Gilaad V. Cohen
Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Crossfit Newton 


– strength and conditioning coach since 1994

– Jr olympic athletes worked with swimmers

–  Pro sports teams phoenix suns and San Fransisco Giants

– Valley of the sun habilitation center provided services to adults with developmental disabilities whose primary disabilities were mental retardation and traumatic brain injuries

– Owner of KOR Personal Training wellesley, MA worked with everyone ranging from kids with aspergers syndrome to elite athletes

– Owner CrossFit Newton From kids to seniors, the de-conditioned to the elite athlete. CrossFit is for everyone!


– National Strength and Conditioning Assosiacion certified

– CrossFit level 1 coach

-CrossFit movement + mobility certified

-CrossFit running and endurance certified coach

-CrossFit olympic lifting certified coach

–  LMT (liscensed massage therapist)


– BS exercise science

– Licensed in massage therapy

Gil studied martial arts through his childhood to the age of 20. He says, at times he was amazed at the limits your body can be pushed to and how it adapts.

His training experience includes working with pro-athletes, Jr. Olympic athletes, Mixed Martial Artists, Kids with asperger’s syndrome and people who just want to get into amazing shape.

He believes that you decide your potential. Gil says, “I have seen people accomplish things I thought to be impossible.”

“Impossible means different things for different people, the harder you try the more the impossible becomes possible.”

The choice is yours!


Jodie Cohen

Co-Founder and Co-Owner of CrossFit Newton

Jodie has been a full-time Biology and Anatomy & Physiology Teacher at Newton North High School for 13 years.  Jodie has been a competitive fitness and figure athlete since 1999 and holds several titles regionally and nationally.  Previously, she was a competitive triathlete. She has a 17 year old son, Charlie and a 5 year old, girl, Olivia.

Jodie is currently in the best shape of her life, post second baby, completely because of CrossFit training.  “CrossFit just works, hands down, for busy athletes that want to get it done in the gym!  I have been working out my entire life and spent countless hours doing cardio and traditional workouts.  Nothing gives results like CrossFit, whether in athletic performance, building athletic physiques, and/or feeling super healthy.  CrossFit is the future of fitness!  I’m so psyched to share it with all of you!”

Jodie also competed on Team CFN at the 2012 CrossFit Games regionals.


CrossFit level 1

CrossFit movement + mobility certified

CrossFit runnning and Endurance certified coach

CrossFit Kids certified coach

Certified Mad Dog spinning instructor




Matt Tedeschi

Matt has loved working out since his teenage years.  He didn’t know much about proper form in his younger days but threw around weights in his basement anyway.  He says, “I became interested in working out one summer and I lost 20 plus pounds by eating healthy and exercising.  I didn’t know what I was doing as a young teenager but saw the impact nutrition and physical activity had on my health.”  Eventually, Matt found Crossfit and has been hooked ever since. “I love the constant variety Crossfit offers.  Exercising doesn’t have to be boring and Crossfit is proof of this.  I like that Crossfit is functional movements and that all you need is something as simple as a bag of sand or nothing at all to have a highly effective workout.”

Matt is currently employed by the Wellesley Fire Department and serves in the Army National Guard and has been for the last 10 years.  He uses Crossfit as a training tool for his jobs and everyday life.  His goal is to continue to grow as a coach by not only training athletes but getting further education through certs.  and  seminars.  He loves coaching and being a part of such a great Crossfit community.  He is happily married to a wonderful wife with a son and   girl.

Matt also competed with Team CFN at the 2012 CrossFit Games regionals.


Crossfit Level 1 certified

Crossfit Running and Endurance

USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sport Performance Coach

ISSA(International Sports Science Association) 

Attitude Nation Seminar- Jon North

Donny Shankle Seminar

EMT(Emergency Medical Technician state of MA)

CPR&AED certified through American Heart Association


Michele Barbone

Michele has always been an active multisport athlete. She is driven by competition and loves a good challenge. She played soccer in college at the Division 1 level and also earned a BS in Culinary Arts Management. After college she was looking for something to fill her need for competition and that’s when she stumbled upon CrossFit. She attended her first elements class in 2010 and never looked back. “If CrossFit had been part of my fitness regime before and during college I have no doubt that it would have taken my soccer game to a whole new level.”  Michele competed as an individual at the Reebok CrossFit Northeast Regionals in 2011 finishing 19th overall and in 2012 finishing in 17th overall. In her free time Michele skydives and plays soccer but both have taken a backseat to her CrossFit training. Michele plans to use her background in athletics and passion for CrossFit in order to help others achieve their fitness goals and to lead happier and healthier lifestyles. She hopes others will find the confidence that she found through CrossFit.


