Coaches

by Dec 11, 2015

Our experienced coaches can help you achieve your fitness and health goals!

 Eric April

Eric April

Co Founder/Head Coach

CF L1 Certified
CPR & AED

I graduated from the UConn School of Business in 2016. After graduation, I began interning at Integrated Athletic Performance as a trainer and that is where I ultimately found CrossFit.

Growing up in athletics my entire life, it was only right that I pursued a career in fitness. Exercising is something that has helped shape me (physically and mentally) into the person I am today. I was immediately drawn into CrossFit because it was something new, and different. What I like about it most is there is ALWAYS something to work on. It’s an exercise program that’s humbling, but at the same time gives you confidence as you watch your fitness level grow year after year. After doing CrossFit for a few years, I was certain I wanted to combine the passion I had for fitness with my formal education from UConn and open up a CrossFit gym.

My goal is to help people live a healthy and capable life and owning a CrossFit gym has given me the platform to do so.

Nick Chiovitti

Nick Chiovitti

Co Founder/Head Coach

CF L1+L2 Certified
CPR & AED
NSCA – C.S.C.S
USAW – LV.1

Nick Chiovitti graduated from DeSales University in the spring of 2012, where he received his Bachelors Degree in Sport and Exercise Science and a minor in Sport Management. At DeSales, Nick earned four varsity letters for Baseball and was named to the Freedom-Mac 1st Team All-Conference his senior year.

Along with his CrossFit Lv.1, Nick is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach, and is also certified through the American Heart Association in First Aid, CPR, and AED.

Over the last 5 years Nick has worked with hundreds of athletes and adults at Integrated Athletic Performance/ CrossFit Oakville. It is here that Nick gained a wealth of knowledge and experience, which ultimately drove him to begin his own business with Marshal and Eric in CrossFit Override.

“Having seen the positive impact CrossFit has had on my life first hand, my goal is to help as many others see the benefits of CrossFit and a healthy lifestyle.”

Marshal Szyndlar

Marshal Szyndlar

Co Founder/Head Coach

CF L1 Certified
CPR & AED

I grew up in a very physical lifestyle, being one of 5 boys. Trying any physical activity I was exposed to at the time pond hockey, karate, running, swimming, biking, climbing, wrestling, the push game, and anything that could challenge me physically. During my high school career, I was a varsity letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. During my senior year, I would focus on just playing baseball, in the hopes of going on to pitch in college. My college baseball career was cut short when I blew my knee out playing pickup basketball in the fall semester of my freshman year. Before I could even jog again, I started coaching as a hitting and pitching instructor at Frozen ropes in Danbury CT. I soon found my new passion in performance coaching and months after starting at Frozen Ropes I found Crossfit! My first WOD was “Grace”. It took me about 8 minutes to finish the 30 reps of hell but from that point on I was hook’d! Fast-forward 3 years. I have worked in multiple gyms across Connecticut (Healthtrax Fitness and wellness, Crossfit Oakville/IAP and Crossfit Hook’d). Not a day goes by that I am not reading and listening to different Crossfit, strength and conditioning and movement coaches on the greatest and latest information on anything and everything performance and fitness. Crossfit has changed my life, I am much stronger and faster than I have ever been. More disciplined and healthier! I am very grateful to wake up everyday with a passion to learn and grow, and help others learn and grow as well. The manifestation of my life in crossfit has lead me to follow my heart and see through to my dream in opening Crossfit Override with my two best friends.

Amy Hatfield

Amy Hatfield

Assistant Coach

CF L1 Certified

Amy started dancing and swimming competitively at a very young age, as well as participating in recreational softball and soccer leagues for most of her youth.   She was a varsity swimmer and cross country runner in high school, and went on to swim and run for Gordon College, where she studied Elementary Education and English.  Amy went on to work in a Special Education Autism Program and as a club swim team coach.  She also became very involved in scouting programs while working as an Aquatics Director at Camp Workcoeman and volunteering as a Venture Scout Leader.

Maintaining a healthy weight was a constant challenge for Amy, but after college, without a team for support and a coach for guidance, it became increasingly difficult for her to achieve a healthy lifestyle on her own.  In 2014, a friend suggested that she try a class at CrossFit Torrington, and she was hooked.  She became a CF-L1 trainer in 2016, and has enjoyed coaching and learning from the internship program with CrossFIt Override.

“CrossFit has given me the tools and motivation to safely and effectively regain control of my life.  It has made me stronger and healthier, both mentally and physically, and has pushed me to overcome limitations in ways I never thought possible.  CrossFit combines the positive community, nutrition, and exercise that is needed to inspire incredible growth, and it is a blessing to share it with others every day.”  

Dan Solla

Dan Solla

Assistant Coach

CF L1 Certified
CrossFit Strongman

Dan was born and raised in Waterbury, CT, and graduated from Post University with a degree in Business Management. He played many sports growing up, but found he was most passionate about soccer. Playing at all levels he was named to the Connecticut Olympic Development Team his senior year and played two years at Post University. Currently Dan is attending The University of Bridgeport for his masters in secondary education.  

Dan was introduced to CrossFit by his brother in 2011, aside from the challenge of daily workouts he also enjoyed the incredible relationships and camaraderie that came with his experience. Holding his L-1 since 2012, Dan has coached CrossFit in many different capacities and is very excited to join the CF Override staff.

 

Chris Faustino

Chris Faustino

Assistant Coach

CF L1 + L2 Certified

Fitness and coaching have always been a huge part of Chris’ life. Playing baseball and football through childhood then shifting gears to track and football in high school, he was always been engaged in some sort of sport and off-season training. After freshman year of college, Chris briefly focused on triathlons and obstacle course races before finding CrossFit through Spartan Races and their sponsorship with Reebok. From there he fell in love.

“It combined my passions of fitness, helping others, and building communities. Through a couple of orthopedic reconstructive surgeries my senior year, I focused more of my time on coaching and learning as much as I could about the methodology than actively participating, but got right back at it as soon as I could after my rehabs. Since graduating I’ve been involved in several gyms to varying capacities from head coach/manager to smaller coaching gigs. CrossFit never ceases to amaze me, nor do the owners, coaches, and athletes. I’m very glad to have found a home at Override, getting to work with an amazing staff and push my fitness with fierce athletes.”

 

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