In 1991, after years of boxing and a great love for dance, Bernie began teaching a step aerobics class, which led to various other courses, such as High Impact Cardio, Boot Camp, Cardio Kickboxing, Core and Conditioning, and a host of other classes on a part-time basis. In 1996, Bernie started kickboxing and fell in love with Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). By 2005, Bernie opened his own gym, IMPACT Fitness, where he taught cardio, conditioning, military boot camp, kickboxing, and MMA classes. In 2009, Bernie began teaching classes at Synergy gyms, giving him the opportunity to broaden his scope in training and educating people on fitness, nutrition, and self-love. It was through his MMA training that he discovered CrossFit, changing his life forever. It was kismet that Bernie and CrossFit merged. He encourages a sense of community, camaraderie, support, and love for your fellow athlete. Bernie believes that working out should be about more than just working up a sweat and getting stronger and faster; it should be about building a connection with others in order to support and encourage each other to be better in whatever endeavors they are seeking. He believes that CrossFit is about family, and that with faith, love, and determination you can overcome any challenge. With those beliefs he walked away from corporate America and began his new career as a CrossFit Coach.
Favorite Scripture: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
– Hug Yourself, Love Yourself
– Prepare for the Unknown and the Unknowable
– I train warriors!
– Do Not Be Afraid of Your Greatness
Favorite Quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” – Marriane Williamson
Favorite WOD: Fight Gone Bad, Randy, and Helen
CrossFit Level 1/Level 2,
CrossFit Coaching and Prep
CrossFit Olympic Lifting
CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
CrossFit Regional Judge
AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, AFAA Kickboxing Certification, AFAA Personal Trainer