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Jaclyn Bates

Jaclyn Bates - CEO

Jaclyn Bates, a seasoned health and fitness professional, is the CEO at Limitless Performance and Therapy. Prior to working at Limitless, Jaclyn held several management roles of increasing responsibility in a variety of industries. Jaclyn’s life-changing personal weight loss success led her to pursue a career helping people get healthy, and her passion and drive to help others achieve their wellness goals is unmatched. It’s been her dream to create a facility with a welcoming and productive environment for both clients and staff. The knowledge she has gained by working with people on all levels—from severely deconditioned to athletes—shapes Jaclyn’s philosophy. She delivers education, motivation, and focus-oriented progressive programming to ensure results.

Jaclyn has been a NASM certified personal trainer since 2007 and has a B.S. in Management and Global Business from Rutgers University. She is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach.

Areas of Specialization

  • Extreme Weight Loss
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
  • Motivational Strategies
  • Corrective Exercise 
  • Functional Movement Screening & Exercise Progressions 
  • Madd Dogg Athletics Certified Spinning Instructor
  • Fitness Nutrition Specialist 
Anna Kraeutler

Anna Kraeutler - Director of Operations

Growing up in Colorado, Anna Kraeutler always had a love of fitness and the outdoors. As a child she participated in numerous sports, and later became a competitive runner winning 5-15k runs around the state. In 2011 while training for a high mileage race, she became bored with running day in and day out and began to look for a cross training program. After several trials and errors, she found CrossFit and was hooked.

After college Anna found her way into the event planning industry while maintaining her love of both running and CrossFit. Eventually professional and personal passions combined and she became the manager of a high-end strength and conditioning studio in Colorado. It was there that she learned to grow her skills as both an athlete and young professional.

After her husband’s career moved their family to New Jersey, Anna tried several CrossFit gyms in the area, but nothing compared to CrossFit Cedar Grove and she’s thrilled to once again be able to commingle her personal and professional passions into one job.

Mandy Bernstein

Mandy Bernstein - Coach

A New Jersey native, Mandy has always enjoyed being active and was a dancer for 14 years. She was introduced to the gym in Graduate School studying for her Masters in Counseling. Her cousin convinced her to join the newest gym in town and she began lifting weights, running, and getting involved in all different types of fitness programs involving plyometrics, metabolic work, spin, TRX, kettlebells, to name a few! Mandy began competing in figure competitions, and she eventually followed her heart and became certified as a NASM Certified Personal Trainer in order to help others reach their goals. Mandy felt her mental health background would really compliment her job in physical health. When she wanted to take her training to another level, Mandy became a CrossFit Coach. Her life was positively affected and changed through CrossFit and she feels there is nothing more rewarding than helping others do the same. Fitness is Mandy's passion and she hopes to help her clients and members of her classes get healthier, stronger, and better at everything they do!

Certifications

  • Level 2 Crossfit Coach
  • Crossfit Mobility
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • USA Weightlifting
  • Pre/Post Natal
  • TRX Suspension Training
  • Corrective Exercise
  • Experience in Bodybuilding
  • Speed, Agility, & Performance Training
Annie Cullinane

Annie Cullinane - Coach

As the youngest of three, with two older brothers, Annie has been into sports and fitness since she was a little girl. She started to lift weights in high school and played college basketball on a very successful team at Mt. St. Mary College in Newburgh, NY. Upon graduation, Annie became a high school English teacher and varsity basketball coach in Jersey City. Although she loved teaching and coaching, she always felt something was missing. Annie wanted to help people become healthier, more confident, and help them reach goals. She knew for that to happen that she needed an environment beyond the classroom. Annie decided to follow her passion and got her CrossFit Level 1 Certification and began coaching CrossFit shortly thereafter. From there, many doors opened up in the fitness industry. One of them was Crossfit Kids. She received her certification two years ago and has not looked back since. Some of Annie’s favorite hours of the week are spent teaching kids the importance of movement and exercise! Although this has become her career, in the last five years it has never once felt like “work.” It is a privilege to help those, young and old, achieve goals, stay healthy, and have fun!

Brian DeCarlo

Brian DeCarlo - Coach

As a physical education teacher, Brian has always felt that it is important to practice what he preaches. Setting a good example for the students was of the utmost importance. Two years into his teaching career, it became more and more difficult to stay fit. Doing the same exercises week after week became very mundane, and to make matters worse there was little to no progress being made.

