I love this box!! It's so big and spacious with super tall ceilings. I am grateful for the knowledge and moral support I continuously receive from the coaches and fellow CrossFitters. I always feel like a super hero when I finish the WODs...
Crossfit saved my life! I've tried so hard in the past to diet and lose weight and just kept loosing motivation..now I have personal trainers guiding me and motivating me to transform myself..if I can do it anyone can!
Been to gyms my whole adult life and this by far is the BEST workout ever! It's addicting! Love it! Thank you Coaches! Like
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
CrossFit Judges Course (2019)
Karin who is a spry 62 years young found CrossFit 6 years ago after a near fatal bicycle accident as she was training for a triathlon. Being a competitive athlete all her life Karin signed up for her first CrossFit Open back in 2012. She performed very well in a very tough division, finishing in the top 250. Building off lessons learned in 2012, Karin signed up again in 2013 for the CrossFit Open this time finishing inside the top 200 and moved on to the second stage of the competition The CrossFit Games Masters Online Qualifier. For the next 3 seasons Karin kept moving up the leaderboard to qualify for the CrossFit Games. In 2015 at 59 years old she came ever so close to qualifying for the games, missing out by just a few places. 2016 was Karin's year. With her now in the 60+ Masters division, she was able to finish the Open and Online qualifier 8th in the world. Thus securing her spot in her first ever CrossFit Games appearance in Carson, California (Editors Note: This was also the 10th anniversary of The CrossFit Games). Karin's was also the first athlete in Western NY, in at least 7 years to accomplish this rare feat. 2017 was much of the same success for Karin, with her missing out on a CrossFit Games spot by just a few places. Hungrier than ever Karin worked extremely hard for the remainder of the 2017 and begining of the 2018 season. Her hard work paid off as she was able to secure her SECOND CrossFit Games appearance in three years to compete in Madison, Wisconsin.
Karin has been married for over 30 years to her husband Joe (aka Coach). In her free time she likes to visit her daughter, son in law and her 4 grandchildren, in New Hampshire. She also likes going to visit her son in Las Vegas and hopes one day the stars will align so she can see her favorite comedian Tosh!
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
CrossFit Strongman Trainer
Pharmacy Doctorate (University of Buffalo)
Nick is one of the most tenured CrossFit athletes in all of Rochester. Starting CrossFit back in 2009, Nick found a sport to fuel his competitive nature. While participating as an athlete in CrossFit, Nick took a special interest to the Olympic Lifts. That passion also led him to attend two seminars led respectively by Olympian Dmitry Klokov and Pan American Gold Medalist Kendrick Farris. Nick also traveled to Columbus, Ohio to compete in the 2013 Arnold Classic CrossFit Competition and placed10th out of 300 competing athletes.
Nick graduated from Greece Arcadia High School, in Rochester, NY. While studying at Greece Arcadia, Nick lettered in 3 sports. Wrestling, Football and Track. After High School Nick went to the University of Buffalo where he received his Doctorate in Pharmacy.
Besides doing CrossFit in his free time, Nick likes spending time with his two nephews and runs a successful Mobile Automobile repair service center. AGR Automotive.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
Certified Teacher: Nursey School - 6th Grade, Reading K-12, and French K-9
Certified School District Administrator
Former Girls on the Run Head Coach
Former Assistant Soccer Coach
Lori who is happily married and a mother of four beautiful, and very active girls has always been active and involved in sports herself. In High School she was a four sport athlete (Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball and Softball).
By day Lori is a long term substitute teacher, but before finding CrossFit, Lori started running half marathons in her 40's and she ran 14 of them! However continually doing the same activity did wear on her. When she took some time off from running, some of her running friends decided to check out a CrossFit bootcamp class. She went with them a bit hesitant. After three months of bootcamp classes and becoming proficient in the movements used in CrossFit, with encouragement from a coach she joined the regular 5 AM CrossFit class and was hooked.
Lori has competed in many local CrossFit competitions, including the Festivus Games, LuRong Living and WNY Masters Throwdown. She loves that no day/workout is the same with CrossFit. Lori likes that everyday you are becoming better and constantly improving. This is how Lori conquered the rope climb. She did the little things day in and day out and then BOOM, she went up that rope. During Lori's last half marathon all she did to train for it was CrossFit and CrossFit Endurance workouts. That resulted in her getting a personal best (PR) time in her half marathon.
Lori loves being a part of the CrossFit community. She believes that the CrossFit community is one of, if not the best parts of CrossFit. She loves lifting weights and getting her body to do things she once thought it could not!
Lori loves coaching CrossFit. She has a passion helping people of all ages and abilities realize that CrossFit is all about moving the way the body was designed too, AND THAT REGARDLESS OF AGE, SIZE AND SHAPE EVERYONE can do it.
Lori says "It is important for everyone to see themselves as strong, and very capable of doing things they never thought was possible." Also to all the women and young girls out there " Strong and Fit is beautiful"
B.S. in Biomedical Science
EMT B Certification (5/2018)
CPR/AED Certification (3/2018)
CERT (community emergency response team) certified
CrossFit Judges Certificate (2019)
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (2016)
For Jade CrossFit was just something to do to pass the time while saving up for her yoga instructor certification back in mid-2016, but she grew to love it so much that she decided to become a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer instead. With-in a year, Jade was teaching 5 classes a day, 5 days a week while still at her first CrossFit gym in Babylon, New York (CrossFit Pace Performance). In addition, she ended up running 7 cycles of the “New You 6 Week Challenge,” doing the bulk of the behind-the-scenes administrative work, as well as helping people of all athletic backgrounds get a solid start with nutrition and exercise. She also assisted the head coach with specific strength and conditioning camps for the West Islip Lacrosse and Gymnastic High School teams.
Jade graduated from Long Island University with a Biomedical Sciences degree, working in a microbiology and immunology laboratory for several years. Eventually, she decided to go the pre-med route, and is now an EMT at Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance, and is working towards her goal of becoming a medical doctor. It is her fervent belief that the best medicine is preventative medicine and healthy living, and these meet at the CrossFit.
Crossfit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
USAW Level 1 Coach
Barbelle Grace and Bacon James are our two gym English Bulldogs. Barbelle Grace aka "The Queen" who is 5 years old can be seen running miles with our athletes, taking new athletes outside and showing them our run path, or jumping 24 inches on a Box. Bacon James aka "The Prince" who is our rescue English Bulldog is 3 years old. He just recently celebrated his 1 year anniversary being with us in his forever home! No matter what athlete or who walks in our doors Bacon runs over to them to greet them. Bacon can be seen chasing or shaking his toy balls all over the gym. No matter if the workout is tough or if you are having a bad day, seeing these two faces ALWAYS makes your day better. They are always in the gym and are the most recognizable faces here. Once you meet them you will understand why. They are definitely a huge part of our gym.
With CrossFit the unknowns are, "Can I do this?", "Am I in shape for CrossFit" or "I can not do what he/she is doing". The answer to all these questions is YES YOU CAN. It may take some time, but all of us here at CrossFit Taproot can get you there. Rome was not built in a day. So set small goals and build off of them! Eventually, the big goals will get achieved.
We offer two free introductory classes to help calm those "unknowns".