team members


GIL tal - Co-Founder/coach

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Coach Gil brings his attention to detail and strive for perfection in form and efficiency to every class.  His fitness background stretches over 27 years with a broad range of domains ranging from Krav Maga and Boxing, to basketball, bodybuilding and CrossFit.  He has competed in numerous obstacle course races, triathlons and cycling endurance events and has helped many others lose body fat while increasing their energy levels.  In 2018 he qualified nationally twice as an NPC Men's Physique Athlete.  He believes the fitness journey is just as much mental as it is physical and he loves to discuss the fundamentals of confidence building with members.

CREDENTIALS:

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
CrossFit Anatomy

CrossFit Scaling
CrossFit Aerobic Capacity
CrossFit Judges Course

NPC Men's Physique 2 x National Qualifier

CPR/AED Certified


SAL depaola - co-founder/coach

You may know Sal from TV shows such as Rachael Ray, Chopped, or ABC' Hit Show "Shark Tank" with his famous invention - The Paint Brush Cover. Sal, also a former FDNY Calendar model (July 2015), has always been a fitness fanatic. It wasn't until 2012 that he started taking fitness even more seriously, studying movements, training with coaches and teaching others what he has learned. He also has a passion for nutrition, not only for performance, but for overall health as well. Sal's newest passion is helping people achieve their fitness goals, whether it be for weight loss, or training for a competition. He says that knowing he can change someone's life for the better is the best feeling in the world. 

CREDENTIALS:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
Certified First Responder

CrossFit Scaling
CPR/AED Certified


CHRIS decicco - co-founder/coach

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Growing up on Staten Island, Chris was an athlete. As a kid, his weekends were usually filled with some kind of practice or game, primarily football, soccer, and hockey. By high school he turned his focus entirely to football, playing running back and wide receiver for the freshman, JV, and Varsity teams at Monsignor Farrell High School. After high school he focused on his studies and his career and let his fitness go. One day he looked in the mirror and decided he didn’t like what he saw. After discovering Brazilian Jiu Jitsu he lost the weight he had gained during a decade of inactivity and started taking back control of his life. But it was his discovery of CrossFit that truly brought about a transformation in his outlook on fitness, health, and athletics, and a new passion to help others improve their lives through physical fitness.

CREDENTIALS:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CPR/AED Certified
CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
CrossFit Scaling


 


matt gallo - co-head coach/coach development

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Matt has been involved with CrossFit for the better part of the last 6 years. He is a passionate athlete with a background in Swimming, endurance running, and obstacle racing. He travels a lot, and enjoys the outdoors. In his free time, he binges of marvel shows on Netflix, goes rock climbing, or plays guitar in his band. Matt is excited to join the CrossFit 103 team.  In 2018, after 3 years of judging the CrossFit Regionals, Matt was invited to judge at the CrossFit Games.

CREDENTIALS:

CrossFit Certified Trainer (CF-L3)
CrossFit Aerobic Capacity
CrossFit Anatomy
CrossFit Judges Course
CPR/AED Pro
USAW Sports Performance Coach

CrossFit Games Judge and Lead Demo


john simonetti - coach

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John brings passion, fire, and energy to the gym floor. One of his favorite motivations as a coach is taking someone from a beginner’s level and helping them discover that anything is possible. John believes in hard work, determination and a never-give-up mentality to accomplishing goals. And at the young age of 40-something, he will remind you that age is just a number.
He discovered CrossFit in 2015, and has never felt more at home. After years of working on his fitness, he was encouraged to take it to the next level by competing and coaching.

CREDENTIALS:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
 


crizzy romano - co-head coach

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Crizzy Romano started CrossFit 4 years ago, and has been all in ever since. She quickly realized she could be more than a casual gym-goer in 2016 and started competing locally. She finished this year’s CrossFit Games Open in the top 2%, with Regional competition just outside of her reach. When asked, Crizzy would say the number one thing CrossFit has done for her is teach her discipline and how to be passionate in all facets of her life. In her spare time she likes to eat chocolate chip cookies, play with her dog and spend time with her girlfriend and family. She also loves to play basketball.She is currently pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy. 

Crizzy is a firm believer in being an ALPHA, if you are not ALPHA you are BETA, be better than BETA. 

