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NHCF COACHES

KURT GARCEAU

Owner/ Head Coach

I first started CrossFit in 2009 after coming back from playing Division 1 Lacrosse at Army. CrossFit was a regiment that was right up my ally. Everyday was a new challenge that tested me not only physically but mentally as well. Being an athlete my whole life, Crossfit introduced me to a world in fitness that had every aspect of a sport. Being a certified personal trainer, I knew I wanted to switch my roles as a fitness coach to a Crossfit coach. Gaining certifications in Crossfit, Gymnastics, Kettlebell and various others, coaching has become my passion. Everyday leaves me with new opportunities to impact others, but at the same time let others impact my life.
 

Crossfit Games Athlete

Three times North East Regional Competitor

Boston Iron Athlete - National Pro Grid League

HAJROLDA BESHI

Head Coach

L1 Trainer

 

I began Crossfit back in January of 2013. I knew the minute I stepped foot in the building that I was hooked and there would be no turning back! 4 Years later, I decided to make Crossfit an even bigger part life & took on the position as the head coach & manager of NHCF.

 

I obtained my L1 certification in June of 2015 and have been coaching ever since. I love to coach people and I strongly believe that coaching has made me a better athlete overall. In Crossfit everyone's accomplishments become your own. I get just as excited when I see results in others as I do for myself!

 

DERRICK BELL

My first introduction to CrossFit came in 2011. I was three months into rehabilitation after an ACL reconstruction, three months still to go. After hearing about CrossFit, I wanted to know more, I headed to YouTube and found the video “What is CrossFit?”, I was hooked. While finishing up rehab, I was checking out gyms in the area, reading blogs, and learning about the movements and WODs. Once medically cleared to do a full depth squat, it was on. As an athlete I thrive on competition, I was lacking this working out by myself at the gym. It was time to find an affiliate. North Haven CrossFit ended up being that affiliate and I wished I had joined sooner. Training at NHCF provided much more than I imagined. NHCF provides more than just competition; it’s a community, it’s a family, the people I have met there are my friends. We push, encourage, and help each other. As a coach and a Level 1 trainer, I get the opportunity to provide, to others, all that NHCF as to offer. Helping people to improve themselves is a goal worth striving for. As a coach, I have the privilege of helping people to achieving their fitness goals, no matter how varied, or how unattainable they may have previously seemed.

KRISSY BAYER

Let me begin by telling you a little bit about myself. I am a very out going person with a lot of positive energy and a pleasant personality; at least I think so. I am one of those individuals who will just walk up to anyone and introduce myself whether I know you or not. "That's just who I am." I attended Albertus Magnus College and received both my Bachelor's and Master's Degree. I currently am the Director of Weights and Measures for the City of New Haven. I have been with the City of New Haven for over 25 years.Since starting CrossFit I have obtained my Level 1 Trainer Certificate and competed in various competitions. I have always considered myself to be an athlete because I grew up playing organized sports since I was in grammar school, such as, softball, basketball, and volleyball. Since CrossFit came into my life in 2011 things have really changed for me. I will never forget my first workout because it was one of those "defining moments " for me. I literally thought I was going to keel over and pass out. Once I caught my breath and realized I made it through the workout I knew at that moment CrossFit was for me. However, I had no idea at the time how much of an impact it would have on my life, mentally as well as physically. Throughout the 5 years I have been doing CrossFit I have had what I believe to be many accomplishments. CrossFit to me is not about if you can RX a workout, string double unders, or hitting that lift, of course that's great. For me, it's about how hard you can push yourself both mentally and physically; that is something learned not taught. CrossFit has helped build my confidence, strengths, and motivates me to do better everyday. Being a coach at North Haven CrossFit has been and still is a great and fun learning experience because it has given me the opportunity to work with great coaches and most of all coach the best members. 

BRIAN GOUIN

Being involved in competitive sports since I can remember is what drew me to CrossFit. After playing 2 years of Professional Baseball at the Independent level, I was looking for an outlet for my competitive side. Playing local semi-Pro Baseball was seasonal and as the years went by I needed a way to get my body ready to do the things I used to be able to do on the ball field when I was in my mid-twenties. Enter CrossFit. I expected to get a good workout, but what I did not expect was how many of the coaches and other people I was working with would become such close friends. It’s true when people talk about CrossFit and say that they come for the workouts but stay because of the community. I have a Master’s degree in Health Education and B.S. in Physical Education and Health. I teach Health Education at a shoreline High School. My wife, Kristen, is also a teacher and CrossFitter. We have 3 boys. Justin, 10, Tanner, 8, and Parker, 5. I still play baseball locally and became a National Semi Pro Baseball Hall of Fame member in 2015. This past year I entered a new competitive fitness endeavor and became heavily involved in the North East Grid League as an owner, coach, and athlete for the Haven County Miners. Certifications: CrossFit Level 1. Connecticut Athletic Coaching 

