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Our Coaches:

Joe Ling (Co-Owner/Coach Of All The Things)

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 (Co-Owner/Coach Of All The Things)

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 eight years and has been a CrossFit trainer for the almost seven 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)
•    USA-Weightlifting National Level Coach (2015)
•    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 Burgess (Full Time – 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 2 Trianer- (2015)

• USA-Weightlifting Certified Sports Performance Coach (2017)

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

Giulia Umile (Assistant CrossFit & BootCamp Coach)

In West Philadelphia, born and raised, Giulia really did spend most of her days on the playground. An athlete from a young age (at 3, she was the only one on her tee-ball team who ran to 1st base and not 3rd after a hit!), she played any sport she could- basketball, baseball, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse. Giulia did try gymnastics once, but after her first class the instructor told her mom that she should stick to “ball sports”. After a successful high school athletic career, Giulia attended Susquehanna University.  A 4-year starter on the lacrosse team, she was a two-time All-American goalie and in 2013, was inducted into the Susquehanna University Sports Hall of Fame. She currently owns four school records: saves (773), save percentage (.593), lowest goals-against average (8.17) and wins (45), and holds the top three spots in single-season saves and save percentage, finishing her career with a 45-19 record.

After college, Giulia struggled to find something to satiate her competitive appetite. She tried dodgeball, football, and softball leagues; and while they were a ton of fun, she still wasn’t satisfied. She tried to workout in Globo gyms, but something was missing.  In 2011, a friend opened a CrossFit Box and after just one WOD, she was hooked! The love story has continued full speed ahead since then. While she loves training, it is even better for Giulia to coach others and watch CrossFit transform their lives just as it did hers. Her favorite WODs are anything that involve double-unders, hang cleans, hang snatches or pull-ups. Her least favorite WOD is anything that involves running! Outside of Novem, Giulia is COO of Slice Communications in Old City-and if she’s not working or working out, you can find her kicking it around Fishtown with her Frenchie, Polpetta.

• CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer, April 2013
• CrossFit Kids, May 2014
• CrossFit Level 2 Certified Trainer, April 2016
• AED/CRP Certified

Amanda Jo “AJ” Brensigner (Assistant 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 (2013)
• AED/CPR Certified
• Registered Nurse

Joshua Becktell (Assistant CrossFit & BootCamp Coach)

Joshua grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he played baseball. Gradually, he transitioned to skateboarding and snowboarding because it was more individually driven, and had a unique community. After High School he attended college and worked as a telemarketer for some time. However, it wasn’t the lifestyle for him. He wanted to try something different, and subsequently enlisted in the military for six years. It was there he discovered functional fitness, and developed a passion for it. The competitive and challenging nature of it appealed to his lifestyle, and the results were undeniably superior to his previous fitness programs. After his time in the military Joshua moved to Fishtown, and was in search for a place to continue his fitness progression. He became a member of Novem and was instantly impressed by the community. It was reminiscent to the hospitable skateboarding community, and had similar motiving aspects like the military. Joshua quickly took to pursuing coaching, and has a passion for helping other athlete’s progress to achieve their goals. Joshua is currently pursuing a degree in Architecture, and works in the Air National Guard, where he is responsible for implementing and maintaining fitness and health programs for other members of his unit.

• Crossfit Level 1 (2018)
• AED/CPR Certified
• BA Physical Training Leader
• Combat Lifesaver

Peter Sherman (Assistant CrossFit & BootCamp Coach)

Growing up in upstate NY, Peter went through the motions of youth sports, but by all accounts he had no actual interest in fitness. By the time he reached college, he was almost completely inactive. Then in senior year, Peter randomly signed up for a boot camp-style fitness class, and a passion lying dormant all those years was suddenly awakened. Over the next eight years, he became a devoted runner, with forays into triathlons, thai boxing, and jujitsu. Eventually, he found a calling in obstacle racing, and ultra distance trail races.

In 2013, Peter realized his lack of full body strength and mobility has become a significant weak point in his fitness, so he decided to give CrossFit Novem at try. Peter became immediately hooked on the never-ending challenge of constantly varied fitness, and the camaraderie forged through friendly competition. After five years at Novem, Peter became interested in the training aspect of fitness, and took the next step of becoming a coach at Novem.

Peter specializes in running and other endurance sports, as well as developing mental toughness. Having discovered fitness relatively late in life, Peter understands how to gradually build increasing fitness over time, while avoiding injury and mental burnout.

• Crossfit Level 1 Trianer- (2018)


Hugh Black (Assistant CrossFit & BootCamp Coach)

Hugh Black is a Philadelphia transplant, growing up in Phoenix, and coming to us from Las Vegas. Hugh is a pilot in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard and an avid CrossFitter, loving everything the sport has to offer and enjoys competing. However, Hugh wasn’t that athletically inclined while growing up, until he got to high school and had a goal to get accepted into the United States Air Force Academy. He began to run cross country and track for his high school. His coach encouraged him to sign up for the Rock and Roll Half Marathon to train in the off season, and after completing that race the endurance junkie was born. He went on to join the Marathon Club at the Air Force Academy, competing in multiplemarathons over his years in college and qualifying for the Boston Marathon.

After graduation, Hugh was looking to push himself to the next level in endurance sports and signed up for his first full Ironman triathlon: Ironman Louisville. While barely having enough time to train during pilot training, he crossed
the finish line of his first Ironman in 2012. He raced in two more Ironman triathlons if the following years, and while he still enjoyed it, he was getting burnt out and looking for a change in his fitness routine.

Hugh joined his friend for his first CrossFit workout in 2016 and was hooked. He loves what CrossFit has done and will continue to do to improve his overall health, fitness, strength, and coordination, while still maintaining his endurance and stamina. He also loves the community and comradery that you get from a CrossFit gym, especially with the CrossFit Novem community. Hugh is excited to share his passion for CrossFit and training with the Novem Community and help every member reach their goals and have fun while getting there!

• CrossFit Level 1 Trainer 2018
• AED/CPR Certified
• M.S. Sports and Health Sciences
• Ironman Louisville
• Ironman Arizona (Top 10% Age Group Finish)
• Ironman Chattanooga (Top 10% Age Group Finish)

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