MEET OUR TEAM

  • MICHAEL CAHILL CO-FOUNDER/OWNER

    Michael is a Level 1 CrossFit trainer and fitness enthusiast. Michael began his CrossFit career six years ago when CrossFit entered his life through his professional career as a real estate development executive. He soon became a committed CrossFitter and dedicated his career to building an urban CrossFit community in Boston.

    CREDENTIALS

    • CF-L1
    • MBA – Bentley University

  • JOSHUA PLOSKER CO-FOUNDER/OWNER

    Joshua grew up participating in a variety of athletic sports and played Division 1AA college football as a linebacker for Northeastern University. He spent a majority of that time training and learning at the Athletes Performance Institute in Tempe, AZ. Josh began CrossFitting on his own several years ago, and competed in the 2012 Team Northeast Regionals.

    CREDENTIALS

    • CF-L1
    • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
    • NASM
    • AED / CPR
    • MS – New York University

     

    ACHIEVEMENTS

    • 2012 Reebok CrossFit Back Bay Regionals competitor
    • Former Division 1AA football athlete
  • Erika Pearson GENERAL MANAGER

    Erika was born and raised on the south shore of Boston. Erika is a former competitive soccer player and track & field athlete and thrives on competition. When she was introduced to CrossFit in 2012, this gym rat knew she found her home.

    In 2014, when she was laid off from her corporate public relations position and diagnosed with cancer, she knew she was destined to turn her intense dedication to health and fitness into a career. She beat the awful disease in just three and a half months, ran her second Boston marathon three weeks later, and now calls her passion, her career.

    CREDENTIALS

    • Certified Schwinn Indoor Cycling Coach
    • ACSM – Group Exercise Instructor
    • Mad Dogg Certified Spin Instructor
    • AED/CPR
    • BA – Communication, Keene State College

     

    ACHIEVEMENTS

    • 2013, 2014 Boston Marathon runner
    • Board Member and Competitor D10 – Decathlon
  • JUSTIN WRIGHT HEAD COACH


    Justin grew up in a bodybuilding family and began lifting weights and wrestling when he was young. He wrestled for eight years and was the captain of his high school team, then moved onto boxing, where he trained and competed for three years. After his freshman year in college, Justin was introduced to CrossFit by a close friend and never looked back.

    CrossFit has been a huge part of his life and he has been coaching individuals and classes for over five years. Justin loves Olympic weightlifting and competitive CrossFit; competition fuels him and has led him to become a professional athlete in the National Pro Grid League (NPGL) as a member of the Boston Iron. He combines his B.S. in Chemistry with his coaching certifications to blend the art and science of coaching. Justin has used this knowledge to create a thriving strength program at RCFBB.

    CREDENTIALS

    • CF-L1
    • CF-L2
    • CF-L3
    • USAW-L1
    • Catalyst Athletics L1 Certified Coach
    • Coached by Russian “Masters of Sport” in Weightlifting
    • AED/CPR Certified
    • BS – Chemistry, minor in Mathematics, Boston College
    • Graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa

     

    ACHIEVEMENTS

    • 2012-2014, 2016 Reebok CrossFit Regionals competitor
    • 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games competitor
    • Captain of the 20th fittest team on Earth in the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games
    • Professional Grid athlete, Boston Iron
    • Phi Beta Kappa/Golden Key/Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Societies
  • BERN PRINCE HEAD COACH


    Bern was born and raised in Boston and attended the famous Boston Latin High School. Right after college, he went into corporate America and worked for a marketing company that took him all over the U.S. Everything about the career path was great, except for the fact that he never had time to go the gym. He left the corporate world and jumped head-first into the gym. Since then, so many doors have opened.

