Owner and Coach
Owner and Coach Russell Francis’s favorite words are “passion” and “perseverance.” Those are two ideas he likes to instill in his members, especially the ones he coaches in CrossFit Kids. Russell loves the fact that he’s changing the lives and futures of young people through CrossFit.
“I love seeing kids enjoy themselves with equipment that they’ve probably never seen or touched before,” he says. “Pushing them out of their initial comfort zone and seeing the excitement of completing a workout is a real motivator.”
Head Coach and General Manager Travis Dalrymple, aside from having the “most fun to say” last name in the gym, is also a specialist in gymnastics. He loves watching his members do their first pull up or push up. “It’s always a great moment,” he says. When Travis isn’t in the gym, you can find him on his snowboard.
Coach Janine (J9) Davis says “I am Fe (Iron) male (Man), therefore I am IRONMAN!” Her favorite thing about coaching is “Witnessing our members gain in confidence,” she says. “Their daily PRs or changes over time drives me to be a better coach and their simple ‘thank you’ at the end of class reminds me that the small things I do or say can affect their success.”
An avid runner, Janine found CrossFit on a “blind date” set up by a former teammate who knew she needed something a little different after developing chronic tendonitis in both her Achilles. The relationship is obviously working out. “CrossFit and I are now 2 years strong!” she says.
Coach Joe Nissim is often mistaken for the rapper Pitbull. When he’s not signing fake autographs, Joe is the coach of our Weightlifting Club and a National Level Competitive Weightlifter. His Rat-Pack-with-a-twist mix of interests includes fitness, music, classic cocktails & fashion. Joe says the best thing he ever did was becoming a CrossFit coach. “I love watching members do something they previously thought they could not do,” he says.
Weightlifting Coach Brian Platt wants to make Jersey City a better place through fitness. He’s inspired by the desire and dedication he sees in each member to improve, no matter their experience level or ability.
Brian is a two-time National Collegiate Olympic Weightlifting Championship qualifier and a two-time American Open Olympic National Weightlifting Championship qualifier. His favorite quote is “There is no try.” – Yoda