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Jaclyn Bates

Jackie Bates - CEO & Coach

As the owner and founder of Limitless Performance and Therapy and CrossFit Cedar Grove, Jackie has dedicated her life to helping people improve their wellbeing. A friend first mentioned CrossFit to Jackie and she fell in love with the new intensity it brought to her workouts. It became her dream to create an environment with a welcoming and productive atmosphere for everyone who walked through the doors. With over 16 years working in the fitness industry (coaching group fitness, personal training, and managing fitness businesses), she’s obtained her CF-L1, USA Weightlifting, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, and FNS, all to help her deliver the best education of proper movement and technique to everyone she coaches. Jackie has a true passion for motivating and helping others get healthy and achieve their wellness goals.

Fun Facts About Jackie:

  • She can say the alphabet backwards reallllllyyyyyyyy fast.
  • She is an Aires Sun, Pisces Rising, and Virgo Moon.
  • She is an animal lover and along with owning many of her own, she loves to help other animals in need.
Danny Carnicella

Danny Carnicella – Coach

Danny has been a member of the CFCG community for the last 4 years and recently obtained his CF-L1 because he loves being in a role to help motivate and shift the mindset for individuals that encourages a positive impact in their life. He says we all have the internal desire to push beyond the standards we preset in everyday life and great coaches make the connections that help get others beyond those boarders – he wants to be one of those coaches. Danny originally started CrossFit because it provided a perfect blend of full body exercise, included a coach to identify movement inconsistency, and helped correct form to ensure the safety and effectiveness of complex movements. Having a pre-set workout of the day set the expectation and the group setting of CrossFit was able to give him a mix of humble nature and competitive spirit all at the same time.

Fun Facts About Danny:

  • Danny spends a lot of time volunteering in his local community through local civic organizations. He is currently a member of Nutley School Board, President of Nutley Rotary, VP of Nutley UNICO(Italian American Civic group), and Member of the Nutley Elks Lodge.
  • His favorite lift is the power clean and he likes the benchmark workout Chief.
  • By day, Danny is an Insurance and Financial Advisor.
Allison Chorro – Coach

Allison Chorro – Coach

After seeing her sister compete at a CrossFit competition in 2012, Allison fell in love with the exciting atmosphere and awesome community of people. The next week she signed up to take classes and never looked back – through the years she’s met some of her best friends and loves that her husband can take classes with her. Allison sees CrossFit as not only a workout but a way to show her son (and possible other future children) that women are strong and how staying active and healthy is so important, but also so much fun. With almost a decade of CrossFit under her belt, she obtained her CF-L1. She says nothing is better than watching someone get a PR or improve on a movement when they have worked hard for it and she’s excited to be a part of that journey.

Fun Facts About Allison:

  • She was a competitive swimmer and can play the piano.
  • She loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking, boating, hanging at the beach, visiting breweries and wineries, and just spending time with family and friends, including her 3-year-old golden retriever Tito.
  • Her favorite lift is the snatch and favorite movement is a HSPU. Plus, any workout that involves barbell cycling like DT and the Incredible Hulk.
Jodi Anne Brannigan

Jodi Anne Brannigan – Coach

"You would love this place!" is all Jodi needed to hear to convince her to try CrossFit for the first time. As a Boston born ballet dancer who previously coached ballet and group fitness she found CrossFit to be a welcome addition to her training. But she always had a passion to help make others feel good about themselves and their accomplishments, so she soon found herself coaching and has worked to earn her CF-L2 and CrossFit Kids Certifications. Over the last 8 years as a CrossFit coach she’s been able to help people from all walks of life and still maintain her job as a Trial Attorney and Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall School of Law.