    CREDENTIALS

    • CF-L1
    • CF-L2
    • Master Trainer
    • NASM
    • ACSM

     

    ACHIEVEMENTS

    • 2009 Reebok CrossFit Regionals competitor
    • 2012-Present Reebok CrossFit Back Bay Competition Team member
    • July 2008 TSI Personal Trainer of The Month
    • July 2009 TSI Personal Trainer of the Month
    • 2010 Lulu Lemon Fitness Ambassador and Representative
    • REmcee of local, regional, and national Functional Fitness Competitions
    • Co-Director of “Perpetual Motion” the CrossFit Movie about RCFBB
  • GINO ESCALANTE HEAD COACH

     

    Gino Andres Escalante Leite is one of the head coaches at Reebok CrossFit Back Bay. He has been coaching with the Back Bay team since its inception in January 2012. Gino is in charge of both the WOD and Gymnastics programming. Before that, Gino coached at CrossFit Providence for three years and was co-owner of CrossFit Newport in 2010.

    Gino was not born with every athletic gift known to man. It took trial and error, hard work, and determination to excel in a demanding program like CrossFit. This grit has been one of his greatest tools in coaching, as he can relate to all individuals, from beginner to advanced, who take up CrossFit.

    Before starting CrossFit, he swam for four years and was captain of the men’s swim team during his senior year of college. Gino has competed at the regional level of CrossFit with the CrossFit Newport team in 2011 and the Reebok CrossFit Back Bay teams in 2012 and 2013.

    CREDENTIALS

    • CF-L1
    • CF-L2
    • CrossFit Mobility Certified
    • CrossFit Nutrition Certified
    • CrossFit Endurance Certified
    • Trained with Nikita Durnev (Master of Sports, Russia)
    • RKC-L1 Certified trainer
    • BA – Spanish, Portuguese, Economics, UMass Dartmouth

     

    ACHIEVEMENTS

    • 2011 CrossFit Newport Regionals competitor
    • 2012 Reebok CrossFit Back Bay Regionals competitor
    • 2013 Reebok CrossFit Back Bay Regionals competitor

  • JESSA LEMOINE HEAD COACH


    Jessa grew up in Lunenburg, MA, and began life as an athlete at the age of three. She competed in gymnastics for 12 years and picked up track & field in high school, then went on to pole vault at the University of Georgia. Jessa graduated in 2008 with a BS Ed. in Health and Physical Education.  Upon graduation, she dabbled in a few different areas of fitness, including working for the University of Georgia’s Recreational Department – Intramural Sports, managing a local gym’s personal training department, and competing in an NPC Figure competition. Jessa discovered CrossFit in 2011 and joined Back Bay as a head coach in 2012. She now runs the Fundamentals Program, which was created for anyone who wants to begin his or her very own fitness journey.

    CREDENTIALS

    • CF-L1
    • Russian Kettlebell Challenge Level 1 Certified Trainer – RKC-L1
    • National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer – NSCA-CPT
    • AED/CPR
    • BS – Health and Physical Education, University of Georgia

     

    ACHIEVEMENTS

    • 2011-2016 Reebok CrossFit Regionals Competitor (northeast)
    • 2011, 2012, 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games Competitor (5th, 3rd, 20th)
    • Former pole vaulter at the University of Georgia
    • 2006 South Eastern Conference Track & Field Championship Team
  • CHRIS DALY HEAD COACH


    Chris grew up playing sports throughout school and found CrossFit through his work as a personal trainer. He enjoys competing in CrossFit events as well as preparing other athletes for competitions. He also coaches CrossFit at MIT and works with various athletes at the university and here at Reebok CrossFit Back Bay.

    CREDENTIALS

    • CF-L1
    • OPT Coaching Certification (underway)
    • NASM
    • CPT, PES, CES
    • AED/CPR

     

    ACHIEVEMENTS

    • 2008-2009 MIT University Recreation Sports trainer and fitness team member of the year
  • Dr. Ryan Lunny, PT DPT COACH

    Ryan is a coach with a background as a physical therapist. He has been an athlete most of his life, spending a majority of his athletic career playing football. His mother introduced him to CrossFit in the fall of 2010 and he was hooked from day one. While studying for his doctorate in physical therapy at the University of Vermont, Ryan coached at Champlain Valley CrossFit (CVCF) and competed in the 2013 North East Regionals as a member of the CVCF team. Upon completing his doctorate, and with an interest in elite CrossFit athlete injury rehabilitation and prevention, Ryan moved to Boston. He hopes to further his education through the Institute of Physical Art’s Certified Functional Manual Therapist program while providing Boston athletes with elite level coaching and injury prevention.

