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Joe Ling

Joe Ling (Co-Owner/Head Coach)


Whether playing football, riding bikes with friends, or competing in high school track and field, Joe has always had a strong passion for exercise.  But as he got older and fell into his daily “grown-up” routine, Joe’s health took a back seat in life.  On his 30th birthday, Joe realized he was overweight and knew something had to change.  He spent the next two years gym-hopping throughout South Jersey and Philadelphia, trying to stay engaged with the workouts he knew he needed to stay healthy.
In 2009, Joe heard whispers of something called “CrossFit”– a new kind of workout that was fun, exciting, and results-driven.  CrossFit challenged him both physically and mentally and he was hooked after his first workout. Joe loves CrossFit’s focus on staying healthy through proper diet and exercise, but he believes that the true bonus of CrossFit is the community created by the owners and members.  Building on that love for community and fitness, Joe is excited to take his love for CrossFit to new heights at CrossFit Novem and is looking forward to helping people in the CrossFit Novem community to reach their full potential in health, exercise, and life.


•    CrossFit Level 1 Trainer 2011
•    CrossFit Level 2 2012
•    CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification
•    Wilkes Olympic Lifting Seminar 2011
•    Carl Paoli Freestyle Connection Gymnastics Movement Seminar 2012
•    David Spitz California Strength Olympic Lifting Seminar 2012
•    Rudy Nielsen Outlaw Way Seminar 2013
•    AED/CPR Certified

•    USAW Level 2 Certified 2016
• 2015 Masters PAM-AMs Gold Medalist – 62kg weight class (35-40)
• 2016 Masters PAM-AMs Gold Medalist – 56kg weight class (35-40)
• 2015 Master World Cup Gold Medalist – 56kg weight class (35-40)

Lesha Meyer

Lesha Meyer (Co-Owner/Head CrossFit & Barbell Coach)

A Ragin’ Cajun by birth, Lesha has called Philadelphia home for the past fifteen years. Lesha was consistently involved in sports from a young age, spending her high school years competing in powerlifting competitions and excelling as a cross-country runner. After college, Lesha played rugby for more than six years with the Philadelphia Women’s Rugby Football Club and loved the camaraderie and competition that rugby provided. In 2009, with retirement from rugby fast-approaching, Lesha realized that she needed an alternative athletic outlet to maintain her commitment to fitness.  With her background in powerlifting, CrossFit provided her with the perfect combination of intensity, community, and a never-ending combination of ways increase her fitness. Lesha has been an avid CrossFitter for five years and has been a CrossFit trainer for the almost five years. She has a tremendous passion for training and competing, along with a deep love for coaching her athletes to reach their peak in overall fitness.


•    CrossFit Level 1 Trainer 2010
•    CrossFit Level 2 Trainer 2011
•    CrossFit Motion and Mobility Certification
•    CrossFit Running Certified (CrossFit Certified Pose Instructor)
•    CrossFit Coaches’ Prep Course 2011
•    USA-Weightlifting Certified Sports Coach (2010)
•    USA-Weightlifting Level 2 (2013)
•    Wilkes Olympic Lifting Seminar 2010
•    Carl Paoli Freestyle Connection Gymnastics Movement Seminar 2012
•    David Spitz California Strength Olympic Lifting Seminar 2012

•    Rudy Nielsen Outlaw Way Seminar 2013
•    Basic Olympic Lifting Certification – Leo Totten & Mike McKenna – East Coast Gold 2013
•    AED/CPR Certified
•    2015 Masters PAM-AMs Bronze Medalist – 53kg weight class (35-40)
•    2016 Masters PAM-AMs Silver Medalist – 53kg weight class (35-40)
•    2015 Master World Cup Gold Medalist – 48kg weight class (35-40)
•    Current PA State record holder in the Masters 48kg weight class in Snatch, Clean & Jerk & Total.
•    Current PA State record holder in the Masters 53kg weight class in Clean & Jerk & Total.

