114 Long Pond Road unit 6 Plymouth MA 781-883-3810 info@baystatecrossfit.com

Our Coaches

Julie Brewster

Julie grew up doing competitive gymnastics then raced on the high school cross country & track teams breaking many school records.  As an adult after having children she craved some type of sport that motivated her and gave her that competitive edge.  When a friend told her to try Crossfit, she knew nothing about it and tried her first class at BayState in 2014.  Welcomed with open arms and motivated to give it her best every time she walked in the doors, she fell in love with the sport. The sport changed her physically and mentally in the most positive ways. Once proficient in the basics her desire to help others feel good about themselves inside and out motivated her to go on to received her CF L2 . She continues to further her education in the sport so she can instruct children and master other specific areas of CrossFit.  Julie and has been helping others through coaching since 2016. When she is not inside the gym, she is busy raising her three children and running her event planning business.

Owner/operator

Credentials: CrossFit Level 1 and 2 coach

Crossfit gymnastics

Sam Cipollo

Sam was an exercise science major in college and just completed her first marathon! She has three children that are involved in every sport under the sun most of which Sam has coached. 
She fell in love with CrossFit 10 years ago when she and Julie showed up to Baystate on a random Wednesday and immediately had had to do wall balls. 
Her other interest include reading, walking her dog riding her peloton and bartending with Julie. 
Owner/operator  
Credentials 
CrossFit Level 1

Jessica Hurd

Born and raised in Canton, Connecticut, Jess grew up playing any sport she could get her hands on while primarily focusing on soccer. After graduating high school early at 17, Jess completed her B.A. in Psychology at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, also graduating early.  After college, she began working part-time in a local gym while attending graduate school. From 2012 to 2017 she moved up and down the East Coast and throughout New England, her adventures and accomplishments including receiving her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, working in various capacities with multiple police departments, and enlisting in the United States Marine Corps.

 

She finally settled in Plymouth in 2017 after accepting a job working in a behavioral boarding school, and like many found herself laid off during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. During this time her passion for fitness and self-care grew, and she decided to obtain her L-1 and begin working full time as a CrossFit coach. 

 

Jess found BayState CrossFit just 2 short years ago, but in that time has fully thrown herself into the community while working in project management as her “adulting job.” Jess’ credentials include her CrossFit Level 2, Precision Nutrition Level 1, and Gymnastics Course Level 1 certifications, and she has a special interest and passion in adaptive training for physical and cognitive disabilities. She loves to travel and be outdoors on the beach or in the woods any chance she gets, and looks forward to furthering her fitness education with specialty courses in Olympic lifting, adaptive training, and other specialties. 

Credentials: CrossFit Level 1 Head coach

James Giles

Although powerlifting started as a way of keeping James out of trouble in his teenage years, his relationship to the sport quickly flourished into what has become a lifelong passion. In 2012, after several recommendations from friends over a short period of time, James was compelled to try out CrossFit. He began at BayState CrossFit with Tim and completed his first WOD (the filthy fifty), after which he remembered thinking, “That just kicked my ass!” Immediately, he was hooked. 

 

By 2013, after a year of CrossFit, James had begun expanding his knowledge and earned his CF-L1. The next hurdle, however, was far more daunting—coaching. With an incredible fear of public speaking, James struggled to imagine himself as the leader of a class. It was by far his greatest challenge since first being introduced to CrossFit. Encouraged by the strong CrossFit community and the mental fortitude that the sport builds—two things James cites as his favorite aspects of CrossFit—he worked hard to overcome his fear and joined the staff at BayState CrossFit.

He is extremely grateful for the opportunity to become an owner at BayState CrossFit and looks looking forward to helping people make positive changes in their lives one WOD at a time.

Outside the gym, James can be found operating heavy equipment, listening to podcasts, and spending time with Amanda and their children. 

 

Credentials: CF-L2, CF-Gymnastics, USA Olympic Weightlifting Course 1 & 2

Lauren Pagnini

 

Lauren is a native of Southeastern Massachusetts. She has an amazing son who is an
adrenaline- fueled athlete just like her. Lauren has been an athlete her whole life and has
always loved lifting weights. Growing up, she could be found at whatever class was the toughest
at local gyms. In 2016, Lauren was introduced to CrossFit by her friends and she was
immediately hooked. As a CrossFit athlete, Lauren loves the high intensity and variations of the
workouts and her favorite movement is squatting and lunges. She has competed in both solo
and partner competitions and loves the feeling of attempting a PR and the yelling of the
community in the background to help her achieve her last rep.
In 2022, Lauren decided to get her L1 to help share her passion for working hard in the gym and
encouraging those around her. Her favorite part of coaching is learning people’s strengths and
weaknesses and helping them meet their goals. Lauren loves the community that comes with
CrossFit and she finds it really inspiring to be surrounded by so many strong individuals.
When Lauren is not at the gym, you can find her spending time with her son, racing amateur
motocross or downhill mountain biking.

