Coaches

JOHN BADARACCO (Co-Owner)john@cfsyn.com

I have been involved in fitness and athletics all of my life.  I knew at a young age that taking care of my body and exercising would benefit me for the rest of my life.  In 1994 I started my own personal training business.   For years I worked with clients helping them get fit but something was missing and I could never put my finger on it.  In February 2009 I was introduced to CrossFit.  For the first time in my life the true definition of fitness was clear to me.  I was given a road map on how to get fit and help others do the same.  Working out is now fun, challenging and motivating.  I am in my early 50’s and can honestly say I am in the best shape of my life.  After my experience with Crossfit I knew I had to share it with others.

Certifications:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Olympic Lifting
CrossFit Mobility
Certified Massage therapist
Mind Body Certified Trainer (Through John Doulliard)
Certified Yoga Instructor
CPR/First Aid Certified

Experience:
Co-owner CrossFit Synergistics
Co-owner of the Frozen Ropes Baseball and Softball Training Facility 2006 to present
Owner of Mind the Body massage therapy and fitness training 1994 to 2006
Personal trainer Wellesley Athletic Club 1994-1996

Achievements:
CrossFit Games Masters 2015 23rd place finish age 50-54
CrossFit Games Masters 2014 43rd place age 45-49

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CHRIS COLLINS – Director of  Kids and Teens Program

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After have been told by my doctor that competitive contact sports were no longer an option due to numerous shoulder injuries, I felt lost. I decided to give triathlons a try, but the monotonous training was providing me with little to no satisfaction.  That’s when I serendipitously ran into Coach Glenn. I tried the free Saturday class and knew then that Crossfit was the answer I was looking for. I want to share my story with everyone I meet, and help change their lives the way Crossfit has changed mine.  My goal is to help kids and teens train in a way to help prevent the unnecessary injuries I suffered at a young age.  Favorite quote: “It’s all in the hips”  Coach Chubbs Peterson

Certifications:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Crossfit Kids
CrossFit Mobility

Experience:
High School Lacrosse coach
Collegiate Athlete
Triathlete

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EMILY SHANKS

Playing sports and being active have always been a part of my life.  The decision to pursue this field in college was a natural progression for me.  I received my Bachelor of Science at Salem State University.

After college I became a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor.  I worked for 3 years as a Senior Fitness Specialist and Group Exercise Director for the corporate employees of EMC.   In 2010 I tried CrossFit for the 1st time and was instantly hooked!  CrossFit made me evaluate not only the way I was staying fit and healthy but also the way I wanted to educate people on reaching their optimal fitness and health.  Coaching CrossFit was the next logical step for me.  I have my CrossFit level 1 certification and am excited to be coaching at CrossFit Synergistics.  For me, CrossFit is pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone in a fun and effective way.  CrossFit gives you results! Its evidence based programming full of high intensity, constantly varied functional movements will not only make you love the way you look, but you will feel good from the inside out!

Certifications:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Experience:
CrossFitting since March 2011
Exercise Director for corporate employees of EMC
Collegiate Soccer

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Lisa Paecht

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When I was younger I was very involved with gymnastics, dance, and later went on to diving in high school. I became a children’s gymnastics instructor and also taught dance classes while attending college at Framingham State University. I was first introduced to CrossFit my junior year at Holliston high school. I loved that unlike performing there were no mirrors, no fluff, just hardwork. Unfortunately when I graduated my motivation to workout had completely disappeared other than the occasional Zumba class. After passing CrossFit Synergistics every day on my way to school I finally found the courage to take my first class at the box. I am proud to be a part of a community that works every day to be the best version of themselves.

Certifications:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Judges Course
CPR certified

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CJ HARPER

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I began my journey into fitness in my dimly lit basement with two 5 pound dumbbells and a bench. I was a young kid that simply wanted to be bigger and stronger than everyone else. I became obsessed with lifting weights and I eventually found my way into powerlifting and bodybuilding style of training. I benched, I deadlifted (with terrible form), and I did curls. I did the same thing day after day with little regard for nutrition or form. In March of my junior year of high school, I was able to bench 280lbs and deadlift 350lbs. The only problem was I had intense elbow and low back pain all the time and I was 235lbs of mostly fat.

This all began to change for me in physical education class my junior year with Mr. Glenn D’Avanzo. During this class I had my first taste of a CrossFit workout. The WOD left me in the ground gasping for air and although I was tired, I was excited to do a WOD again. After that day I began researching CrossFit more and more. I took a free class at CFS in June 2011 and enrolled in the teen’s class in July.

Since starting CrossFit, Fitness has become my life. I now attend Springfield College where I am working towards getting my bachelor’s in exercise science with a concentration in athletic performance. At Springfield College I am co-founder and co-president of the CrossFit club, as well as a member of Team Iron Sports, a strongman and powerlifting competitor club. My favorite areas of study at school are strengthening of the posterior chain and how it relates to force production capabilities, and muscular imbalances and how they hinder or enhance athletic performance.

Certifications:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Strongman
CPR/ First Aid

Experience:
Competitive Amateur Strongman since April 2013
Co-president of Pride Fitness (Springfield college CrossFit club)

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MATT MUCCIACCIO

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Ever since I was a kid I’ve always been eager to take my fitness to the next level. I started Tae Kwon Do at age 6 and became a 3rd degree black belt 10 years later.  I enjoyed team sports and played soccer and baseball. I was introduced to a program called PX90 which is a series of videos that you use at home. I loved the intensity and pushed myself every day, competing with myself to achieve more. My goal was always to be active and healthy. I joined a gym and worked out daily, but it didn’t seem to satisfy me. When I found CrossFit I knew that was the right combination of everything I wanted. CrossFit has changed me both mentally and physically.

I learned many thing about myself over the years, but most of all, I discovered that I love working with kids. I truly enjoy helping others and seeing them succeed. Introducing the world of fitness to kids is an amazing progression to watch. CrossFit is a great arena for me to do what I love and to share my knowledge with others.

Certifications:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer