In 2013 Mike did his first CrossFit WOD, 10-1 Front Squats (135#) with a 200m run between each round. He hasn’t looked back since. He left behind a successful career as a personal trainer to pursue managing a CrossFit box. However, he still felt the desire to help others through fitness and it was this desire that led to the pursuit of owning & coaching at his own box. Now after having taught thousands of CrossFit classes his desire to coach and learn only get stronger.
Mike and his beautiful wife Kelly, along with their boys Declan and Calum and their other “boys” – 2 Chihuahuas Reeses & Snickers – look forward to spending time with their CrossFit Granada Hills community and welcoming new athletes into the CFGH family.
Don’t let the lack of CrossFit experience fool you! New to the passionate cross-fit community, Jeri has an extensive history in physical fitness, nutritional wellness, personal training and team sports. Born and raised on Long Island, NY, into with an Italian-Russian family, Jeri was reared on a steady diet of spaghetti, meatballs, and matzah-ball soup. Despite learning to swim before she could walk and to ski by age three, Jeri was what some like to call “big-boned” and “athletic.” She was encouraged and enrolled in dance classes, tennis and taekwondo and was eventually sent with her sister to a fitness and lifestyle change camp – or a “fat camp” – in Massachusetts when she was ten. That summer Jeri lost nearly thirty pounds, nurtured her self-esteem and developed a radiant confidence that she channeled into leadership in high-school sports. Within the next few years, Jeri grew nine inches and thinned out but stayed focused on maintaining her physical and nutritional goals.
That was a long time ago, but it goes to show that as far back as she can remember, Jeri’s life has revolved around personal fitness and nutritional health. After attending college in both California and Anchorage, Alaska – and a lot of hiking and camping and soul-searching – Jeri returned to her East Coast roots and got her NASM personal training certification while working at Planet Fitness in NY. Then she secured a training position at ILOVEKICKBOXING and within a year was offered a management position in Agoura Hills, CA. Back she was, in the sunshine state, when a good friend urged her to check out cross-fit. “You’ll love it,” she’d say, and Jeri did – she’s been hooked since day one! Jeri has moved a lot over the years but her heart has stayed and continually returns to one place: her passion for and dedication to helping others through physical fitness. For Jeri, it is about so much more than just looking good – though that’s always awesome! Mentally, spiritually and physically Jeri strives to be on top of her game and to help others meet and exceed their fitness goals.