Meet the Power Monkey
Dave Durante is a multiple time USA gymnastics national champion and was part of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Team as alternate. After retiring from competition, David helped coach his alma mater, Stanford University, to an NCAA Team Title in 2009 and has continued to be a part of the sport through his position on the Athlete Advisory Committee with the United States Olympic Committee as well as his position on the USA Gymnastics Men's Technical Committee. Dave was a lead coach with the CrossFit Gymnastics L1 course from 2013-2015. He also wrote and developed the CrossFit Gymnastics Advanced Course. He currently lives in NYC with his wife Sadie and baby Alessia and coaches at Solace New York. Screen reader support enabled. Dave Durante is a multiple time USA gymnastics national champion and was part of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Team as alternate. After retiring from competition, David helped coach his alma mater, Stanford University, to an NCAA Team Title in 2009 and has continued to be a part of the sport through his position on the Athlete Advisory Committee with the United States Olympic Committee as well as his position on the USA Gymnastics Men's Technical Committee. Dave was a lead coach with the CrossFit Gymnastics L1 course from 2013-2015. He also wrote and developed the CrossFit Gymnastics Advanced Course. He currently lives in NYC with his wife Sadie and baby Alessia and coaches at Solace New York.
Chad is a renowned Olympic Weightlifter. He is a 2-time Olympian, 8-time National Champion, and the American Record Holder in the Clean and Jerk in that sport. This type of Weightlifting is a proven foundation when developing overall athletic ability and is a tool that is utilized throughout CrossFit. Chad is CrossFit level 1 certified. With more than 15 years of utilizing and application of elite level training programs, Chad shares this knowledge with top level CrossFit competitors all over the United States as well as our own athletes.
1996 Olympian | Gymnastics | Barbados
- Created the Parallel Bar skill, the "de Freitas"
- 2 time NCAA All American, High Bar
- 4 time Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Competitor
- Competed with the LA Reign, GRID team
- Multiple Crossfit, FIG Gymnastics, and other sport coaching certifications.
- OOA Gymnastics, J.O. coach with Owner/Wife and 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist Mohini Bhardwaj de Freitas
- 30 years of Competitive Gymnastics
- 25 years of coaching gymnastics, multi-sport competitor with multi-sport coaching experience
Rupert has been involved in the sport of gymnastics since he was 10 years old. As a Junior Olympic competitor, he was a Regional Champion and qualified to multiple JO National Championships. Rupert continued his gymnastics career at the The College of William and Mary where he was a member of the division 1 Men’s gymnastics team. In addition to his gymnastics background, he also has experience in research science and strength and conditioning. Rupert is currently the head coach and program director of the Women's competitive gymnastics program at Classics Gymnastics in Charlottesville, VA. He also works with numerous CF athletes of all levels on their gymnastics skills.
Dan has been involved in the gymnastics world for 20 years. As a competitor, he was a Junior Olympic National Championships qualifier. Dan moved on to compete for The College of William and Mary division 1 men’s gymnastics team and was team captain during his senior season. Dan has 12 years of coaching experience and is also a certified judge at the junior level. He is currently the assistant coach of the boys gymnastics team at New England Sports Academy in Boston. In 2012, Dan became the gymnastics coach at Crossfit D6 in Guatemala City; He currently is a L-2 coach at Crossfit City Line in Boston. He is the gymnastics coach at CrossFit New England; he also trains there and placed 67th in the North East region during this years CrossFit Open.
Duke Van Fleet
Duke Van Fleet
Gymnastics Credentials: 2006-2014 Tournik artist in Cirque du Soleil's "Corteo" (Captain 2013-14) 2005-06 Penn State Women's Gymnastics Team Assistant Coach 2004 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Team Champions - Captain 2000 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Team Champions member 1999-2004 Scholarship athlete at the Pennsylvania State University 2-time US Junior National Team Member Notable Credentials March 2014 USAW Sports Performance Certification February 2014 Level I CrossFit Gymnastics Certification 2013-14 Strength & Conditioning Coach for Cirque du Soleil's "Corteo" February 2013 CrossFit Level I Certification
Maddy Curley ia a member of Team Power Monkey and became CrossFit certified October 19th, 2008. Before that she coached gymnasts from age 2 to 65 for over ten years. Thus, she obtained her gymnastics certification soon after. Maddy's own gymnastics career began at age four; her competitive career at age six. She is a four time Level 10 National qualifier and won Elite Nationals in 1999. She earned a full gymnastics scholarship to compete at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill where she was also a four-time Academic All-American and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Upon graduation, Maddy made her film acting debut in Disney's "Stick It," an April 2006 release from Touchstone Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment. Maddy's first go at a CrossFit competition was at SoCal's 2010 Sectionals where she placed 2nd. The next year she went on to compete with her team at the 2011 CrossFit Games where they took 5th place! In 2012, Maddy placed 11th in the world in the Open and took another stab at competing as an individual, taking a laudable 7th place in SoCal's Regional competition. She went team again in 2013, placing 3rd at Regionals and team in 2014 also placing 3rd.
