Meet Our Team


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PHOTO CREDIT - NORMAN JAILLET

Dennis Monaco

Co Owner & Coach

I was introduced to CrossFit by my son, Jared who opened up his box in 2010. After several months of construction, much of which we did ourselves, he convinced me to become one of his first members.  My fears soon dissolved into a fierce determination to become a CrossFit athlete. It awakened the competitive spirit I enjoyed as a younger man playing sports. I was 58 at the time and years later, I am in the best shape of my life. I have competed and placed in several Masters’ competitions over the last three years as well as competed in the Masters Opens with two top ten finishes. But, that is not what is most important to me as a CrossFit athlete and coach. Rather, it is having the opportunity to meet and inspire others looking to make a positive lifestyle change. Through exercise and nutrition I have seen how CrossFit can alter how you look and feel and how attitudes and outlooks on life change for the better.

I am privileged at this junction in my life to be able to bring my passion for CrossFit to all our members.


PHOTO CREDIT - NORMAN JAILLET

PHOTO CREDIT - NORMAN JAILLET

Braden Monaco

co owner & coach

Being entrenched in the CrossFit Community for over 5 years before opening CrossFit Amesbury, I have found myself with a true passion for the community it creates. I use my love for people and progress to help those around me flourish as athletes and more importantly as people.

I grew up playing competitive soccer, through college and shortly thereafter used my passion for the sport to coach collegiality. Coaching was a place where I was able to use my love for a sport and my love for people to not only better athletes on the field, but help them understand how hard work and dedication transcend to every aspect of their life.

At CrossFit Amesbury, I am looking to bring the lifestyle and community that I have fallen in love with since I have discovered CrossFit  to as many people as possible. I truly believe that it is this community and the human interaction that brings such great success to those who choose to be part of what CrossFit has created.  

 


PHOTO CREDIT - NORMAN JAILLET

PHOTO CREDIT - NORMAN JAILLET

Jared Monaco

Co Owner & Coach

I was first exposed to CrossFit as an athlete in Fall of 2009 and quickly fell in love with both the sport and the community that it creates. I pursued my CrossFit certification in 2010 to open CrossFit Route 1 in Melrose.

I've always loved being part of a team - I grew up playing competitive soccer and lacrosse throughout high school and college. Following college I became a personal trainer and started coaching high school varsity lacrosse.  My experience as both an athlete and a coach provided for a great foundation to coaching CrossFit.  

At CrossFit Amesbury, I am most excited about fostering another community and helping our members to experience the benefits of the sport in every aspect of their lives.


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Kelli Vossler

head Coach

Living in 4 states within a 5 year span is what attracted me to the badass world of CrossFit. A new town meant finding new friends who cared about living a strong life as much as I did. In 2012, I finally got the guts to walk through the door of CrossFit Portsmouth. Less than a month later, the newly rising sport made it’s way into my heart due to the incredible people I found within it.  

At CrossFit Amesbury, I am committed to bringing a unique flare to floor and helping each athlete move closer to their goals. I carry the experience of being a collegiate athlete and competitive coach, but am constantly seeking new ways to expand my knowledge within the ever-changing strength and conditioning realm. Whether coaching or throwing down, it is rare I am not smiling as I thrive when surrounded by people who want to better themselves. As a coach, I pledge to stimulate positive change within the lives of others by inspiring, motivating and empowering individuals on a daily basis. 

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

CERTIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE

  • CrossFit Level 2 Certified Trainer
  • USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach 
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC, Level 1, Mike Boyle)
  • Level 4 USA Hockey Coach
  • RealRyder Indoor Cycle Certified Instructor 
  • Competitive Girls Ice Hockey Coach: 8 years
  • BA in Communication Arts & Management

 


Colette Swenson

Coach

I grew up playing soccer, softball, basketball, and track, but CrossFit is unlike anything I had experienced. I played soccer competitively in high school on into college where I attended Florida State University. Our team made it to the NCAA DI Final Four 3 out of the 4 years I was there and I was captain of the team my Junior and Senior year. After college, I went on to play professional soccer in Finland for FC Kontu while starting my coaching career. I coached club, high school, and collegiate soccer for ten years while playing semi-pro soccer during the summer for Southern California teams.

I started coaching Crossfit almost 4 years ago for Crossfit Anaerobic in California where I managed one of the three boxes. The community here was my family and I loved every day I was blessed with coaching them. Crossfit is special because it teaches us daily to maximize what we have in us for the day. You show up, start moving, sweating, smiling, talking and all of a sudden your days transformed. In a workout you push a little more, face something you thought was other wise impossible, all of a sudden you grew a little bit as a human being because you challenged your comfort zones. I am excited and passionate about bringing my experiences through sport, life, and CrossFit to Amesbury. I am lucky and blessed to have my husband Patrick and my son Bodhi inspire me daily in my career and athletic pursuits.  

CERTIFICATIONS:
Crossfit Level 2 Certified
Crossfit Olympic Lifting Certified
Crossfit Kids Certified
USSF C National Coaching License for soccer

EXPERIENCE:
2016 Wodapalooza 15th Place
2015 OC Throwdown 25th place
2014 So Cal Regional
Assistant Coach at UC Irvine from 2009-14
Ran OC Marathon, Half-Marathon, multiple 5k’s
Best marathon time: 3:39, best half 1:45, best 5k 19:25

Besides that, I love surfing, drinking too much coffee, and eating marshmallows! 

“Great things never came from comfort zones”

 


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Casey Fallon

COACH

Casey Fallon, originally from Newburyport, MA, graduated from Roanoke College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Performance and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength & Conditioning Association in 2011. While at Roanoke he was an intern at The Parisi Speed School where he developed techniques for coaching running mechanics to young athletes while giving them a fun and engaging workout. Most recently Casey worked as a personal trainer and strength coach in New York and West Virginia where he helped people of all ages and fitness levels attain their health or performance goals.

At CrossFit Amesbury, Casey will be instructing teams and individual athletes to increase their competitiveness through the athletic performance program as well as coaching CrossFit classes. With an athletic background, Casey is passionate about pushing his athletes to become the best versions of themselves through hard work and dedication.

A 4 year starter for the Roanoke golf team, and lifelong athlete, Casey still plays golf and is more recently involved in the CrossFit community . He also enjoys spending time with his wife Katie who is a teacher, daughter, Harper, and dog Sadie.