Amanda Jo

Amanda Jo Brensinger (Assistant CrossFit, Barbell & BootCamp Coach)

A country girl turned city slicker, Amanda Jo has called Philly home for the last seven years. AJ developed her foundation of strength by helping out on her family’s farm. Growing up, she tried just about every sport, even cheerleading and dance. The sport that ended up ruling her life year round was softball. She also spent a great deal of time in aquatics: lifeguarding, teaching swimming lessons, and running a summer swim camp.

She stayed fit by doing the globo gym routine and swimming but after seeing the CrossFit games on TV, she decided to leave the redundancy and check out a local box. AJ fell in love with the community and intense workouts and for the last 2.5 years she has been a part of the Novem family. Lesha and Joe saw the way she excelled at Olympic weightlifting and pushed her to compete. Embracing the singlet, she has since made it to the national level, competing this past year at University Nationals and placing 7th in the country in her weight class (1st place in smiling).

In addition to competing in OLY, she loves participating in CrossFIt competitions because of the abundant positive energy. Over the last several years she has made health a primary part of her life, and recently left her career as a professional photographer to pursue nursing. Amanda Jo is excited to be on the coaching team, and ready to help others get healthy and fit too!


• CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
• USA-Weightlifting Certified Sports Coach
• AED/CPR Certified

Jessi

Jessi Burgess (Assistant CrossFit & BootCamp Coach)

Jessi is a fishtown native but found Crossfit in Los Angeles in 2011 on accident. She interviewed to do desk and sales at a Crossfit out there. Her first workout made her wonder what she was getting herself into. Within two weeks she was in love. It was unlike anything she had ever done and challenged her physically and mentally.

Moving back to philly in 2012, she dedicated most of her free time to strength training and skill development for competitions. In 2014 she was in need of a change and nervously attended her first class at novem. Novem’s supportive and upbeat environment was just what she needed in her new home. She credits Joe and Lesha with reminding her how fun Crossfit is and should be.

Growing up Jessi did not play sports and was a couch potato. Her interest in fitness started at 18 with the regular gym and dance classes. Since then Jessi has taught dance for 4 years, personal trained, and now is pursuing a degree as a physical therapy assistant. She enjoys participating in local competitions with her friends, but in the past competed at higher level Crossfit competitions.


• Crossfit level 1 Trianer- (2011)
• AAAI/ISMA
• CPR/AED

Rachel Pinkstone (Assistant CrossFit & BootCamp Coach, Yoga Teacher)

Rachel found herself at her first CrossFit class in the fall of 2011 in her birthplace of New Jersey, but now she happily calls Fishtown and Novem her home. Before all of that, however, Rachel found her jam as a Yogi. Growing up a performer, an athletic life didn’t really come into play until college, where she balanced school, working two jobs, and performing. Through an unexpected work of fate, Rachel fell into a yoga practice that changed the way she thought about the body and she never looked back. In 2009, she completed a 230-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Certification. In 2010, she got herself certifications in Mat Pilates through Balanced Body University, Prenatal Yoga, and Yoga for Athletes and Recovery. She has dedicated a lot of time in the past 6 years furthering her knowledge by attending extensive workshops in Yin Yoga, Rehabilitative Yoga, Anatomy and Physiology, and Functional Mobility. Rachel learned that—although yoga is her sweet spot—working with the body is her calling. Thus in 2011, Rachel joined her first CrossFit Gym and then began teaching Yoga and Mobility at three different CrossFit locations. Finally home at Novem, Rachel is so happy to bring her niche-knowledge to this wonderful family of coaches. Along with coaching, Rachel plans to regularly compete in both Weightlifting Competitions as well at CrossFit throw-downs alongside fellow Members to represent the awesomeness that is Novem Nation.


