Kayla is a CrossFit Level 2 trainer. 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 :)).