Meet the Team

StrongFit Principle of Movement Seminar
StrongFit Coaches Week
StrongFit Mentorship Group
StrongFit Gym Mentorship Group
CrossFit Strongman Certification
CrossFit Level 1 Certification

Nick DellaCamera

Owner

As owner of CrossFit Stamford, Nick is a passionate and dedicated fitness enthusiast. It is through sports that Nick developed a passion to translate exercise to athletics and everyday life. Coaching and helping others achieve their goals has always been a passion of Nick’s and he takes great pride in helping others. Nick is a committed coach and fitness leader who is motivated by helping people of all levels reach their fitness goals.

Nick began his fitness journey early on when he played competitive hockey and baseball. He started his exercise experience through traditional bodybuilding and powerlifting and in 2012 was introduced to CrossFit. After a shoulder injury limited his mobility and certain exercises, Nick started to focus on Strongman and immediately found Julien Pineau. He quickly became addicted to the StrongFit principles way of life and focused his energy to apply the program and principals to his clients and coaching efforts. Nick continues to lead the Strongman program at CrossFit Stamford and helps his clients maximize overall strength and athleticism.

“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”
— Vince Lombardi

NASM Certified Personal Trainer
CrossFit Level 2
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Gymnastics
CrossFit Strongman
CrossFit Conjugate Method
CrossFit Competitor Coach Certification
CrossFit Spot the Flaw Certificate
StrongFit Principles of Movements Course
American Sports and Fitness- Kettlebell
Certified
Charles Poliquin- PICP Level 1 Certificated

Johnnie Chiapperino

Staff Development Manager

Johnnie started CrossFit in November 2013. Before joining CFS, he was a professional hockey player. He has played in Switzerland, Finland, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and all over the continental United States.

He has been a certified personal trainer since 2006 and he keeps pursuing his fitness career. He is currently pursuing the CrossFit Level III Certification.

Johnnie is responsible for all of the gym programming for CFS. If ever you have questions regarding your health and wellness or 1-1 programming, feel free to contact him anytime via email at
johnniecfs@gmail.com.

Personal Training Certification
CPR/AED Certification

Noelle Smith

Gym Manager

Noelle found CrossFit in college when she took a functional fitness course thinking it was Pilates. It was not. But she quickly fell in love with the barbell; having grown up playing sports but never lifting weights, she found the barbell empowering.

After college, Noelle joined CrossFit Pandora’s Box in Colorado Springs, CO and got some of her family into CrossFit as well. She moved to Connecticut in 2016 and joined CrossFit Danbury until she moved to Stamford and joined CFS.

Noelle loves that fitness encompasses more than just the gym, it really is a lifestyle.

CrossFit Level 1
USA Weightlifting Level 1
Aerobic Capacity Certification
CrossFit Strongman
CPR/AED Certification

Mike Caposella

Coach

Mike joined Crossfit Stamford in May of 2013 having just graduated from UMaine and finishing his D1 college swimming career. He has been a competitive swimmer and water polo player since the age of 8; he also played the traditional land sports, like soccer, baseball, basketball and volleyball.

At UMaine some of Mike and his teammates began using the CrossFit principles to work out. After a few weeks- he was hooked. He couldn’t wait to get back to CT and really see what CrossFit was all about. The first time he finished a workout at CrossFit Stamford, all sweaty, mentally and physically drained he looked past the clouds of chalk to see that there was this amazing supportive community of people cheering and helping each other push through their work outs. This is his favorite aspect of CrossFit. Not just the physical exertion it has on the body but also the mental stabilization you need in order to complete the workouts and that comes from the support you get in the gym. When you can become mentally strong you can grow, not only as an athlete but also as a person as well. The best part about CFS is that no matter how gritty the workout gets there is always someone cheering you on saying “you’ve got more in you.” When your teammates succeed, you succeed, we all, as a community succeed, and that is an incredible feeling.

He has been so fortunate to work with some of the best CrossFit coaches here at CFS. If there is anything that Mike can do to help people reach their CrossFit goals, as a coach, he will. Mike is currently working on that at CrossFit Stamford, in one of the best learning environments I have ever experienced.

CrossFit Level 1 Certification
CrossFit Level 2 Certification
OPEX CCP (In Progress)
USAW Level 1
Norwood Weightlifting Certification
CrossFit Endurance Certification
CrossFit Scaling Course
CrossFit Competitors Certification
CrossFit Gymnastics Level 1 Certification
Aerobic Capacity Certification

Garrett Bolella

Coach

truly cannot stress enough, how we are all products of our environment and that in some way, shape or form everyone is influenced by what is directly around them. That is why I can think of nothing more beneficial than surrounding yourself with healthy minds, active bodies, and positive attitudes on a regular basis. In that sense, CrossFit Stamford is a veritable goldmine.

I first walked into CrossFit Stamford a little over a year ago. I would be lying if I told you the transition was seamless. Being in the globo-gym mindset made it hard at first. I even relapsed a couple times, putting the headphones back on and being caught in isolation movements (yeah, I liked to still give the girls a curl every once and a while). Luckily the coaches caught me, humbled me but better yet educated me. I hate to say it, but in retro-spect, the globo-gym workout was a colossal waste of time.