CREDENTIALS:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Gymnastics
Power Monkey Fitness Camp

 

 


Jess mattsson - coach/kids coach

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After years of gym hopping Jessica feels right at home in the CrossFit world. She’s played competitive softball for most of her life and now fills the void with obstacle mud races and Crossfit competitions. With her degree in Sport Management from Rutgers University, Jessica looks forward to helping Crossfit 103 grow. She can’t wait to help kids build confidence, develop life skills and see fitness as fun in the Crossfit Kids program.

CREDENTIALS

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Kids Trainer


Shannon lulley - Coach

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I am originally from Long Island and started CrossFit in 2014. I have been a competitive swimmer my whole life and was lucky enough to swim Division I for Fordham University in college. I was looking for a way to stay in shape while I was home for the summers that didn’t involve getting in a pool, so I walked into a box near my parent’s house in 2014 and I’ve been doing CrossFit ever since.

I am currently the Assistant Swim Coach at Wagner College where I am pursuing my MBA in Management. I joined CrossFit 103 last August (thanks to Sam Russo!) and I have been lucky enough to train with some of the best coaches and members ever!

Favorite Movement: Power Cleans
Least Favorite Movement: pistols and rope climbs (because of my paralyzing fear of heights)

credentials

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Lifeguard
CPR/AED Certified


Tommy malagreca - Coach

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Born and raised on Staten Island NY, Tommy's love of CrossFit began in January 2017. It has most definitely changed his life for the better. Seeing people where he was when he started the first 6 weeks challenge at CrossFit 103 has inspired him to become a coach in his pursuit to change more lives for the better. He is very passionate about helping others. Tommy obtained his CF-L1 and CF gymnastics certificates and is also CPR/AED certified.  Tommy is also a stationary engineer for the NYC Environmental Protection. He holds a grade 2A engineering license which he obtained through the NYS-DEC. An adventurous spirit, Tommy also enjoys fishing, Camping, Kayaking in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.

credentials

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
CPR/AED Certified


linda fernandez - assistant coach

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Linda is a certified personal trainer, who found her love for fitness after her first child was born in 1997. She loved it so much, that she obtained her certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and wanted to share her passion for health and fitness with others. She enjoys all forms of fitness ranging from boxing to Yoga to CrossFit. Her goal is to share her many years in fitness to motivate, educate, and have fun exercising and living a healthy lifestyle. She believes that anyone, no matter the age in which fitness becomes part of their life, can achieve the ultimate success of a healthy mind and body. 

credentials

NASM Personal Trainer
CPR/AED Certified


marisol lanza - member services/operations

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Marisol is an Army Veteran. Retired as a Major after over 20 Years of Service. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University, A Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Physical Therapy from City University of New York. She is currently kinda/sorta/sometimes studying for her Physical Therapy Licensing Boards. She started CrossFit January 2018 with her son, Jeremy, and loves the way that it has helped her re-engage with her “tween” boy. They both share a passion for CrossFit and love to come and work out together. Her favorite part in working operations for the gym is watching new members who join cautiously optimistic become CrossFit enthusiasts in a matter of a few weeks.


Chris garcia - membership consultant

Chris earned his Bachelor of Science in Management and Marketing from the College of Staten Island. He recognizes health as the most important aspect of a person's life. As such, he encourages friends family and the community to improve their health through a lifestyle focus on fitness and wellness. Chris inspires by example with his own commitment to fitness and nutrition. His background as a New York City firefighter is a springboard for discussion in his role as a sales manager. He provides firsthand insight on the significance of a supportive community growing together and health and wellness.

credentials

Certified First Responder
CPR/AED Certified


gary glassman - membership consultant

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Gary earned his double degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Delaware. After a couple of years in the Accounting industry, he realized that this wasn’t something he was passionate about. After transitioning into recruiting for 4 years, Gary has decided to pursue his passion by becoming a teacher. Throughout his life, he was always extremely active whether it be with sports or being active in the gym. As a Manager of Sales, my goal is to provide people with as much information as needed to ensure that they are making the right decision for their health and fitness. Additionally, Gary has personally found a love for CrossFit, and has decided to pursue his Level 1 Certification as he plans on becoming more than just a teacher, but rather a coach and motivator as well.