MEET THE NEW OWNERS
Allyson Cohen - Coach
After four years of collegiate rugby, I hopped on the CrossFit bandwagon at full sprint. As it turns out, hitting other people with your body over acquisition of an egg shaped ball is easily translatable to picking up heavy weights and pushing to finish the workout before the other athletes...the main difference being that it's frowned upon to tackle people in the parking lot of the gym. I will always enjoy the intensity of a CrossFit workout, but nowadays I have a lot more respect for the nutritional and functional movement aspects of training too. I love when all the pieces come together, both for me personally and for my athletes. That's my "why".
At CrossFit Collective, I am an administrator by day and coach by night. I love both parts of my job. The administrative work is crucial to our business running smoothly, and coaching is such a fulfilling way to connect with and help people. My favorite thing is when someone has that "click" of finally understanding a complex movement like a clean or a snatch, and that infectious smile spreads over their face!
Scott Podgurski - Coach
Husband, Father, Coach, and Teacher. All titles I go by within the course of most days. They often merge, and I am driven to be the best I can at all of them. Time being what it is, I don't always succeed, but I always try. Recently I have taken on the role of "Master Athlete"....This just means I'm older than most. It also means I have a wealth of experience to share. Through the years I have had the opportunity to compete in team sports, endurance events, and most recently Crossfit events. Over the last decade I have found a transition from competition to teaching that brought me where I am today. I come through the doors of our gym with an excitement and a love to share what I have learned with others. The best part about it is how much I enjoy being here. There's a comfort in our community that always makes my days better. My goal is to make this the best part of your day.
As a coach at Collective, I am committed to your health. I have a particular passion for endurance training. I believe every workout we do should be approached with a specific pace focused on growth. Not everyday is a competition or test. As a matter of fact, most days are an opportunity to prepare for your test. For some that is preparing for athletic specific competitions, for others it is simply being a fitter version of yourself. Whatever it is, I want to help write these plans and give you an approach that is best for you.
Ken Urban - Coach
I am a husband to my beautiful wife Lacey, and a proud father of 4 wild and adventurous children who constantly keep me on my toes. I do not have a strong athletic background other than some triathlons and running events that I have participated in. However, when I discovered Crossfit it changed how I viewed health, fitness, and nutrition. In 2013 while on deployment, attached to Seal Team 5, I discovered this thing called Crossfit and was immediately hooked.
I have been with Crossfit Collective since January 2017 and I feel blessed to be a part of such an amazing group of people. I have traveled all over the world and have visited many Crossfit gyms and I have not found anything like CFC. The community is strong and the coaching staff cares deeply about the overall health of it’s membership. I love the people here and strive every day to meet the needs of everyone who walks in the doors.
Chris Potter - Coach
I've been here since the doors opened. I assert no authority, only experience. I beat cancer-—two rounds anyway. I ran with the bulls, and I hate running. I used to coach English. Now I teach exercise. I don't like kids, except my own. Usually. Stretching is dead; strive for healthy tissue. Healthy tissue is pain free and allows full range of motion. It takes a lifetime to get strong. Be patient. But be relentless also. Be patient and relentless. This could make you less likable, but you'll have self-respect, and that's worth a fair number friends. If heaven ain't a lot like the gym, I don't want to go.
MA Johns Hopkins University
BA Dickinson College
Lancaster School of Massage
Anatomy Trains Strutural Integration
CrossFit: Level 1, Powerlifting, Olympic Lifting, Movement & Mobility
Rob Crippen - Coach
I discovered crossfit many moons ago during my collegiate rugby career. I was looking for an off-season training program that encompassed the numerous physical demands of the game. Nothing can quite compare to another human being driving their shoulder into your ribcage during a full sprint, but burpees come close. As my life progressed I started volunteering with the local fire department. Once again the functionality of the crossfit methodology showed it's usefulness. From swinging axes to dragging hoses, having a multi modal training system proved beneficial in adapting to the numerous unique physical demands of the fire service.
As a trainer at Crossfit Collective I cherish the opportunity to help others develop and discover the everyday uselessness of a functional fitness programming.