Neal Thompson is the founder of CrossFit Boston. He has been involved in coaching people in health and fitness for more than 2 decades. Neal found his passion in physical culture as a young teenager when he first began wrestling in his hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The need to get in shape for his first season led Neal to the weight room and his path was set. Neal eventually went on to become a collegiate football player and spent quite a bit of his free time in the gym! While in college Neal attended the USA Weightlifting Club Coach Certification being taught by Leo Totten, a well known Sr. International Coach of Team USA, and thus began his journey as a coach working with some female athletes while at Bucknell on the lifts. Neal works with fitness beginners to hardcore enthusiasts and designs his programs to be scalable to all individuals and their needs. He believes that strength is the foundation of all athleticism. Outside of CrossFit, Neal is a family man that spends his time with his beautiful wife and daughter. Their time is often spent outdoors hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, or skiing.
Before I opened CrossFit Boston I was working as a personal trainer at one Boston’s local gyms. I enjoyed the work but I felt that something was missing. I realized that same thing could be said for my own workouts. Being an athlete since a young age I always had something to work for, I had goals, a purpose. Upon graduating from college I had found it difficult to stay motivated. The structure was missing as was the intensity. I could tell that my clients were feeling the same way. So I began searching. I was first led to bootcamp style workouts. I realized I was on to something here because it created the TEAM atmosphere. Collectively it is much easier to work harder in a group of individuals with common goals. This was true with the bootcamp classes. My clients were achieving good results, had a community, and really enjoyed the workouts. BUT there still was something missing. It was about this time that one of my clients approached me asking if I had heard about CrossFit. I hadn’t. He handed me the “What is Fitness?” article from the CrossFit Journal and I was impressed with what I read. I had to see more so I went to the website and the “Workout of the Day” was “Diane”, reps of 21-15-9 for time of: 225 pound deadlift and handstand push ups. I had never done handstand push ups before nor had combined bodyweight movements with weight lifting as a timed exercise. Let’s just say 20 minutes later I had my head in the trash can and I was hooked! The holy grail of intensity had been bestowed upon me. Two weeks later I was attending my first CrossFit Certification. When I came back to Boston and began implementing CrossFit’s methodology and principles my clients and I saw results in our fitness far surpassing previous efforts. I cannot imagine a program better suited to meet the needs of my clients.
CrossFit Boston was the first CrossFit Affiliate in all of New England and the 21st affiliate to open its doors. Our growth has led us to move or expanded 3 times in the 5 years that our doors have been opened. 5 affiliates have been opened from our membership and we are regularly consulted on to assist CrossFit Affiliates and Athletes across the country.
Neal has over 15 years of experience as both an athlete and coach. His clientele has ranged from professional athletes to soccer moms and all sorts and likes between. Neal received a B.S. in Business Administration from Bucknell University, graduating in 1999. While attending the University, he competed on the football team and was named a tri-Captain his Senior year.
- CrossFit Level III Underground Strength Coach
- CrossFit Barbell CrossFit Football
- CrossFit Gymnastics
- CrossFit Nutrition
- CrossFit Running and Endurance Coach
- CrossFit Science of Exercise
- CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting
- CrossFit Rowing
- USA Weightlifting Club Coach
Tina founded her training business Iron & Grit in 2010. She joined the CrossFit Boston family in 2012 and now is manager and owner of CrossFit Boston Iron & Grit in Allston. She is a graduate of Hunter College-City University of New York with a B.A. in psychology and graduated from Harvard University-Graduate School of Education with an Ed.M. in 2001. After completing her graduate school degree Tina worked at Brookline High School in a program for at-risk youth. She then founded the One Pair of Shoes program to help girls with financial need attend local basketball camps. In 2010 Tina went on to pursue her degree in personal training from the National Personal Training Institute. During this time she received her CrossFit Level 1 certification, CrossFit Kids certification, CrossFit Rowing certification and the CrossFit Coach’s Prep Course.
Tina started the CrossFit KIDS Boston program in September of 2012. The program has grown from 8 to 30 athletes ranging from 4th grade to 12th grade. Currently Tina is working with leaders in the City of Boston to create a program for kids with financial need. Always committed to helping those with the most need in our society Tina continues to make her training available to all athletes.
CrossFit Training For Women is another specialized area Tina has pursued since becoming an affiliate owner. Tina has developed a progressions lifting program for women new to CrossFit.
