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Coaches 2017-07-13T09:25:56+00:00

MEET OUR COACHES

Chad Lanier
Chad LanierOwner/Head Coach
Coach Chad started CrossFit in 2010 and began coaching in July 2013. He has become a staple in the local competition circuit and thrives on getting the most out of himself and his athletes. In addition to his athletic and technical coaching prowess, Coach Chad possesses knowledge of nutrition and healthy living that is guaranteed to catapult your fitness level and overall health to new heights.

Coach Chad is registered with USA Weightlifting and holds various certifications, including CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Weightlifting, CrossFit Kettlebell and CrossFit Movement & Mobility. He is also an accomplished chef.

Peter Ruffini
Peter RuffiniOwner/Coach
As a former NCAA award-winning lacrosse player and team captain for the C.W. Post Pioneers, athletics and fitness has always played a major role in Coach Peter’s life. Looking to fill the void when his playing days ended, he found CrossFit in January 2013 and was instantly hooked by its competitive nature and emphasis on teamwork and camaraderie. Coach Peter has become extremely devoted to his training and, in 2014 he helped CrossFit 212 in New York City qualify for the 2014 Northeast Regional team competition.

Coach Peter is a Crossfit Level 1 Certified Trainer and has extensive knowledge of nutrition, clean eating and healthy living. He is also a New York State bar admitted attorney.

Amanda Sieber
Amanda SieberCoach
Coach Amanda, aka “Panda”, was introduced to CrossFit in 2011 by none other than head coach, Chad Lanier. Starting with CrossFit style WODs at the local globo gym, she got a taste of what working out with purpose really meant. As a former collegiate athlete, she was eager to recreate the competitive, structured, and plain old ass-kicking workouts of her college years.

She soon grew out of the non-functional fitness facility and finally joined a real CrossFit gym. Once released from captivity and in a place where Pandas roam free, she was unstoppable. Addicted to the CrossFit experience, she decided to take it to the next level. Coach Panda is CrossFit Level 1 Certified and passionate about the overall health and well being of the members of CrossFit Dix Hills. Aside from coaching, she has spent the past 5 years working in healthcare where she continues to care for our community.

Don’t be fooled by her cuddly exterior, this Panda means business. So show up on time, and ready to work. Oh and also, have fun, because to her, that’s what CrossFit is all about!

Dana Leo
Dana LeoCoach
Coach Dana found CrossFit in 2011 while on a search to find a healthier lifestyle that would also make her stronger, mentally and physically. She always had a passion for health, nutrition and fitness but she instantly fell in love with the camaraderie and competitiveness that CrossFit offers.

She greatly admires the emphasis on getting stronger rather than losing weight, as well as the emphasis on solid nutrition to fuel performance in and out of the gym. Dana’s love of fitness and nutrition led her to obtain a National Academy of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer Certification in 2014 as well as the CrossFit Level 1 Certification soon after.

Coach Dana is a wife and mother of two young children and knows what it means to have to work hard to keep your health a priority. She is compelled to teach and coach others on a healthful journey.

Jennifer Criscitelli
Jennifer CriscitelliCoach
Coach Jenn has been working in the fitness industry for over 10 years as an AFAA certified group fitness instructor. Jenn has taught various formats of group classes; including spinning, kickboxing and Zumba. Although she was teaching up to 10 classes a week, the results of all those hours spent in a ‘globo’ gym didn’t producethe results she was looking for. In 2012 she was introduced to CrossFit and it changed her life.

With proper nutrition, determination and dedication to CrossFit, Jenn transformed her body and mind in a very short period of time. Less than a year after starting CrossFit, Jenn became pregnant but this did not stop her. Coach Jenn continued with CrossFit throughout her pregnancy. She attributes CrossFit to a very easy pregnancy and a quick recovery after having a C-Section. Jenn is stronger now and in the best shape of her life, all after having her son.

Jenn is passionate about coaching others. She is a CrossFit Level 1 certified trainer. She loves the comradery of the CrossFit Dix Hills community which she considers her family.

Joey D'Alessandro
Joey D'AlessandroCoach
Coach Joey started CrossFit 4 years ago. He enjoys competition and hard work and thinks that the technical aspect of athletics is extremely important.

Joey attends Ithaca College and will be graduating in 2016 with a Bachelors of Science degree inHealth Science with an emphasis in Nutrition. He believes in the idea that living a healthy lifestyle includes an intense workout,a positive attitude, and a good relationship with food. Coach Joey is CrossFit Level 1 certified trainer. He loves to see athletes setting, striving for, and achieving their goals.

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