Coaches

Coaches

Tyler McBride

I’ve been involved in fitness for almost my entire life and have been doing CrossFit for over 10 years. I opened CrossFit 516 in 2010 and have only grown to love what I do more each year. The beauty of coaching is you will never be the best, no matter how much you know, how much you care, someone is out there doing it better. And that thought drives me. The word “Coach” gets thrown around very freely these days. But to me that word means much more than instructing a CrossFit class for 60 minutes or going over skills and drills in the wrestling room. Word is bond, and calling yourself a coach is giving people your word that we have your best interest in mind. I am so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to be a coach to so many amazing people.
We are not just in the fitness business, we are in the people business.  Fitness is the proxy to allow us to help people and it is an honor to be in a community of individuals trying to help the world through fitness.

Athletic Achievement
– 6 time Crossfit regionals individual  athlete
– 50 mile burning river Ultra Marathon
– 100 mile Umstead Ultra Marathon

Coaching Credentials
– Over 10 years of coaching experience
– CrossFit level 1 x3
– CrossFit level 2
– CrossFit kids
– CrossFit powerlifting
– Mobility
– USAW certified
– OPT program design
– Coached several individuals & teams to CrossFit regionals
– Training director for Abby manor senior living community
– Training director for Hoffman manor assisted living facility

Ellen Pittakas

I began my CrossFit journey in 2009. While attending a personal training certification course in a gym, I stumbled upon a group of people participating in a CrossFit class. Intrigued after watching, I walked in and signed right up for my beginner’s classes. At that moment I didn’t know how much CrossFit would impact my life. There were so many things to learn and I quickly made many goals that I wanted to achieve. After a few years of working towards personal goals, my love of CrossFit grew even more when I was asked to be a part of the coaching staff. Being an elementary school teacher by day, I have a desire to want to reach the needs of my students and pass on all the knowledge I have to increase the success of each child. After receiving my level 1 coaching certification, I couldn’t wait to begin coaching. Just as with my students in my classroom, I wanted to help people achieve success in changing their lives through CrossFit. For me being a coach means more than just going over a movement and getting a group of people through the hour of class. It means being able to help people achieve something that they didn’t know was possible, to face challenges, to become a part of their day that showers them with positivity and motivation to cancel out bad days and negative thoughts, and to bring awareness that their health and safety is of the utmost importance. Being a part of the CrossFit 516 family is very special to me and am very thankful to have the opportunity to pass on my love and knowledge of CrossFit to others.

Rob Schiff

A coach can be anyone who chooses to empower others. It was through the influence of a person that I had the privilege of being coached by, in my youth, that I learned the concept of “paying it forward.” What that means to me is when a person does something to positively influence your life you actively seek to do the same for others. I’m grateful to have found CrossFit 516, which has become my vehicle to “pay it forward.”
As a coach at CrossFit 516 since March of 2012, I recognize the importance of being a positive influence on another persons life. I enjoy the opportunity to work with individuals and help them find the answers to achieving their goals. There’s no better feeling than seeing positive changes in others that you’ve helped bring about!! Most importantly for myself, it’s fun. We’ve cultivated a great community at CrossFit 516 that I honestly enjoy being a part of.

Kyle DeMasters

​I started CrossFit in 2010 looking for something different. I had tried everything from Jiu-Jitsu to the regular ‘Globo’ gym routine, but I was bored and needed a change. After my 1st CrossFit class I was hooked and knew this was what I was looking for. Being a NYC Fireman, CrossFit offered me the perfect training tool to help me prepare for the physical stress endured during a typical workweek.

​After learning from two remarkable coaches for a couple of years at CrossFit 516, I was asked to join the coaching staff in 2012 and was deeply honored. Coaching gave me a new challenge that I enjoyed. I was able to apply what I had learned and help others.

It brings a smile to my face when a student accomplishes something they never thought possible. Knowing I helped them reach their goals is rewarding to me. One of the things I love to teach is the barbell movements. It’s something that always intimidates people at first but when you teach them the right way to move their body around the barbell they keep coming back for more.

Dylan Murphy

I started CrossFit in 2010 with the intention of learning the movements and doing it on my own. The community I experienced is what made me stay. A good friend of mine, KC, told me that no matter what the workout was to “just walk in”. I continue to pass that knowledge onto others. Just show up and the coach and your peers will motivate you to crush your workout when you thought you couldn’t. I am a proud member and coach at CrossFit 516.