    CREDENTIALS

    • CF-L1
    • CrossFit Gymnastics
    • Doctorate – Physical Therapy, University of Vermont
    • BS – Exercise and Movement Science, University of Vermont

  • Nathan Gagnon COACH


    Nate was born with a brachial plexus injury that resulted in partial paralysis of his right arm, a condition called Erb’s Palsy. Despite this fact, Nate grew up playing a number of sports, focusing on basketball, and was introduced to strength and conditioning as a teen. After years of playing pickup basketball and training on his own, Nate found CrossFit in December of 2012 and his life was changed. The movements and workouts in CrossFit confronted Nate with a new challenge for his Erb’s Palsy arm and it was one that he met head on.

    Eventually, Nate became a member of the Back Bay Competition Team and an Athlete Advocate and Competition Team member for I Am Adaptive, a nonprofit organization focused on adaptive athletic awareness. Nate started coaching CrossFit with Phoenix Multisport, a nonprofit organization that provides free fitness programs to individuals in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Nate is passionate about the development of athletes at all levels and loves seeing people make what once seemed physically impossible turn into reality.

    CREDENTIALS

    • CF-L1
  • Nikita Vladimirovich Durnev WEIGHTLIFTING COACH


    Since a young age, Nikita has been involved in a variety of competitive sports, including hockey, soccer, and wrestling in Russia. At age 13, he became interested in Olympic weightlifting, and he was adorned as “Master of Sport” in Olympic Weightlifting at age 18. Since then, Nikita has been coaching Olympic Weightlifting here in the US and in Russia.

    CREDENTIALS

    • Russian Master of Sport – Olympic Weightlifting

     

    ACHIEVEMENTS

    • Several Olympic Weightlifting Titles in Russia
  • Dr. Wes Hendricks COACH

    Dr. Wes Hendricks graduated from the University of Western States with a doctorate in chiropractic and a bachelor’s degree in human biology. Upon graduation, Wes moved to Massachusetts to complete his Clinical Externship at Beth Israel Hospitals Spine Center. Wes has a passion for human movement and helping people improve their health and performance.

    CREDENTIALS

    • CF-L1
    • Selective Functional Movement Assessment
    • Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Sport 1
    • Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Sport 2
    • Rock Tape Performance Movement Technique
    • Graston 1
    • Faktr
    • Function Release Upper Limb
    • BS – Human Biology, University of Western States
    • Doctorate – University of Western States, Chiropractic

    ACHIEVEMENTS

    • 2010 NY/NJ Crossfit Sectionals (8th)
    • 2010 Reebok CrossFit Regionals competitor (northeast, 30th)
    • 2012 Crossfit Open competitor (northwest, 19th)
  • Dr. Richard Green President and Chiropractor – Sports and Spine Injury Center

    PERSONAL INTERESTS

    Dr. Green enjoys time with his son and watching him learn, grow, and play sports. In his free time, he enjoys golf, tennis, CrossFit, as well as travel and exercise of all kinds

    PUBLICATIONS

    Schmorl’s Node Phenomenon, Journal of Neuromusculoskeletal System, Volume 2, No. 1 Spring 1994
    Sacral Stress Fracture In A Female Runner: A Case Report, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Volume 30, No. 3

    EDUCATION

    • BS and Doctorate – Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, Chiropractic
    • American College of Sports Medicine Team Physician Course Part I,II & III – University of Miami

     

    CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

    • 2016 Provider at CrossFit Games for Team Back Bay (Carson, CA)
    • 2012-Present Medical Director of Athlete Services at North East Regional CrossFit Games (Canton, MA, Hartford, CT, Albany, NY)
    • 1991-2005 Boston Red Sox Team chiropractor
    • 1992-Present Chiropractic provider for many Boston Bruins players
    • 2001-Present CrossFit Corporate Headquarters official in-house chiropractor
    • 1991-1994 Chiropractor for Delta, Northwest, and United Airlines

