Manager / CrossFit Level 1 Trainer :

Joe came to an intro class in August of 2017 looking for something new to challenge him. After doing at home workout programs, running numerous trail races, 5K’s, 10K’s, and Half Marathons, culminating in the Vernon Spartan Beast, he knew after 2 weeks, that Corps Fitness would never be the same workout twice and would be the place that could take him to the next level of fitness. Being the manager of Corps Fitness CrossFit Berks means that I have to set that example and get in fantastic shape and stay there. I’m excited to be helping people crush their goals and then set new, higher, loftier goals – goals that they may not have ever thought they could possibly reach.

Training Experience
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Joe has been a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer since July 2018.
Training Skills
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer 100 %
  • CrossFit Judges Certificate 2018 100 %
  • CrossFit Judges Certificate 2019 100 %

Meet Other Trainers

Gretchen got her start with Corps Fitness in 2006 and has been hooked ever since. She enjoys pushing herself to the next level and the quiet competitiveness of a group class. Some of Gretchen’s favorite exercises include pull-ups and kettlebells. Gretchen is a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer and is currently teaching a few classes a week.
    I went into the Marine Corps right out of high school as an overweight football player and returned lean, fit and able to take on any challenge. The philosophy that was ingrained in me changed my outlook on fitness and being active. I started Corps Fitness with the philosophy of exposing people to the motivation and self realization I experienced in boot camp. I was pushed beyond what I thought was my limit and that redefined what I knew I could accomplish. In 1998 I was diagnosed with a degenerative nerve condition and as a result of my Marine Corps experience I only became more determined to make the best of my situation. My goal with Corps Fitness and the IM ABLE Foundation is to inspire others to look inside themselves to push forward despite their challenges. No Excuses…Just MOVE!
    As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with a degree in Athletic Training, Ben specializes in developing personalized exercise solutions tailored to the individual client. Ben’s goal is to help you to avoid all the misinformation that plagues the fitness world, and to provide a service that helps you reach your fitness goals without trial-and-error or wasted time and effort. All of Ben’s routines are based on your previous fitness history. He will design and implement a workout program specifically for your needs - whether your goal is to lose weight, learn how to become more physical fit, train for your favorite activity or to reduce your risk of injury. Ben received his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training through King’s College and completed his Master’s of Education at Alvernia University. He has also completed the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is currently nearing completion of a second Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Alvernia University (expected graduation December, 2018). This has allowed Ben to function as both Athletic Trainer and Strength Coach for the past 15 years – Ben has experience in treating athletic and orthopedic injuries, developing injury reduction and sport-specific programs, running youth functional training/speed and agility clinics, developing personalized health and wellness programs. His experiences have given him the opportunity to work with all age groups and fitness levels – from beginners through elite/pro athletes. Ben’s personal fitness view: getting in shape can be unpleasant and challenging, but with consistency, hard work and the right direction, the results and benefits can be greater than you have ever expected. You can enjoy becoming more physically fit, with a routine that’s client-centered and no matter your current performance level – we can always find strengths to build upon. Ben truly practices what he preaches and in his free time, he enjoys spending time with his two young boys, mountain biking and growing his knowledge base through ongoing continuing education. His current educational endeavors in Occupational Therapy have allowed him to expand his training into meeting the needs of special client populations. He has had the opportunity to complete fieldwork internship opportunities with persons having various disabilities and has learned ways to adapt fitness routines to improve the physical and mental capacities of these individuals and ultimately improve their quality of life. All of his routines are evidence-based, safe and goal-oriented.