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PETER murphy

Level 1 trainer

On ice skates at age 3, Peter spent the better part of child hood in hockey rinks through out New England. Into adulthood, Peter discovered golf and CrossFit. As a die hard CrossFitter, Peter specializes in body weight movements, speed and boasts a 5:21 mile. After receiving an L1 certification from CrossFit, Peter has discovered a new passion in helping others discover what lies with in them and helping them get better at all things CrossFit!

Certifications:
Level One CrossFit trainer

Favorite WOD: Helen!
Least Favorite WOD: anything with double unders!

RICHARD JOHNSON

Level 2 trainer

  • Overcoming and adapting to our physical limitations is a challenge.  We can choose to allow them to define us, or we can choose to conquer them.  When I was 2 years old I had pneumonia of both my lungs and my wind pipe swelled to the point where no air could get through.  Seconds from death and/or brain damage, an emergency tracheotomy saved my life.  My recovery, however, caused another problem.  My recovery shots and medication were given into my left thigh, which caused nerve damage from the knee down.  I left the hospital being physically unable to lift my foot.  Years of braces and casts and surgeries left me with a choice of being “handicapped” or  adapting.  I chose to adapt.  I would not let my physical limitations stop me from doing nearly everything that others could do.  Neither should you.

    Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Certification

CrossFit Level 2 Certification

CrossFit KettleBell Instructor Under Jeff Martone

CrossFit Gymnastics Instructor under Kevin Montoya

CrossFit Rowing Instructor under Olympian Erin Cafaro

CrossFit Mobility Instructor under Kelly Starrett

Education:

Bachelor of Arts in Theater- University of Massachusetts.

Masters of Business Administration- University of Massachusetts (magna cum laude).

Chris Parker

Level 1 trainer

Univ of Massachusetts Lowell, BSBA in Business Administration

Suffolk University, MBA

Massachusetts Air National Guard, Munitions Systems Specialist

Works as Chief Administrative Officer at F.L.Putnam Investment Management Company

Why I coach…I have been coaching sports for the past 30 years, first volunteering for youth sports, then coaching my own boys in football, baseball and basketball.  When I started Crossfit at the age of 44, it was important for me to learn how to move properly, or face the possibility of injury.  Luckily I had great coaches who taught me the right way.  As I traveled for work and dropped in to various gyms around the country, I realized how much the coaches did matter and that made me want to get my L1.  I also love coaching because it lets me get to know everyone at our gym.  Rather than only getting to know the people I work out with at 5am, I also get to see everyone and hopefully offer encouragement along the way.  Lastly, I love to connect with people while coaching, so they understand that I can appreciate how hard it is to do what we do in our classes.  It’s not easy to push yourself, so when you have a coach that will support your efforts, you tend to give a little more.  And in the end, it just benefits you as the athlete!

Matt DAVIS

Level 1 trainer

Matthew Davis – CrossFit Level 1 Certified, call sign “Turbo”

Why am I here? I’m here because I love to compete. I’m here because I love community. I’m here because I love to see people push themselves further than they thought possible. 

When I graduated from Holy Cross in 2012 after playing four years of Division I Hockey, the average gym was not enough for me. I needed a place that I could satisfy my competitive drive and I needed a place that would push me beyond my limits. It wasn’t until I found CrossFit that I was able to satisfy both cravings. What I didn’t realize is that CrossFit is so much more. It is a community, it has the ability to change lives, transform bodies, and transform minds. I’ve experience how powerful the community is and I hope to bring that to everyone that walks into the gym.

What can you expect from me?

  • Passion, ENERGY, and ENTHUSIASM… there is a reason I was given the nickname Turbo
  • CrossFit means something different for everyone, let me know what it means for you and I will do everything I can to fan the flame.

WILL HOWE

Level 1 trainer

​I have found most people tend to ask what I did before I started doing CrossFit.  Well I, like lots of others, went to the local global gym, ran quite a bit, played sports in high school and some ultimate frisbee here and there to keep myself, in what I thought, was decent shape.   I even ran the Boston marathon a couple of times and a few different half-marathons.  But I found myself getting super bored from all the running, going to a regular gym, and wanted to find something that kept my interest and fed some of my competive nature.  So, I googled CrossFit on the recommendation of a few friends that had been doing it for a few months.  And what I found was a local CrossFit gym and took a ride to check it out.  And ultimately what I found has gone far beyond fitness. 

I was super surprised at how CrossFit changed my life for the better in so many ways.  At this point in my life, as a 41-year-old, husband, and father to two children, I feel as though I am in the best shape of my life.  But that is not the best part of it all.  To me the best part of it all has been the incredible relationships I have been able to develop over the last 7 years of doing CrossFit.  I have found so many great people with the desire to become fitter, healthier and a way to burn off the everyday stresses of life.  So many of these people have become lifelong friends that I spend time with in and out of the gym. 