 

Credentials: CrossFit Level 1 coach

Kait Penning

 

Kait started CrossFitting in 2011 and found her ‘forever’ home at Baystate CrossFit in 2012. She earned her CF Level 1 Trainer Certificate and began coaching in 2013. She has since attended the CrossFit Powerlifting Seminar and advanced to a CF Level 2 Trainer.

Kait is a competitive 57kg/63kg powerlifter competing at the National and International level in the USAPL and IPF; she won 2 bench press National titles in the raw 57kg and equipped 63kg open classes in 2018 and was named to the 2019 USA National Team. She loves sharing her love for strength and lifting heavy with BayState members in her Powerlifting class. Outside of the gym, Kait is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst working with children on the Autism spectrum, fur mom to her dog Cedar and life mate to the very handsome, strong and bearded Jon Penning.

 

Credentials: CrossFit Level 2 coach and CrossFit powerlifting

Brandy Dasilva

You’ll find this coach most excited with a barbell in her hands. Coach Brandy started at Baystate CrossFit in 2014 and instantly fell in love with the community and the high intensity workouts. She decided to further her knowledge in 2017 obtaining her CrossFit Level 1 certificate to help athletes around her.

 In 2019, Brandy continued to coach CrossFit classes but stepped away from working out in the group classes herself to peruse her training in Olympic Weightlifting. She joined a weightlifting team called “Team Yasha” and found herself competing in local weightlifting competitions, placing in her weight class. She loves learning technique for all strength movements. If you’re in the gym and looking for some pointers on your snatch or clean and jerk, she’s your girl! 

Outside of the gym, Brandy is a full time ER and Labor & Delivery nurse. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband/dog/family/friends, loves traveling and often loves finding a good brewery or winery to unwind and relax.

 

Kenny Pearl

Kenny grew up in Marshfield and didn’t get into any sports or particular training style until later in life. Prior to joining CrossFit he was a regular at large globo gyms  doing body part split training trying to stay in shape like many people do. While vacationing in South Carolina he saw a CrossFit event broadcast at a local bar and couldn’t believe the feats the athletes on TV were doing. He tried doing a couple of CrossFit style workouts on his own at a gym and quickly realized how challenging and fun CrossFit can be! This inspired him to join CrossFit in 2018 where he was amazed at the challenge and sense of community that it provided. 

 

After a year of working at CrossFit he immediately wanted to get into coaching as a way to help others enjoy CrossFit as much as he does. He started coaching at CrossFit Takeoff in 2020 and has been enjoying the process of becoming a better athlete and a better coach throughout the entire process. Kenny loves to work with members at all levels, whether it’s their first day of CrossFit, a one year member trying to get their first pull up, or a seasoned athlete looking for the extra little bit of encouragement to shave some seconds of their time. His favorite workouts are anything with a heavy dumbbell, barbell, wallball or any workout over 30 minutes. 

 

Outside of coaching Kenny owns intlx Solutions, an IT services company based out of Canton MA. When not at the gym or at work Kenny lives with his wife Erica ( also a BayState CF Member) in Kingston with their cat and dogs. Kenny and Erica are also avid travelers and concert goer’s, no place is too far to travel for good vibes and good music.

 

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)

CrossFit Gymnastics

Precision Nutrition Level 1

Health Steps Nutrition HSN

Katelyn Hopfgarten

Katelyn grew up in Bridgewater, where much of her life revolved around sports. She spent most weekends playing soccer for town, school, and travel teams in addition to watching her siblings play on a variety of sports teams all over the South Shore.  After high school, she studied Radiologic Technology at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science in Boston.  After graduating from college, Katelyn looked for a fitness routine that would challenge and support her busy schedule while helping her to grow as an athlete.  She learned about CrossFit from a friend and joined Baystate CrossFit in the spring of 2012. 

Katelyn was overwhelmed by the welcoming community, unconditional support, and challenging workouts that Baystate CrossFit provided. CrossFit presents both physical and mental challenges in order to grow and strengthen each athlete from the inside out. In addition, the CrossFit community is unique in its support for one another both in and out of the gym. She quickly fell in love with the distinctive design and programming offered by CrossFit and became a regular at the afternoon classes. Katelyn earned her CF-L1 certification in October of 2020 and began coaching shortly after. 

In addition to coaching, Katelyn works as a radiologic technologist and supervisor at a local community outpatient clinic. She is currently a graduate student earning her Master’s in Public Health.  When Katelyn is not at Baystate, she can be found traveling, skiing, reading, and spending time with her husband and their Jack Russell terrier, Toby.   

