Coaching Staff

  • jasona

    Jason is the man we all have to thank for the amazing facility that is Albany CrossFIt. He opened shop in 2007 and has been forging elite athletes in the Capital Region ever since.

    Jason is one of the most well known and respected CrossFit Coaches in the Northeast. Coaching is truly his passion, but he is a fantastic athlete as well. He routinely punishes himself keeping up with athletes outweighing him by over 40 pounds.

    Jason's infectious personality is apparent as soon as he walks in the room. He loves to have fun, and can be found make anyone laugh who is willing be distracted. He can and routinely does make small tweaks in even the more advanced athletes technique to squeeze just a little more efficiency out of that movement.

    Between Jason's jokes, his knowledge on nutrition, and his expertise on CrossFit movements…He has something to offer to everyone. He is truly one of a kind.

    Jason is on the Level 1 Seminar Staff, the CrossFit Gymnastics Seminar Staff, and is a Level 2 CrossFit Coach in addition to the following Certifications:

    CF Barbell / CF Olympic Lifting / CF Gymnastics / CF Rowing / CF Endurance / CF Science of Excersise / CF Nutrition / CF Mobility and Recovery / CF Kettlebell / CF Strongman / CF Defense / IKFF Kettlebell / Performance Menu Olympic Lifting / RKC Level I / Whole 9 Nutrition / Attitude Nation Olympic Lifting / Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training

    Jason has been the Northeast Regional Director for the CrossFit Games since 2009.

    Jason also holds his Master's Degree in Eduational Psychology as well as Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.v

    "…the ads blind us,commercials deafen us, rich foods clog us. we strive so hard for the good life. sensible folks take care of their bodies, just this is plenty." –Jason Ackerman

  • andrew

    Andrew walked through the doors of Albany Crossfit in January 2012.

    Since day one he hit the ground running.

    Andrew always soaks up as much knowledge as possible. It was this quest for knowledge and desire to help others that made him a perfect fit at Albany Crossfit."

    Everyday I get to work with an amazing community of athletes and coaches, and I couldn’t ask for anything more."

    Andrew is a CrossFit level 1 certified Coach and Attitude Nation weightlifting certified. He has also attended the following seminars: CF Weightlifting / CF Gymnastics / Explosive Seminar / Rock Tape.

  • james

    I have not always been a very active person. Early in my life, I struggled with my weight and a multitude of health problems. After frequent illnesses and visits to doctors’ offices; I decided I needed to change the way I was living my life. I needed to take responsibility for my personal health & fitness. I began exercising, playing sports, cleaning up my diet and seeking greater knowledge on how I could not only help myself, but others as well.

    It soon became my mission in life to find an outlet to aid others in living healthier, happier lives. I have been involved in the fitness field for the past nine years training, competing and coaching. I attended and graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Cortland with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Fitness Development. Currently, I am a full time Coach here at Albany CrossFit where I have the privilege to help bring about positive change in the lives of others.

    Credentials

    Degrees
    Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Fitness Development

    CrossFit
    CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
    CrossFit Mobility & Movement Trainer
    CrossFit Endurance Trainer
    CrossFit Gymnastics

    Weightlifting
    Attitude Nation Weightlifting Level 1
    Attitude Nation Weightlifting Level 2
    Donny Shankle Weightlifting Seminar
    USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
    Member of USA Weightlifting (USAW)

    Other Certifications & Seminars
    Performance Movement Taping (PMT) (Rock Tape)
    Punk Rope: Doubles or Nothing Workshop
    Rolling on the Floor Laughing: Mobility Workshop
    Tactical Athlete: Kettlebell Workshop with Jeff Martone
    YMCA Healthy Lifestyles & Principles
    YMCA Strength & Conditioning
    ASHI CPR Pro

    Athletic Achievements
    CF Revelation Open Weightlifting Championships, Enfield, CT (2013)
    Niagara District & Open Weightlifting Championships, Springville, NY (2013)
    43rd (Scaled) – Albany CrossFit Xs & Ys Garage Games, Albany, NY (2012)
    23rd (Scaled) – Albany CrossFit Tri-State Throwdown, Albany, NY (2012)
    1st (Tied) (Featherweight Class) – Albany CrossFit Strongman Competition, Albany, NY (2011)
    4th Place (166-181 Weight Class) – Monster Bench Press Competition, Cooperstown, NY (2011)

  • jason

    The man is infamous. He is a motivation and inspiration to all. And, holy cow does he have a sick sense of humor! Jason was double his current size when he starting crossfitting in 2009. He is looking to pay back what CrossFit has given him, by giving back as a coach. He is extremely sharp, and his knowledge is growing faster than his waist is shrinking. We look forward to an even lighter, even better Coach Murph in the near future.

