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 %

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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.
    I joined Corps Fitness CrossFit Berks in July 2014 and I was immediately hooked on the challenging but rewarding workouts. I suffered a massive heart attack in 2013 and wanted to find something I could train myself to complete. I found the Murph challenge and saw that CFCFB had done this workout. I joined up and haven’t looked back since. Corps Fitness CrossFit Berks is more than a gym. I quickly learned that there are a lot of members who want to help me succeed with my fitness goals. I want to give back to CFCFB and all the members what was given to me. My goal is to help others achieve their fitness goals.
      Amanda came to one of the intro classes at Corps Fitness in October of 2016. After months of trying to achieve fitness goals on my own, she returned on June 10, 2017 for her first official Corps Fitness Class. Owner, Chris Kaag, made a bet with her and gave her until the end of June to attend a class. By July 4 that year, she was hooked. She started with the Corps Fitness program but soon developed a love for CrossFit as well. "I tell everyone that asks me about CFCFB that I would recommend this to anyone, no matter age or current physical ability. I was inspired by a current member that is in her 70’s. CFCFB is not a gym, it is a community of like-minded people that genuinely look out for each other." Currently Amanda attends the early morning classes, every morning. In August 2018, Amanda earned her Group Fitness Certificate and began teaching weekday classes in addition to the Open Gym on the weekends.