Vanessa McCoy competed in Olympic Weightlifting for over 10 years. In that time, she won the USA Weightlifting National Championships, American Open, and the National University Championships. She also holds medals in international competition at the World University Championships, and most recently won a bronze medal in the Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Team USA. Vanessa has spent time as a resident athlete for Olympic Weightlifting at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and the United States Olympic Training Site in Marquette, MI. She was a competitive gymnast in her youth, and has been coaching gymnastics for the past 15 years. Vanessa began transitioning over to competitive CrossFit, and competed in the Grid League for the Baltimore Anthem and qualified for the Fittest Experience in the women’s Pro division. In 2013, she opened Peak Gymnastics & Fitness boasting USA Gymnastics Competitive Girls and Boys Teams, an All-Star Cheer Team, USA Weightlifting Competitive Team, Aerial Circus Arts, and most recently added CrossFit Marquette. Her passion is helping others discover their potential, set high goals, and reach their peak in all areas of life! Vanessa is CrossFit Level 1 Certified and is USAG Coaching, Safety, and Business Certified.
Mike competed in the sport of Weightlifting at an elite level from 2005-2014. He medalled at 3 National Championships and 5 American Open Championships, taking out the title in 2011 as American Open Champion, while also being selected to the United States Pan American & Olympic Qualification Teams in 2012. His competitive accomplishments and growth as a coach have been made possible by developing under Senior International Coach Lou DeMarco and as a training specialist from 2011-2013 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs under Zygmunt Smalcerz. Since 2009 Mike has been instructing athletes of all levels across the United States and the world. This immersion into the fitness world has allowed him to adapt weightlifting principles and instruction in order to best meet the needs of those most beginner levels up to elite competitors looking to refine their movements.
Vernon Patao was 1990 US Junior Champion and was a three-time US Senior Champion, winning in 1992, 1994, and 1995. He attended the University of Hawaii in his native state. Patao's brother, Val, was a four-time Hawaiian state champion in powerlifting. Vernon learned to lift at Dr. Nelson Yogi's garage in Kahului on Maui. Patao became a firefighter, and was also a scratch golfer. After 18 years away from competition, and heavy lifting, he returned to coaching weightlifting at a CrossFit gym in Kahului.
2005/2011 National Champion, 2015 National Masters Champion and 2015 Masters World Cup Champion. Jodi has over 15 years of experience in Olympic Weightlifting. Including participating as a member of the Junior World Team, World Team, Pan American Team, and Olympic alternate. In addition, Jodi is Chad’s premier competition coach and is currently living, breathing, and training in CrossFit with a goal of being the best coach she can be and helping as many people as she can along the way!
Endurance Station & Jump Rope Station
David Newman is the Founder and CEO of Rx Smart Gear, Inc. He is the inventor and patent holder of the Rx Jump Rope, the Rx Smart Ring and Rx Medicine Ball Cover. David has also developed a multitude of smart fitness tools such as wrist supports, skullmats, shin guards, palm grips and the Rx Mono Rope for upper extremity amputees. David is also the creator of the premier jump rope training program The Rx Method. David began his CrossFit journey in early 2008 and realized very early on the void of relevant information regarding jump rope training. By late 2008 and drawing from his decade of coaching developmental and competitive gymnastics he started developing the Rx Method paradigm of proper sizing, ideal biomechanics and varied resistance input. While growing the RXSG brand and developing new smart products David traveled the country educating coaches, teaching students and training elite level athletes in The Rx Method. Fast forward and the Rx Jump Rope has accompanied more athletes atop the podium at the CrossFit Games while also being named the official jump rope of USA Boxing. David graduated from San Diego State University in 1995. He received his CrossFit Level 1 in 2009 and followed up with the CrossFit Gymnastic and CrossFit Kids Certifications. Once a competitor in the local Southern California circuit David now CrossFits every day to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Growing up David participated in gymnastics, football, wrestling, water skiing, snow skiing, motocross and distance running. When David is not running his company in southern California or traveling the country teaching he can be found surfing with his 2 sons.