    Jason holds the following certifications
    CrossFit Level 1 Trainer / CF Strongman / CF Olympic Lifting / CF Rowing / CF Goal Setting / CF Endurance / CF Mobillity / CF Kettlebells / Attitude Nation Weightlifting Level 1 / Attitude Nation Level 2 / Punk RopeDoubles or Nothing / AHA CPR

  • adam

    Brand new to the CrossFit community in early 2013, Adam quickly developed a passion for the sport, and a thirst for the knowledge to improve on something every day in the gym.

    Having been highly active in high school and college athletics, a competitive atmosphere is right at home for Adam; hence the passion for CrossFit. The ability to learn and help others grow as athletes on both a competitive scale and a recreational is truly gratifying for Adam. Making athletes better in any aspect of physical fitness is truly gratifying, and a beautiful challenge each and every day. Adam's background as a baseball and football coach, as well as a boxing trainer provide the motivational base Adam brings to each class.

    When Adam isn't coaching he is a media rep for the local ESPN affiliate. You can usually find Adam in the squat rack, or trying to mobilize a hip capsule or shoulder joint.

    “Work hard… work so hard you feel you can’t work anymore- then do a little more.”

    Adam is a CrosssFit Level 1 certified coach.

  • carmen

    Carmen is a part-time coach at Albany CrossFit with a day job as an Associate at Biscone Law Firm in Ravena, New York.

    Carmen joined Albany CrossFit in March 2012 in order to train for a physical fitness test with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Although she had been working out at "globo-gyms" for years, she was no longer challenged or motivated and wanted a change.

    The competitive comradery of Albany CrossFit instantly appealed to Carmen. Coming to a place where every person in the room was there for the expressed purpose of kicking their own ass was like dying and going to heaven. Carmen wanted to become more involved in the Albany CrossFit community and began the internship program in December of 2013. In her experience assisting to coach Boot Camp, Carmen discovered her love for sharing CrossFit with the newest members. Currently, her personal focus is helping new members make the jump from Boot Camp in the double-wide to full-on WOD-fever in the triple-wide! She welcomes speaking with or emailing anyone about their questions on how to (be)etter at Albany CrossFit. Start the conversation at carmen.warner@albanycrossfit.com

    Certifications and Seminars:
    CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
    CrossFit Gymnastics Seminar
    CrossFit Judges Certificate 2013, 2014
    Rolling on the Floor Laughing: A Seriously Fun Mobility Workshop

    Degrees:
    Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Russell Sage College
    Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School

    CrossFit Experience:
    Fall Face Off - Judge, Albany CrossFit 2013
    Beast of the East - Judge, South Windsor CrossFit 2013
    Thanksgiving Throwdown - Scaled individual, CrossFit New London 2013
    Mission Hope - Team challenge winner, Albany CrossFit

  • cat

    When I say strong, I mean Cat; and when I say Cat, I mean strong. Simply put, when it comes to "Strongman" movements…Cat is the expert. She has been a part of our community as an athlete for years, and she has seen amazing gains in her fitness. She has an affinity for moving large loads, long distances, in a short amount of time.

    If you attend Cat's Stongman class once, you will attend it again. Her coaching methods are fantastic, and the movements she specializes in are as functional as it gets. Cat embodies the spirit of Crossfit, both mind and body.

    Cat is CrossFit Level I certified and holds the following:
    CF Strongman

  • christine

    After hearing an ad on the radio, a new friend raving about it, then watching my brother's friend compete, I knew I had to give CrossFit a try! After "retiring" from competitive gymnastics and taking a couple years off from physical activity, I knew i needed to work out, and it had to be something that was enjoyable and gave me results.

    I found Albany CrossFit, started in the fall of 2011, and I haven't looked back. CrossFit has done a lot for me over the past couple of years. Obviously it has helped me get in really good shape- I've lost some weight and gained a lot of muscle. Because of this, I am a more confident person. But the greatest thing about Albany CrossFit is the people. We have a unique community here, and some of the friends that I've met at the gym are now the closest people in my life.