Fun Facts About Jodi:

  • She loves, toes to bar, power cleans, and Grace.
  • She has 4-year-old twin boys Ryan and Liam.
  • Her favorite shows are General Hospital and the Bachelor. Plus she likes watching NFL games.
Nicole DeCarlo

Nicole DeCarlo - Coach

When Nicole’s friend opened a gym with CrossFit she was initially intimidated but tried it and was hooked. Nicole is a high school teacher by trade (PE, health, and exercise science) plus she’s a high school cheerleading coach so it was a no brainer that after some time as an athlete she decided to become a CrossFit Coach. Over the last 7 years she has worked with countless athletes and acquired her CF-L2. Nicole loves to help people and loves that in CrossFit there is always room for improvement. She enjoys actively being involved with helping people become the best versions of themselves – they get in great shape and even have better mental health.

Fun Facts About Nicole:

  • She’s a mother to three beautiful boys, two fur babies, and wife to an amazing husband of over 10 years.
  • She loves all types of music (as long as it isn’t slow!).
  • Her favorite moves in the gym are spit jerks, overhead squats, and handstand push-ups.
Duke Ferguson

Duke Ferguson – Coach

With a longstanding passion for fitness, Chicago, IL native, Duke recently moved to Montclair, NJ and joined the CrossFit Cedar Grove Team. In college he played football and ran track, but realized he enjoyed being in the weight room as much or more than he enjoyed being on the field. From there sports lead him into Olympic weightlifting and Oly lifting is how he found CrossFit. Since then, Duke has earned his CF-L2 and with 3 years of coaching experience with CrossFit and professional hockey athletes, he brings a wealth of knowledge to our team. Duke says that the best thing about being a coach is to be a part of something bigger than himself.

Fun Facts About Duke:

  • His doppelgänger is Patrick Kane.
  • When he’s not in the gym he’s usually watching basketball or hockey while doing mobility work.
  • While in Chicago he did product testing for Nike.
Dr. Charles Ferruzza

Dr. Charles Ferruzza – Coach

Charles hails to us from Massapequa Park, NY and has dedicated his life to getting athletes better in CrossFit classes and outside of them. He owns Mindful Movement Physical Therapy which resides in the upper level of Limitless and specializes in getting CrossFit athletes back on the gym floor. In addition to his DPT and ATC through his physical therapist career, Charles also has his USAW and CF-L1. With over 10 years of experience working with athletes Charles says he’s found something special in CrossFit – it gives him an intensity push that he couldn’t achieve anywhere else.

Fun Facts About Charles:

  • He can juggle.
  • His spirit animal is a koala bear.
  • His favorite move in the gym is Cleans.
Matthew Gardner

Matthew Gardner – Coach

Growing up, Matthew was not the most athletic or fit child. He wanted to find a way to take control of his body and fell in love with the process of shifting into a healthy routine. After a friend opened a CrossFit gym in Matthew’s home town of Mifflinburg, PA seven years ago, he wanted to support his friend, but quickly realized how much he enjoyed the ability to keep learning new fitness as well as the friendly competition between members to help push each other to do their best. Now, as a CF-L1 coach, he wants to share the love of the process with others and get them to love their bodies and what their bodies can do – not only physically, but mentally as well.

Fun Facts About Matthew:

  • In his free time, he likes to cook and hit up thrift stores for unique stuff.
  • He’s an Aquarius but thinks being born in early February just makes him enjoy the winter season more than other seasons.
  • He grew up an emo kid so he listens to a lot of pop punk/rock/indie. He’ll also throw in a little hip hop and maybe some 80’s hits too.
Jake Houthuysen

Jake Houthuysen – Coach

Jake was introduced to CrossFit at the young at of 15 after he had to stop playing football due to injuries. Initially he liked the competitive edge and how CrossFit pushed him physically, but he stayed because of the sense of community and friendship he had with other members of the gym. It was so unlike any other gym he’d been a part of. Seven years later with two years of US Power Lifting under his belt, Jake has obtained his CF-L1 and plans to obtain his CSCS in the coming months. Jake has been passionate about this sport for a long time and is thrilled to be able to coach and give people the same experience his coaches gave him throughout the years.

