What is CrossFit?
What is CrossFit?
CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.
Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival, many sports, and life reward this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist.
The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience. We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs.
The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree not kind. Our military personnel, skiers, mountain bike riders and housewives have found their best fitness from the same regimen.
Thousands of athletes worldwide have followed our workouts posted daily on this site and distinguished themselves in combat, the streets, the ring, stadiums, gyms and homes.
For more information go to www.crossfit.com.
Meet Our Coaches
Meet Our Coaches
CrossFit Wingman is a gym born from a service before self attitude of 3 coaches who came together to help a community take flight.
Zack used to spend his time working as a good ole’ fashioned blue collar guy. He was an oil man, landscaped and trimmed trees. After working 12 hour days he would head to the training center to teach fitness through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Zack spent another 4 hours each night helping local kids make better, more productive decisions with their time. After having used CrossFit as a personal fitness method, he introduced others to it and saw amazing results. He went out for his coaching certification and left the blue collar life for good; dedicating his life to becoming the best coach he could be so that he can best help people find health and happiness through fitness. You will often find Zack having conversations with athletes before or after class discussing goals, aspirations, and assigning homework to help a person achieve them.
Tom was the guy that always cleaned his plate. At the age of 10 he combined a love for food with an attitude of, “if I wanted it then I ate it.” It made for a recipe to be overweight. As a teenager, he had resigned to being a larger person for the rest of his life until the moment he began to see his body change for the better. Tom had recently gone after his physical fitness badge in the Boy Scouts and it was changing him. Good healthy habits were changing his life. He wanted to share this knowledge and it became the driving factor behind his college path; leading to physical therapy and the dream to open a Health and Wellness Center of his own one day. A friend’s invitation introduced Tom to CrossFit, and the community inspired him. It was everything he believed was right about the center he hoped to open. It had elements of athletics performance all rolled up with life changing weight loss/body composition stories, physical therapy style interaction and even a bit of life coaching. Though Tom is a man of few words, he uses those few to help better the people around him.
Aaron had been performing CrossFit for 6 months (2010)at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, MA where he worked full time. At this time, the Air Force underwent a radical change in its Fitness Testing policy and established minimums in each category. People needed help. Many good airmen suddenly couldn’t pass the PT test and were lost over the years to come because of this. Late 2010, a colleague of Aaron’s approached him for guidance; the new minimum number of sit-ups was twice as many as he had ever been able to perform in his life. He said, “I’ll do whatever you tell me to, just don’t hurt me.” Three months later, his colleague passed his Fitness test with 1 more situp than the minimum, more than double his lifetime best!! Today, 5 years later, he continues to CrossFit at Barnes and help others CrossFit as well, passing his PT tests with ease and confidence each year. As news of Aaron and his colleague’s success spread, others joined in. Leadership on base recognized the effort and success and gave the go ahead for him to set up a small CrossFit area in warehouse space. Aaron created an official non-profit CrossFit box right there on base and volunteered his lunch-time Monday through Friday plus another hour at the end of each day to teach class and provide nutrition guidance to anyone on base who wanted or needed it. Many have taken advantage of the classes and reached new heights in their fitness through CrossFit BANG, and many who were unable to pass their fitness test saved their careers by finally passing. His volunteer service with CrossFit, fitness, and fundraising earned him the Air Force “Volunteer Service Medal.” You will often find Aaron discussing details, constantly evolving the process and the gym to make things just a little better every day.
Fast forward to Starbucks around May of 2014. Like minded people began to come together over coffee and this crazy vision for Wingman began to grow wings. A gym with a vision of coaches whose service is to their athletes and of athletes whose service is to each other; supportive, encouraging, and fun. Six months later, CrossFit Wingman began to fly.
The coaches at CrossFit Wingman have a wide range of experience and education to pull from as a team. They are kind, supportive, encouraging, and challenging. They care about each person that walks through the door and will help you get the results you desire.
Backgrounds & Education:
CrossFit Level 1
Studied in Russian, Chinese, and American Weightlifting Techniques
Experience in competitive athletics (Ice Hockey, Football, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Wrestling, Baseball)
Harris International Brazilian Giu-Jitsu
5 Years Experience, Adapted Aquatic and Physical Therapy
Experience in 5k, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon distance
Wingman's Wingmen are the heart of finding your comfort zone in the gym. These members have a great deal of experience and knowledge and are willing to pay it forward so that you can have a better experience when you first get started. Much like CrossFit Wingman, this program and these people are one-of-a-kind.
Our goal - To help make your first couple of weeks in CrossFit as "painless" as possible by pairing you up with experienced members who have "been there, done that" and can help you over that hill. :)
CrossFit Wingman is one of Massachusetts' largest facilities at 13,000sqft. We're conveniently located right off of Route 57 in Agawam, MA at 45 Tennis Road. Feel free to stop by at any time during our oporating hours for a tour of our facility.