Terrence is a CrossFit Level I Certified Trainer is a lifelong athlete who loves incorporating his two passions, fitness and health, to help others exceed their fitness goals. Growing up, Terrence competed in many sports, but it wasn’t until his junior year at St. Joseph’s Prep that he made a commitment to take swimming seriously, in and out of the water. Terrence’s grandfather signed him up for a membership to Greg Long’s Gym. Due to their wisdom, Terrence achieved great success in the pool, and attributes this success to the strength and conditioning program he received at Long’s Gym. His high school swimming accolades include Philadelphia Catholic League Champion, National Catholic Champion, Eastern Interscholastic Swimming Champion and NISCA All-American.
In his next stage, Terrence attended United States Naval Academy, where he was a 4 year Varsity Letter winner on Navy’s swim team. It was during this time when he was introduced to CrossFit workouts by Navy’s strength and conditioning coach. Finding new levels of strength, his collegiate accolades include current team record holder, current league record holder, Patriot League Champion, Eastern Interscholastic Swimming League Champion and NCAA Division I All-American.
While he saw great strength gains over his four years at Navy, it wasn’t until his need for rehabilitation that he finally understood the true value of CrossFit. In 2005, while stationed in San Diego, CA, Terrence underwent two micro discectomies on his L4-L5 vertebrae. During his treatment, he was fortunate enough to meet a Navy LT., who asked the young Ensign what he planned to do to rehabilitate his back. Terrence explained he would continue his normal workout routine and “healthy” eating. This LT, who had other ideas in mind, took Terrence on the “wet side” of the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, CA, where he introduced him to CrossFit. The rest, as they say, is history. After a short appearance in Corporate America, Terrence finally realized that he could no longer ignore his passion for CrossFit.
For the past five years, Terrence has been the Owner/Operator of CrossFit T1 in Willow Grove, PA. The T1 community has since grown to be a very tight-knit, driven and extremely positive community. Personally during this time, Terrence has acquired numerous CrossFit certifications, as well as qualified for the Mid-Atlantic Regional competition twice in 2012 and 2013.
Terrence’s CrossFit Certifications/Accolades Include:
– CrossFit Level 1 Instructor
– CrossFit Nutrition
– CrossFit Olympic Lifting
– CrossFit Kids
– CrossFit Movement and Mobility
– “Beast of the East” Winter Throwdown 2010 – Co-Champion
– Delaware Affiliate Cup Challenge: affiliate Champion, individual Co-Champion
– 2010 CrossFit Games Central-East Regional Affiliate Competitor
– 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games Mid-Atlantic Regional – Individual Competitor
– 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games Mid-Atlantic Regional – Individual Competitor
Ivan was born and raised in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. From day one, he was always interested in sports. Growing up with nine brothers and sisters made it easy to pick up and play a game with two full teams. Having fellow coach, Josh King as a next door neighbor didn’t hurt either. The sports that Ivan ended up focusing on and eventually playing at Muhlenberg College were lacrosse and ice hockey.
Following his college career in 2010, Ivan became an elementary school teacher and high school lacrosse and ice hockey coach in his hometown. A friend introduced him to CrossFit and he fell in love with the community aspect and loved learning and improving the movements. Eventually, it made sense that Ivan should take his background in education and athletics and apply them to a career as a CrossFit instructor at CrossFit T1.
One morning, Terrence told Ivan to look up this guy, Dr. Kelly Starrett on youtube to learn some cool tricks to help with old lacrosse injuries. Ivan found MobilityWOD and took a deep interest right away. Kelly’s videos led him to Carl Paoli’s videos on how to improve gymnastic skills for CrossFit. After nerding out for quite some time, Ivan realized that the best way to learn from these guys is to go find them and train with them. Realizing that these coaches were all at one gym, he packed up and moved to San Francisco where he would have the privilege of coaching alongside and learning from the staff at San Francisco CrossFit.
Working for Kelly Starrett had a profound impact on Ivan as a person and a coach. Kelly taught him to prioritize movement and mobility. At San Francisco CrossFit, there was a revolving door of professional athletes and high level military personnel coming to learn the philosophy of movement and to get worked on by the Supple Leopard, himself. Kelly taught Ivan to simplify complex concepts. His strategies of movement and mobility can work for anyone from a first timer to a professional athlete with years of experience. You can count on plenty of mobility work in Ivan’s classes.
As well as coaching the regular classes in San Francisco, Ivan did a lot of work with teenage and younger athletes. Youngsters need to learn the basic shapes of movement and how to properly maintain their bodies to prevent injury, too. Ivan always aims to create a fun, friendly environment that is conducive to learning. He wants the kids to look forward to their hour of exercise and hopefully continue with it for the rest of their lives.
After three years of coaching with the all star line up at San Francisco CrossFit, Ivan decided that it was time to come home. He is excited to take his experiences in San Francisco and use them to help his new athletes optimize performance and prevent injury.
Carlos is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer that has been extremely active with CrossFit since 2009. He was very active with athletics throughout his life, particularly with basketball. While attending Kutztown University, Carlos received his IFTA certification. Through this certification, he designed fitness training programs for friends and family. During a time, he primarily practiced Jui Jitsu until a friend introduced him to CrossFit. It was not long after he visited a box for the first time in 2009 until he discovered the passion for fitness that would soon guide his future career with CrossFit.