Back to what makes the CrossFit experience so great and unique. It’s not a coincidence that the atmosphere in our gym is one of Fun, Teamwork, Support, and Camaraderie. We have great members who in turn foster a great culture. Disclaimer: it’s infectious and contagious and once you drink the “kool-aid” there’s no turning back. It’s this culture, community, and the fact that we never take ourselves too seriously to enjoy a good laugh every now and then, that makes CrossFit Stamford stand
apart (and keeps it member coming back for more workouts and more punishment on a regular basis).

While to some it may seem as though we are obsessed. I’m sure you’ve heard, “All that CrossFitters talk about is CrossFit and CrossFit ONLY!” However, to us the best part about CrossFit is that it really is not an end, in and of itself! It’s the gateway to our optimal performance both inside and outside of the gym!

Maybe I want to improve my volleyball game? To have the ability to get into a lower defensive stance (improved flexibility), to take a quicker first step (improved mobility) or to jump higher (greater power and speed) at the net; none of which can hurt. Or an awareness of the foods I eat and the direct correlation they have with how I feel and look. Or the increased confidence to take that leadership position at the office and know full well that I will get the job done. One of the most exiting parts of the CrossFit experience is discovering how interconnected it is with all things life.

For those of you still not buying that we do other things, jump into a class, introduce yourself to someone new. Like CrossFit, our members interests and passions are as broad and diverse as the workouts. We have the most robust group of professionals, recreationalists, and athletes. You’ll meet base jumpers, chefs, freestyle snowboarders, teachers, ultra-endurance athletes, law enforcement professionals, people who run with bulls for entertainment, just to name a few. Ultimately it’s this diverse community which makes CrossFit unique. And just remember, if you don’t have someone to do it with, it’s not worth doing.

Crossfit Level 1 Certification
Certified Personal Trainer

James Russell

Coach

I started my first On Ramp course at Crossfit Stamford in August of 2013, following my last baseball season at Western Connecticut State University. I played a lot of sports when I was in high school; I played football, baseball, and I ran track in the winter. Needing a new challenge, as well as becoming bored of the typical bodybuilding workouts, I thought Crossfit would be a great sport to get into.

I quickly fell in love with the whole Crossfit atmosphere. Not only could I not believe the results I was seeing, but the community was so awesome as well. I was excited to come back to Crossfit Stamford once I was done with school because it was another home away from home. I am excited to be joining such an amazing coaching staff and help other people accomplish their goals.

B.A. from Bates College
3 time All American Division I Alpine Skiing
CrossFit Level 1 Certification
Norwood Weightlifting Certification

Kyle Hildebrand

Coach

As a competitive collegiate Division I athlete, I’ve always been active. I grew up playing multiple sports and attended Green Mountain Valley School, a ski academy that included high intensity training and competition in the daily school curriculum. Fitness and workouts remained important to me beyond ski racing, but results were minimal. In 2009 a friend of mine introduced me to CrossFit style WODs at a local gym.

Eventually, they moved their programming to another friend’s garage and in 2011 they opened CrossFit Acadia. I fell in love with the community, camaraderie, intensity, and the results of CrossFit. I wish I had discovered CrossFit during my racing career!

My wife and our two boys moved to Connecticut from a small coastal town in Maine in the summer of 2012. It was not until I joined CrossFit Stamford that I started to feel a part of the type of community that we had left at CrossFit Acadia. CrossFit is not just a workout, it is a lifestyle!

During my ski racing career, I coached both dry-land and on-snow ski camps. Becoming a CrossFit Coach was a natural progression for me. I enjoy coaching and the opportunity to work with a broad spectrum of athletes, yet all show high levels of commitment and attitude every day in the box. I feel very lucky to be on the great coaching staff here at CrossFit Stamford.

CrossFit Level 1 Certification

Justin Racioppa

Coach

I first heard of CrossFit was about 5 years ago from one of my best friends. He had always been into exercise but swore CrossFit was different. For him it was more about the personal challenges and successes rather than just showing off his muscles. At first I thought it was just going to be the next fad and would soon pass like many others. I saw him several months later and noticed a huge physical and mental change. Could he actually be onto something with this whole CrossFit thing? Fast forward several years and after being bored with the monotony of the gym I decided to finally give CrossFit a try.

I joined CrossFit Stamford in early 2012 eager to get my workout on. I was overwhelmed with the sense of community and camaraderie each member and coach showed. Working out became fun again. In dealing with the physical and mental challenges of CrossFit I’ve developed into a stronger and more confident person. It has taught me to deal with things one step at a time and appreciate the small victories in working towards my goals. I feel privileged to be a coach at CrossFit Stamford and am eager to share the life-changing benefits CrossFit has offered me. I look forward to helping others achieve their goals and set personal records they never thought possible.