    I decided to coach because I have a passion for the sport, and I want to help people be better at it. I want to change people's lives through CrossFit. With my background in gymnastics, I also feel that I can help people develop in that area. Outside of ACF, I work for BBL Hospitality, where we manage several hotels and restaurants (ever heard of Recovery Sports Grill? That's us!).

    My favorite movement in CrossFit would have to be the snatch. This lift is very technical and requires strength, speed, accuracy, coordination, balance....... the list could go on. I think that because it is so difficult to master, that it is one of the most beautiful movements when done correctly.

    CREDENTIALS: Education: BS Business Economics from SUNY Cortland
    Certifications: CrossFit Level 1
    Athletic Achievements: High School - CT State and New England All-around gymnastics champ
    College - Academic All-American, Second team All-American on Vault, All-conference on vault

  • christopher

    After years of bicep curls and dabbling with the occasional Crossfit workout, Chris Anderson made the leap and joined Albany CrossFit in 2010. By day, he is a middle school social studies teacher and basketball coach. By night, he hits WODs hard in the hopes of becoming a better, more knowledgeable Crossfit athlete. Chris enjoys long duration workouts and Hero WODs but his favorite workout is definitely Cindy.

    After two years at Albany CrossFit, Chris decided to combine his passion for teaching and his love of Crossfit by getting his L1 through CrossFit HQ. He runs our evening On Ramp Camp and coaches a handful of classes each week. Chris brings his love of teaching to CrossFit, incorporating games, lessons, and fun into each class he leads. While he enjoys the workouts and improved fitness, his favorite part of Albany CrossFit is the caring, supportive community that makes it such a special place.

    Credentials:

    Bachelors Degree in Social Studies and Secondary Education from the Univeristy at Albany
    Masters Degree in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from the Univeristy at Albany
    CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
    Mobility, Gymnastics, and Endurance Certified through Crossfit HQ

  • I found out about CrossFit from my old boss who kept telling me I was incapable of doing CrossFit wods, and I got started when an ex-girlfriend bought me a free on-ramp and trial month membership. Once I got going I haven't looked back.

    I have been doing CrossFit for a little over a year and a half.

    CrossFit has impacted my life tremendously. It has allowed me to replace the sports that I used to play that I missed very much with something that is so challenging it keeps me pining for more.

    I coach CrossFit to help others reach their personal goals. I like to see them achieve success and gain a sense of confidence in what they are doing.

    I am a media rep for Fox 23 Albany.

    My favorite lift is the Snatch, of course.

    Credentials:

    Education:
    B.A. in Advertising: Western Kentucky University

    Certifications:

    CrossFit Level 1 trainer
    CrossFit Coaches Prep

    Athletic History:
    3 year varsity letterman in Football, Baseball and Basketball
    All-State Baseball 1st Team
    All State Football Honorable Mention
    United States Navy Veteran

  • Desire

    Desire comes to Albany CrossFit with a competitive athletic background. She played and coached division 1 soccer at Marist college and competitive league soccer in Puerto Rico. She started at Albany CrossFit through the urging of her sister D. Bianca and has found a passion for not only the sport but the community as well.

    Desire is a CrossFit Level 1 Certified Coach.

  • Kat

    Kat has been a member of Albany CrossFit for well over 4 years. She is a former high school and college cross-country runner and volleyball player who was looking to fill the competitive void in her adult life; and found cross-fit. She has also played and coached roller derby in Albany for a few years. She teaches high school physical education and coaches’ cross-country and track and field here in the capital region.

    Kat currently coaches a few classes a week and will often be seen hitting WOD’s with the community here at Albany CrossFit. Feel free to seek out Kat with any questions!

    Credentials:

    CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – November 2013
    CrossFit Judges Certificate 2013, 2014
    Rolling on the Floor Laughing: A Seriously Fun Mobility Workshop

    Masters of Science in Health Education TUI University - December 2009

    Bachelor of Science in Education - Physical Education K-12 State University of New York College at Cortland - December 2007

    CPR/First Aid Certified

  • mary

    Mary is a Capital District native and has been CrossFitting since 2011. She’s a Coach because she loves to share the endless good that CrossFit can bring to life for those willing to try. “CrossFit makes you stronger, physically, mentally. It sharpens your focus and is a reminder that we possess the ability to keep going well beyond what was thought possible.” Favorite movements: Deadlift. Clean and Jerk. Favorite WOD: Memorial Day Murph.