10x Ironman Competitor
9 Years of CrossFit Experience
6x Power Monkey Coach
Chris Hinshaw specializes in aerobic capacity coaching and programming for CrossFit athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and sports specialists. Hinshaw has successfully coached 19 CrossFit Games champions and his athletes have filled more than 26 podium spots since 2013.
Professional Athlete: A former All American swimmer and an experienced professional triathlete with 10 Ironman finishes with 7 in Kona. His top international finishes include a 2nd place overall finish at the Hawaiian Ironman World Championships, 2nd place overall finish at the Ironman World Championships in Canada, and a 1st place overall finish at Ironman Brazil. He has been a CrossFit athlete since 2008. CrossFit Experience: CrossFit Headquarters selected Coach Chris as their Subject Matter Expert (“SME”) in Aerobic Capacity. He is also a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2), CrossFit Competitor Course certified, Endurance Course certified, CrossFit Mobility certified, and CrossFit Judge. He currently shares his coaching and endurance programming through aerobiccapacity.com and travels the world to teach his coaching methodology via his CrossFit Specialty Course: Aerobic Capacity.
Tiffeny Parker’s athletic career started out as a top California ranked triple jumper. Parker’s career as a heptathlete opened up with a transfer from the University of New Mexico to multi- event legendary school Azusa Pacific University (home of 04’/08’ gold medalist Decathlete Bryan Clay). With some earlier career injuries & disappointments, this struggling athlete who was once told she would never make it, has developed into an elite seasoned athlete that will continue to persevere until completion. Starting the Heptathlon as a late bloomer, Parker has proven year by year that her hard work will not go unnoticed. Making Multiple USA nationals appearance 2015 has been the break though year. And JUST in time, she has set new personal bests marks consistently this year that will sting together nicely in the 2016 Heptathlon season. Learning how to “completely submerge herself “inside of the heptathlon has pulled her into the pack of the top 15 USA athletes training for 3 spots on the 2016 USA team. 2016 is not the ending point, and has hopes of continuing her athletic career post 2016. 2017 Parker made another International USA track and field team and soon after her season made a venture into USA Bobsled. Parker tied for the highest over all rookie combine score allowing her to make her first USA NAC tour. Parker has high hopes for this new sport and will bringing her power and speed from track & field into a hopeful 2022 Olympic season. Vowing to compete with purpose, this spunky life living athlete will definitely make her mark on the sport. With her faith in front and a powerful team of coaches behind her, be on the watch this year and beyond.
Joe has been involved with Rx Smart Gear and Crossfit for the last 10 years. He has been an athlete all his life competing in every sport he could from Football to Cross Country. After graduating high school he enlisted into the U.S. Navy as a Search and Rescue Swimmer. While in the Navy he was recognized as Honor man of his Rescue Swimmer class and Aircrewman of the year. After 6 years of service Joe was honorably discharged and took on a full time role with Rx Smart Gear as their lead trainer and operations manager. As the original test case of Rx Smart Gear and the Rx Method I am honored to be doing what I love and traveling the globe teaching the Rx Method.
Kettlebell Station & Rowing Station
- Lead instructor for CrossFit Specialty Kettlebell course
- Founder CrossFit Hinge, Owner Team UCB: Mental Health Advocate
Jeff is considered a pioneer and one of the “founding fathers” of the modern Kettlebell Movement in the United States. He developed the original CrossFit KettleBell Instructor course, created S.H.O.T (Super High OutPut Training), and also founded Tactical Athlete. As a lifelong athlete and Law Enforcement Instructor Jeff has always led from the front in all his teachings. Through his years of training Jeff has brought to light not only the high strength and endurance return of Kettlebell Training but also the rehab/restoration capabilities involved with lifting them. Even now in his late forties after a life of football, martial arts, boxing and serving seventeen years as a full-time defensive tactics and firearms instructor Jeff continues to see growth. This growth is not restricted to his teaching philosophies either. Jeff is relentless in his pursuits and practices what he preaches holding numerous KettleBell lifting titles and National Records.