One day Brian happened to be watching ESPN. There was a competition going on called “The CrossFit Games”. He was immediately intrigued. As luck would have it, an acquaintance opened a functional fitness facility, which included CrossFit classes. Brian knew that he had to try it for himself--and was immediately hooked! In the first four weeks, Brian made more progress than the previous four years. His favorite part was sharing this journey with the other members.

In 2013 Brian earned his Level 1. He began coaching soon after and has never looked back. Brian considers it a privilege to share in people’s fitness journeys and greatly enjoys helping them reach their fitness goals.

Derrick Matulac

Derrick Matulac - Coach

Derrick has always been active throughout his life starting as a high school track and field member, cross country team member and tennis team player, on to college where he played intramural soccer, and after college where he took up snowboarding and studied several forms of Karate, Tai Chi, Kung Fu and Tae Kwon Do. However, he was never a real gym rat until he started the Body For Life program with a friend. This was Derrick’s first foray into a full fitness program. Subsequently, he moved on to a much stricter and more structured food and fitness program working with a nutritionist/trainer who trained athletes for fitness and body building shows. Though he experienced his most effective weight loss to date, Derrick wasn't satisfied with the endless cycle of repetition of the same few movements and the same number of reps. Fast forward to his friend's first introduction to CrossFit and the varying rep schemes, intensities, lengths of workouts and dedication to useful movements and he was hooked. After 6 years as a member at various boxes, he finally completed his Level 1 Certification in 2016 and fully understood the completeness of the CrossFit program. Now, he dedicates himself to being the best version of himself he can be and hopes to provide his athletes with the same contagious enthusiasm to get them to their own goals.

Wilder Alvarez

Wilder Alvarez - Coach

Wilder is originally from the country of Peru. He attended Hackensack H.S where he played varsity soccer. Wil always enjoyed sports and being active, and his favorite soccer team is Barcelona of Spain.

CrossFit aaahhh.....so addicted! Wil found out about CrossFit back in 2016 through his wife Erika. He was skeptical at first, but when he started seeing her physical changes, Wil decided to try CrossFit—and has not looked back since! He has participated in two competitions and is looking forward to many more. CrossFit has taught Wil discipline, commitment, and hard work. The most important part of CrossFit for Wil is the community, especially his love for the CrossFit Cedar Grove members!

Ronnie Coppola

Ronnie Coppola - Coach

After much time spent in globo gyms doing the same workouts and seeing little change in performance or health, Ronnie decided to try CrossFit. It’s changed his life to say the least!

At 41, he feels better than he ever has physically and mentally, but most importantly he’s having so much fun doing it! CrossFit has not only changed the way he looks, it’s changed the way he lives. It’s inspired him to help others and recently he completed the both CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Kids training certifications. It’s never too late!

Nicole DeCarlo

Nicole DeCarlo - Coach

As a High School PE/Health Teacher and Cheer Coach, Nicole always wants to find ways to better herself as well as others. In 2012 a friend of hers opened a fitness center that offered CrossFit. She was intimidated, to say the least. Nicole’s friend and husband assured her that she could do it... after the first class, she was hooked! Having a dance and cheer background, she loved the competitive edge to CrossFit and getting to lift things over her head.

CrossFit has changed her life in so many ways and she honestly loves it. As a coach, she loves being able to help an athlete reach their goals and watching them progress. Nicole and her husband just had baby #3 and their idea of a "date" is when they get a sitter and get to workout together on a Saturday morning and grind out a WOD together.

Matthew Gardner

Matthew Gardner – Coach

Matthew has been CrossFitting since the summer of 2015. Throughout high school Matthew struggled with being overweight and even slightly obese. Playing sports in high school he found a passion for sport and strength. After seeing a good friend become a CrossFit affiliate owner Matthew found himself watching social media videos of his friends CrossFit workouts and became intrigued. After joining that gym he fell in love with high intensity style workouts and the idea of becoming a better version of yourself. In July of 2018 Matthew completed the CrossFit Level 1 Certification. Matthew is now in the best shape of his life. He knows what it’s like to have body issues and the journey and struggles it takes to get into shape. He believes in conquering your weaknesses and getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. Matthew is a jack of all trades and a master of none.