Head Coach

Through a passion for movement and enabling others to use fitness as a means to pursue excellence by realizing their potential, Kayla loves helping others to grow past their comfort zones and accomplish things they never thought possible.


Kayla believes CrossFit offers an opportunity to continuously seek out ways to be better; this is the reason she opened CrossFit For The People, a space for people to show up, work hard, and be their best self. 

When she isn't at CFTP, you can find Kayla teaching yoga at The Hot Yoga Spot, walking her two dogs Segway and Scooter, spending time with friends and family and constantly looking for new ways to experience life from all angles. 




Joe has been coaching CrossFit for 4 years, before that coaching strength and conditioning programming for 3 years. He loves practicing olympic lifts and high skill gymnastics, but thoroughly enjoys any workout that makes you question whether you want to quit or finish. Joe's passion for coaching stems from a love for helping people to improve their overall lifestyle through fitness. He enjoys connecting with people and sharing what he's learned about fitness and movement.

While Joe is relatively new to the capital region, he was a perfect fit for the CFTP team because of his focus and emphasis on establishing a strong sense of community in each of his classes. His goal is to help every member to move often, move better, while finding at home at CFTP where they feel encouraged and challenged to improve themselves.




Jen started CrossFit in 2014 as an off-season training routine while attending Siena College, where she played Rugby. The team-like atmosphere, ongoing physical challenge, and impact on overall health is what caused her to fall in love with CrossFit and continue coming back to the gym after hanging up her cleats. Her favorite types of workouts are “short” burners and heavy lifts, that truly test physical capacity for speed and strength. 


Jen is intensely passionate about helping others improve their health in order to optimize their happiness and longevity. In addition to her CrossFit Level 2, she has her Health Coaching Certificate from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her goal for each class is to provide a positive, fun space for her athletes to improve their physical capabilities and mental well-being in order to enhance their overall lives.




Kelsey began hey CrossFit journey in January of 2016 at a small gym in Vermont. She immediately fell in love with how challenging each workout was as well as the ability to become a healthier and more knowledgeable
person and athlete. Kelsey decided to get her CrossFit Level 1 trainer certificate in January of 2019 and very
soon after pursued her CrossFit Kids Certification. She enjoys coaching people of all ages, making fitness fun,
building relationships within the CrossFit For The People community, and helping people to reach their goals both in and out of the gym. Kelsey enjoys competing in local competitions with her friends, and lifting heavy reguarly. She is currently in school full-time studying for a second degree in Physical Education in hopes of teaching future generations about the importance of health and fitness.

Kelsey's goal is to guide kids, teens and adults to find an activity they can enjoy throughout their lifetime.




Meredith is a Level 2 Trainer and has been coaching CrossFit for 4 years. After her collegiate softball career at JMU ended in 2009 she traveled overseas to Germany where she played and coached professionally. Upon returning to the states she served as a Division I pitching coach for four years before finding her love for CrossFit. She knew CrossFit was meant for her because of the group environment that pushes you to want to be better every day.

Meredith loves any workout with a heavy barbell, running, and that leaves you with the feeling that you left it all out on the floor. Her favorite thing about coaching is seeing athletes learn, develop and accomplish things they never thought possible.




Michelle began her CrossFit journey in 2011 when she heard a commercial on the radio for Albany CrossFit (the only CrossFit gym in the area at the time), gave them a call, made an appointment and never looked back!


Through CrossFit, Michelle has found her love for Olympic Weightlifting. Always part of a team, but never having fancied herself an “athlete” when Michelle found Olympic Weightlifting, it was the first sport she ever felt she had potential. Thanks to some amazing coaches along the way, she is still hooked on the sport!


Michelle became a coach because she wanted to show people that you don't need an athletic background to be good at Olympic lifting. All you need is patience and discipline. Michelle believes that whether you are 20 or 80, the barbell is for you; and she wants to be a part of that journey!


When not on the platform, Michelle is feeding her addiction to pitbulls with 2 of her very own, as well as fostering others until they find their forever homes. Michelle loves carbs, Jesus, her husband, and hugs (don’t believe her if she tells you she doesn’t :)).




Bri started CrossFit in 2018, though admittedly had done several HERO WODS (before she knew what that meant). “Murph” remains one of her favorite WODS to this day!


Bri participated at a Division I level in college and upon graduating, continued fueling her competitive nature through road racing. A few years (and injuries) later she was craving not only competition but the discipline, regiment and camaraderie as well, and found that CrossFit was the perfect match; unlike any other training she’d ever done. Bri has found that the training she’s done through CrossFit has allowed her to be a more complete athlete, both in and outside of the gym.


Bri’s love for coaching stems from the connection; not just between herself and the other person but the moment something - anything - a cue, a movement, a skill - connects (and clicks). “As a coach, that moment is euphoric because it's beyond the ability to complete the physical movement but it's where mentally, confidence is gained and grit is achieved.”


After taking one of Bri’s classes, she wants every athlete to take away the belief that they are capable of more, even when they don't think it or believe it - she does. She wants athletes to believe in themselves inside (and outside) of our CFTP walls. 



Bri is a lover of good food, great beer and snuggles from her dog Boomeroo.

She greatly enjoys chasing her running-extraordinaire partner, Jim, around the trails in his races too! She holds her CFL1 Certification and

Burgener Strength L1 Certification, and is always pursuing furthering her knowledge to bring more to her athletes!


In her former athletic life, she was a collegiate cross Country & indoor/outdoor track athlete, a former Triathlete, and OCR Competitor.




Joel began his CrossFit journey in August of 2018, when Crossfit for the People opened its big, beautiful doors. CrossFit has completely changed his perspective of health and fitness, and he loves that every day brings something new! For Joel, it brings alive passion, excitement, and worth-while goals. He feels connected to something bigger than himself, and a part of a really special community dedicated to bettering themselves and others. 

Joel's passion for coaching comes from his passion for enriching the lives of others. It’s about sharing something transformative. CrossFit has provided him with a unique platform to share something powerful enough to significantly alter the course and quality of someone’s life for the better. 

In coaching, he loves those “Ah ha!” moments, when something clicks for someone and it makes all the hard work worth while! The bright eyes and big smiles that come after the blood (hopefully not that often), sweat and tears, make his day. :) Joel wants every athlete to feel connected to and cared about after taking a class with him... Every. Single. Time. 


Outside of the gym, Joel loves spending quality time with his family and friends. His son, Evan, is the light of his whole world. After that, he's a carpenter/contractor and enjoys creating beautiful spaces for people. He loves listening to and playing great music and when possible, he loves traveling to see the world!

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