Rika Geyser received a bursary to study at Wichita State University in 1997, based on her athletic excellence in high school. After a foot injury ended her athletics career, her roommate suggested she take up rowing as a way of keeping fit whilst she was unable to run. The coach at Wichita eventually admitted that she might be more talented in rowing than in athletics, and he was right. After a recruiting visit, the University of Washington accepted her onto their programme and she spent the next four years on their rowing team. She celebrated her twenty first birthday at the World Championships in her second year of rowing. Some of her achievements include: • Multiple South African National champion • All African Games Champion • Provincial colours in athletics, hockey and netball. • Rowed at University of Washington 1999-2001, 2 x NCAA Champion. • UW Rower of the year. • UW female athlete of the year. • All -American. • PAC 12 Rowing team of the century • Olympic Games 2008 Bejing. Womens Single Scull • CRASH-B World Indoor Champion 2006 • Crossfit Games 2011, 2012 In 2001 Rika started coaching and soon distinguished her style with a holistic approach and her eye for detail. She specializes in body rehabilitation and alignment, and is a self-confessed body nerd. Her positive, motivating humour inspires the athletes she works with. Rika lives in Cape Town and loves hiking barefoot in the mountains.
Physical Therapy & Nutrition
Dan is a Doctor of physical therapy, crossfit coach and board certified orthopedic clinical specialist. He has an enormous passion for fitness, rehabilitation and optimizing human performance. Not only does Dan treat athletes on a regular basis but he's been coaching and training athletes for the past 14 years as well. Dan is an accomplished athlete having competed as a division 1 polevaulter in college, won a national champion in the sport of strongman and competed at the CrossFit regionals twice in the past. Dan works with all people ranging from the beginner up to the professional and CrossFit games level athlete. Dan is also the CEO of Fitness Pain Free where he helps athletes of all levels get out of pain and back to the training they love. His website www.fitnesspainfree.com has had over 5 million views over the past 6 years.
Dave Tilley is a former collegiate gymnast who has been coaching gymnastics for thirteen years. He has his doctorate in Physical Therapy, is Board Certified in Sports Physical Therapy, and also is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach. He works at Champion PT and Performance in Boston, with athletes ranging from recreational level to Division 1 and Professional level. He works with many Regional and Games level CrossFit Athletes. He also is the CEO of Shift Movement Science, an educational company for sports medicine.
Along with my education in science, I’ve developed a knowledge of how to use nutrition and physical training to create health, longevity and human performance. I’ve always had a natural interest in learning how to cultivate health and performance in this crazy world we live in. Over the course of my career, I've studied regenerative muscle biology, biochemistry and I completed my PhD in Immunology & Micriobiology. This career path has given me a unique perspective on health/nutrition and how to improve both for performance. Since 2008, I've been working with people on optimizing their nutrition and lifestyles for maximal performance.
Seminars, Demos, & Yoga
Founder and head trainer at CrossFit Milford in Milford CT, which has been to the games 4 times and has had athletes at the games 10 years in a row. Team CrossFit Milford finished 2nd in the world in 2015 and Jason has produced 9 podium finishers. After opening his gym and establishing himself as a head coach during the inception of the sport in 2008, he has since shifted his focus to teaching his own seminars for both Athletes (Athlete development) and Coaches (proper coaching theories and techniques). His athletes include International record holders in power lifting, National Team members for USA weightlifting, All American wrestlers, the elite in the CrossFit universe (30+ games athletes and over 9 podium finishers), State champions and All American high school basketball players. His professional focus is on personalized strength, conditioning and movement quality which ensures the foundation is properly built on an individual level so each athlete can reach genetic and athletic potential. He is an established, knowledgeable and respected teacher, coach and resource in the global fitness community. Jason earned his degree in Physical Education and Health from Eastern CT State University where he also played basketball.
Ryan Schmidt is a dancer, aerialist, acrobat, yogi, performer, and instructor. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Dance and a minor in Mathematics from Western Michigan University and received her 200-hr yoga certification from ISHTA Yoga in New York City. Ryan has performed across the globe as an aerialist on tour with the dance music festival Life In Color, in addition to competing with the Top 50 in Las Vegas for So You Think You Can Dance? Season 7. Throughout her career Ryan has taught a wide range of students from 5 year olds to 85 year olds in dance, aerial arts, yoga, musical theater, and flexibility. Her background in performing and dance give her a unique approach to teaching both the beauty and the utility of a strong yet mobile body.
- 2012 US Trampoline Olympian
- 2016 Olympic Team Member
- 11x National Champ
Ben Bergeron trains some of the world’s fittest athletes. A former Ironman triathlete turned CrossFit Games competitor, Ben has coached athletes to six world championships. As coach to the reigning Fittest Man and Fittest Woman on Earth, he is considered one of the top coaches in the sport of CrossFit.