Aubrey Brennan

Aubrey grew up and lives in Kingston with her husband Sam and 2 fur babies! She started her CrossFit journey in 2008 when she attended 5am classes with a friend in preparation for field hockey season! Aubrey instantly fell in love with CrossFit. 

Aubrey earned her CF level 1 certification in 2015, then in 2018 she changed paths and did the CrossFit Kids certification! Aubrey is a full time PreK teacher so coaching children was something she knew she would love as well! 

Outside of the coaching and CrossFit world, Aubrey also has her Masters of Early Childhood Education and has been teaching children for 7 years, and more to come!

  • CrossFit Kids certified 2023
  • First aid and cpr certified 
  • 10 year preschool teacher 

Kristine Maw

After leaving the corporate world to raise her two daughters, Kristine began contemplating part time work when her youngest entered kindergarten. In 2012, at just the right time, she was given the opportunity to follow her passion for health and fitness by becoming a group fitness instructor for a core strength class and personal trainer for small group HIIT. In early 2017, after receiving word that her gym was closing, Kristine began looking for a new home for herself and her small group members. Although she had never taken a CrossFit class, nor had any interest at the time, a local CrossFit welcomed them in and created a conditioning class to meet their needs.
For years, Kristine had believed the many misconceptions about CrossFit, such as everyone had to lift the same weight and do the exact same exercises, including incredibly complex lifts and gymnastics, which led to her lack of interest. However, by the end of her first class she realized how wrong she’d been. The coach provided excellent guidance and scaling options based on Kristine’s abilities and physical limitations. What was most surprising was that the experienced CrossFitters were also extremely helpful, encouraging and supportive. Within weeks she got her L1 and eventually began coaching. 
One of the many aspects of CrossFit that Kristine loves is that there is always room for improvement, new skills to learn, new weights to hit and times to beat. The workouts are always changing, yet there are benchmarks to track progress. Most of all, Kristine loves that CrossFit utilizes functional movements that will keep her body strong and able to handle the demands of growing older.
As a coach, teacher and trainer, Kristine has always loved helping people at all stages of their fitness journey move well and make progress towards their goals. She finds it incredibly rewarding to help athletes that are new to CrossFit, or even exercise, discover their capabilities. Perhaps the most rewarding part of Kristine’s CrossFit experience has been the friendships and deep connections she has made as a part of the community. It’s amazing to have a second family cheering you on and helping you to be your best.
Kristine, her husband Geoff, teenage daughters Sadie and Amelia and their black lab Louie live in Plymouth. Together they enjoy spending time at the beach, live music, skiing, tennis, travel and spending time with family and friends.
Credentials:
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
Judges Course 2022
Spot the Flaw
NSCA Personal Trainer
UCanRow2 Indoor Rowing Certified
CPR & AED

Scott Graham

I started CrossFit in 2012 at Reebok Crossfit Bare Cove in Hingham and Crossfit Scicoh in Cohasset. My first coaching experience took place in a small sport specific facility in Canton where the main focus was Olympic Weightlifting. They had some division one athletes, prep and high school athletes and great coaches.So after a 9 year gap of being thrust into the corporate world, I took up CrossFit as a member at Reebok CrossFit Bare Cove. The move into coaching was pretty quick after starting and I eventually ended up becoming a full time coach, as well as a part of the ownership group in both locations. I hold a Crossfit level 2 certificate, Crossfit Kids certification, CrossFitAdaptative Athlete certification and Crossfit New England Affiliate Excellence Seminar Certification.  I love coaching and I’m a big believer in coaching form first, speed second, and load last.

Will Howe

Will grew up on cape cod, went to school in Boston, and has lived in Middleboro since 2007 with
his two children, Ben, Ellie and their golden retriever, Hudson. Will’s life over the last few years has
consisted of watching and sometimes coaching his kid’s lacrosse, ice hockey, soccer, and football teams.
In his free time, he loves spending time with his kids, going to the beach, fishing, traveling, and playing
golf.
He has had a passion for fitness since he was a kid. He grew up playing soccer, basketball,
baseball, and was always a runner from when he was a young child. He has run the Boston marathon
twice, done multiple half-marathons, and now stays healthy through CrossFit. He started CrossFit back
in 2013 when Baystate CrossFit was the only CrossFit gym around. He has been a CrossFit trainer for
more than 9 years, and currently holds his Level 1 and 2 trainer certificates. He has loved coaching
people to eat healthier, become fitter, and just become happier humans through exercise.

Jamie Johnson

Graduated from Bridgewater State University for Exercise Science. Spent 6yrs as a personal trainer before coaching CrossFit.
My passion is helping people move better and live longer through proper exercise and nutrition!

Credentials: L2 CrossFit Coach, B.S Exercise Science, Precision Nutrition Lvl1

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