GREG SZKOP

I have been at North Haven CrossFit since 2012, where I began as an Administrative Assistant. My athletic background includes playing Division III collegiate hockey and lacrosse at Endicott College where I was named captain of both sports as well as an All American in lacrosse.
After finishing my college athletic career and beginning CrossFit in 2012, I had one regret: Why didn’t I start CrossFitting earlier? CrossFit has helped me improve different aspects of my athletic capability including strength, power, speed, explosiveness, mental toughness and endurance just to name a few.
As a coach, my experience has been incredible as I have had opportunity to work with all members on making them better every day. The greatest feeling as a coach is hearing a “thank you” when a person learns something new or does a task that they never thought was possible like rope climbs. This is what drives me to be the best coach I can be every day.
In my experience at North Haven CrossFit, my biggest tip to all current and potential members would be to be comfortable in reaching out of your comfort zones. We all put up a wall to protect ourselves from the unknown. Relax. Be confident. Ask questions. Don’t take things too seriously when you fail. Failing is good. Failing happens. Tomorrow is another day. And most importantly, have fun. Favorite WOD- Anything with Wall Balls, Burpees, Box Jumps, and Running.

Kristin Adelmen

I found North Haven Crossfit in 2011 as I was finishing up my Master's Degree in Elementary Education. I was not very active in graduate school and needed something to fill the gap after playing Division III collegiate soccer at Albertus Magnus College. I began my on-ramp and immediately became hooked! I loved the atmosphere and the changes Crossfit made in my life. I was setting goals for myself and helping my students' set goals in the classroom. I was approached by a friend in 2013 and together we obtained our Level 1 certificates. As a coach, I enjoy seeing people reach their personal goals and challenge themselves each day. I have met so many amazing people at North Haven Crossfit and look forward to working out with them. For anyone looking to start, remember to ask questions and have fun! 

Marston Garceau

I first decided to hop on the CrossFit train about six months after North Haven CrossFit opened. I came into CrossFit as a seasoned athlete, or so I thought, with a background full of sports like Hockey, Lacrosse, and Cross country. Unfortunately, I was not a prepared as I thought. My first workout had me on ground asking myself why it felt like I had never engaged in a single physical activity my entire life. I was hooked immediately, from then on I dove straight into the CrossFit community and program. I decided, almost immediately, that I wanted to not only compete in CrossFit, but help others improve their own levels of fitness and experience CrossFit as well. Therefore, it didn’t take long for me to become a coach and further my own fitness education with my level 1 and 2 coaching certifications.

For me, CrossFit is so much more than just going to the gym every day and getting a workout in. It’s also developing the mental strength and discipline to do the things I don’t want to do when they need to get done. It taught me that quitting is never an option, and there are people out there who will support you through the toughest parts of your day and your life. Joining North Haven CrossFit is more than just going to the gym and getting a workout in every day. When you sign up you become part of a community of people that genuinely care about how you’re doing every day, and who are willing to sweat it out with you each and every week! 

The greatest gift CrossFit has given me is the ability to fearlessly travel the world and partake in any activity that comes my way. Therefore, the best advice I can give you, is don’t be afraid, walk into the gym with your head held high and bombard the coaches with questions. Be confident and do your best each and every day so you too can go and experience everything the world has to offer without anything holding you back!

Ray torres

audrey ozga

  

From little league to winning the state championship with my varsity high school softball team, I have always had a passion for sports and performance. I started off in college as a health and exercise science major interning at a wellness center, and later graduated with a B.S. in Health Science from the University of Hartford. In college my team sport exposure suffered and took to long distance running. It wasn't until trying CrossFit in 2013 that I found my true fitness calling. To me CrossFit was a sport that I could be competitive with others again, but more importantly be apart of a team. My desire to help others and my experience with amazing coaches and athletes along my own CrossFit journey inspired me to get my CF-L1 certification in September 2015 and I have been coaching ever since.

 

I think the true beauty of CrossFit en-lies in it's community, It's unlike any other I've experienced. In no other setting will you see people cheering and motivating others the way you do in a CrossFit class. As a coach you become so invested in your athletes, and when your athletes succeed at something it feels as though you have as well. I can say with confidence that North Haven is by far one of the most welcoming and positive CrossFit communities I have had the pleasure of being involved with. It already feels like a second home to me. As a competitive athlete and coach here, I can't wait to see what the future holds for our amazing community.

lauren sefcik

I am a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, a CF-L1 trainer, certified personal trainer, a certified nutritionist & health coach, and a competitive athlete. Throughout my life I was always athletic and active, I played soccer since I was 5 and continued to play soccer (and lacrosse) throughout high school. I was a good athlete but lacked the dedication and passion to pursue any sports beyond that point. Fast forward four and a half years, I was laying in bed watching TV and I stopped on ESPN, a re-run of the 2012 Crossfit Games were on. I was in a rut with my fitness, hating the gym, and looking for something new. As soon as I saw the females compete, I said I wanted to be as strong as them and look like them. I signed up for Crossfit that week and haven’t looked back since. Crossfit reinvigorated my love of fitness and sparked my competitive edge. I love being a coach and nutritionist because it allows me to do what I am passionate about every single day of my life and help others see their true potential. I have been able to combine all of my education, skills, and experience into a full time career in health and fitness for which I am truly grateful.  I am always on the constant pursuit of more education to bring members and my clients the best possible experience.