​The cool thing about working out and coaching at CrossFit Takeoff is that you find people from all different types of careers and walks of life working out together with a common goal in mind.  We have people that are ex-military, students, police officers, federal agents, teachers, lawyers, chefs, nurses, stay at home Mom’s and so many more careers.  I found when you walk through that door to workout none of that matters.  People are there to have the best hour of their day.  Be it a way to start the day off on a positive note or kill the stresses at the end of the day. 

​All those things are why I decided I wanted to start coaching people.  I can share what has happened to me since I started coaching CrossFit 4 years ago.   I know that people can benefit from the fitness aspect of it all if they decide to commit the discipline needed to show up a few times a week and just walk through that door.  What they eventually will find is the benefits I have experienced beyond fitness. 

​I get so excited when I see people do things that they never thought they could physically or mentally accomplish.  Be it their first pull-up, muscle-up, or finishing a workout that is mentally and physically exhausting.  I love seeing a 20-year-old working out next to a 60-year-old and high fiving at the end of it.  I have no doubt that CrossFit is for everyone because I have seen people of all different ages and fitness levels CrossFit daily.

​A big thing I often tell people who are new and afraid to walk into that door for the first time is that we were all you at one point in time.  We too had no clue what a clean, snatch, or muscle-up was!  It took all of us a while to learn the lingo, movements, and what an AMRAP, EMOM, and Tabata is.  As a coach that is my job to work with you, to make sure you learn how to do things smart, safe, and give you the tools to become a fitter, healthier human being.  And at the same time, you will be able to take advantage of everything else CrossFit has given me. 

JOHN ROSS

Level 2 trainer

  • Crossfit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
  • Mobility Certificate
  • Scaling Certificate
  • Spot the Flaw Certificate
  • CPR, American Heart Association
  • Master “PR” giver outer

I began Crossfit in 2013, and soon was joined by my wife Donna, as a way to get out of the monotony of the regular gym.  Working out became a chore and I needed something different.  I remember the coaching being something I had never seen at a gym before.  The focus on technique and quality over quantity.  The variety of workouts/movements and competitive nature of trying to beat your time or your friend in class or an earlier class completely replaced the boredom I spoke of earlier. 

The most amazing aspect of Crossfit, that I least suspected when I started was the people I would meet.  There is something about “suffering” with a group of people that will bring you closer.  Instantly you have something in common and being part of a Crossfit community is unlike any other community you will ever be a part of.

What I have enjoyed about coaching Crossfit over the past 5+ years, is the range of athletes’ experience levels all in the same class, from the brand new athlete to the athlete that has been Crossfitting for years. Within that range, the feeling does not change when you can be a part of that moment that an athlete has been working on a movement or skill and something finally clicks and they have reached their goal.  Whether a person jumps on a box for the first time, strings pull ups, beats their personal best at a lift or gets that first elusive muscle up.  The excitement can take over a gym and carry you throughout the rest of your day.

FAITH MURPHY

Level 1 trainer

I have been crossfitting for seven years and still enjoy it as much as I did when I began.  When I started, I wasn’t crazy about it and it took some learning (I never had exercised before aside from running), but after about two weeks I was loving it. I tried CrossFit to see what my husbands most recent craze was all about.

I went to get my L1 certificate in 2013 so I could help out coaching, as needed, on a sporadic basis. After some time, I started to pick up more classes and realized how much I enjoy coaching. My favorite aspect of Crossfit is the community. We work, have fun and support each other in many ways both inside and outside of the gym. I’ve always known that Crossfit isn’t for a certain type of person, it’s for every person. My goal is to create an atmosphere where every athlete feels welcome, capable and strong in their own body.

Favorite movement: anything with a barbell

Least favorite: assault bike

NICOLE CURTIN

Level 1 trainer

Nicole is a former division 1 Soccer player out of the University of Louisville and understands the benefits of team work and camaraderie in a CrossFit atmosphere. As an athlete her whole life, CrossFit has rekindled that competitive fire. Naturally, the next step was earning her Level One CrossFit Trainer certification. The passion for helping those looking to get into shape and achieve things in strength they did not think possible, has been so rewarding and is what drives her. CrossFit Take Off is her new team! Part of this community for 4 years now and Coaching since July 2018.

Favorite WOD: Grace/Isabel

Least Favorite WOD: anytime one with T2B in it

Ryan Hamacher

Level 2 trainer

I began CrossFit in 2010 after being told by my brother-in-law how great it was. I was hooked soon after and on my way to the best shape I’ve ever been in. I was always active and played numerous sports in high school and CrossFit has allowed me to be competitive in my training. I began coaching in 2011 and have taken specialty courses to improve knowledge. In my spare time I enjoy traveling with my wife Beth and spending time with our dog Monkey. I am also an original member of the CrossFit Takeoff book club.

L2
CrossFit Rowing
CrossFit Powerlifting

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