CrossFit Level 1

CrossFit Kid Certified Coach

Coaches prep course


Kirt Senser

I played no sports in high school or college (besides volleyball, on my own time). I skateboarded a LOT. I was skinny and small. That is, until my senior year, when I started lifting as an elective. This one class changed everything. I found my love of lifting heavy shit and noticed that life is a lot easier when you are big and strong, despite what the fashion ads portray.
CrossFit in general is kind of a self-pruning tree. If you see CrossFit stuff on the internet, or hear about it from your friends, or whatever… and then still choose to come in and give it a shot, you have passed the first gate on the road to radness. If you stick with it, don’t half ass your WODs, and above all realize that it’s not just about that time on the board, but about doing the movements correctly, and improving yourself as an athlete… well, there is the second gate on that road. The people that don’t tap out, and make it this far tend to be pretty awesome. The third gate is for the folks that are ready to take their raw strength and lifting technique to the next level, and this is where my passion in coaching is.
As for coaching experience, it’s all been in the last 5 years or so, but I spend a ridiculous amount of time reading and learning. I’ve attended several seminars as well, and (of course) have my Level 1 CrossFit Trainer and CrossFit Olympic Lifting certifications.  However, I feel the best experience has been coaching people for the past several years.
At my previous gym back in Maryland, I coached many CrossFit classes, but really enjoyed helping coach our fledgling strength program, BWI Strength. When the head strength coach opened his own gym, myself and another coach stepped up and started running the program ourselves. This immediately turned into a pretty epic program, and we had a lot of people that came over to get strong and ended up never leaving. Lots of people started putting up huge numbers, and many of them competed in local powerlifting meets and did great. One woman in particular currently holds all the raw powerlifting records for the state of Maryland, and is now competing at the top of the national level.
I also had the privilege of being coached by and working with Aaron Adams, a previous American record holder in Olympic Lifting, and helped coach CrossFit BWI’s Olympic Lifting program as well. This also gathered a large following and led to many of them competing and doing very well in local and regional meets.
I strongly believe that if you want to be a better CrossFitter, and also a well rounded athlete, that you NEED to take time out of just WOD’ing your face off to get stronger and improve your technique. Periodization and working on these weaknesses is the “secret” that all the top level CrossFit athletes use to really excel.



Sydney Ford

Sydney was introduced to CrossFit in college, after interning as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Coming from a background in competitive sports (tennis and long distance running), her recurring injuries proved that she was lacking the strength required to perform at the intensity she wanted. She looked for a strength training program that was both feasible and fun. After her first WOD (Grace!), she never turned back. Her favorite thing about CrossFit is the incredibly supportive community – “there is so much to be inspired by every day. The people I work and train with push me and help me challenge myself to be the best I can be.”  Through her training and coaching, has seen the incredible results that CrossFit has to offer, and has assisted many athletes in reaching their health and fitness goals.

Sydney began training and coaching at CrossFit 321 in Brunswick, ME. After moving to Boston for a Masters in Public Health at Boston University, she has joined the CrossFit Newton community and is thrilled to be a part of it.