     

    CLINICAL INTERESTS & CERTIFICATIONS

    • 1995-Present Full Body Active Release Provider
    • Graston Technique Provider L1 and L2
    • Fascial Manipulation Provider
    • SFMA
    • Functional Movement Screen Provider
    • ARP Wave Facility
    • Foundation Training Provider
    • Rock Tape & Fascial Movement Provider
    • NKT Provider
    • Active Isolated Stretching Provider
    • LiteCute Class IV 9 & 25 Watt Laser Provider

  • Briana Hamilton COACH


    Briana “Breezy” or “Breezyham” Hamilton grew up in upstate South Carolina. Raised by her mother, superhero, and world Tina, she quickly learned that hard work, determination, and humility were key factors in becoming successful. Throughout high school she was an all-around athlete excelling in multiple sports and started training at Crossfit Spartanburg at the end of her senior year, which prepared her physically for a successful career as a D-1 athlete for the Florida State Seminoles and professional athlete in both the NPF (Pennsylvania Rebellion and Akron Racers) and the GRID League (Boston Iron).

    Briana’s traveled the world playing softball professionally and now has decided to settle down as one of the newest coaches at Back Bay. Breezy has faced her fair share of adversity in all stages of her life, but she always has a smile and laugh to share with the world.

    CREDENTIALS

    • CF-L1
    • BS – Enviromental Studies, Sociology
    • Minors – Psychology, Child Family Studies

     

    ACHIEVEMENTS

    • 2011, 2014 CrossFit Regionals competitor (2011: Southeast, 10th place)
    • 2015-2016 Professional GRID athlete, Boston Iron
    • Professional Softball Athlete
    • 2014-2015 Pennsylvania Rebellion Softball Organization
    • 2015-2016 Akron Racers Softball Organization
    • 2014 and 2016 USSSA Pride Fall Tour
    • 2010-2014 Florida State Softball Team, Division 1 Athlete
    • 2014 Woman’s College World Series Contestant
    • 2014 All ACC 3rd Team
    • 2012 Seminole Golden Glove
    • 2012 Seminole Most Improved
    • 2012 All ACC 1st Team
    • 2011-2012 All ACC Player of the Week
  • Sara Lombardi Coach

    A life-long athlete and competitor, Sara was born in Boston and grew up in both Marblehead, MA, and Simsbury, CT. She competed in many sports through grade school and high school until rowing became her full-time passion. This passion lead her to Princeton University, where she was recruited to row, and ultimately finished her college career as a two-time All-American athlete and captain of her team. Upon graduation, Sara declined some offers from Wall Street to follow her dream of becoming an Olympian. While traveling along the “road to London,” she earned the title of World Champion in the Women’s Four in both 2010 and 2011.

    It wasn’t until after finishing fourth in the London Olympics that Sara was introduced to CrossFit. When Sara was injured in 2014, she knew she had to change the way she trained. She began a journey seeking health and peak performance, but the path that unfolded changed how she understood rowing and body movement. Sara is now bringing this holistic perspective on movement, strength, and endurance to RCFBB to help shape the Endurance program.

    CREDENTIALS

    • CF-L1
    • BA – Psychology, Princeton University

     

    ACHIEVEMENTS

    • 2013 World Cup Silver Medalist (rowing, Women’s 8)
    • 2012 Olympian (fourth place, rowing, Women’s Pair)
    • 2011 World Champion (rowing, Women’s 4)
    • 2010 World Champion (rowing, Women’s 4)
    • 2010 Bronze at the NCAA Championship
    • 2009 & 2010 DI First-Team All-American
  • Mike Lombardi Coach

    Mike is a former rower, soccer, and basketball player. He attended Princeton University, where he rowed for the Heavyweight Men’s Varsity team. After graduation, Mike coached at Princeton for four years before moving on to work with Olympic hopefuls. From 2014-2016, Mike traveled around the world to work with the best minds in physiology, nutrition, and mobility. During this time, he began testing and developing training programs to achieve peak performance in both rowing and everyday life.

