Carlos Zabaleta

Carlos Zabaleta

Trainer

I started doing strength training in 8th grade with my father. In high school I was a three sport athlete and was always looking to challenge myself physically. Starting CrossFit ten years ago was that next step in my fitness journey.

I was a Jersey City police officer for 5 years and I am now a Jersey City Firefighter. My favorite part of 908 is all of the amazing people I have met. My first time walking into the gym I felt immediately welcomed by both the coaches and members.

I’ve always wanted to help people, and as I coach I think I can do that. I want clients to come to my class to have fun and leave the gym feeling accomplished.

zabaletajr21@gmail.com

– Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)


EJ Shaver

EJ Shaver

Trainer

I found CrossFit in 2010 when I lived in NYC and immediately fell in love with it. I started CrossFit on the Upper East Side and had the privilege of being coached by some of CrossFit’s OGs from the crossfit.com days. Having coaches who came from where CrossFit originated laid the foundation of my coaching style and fueled my desire to make sure I left folks walking out feeling like they had “the best hour of their day”. After several months, I pursued my L-1 which then led me to leave my full-time job to coach and manage my gym. Over the last decade, I’ve managed several CrossFit gyms, became a CrossFit Level 2 trainer, and owned and operated an affiliate, Bear Mountain CrossFit, for 6 years. As life ebbs and flows, my newly growing family moved to NJ during COVID and I left affiliate ownership but continued to coach when I could.

There is no better feeling than being able to stand in front of a room of awesome folks, who are working hard, getting their sweat on and most importantly having fun with it. 908 has always been a gym I’ve admired and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful community of members, coaches and leadership who really live by the mantra ‘get fit. have fun.’”

ej@908athletics.com

– Certified CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)


Josh Brown

Josh Brown

Trainer

Since I was young, being active has been a huge part of my life. Growing up, I played every sport I could until it was time to focus exclusively on soccer. After four years of playing Division 1 soccer in college, it was difficult for me to maintain the level of training I was used to without having hours of time to spend on the field or in the gym. When I did workout, I would often find myself wasting my time getting a superficial workout that ultimately did nothing for me. A buddy of mine from high school was the head coach at a CrossFit gym and convinced me to give it a shot. I was immediately hooked. Working out with a like-minded group of people, regardless of ability, reminded me what it was like training with my teammates all those years.

Fast forward seven years, and I got my Level 1 Certification while training at CrossFit Hoboken. Not only did I have a great time coaching and helping members improve, but coaching afforded me the ability to get to know the members on a more personal level. There are three aspects of CrossFit that I think set it apart from other methods: First, it is scalable for all levels and abilities. The second is that no matter how good you may get at something, there is always room to improve: technique can always get better, rest between movements can be reduced, the list goes on. The last aspect I have realized and grown to love most is that CrossFit tends to encourage a tremendous community. I relate to this so much with my background in team sports and this is what brings me back day after day.

brownjt06@gmail.com

– Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)


Sam Grzywacz

Sam Grzywacz

Trainer

My athletic background has always been in martial arts. Before CrossFit I had been training in Taekwondo and kickboxing for 20 years. I was highly competitive and was traveling internationally for competitions. In 2012 I decided to try my first CrossFit class to help improve my martial arts skills. I wanted to be stronger, faster and more explosive during my fights. Not only did my martial arts skills improve in those areas, but I found a new sport that I loved. Before I knew it, I was more focused on CrossFit than martial arts. Although martial arts will always be my first love, CrossFit stole my heart.

As far as coaching goes, I had been coaching kids and adults for years in martial arts so when my CrossFit coach asked me start coaching at our gym I was pretty excited for the opportunity. I have since taken my coaching experience to 908 Central and couldn’t be more excited to be part of the family here.

It’s extremely rewarding to see the progress that can be made through CrossFit and I love being able to make fitness fun for both kids and adults!

sam@908athletics.com

– Certified CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
– NASM Performance Enhancement Specialization (NASM-PES)
– CrossFit Kids Trainer


Christina Romagnano

Christina Romagnano

Trainer & Nutrition Coach

My passion for health and fitness started when I ventured off to college. I wanted to make sure when I left home I could still live a healthy and fit lifestyle. After years of researching running and lifting, my passion fell short. I became bored of doing the same thing. I was introduced to CrossFit in 2011, which has forever changed my life.

I have used the CrossFit methodology since 2011, and I constantly strive to become a better athlete and person in and out of the gym. The discipline I have learned through CrossFit has not only made me the strongest and fittest I have ever been, but it has also helped me to become the most confident I have ever been. My passion for health and fitness, and my desire to share with others what CrossFit has done for me, drove me to obtain my Level 1 certification. Since being certified I have coached at several local gyms, but eventually landed back where I started, at CrossFit 908. The joy I get from helping others achieve their health and fitness goals drives me to become the best coach I can be.

christina@908athletics.com

– Certified CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
– Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified (PN-L1)


Erin Carroll

Erin Carroll

Owner

Throughout high school, my sport was running – cross country, winter, and spring track. I had a love-hate relationship with competing, so I decided not to continue with track in college but continued to run to stay in shape. A few years after college, I was sidelined with an ankle injury that wouldn’t allow me to run much further than five miles at a time. After getting ankle surgery and still experiencing the same issues, I figured I would give CrossFit a try.