•   E-RYT 200 (2009)
•   Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor (CPYT 2010)
•   Certified Pilates Teacher (CPT 2010)
•   AED/CPR Certified (2013)
•   CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (2016)

Alex Lamberti(Assistant Barbell Coach)

Born in Staten Island, raised in central New Jersey, Alex has now been living in Philly for nearly 10 years. Always the tall kid in the class, he grew up playing basketball and volleyball. While attending Drexel, fitness took a back seat to the demands of college life. Upon graduation, he began working as a software engineer, and with the ‘motivation’ of his wife, and a desire to get bring fitness back into his world, he started at Crossfit Novem in 2013. He quickly developed a preference for the olympic lifts, and changed his focus to improving his technique. He enjoys the mental chess match of lifting, analyzing, tweaking, and lifting again, always chasing the perfect lift. Weightlifting also allows him to pursue his other passion — food. He has enjoyed cooking from a young age, and the nutritional demands of weightlifting have brought new challenges to the kitchen; balancing healthy eating, protein intake, and a potent sweet tooth. He looks forward to helping the rest of Novem Nation improve their lifts, improve their strength, and improve their lives.


• USA-Weightlifting Certified Sports Coach
• AED/CPR Certified

Johnny Veira(Assistant CrossFit & BootCamp Coach, Weightlifting)

Johnny Veira is a Personal Trainer and a CrossFit Lvl 1 instructor. He is a member of the weightlifting team “That Team”, and a firm believer in the CrossFit training methodology and functionality in everyone’s everyday life. An athlete and coach, Johnny pursued his health and fitness career because of the passion and devotion he felt everyday as soon as he stepped in the gym or box. He loves to spend many hours daily, five to six days a week, training, improving, learning, and teaching others.

Johnny has spent more than 5 years training as a CrossFit athlete, and over 2 years learning and improving his weightlifting training and techniques. His methodology while coaching consists of “safety, speed, strength”. Today Johnny offers a wide range of coaching services, tips, queues and technique revision throughout the many strategies he has learned during his work as a personal trainer and his experience with other experienced CrossFit coaches, who became his mentors and personal friends.

Jumping, crawling, lifting heavy things, pulling yourself up, carrying stuff and smiling after a long workout, are the simple yet beautiful things in life that he wants all to enjoy and pursue throughout our time on Earth.

Johnny also holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, which effectively connects his passion for fitness and helping people become better, well-rounded athletes.


• Crossfit Level 1 (2016)
• USAW Lvl 1 (2016)
• Lehigh Valley Barbell In-house – Gold @ -94k (2016)
• AED/CPR Certified (2016)
• Ecuador Volleyball Champion (2007-2009)

Brynn Moore(Assistant CrossFit & BootCamp Coach)

Brynn is a closet Delco girl currently residing in South Philly. Growing up she was “encouraged” to participate in every activity offered, usually with embarrassing results. In high school she joined the rowing team and six weeks into practice got caught hiding in the bushes when she was supposed to be on a run (whoops!). She was amazed to find her coach was actually disappointed and had high expectations for her. She applied herself and saw an extremely successful rowing season, finishing as MVP of the freshman squad. She continued rowing through high school and at Temple University where she was team captain and First Team All Conference in the Atlantic 10. While at Temple, she decided she wanted to catch other would-be athletes ducking out of practice and give them the confidence to realize their full potential.

She graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science and began work as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. After a fourth shoulder operation in the summer of 2012 and leaving her full time training job to go back to school, her sister convinced her to try Crossfit at Novem. She was excited to find an enthusiastic and supportive community to get her back on her feet post-surgery and has not looked back. She currently coaches girls’ rowing for the Agnes Irwin School and is taking classes and applying to Nursing School as she ventures further into the Crossfit World, trying to pay it forward along the way.


• Crossfit Level 1 (2014)
• .C.E.
• TRX Group Instructor
• First Aid AED/CPR Certified (2016)
• Certified Personal Trainer

 

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