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Coaches

Todd Kowalski

Owner, Head Coach, CrossFit Level 1 Coach

I started my CrossFit journey just outside of Philly PA in 2012. Before this I tried Globo gyms multiple times. I would sign up, go a few times, and after a few weeks never walk in again. I then tried P90X and Insanity, but I felt like something was still missing. I have been a competitive athlete my whole life and needed more. My BeachBody coach told me about this thing called CrossFit. I found a place close to me and made an appointment to try it the next day. I was terrible in class. Hitting myself in the face with the PVC pipe but the coach was amazing in helping me. Then we did a workout and I fell in love. It was 10 minutes long and I was exhausted afterwards. CrossFit has in many ways changed my life. You are constantly challenging and pushing yourself more than you ever imagined. CrossFit is as much mental as it is physical. You want to stop but you also want to push faster and harder every day. I owe my life to CrossFit. Because of CrossFit I was able to reach and maintain sobriety. I met my wife and business partner in a CrossFit gym. The CrossFit community are some of the most amazing and kind hearted people you will ever meet. I want to help you become the best possible version of yourself.

Favorite WODs:
Anything with the barbell but mostly “Isabel” and “Grace”

Favorite Lift:
Snatch

Janet D’Iorio Kowalski

Owner, Crossfit Level 1 Coach

I started my CrossFit journey in the beginning of 2018 and fell in love with the sport immediately (and also with my now husband/co-owner who I met at a CrossFit gym). Prior to CrossFit, my physical activity alternated between Running, Spin, and Kickboxing, with some globo gym visits on the side. What was different with CrossFit from the other activities I was participating in, is that it provided new challenges and gave me a greater sense of accomplishment. I quickly learned that there was no limit to the goals you could set, all while working towards becoming the best version of yourself both mentally and physically. Meeting and exceeding these goals and obtaining “Personal Bests” is one of the best feelings in the world. Seeing others around you doing the same thing gives you the same excitement as if it were yourself accomplishing the task. The CrossFit community is one of the most supportive and encouraging places one will find themselves in, with the benefit of earning some muscle on the side! My goal as an owner is to help you achieve your personal well-being goals and to create the best CrossFit experience possible for you!

Favorite WODs

The name that gives me goose bumps every time it’s programmed… “Fran”

Favorite Lift:
Snatch!

Kari Pulsipher

Crossfit Level 1 Coach

I have always done some sort of physical activity, I was in gymnastics as a little girl, and then played soccer in high school. I have always used exercise as a stress reliever and a way to keep weight off. I have always had a driven and motivated personality, I am a licensed cosmetologist, a Registered Nurse, and most important I am a wife and a mother of 2. I am very fortunate to have such a supportive husband that supports and encourages me to continue CrossFit. I started CrossFit in 2013 and have been a coach since 2017. CrossFit has given me the opportunity to show my children (especially my daughter) that it is okay to be strong. CrossFit brings me back everyday because it challenges me, it shows me how much I have improved and the things I need to work on.

Why I chose CrossFit: I started CrossFit as a way to lose weight, but after I started I realized what CrossFit was and I fell in love. I was constantly improving my movements and weights, CrossFit has helped me accept my body and be proud of it too.

Favorite WOD
“Annie, Grace, and Fran”

James Bastick

Crossfit Level 1 Coach

I have spent the last 18 years active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard as an aviation maintenance technician and am currently stationed at CG air station Clearwater. As a strong advocate of personal health and wellbeing my personal interests focus on exercise and nutrition. I am a longtime member of CFPH, becoming part of this amazing CF family in 2013. I enjoy CrossFit for many reasons, physically and mentally; it is also an excellent outlet to expend my energy and competitiveness. As a coach I am always looking to challenge members and myself to do better each and every day.

James Converse

Crossfit Level 2 Coach

Gary Ross

Crossfit Level 1 Coach