My then boyfriend, now husband Tim had been taking classes at a local CrossFit gym, and he was completely hooked. I, on the other hand, was tentative – I had many of the initial thoughts that women have when it comes to CrossFit. I already had an athletic build… was I going to get big and bulky if I lifted weights? However, after we got engaged and Tim opened CrossFit 908, I knew there was no denying that I was going to be doing CrossFit for the rest of my life. All those silly thoughts I had about CrossFit and lifting weights went out the window. Instead of just focusing on how my body looked, I was empowered by what my body could do and how strong I felt.  To say that I fell in love would be an understatement.

Two and a half years after CrossFit 908 opened, my role transitioned from supportive wife to working in the business full time. I continue to be inspired by members who transform not only their bodies but their mindsets through fitness and nutrition. What I originally thought would be just a gym is now an amazing and supportive community that I am proud to call my family.

erin@908athletics.com

– Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)


Kevin Guidicipietro

Kevin Guidicipietro

Trainer

Growing up, I always had a love for competition, athletics, and exercise. In 2007 I graduated from Sacred Heart University, where I played D1 Tennis and majored in Business Administration. After graduating and spending a short time in a suit and tie, I quickly realized that corporate America was not a path for me. It became apparent to me that my love for competition and exercise was my path to happiness. In 2008, I became certified as a Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Throughout my early training years I heard very little about CrossFit and was skeptical about whatever I did hear. It wasn’t until I flipped on ESPN in 2011 and saw the CrossFit Games that I quickly switched skepticism to amazement. I spent that night watching all I could on ESPN and YouTube. The next day I put together my first “CrossFit” workout, and I haven’t stopped since. In 2012 I received my CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certification. Although I now had my Level 1, I still felt there was much more I could learn and offer. Hearing great things about CrossFit 908 and knowing Tim Carroll’s name from regional statistics, a mutual friend was able to help me get in touch with him. Tim graciously invited me to workout with him and the 908 crew, which was an awesome experience as well as eye opening to the level of athletes CrossFit develops and 908 has. After I spent what felt like a lifetime to catch my breath, Tim offered me the opportunity to shadow classes. Following a couple of months of shadowing, Tim gave me a chance to start team coaching classes until I was ready to take on coaching my own classes.

kevin@908athletics.com

– Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
– NSCA CPT

CrossFit’s idea of “constantly varied” is something I have always tried to live by. Besides being involved in CrossFit I am also a Certified Tennis Instructor, Volunteer Fire Fighter, Amateur Muay Thai Fighter/Mixed Martial Artist, and Marathon Runner.


Tim Carroll

Tim Carroll

Owner & Trainer at 908 Athletics

Strength training and fitness have been a part of my life since my teenage years. In my early fitness years I focused heavily on isolated, bodybuilding exercises. As my knowledge base grew, I began to incorporate more compound, functional weight training movements into my routine. It was what my training had been missing for so long. In 2007, I found CrossFit and shortly thereafter began training at CrossFit Hoboken. Not only did I find an amazing gym, but I also found a community of hard-working and supportive people that helped keep me accountable to my fitness goals. I was in love, and I knew that I wanted CrossFit to be a part of the rest of my life. In 2008, I became Level 1 certified, and began to shadow as a trainer at CrossFit Hoboken. After four years of not being satisfied at my job in finance, I decided to quit and follow my passion of CrossFit. In October of 2009, I opened CrossFit 908, now known as 908 Athletics.

tim@908athletics.com

– Certified CrossFit Level 3 Trainer (CF-L3)
– CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer

Since opening CrossFit 908, I helped open CrossFit Jersey City in 2012 and more recently became a Certified CrossFit Coach (Level 3). Our motto at CrossFit 908 is “Community, Accountability, Hard Work.” Being healthy is not the easiest thing to do, but with the right support, right trainers, and right attitude, the sky’s the limit for your fitness. We are just as heavily invested in our training and coaching as we are in our bonds with our community. What I originally thought would be just a “gym,” has turned into a family and a place I like to call home.

In June 2012 I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It was not something I accepted easily, and it is still a daily struggle to get past the nagging reminders of finger sticks and the insulin pump that sits on my hip that looks a bit like a 1990’s beeper. I never wanted to accept that I had a limitation, nor did I want a new excuse as to why I could not reach my fitness goals. While T1D certainly has its limitations, CrossFit has helped me to become mentally strong. It is easy to get down when blood sugar lows and highs can ruin not only your training, but also your day. However, through the strength I derive from physically challenging myself in CrossFit, as well as the love and support my wife and my community give me, I am able to continue to pursue athletic endeavors. From 2011 through 2014, I competed at the CrossFit North East Regionals. In 2014, I began competing in a new co-ed team sport called GRID. I played for the DC Brawlers as their captain, and we were the champions of the inaugural season.

CrossFit is a wonderful facet in the amazing world of fitness. It has helped me to achieve so many things from both a personal and business perspective. What’s more is that I have seen hundreds of people make significant positive changes in their lives because of the CrossFit methodology. My hope is to open more CrossFit gyms that help build strong bodies and strong minds.