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At BPF our positive and supporting community, along with our experienced and knowledgeable coaching staff, creates the best environment to help individuals reach their fitness goals.
Meet the team that sets this gym apart
Jim played many sports growing up, and played Basketball in college at Wilkes University. He then transferred to Penn State Main Campus, where he graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology. After graduating college, Jim became N.A.S.M. certified, and began personal training. Jim has always been a dynamic trainer, appealing to the athlete as he incorporated plyometrics and agility in all of his training. Jim began doing CrossFit in 2008. He loved the competitive spirit and the team atmosphere created by CrossFit. Jim, along with many of his followers, supported his decision to open his own gym. Breaking Point Fitness-CrossFit Ridge Ave officially opened in June of 2012.
B.S. Kinesiology, CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Gymnastics Cert, CrossFit Mobility Cert, CrossFit Endurance Cert, USAW Olympic Lifting Cert, Ido Portal Movement X Seminar, Ido Portal The Corset Seminar, Carl Paoli Freestyle Connection Seminar, NASM Cert
As a high school student, Rachel attended a summer-long seminar at Canyon Ranch Health Resort, where she developed an interest in nutrition, spirituality and body mechanics. She then joined the cross-country and track teams at Baldwin High School. She took it upon herself to study nutrition and wellness in the human body. With her interest in wellness and medicine, she studied Pre-med at The University of Vermont, where she enjoyed running, biking, and hiking the green mountains. She graduated with her B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience. Rachel graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, with her degree as a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.). She decided to further her education by enrolling in the University of Arizona’s Integrative Medicine Fellowship. She has been taught by many well-respected professors including Dr. Andrew Weil, Harvard-graduate and founder of Integrative Medicine, Dr. Siri Chand Khalsa, specialist in Ayurveda and Nutrition, and Sensai Koshin Ellison, co-founder of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. She hopes to be able to teach CrossFit members about nutrition as a key to wellbeing and disease prevention.
Meg has been playing sports since a young age and has always loved being competitive. Meg never truly worked out until college, where she played on the soccer team. After college, Meg joined the Manayunk Running Club, where she met Jim and Rachel. She began to workout with Jim and Rachel in their backyard, and instantly fell in love with CrossFit. Soon after, she got her CrossFit Level 1 certification and started competing in both Olympic Lifting and CrossFit competitions. In 2014, she finished 76th in the Mid Atlantic Region in the CrossFit Games Open. She loves our team/family here at CrossFit Ridge Ave, and she loves motivating everyone to push their limits.
CrossFit Level 2
Brian found and fell in love with CrossFit shortly after moving to Philadelphia in the Fall of 2013. Until that point, Brian had always led an active lifestyle, playing baseball and football from childhood through high school and into college through intramurals. He even began training with weights in middle school and has continued to do so since then but found it to become boring at times before CrossFit. At Penn State, Brian pursued his interests in health and the human body by receiving his B.S. in Nutritional Science. Even with this knowledge, he found it difficult to lose weight eating a standard, recommended diet. Brian re-educated himself on health and nutrition and has been able to lose and keep off 90lbs and build more muscle in the process with the help of CrossFit training. Brian is always self-educating on training styles, mobility techniques and of course, nutrition. He began coaching after receiving his CrossFit Level 1 certificate in January 2015 and is a proud member of the Breaking Point Fitness family. He wouldn’t want to spend his free time anywhere else.
Alli was introduced to Crossfit in 2012 during her time at the National Personal Training Institute. She immediately got hooked on the methodology, community, and the results. After some time, given her years of experience teaching group fitness classes and personal training, she decided she wanted to take it to the next level. She received her level 1 Crossfit certification in 2013 and has been coaching ever since. She finds great pride and joy in helping others reach their health and fitness goals, either in a class setting or one-on-one. Since then, she has competed in a number of local Crossfit competitions and moved on to receive her Crossfit level 2 certification in 2018. Being a part of the Crossfit and Breaking Point community has enriched her life and she hopes to share with many other athletes!
Crossfit Level 2
NPTI Personal Training
Jeremy grew up in the Lehigh Valley playing a multitude of traditional sports including soccer, basketball and track and field. At Penn State, Jeremy studied recreation management and was active as a varsity cheerleader. He spent his early career as a fitness and sports coordinator for the US Navy. In this position he traveled to Japan, San Diego, Guam, Bahrain and was on a humanitarian deployment on the USNS Comfort. During his time in Bahrain, he earned a personal training certification through the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America as well as two TRX instructor certifications. Jeremy was an endurance athlete during most of his 20’s. He completed the Honolulu, San Diego and New Jersey marathons as well as a couple half marathons. Jeremy was introduced to Crossfit in Bahrain and San Diego, but after moving to Philadelphia, he decided to participate in Crossfit on a more regular basis at Breaking Point. He immediately fell in love with the Crossfit and BPF communities and style of training. After being a member for 3 years, Jeremy earned his Crossfit Level 1 certification and became a coach.
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