Fun Facts About Jodi:

  • His spirit animal is a wolverine.
  • He plays guitar and drums.
  • His favorite lift is cleans and his favorite benchmarks are Cindy and Murph.
Anna Kraeutler

Anna Kraeutler – Operations Director

Anna first found CrossFit over 10 years ago while trying to find something to cross train for a half marathon. She loved the intensity and variety the workouts offered and the first time she did Fight Gone Bad was the day she knew she was hooked. After some time in different administrative roles she was able to combine her professional skills with her passion for fitness. Anna has spent the last 5 years in fitness management and has specifically been involved with boutique gyms and startups because she likes the environment a smaller gym creates – everyone knows everyone’s name and enjoys seeing each other for class. When she’s not in the gym, Anna likes to spend time with family, run with her dogs, and hike.

Fun Facts About Anna:

  • She’s ridden a bull in a rodeo. (Spoiler: she did not last 7 seconds.)
  • She likes wall balls, burpees, box jumps, OHS, and RUNNING. And Nancy is her favorite hero WOD.
  • She is the wife to an Orthopedic Surgeon. Mother to a three-year-old plus one on the way. Dog mom to two.
Sue Mignone

Sue Mignone – Coach

Sue was looking to shake up her workout routine – she wanted to get stronger and challenge herself. After her first CrossFit class, she was hooked on the workout, but the community and friends she’s make along the way are what kept her coming back to CrossFit over the years. She loves the community at CrossFit Cedar Grove and that she can get everything she needs to stay in shape in just an hour at the gym. After 5 years as an athlete, Sue felt the pull to obtain her CF-L1 and coach because she loves helping people reach their goals and wants others to feel as excited about CrossFit as she does.

Fun Facts About Sue:

  • She speaks fluent Portuguese.
  • With two teenage boys, she stays busy! Going to the beach, hiking, camping and fishing are some of their favorite things to together.
  • She loves to cook, go to church, and spend time with family.
Joseph Narvaez

Joseph Narvaez – Coach

Initially drawn to CrossFit by its varied movements and his competitive nature, Paterson, NJ native, Joe has spent the last 5 years participating in CrossFit and 2 years ago obtained his CF-L1. He continues to participate and coach CrossFit because of the community that comes along with it. There is nothing like working out with a group of people who are all different but can come together for a good sweat session. In addition to CrossFit, Joe also enjoys doing obstacle course races like the Spartan and has even completed a Trifecta. He specifically likes coaching because he likes to help others realize that they are capable of doing more than they think they can – both physically and mentally.

Fun Facts About Joseph:

  • His favorite lift is the Power Clean and his favorite WOD is DT.
  • He loves trying out new restaurants.
  • His favorite jams to workout to are Hip Hop.
Michaelle Negra

Michaelle Negra – Coach

Born and raised in Cedar Grove, Michaelle joined CrossFit Cedar Grove as a member but found enjoyment in helping others get fit and healthy to hit their goals so she decided to obtain her CF-L1 and her CrossFit Kids Certification. CrossFit is something that changed her life and she wants to help others see and feel its benefits. Michaelle initially started doing CrossFit because she was bored of doing the same thing at a regular gym. The variety of workouts and movements of CrossFit kept her going with the sport, but she specifically stayed at CrossFit Cedar Grove because of the coaches and community – it’s her second home.

Fun Facts About Michaelle:

  • She has been traveling for work since she was 20 and has been to 48 US states and 13 different countries. She hopes to double that country count in the next 10 years.
  • She is a mother of two little kids.
  • She owns a daycare and creates video training as a consultant.
Joseph Rella

Joseph Rella – Coach

Rella has made a career out of helping others as a Police Officer and sees coaching as an extension of this line of work. He enjoys working with like-minded people who are looking to push and improve themselves, no matter where they came from or what their current abilities are. He found CrossFit after a heiaus from working out and was instantly hooked – the camaraderie, energy, and positive vibe made him keep coming back and what lead him to get his CF-L1. When not in the gym or at work Rella is soaking up family time.