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CPR/First Aid Certified


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Matt Hinds

Matt was born in Petaluma, California. He considers himself a beneficiary of great coaching. His dad taught him to bench, squat and clean at age 12, and he has not missed a week of lifting since. He began a three year mentorship with high school strength coach Rick Villareall in 06′, while playing football at Santa Rosa College. Interestingly, Rick developed his programming by fusing that of two others: SST, a speed and power development format, and something called Crossfit. Matt completed his bachelors at San Diego State in 10′. After graduation, Matt worked at a personal training studio in San Rafael, Ca, and started his own venture called Bayareasuperfit. He served as a strength coach for Casa Grande High School. Matt arrived in Boston in mid 11′. He reignited Bayareasuperfit, and took a job at the Cambridge Athletic Club, where he did personal training, bootcamp, boxing, and a strength and a conditioning class. He played rugby for the Boston 13’s in 11′, and football for the Charlestown Townies in 12′. Matt decided to participate in the 13′ Crossfit open, and joined CFN. He was impressed by the supportive, dynamic, competitive, co-ed training culture. Gil invited Matt aboard the CFN staff in September 13′. Matt is committed to sharing his experiences, and serving to make CFN a premier box. Contact him at He would love to respond to inquiries and engage in dialogue regarding training, natural farming, closed loop urban metabolic systems, and the Self.

Education and certification:
BS Kinesiology

Jack Hile 

When he is not studying English at Connecticut College, Jack spends his time at Crossfit Newton, sharing his knowledge and experience of a different passion – fitness.  Having been a varsity baseball player and wrestler at Wellesley High School, Jack has a varied athletic background.  By his junior year, Jack was fully dedicated to wrestling and was a two-year captain of his team.  When he was sidelined for the post-season by an injury his senior season, he looked to find an outlet for his competitive side yet again going into college.  Upon enrolling at Conn College, Jack became a devout crossfitter and rugby player.  After a year at Crossfit Newton, Jack won his first Crossfit competition in South Boston at the Garage Games New England Final in 2011 and again in 2012.  As Jack continues to strive for excellence as an athlete, he is also interested in sharing his passion for an active lifestyle with others. CFN has given Jack the opportunity to continually push himself and others to new heights.  Jack believes Crossfit is for everyone, from the elite athlete to someone who has never set foot in a gym before and that’s what makes it so special.

Jack also competed as an individual in the 2011 and 2012 CrossFit Games North East Regional.


CrossFit level 1 certified

CPR certified



David Williams

David is a 29 years old, a full time student at UMass Boston, Full time father to 6 year old, Gabriel Williams. He is also a part time employee at Cerebral Palsy of Mass, CrossFit Newton and at Plympton Elementary School as a recess monitor. He also helps as a parent-trainer for Plympton BOKS, a free before school fitness and health program. Coach Williams is a veteran of the U.S. Army, as an Airborne Recon Sergeant, with two deployments to Iraq.

David and his son, Gabriel, spend the weekends riding bikes around Waltham, running 5Ks, or rock climbing. Gabriel will soon be one of the first members of CrossFit Newton Kids.
David hopes to lead the path towards healthy families by building health and fitness from the ground up — the children.
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Kids
USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
BOKS Kids Trainer



Amy Fair

Amy is a dynamic and passionate athlete and massage therapist with a huge
fascination with the body. She approaches each athlete as an individual and
strives to keep the big picture in focus. Health includes, but is not
limited to, fitness, rest, nutrition, bodywork, and fun. One of her life
goals is to provide the intense athlete with the tools and wisdom to do what
he/she loves all the days of his/her life. Between the years competing in
ultimate frisbee, competitive athlete siblings, and a military family, Amy
loves intensity, challenge, commitment, integrity, perseverance and victory.
She’s a stickler for technique and loves teaching new tricks to keep the
body loose and supple for high quality performance. Amy loves pullups,
cleans, rowing and toe-to-bar, but says “THIS IS AWESOME!” everytime she
teaches a movement to a new athlete. She gets amped when she sees a gnarly,
“sucktastic” workout and even more so when she sees her peers destroy one.
You will find her around CrossFit Newton working out, coaching,
rolling/stretching, practicing a new skill, working with a massage client,
answering questions about anatomy, injuries, and soft tissue, or just
shooting the breeze with the awesome people who workout there, too.

In her other life, Amy loves spending time with family and kayaking, has a
weakness for mexican food, and would rather do pretty much everything


CrossFit Trainer Level 1


Licensed Massage Therapist

CranioSacral Therapist

Orthopedic Massage Therapist

BA Spanish, Wellesley College

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