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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 Vozobule

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

A Ragin’ Cajun by birth, Lesha has called Philadelphia home for the past seventeen 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
•    USA-Weightlifting National Level Coach

•    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.


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 Redden (Assistant CrossFit & Head 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 500 (2009)
•   Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor (CPYT 2010)
•   Certified Pilates Teacher (CPT 2010)
•   AED/CPR Certified
•   CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (2016)


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
• Ecuador Volleyball Champion (2007-2009)


Tony Grecco
(Assistant CrossFit & BootCamp Coach, Competition Team Captain)

Tony “Mighty Mouse” Grecco discovered CrossFit while stationed in Arizona in the summer of 2012. His Commander had a running bet with the soldiers in the company that if anyone could beat his WOD time they would be excused from additional duties. Tony was instantly hooked, and never had additional duty. Upon returning to the East coast, Tony made the trek from Connecticut to Philadelphia, and officially joined the Novem family – he was home! Tony’s Novem experience is literally out of the box. As an Army Reservist, he has been the program director for weight management, master fitness trainer for his unit, and has served as head of the Lifestyle Fitness Program, which instills healthy eating and training habits in soldiers. Tony regularly reps the Novem family in Strongman, Weightlifting, Powerlifting, and CrossFit competitions; earning Nationals qualifying numbers and setting a state record in PA for deadlift. As an “OG” of the Novem Nation competition team, he seeks to help every member realize their full athletic potential while reminding everyone how fun their fitness journey can be.

• Crossfit Level 1 (2015)
• AED/CPR Certified
• Current PA state record holder in Raw 66kg weight class in deadlift


Chris Howard
(Assistant CrossFit & BootCamp Coach, On-Ramp Coach)

Chris started his journey with athletic movement early in childhood by playing baseball, football, and basketball in the deep south, Alabama. In his teens and early 20’s he sought out the P90x routines and attended the local YMCA for some machine cable Bi’s and Tri’s. Then in 2013, a friend urged him to try this new form of fitness called CrossFit. From the very first workout he was amazed at how out of shape he found himself to feel within this new and exciting program. He began doing CrossFit 4-6 times a week and hasn’t looked back since.

Chris earned a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree that introduced him to his passion for grassroots development work and transformed that notion of simply having a job into the fulfillment of what he loves to do. This following of his passion has led him to incredible opportunities and halfway across the globe as a Peace Corps volunteer in Armenia, Educational Service guide in Miami, and now supporting “opportunity youth” during their AmeriCorps service in Philadelphia.

In 2015, when Chris departed from his southern fried home for Peace Corps Armenia as a Community and Youth Development volunteer little did he know that he would be conjoining his passion for community development and fitness into a very special project. Throughout his time there he programmed and led workouts on a weekly basis with Peace Corps volunteers, villagers, and organizational staff alike in crop fields and Post-Soviet gyms. Upon his return home, he knew that coaching CrossFit was a part of his life that needed to be fulfilled. Chris then became a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and his journey in Philly was stamped by the Crossfit Novem community as he has found a home. Chris is excited to share his passion for serving others while helping athletes become their best selves in and out of the gym.

• Crossfit Level 1 (2016)
• AED/CPR Certified
• Mental Health First Aid USA Certified, 2017
• U.S. Peace Corps, Mentoring & Coaching Certified, 2016
• U.S. Peace Corps, Project Design & Management Certified, 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


Robbie Dulaney
(Assistant Yoga Coach)

During his last semester of college, Robbie was working a full time job, a full time student and ALSO contracted to write a knitting book (that would later become internationally published). His stress levels were out of control; his body was following suit. A friend invited him to her yoga studio near the Jersey Shore, and somehow he found 75 minutes to stop complaining and start doing Baptiste yoga. It was challenging, and really sweaty, but also just what he needed.

Fast forward two years…

After moving to Fishtown—partially because of the proximity Grace & Glory–he completed their 200 hour teacher and leadership development program and was finally given the tools he needed to manage stress,build a strong and resilient body and given the ability to share them with all of you.


• RYT 200
• Baptiste 200 HR cert
• First Aid AED/CPR Certified

 

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