Fun Facts About Joseph:

  • Holleyman is one of his favorite Hero WODs.
  • His spirit animal is a pit bull.
  • He is from Roseland, NJ.
Amanda Risner

Dr. Amanda Risner - Coach

Dr. Amanda Risner is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at St. Barnabas Medical Center, specializing in Critical Care Mobility and Management. She has her PT, DPT, CEEAA, CF-L1, and Pn1, has 3 years of coaching experience and 5 years as a practicing DPT, plus she’s currently working to obtain her MBA. So, to say she has a passion for health and wellness is an understatement. Amanda has a commitment to getting people moving, preventing disease, and promoting overall wellness. She found CrossFit as a pro-am athlete for obstacle course races and fell in love with both CrossFit and the fiancé she met through CrossFit. As a coach, she loves seeing people’s faces when they try something new - nothing can beat that moment when someone discovers how incredible their body is and what it is capable of.

Fun Facts About Amanda:

  • She played the violin in her college symphony.
  • She has two fur babies Kingsley, her Siberian Husky and Dr. Pepper, her French Bulldog.
  • She played soccer in college, ice hockey after college, and was sponsored to do Obstacle Course Races (OCRs) like Tough Mudders and Spartans prior to starting CrossFit.
Laura Romanek

Laura (LEGIT) Romanek - Coach

Laura goes by LEGIT in the CrossFit world because it was a name given to her by a woman she admired in the community (now one of her best friends) and it stuck! LEGIT not only has 6 years of coaching experience but has her CF-L2 and Burgener Strength Weightlifting L1. Her CrossFit journey started in a unique way – a lost bet to her brother and his friends in 2013. She had to try a class and that’s all it took for her to find that she loved the community plus physical and mental changes in herself. CrossFit pushed her to places she never thought she’d get to and eventually led her to coaching. She loves helping people become the best versions of themselves and loves being your biggest fan and loudest cheerleader. Seeing people achieve things they never thought they could keeps her loving what she does!

Fun Facts About LEGIT:

  • LEGIT is a sneaker collector with over 150 pairs in her collection. Some never even taken out of the box!
  • "Spaceman" by Hardwell is always her go to song to get her through a WOD. And 90s dance is what she loves to listen to during a WOD."
  • She loves snowboarding in the winter, visiting breweries, eating tacos and drinking margs, but most importantly hanging out with her pup.
Erin Shah

Erin Shah – Coach

Erin started doing CrossFit because of the variety of workouts and movements and joined CrossFit Cedar Grove as a member about three years ago. She kept coming back because she was always able to set new goals, keep making improvements, and keep increasing loads because there is no ‘finished product’ in CrossFit. As her love grew, she realized a parallel between her career as a bilingual high school math teacher and CrossFit coaching – a want to help others improve. So, she put in the time to get her CF-L1 and has been a great addition to the CrossFit Cedar Grove Team.

Fun Facts About Erin:

  • She got married twice to the same man a month apart! Once in in Vadodara, India where her husband's parents live, and then again here in NJ!
  • Her workout playlist needs to include some '90s/'00s hip hop.
  • She loves to spend time with her family (husband Shaan, daughter Leena, and pup Hubert).
Angela Vitellaro

Angela Vitellaro - Coach

As a former collegiate cross-country runner, Angela found a love for obstacle course races such as the Spartan Race; CrossFit was a natural progression from there. What started out as a side gig teaching HIIT classes at her alma mater two years ago is now her main focus. Plain and simple, she coaches because she likes helping others and always has. She loves watching someone's face when the movement finally clicks for them. Angela is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and recently obtained her CF-L1 after participating in CrossFit for five years. CrossFit is special to her because of the amazing community, and she loves that there is always something to work on and improve upon.

Fun Facts About Erin:

  • Her favorite hero WODs are DT and Murph.
  • Her spirit animal is a lioness which is why she has one tattooed on her leg.
  • She loves animals and has three cats (Sunny, Sophie, Caesar) and two dogs (Rogue and Bean).