    Mike believes that every athlete is different, so he takes the time to get to know each one on a personal level. He is an intense competitor, but his true passion is teaching and helping others reach their goals and beyond.

    CREDENTIALS

    • CF-L1
    • AED/CPR
    • MBA – Business, Boston University (Anticipated 2018)

    ACHIEVEMENTS

    • Olympic Rowing/Strength Coach
    • U-19 United States National Rowing Team​
    • Former Rower at Princeton University
  • Rowena De Jesus Yoga Instructor

    Ro has been teaching yoga internationally and in the Boston area for over 10 years. She completed her 200-hour teacher training with Ana Forrest and prenatal yoga teacher training with Bec Contant. Ro’s classes focus on preparing the body for action and restoring it from stress through the use of active (Forrest, Vinyasa) and passive (Restorative, Yin) elements of yoga. Her classes will promote core strength, flexibility, balance, improved circulation, and breathing. For the active athletes, Ro’s class is known to be an excellent preparation for a hard workout the following day or a great recovery tactic post-workout.

    When Ro isn’t teaching yoga or doing CrossFit, she can be found rock climbing, hiking in remote corners of the world, and discovering new medicines as a drug discovery research scientist.

    CREDENTIALS

    • yogaHOPE teacher: Dedicated to establishing rehabilitative yoga programs in residential facilities for underserved women in substance abuse recovery, poor and homeless women, and victims of domestic violence
    • BS – Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, UCLA
    • MS – Public Health, Tufts University

    ACHIEVEMENTS

    • Experienced Marathon runner
    • Experienced in Yin, Vinyasa, Shadow, Ashtanga, PranaVayu, Baptiste, and Bikram Yoga
  • Dan Krahe Coach

    Dan first became fascinated with strength sports as a child and started lifting weights when he was 15. After discovering CrossFit at 18, he dove head-first into teaching himself everything he could about physical development. He’s a self-taught athlete, but thanks to instant access to information, he has molded himself after his personal heroes.

    Although CrossFit is not always perfect in practice, Dan believes fundamental principles are incredibly sound and fell in love with the philosophy behind CrossFit: Use the best means at your disposal to become as physically well-rounded as possible and constantly demand more from your mind and body. Dan embraces this principal by pushing through workouts to be the strongest version of himself, and he loves seeing members do the same. He believes that when individuals become more confident in the gym, they become more confident in other parts of their lives and begin to meet the world’s challenges head-on.

    Dan’s favorite movements are loaded carries, particularly the front-loaded Zercher sandbag carry, as it’s a test of raw strength and helps people learn to keep their bodies safe under heavy loads.

    Outside of the box, Dan thrives on learning new information by listening to podcasts and enjoys watching a good film or laughing at a stand-up comedy sketch. He studied furniture design in college and built furniture professionally, and despite never liking furniture, he can discuss it for hours on end.

    CREDENTIALS

    • CF-L1
    • BA – Furniture Design, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Chase Devine Coach

    Chase grew up playing sports and was a high school athlete who ran track & field and wrestled, but when he first tried a CrossFit class, he immediately fell in love with the sport. He not only believes that CrossFit, combined with good nutrition, is one of the most effective forms of exercise to become stronger, fitter, and healthier, but also that it helps individuals learn to move more efficiently using proper form and technique. As a coach, Chase enjoys watching people experience CrossFit for the first time, then grow confident and motivated as they progress.

    In a prior life, Chase was a professional chef, so he enjoys cooking in his spare time, as well as playing with his dog, Xena. Chase is a humanitarian at heart and is dedicated to helping people live a healthy life.

    CREDENTIALS

    • CF-L1
    • Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST)
    • Stretch to Win Institute
    • Movement Course, Training Think Tank (in progress)
    • BA – Culinary Arts (Nutrition), SUNY Delhi

     

    ACHIEVEMENTS

    • Former professional chef who won a national state title in competition