    I first started at ACF in Sept. 2011 and this much is true: It all comes down to you. Yes, we have an incredible community, but much like life, CrossFit is not easy – you have to find your reason why.

    I’ve always been an athlete and love team sports. With CrossFit, when it’s 3, 2, 1…Go! and the clock starts and you start to move; it is in the process of pushing through the impossible that you learn about yourself and what you’re truly capable of doing. That moment to me is magical. The ultimate reward is in inspiring others to see what they are capable of too.

    I’m grateful for the opportunity to work and learn at Albany CrossFit. Please be sure to say, hello! And I will do so too.

    Mary is a Level 1 Certified CrossFit Coach and has the following certifications: CF Gymnastics / Westside Powerlifting / CF Goal Setting / Attitude Nation.

  • nick

    I found CrossFit because I was tired with my mundane exercise routine. Courtney Baksa suggested I give CrossFit a try so I signed up for the February 2013 bootcamp. Crossfit changed my whole outlook on fitness and health. It has made me more conscientious about what goes in to my body. I was asked to start coaching when I moved to Iowa at a local Des Moines affiliate. I accepted because I wanted to help others reach their fitness goals through CrossFit. If I were to choose a dream job it would be owning and operating a successful CrossFit Affiliate. My favorite CrossFit movement is the worlds fastest lift, the snatch.

    Credentials:
    BSBA Business Administration
    CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

  • patrick

    Pat came to Crossfit from a Martial Arts background with over 20 years of experience as a student and instructor. He played Rugby in college and for teams in New Jersey and Albany; and in a past life, he was a high school teacher. Pat works for the New York State United Teachers union as Assistant Manager of Member Benefits overseeing its coordinated communications efforts.

    He has been CrossFitting since November of 2008 and favors the longer Metcons with bodyweight movements.

    Credentials:

    Degrees:
    Bachelor of Science in Education: Social Studies – Niagara University

    CrossFit:
    CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
    CrossFit Endurance
    CrossFit Goal Setting
    CrossFit Gymnastics
    CrossFit Kettlebells
    CrossFit Mobility
    CrossFit Olympic Lifting
    CrossFit Rowing

    Weightlifting:
    Attitude Nation Weightlifting Level 1

    Other Certifications and Seminars:
    Fudoshin Karate Instructor’s Certification
    Fudoshin Karate Lifetime Achievement Award 2008
    Fudoshin Karate Rank of Rokudan 2009
    Punk Rope: Doubles or Nothing Workshop

  • drb

    “Albany Crossfit Rocks! Being a chiropractor is a very physical job that is very hard on the joints. Crossfit has helped keep my joints strong and my bones healthy. Weight-bearing exercise is one of the best ways to stimulate cartilage and bone cell growth. Crossfit is helping me stay strong for the future. Thank you to Jason Ackerman and the ACF community for encouraging me to start in 2010. It has been a blessing in many ways.”

    Dr. Bianca Treski Hughes is the spine coach at Albany Crossfit. She is always willing to chat with athletes on how to improve performance and avoid injury by addressing structure weaknesses. Dr. B graduated from the New York Chiropractic College in 2003 and is a Distinguished Fellow in the Chiropractic Biophysics Technique with a specialty in scoliosis correction. She played collegiate rugby and intramural softball in graduate school.

  • Chantelle aka "Black Mamba" was introduced to Crossfit in early 2011 by her husband. She immediately became hooked, and within five months of joining she lost 25 pounds and was named the winner of one of Albany Crossfit's first Paleo challenges.

    A strong woman both inside and outside of the gym, Mamba is especially committed to helping our female athletes develop the strength and confidence that she found herself through powerlifting.

    Chantelle currently coaches our ladies lifting program, which is a weekly class dedicated to improving the squat, deadlift, press, and bench press.

    Chantelle is a Level 1 trainer and CrossFit Crossfit Powerlifting trainer.

    When she is not getting people stronger she is practicing Law for the New York State.

  • drbShye has been managing the Court Club since 2001. He is a certified Pilates instructor and has been teaching mat classes since 2003. He also teaches Body Pump and In-door cycling.

    Shye became a Level 1 Crossfit trainer in October 2011 and offers personal training. In addition, he is a squash and racquetball instructor and offers introductory lessons to people who have an interest in learning these sports at the Court Club. Recently Shye became the owner of Albany CrossFit. You can find Shye and his basset hound Louie every day at the Court Club!