- B.A. Psychology ~ Hunter College CUNY
- Ed.M. Education ~ Harvard University Graduate School of Education
- National Personal Training Institute Certified
- CrossFit Level 1 Certification
- CrossFit Kids Certification
- Coaches Prep Course
- CrossFit Rowing Certification
- CPR Certified 2013
I was always active in water sports growing up and stayed fairly fit through an active lifestyle of wakeboarding, windsurfing, and scuba diving. When I started my career I spent less time on the water and more time working and gradually got to where I could not run a mile without sucking wind. I started very low calorie diets and running distances to get back into shape and I hated every minute of it. I struggled with frustration because I never really saw results. A friend suggested Crossfit and I instantly fell in love with it. I loved how it challenged me in every way physically and mentally. I had a pull-up bar in my garage after my first month and went to class early and stayed late. Crossfit was life changing for me. I was surrounded by supportive healthy people who truly cared about me, held me to high standards and pushed me to excel at my weaknesses. I believe it has truly helped me outside of the gym as much as inside with the way I treat people and deal with challenges. I live eat and breathe Olympic lifting technique and strength training. I love passing it forward and helping people get that first pull-up, Snatch PR, ring dip, or just doing more work than they ever thought was possible.
- Crossfit Level 1 Certification
- Crossfit Running and Endurance Certification
- USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Certification
- 2011 Pan American Masters Silver Medalist
- Olympic Lifting Coaching Seminar with Wilkes Weightlifting
- Will Kuenzuel Power lifting Seminar
- PADI Rescue Diver
- BS Environmental Science and Chemistry, UNCW
MICHAEL “TITO” MARTIN
I grew up surrounded by music and competitive athletics and was encouraged by my parents to pursue both to whatever end they each provided. I was a starter or “first-teamer” for every soccer, basketball, tennis, baseball and golf team of which I was a member through high school and traveled with Northwestern University’s Club Ultimate A team through college. Despite choosing classical music performance as my career path, fitness and athletic competition have always been a close second (I nearly chose golf over music in my teens). When I finished my masters in 2008, I was faced with both unemployment and no athletic outlet. It wasn’t until the summer of 2009 that I was introduced to CrossFit by one of my good friends from high school and by that point I was, well….a part-time employee of Club Treadmill. “Bro, check out how many Lat Pull-Downs I can do…ON LEVEL 7!” “Daaaaang Bro. Let’s hit up Subway so we can eat fresh.” Needless to say, I was more than humbled by my first CrossFit workout, a fairly standard baseline workout consisting of running, push-ups, sit-ups and air squats. The whole wheat cold cut I’d eaten to “fuel my body” searched eagerly for a way out after my last 400m run. Fast forward through countless PRs, a substantial diet change and three and a half years and you have the stronger, smarter, fitter, leaner, HAPPIER Tito to which you’ve become accustomed in class each day. I love CrossFit, our community, both at CFB and boxes around the world, and can’t wait to see where we as a fitness community are headed next. I only hope there’s bacon.
30th birthday goals (8/9/15):
405# back squat
315# front squat
300# clean and jerk
Sub 3:30 Fran
Beat Neal, Hitch, Gee, Shatty, Tapply and/or Tully in something.
MICHAEL GILLETTE (G2)
I have been involved in sports from as young as I can remember. I have played baseball, soccer, basketball, football, tennis and golf, and done road races of varying lengths as well as triathlons. I served 6 years in the Navy and moved to Boston without a plan. Using my Navy training, I worked in the semi-conductor industry for a couple of years before realizing the type of work wasn’t for me. Before joining the Navy, I studied Kinesiology at Michigan State University, and have been intrigued ever since. This ultimately let me to a strongman and powerlifting competition where I met Neal. We talked for a while and he convinced me to come in and check out CrossFit Boston. From that day forward, I never looked back.
CrossFit appealed to me because of its ability to improve all areas of fitness. I was able to get stronger and faster at the same time, whereas before it was one or the other. The longer I do CrossFit, the better I feel and healthier I get.
I love taking what I know and love, and helping people realize how to get their first pull-up, handstand pushup, new front squat PR, or simply doing a WOD as prescribed for the first time.
- CrossFit Level 1 Certification
- USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sport Performance Coach
Patrick Larcom is an ambassador for the Sport of Rowing and Fitness. He rowed for the University of Vermont and has been coaching competitive juniors and adults for the last four years. Patrick has combined rowing and fitness by offering rowing workshops and instruction to members and coaches at CrossFit Morristown and CrossFit Boston. In June Patrick graduated from the Institute for Rowing Leadership, a masters level program for rowing coaches. By day Patrick is the Head Coach of Renegade Rowing and a coach at CrossFit Boston. By night Patrick programs the Rowing WODs for the CrossFit Rowing Facebook Page. He’s a CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer and US Rowing Level III Certified Coach. Patrick dreams of the day when racing on the water makes it to the CrossFit Games and every athlete has experienced the power and grace of flying across the water.