NASM – Personal Trainer Cert
Crossfit Level 1
Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Weight Management in progress – UK
Thump Boxing Level 1 and Advanced -Australia
TRX Suspension Trainer- Singapore
IKSFA Kettlebell Sport Coach – Singapore
Netball Foundation and Level 1 Coaching course – Singapore
CYMCA Level 3 Personal Trainer – UK

Clara Bartlett

Coach

I have been working as a fitness professional for nearly a decade and have been lucky enough to have practiced and worked in Europe, Asia and now North America.

Over that time I have run and managed:

  • Bootcamps, covering beginner to advanced levels of fitness
  • Sports teams
  • Small groups
  • Individuals
  • Crossfit classes

I have worked for a variety of organizations such as UFIT Singapore, ANZA Netball Sport Ready Netball Academy, Crossfit Bukit Timah as well as for myself. I am a great believer in fitness being open and accessible to all levels, from those embarking on their first steps towards a healthy lifestyle to those at the peak of their abilities. Being a mother of two teenage daughters I have a particular passion for working with young adults to ensure they learn what a healthy lifestyle means and that sets them up for being healthy and productive adults.

I have spoken about a healthy lifestyle, what do I mean? I see it as a balance between exercise and healthy eating, underpinned by the latest in science and knowledge. It should fun, challenging and one that comes with real physiological and psychological benefits.

With science and the latest knowledge being important to ensuring that I am able to give the best advice and direction to those that I train, I place great stock in learning. The qualifications listed below attest to that.

CrossFit Level 1 Certification
First Aid CPR

Matt Borner

Coach

Throughout my life, I have always sought out new and inventive ways to stay active and maintain a well-balanced lifestyle. First off being a multi-sport athlete in both high school and college, primarily soccer and volleyball, I learned early on the value of the competitive spirit that I apply to all that I do today. I came across Crossfit in my third year of studying Architecture at Syracuse University. Previously, I, like many of my peers, was enamored with the workout routines of bodybuilders and power athletes alike. Amongst the machine based and mundane lifts I was doing at the time, I still remember the first Crossfit workout I ever did way back then and I realize now how pivotal that day was in my life.

Crossfit is very different in this way, I believe it gives us, as athletes, a new perspective on not just working out but our overall health and wellbeing as human beings. We want all of those individuals in our community to succeed not just in the gym but in their life. Crossfit brings together an eclectic group of people who all share the belief that we can all succeed together. Now, what your definition of success is is totally up to you. Whether it is doing your first ever pull-up, to running a marathon, to simply committing to a workout routine. This is what I love about it and why I keep coming back, the people who yell, cheer, scream and encourage me to be the best version of myself.

In my other life, I am an Architect in Greenwich, CT and I also enjoy hiking, photography and watching every superhero movie known to mankind. As a coach at Crossfit Stamford, I will strive to do all that I can to help the members of our community to achieve success in the gym and reach whatever goals we set together. For this is an ever-evolving journey, one that all of us at Crossfit Stamford are knowledgeable and most of all passionate about.

So come on get up and get over here and DO WORK!!

CrossFit Level 1 Certification

Chrissie Schneider

Coach

I have been doing CrossFit since October 2013 and started coaching at CFS in May 2018. I initially started because I was looking for a fun and easy way to get into shape after having 2 babies back to back. Before I had children I did the usual run of the mill gym workouts and I was really uninspired and unmotivated to go back into that same routine. A friend of mine told me what the one hour class consisted of, warm up, strength and an intense endurance sort of workout. I was sold. I was looking for anyway to get a good workout and not have to go back to working out by myself. I never could have imagined how much CrossFit would change my life. It not only got me into the best shape of my life, it also taught me so many life lessons that have helped me in and outside the gym. It showed me how to push through in the face of adversity and be able to come out the other side a much stronger person physically and mentally, it has taught me to really appreciate those small moments of victory and really enjoy the ride to get there because you WILL get there and…..so many more life lessons! I have felt so inspired by my journey through CrossFit that I knew I wanted to assist others to receive the same benefits. I feel so grateful to be part of such a great team of supportive individuals and wonderful community. I truly believe that you can accomplish any of your goals with a little hard work, fun and encouragement from some amazing people!

CrossFit Level 1 Certification
CrossFit Level 2 Certification
CrossFit Strongman Certification
CrossFit Kids Certification
CrossFit Gymnastics Certification
Olympic Lifting Certification Jon North
CT Elementary Education Certification K-6
CT Special Education Certification K-12
Norwood Weightlifting Certification

Melissa Lewin

Coach

Before CrossFit, i considered myself to be in pretty good shape. I played sports throughout my life, and tried every type of workout imaginable (or so i thought). A friend introduced me to CrossFit, and i decided to give the CrossFit Stamford on ramp program a try in November of 2010. I was hooked from the very start!

The challenging and dynamic WODs appealed to my competitive spirit. Furthermore, i felt that the coaches truly cared about my overall progress, and even helped me learn new aspects of nutrition. CFS changed my life, and I was inspired to join the coaching team.

I received my level one certification in November of 2011, and haven’t looked back since! As an educator (i have been teaching in Stamford for over ten years) i possess an innate passion for teaching and love helping others reach their fitness goals.

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