After becoming increasingly active within the CrossFit community, Carlos began coaching alongside Terrence at CrossFit T1 in 2012. There, he quickly learned that teaching proper technique to others has translated into improving his own skills as a coach and athlete. This has supported his interest in sharing his knowledge and experience with the athletes of CrossFitT1 while continuing his own quest for elite fitness and overall wellness.
Carlos is also the founder of Redemption, a charity that raises awareness for drug and alcohol addiction. You can learn more by visiting www.redemptionwod.com.
Along with his CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certification, Carlos has attended seminars for CrossFit Mobility and Naka Athletics Freestyle Connection Gymnastics Movements with Carl Paoli. He was also a Competitor at the Reebok CrossFit Mid-Atlantic Regional Team Competition in 2012.
Josh is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer that has been participating in CrossFit since 2011 and draws his inspiration to coach from seeing others achieve their own goals every day.
As a living testament to the effective nature of CrossFit, Josh is the perfect example of how much CrossFit can impact the livelihood of those who commit to its program. CrossFit has aided Josh in transforming himself from once being morbidly obese to now being in the best shape of his life. He is living proof that any life aspirations, regardless how big or small, are achievable with the proper support and guidance.
Sharon (aka Sherri, Sharona, Cherri Berri, etc) is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer who has been coaching CrossFit athletes for the past two years. Always active in athletics growing up, she eventually went on to play NCAA Division I Soccer at The United States Air Force Academy, where she was also an active member of the Club Lacrosse team and an alternate on the Beer Drinking team.
When she’s not at the box, Sharon can be found learning Dentistry and treating patients at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine. In the future, she hopes to open a dental office alongside a CrossFit gym to further promote not only good oral hygiene, but also a healthy lifestyle. Sharon radiates positivity, and this greatly impacts the mood and atmosphere of The U (even though her incessant desire to play Taylor Swift during workouts tends to lead to more dancing than exercise).
A Huntingdon Valley local, Ally grew up playing and participating in an array of sports. She went on to play field hockey and lacrosse at Gettysburg College. She was first exposed to CrossFit by her mom who began training with Terrence before the T1 or University City gyms existed. After her mom forced her to try it, Ally was hooked! CrossFit proved to be a great way to prepare for both the field hockey and lacrosse seasons. It was also the perfect way to stay athletically minded and in shape after college. She loves to try new skills and movements, but above all she loves to have fun. She is currently in nursing school at Villanova University.
Blaine is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer who has been coaching CrossFit athletes for the last two years. Growing up, he played any sport he could including Baseball, Soccer, Basketball, Wrestling, Track & Field and Football. He would eventually focus his passion on football and have grow to have a successful career at the Air Force Academy as an offensive lineman.
After football, Blaine wanted to find a competitive outlet that allowed him to exercise his passion for fitness. Blaine started CrossFit in 2008 and has been committed to the program ever since. Blaine coached Football at the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School from 2008-2009, and then moved on to coach CrossFit at CrossFit Roots in Boulder, CO from 2012-2014.
Blaine’s CrossFit Certifications/Accolades Include:
– CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
– CrossFit Coaches Preparatory Course
– 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games South West Regional Team Competitor
Jimmy is a Level 1 Trainer that has been practicing CrossFit since 2009. At that time, he was competing as a Division I swimmer at The College of William & Mary. Upon supplementing his practices with CrossFit workouts, Jimmy experienced strength gains that lead to major improvements in the pool, resulting in All-Conference accolades and the title of Captain his senior year.
While his day job requires a bit of travel, Jimmy has gained a lot of experience visiting various CrossFit gyms across the country, acquiring many positive elements from other gyms that have been incorporated into the UCity system. While this leads to a limited opportunity for coaching, his energy provided when he is within the gym greatly makes up for any lost time.
Most importantly, he provides a dancing prowess that other members of the staff, particularly those that are blood-related, seem to fall significantly short.
Nick is a current undergraduate at Drexel University studying Business Management. An athlete specializing in hockey and soccer growing up, Nick fell in love with CrossFit as a way to supplement his high school athletics in his hometown of Ashland, MA.
At Drexel, Nick was a member of the Division I Rowing team that won the 2014 Dad Vail Regatta and competed at the IRA University National Championships. Nick went on to focus his time and passion on CrossFit, which ultimately lead to a coaching position at CrossFit University City.
CrossFit not only allowed Nick to venture outside his comfort zone both physically and mentally, but has also introduced him to a whole community of CrossFitters with whom he can share his love of the sport.
United States Olympic Team rower Mike Gennaro began rowing in 2004 at St. Joseph’s Prep, where he was eventually elected as team co-captain as a senior (alongside fellow co-captain and future UCity hero Brad Adams).
That summer, Mike was selected as a member of the United States Junior National Team and competed in Beijing, China at the Junior World Championships.
Mike then received a full athletic scholarship to Syracuse University where he rowed for four years and was again elected as team captain his senior year. During the summers of 2009, 2010, and 2011, he rowed on the Under-23 United States National team, winning two silvers and a gold medal at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships. He also competed at the 2011 Pan America Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, winning gold medals in both the Men’s 8 and Men’s pair.
Most recently, Mike was an alternate for the 2012 United States Olympic Team in London, England. This June, Mike also won Gold and Bronze as a member of the United States Eight and Four (respectively) at the 2014 World Rowing Cup. He currently trains full-time with the United States Men’s National Team based out of Princeton, New Jersey.