Aaron is a professional coach. He has coached CrossFit for 12+ years, opening the first CrossFit Lando, now Monument Fitness, location in Woburn in 2012. He was previously a Division 1 baseball coach for 4 years, giving him over a decade of high level and diverse coaching experience.
Aaron has himself competed at many levels of sport, from college baseball to the Reebok CrossFit Games. He has coached athletes at all levels of fitness, from beginners to athletes in the CrossFit Games and CrossFit Regionals.
Education: Brandeis University: BA, Sociology, 2006
Boston University: M.Ed, Sport Psychology, Coaching Principles, 2009
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Powerlifting, USAW Level 1 Coach, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, IFA Sports Nutrition.
One look at Stacey’s resume in competitive functional fitness and one is immediately wowed. She has competed at the highest levels of sport, having placed 9th and 12th at the Reebok CrossFit Games in 2009 and 2011 respectively. Since 2008, Stacey has competed at the CrossFit Regionals 9 times, 8 times as an individual athlete placing in the top 10 for 7 of 8 years, and once as a member of Team Lando (2015). Her 9 consecutive years qualifying in the Northeast is unmatched by any female athlete since the start of the Open system in 2011.
What is truly special about Stacey, however, is as a coach she shines twice as bright as she does as an athlete. She is the leader of a coaching staff that has been awarded “Best of Boston” by Boston Magazine multiple years, and individually is the best group fitness coach in the city and arguably in existence. She is unmatched in her ability to educate and inspire all comers, from reluctant newbies to proven competitors like herself. Truly part of the heart and soul of CrossFit Lando, Stacey embodies the spirit of what makes a great coach.
Stacey is also the founder and head of Fit and Fabulous Nutrition Consulting run through Monument Fitness.
Education: BS, Exercise Science, summa cum laude, Keene State College, 2005
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 CrossFit Gymnastics and Advanced Gymnastics CrossFit Nutrition CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NSCA.
A coach at Lando for 2 years, Kyle brings a unique experience to his classes with a background in physical therapy and athletic training. He works as an athletic trainer at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA and works with high school athletes in CrossFit there as well. He brings a patience and wellness centric approach to his coaching that resonates with athletes of all ability levels.
Education: BS, Physical Therapy, Springfield College
Lauren has been a part of our community since our first year, joining as a member in 2013. She has been a special part of our community from the beginning, seeing a major transformation as a person and athlete…just see her picture on our before and after board. She also introducing us to her then boyfriend, now husband, Kyle Hicks, who is now known as Coach Kyle who has been a firm part of our stable of coaches for 3+ years.
She comes to us with a wealth of experience in the health and wellness industry. She has been a coach for years, softball and fitness, and a educated to the highest level with a PhD from the MGH School. She has since been working as a physical therapist for years which she brings to us on our staff.
Lauren will be coaching classes for us and is available for PT consulting at both gyms. Injury, pain, nagging issues, Lauren can help you with anything you need. We are lucky to have her on our staff!
A lifelong athlete, Courtney moved to Boston from Chicago in January 2016. Her love of competition, like many, lead her to CrossFit Lando where she quickly fell in love with the community and sport.
Courtney graduated from University of Kansas with a degree in History. She loves helping others reach their full potential and is fascinated with the many different ways to cue athletes to reach that potential. She currently works at CarGurus in Cambridge and loves dropping in to boxes overseas.
Dan is another Coach who cut his teeth as a member at Lando for years before jumping into the teaching realm. He found CrossFit when he was self described as “50 pounds over weight eating sandwiches and drinking beer” and needed a change. Now he is one of the hardest working around the gym, making him a natural leader as a Coach.
He is a native of New Hampshire and attended Endicott College both for undergrad and his MBA which he finished in 2010. Dan is lucky where he truly loves his job and where he works. He was one of the original employees of CarGurus and still works there, now as a Senior Sales Manager.
Dan has some interesting athletic/competition parts to his life including, but not limited to, playing on a nationally touring softball team which had his Dad as a teammate, and being a nationally ranked 9 pin bowler, almost going to college for the sport back in the day. Not to be forgotten is he was a sponsored paintball player and traveled around the country playing in tournaments.
Truly a bit of everything coming from Dan. We are lucky to have such a unique guy as part of our staff and you are to learn from him each week!
Mel came to Monument Fitness to be a coach after being a member for multiple years. She has always had a passion for health and fitness, from playing multiple sports (against the boys nonetheless), to competitive cheerleading and dancing. She holds multiple records in track and field from her high school days. Before joining CrossFit Lando/Monument Fitness did her own programming in the CrossFit methodology while also working as a personal trainer and group class instructor for over 5 years.
When she isn’t coaching and working out at Monument Charlestown Mel is a full time nurse and working towards a Master’s Degree in Nursing. Fun Fact: In 2012, Mel and her team were NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick Champions which won her trips to the Hawaii (twice), the NFL Draft, and the Super Bowl. Unfortunately it was one of the few years the Patriots weren’t playing.
Fitchburg State: BS in Health Sciences and Psychology, Minor in Business, 2014
Bay State College: Nursing, 2020
Julianne is a 300 hour RYT and has taught in Asia, Europe, and the U.K. Her yoga journey began nearly a decade ago in Chiang Mai, Thailand where it served as a reprieve from life’s stressors. What began as an after work stress reliever, soon became a lifestyle as she discovered the transformational aspects of pranayama (breathwork), asana (poses), and meditation. As an athlete and someone who always enjoyed working out, yoga became her way of “working in.” She saw the effects of her practice in the way she had newfound patience for herself and others, as well as in her physical body with more flexibility and deeper breathing.
Her practice is ever evolving and, although she considers herself a Yoga Teacher, she is a student first and foremost and is passionately committed to keeping a beginner’s mind.
Julianne believes in holding space for others to explore their bodies and minds without judgment. She wants her students to have fun, get curious, be open minded and playful. Above all else, she believes in allowing each student the space and time to have their own unique experience.
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